Friday, March 3, 2017

Xtera Appoints Douglas Umbers as CEO

Xtera, a provider of subsea optical communications solutions, has announced that, following the acquisition of the company by private equity firm H.I.G. Capital earlier in February, it has appointed a new leadership team.

As part of the company's new organisation, Dr. Stuart Barnes, Xtera's chairman and chief strategy officer, has announced the following appointments to the leadership team:

Douglas Umbers as CEO

With experience across a range of industries, Mr. Umbers has a track record of reinvigorating businesses that spans over two decades. As CEO of Xtera, he will be responsible for leading the execution of the company's goal of becoming a major player in the subsea communications market.

Most recently, Mr. Umbers served in executive board level roles at VT Group (now Babcock International), where he ran the IT and communications division, and as COO at Arqiva, the UK telecoms and broadcast infrastructure group.

Jayesh Pankhania as CFO

Mr. Pankhania has more than 25 years experience in senior finance roles, and as CFO at Xtera will be responsible for overseeing the company's capital structure and maintaining its financial standing. He has previously served in multiple senior roles with public and private companies, including as CFO at HOC Group and with Asia Resource Minerals.

In addition, Keith Henderson, co-founder of Xtera, will serve as COO and Robert Richardson, co-founder of the company, will serve as chief sales officer.

Dr. Barnes, Mr. Umbers and Mr. Pankhania are based at Xtera's Harold Wood office near London in the UK; Mr. Henderson is based in Allen, Texas near Dallas and Mr. Richardson is based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, near Atlanta.

The new executive team is supported by the company's experienced senior management team that includes its recently appointed CTO Tony Frisch and SVP of Turnkey Systems, Joerg Schwartz.


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/

Nutanix Hits Revenue of $182M, up 77% YoY

Nutanix reported revenue of $182.2 million for its second quarter of fiscal 2017, ended January 31, 2017, growing 77% year-over-year from $102.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP net loss was $93.2 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $33.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016; or a GAAP net loss per share of $0.66, compared to a pro forma GAAP net loss per share of $0.28 in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

“Our journey has taken us from an unknown upstart to a well-established enterprise IT brand approaching a $1 billion annualized billings run-rate in just five years of selling. We continue to evolve and refine our strategy, including product expansions, sales focus and alternate consumption models, as we seek to capture a growing share of the highly dynamic $100+ billion enterprise infrastructure market,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO, Nutanix.

“Our solid results were driven by notable strength in our international business. Further, I am pleased we were able to hold our non-GAAP gross margins essentially steady despite component price increases impacting our costs,” said Duston Williams, CFO, Nutanix.

http://www.nutanix.com


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Telstra Tests Pre-positioning of Videos on Consumer Devices

Telstra is piloting a service that pre-downloads premium movies onto consumer devices before they request the content. Participants will receive notifications when the latest movies that match their interests become available.

Telstra is working with Ericsson and The Fox Innovation Lab at 21st Century Fox on this unique content delivery solution. It leverages Ericsson MediaFirst's cloud based media store for content processing and origin; Ericsson's Unified Delivery Network for global content delivery; and Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, to provide a seamless, personalized, and intuitive experience.

Andrew Penn, Chief Executive Officer, Telstra, says: "Our customers love entertainment content and are increasingly watching it on their mobiles. Running this pilot in collaboration with innovative partners is a great way for us to test and learn how we can improve the customer experience while at the same time achieving network efficiencies. It has the potential to offer our customers a truly distinctive video customer experience, delivering studio sanctioned picture and audio quality. The solution will use Telstra's Media Optimised Network, including LTE-B capability to pre-position content, and therefore have limited impact on overall network traffic with little to no additional infrastructure cost."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.telstra.com

Ericsson and T-Mobile Work on LTE Optimization

Ericsson and T-Mobile are working together on a network evolution plan and optimization path to prepare the network for 5G, including 3GPP Release 13 and beyond.

Ericsson's Antenna-Integrated Radio (AIR) helped enable T-Mobile's rapid rollout of 4x4 MIMO and 256 and 64 QAM last year, which doubled peak data speeds. The next step is for T-Mobile to combine its spectrum holdings into one data pipe to enable Gigabit LTE speeds within the year. The plans also calls for LTE-U for bringing Gigabit LTE speed to more places.

