Thursday, February 16, 2017

Colt Deploys Ciena's 6500

Ciena announced that Colt Technology Services is deploying its packet-optical technology to support growth across a number of key European markets including London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam as well as improving intercontinental connections into Asia including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Colt provides high-bandwidth network and communications services for enterprises and wholesale businesses across Europe, Asia and North America. It delivers a range of data connectivity products, voice solutions and secure network services for global financial markets, and enables connectivity to over 700 data centres around the globe with more than 24,500 on-net buildings and growing.

The deployment includes Ciena’s 6500 platform for delivering ultra-high bandwidth services for enterprise and data centre interconnect (DCI) applications across Europe. Additionally, it supports new customer benefits for business continuity, digital transformation and wholesale terrestrial needs.

“Demand for high-bandwidth services is increasing daily, and service providers need flexible, scalable and programmable optical solutions to stay ahead of the curve and reach a broader base of customers. Ciena’s industry-leading packet optical solutions give operators like Colt a network that provides increased capacity for a range of needs including Ethernet, DCI and cloud computing services,” stated Joe Marsella, CTO, EMEA, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com

Microsemi Unveils low power FPGA with 12.7 Gbps SerDes

Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor solutions, has announced availability of its new cost-optimised PolarFire FPGA product family, which it claims offers the lowest power mid-range density solution with 12.7 Gbit/s SerDes transceivers for applications including wireline access networks and cellular infrastructure and for industry 4.0 markets, encompassing industrial automation and Internet of Things (IoT).

Microsemi's new PolarFire FPGAs are designed to support cost-effective bandwidth processing capabilities for converged 10 Gbit/s ports with low power usage. The new FPGA products are also designed to address increasing cyber security threats and reliability concerns that face deep submicron SRAM-based FPGAs as they relate to single event upsets (SEUs) in the configuration memory.

In the communications market, the new devices target applications including wireline access, network edge, metro (1 to 40 Gbit/s); wireless heterogeneous networks, wireless backhaul, smart optical modules and video broadcasting. The devices are also suitable for applications in the defence and aerospace market, secure wireless communications, radar and aircraft networking, actuation and control.

The devices' cost-optimised architecture uses 28 nm silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon (SONOS) non-volatile process technology on standard CMOS, while it incorporates hardened I/O gearing logic for DDR memory and low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS), high performance security IP and is claimed to be the only low cost device with clock and data recovery (CDR) capable 1.6 Gbit/s I/Os.

In addition, in collaboration with Silicon Creations Microsemi has developed a compact 12.7 Gbit/s transceiver offering total power consumption of less than 90 mWs at 10 Gbit/s. Featuring low device static power of 25 mW at 100K logic elements, zero inrush current and Flash*Freeze mode enabling standby power of 130 mWs at 25 degrees C, PolarFire devices are claimed to be up to 50% lower power than competing FPGAs for similar applications.

The FPGA family also provides high reliability via inherent immunity to configuration SEUs, along with built- in single error correction and double error detectin (SECDED), plus memory interleaving on large static random access memory (LSRAMs) and system controller suspend mode for safety critical designs.

PolarFire FPGAs additionally offer Cryptography Research Incorporated (CRI) patented differential power analysis (DPA) bitstream protection, integrated physically unclonable function (PUF), 56 Kbytes of secure embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM), tamper detectors and countermeasures, true random number generators, integrated Athena TeraFire EXP5200B Crypto Co-processors (Suite B capable) and a CRI DPA countermeasures pass-through license.

Microsemi's new PolarFire FPGA product family is currently shipping to early access customers and is scheduled to sample for general availability in the second quarter of 2017. Microsemi noted that with the device it is actively engaged with select customers through its early access program, while adoption of the products has already started.

Regarding the new products, Shakeel Peera, senior director, SoC product marketing at Microsemi, noted,

"Combining the availability of the cost-effective PolarFire FPGAs with Microsemi's portfolio of application-
specific standard products (ASSPs) enables end-to-end solutions in timing, voice processing, storage, OTN switching and transport, and power management across multiple market segments".

