Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nokia Expands its 1830 Optical Portfolio

Nokia today announced an expansion of its flagship 1830 optical product family to help operators to scale their networks across premises access, metro aggregation and long haul data center interconnect (DCI).

Highlights of Nokia's new optical innovations include:


  • The Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation (PSD) is a carrier-class network demarcation device supporting Ethernet and wavelength services. It cost effectively extends metro optical networks to the customer premise, enabling resilient, high-capacity access to cloud services while providing end-to-end service assurance.
  • The  Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect (PSI) integrates the super coherent technology of the Photonic Service Engine 2 (PSE-2s) into a data center physical and operational form-factor, delivering the highest proven optical performance and flexibility available in a purpose-built DCI platform. Its unique modulation formats maximize spectral efficiency and distance for metro, long haul, and subsea networks.
  • New 100G line cards for the 1830 Photonic Service Switch address the high-capacity, low latency aggregation required to connect cloud service consumers to metro colors and edge data centers. Powered by the PSE-2 Compact (PSE-2c) metro-optimized 100G digital signal processor, the new 100G OTN and packet cards efficiently transport packet and OTN services in a compact, cost-effective form factor.


All new capabilities will be available in the first half of 2017.

http://www.nokia.com

ADVA Intros Direct Detect Open Optical Layer for DCI

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its direct detect open optical layer for Internet Content Providers and Cloud Network Providers who want to avoid the expense of traditional coherent solutions.

The new solution, which is a key expansion of the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform, is available in two distinct formats. It can either be bought as an Open Line System (OLS) in a disaggregated manner or as a complete solution that includes the terminal and the line system.

ADVA Optical Networking said one compelling feature of its OLS is its SmartAmp technology that enables direct detect transmissions to be transported up to 100km. By disaggregating the terminal functions from the line system, customers are able to evolve and optimize each network layer separately. Not only does this lead to significant savings in regards to footprint and power, but it also means that wavelengths can be used with any terminal equipment, such as switch routers or classic transponders.

“Our FSP 3000 CloudConnect™ helped change the DCI market. It transformed people’s expectations. Since its launch, we’ve continually innovated and driven forward our vision for the OLS,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, COO, ADVA Optical Networking.

http://www.advaoptical.com/

EchoStar XXIII Blasts into Orbit in SpaceX's

The EchoStar XXIII successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit from the historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible Ku-band satellite based on Space Systems Loral's 1300 platform with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial deployment of EchoStar XXIII will be at 45° West, and the Satellite End of Life (EOL) Power is 20 kilowatts (kW).

“This is the third satellite built for EchoStar by SSL to be placed on orbit since last June,” said John Celli, president of SSL. I would like to thank EchoStar, SpaceX and our own engineers and technicians who all worked as a team to make this launch a success.”

http://www.echostar.com

NeoPhotonics launches 1310nm Lasers for 100G QSFP28

NeoPhotonics has announced general availability of high power 1310 nm lasers and laser arrays qualified for applications in low-cost, non-hermetic packages for 100 Gbit/s silicon photonics-based QSFP28 modules targeting the data centre market.

NeoPhotonics stated that the new lasers and laser arrays are designed to address the need for custom high-power and non-hermetic lasers that provide the light source for silicon photonics-based transceivers providing 100 Gbit/s connectivity within the data centre. The company added that deployment of these transceivers delivered in standard MSA formats such as CWDM4, CLR4 and PSM4, typically in a QSFP28 form factor, is currently underway.

To support the emerging silicon photonics ecosystem, NeoPhotonics has developed and qualified according to the Telcordia GR-468-CORE Issue 2 standard, a range of high power, uncooled lasers and laser arrays for a number of major silicon photonics transceiver manufacturers.

NeoPhotonics' new lasers are designed to provide an efficient, high power light source that leverages a specific implementation of silicon-based high speed analogue and digital electronic devices and photonic components. The high power 1310 nm CW DFB lasers are qualified compliant with Telcordia GR-468-CORE Issue 2, which encompasses criteria including damp heat testing for powered non-hermetic devices. The products are production ready.

