Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Verizon Rolls Pre-Commercial 5G in 11 U.S. Markets

Verizon plans to rollout 5G pre-commercial services to select customers in 11 U.S. markets by mid-2017.

Verizon describes its 5G build as the largest 5G proving ground in the world, encompassing several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations. Pilot markets include: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

"Ericsson's partnership with Verizon in rolling out 5G customer trials is accelerating the global 5G ecosystem," said Rima Qureshi, Head of Region North America, Ericsson. "These end-to-end solutions are a key step for preparing Verizon's network for commercial deployment with different 5G scenarios and use cases."

"The tremendous progress we have made with Verizon in commercializing 5G represents our companies' mutual focus on delivering the highest level of innovation to our customers," said Woojune Kim, Vice President, Next Generation Business Team, Samsung Electronics. "The 5G systems we are deploying will soon provide wireless broadband service to homes, enabling customers to experience cost-competitive, gigabit speeds that were previously only deliverable via fiber."

"5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving," said Adam Koeppe, Vice President, Network Planning at Verizon. "Network density is increasing to meet the demands of customers, and following the FCC's aggressive action on 5G spectrum, the time is right to deliver the next generation of broadband services with 5G."

Verizon's 5GTF ecosystem partners include Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Samsung.

http://www.verizon.com

ARRIS to Acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch Business for $800M from Brocade

ARRIS agreed to acquire Brocade Communication Systems' Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business for $800 million in cash, plus the additional cost of unvested employee stock awards, following the closing of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade.

ARRIS expects the acquisition to be accretive to its Non-GAAP earnings per share in the first 12 months. The deal is contingent on Broadcom closing its acquisition of Brocade, previously announced on November 2, 2016 and approved by Brocade shareholders on January 26, 2017. Broadcom presently expects to close the Brocade acquisition in its third fiscal quarter ending July 30, 2017.

ARRIS said the deal expands its leadership in converged wired and wireless networking technologies beyond the home into the education, public venue, enterprise, hospitality, and MDU segments.  ARRIS plans to establish a dedicated business unit within the company focused on innovative wireless networking and wired switching technology to address evolving and emerging needs across a number of vertical markets. The business unit will be led by current Ruckus COO, Dan Rabinovitsj.

"We are building upon our successful history of making investments that significantly grow our business and create value for our customers, employees, shareholders and partners," said Bruce McClelland, ARRIS CEO. "Driven by ever-growing demand for high-speed, reliable, and effortless connectivity, service providers and enterprises will continually invest in their wired and wireless networks. The next five years will see exciting changes as every service provider will become a wireless operator of some fashion. Enterprises and venues will upgrade their broadband networks to provide new innovative value-added services and faster, more seamless internet access."

"We have a history of partnering with Ruckus and the talented employees that created this powerful brand and platform. We are excited to welcome about 1,600 new employees and an extensive network of enterprise channel partners to the ARRIS family," added McClelland.

http://ir.arris.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=87823&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2248392

Brocade to Acquire Ruckus Wireless for $1.5 Billion


Brocade agreed to acquire Ruckus Wireless in a deal valued at approximately $1.5 billion, consisting of $6.45 in cash and 0.75 shares of Brocade common stock for each share of Ruckus common stock. Ruckus' wireless products add to Brocade's enterprise portfolio and will also significantly strengthen Brocade's strategic presence in the broader service provider space. Ruckus has over $370 million in annual revenue and over 1,000 employees w

T-Mobile U.S. Deploys LTE-U

T-Mobile U.S. confirmed that it is now deploying LTE-U technology in its LTE network, following today’s FCC certification of equipment from strategic partners Ericsson and Nokia. The company anticipates introducing new network capabilities and devices for consumers this spring.

LTE- will enable T-Mobile customers to tap into the first 20 MHz of underutilized unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band and use it for additional LTE capacity. T-Mobile said it already has more capacity per subscriber than AT&T and Verizon, and the addition of LTE-U will only extend that lead and further improve the Un-carrier’s blazing-fast speeds. And, LTE-U will make it possible for T-Mobile to bring its forthcoming Gigabit LTE to more places across the country.