Ericsson said it also provided 700 MHz tuning and optimization services, which enabled T-Mobile to adapt coverage, throughput and capacity to manage data traffic growth while ensuring high-quality service to its customers.

Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile, says: "T-Mobile's LTE network is the most advanced in the US and we'll continue to deploy the latest, global leading technologies that will create the foundation of a powerful 5G network built for mobility. We work closely with strategic partners like Ericsson to deliver the most advanced technologies that enhance our customers' experience."

Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: "Our work with T-Mobile has pushed us to find the highest-quality solutions for a growing and demanding subscriber base.  For example, our pioneering HD Enhanced Voice service for LTE and Wi-Fi last year improved audio quality and reliability for voice and music within calls. The bar gets higher each time, and we continue to push our own teams to prepare T-Mobile for its journey to 5G."

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/the-un-carrier-road-ahead.htm
http://www.ericsson.com

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom Launch Quantum Alliance for Secure Communications

SK Telecom of Korea and Deutsche Telekom announced at MWC 2017 that they have established the Quantum Alliance, designed to enable secure communication in the quantum computing era.

The companies noted that with industrial espionage and cyber-attacks a growing threat, plus the prospect in the near future that quantum computing could enable the cracking of existing encryption algorithms, today's common cryptography methods could become ineffective, meaning that server access, data links and documents, and the Internet as a whole, could be insecure and easily accessible.

In an effort to address this, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have founded the Quantum Alliance, intended to ensure communications remain secure and with the primary objective of establishing the technical prerequisites for secure communications into the future. The partners believe that to achieve this network operators and hardware manufacturers will need to work together to define and implement common, global technical standards.

As a second step, the Quantum Alliance will seek to develop flexible services and security solutions that maintain secure communications. In the medium-term, the alliance has a target of developing, testing and delivering products that enable secure communications in the age of quantum computing.


As part of the initiative, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom are committed to recruiting partners for the alliance over the coming months, and plan to approach network operators, network equipment makers, device manufacturers and software vendors. Working with the new partners, the companies then plan to create a detailed action plan for how to proceed.

Recently, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom (DT), working with Ericsson, announced a joint demonstration of an intercontinental 5G trial network providing network slices in each operator's footprint covering South Korea and Germany. The demonstration was hosted at DT's corporate R&D centre in Bonn, Germany and the SK Telecom 5G Testbed at Yeongjong-do (BMW driving centre) in Korea, and followed the announcement of a collaboration on 5G at MWC Shanghai 2016.

The partners noted at the time that at MWC 2017 they would demonstrate the creation and management of federated network slices in a NS-as-a-Service (Network Slice as a Service) model.

http://www.sktelecom.com

Palo Alto Networks Buys LightCyber for $105M

Palo Alto Networks completed its acquisition of LightCyber, a privately held cybersecurity company that offers highly automated and accurate behavioral analytics technology. Palo Alto Networks paid $105 million in cash.

LightCyber leverages machine learning to quickly, efficiently and accurately identify attacks based on identifying behavioral anomalies inside the network.

Palo Alto Networks will continue to offer the LightCyber products and support existing customer implementations while it engineers the technology into the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform by the end of the calendar year.

"The LightCyber team's vision to bring automation and machine learning to bear in addressing the very difficult task of identifying otherwise undetected and often very sophisticated attacks inside the network is well-aligned with our platform approach. This technology will complement the existing automated threat prevention capabilities of our platform to help organizations not only improve but also scale their security protections to prevent cyber breaches," stated Mark McLaughlin, chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks.

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/

VeloCloud Raises $35M for its SD-WAN

VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, closed a $35 million Series D round of funding for its SD-WAN solutions.

The funding was led by Hermes Growth Partners and included new investors Telstra Ventures and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia (“Khazanah”), in addition to existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Venrock, March Capital Partners, Cisco Investments, and other undisclosed strategic investors. This brings total funding to $84 million.

The company said the funding will be used to expand business, capacity and operations as it accelerates new SD-WAN product development, supports larger customer rollouts, and dramatically increases sales and marketing in theaters worldwide.