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ericsson Builds its 5G Portfolio

Ericsson is introducing a 5G platform comprising the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with digital support systems, transformation services and security for mobile operators seeking to be first movers in their markets.

"With this launch, we introduce our 5G platform to support the beginning of a huge change in network capabilities, allowing our customers to offer more advanced use cases and new business models to their customers. It is an important milestone enabling operators to continue their evolution journey to 5G," says Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson.

Ericsson's first 5G Core System advances the concept of network slices, which allows an operator to provide dedicated virtual networks with functionality specific to the service or customer over a common network.

  • Federated network slices for 5G roaming extends this concept to a visited network. This technology will make it possible for an operator to provide a network service globally, ensuring enterprises do not need individual agreements with different operators for a global service experience.
  • Network slice management to automate the setup of service connections and to secure service quality, to save costs and to gain fast time to service.
  • 5G policy and user data for network slices to ensure users get the right service quality and have data integrity.
  • Distributed cloud to facilitate short latency applications, such as real-time face recognition, by moving applications and workloads closer to the access. In addition, the 5G-enabled packet core will allow full separation of control and user data, as well as unprecedented capacity and user data rates.
  • 5G transformation services to ensure the migration of the network and operation from legacy to 5G core, virtualized and based on an automated operational model.


In radio and transport, Ericsson is introducing mid-band and high-band 5G New Radio (NR) Radios to the world's first 5G NR radio that the company launched last year.

Ericsson noted that it plans to be the first to support the new standardized 5G fronthaul interface (called eCPRI).

In addition, Ericsson also introduces optimized transport solutions, including a MINI-LINK enabling speed of 10Gbps and new rail-mounted fronthaul and router products, enabling zero footprint.

http://www.ericsson.com

Cisco Posts Q2 Revenue of $11.6 Billion, down 2%, Security Hottest Segment

Cisco reported Q2 revenue of $11.6 billion, net income (GAAP) of $2.3 billion or $0.47 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.9 billion or $0.57 per share. Total revenue was $11.6 billion, down 2%, with product revenue down 4% and service revenue up 5%. Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas down 3%, EMEA flat, and APJC down 3%.

"We are pleased with the quarter and the continued customer momentum as we help them drive security, automation and intelligence across the network and into the cloud," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO. "This quarter we announced our intent to acquire AppDynamics which, combined with Cisco's networking analytics, will provide customers with unprecedented insights into business performance. We will remain focused on accelerating innovation across our portfolio as we continue to deliver value to customers and shareholders."

Some highlights:

  • Product revenue performance was led by Security which increased 14%.
  • Collaboration and Wireless product revenue increased by 4% and 3%, respectively.
  • NGN Routing, Switching and Data Center product revenue decreased by 10%, 5% and 4%, respectively.
  • Service Provider Video product revenue decreased by 41%.
  • Gross Margin -- On a GAAP basis, total gross margin and product gross margin were 62.8% and 61.1%, respectively.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments -- were $71.8 billion at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $71.0 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017, and compared with $65.8 billion at the end of fiscal 2016. The total cash and cash equivalents and investments available in the United States at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were $9.6 billion.


https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1820637

XTERA Communications Acquired by H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with over €20 billion of equity capital under management, has acquired substantially all the assets of Xtera Communications, a supplier of sub-sea fiber optic solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

H.I.G. previously provided debtor-in-possession financing to the Xtera debtors in connection with the chapter 11 case.

Established in 1998 and based in the UK (Harold Wood, Essex) and the US (Allen, Texas), Xtera supplies un-repeatered and repeatered sub-sea systems, using high performance optical amplifiers to carry data. Under H.I.G.’s ownership, Xtera’s management and technical team will remain at the helm of the business, focused on successfully executing key existing customer contracts and expanding the business in the rapidly growing markets it serves with a clear roadmap of disruptive product launches.