"T-Mobile’s network is second to none, with more capacity per customer than the Duopoly … and LTE-U will only accelerate our lead,” said Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mobile. “T-Mobile’s built a track record of introducing new innovations first, including deploying more LTE Advanced technologies than anyone in the US. All that innovation means one thing – a fantastic customer experience. That’s why T-Mobile customers are the most satisfied in US wireless!”

“We continue to push the boundaries of bringing new technologies in the unlicensed arena. Nokia is committed to working alongside T-Mobile to bring new solutions to market,” Ricky Corker, Nokia EVP and Head of North America said. “We stand ready to enhance T-Mobile’s leadership proposition and show what the future of mobile communications can be for Un-carrier customers."

http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage

OVH Acquires Data Center in Oregon, Continuing U.S. Expansion

OVH announced its acquisition of a new data center facility in Hillsboro, Oregon. The name of the seller and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Hillsboro data center will house about 80,000 servers in 112,500 square feet. The facility joins Vint Hill, Virginia as OVH's second US data center, with a third North American data center located in Canada.

OVH said the expansion enables it to support its more than one million customers and respond to the growing demand for outsourced digital infrastructures throughout the world.

OVH now has 23 data centers around the world in 11 countries, spanning four continents.

“For years, leading tech companies have been trying to figure out how to cool their data centers for less money,” said Pascal Jaillon, Vice President of Research & Development for OVH US. “Legacy data centers have been using expensive forced air conditioning to cool servers. OVH’s innovation in data center cooling is just the first of many that will be introduced in this growing market.”

https://www.ovh.com/us/discover

Cisco Expands its DNA to enable Branch Network Virtualisation

Cisco has announced the introduction of new technologies designed to allow customers to virtualise and secure their networks leveraging its Digital Network Architecture (DNA).

Integrating network virtualisation and security functionality, Cisco is enhancing DNA with a new hardware platform and virtual network services that allow virtualisation to be extended to branch locations, as well as to customers' network perimeter and colocation centres. Cisco is also enabling software-defined segmentation across the entire network, from the network to the endpoint to the cloud, with full application visibility.

Utilising Cisco DNA, organisations are now able to extend network services such as routing and security to a diverse set of platforms across branch, campus and colocation sites and the public cloud.

Cisco is expanding its network virtualisation solutions portfolio in two key areas:

1. The Enterprise NFV platform, which increases flexibility for remote locations by virtualising the branch network, specifically with the Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5400 Series), allowing network services such as routing, security and WAN optimisation to be extended to branch locations.

2. Virtualising the network perimeter via the Cisco Secure Agile Exchange solution that virtualises the network perimeter and extends it to colocation centres, allowing organizations to dynamically connect customers, employees and partners using on-demand, virtualised network services.

In addition, Cisco is also introducing new security features including:


  1. Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), which provides greater visibility and control of users and devices on the network, with the ability to define 'Defon' policy sets that allow customers to escalate their response to prolific threats.
     
  2. Cisco TrustSec, enabling software-defined segmentation for isolation of attacks and to restrict the movement of threats in the network, offering integration with Cisco ACI, and claimed to make security policy changes 98% faster than traditional methods and an 80% reduction in operational efforts. 

Cisco also cited the results of a study conducted by research firm IDC into the adoption of digital-ready networks. Key findings include: over the next two years, 45% of organisations expect to achieve digital-ready network capabilities, three times the current adoption rate; companies that have invested in modern network capabilities are experiencing 2-3 times the rate of growth in revenue, customer retention and profit.

To help customers transition to digital-ready networks, Cisco is also introducing a series of new tools and services including network assessment tools and new DNA advisory services to help enterprises formulate a digital strategy.

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=press-release&articleId=1822128

Diamanti Releases its Hyper-Converged Container Platform, Raises $18M

Diamanti (previously Datawise.io), a start-up based in San Jose, California, announced general availability of its Diamanti D10 hyper-converged container platform.