VeloCloud reports that its number of SD-WAN sites has grown to more than 50,000 and total customer wins exceed 600, including the two largest SD-WAN wins in the world. The company has secured deals from AT&T, Sprint, Mitel, TelePacific, and Windstream for its “VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN for Service Providers” solution for both Network Integrated and Over The Top implementations. In addition, VeloCloud continued work with its existing ecosystem of service provider partners, including Vonage, MetTel, EarthLink, and NetOne to deliver the benefits of VeloCloud Powered SD-WAN for their customers.

“We are experiencing significantly more growth than we even predicted as a stretch goal for VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN,” said VeloCloud CEO and Co-founder Sanjay Uppal. “VeloCloud has broken away from the field with the industry’s largest number of customers, sites, and sales along with key strategic Service Provider partnerships. With this new round of funding we are able to stay well ahead of this new level of demand we are experiencing.”

http://www.velocloud.com

Hedvig Raises $21.5M for Software-Defined Storage

Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $21.5 million in Series C funding for its software-defined storage solutions.

Hedvig provides software-defined storage for enterprises building private, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform consolidates block, file, and object into a single, API-driven platform that keeps pace with ever-growing data needs. Its Universal Data Plane technology forms a distributed, scale-out cluster that transforms commodity servers or cloud computing into a flexible foundation for bare metal, hypervisor, and container infrastructure.

The funding included new investments from Singapore-based EDBI and Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The round also included expanded investments from Atlantic Bridge Ventures, including its Oman Technology Fund, and contributions from existing investors True Ventures and Vertex Ventures. The company has now raised a total of $52 million to date.

“All sectors of enterprise IT are being hit by new demands from the massive wave of emerging digital businesses. It’s a wake-up call for the storage industry and a signal that a flexible, simple software-defined storage solution is needed for primary and secondary storage in the era of cloud,” said Avinash Lakshman, founder and CEO of Hedvig.

http://www.hedviginc.com

Level 3 Expands SDN-enabled dynamic Ethernet to APAC

Level 3 Communications, which is in the process of being acquired by CenturyLink, announced it is expanding availability of its Metro 2.0 global Ethernet platform and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions to the Asia Pacific region, enabling enterprises to access its Ethernet platform at two points in each of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, for a total of six access points across the region.

Level 3's Ethernet services are available in more than 290 markets worldwide with flexible bandwidth options ranging from 2 Mbit/s up to 6 Gbit/s. The operator noted that the service features its SDN-based solutions platform, Adaptive Network Control Solutions (ANCS), offering with dynamic capacity, and that enterprises utilising the dynamic capacity capability account for over 1,500 bandwidth scalability events each month, with up to 75% during normal business hours.

Level 3's Ethernet platform offers full E-Line and E-Access product capabilities including Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet Private Line (EPL), which allow global end-to-end connectivity to both on- and off-net locations. The latest service expansion is part of Level 3's objective of providing a single, global Ethernet suite that offers customer-defined networking functionality including bandwidth scaling on demand.

Level 3 noted that it has an established presence in Asia Pacific and serves 14 on-net markets throughout the region with service reach to more than 50 markets. In Asia Pacific it offers global cloud and data centre connectivity to businesses, with on-ramps to AWS and Microsoft Azure in Singapore, and in addition to Ethernet services offers VPN, direct Internet access, managed services, unified communications, CDN and security solutions.

Level 3 also recently announced the deployment of DDoS scrubbing centres at facilities in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

CenturyLink announced in October 2016 that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Level 3 in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion. Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 shareholders would receive $26.50 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share held, implying a total purchase price of $66.50 per Level 3 share. At that time the transaction was expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

http://www.level3.com

MEF16: Level 3's Adam Saenger on Geographic and Service Expansion


Adam Saenger highlights the geographic expansion and new capabilities of Level 3's advances services portfolio this year. Visibility and flexibility are key differentiators. See video: https://youtu.be/vyd1-CBBJtc...


Barefoot and Netronome Demo DevOps Approach for NFV

Barefoot Networks, creator of Tofino, claimed to be the fastest available 6.5 Tbit/s Ethernet switch chip, and Netronome, a provider of intelligent networking solutions, have demonstrated a solution combining the Agilio CX SmartNIC platform with Barefoot's Tofino P4-programmable switch to deliver precise, real-time network telemetry information for detecting and resolving service quality and connectivity issues.