NeoPhotonics noted that its lasers are designed with a focus on three key customer requirements: the need for high optical power output, ranging from 40 to 7 0mW, for both NRZ and PAM4 modulation; proven reliability in non-hermetic packages to meet the volume and low cost requirements associated with mega-data centre applications; and custom features to allow the use of automated laser attach and alignment methods to help reduce assembly costs.

Regarding the products, Tim Jenks, chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics, said, "These uncooled, high power non-hermetic CW DFB lasers and laser arrays are a key component for… emerging 100, 200 or 400 Gbit/s silicon photonics-based transceivers for data centre switching applications… the new lasers illustrate the wide ranging applications for NeoPhotonics' advanced hybrid photonic integration technology, efficiently combining high power InP laser technology with partners' silicon photonics modulator technology".

London Internet Exchange Picks Ciena for DCI

London Internet Exchange (LINX) has deployed Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform for connecting its data centers throughout London.

LINX has 11 points of presences (PoPs) across London, with more than 740 members connecting more than 70 different countries. LINX offers its members cost-effective and high-capacity links between its data centers to efficiently exchange traffic between a large number of diverse international peering partners.

Ciena said its Waveserver, LINX can provide multiple terabits of connectivity between its Harbour Exchange, Equinix LD5 and Interxion locations, enabled by the platform’s massive capacity and density—400 Gb/s of line capacity plus any mix of 10G, 40G or 100G of client Ethernet services up to 400 Gb/s, in a compact, one rack unit form factor.

http://www.ciena.com

German service provider Exaring deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for 100G

ADVA Optical Networking announced that German digital service provider Exaring has deployed its technology in what is believed to be Germany's first fully integrated platform for the delivery of IP entertainment services.

Based on the ADVA FSP 3000 solution, Exaring's new national backbone network is designed to transmit high-quality, on-demand TV and gaming services to approximately 23 million households across the country. The 100 Gbit/s core transport infrastructure deployed for Exaring, which also features the FSP Network Manager to provide high service availability, has a total of over 12,000 km of fibre. ADVA noted that its long-term partner dacoso designed and installed the network.

Exaring's new 80-channel optical transport system provides high capacity and low latency performance and will be used solely for the transmission of IP entertainment applications, including new technologies such as UHD 8K TV.

ADVA noted that the dedicated, high-capacity DWDM network for on-demand streaming and multi-player gaming will help Exaring to bypass Internet bottlenecks and deliver delay-free services to its customers. The flexible architecture is additionally designed to enable Exaring to quickly integrate and roll-out new services.

In November 2016, ADVA announced today that New England-based fibre communications provider 186 Communications has deployed its FSP 3000 in the northeast U.S. to expand its fibre backbone and address growing demand from broadband providers and enterprise customers.

Last December, ADVA announced that Columbia College Chicago had deployed the FSP 3000 platform for a 100 Gbit/s optical transport network designed to eliminate reliance on managed services and to enable the college to offer e-learning classes. The DWDM network connected the college's ten campus sites and featured low-latency, Layer 1 traffic protection.

http://www.advaoptical.com

Luxtera Partners with TSMC for Next Gen Silicon Photonics

Luxtera, a global provider of silicon photonics solutions, announced that it has partnered with TSMC for the manufacture of next generation silicon photonics solutions designed for future cloud, mobile infrastructure, enterprise and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms.

Under the agreement, Luxtera and TSMC are developing a new silicon photonics technology platform designed to provide more than double the optical link performance and four times the raw data throughput of competing silicon photonics solution on the market. The new silicon photonics platform will also enable full SoC integration of optical interconnect with the CMOS logic for applications such as network switch, storage or compute.

Luxtera stated that combined with TSMC silicon manufacturing capabilities and scale, its silicon photonic designs can enable optical interconnects that offer significantly higher performance at lower cost and power consumption to address the requirements of future data centres and 5G mobile networks.

Luxtera's latest platform will be used in a suite of next generation silicon photonics solutions to deliver 100 Gbit/s per lane optical interconnects, starting with 100GBase-DR and 400GBase-DR4 transceivers in 2018, and subsequently expanding to include other standards-based solutions for 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 Gbit/s and 1 Tbit/s optical interconnects.