Carl Harring, Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital commented: “We believe Xtera has considerable growth potential as an independent, well-funded business with a new ownership structure. Its world class IP protected technology is not only differentiated and superior to that of its competitors, but it is delivered to an impressive range of global clients at a cost-effective price point. We are excited to be working with this industry-leading team and our immediate focus will be to work with them to deliver and build on existing contracts and over the long-term, provide the financial support to enable the company to fully capitalise on its technology with a broader base of customers.”

Stuart Barnes, Founder of Xtera, added: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with H.I.G. Capital, which has previously invested in the fiber-optics sector and has a proven understanding of how to grow specialist industrial suppliers into market-leading players. We share the same vision of strengthening Xtera’s footprint in the future.”

http://www.xtera.com/

MetaSwitch Acquires OpenCloud for Virtualized Telecom Service Layer

Metaswitch has acquired privately-held OpenCloud, which offers a virtualized service layer that is deployed within SS7 and All-IP networks to accelerate the transition of IN-based mobile voice services to IMS. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OpenCloud's Rhino Telecom Application Server (TAS) service layer is currently in use by more than 60 operators worldwide, including multi-national groups (T-Mobile, Vodafone, for example), large operators (Telkomsel – Indonesia), independent operators (Free Mobile – France) and MVNOs (AinaCom – Finland), mobile, wireline and converged operators (BT). The platform offers an extensive set of APIs and SDKs, available from partners through RhinoMarket.  OpenCloud is headquartered in Cambridge UK, and has offices in New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, Indonesia and Brazil.

Metaswitch said the acquisition enables it to offer global service providers a pure-play software VoLTE solution, adding the market-leading Rhino Telecom Application Server (TAS) to its Clearwater IMS Core and Perimeta SBC.

“The acquisition of OpenCloud is a key part of our portfolio expansion strategy to fully serve both mobile and converged network operators,” said Metaswitch CEO Martin Lund. “Global operators have long looked to Metaswitch for innovative communication solutions and we are now perfectly placed to ensure the rapid deployment of VoLTE today, and to quickly deliver differentiated services on the path to 5G.”

“Metaswitch is the ideal strategic and cultural fit for OpenCloud and our customers,” added OpenCloud CEO Ian Clarke. “Both companies have outstanding engineering teams, a commitment to continued leadership in virtualized network functions, proven mobile service solutions and a dedication to advancing the cause of our mobile customers, worldwide.”

https://www.opencloud.com
http://www.metaswitch.com

PTC'17: Growing Exchanges - DE-CIX



Neutrality is the center point of growing a successful traffic peering exchange.  DE-CIX is undergoing rapid growth of its flagship exchanges in Germany as well as expansion into new geographies.

In this video, Ed d'Agostino, Vice President of North America, DE-CIX, talks about the company's launch in New York and Dallas. Look for more data center and carrier customers.

Filmed at PTC'17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

https://youtu.be/PmiYRtvyp74


NeoPhotonics Samples PAM4-based 400G Pluggable CFP8 Transceiver Module

NeoPhotonics has begun sampling its 400G CFP8 transceiver modules for data center interconnection and client side telecom applications.

NeoPhotonics said its 400G PAM4 (4-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation) CFP8 module, which represents the first step on the company's 400G roadmap, leverages its high speed component technologies, including its 28 Gbaud high performance and low power EMLs (Electro-absorption Modulated Lasers) as well as its high speed PIN photodiodes.

The CFP8 module relies on the company's 28 GBaud component platform, which is used in the currently deployed NeoPhotonics 100G LR4 modules and leverages NeoPhotonics continuous EML technology improvement specifically focused on lowering power consumption while assuring superior high speed performance.

“We are pleased to provide our customers this 400G CFP8 module which extends our high speed product family in a manner that leverages both our proven high performance and high volume production capabilities, providing an efficient path to high density and higher speed,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “We believe our 400G PAM4 CFP8 solution will fulfill imminent market needs by leveraging the superior link performance of our high performance EML lasers, while reducing power consumption through integration with technology leading CMOS PAM4 chipsets.  We believe that this product firmly demonstrates our leadership position at 400G,” continued Mr. Jenks.

https://www.neophotonics.com

Nokia Bell Labs Forms R&D Pact with University of Oulu

Nokia Bell Labs has entered into a research collaboration agreement with University of Oulu in Finland.