The joint Barefoot-Netronome solution demonstrates how DevOps can be used to triangulate performance issues to VMs and NICs in servers or network switches, making it possible to instantly detect low-performing virtual network functions (VNFs) in service chains and then correct them.

The companies noted that new applications and services in future 5G mobile networks will require network elements in the telco data centre to support those applications and the zettabytes of data that they generate or consume. These applications and services require efficient coordination of data centre resources among network infrastructure, servers, NICs and VMs running VNFs in the data centre.

However, current solutions are unable to triangulate performance issues to VMs, NICs or network switches, making it difficult or impossible to effectively implement SLAs across the network infrastructure. The programmable high-performance switches from Barefoot and SmartNICs from Netronome allow precise triangulation of performance issues to VMs, NICs and switches, so that operators can accurately quantify performance degradation and identify affected network slices, applications, and flows.

Launched in mid-2016, Barefoot Networks' Tofino Ethernet switch ASICs and Capilano software development environment (SDE) are designed to enable full network programmability by opening the forwarding plane, enabling granular control down to the packets flowing on the wire. The first Tofino chips were delivered to customers in the fourth quarter 2016.

Netronome's Agilio CX 10, 25 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet SmartNIC platforms serve to transparently offload virtual switch and router datapath processing for networking functions such as overlays, security, load balancing and telemetry, enabling compute servers used for server-based networking and cloud computing to reserve CPU cores for application processing and deliver higher performance. The programmable Agilio CX platform is designed for general-purpose x86 COTS rack servers to meet operating system, power and form factor requirements.

At MWC 2017, Barefoot and Netronome are demonstrating in-band network telemetry (INT) implemented utilising P4 in SmartNICs and network switches to locate latency degradation caused by service-chained VNFs and generate triggers that can be used to automatically launch new VNFs or move VNFs to servers with more resources.

The demonstration shows how vendor-agnostic, open source P4 programs can be used across programmable NICs and switches, and how DevOps teams can extend INT on the SmartNIC or network switch to collect additional metadata or perform new actions.

https://www.barefootnetworks.com/
http://www.netronome.com

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

NTT DOCOMO Works with Qualcomm and Ericsson on 5G NR trials

NTT DOCOMO plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials in Japan based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trials will operate in mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, as well as millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum at 28 GHz, showcasing the unified 5G NR design across diverse spectrum bands. The trials intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale, enabling timely commercial network launches based on 3GPP Rel-15 standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices.

The trials will utilize device prototype and base station solutions from Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson respectively, along with trial environments from NTT DOCOMO, to simulate real-world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment scenarios. The trial will include 5G NR operation at 4.5 GHz, which allows a large bandwidth resulting in high data rates and good capacity with reasonable coverage to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases.

The trial will showcase advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, beamforming techniques, adaptive self-contained TDD, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible, low-latency slot structure based design. In addition, the trial will include 5G NR operation in mmWave spectrum at 28 GHz, employing advanced 5G NR antenna technology to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility.

"We are excited to conduct early 5G NR trials based on the 3GPP specification with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson," said Seizo Onoe, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO. "NTT DOCOMO plans to deploy a 5G NR commercial system by 2020 and it is essential that the industry cooperate closely to create a 5G ecosystem in a timely manner. Through acceleration of the standardization and standard-compliant 5G NR trial activities, we will ensure the highly-stable 5G services."

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/0227_02.html

VMware Advances its vCloud NFV

VMware announced the second major release of its ETSI-compliant, modular, multi-tenancy NFV platform for delivering openness and choice across the NFV technology stack—NFV infrastructure (NFVI), Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIM), Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and NFV Orchestration (NFVO) .

VMware said its vCloud NFV 2.0 combines a highly available, carrier-grade network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) with Day 2 operations management and service assurance capabilities to drive successful NFV deployments and operations.

“In today’s highly competitive environment, CSPs must deliver innovative services faster, with the best end-to-end customer experience and at the lowest cost. Current network architectures, including some virtualized deployments, remain rigid and expensive to build and manage,” said Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group, VMware. “With more than 80 NFV deployments by more than 45 CSPs serving 300 million subscribers worldwide, VMware vCloud NFV enables the transformation of network architectures, services delivery, operations and economics through a more dynamic, agile network built on software.”