In addition, complementing the new silicon photonics technologies, Luxtera will leverage TSMC's 7 nm CMOS process to deliver high performance with low power across its product portfolio.

http://www.luxtera.com


  • In September 2016, Luxtera announced it had shipped more than one million silicon photonics PSM4 transceiver products designed for applications in cloud computing data centres. The Luxtera 100 Gbit/s PSM4 optical transceivers include four independent transmitter and receiver channels integrating phase modulators, photodetectors, waveguides, grating couplers, electrical re-timers and control circuitry, powered by a single integrated laser.

Mellanox: 100G Transceiver Shipments Ramp Up Quickly

Mellanox Technologies reported that it has shipped more than 200,000 VCSEL and silicon photonics transceiver modules to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0, cloud, and enterprise 100Gb/s networks. The modules are delivered in the QSFP28 form factor as Active Optical Cables (AOCs) or as standalone pluggable transceivers.

“The 100Gb/s optical transceivers market has ramped very quickly and we have ramped our optical manufacturing capabilities with it, and are shipping multiple product families in high volume,” said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. “Multi-mode optics are the most cost effective solution on the market today to connect 25G and 100G Ethernet servers and switches over shorter data center reaches. For longer reaches, customers selected our silicon photonics-based PSM4 transceivers as the most cost effective, highest configurable, single-mode transceiver available.”

Recently, Mellanox announced that is has shipped over 100,000 Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cables for 100Gb/s networks. DAC are used to link servers and storage to Top-of-Rack switches; typically less than 3 meters in length. Transceivers and AOCs offer lengths up to 2km.

http://www.mellanox.com

OE Solutions Unveils 10G CWDM SFP+, 10/25G Transceivers

South Korea-based OE Solutions, a supplier of optical transceivers for communications applications, has announced the release of extended reach 10 Gbit/s CWDM SFP+ transceivers and high-density transceivers, including 2 x 10 Gbit/s compact SFP+, 4 x 10 Gbit/s QSFP+ and 25 Gbit/s SFP28, for wireless fronthaul applications.

CWDM transceivers

OE Solutions' new CWDM SFP+ transceivers which offer support for 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as CPRI-2 to CPRI-8 for wireless network applications, utilise cooled DFB laser diodes combined with wide dynamic range APD detectors and proprietary circuitry to enable reach of up to 20 km for wavelengths up to 1611 nm.

The industrial temperature grade, extended reach transceivers are available for CWDM wavelengths from 1471 up to 1611 nm and complement the company's standard line of DFB-based 10 Gbit/s CWDM transceivers for wavelengths from 1271 to 1451 nm to provide a total of 18 channels.

The company noted that extended reach transceivers with directly modulated DFB lasers offer a cost effective alternative to EMLs for access network applications such as for wireless fronthaul and Ethernet service delivery.

The OE Solutions extended reach 10 Gbit/s CWDM SFP+ transceivers are currently sampling, with volume production scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2017.

New high-density transceivers

The industrial temperature grade high density transceivers are designed to enable high port densities in radio access network equipment to support the roll-out of next generation wireless infrastructures.

OE Solutions noted that in 2017 it is estimated that the number of 10 Gbit/s CPRI ports deployed will increase rapidly and exceed the total of all lower rate ports installed. In addition, the use of 25 Gbit/s transceivers is expected to significantly raise wireless fronthaul capacity over the next 12-18 months. Both of these developments are driving demand for physically denser solutions, which can be cost effectively addressed by increasing the number of wavelengths per transceiver cage and the bit rate per wavelength.

The new high-density transceivers being introduced by OE Solutions are as follows:

1. A 2 x 10 Gbit/s multi-rate (1270 and 1330 nm) bidirectional compact-SFP+ solution for distances up to 20 km.

2. A 4 x 10 Gbit/s multi-rate 850 nm QSFP+ device offering reach of up to 300 metres.

3. A 25 Gbit/s 1310 nm SFP28 solution with multiple rate and protocol options for distances up to 10 km.

The new high-density transceivers are currently sampling, with volume production due to commence in the second quarter of the year.

http://www.oesolutions.com

Arvizio Targets Augmented Reality Software

Arvizio of Ottawa, Canada, a developer of software solutions enabling augmented and mixed reality experiences, has announces the launch of the company and the completion of an initial funding round and opened its global headquarters in Ottawa.