The Joint Center for Future Connectivity aims to be a world leader in developing future 10X technologies – disruptive ideas with ten times greater impact than the state of the art today – for the new digital era, where networks will have seemingly infinite capacity, much greater energy efficiency, heightened application awareness and built-in self-optimization.

“Nokia has been one of our most important collaborators for two decades. This new center is mutually beneficial to train future talents for the needs of digital society,” said Oulu University Rector Jouko Niinimäki.

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.oulu.fi/university/

IDT to acquire GigPeak for $250m for Optical Interconnects

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) of San Jose, California and GigPeak, a supplier of semiconductor ICs and software for high-speed connectivity and video compression over the network and in the cloud, announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for IDT to acquire GigPeak for $3.08 per share, or approximately $250 million, in cash, representing a premium of approximately 22% to GigPeak's closing share price on February 10th.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, IDT will launch a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common stock of GigPeak for $3.08 per share. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the terms of the agreement and the GigPeak board has resolved to recommend that stockholders accept the offer.

The combination of IDT and GigPeak is projected to add approximately $16 million of quarterly revenue at a 70% non-GAAP gross margin and to be accretive to earnings in first full quarter following closing of the transaction.

The acquisition of GigPeak will provide IDT with an optical interconnect product line and technology business that is complementary to its established position as a supplier of real-time interconnect products. More specifically, the combination is expected to extend IDT's leading position as a supplier of communications and cloud data centre products

IDT noted that GigPeak's optical interface products have been widely adopted by major companies in the communications, cloud data centre, and military/aviation markets. With the acquisition, IDT will be able to provide ultra-high speed data connectivity products featuring electrical, RF and optical technologies.

The transaction is not subject to a financing condition, although it is subject to customary conditions including the tender of the majority of the outstanding GigPeak shares; it is anticipated that the acquisition will close the second calendar quarter of 2017.

Separately, GigPeak reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016, ended December 31, 2016, including fourth quarter revenue of $16.2 million, compared with $15.8 million in the third quarter and $11.1 million in the fourth quarter 2015. GAAP net income in the fourth quarter was $1.5 million, compared with net income of $0.7 million in the third quarter and net income of $0.3 million for the 2015 fourth quarter.

Full year 2016 revenue was $58.7 million, versus $40.4 million in 2015, with GAAP net income of $2.2 million, compared with net income of $1.2 million in 2015.

For its most recent third quarter ended January 1, 2017, IDT reported revenue of $176.36 million, versus $184.06 million in the second quarter and $177.61 million in the prior year third quarter. Net income for the third quarter was $34.74 million, compared with net income of $24.59 million in the second quarter and net income of $32.54 million in the prior year third quarter.

http://ir.gigpeak.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=225697&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2245665

Liquid Telecom acquires South Africa's Neotel

Liquid Telecom, a unit of South Africa–based Econet Global has announced that it has completed the acquisition of South African network operator Neotel for approximately ZAR 6.55 billion (approximately $491 million), further expanding its position as a pan-African telecoms company.

Liquid Telecom acquired Neotel from India's Tata Communications and minority shareholders led by Nexus Connexion. Liquid Telecom joined with 30% equity partner Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), a community-based South African investment group, for the acquisition, which received regulatory approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in December 2016. South Africa's Competition Commission approved the deal in October.

Established in 2006, Neotel has invested an estimated ZAR 7 billion in its network, deploying national backbone fibre connecting the top 40 cities and towns in South Africa and to over 5,000 businesses. Neotel operates a major, MEF-certified Ethernet network, while Liquid Telecom is a leading provider of Carrier Ethernet services with MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) services certification.

Neotel also operates redundant backhaul fibre to landing stations with access to all five of the international subsea cables serving South Africa - SAT-3, SAFE, SEACOM, EASSy and WACS. It was noted that Liquid Telecom owns significant international subsea capacity, and is currently building a subsea cable linking the east coast of Africa, Liquid Sea.