Diamanti said its platform enables enterprise IT organizations to deploy Docker containers in seconds with guaranteed service levels at a fraction of the cost of traditional data center infrastructure. The Diamanti D10 appliance ships pre-integrated with all of the container software, compute, networking and storage resources necessary to optimally deploy and operate high-performance containerized applications at production scale. Diamanti’s network and storage API contributions to popular Kubernetes open-source container orchestration software automate the container deployment process across all infrastructure resources, enabling production deployment in seconds versus days and weeks of manual approaches.

The company also announced the close of an $18 million Series B funding round to drive growth across product development, support, sales, and marketing, bringing the company’s total funding to more than $30 million. New investor Northgate Capital led the round, with additional investments from CRV, DFJ, Translink, and GSR Ventures.

“Modern enterprise container adopters are targeting data intensive applications,” said Jeff Chou, Diamanti CEO and co-founder. “Enterprises are delivering large-scale digital services in private and public clouds built around Docker containers faster than ever. These data-driven applications include real-time data pipelines and analytics that can overwhelm existing infrastructure built for monolithic virtualized applications. Serving this new class of agile digital services requires an operational model that brings predictable network and storage I/O service levels to workloads including Cassandra, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL across multiple environments as customers adopt varying hybrid cloud models.”

https://www.diamanti.com/

Samsung Launches Exynos 9 Processor Built on 10nm FinFET

Samsung Electronics announced mass production of its Exynos 9 Series 8895 premium application processor (AP) produced in 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology with improved 3D transistor structure.  The 10-nm FinFET process allows up to 27% higher performance while consuming 40% less power when compared to 14nm technology.

Samsung's new Exynos 9 Series 8895 is the first processor of its kind to embed a gigabit LTE modem that supports five carrier aggregation, or 5CA. It delivers data throughput at max.1Gbps (Cat.16) downlink with 5CA and 150Mbps (Cat.13) uplink with 2CA.

The Exynos 8895 is an octa-core processor, comprising of four of Samsung’s 2nd generation custom designed CPU cores for improved performance and power efficiency in addition to four Cortex®-A53 cores. With Samsung Coherent Interconnect (SCI) technology, the latest processor integrates a heterogeneous system architecture that allows faster computing for a wide range of applications such as artificial intelligence, and deep learning.

The Exynos 8895 also delivers unsurpassed multimedia experience with its powerful GPU and multi-format codec (MFC) as well as next level 3D graphic performance that minimizes latency for 4K UHD VR and gaming experience with ARM®’s latest Mali™-G71 GPU.

“In addition to being built on the most advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, the new Exynos 9 Series 8895 incorporates Samsung’s cutting-edge technologies including a 2nd generation custom CPU, gigabit LTE modem, and more,” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With industry leading technologies like VPU, the Exynos 8895 will drive the innovation of next generation smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment system.”

http://www.samsung.com

cPacket Supports Distributed Wire-speed Monitoring and Analytics at 100G

cPacket Networks, a provider of next-generation network performance monitoring and analytics solutions, announced a new network monitoring solution that provides wire-speed network monitoring at 100 Gbit/s under any traffic condition.

The new cPacket Cx4100 solution is claimed to be the first to monitor the network at the wire, almost eliminating the risk of false positives or negatives and dropped packets, issues that can affect legacy systems such as packet brokers and packet capture NICs, which require backhauling of network traffic for analysis. The solution features cPacket's distributed architecture design, which enables monitoring to multiple points throughout the network.

The Cx4100 solution is designed to support monitoring for compliance, capacity planning and troubleshooting on high-speed networks and allows network engineers to monitor 100 Gbit/s links with millisecond resolution to enable capacity planning and provide wire-speed packet KPIs, as well as address regulatory monitoring requirements. The Cx4100 also allows scalable capture of selected packets to help speed troubleshooting and time-to-resolution.

cPacket's new Cx4100 solution also features:

1. High-performance spike detection (millisecond speeds at up to a thousand feeds) at 100 Gbit/s through hardware analytics.