Arvizio offers what is believed to be the first enterprise-class mixed reality server platform designed to enable real time collaboration and 3D visualisation across locations utilising platforms such as Microsoft HoloLens and other mixed reality devices.

Arvizio was co-founded in Ottawa in 2016 by Jonathan Reeves, current CEO, Alex Berlin, the company's president and COO, and Borys Vorobyov, current CTO. Mr. Reeves previously served at CloudLink Technologies (acquired by EMC), founded Mangrove Systems (acquired by Carrier Access), Sirocco Systems (acquired by Sycamore Networks) and Sahara Networks (acquired by Cascade communications).

Previously, Mr. Berlin was a founder and served as CEO of CloudLink Technologies, was co-founder and CEO of AFORE Solutions (acquired by Kuatro/Jabil) and chairman of Ambercore Software. Mr. Vorobyov previously founded SightPower, a company focused on large scale spatial data analysis and 3D visualisation, and co-founded Ambercore Software.

Arvizio has a team of experienced technology professionals with expertise in the areas of 3D spatial data processing, secure network communications, IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) and is applying this expertise to create advanced mixed reality solutions. By combining collaboration and 3D visualisation techniques, the company offers solutions that target a range of industry verticals, including healthcare, industrial, enterprise and education.

https://www.arvizio.io/

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AT&T Expects 5G Rollout in Late 2018

AT&T voiced support for the decision last week by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) wireless standards body to accelerate some elements in the 5G new radio (NR) timeline.

AT&T said it now anticipates launching standards-based mobile 5G services to consumers starting as early as late 2018 -- a year ahead of previously announced schedules.

The accelerated schedule includes a plan to complete key components of the 5G standards needed to start chipset development in December 2017. That’s 6 months ahead of the expected 3GPP full Release 15. These key components include the specifications for 5G NR along with the non-standalone option for the core network interface.
The 3GPP decision was backed by 47 global operators and vendors.

AT&T noted that about 137 petabytes of data traffic crosses its network on an average business day. Data traffic on its mobile network has grown more than 250,000% since 2007. Video now makes up more than half of its mobile data traffic. In fact, video traffic grew over 75% and smartphones drove almost 75% of data traffic in the last year alone.

http://about.att.com/innovationblog/standardized_5g

Ciena Outlines Liquid Spectrum Vision for Optical Networks

Ciena outlined its "Liquid Spectrum" vision for empowering network operators to tune, control and dynamically adjust optical capacity in an on-demand world.

Liquid Spectrum will encompass a series of next-generation optical and software technologies, including Ciena’s reconfigurable photonic layer, WaveLogic Ai coherent optics, Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), and new advanced software applications. Liquid Spectrum will use APIs and standard interfaces to support operators’ requirements for an accessible, open architecture.  Ciena said its Liquid Spectrum helps ensure the ideal amount of bandwidth is used at any given time.

In its initial introduction, Liquid Spectrum will feature advanced software applications including:

  • Performance Meter helps operators proactively ensure optimal system performance by providing access, for the first time, to real-time, accurate planning data for both the existing hardware and new planned services.
  • Bandwidth Optimizer uses customer-defined service policies and suggests the ideal capacity, hardware configuration and spectral placement for any channel, across any network path.
  • Liquid Restoration increases service availability with flexible adjustment of deployed coherent optical capacity as needed to route affected services across any available path in the network.
  • Wave-Line Synchronizer accelerates service provisioning, reduces manual provisioning steps and eliminates associated human errors across multi-vendor optical deployments.

Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai and Blue Planet MCP – two key elements of Liquid Spectrum – will be available in the second quarter of 2017. Liquid Spectrum and its initial software applications are slated for delivery by the end of this year.