Over the coming months, Liquid Telecom stated that it plans to make extensive upgrades and expansions to Neotel's network to enable improved high-speed connectivity and deliver services to more customers across South Africa. Liquid Telecom also plans to invest in Neotel's data centre capabilities, which include two Tier 3 facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, adding to its existingEast Africa Data Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

In addition, the Neotel operation will be integrated with Liquid Telecom's pan-African network and extensive fibre footprint to provide access to over 40,000 km of cross border, national and metro fibre infrastructure serving 12 countries, giving Liquid Telecom enhanced reach across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

Earlier in February, Liquid Telecom announced the completion of its acquisition of Tanzania’s leading ISP Raha. Liquid Telecom noted the acquisition enhanced its East Africa Fibre Ring, which connects Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, with direct connectivity to international subsea cables. Raha operates a 400 km metro network serving the central business district of Dar es Salaam and other areas of the Tanzanian capital, and has a data centre in the city. Raha provides over 1,500 businesses, plus a growing base of retail customers, with a range of connectivity solutions, including fibre, satellite, WiMAX and WiFi.

https://www.liquidtelecom.com/news-events/news/1017-neotel-officially-becomes-part-of-the-pan-african-liquid-telecom-group.html

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Infinera Intros Open Mobile Transport for 5G

Infinera introduced a new range of flexponders for mobile fronthaul and a new EMXP Access Unit for mobile backhaul to extend the capabilities of its XTM Series-based solutions for future 5G networks. The solutions are designed for multiple future fronthaul scenarios requiring dramatically higher capacity and significantly lower-latency for 5G mobile transport.

Infinera said its new Mobile Fronthaul and Backhaul Solutions offer the low latency and highly accurate synchronization for 5G applications, such as autonomous vehicles. The solutions are reconfigurable in software and include hardened and non-hardened platform options to support different deployment environments. They are also fully programmable via software-defined network (SDN) controllers and orchestrators, and able to support any 5G radio solution.

Announcement highlights:

  • Infinera 5G-ready Mobile Fronthaul Solution. Adding a new range of flexponders for mobile fronthaul provides mobile operators with deployment flexibility via rack-mounted unit, hardened access unit and hardened clamshell options. Mobile operators also benefit from functional flexibility in which all units are fully reconfigurable to operate as transponders, as muxponders, or in hybrid mode, a level of flexibility that Infinera believes is unique to the industry. The flexponders enable service flexibility with support for Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) mobile fronthaul protocols and Ethernet in both 4G and 5G environments. The flexponder features are coupled with the high-performance capabilities required for mobile fronthaul, such as low latency, superior synchronization and new fronthaul-specific capabilities including real-time delay compensation that enables better support for RAN in fiber protection scenarios.
  • Infinera Packet-Optical Mobile Backhaul Solution. Infinera’s Mobile Backhaul Solution now includes a new EMXP Access Unit that extends Infinera’s range of packet-optical transport switches to hardened environments such as street and cell site cabinets. The new unit supports a common software and feature set with the rest of the EMXP range, which includes Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services, low latency, superior Synchronous Ethernet and 1588v2 synchronization and sophisticated network resilience options.
  • Infinera Open Architecture. Infinera’s Mobile Fronthaul and Backhaul Solutions are designed to be fully open to support SDN control by any orchestrator and offer the ability to transport any radio vendor’s equipment. For mobile backhaul, the full range of Infinera’s EMXP units now also supports a direct Openflow interface, controlled by Infinera’s Xceed Software Suite. This provides a multi-layer SDN control platform and SDN applications.
“The mobile industry is on the cusp of a step change to 5G. While the radio network needs to radically transform to the new 5G infrastructure and services, the underlying transport network requires a seamless evolution that protects operator investments now,” said Sten Nordell, CTO Metro Business Group at Infinera. “One key aspect to this is the ability to support future 5G mid-haul and cross-haul architectures in a truly open transport environment without lock-in to the radio vendor. We are already working with key players in the industry to allow pre-5G networks to be tested against high-performance transport networks and will demonstrate this at Mobile World Congress.”

http://www.infinera.com


OIF Completes SDN Transport Application Programming Interface (T-API) Testing

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) conducted a six-week long global testing of the Transport Application Programming Interface (T-API) standard from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) with intra-lab and inter-lab testing across five carrier labs: China Telecom, China Unicom, SK Telecom, Telefonica and Verizon.