2. Four 100 Gbit/s interfaces, with all interfaces supporting monitoring at wire-speed.

3. Nanosecond-precision timestamping, a key requirement for regulated environments.

4. Automated load balancing at rates from 100 Gbit/s down to 10 Gbit/s.

The Cx4100 is the latest member of cPacket's Integrated Monitoring Fabric, which includes cStor forensic storage for online storage and analytics; and includes the SPIFEE management dashboard providing a unified view for monitoring and managing 1 Gbit/s to 100 Gbit/s networks. The Cx4100 additionally incorporates RESTful APIs to facilitate integration with third-party automation solutions.

Separately, cPacket announced a next-generation NPM platform targeting 40 and 100 Gbit/s networks for monitoring and reporting network and application-related issues at wire-speed with nanosecond timestamping and millisecond accuracy. The solution can scale from 1 up to 100 Gbit/s and provides multi-hop analysis for multiple KPIs within the same context or a single KPI within multiple contexts.

https://www.cpacket.com/

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Radisys Contributes LTE-RAN Software for M-CORD to Open Source

Radisys has open sourced its industry-validated and tested LTE RAN software, making it available under the Apache 2.0 license for ON.Lab’s open Mobile-CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) 5G architecture.

The M-CORD reference solution brings the CORD framework to the mobile edge of the network for 5G services.

Radisys said that by delivering an open source RAN for M-CORD, its is enabling communications service providers to fast track their migrations from the traditional Central Office to virtualized data centers built with open source components.

“By making Radisys’ LTE RAN software open sourced, Radisys further cements its commitment to the open source movement as integral part of our corporate strategy to enable communications service providers to avoid vendor lock-in and reduce time-to-market,” said Brian Bronson, president and CEO, Radisys. “Radisys’ LTE RAN software is field-hardened and proven globally in deployments around the world. By bringing our LTE RAN to the open source community through M-CORD, we can enable a 5G platform today while also focusing on delivery of a 5G RAN solution.”

“Coming on the heels of Radisys delivering the industry’s first Evolved Packet Core open source software for M-CORD, the addition of an open source LTE RAN solution to M-CORD provides communications service providers with an accelerated path to deploying 5G services,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director, ONF, ON.Lab and Stanford Platform Lab. “Radisys has been a leading proponent of M-CORD as a system integrator and this new open source software offering underscores its unparalleled commitment to M-CORD’s success. We look forward to continuing our collaboration efforts with the Radisys team and supplying open source architectures that aid in the deployment of 5G.”

Radisys’ open source LTE RAN reference solution for the M-CORD reference architecture will be available March 2017. Radisys’ own M-CORD solution is a compilation of the company’s open source LTE RAN and EPC reference architecture pre-integrated and deployed on its DCEngine platform – an open hardware solution based on the OCP-ACCEPTED CG-OpenRack-19 specification from the Open Compute Project. The combination of this open software and hardware solution with Radisys’ integration, validation and custom development services delivers a service provider-ready solution.

http://www.radisys.com

Radisys and China Unicom Partner on M-CORD

Radisys and China Unicom are partnering to build and integrate Mobile CORD (M-CORD) development PODs that use open source software.

M-CORD, built on top of ONOS and the CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) open source project, combines data center economics and the agility of the cloud with the benefits of a virtualized and disaggregated mobile core, as well as access infrastructure and mobile edge computing for innovation and deployment of 5G services.

Under the partnership, Radisys, acting as a CORD systems integrator, will leverage CORD’s open reference implementation to bring China Unicom’s network cloud agility and improved economics.  The companies will work together to develop deployment scenarios for this solution in China Unicom’s network.

Radisys said M-CORD makes mobility more cost-efficient, more software-programmable and more cloud-elastic. The emerging platform is seen supporting 5G services in three key areas: mobile edge services, virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), and virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC). Additionally, Radisys and China Unicom will develop together an open reference implementation of a virtualized RAN (vRAN) and an open reference implementation of next-generation mobile core architecture with observability and analytics.