“There was a time when network operators could easily predict their network traffic demands and capacity needs at any given time. But we’ve entered a new world with new rules where networks are more complex and mobile and cloud applications can disrupt overnight. With Liquid Spectrum, we are sharing our full vision and blueprint for the way future optical networks should be built to tackle the challenges of the next 10 years and beyond,” stated Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com

CNEX Targets Next Gen SSD Controllers for Hyperscale

CNEX Labs, a private semiconductor company based in San Jose, California, closed its Series C round of financing led by Microsoft Ventures and joined by existing CNEX investors, bringing total funding to over $60 million to date.

CNEX is developing solid-state storage controllers and software for cloud, hyperscale, and enterprise data centers.

The company said it is working with tier-one data center customers and manufacturers of solid-state storage, including NAND flash and other storage media, to create a ground-up re-design of the traditional SSD controller architecture.

“CNEX is developing the next big innovation for solid-state storage through semiconductor and software solutions,” said Nagraj Kashyap, corporate vice president at Microsoft Ventures. “As data generation grows, so too must storage systems. Our support will help CNEX accelerate its contribution to new breakthroughs in the evolution toward a cloud-first world.”

“We place a high value on the expertise that comes with this commitment from Microsoft Ventures,” said Alan Armstrong, CEO and Co-Founder of CNEX Labs. “The industry sees impressive leadership from Microsoft in shaping a new generation of data centers, and the strategic guidance from Microsoft Ventures will be a key asset to CNEX as we launch our storage products into mass production for the global data center ecosystem.”

Worldwide data generation is expected to leap from four zettabytes per year in 2013 to 40 zettabytes per year by 2020 (one zettabyte is one billion terabytes). The sheer volume, variety, and velocity of data is driving the need for innovation in data center technology to store and deliver this data.

http://www.cnexlabs.com

Orange Business Adds Riverbed SteelConnect to SD-WAN Service

Orange Business will integrate Riverbed SteelConnect technology into its hybrid network portfolio. The two companies are working together to develop a virtual network function (VNF) that customers will be able to deploy on universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) at their site. Full compatibility will be maintained with existing services as enterprises transition applications to the cloud.

Riverbed said its SD-WAN offering, SteelConnect, provides an intelligent and simplified approach to designing, deploying and managing hybrid networks. Application performance is improved by real-time routing using the optimum links available between different networks. SteelConnect also enables zero-touch provisioning, allowing enterprises to set-up global networks quickly with easy management, providing a cost effective and superior end user experience.

The first Orange pilot customers will be connected during the second quarter 2017 using managed SteelConnect appliances. The VNF of the service is scheduled to be available at the end of 2017. This will provide full virtualization and orchestration managed through an easy-to-use ‘self-care’ portal to administer and prioritize applications.

“Historically, Orange and Riverbed have a strong relationship with joint innovation commitments to support developments in the network and cloud. Riverbed is a key partner, and we are working closely with them to integrate their SD-WAN technology into our network. This will provide our customers with yet more choice and simplicity in how they manage their infrastructure,” says Pierre-Louis Biaggi, vice president, Connectivity Business Unit, Orange Business Services.

“With the launch of our SD-WAN solution SteelConnect integrated into Orange’s hybrid network portfolio, Orange and Riverbed continue their journey of co-development aimed at rapidly introducing new services to the market in response to customers’ changing needs as they move more apps and services to the cloud. We look forward to even greater market acceleration as we leverage more of our joint portfolio and explore new options like the Service Delivery Platform announced at Mobile World Congress this year,” said Phil Harris, senior vice president and General Manager, Service Provider Vertical at Riverbed.

http://www.riverbed.com


Digital Realty Adds Data Center Space to Atlanta Campus

Digital Realty Trust plans to add approximately 50,000 square feet of interconnected retail colocation data center capacity to its existing 160,000 square feet in the southeast technical hub of Atlanta. The new facility will be connected via fiber to Digital’s existing facility at 56 Marietta Street, the region’s largest stand-alone data center.