“As operators move from SDN PoCs and lab trials into commercial deployments, lack of interoperability between the SDN controllers and the orchestration layer above has quickly become the biggest technical barrier for many operators,” said Sterling Perrin, principal analyst, Heavy Reading. “Building a standardized northbound interface and successfully testing interoperability across different vendors and different networks – as the OIF has demonstrated – is a major step forward in addressing the northbound interface challenge and bringing SDN architectures to wide-scale commercial use.”

Thes testing included multi-domain orchestration of services delivered through Ethernet, OTN and optical switching. Carriers and vendors demonstrated how Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and SDN configured connectivity are combined to deliver service life cycle management.

Participating vendors include ADVA Optical Networking, Ciena, Coriant, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Infinera, Juniper Networks, NEC Corporation, Sedona Systems, and SM Optics. Consulting carriers include Orange and TELUS. Academic and/or research institution participants include China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) and Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC).

Participants also submitted a proof of concept demo proposal to ETSI NFV called “Mapping ETSI-NFV onto Multi-Vendor, Multi-Domain Transport SDN”.

A technical white paper on the demonstration is available to download.

http://www.oiforum.com/meetings-and-events/2016-oif-sdn-t-api-demo/

Intelsat 32e Brings Broadband over North Atlantic & Caribbean

The Intelsat 32e satellite was successfully launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.

Intelsat 32e is designed to overlay certain beams of Intelsat 29e, the company’s first Intelsat EpicNG spacecraft, increasing the throughput available in the highly-trafficked Caribbean and North Atlantic routes and providing resiliency for mobility network service providers servicing those shipping and air routes. The satellite is located at 317º East.

“This is the first of three Intelsat EpicNG satellite launches planned for 2017 as we continue to deploy our high-performance overlay on the world’s first Globalized Network. With the addition of Intelsat 32e, Intelsat is now the only satellite operator with HTS resiliency over the world’s busiest air route,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “Intelsat 32e also increases our capabilities to support the growth of our maritime customers in the Caribbean and the Atlantic, such as the exclusive use of our services for broadband to most of the world’s largest cruise ships sailing the Caribbean right now.”

The next EpicNG launch, Intelsat 35e, is scheduled aboard a SpaceX Falcon flight in Q2 2017.

http://www.intelsat.com

3GPP Debuts 5G Logo

The 3GPP has introduced a new logo to represent 5G specifications from Release 15 onwards.  The design is a derivation of existing 3GPP LTE logos.

3GPP makes the logos available for use by manufacturers and service providers to declare that their products are based on the Project’s specifications.

http://www.3gpp.org

ADVA Launches Hypervisor for Optical Network Virtualization

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its FSP Network Hypervisor for helping service providers to automate service discovery and service activation, especially when paired with the ADVA FSP 3000 DCI and network infrastructure solution.

ADVA said its FSP Network Hypervisor creates an abstracted view of the underlying physical infrastructure, helping to decouple the complexities of managing photonic transmission systems while enabling greater network automation and optimization. It assists service providers with topology discovery and abstraction, connectivity management, path computation and notifications. This in turn leads to self-provisioned services, automated resiliency and optimized resource utilization.