“As China Unicom evolves its network from 4G to 5G, it requires a fully virtualized and disaggregated infrastructure to better serve its residential, enterprise and mobile customers,” said Joseph Sulistyo, senior director of open networking solutions, Radisys. “We’re confident that together we can build and integrate an M-CORD POD to facilitate a robust 5G mobility infrastructure, thereby enabling China Unicom to rapidly deploy new 5G services on its network.”

“China Unicom is collaborating with Radisys to collectively develop technology enablers and use cases for 5G services,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO, Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom. “Radisys will also provide us with its recommended deployment scenarios and feasibility analysis as well as an effective prototype demonstration of the solution in our mobile network. We’re encouraged that its efforts will yield great results for our subscribers.”

See the M-CORD Demonstration at Mobile World Congress

Radisys and ON.Lab will demonstrate M-CORD use cases running on commodity hardware and on DCEngine at Mobile World Congress, February 27-March 2 in its Booth 5I61 in Hall 5.

http://chinaunicom.com.cn
http://www.radisys.com

AWS Gears Up Massive Multiplayer Games

Amazon Web Services' GameLift service has added support for games built with any C++ or C# game engine, including Amazon Lumberyard, Unreal Engine, Unity, and custom developed engines.

Amazon GameLift enables developers to scale their dedicated multiplayer game servers to support millions of players using AWS’s highly available cloud infrastructure, without investing thousands of hours in upfront engineering.

AWS also announced that Amazon GameLift includes new matchmaking functionality that intelligently selects the closest available game server based on each player’s location, giving players the lowest possible latency by leveraging AWS’s broad global footprint. Game developers only pay for the compute, storage, and bandwidth resources their games use, with no upfront commitments or monthly contracts. To get started with Amazon GameLift, visit

“The majority of leading game companies use AWS, and our customers have consistently asked us for an easier way to deploy, operate, and scale dedicated game servers for their multiplayer games,” said Chris Dury, General Manager, Amazon GameLift. “We built Amazon GameLift to save developers time and money while delivering world-class experiences for their players. We are excited to now offer Amazon GameLift’s benefits to more game developers by adding support for any C++ and C# game engine.”

http://aws.amazon.com/gamelift

Verizon Enterprise Picks Ericsson for NFV Services

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has selected Ericsson for its virtualized global Managed Network Services offerings, including Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD WAN) services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said it will supply enabling technologies to allow Verizon customers to take advantage of self-service ordering and configuration, end-to-end automation and flexible payment models resulting in more efficient service delivery. The self-service offerings are expected to include security packages, WAN optimization and data center load balancing for tighter service integration and better performance.

Specifically, Ericsson is providing to Verizon end-to-end dynamic orchestration, closed-loop service assurance and virtual network function (VNF) onboarding and testing. The solution is based on Ericsson's orchestration offering in conjunction with consulting and systems integration services. Ericsson Cloud Manager, including model-driven configuration management, and Ericsson Order Care provide the orchestration engine while the VNF Factory enables efficient onboarding and validation of VNFs into Verizon's ecosystem, while reducing its time to market for new Verizon enterprise services.

Shawn Hakl, Vice President of Networking and Security Solutions, Verizon, says: "This project grew out of Verizon's long-standing relationship with Ericsson and builds on the successful launch of our mobile offering that leverages Ericsson's cloud orchestration solutions to provide VPN capabilities for mobile devices. We are jointly developing on Ericsson's innovative and comprehensive platform to enable a wide range of secure virtual networking services to our enterprise customers."

"Our latest work together in NFV Orchestration will help Verizon to continue to lead the industry with its hybrid managed networks at scale. Verizon offers the flexibility, speed and scale required for proactively meeting the needs of enterprise customers worldwide," stated Jean-Philippe Poirault, Head of Business Unit IT & Cloud Services at Ericsson.

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2080007

Zayo Selected by Webscale Cloud Provider for Metro Dark Fiber

Zayo announced a contract to supply metro dark fiber in Chicago to a global webscale cloud provider.