Highlights:

  • Service Automation: vCloud NFV accelerates service creation, onboarding and deployment, and enables policy-based resource and workload allocation across the NFVI. The newest release includes the ability to embed advanced service-centric policies and resource requirements during VNF packaging and automated importing of existing VNF workloads into VMware Integrated OpenStack. 
  • Secure Multi-Tenancy: vCloud NFV helps CSPs achieve complete service isolation in a secure multi-tenant environment across NFVI functions. Now with native integration between vCloud Director and VMware NSX network virtualization, service providers will be able to use micro-segmentation to deploy a programmable network with fine-grained security and role-based, delegated access control for both providers and tenants. As a result, multi-VNFs with multi-services will be able to seamlessly share the same infrastructure, yet have complete isolation from each other. 
  • Operations Management: VMware vCloud NFV delivers NFVI operational automation with 360-degree visibility along with proactive and predictive analytics to deliver performance feedback and fast remediation capabilities. With the newest release, CSPs will be able to get full visibility of all components within a deployed service across overlay, underlay, virtual and physical environments through vRealize Network Insight. The vCloud NFV platform provides continuous, near real-time data on the health, performance, capacity of network resources, along with prioritized alert notifications for closed-loop integration into resource and service orchestration workflows. Open APIs provide northbound integration with leading service assurance solutions.
  • Carrier-Grade Availability: VMware vCloud NFV is a highly available platform providing service continuity in production networks at scale. With simplified infrastructure lifecycle management, service providers will be able to seamlessly upgrade and apply patches with minimal impact to operations and network stability. Advanced high availability (HA) features will enable intelligent and proactive HA based on VNF requirements and platform capabilities. Predictive and network-aware distributed resource scheduler (DRS) will enable proactive and predictive VNF resource monitoring and closed-loop remediation. Performance enhancements will include accelerated packet performance, and improved security hardening will be delivered through VM level encryption and secure boot.


In addition, VMware, Intel and Cloudify hosted an open VNF on-boarding hackathon at Mobile World Congress to raise industry awareness and initiate an industry review of a proposed TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) based VNF Data Models agreement.

http://www.vmware.com

Video: Radisys at Mobile World Congress 2017




Ray Adensamer gives an overview of Radisys' activity at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, including joint demonstrations of M-CORD with On.Lab.

https://youtu.be/uME7blhh-1I





VoLTE on Cat-M1/LTE-M

Ericsson, AT&T and Qualcomm have demonstrated a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call for Internet of Things (IoT) on existing mobile network infrastructure, opening up opportunities to expand enterprise services to areas such as security alarm panels, remote first aid kits, wearables, digital locks, disposable security garments, and other types of IoT-enabled applications and services.

The demonstration used Qualcomm's MDM9206 LTE modem, designed to support Cat-M1/ LTE-M, as well as Ericsson LTE Radio Access Network, Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Ericsson Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Ericsson User Data Management network infrastructure and new software.

"AT&T is proud to participate alongside Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to advance VoLTE support over Cat-M1/LTE-M," says Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T. "The ability to support voice services is an important feature to many verticals within our IoT portfolio, including our customers in the alarm and security industry, automotive, wearables and connected health markets."

Anders Olin, Head of Network Applications, Business Unit IT and Cloud Products, Ericsson, says: "With this successful demonstration of Cat-M1/LTE-M also supporting VoLTE voice calls in IoT devices, we are providing more value to operators and users. The benefit of basic human communication blends perfectly into the IoT environment. Supported by our radio and core portfolios, it will now be feasible to globally deploy voice services for IoT cost-effectively for all kinds of industries and different use cases."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.qualcomm.com

BT and Cavium join Telecom Infra Project

BT and Cavium announced they have joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) founded by companies including Facebook, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom in 2016, and Keysight Technologies announced that it is expanding its commitment to the project.

BT

BT announced it is partnering with the TIP, which is seeking to transform how telecom networks are built, and Facebook to accelerate research into advanced telecoms technologies. As part of the initiative, BT, Facebook and TIP will work together in locations including BT Labs at Adastral Park in the UK and at London's Tech City. The relationship is intended to enable telecoms infrastructure start-ups to engage directly with experts from BT, the TIP community and Facebook.