“There can be no question that by extending our open photonic system with an open SDN control we are leaps and bounds ahead of the field. This unique combination is the target for the rest of the industry to aim for,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, COO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Our FSP Network Hypervisor is the next logical step in making our connectivity solutions truly open – in the data plane as well as in the control plane. At its core, it’s all about reducing complexity and helping CSPs and ICPs to be far more responsive to their networks’ needs. It enables real-time response to load changes, automatically reacts to network failures and ensures the most effective path computation. These are things that today’s static networks simply can’t do. You can now achieve in minutes what formerly took hours or even days. Our FSP Network Hypervisor will prove to be a key component for any CSPs and ICPs that are virtualizing their optical networks.”

http://adva.li/fsp-network-hypervisor-slides

Australia's nbn Reports Service Available to 3.8m premises, up 129% yr/yr, 1.6m Customers Connected

Australia's nbn has released financial results for the six months to December 31, 2016, noting strong performance in terms of key metrics and affirming that it is on target to reach the half-way point for its network roll-out by mid-2017 and its goal of completing the network by 2020.

Highlights for the six-month period ended December 31, 2016 include:

1. The number of premises able to order nbn service reached 3.8 million, up 129% compared with the prior year six-month period.

2. The number of homes and businesses with an active service on the nbn network increased to 1.6 million, up 125% year on year.

3. FTTN deployments enabled the higher rate of network build, with currently more than 1 million FTTN premises ready for service.

4. Revenue for the half-year totalled A$403 million (approximately $310 million), up 146% versus the first half of fiscal year 2016.

5. ARPU for the period remained stable at A$43, flat year on year.

nbn noted that in December 2016 the weekly run rate for new premises made ready for service rose to approximately 48,000 on a 12-week rolling average basis; for December 2015, the equivalent figure was 21,000 premises.

In terms of customer connections, the December 2016 weekly run rate reached approximately 20,000, roughly double that of the prior year period. In addition, by the end of January 2017 the weekly run rate for new connections had increased to 28,000.

nbn cited further key achievements for the half-year period including the launch of the second Sky Muster satellite into orbit and an increased focus on implementing advanced fibre-to-the-kerb technology in its network mix.

Commenting on the results, nbn CEO Bill Morrow, said:

- "Now, 80% of the country is either in design, in construction or already able to order a service… the company is on track to reach the half-way point of the rollout this year… nbn is refining processes with retailers to ensure ordering and installing a service on the nbn network can be completed more efficiently".

- "Already more end users are purchasing plans from retailers based on the 100 Mbit/s wholesale speed tier… nbn experienced the greatest incremental growth in this speed tier in the December quarter".

http://www.nbnco.com.au/

China Mobile Hong Kong Partners with Huawei to Migrate services to NFV cloud core network

China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK), a subsidiary of China Mobile, which serves around 850 million mobile subscribers in China, including 535,000 4G subscriptions, announced that in partnership with Huawei it has migrated services to a commercial NFV-based cloud core network.

CMHK claims that it has become the first mobile operator in Hong Kong to cloudify its core network. For the project CMHK deployed a 3GPP system that supports services for more than 20 network systems, including IP multimedia subsystem (IMS), evolved packet core (EPC), Diameter routing agent/mobile number portability (DRA/MNP), home subscriber server/home location register (HSS/HLR) and mobile switching centre-server (MSC-S).

The new network architecture delivered by Huawei is designed to both help maximise return on investment and improve operational and maintenance efficiency and provide a path toward 5G as part of the Network 2020 vision.

Previously, in November 2016 CMHK and Huawei jointly announced that CMHK has achieved a 4.5G mobile network milestone and that the operator had rolled out major network enhancements to enhance service performance and coverage during the year. CMHK and Huawei also completed a live demonstration of a 2.3GHz TDD massive MIMO solution and achieved a TDD + FDD 1 Gbit/s download speed.

In January 2017, CMHK launched a home broadband service providing bandwidth options of from 100 Mbit/s up to 1 Gbit/s.

Regarding the upgrade, Wang Yongde, VP of Huawei's cloud core network product line, commented, "On CMHK's cloud network, network elements IMS, packet switched and circuit switched domains are co-deployed... (and) VoLTE, VoWiFi and mobile data services are co-operated... CMHK and Huawei are jointly developing new technologies such as network slicing and edge computing for the transformation to cloud networks".

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/2/Cloud-Era-HK-New-Cloud-Core-Network

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