Zayo said this project will connect six data center locations with 20 diverse segments totaling 280 strands across all segments, with up to 26 strands per segment. The solution is built on Zayo’s dense metro network in Chicago, with more than 90 percent of the solution leveraging in-place network.

“Zayo is well positioned to meet the needs of global cloud providers for connectivity, both within their enterprise and to business customers,” said Joe Stockhausen, vice president, Dark Fiber Solutions, Central Region at Zayo. “Our fiber density, network diversity and ability to meet aggressive delivery requirements were differentiators that won us this deal.”

http://www.zayo.com

Netcracker Unveils Cloud-Based Online Charging System

Netcracker Technology unveiled a next-gen Cloud-Based Online Charging System (OCS) for helping Service Providers transform their billing for the digital world.

Key capabilities of Netcracker's Cloud OCS include:
  • Always-on availability at a lower cost. A software-based approach reduces hardware dependency, keeps costs down and delivers unparalleled availability and real-time functionality.
  • Cloud elasticity and scalability. OCS supports horizontal and vertical scalability across all layers.
  • Converged revenue management scenarios. Unlike legacy OCS that focused on specific rating and charging schemes, Netcracker's Cloud-Based OCS enables and supports converged revenue management capabilities across all business lines, including pre-paid and post-paid models for all types of services. It also centralizes storage for all rating, charging, subscriber and policy information onto a single product. This simplified data management and its catalog-driven configurations also means that service providers can lower integration costs and reduce the time it takes to bring new and innovative digital services to market.
  • Support for VoLTE, virtualized, 5G and IoT services. Netcracker's Cloud-Based OCS, with its faster speeds and extremely low latency, creates the ideal platform for service providers to monetize real-time interactive multimedia offerings, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and real-time online games.
  • Deployment flexibility across any physical and virtual environment. Netcracker's Cloud-Based OCS' architecture is designed to be deployed and operated in any environment, including physical, any type of cloud (private, public or hybrid) and virtualized infrastructure. This minimizes the reliance on complex, custom-built hardware and lowers total cost of ownership for service providers.
  • Embedded analytics. Closed-loop alignment with analytics and campaign management enables service providers to deliver the right offer to the right customer at the right time.
"Traditional revenue management platforms have not been able to keep pace with the needs of communications service providers as they transform into digital service providers," said Sanjay Mewada, Chief Strategy Officer at Netcracker. "Netcracker has evolved its OCS to address these precise needs. Our Cloud OCS, with its unparalleled elasticity, always-on availability and embedded analytics, removes the barriers to digitalization and allows our customers to rapidly monetize digital offerings, such as VoLTE, 5G, virtualized and IoT services."

http://www.netcracker.com

Sweden's EQT Investment Firm to Buy Lumos Networks for $950 Million

Lumos Networks, a fibre-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by the EQT Infrastructure investment strategy for $18.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $950 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, EQT Infrastructure will acquire all of Lumos Networks' common stock for $18.00 per share, representing a premium of 18.2% to the Lumos Networks closing price of $15.23 on February 17, 2017. The offer price also represents a 34.9% premium to the volume-weighted price average over the last 12 months of $13.35 and a 16.5% premium to $15.45, the average closing price for the past 20 trading days.

Lumos Networks serves carrier, enterprise and data centre customers, offering end-to-end connectivity in 24 markets in Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. It has a fibre network of 9,204 fibre route miles and 475,507 total fibre strand miles that connects 1,297 fibre-to-the-cell sites, 1,642 FTTC connections, 36 data centres, including 7 company owned colocation facilities, 1,984 on-net buildings and around 3,300 on-net locations.

Recently, Lumos announced it had acquired Charlotte, North Carolina based DC74 Data Centers for $23.5 to $28.5 million, depending on future growth earn-out projections. It also recently announced closing of its acquisition of Clarity Communications, with a 730 mile fibre network with 75 on-net locations, mainly in North Carolina.