TIP plans to establish a network of start-up acceleration centres in collaboration with major operators worldwide, and BT will host the first such centre in Europe. The UK acceleration centre joins a similar facility in South Korea, sponsored by SK Telecom. The initial focus of the UK acceleration centre will be in the areas of quantum computing, as applied to networks, and mission-critical communications.

Cavium

Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products for enterprise, data centre and wired and wireless networking, has joined TIP as part of its ongoing effort to support the development of telecom networks. Cavium will contribute wireless access technologies to TIP's OpenCellular project group, which is aiming to address the demand for faster, more agile networks.

Through the agreement, Cavium will specifically contribute and support the development of a production-ready hardware design for a single sector LTE 2T2R MIMO (64/128 user) for OpenCellular in the second half of 2017. The design will be based on its OCTEON Fusion CNF7130 baseband processor and will feature the associated end-to-end L1 to L3 software stack. Cavium will also offer open source access to certain APIs to enable enhanced capabilities for the LTE cell.

Keysight Technologies

Keysight, a supplier of electronic measurement solutions, is expanding its commitment to TIP, and as part of this partnership will co-chair a newly-formed sub-group focused on test automation within the OpenCellular project group. Keysight will contribute the open source code that supports automated testing for design verification and a low-cost manufacturing solution for OpenCellular base stations.

TIP was co-founded in February 2016 by Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, EE, Nokia and Intel and now claims over 450 member organisations. The project is an engineering-focused initiative supported by telecom operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators and other technology companies that is aiming to transform how telecoms network infrastructure is built and deployed.

Interxion's Data Center Sales Grow 10% YoY, New Facilities Come Online

Interxion's revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was €110.5 million, a 10% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2016.  Gross profit was €67.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 10% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2016.

Some operational highlights:

  • Equipped Space increased by 3,000 square metres in the fourth quarter and 9,600 square metres for the full year to 110,800 square metres
  • Revenue Generating Space increased by 3,100 square metres in the fourth quarter and 8,100 square metres for the full year to 87,200 square metres
  • Utilisation Rate was 79% at the end of the year
  • During the fourth quarter, Interxion opened two new data centres: the first phase of its AMS8 data centre in Amsterdam, and the first two phases of its DUB3 data centre in Dublin. In addition, Interxion opened a 500 sqm expansion at its PAR7 data centre in Paris.

“Interxion continued its momentum into the fourth quarter, capping 2016 with double digit annual growth for revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, and solid margin improvement. We experienced growth across our key target segments, and we saw a continuation of strong bookings across all deal sizes,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer. ”Customers value our services, which are located in the main connectivity hubs across Europe, as they seek network-dense facilities where they create business value by gaining access to our vibrant Communities of Interest.”

http://www.internexion.com

Ericsson and Cisco Develop VoLTE UC

Ericsson and Cisco showcased a joint Collaboration Mobile Convergence (CMC) solution that delivers Cisco Spark collaboration tools over VoLTE.

Cisco Spark features like messaging, in-line file sharing, and high-definition video conferencing across multiple devices, can be triggered from a simple call to a mobile number. Calls can also be moved seamlessly between devices, including the newly announced Cisco Spark Board, with a simple swipe.

The network ensures seamless handover of voice calls across 2G, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi accesses. The solution will be available to Service Provider and Enterprise customers by end of calendar year 2017.

"CMC offers Service Providers a unique competitive advantage to deliver world class business communications services via the mobile phone. This is a great example of Cisco and Ericsson innovation at work to advance the network of the future and support our mobile lifestyles," stated Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco.

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.ericsson.com

Equinix Expands Zurich Data Center Campus with Acquisition

Equinix will acquire ICT-Center AG, Zurich's data center operating business in Zurich, Switzerland. The deal was valued at under $5 million.

The facility, which is adjacent to Equinix's existing Zurich International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers – ZH2 and ZH4, will add approximately 60 cabinets of sold capacity and a total colocation space of approximately 230 cabs. Equinix noted that the data center currently has a large number of network customers, which further increases network density at its Zurich campus, as well as global enterprises and financial services companies.

Equinix's Zurich data centers (ZH1, ZH2, ZH4, ZH5) are tethered together forming a campus environment.  The company says customers at its Zurich campus can reach 90 percent of Europe within 20ms.

http://www.equinix.com

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