EQT stated that the transaction has been approved by all voting members of the board of directors. Completion of the transaction, subject to shareholder approval, regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions,
is expected during the third quarter of 2017.

EQT, based in Sweden, is an alternative investments firm with approximately Euro 31 billion in raised capital in 21 funds with portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Portfolio companies include Norwegian broadband provider Broadnet, IP-Only, a provider of data communications and data centre services in Sweden, subsea telecom infrastructure provider IslaLink.

Ixia Posts Preliminary Q4 Revenue of $128 Million

Ixia reported preliminary total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $128.2 million, compared with $138.5 million reported for the 2015 fourth quarter and $123.9 million reported for the 2016 third quarter. On a GAAP basis, the company expects to record net income for the 2016 fourth quarter of $5.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the 2015 fourth quarter, and net income of $4.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the 2016 third quarter. Non-GAAP net income for the 2016 fourth quarter was $17.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $18.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the 2015 fourth quarter, and non-GAAP net income of $15.2 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the 2016 third quarter.

"We achieved strong results in the fourth quarter with increased momentum for our network visibility solutions, and we expect earnings and revenue in-line with our guidance. Revenue for our network visibility solutions grew 22% year-over-year, driven by increased demand in the enterprise. With our continued focus on operational excellence and financial discipline we generated strong cash flow from operations during the quarter, bringing our total for the year to $81 million,” said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer.

http://www.ixiacom.com

Keysight to Acquire Ixia for $1.6 Billion


Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent's test and measurement group) agreed to acquire Ixia for $1.6 billion in cash. Ixia shareholders will receive $19.65 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 45 percent to Ixia’s unaffected closing stock price on Dec. 1, 2016, the last trading day prior to media reports that Ixia was considering strategic alternatives, and a premium of approximately 38 percent to the Ixia’s unaffected 52-week...

MaxLinear Launches 32 Gbaud Linear Coherent TIA for 200G

MaxLinear, a major supplier of RF and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband, the connected home, data centre, metro and long-haul fibre networks and wireless infrastructure, has introduced the
MxL9105 dual-channel linear coherent transimpedance amplifier (TIA) targeting 100/200 Gbit/s DWDM coherent transmission systems.

Delivering characteristics including low input referred noise density, total harmonic distortion (THD), power dissipation and channel crosstalk with high channel bandwidth, the new MxL9105 device is designed to meet the performance requirements of next-generation intradyne coherent receiver (ICR) designs for long-haul and metro network applications.

MaxLinear's MxL9105, which is now sampling, is a dual-channel TIA supporting a per-channel data rate of 32 Gbaud, while programmable channel bandwidth capability allows receiver sensitivity to be optimised with photo detectors (PDs) from a range of manufacturers. In addition, low input referred noise density and low power consumption make the solution suitable for a range of 32 Gbaud ICR module designs, including type 1 and 2 and the latest micro-ICR modules.

The MxL9105 also supports low differential output swings required for next-generation low-power coherent DSPs, while high transimpedance gain makes it suitable for metro network applications where high signal loss may be experienced due to the prevalence of older fibre and multiple interconnects.

The pin-out assignment and functionality provided by the MxL9105 are compatible with legacy 32 Gbaud coherent TIAs to help reduce the need for re-design and re-qualification by customers.

http://www.maxlinear.com

  • In September 2016, MaxLinear announced its MxL9207 quad-channel lithium niobate (LiNbO3) Mach-Zehnder (MZ) modulator driver for next-generation 100 Gbit/s optical DWDM coherent systems. Offering support for DP-QPSK/BPSK coherent designs for ultra-long-haul applications, the device provides a per-channel data rate of 32 Gbaud with low jitter and low power dissipation. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

BT Americas: Securing IoT for Borderless Enterprises



The concept of the borderless enterprise combined with IoT raises real security concerns for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), says Kate Kuehn, Head of Security Practice, BT Americas.

Filmed at the 2017 RSA Conference in San Francisco.

https://youtu.be/CAD0Yxi4Nn0


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