Digital Realty said the Atlanta metro area is and extremely appealing interconnection location for enterprises, telecommunications providers and cloud providers given its minimal risk of natural disasters, low cost, reliable power, strong fiber infrastructure and peering capabilities.

http://www.digitalrealty.com

Barefoot Tests its Switch Performance with Ixia IxNetwork + Novus

Network testing solutions provider Ixia announced that Barefoot Networks, developer of high-performance, programmable switch solutions, has chosen its 100 Gigabit Ethernet test solutions to validate the Tofino series of programmable switches launched in June last year.

Utilising the Ixia solutions, Barefoot will be able to ensure that its Tofino switches deliver the performance network operators demand, as well as test the functionality enabled by its programmable packet processing pipeline, for example new or custom protocols, in-band network telemetry and load balancing.

Barefoot's Tofino switches are based on technology that is designed to enable a fully programmable Ethernet switch that does not suffer a performance penalty to its 6.5 Tbit/s traffic processing capability. To validate the performance, scale and quality of these switches, Barefoot test engineers can use Ixia's IxNetwork and Novus 100 Gigabit Ethernet solutions to recreate real-life traffic patterns and load characteristics.

Ixia's IxNetwork offers a complete chip, device and network infrastructure test solution that can be used to validate Layer 2/3 performance, interoperability and functionality. Capable of analysing up to 4 million traffic flows simultaneously, IxNetwork is designed to provide enhanced real-time analysis and statistics. Featuring eight native QSP28 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports, the Ixia Novus load modules can generate terabytes of data to simulate real-world network traffic and Layer 2/3 protocols.

In combination, the Ixia solutions provide a test platform designed to enable full line-rate 100 Gigabit Ethernet evaluation of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designs, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and hardware switch fabrics.

Recently at MWC, Barefoot Networks partnered with Netronome, a provider of intelligent networking solutions, to demonstrate a solution combining the Agilio CX SmartNIC platform and its Tofino P4-programmable switch to deliver precise, real-time network telemetry data required to detect, root-cause and resolve network problems.

The joint solution showed how a DevOps approach can be used to triangulate performance issues to VMs and NICs in servers or network switches and thereby enable the detection of poorly performing virtual network functions (VNFs) in service chains.

https://www.ixiacom.com/


  • In January, Barefoot announced that it was sharing its Wedge 100B series switches, including the Wedge100BF-32X 3.2 Tbit/s 1 RU 32 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet and Wedge100BF-65X 6.5 Tbit/s 2 RU 65 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches that are based on its technology Tofino, with the OCP ecosystem.


Finisar Introduces 100 GHz Balanced Detector

Finisar, a supplier of subsystems and components for fibre optic communications, has introduced a new product in its family of high-speed photodetectors, the 100 GHz balanced detector (BPDV4121), designed for next generation optical test and measurement equipment.

Finisar claims that the new 100 GHz product is the fastest detector available and enables coherent signal detection and characterisation at rates up to 160 Gbaud.

Designed for next-generation high bit-rate transmission systems, the new photodetector enables accurate measurement, characterisation and verification of performance in real-time. Finisar noted that the increasing baud rates inherent with coherent transmission demand high-frequency optical modulation analysers, sampling scopes and real-time scopes to perform the neessary verification tests.

Finisar's new BPDV4121 detector operates in the C-band and is delivered in a hermetic package equipped with a connector suitable for 100 GHz and-higher RF connections. Additional key features include high responsivity and low polarisation dependent loss (PDL) performance.

The new BPDV4121 product, which will be displayed at OFC 2017, is currently sampling, with general availability scheduled for later in March.

Finisar has also introduced its new WaveAnalyzer 100S compact optical spectrum analyser, designed to enable spectral measurements with advanced optical communication systems in R&D and manufacturing. Finisar's WaveAnalyzer 100S provides two measurements per second across the C-band for optical communications, with a measurement resolution of 1.8 GHz.

The new optical spectrum analyser utilises Finisar's established WaveAnalyzer GUI, which enables analysis functions such as OSNR measurement and WDM analysis, while a programming interface allows integration with automated test systems. The new WaveAnalyzer 100S is due to begin shipping in May 2017.

http://www.finisar.com

ADTRAN notes shipment of 10m Vectoring Ports

ADTRAN, a provider of next-generation open networking solutions, announced that it has now shipped 10 million vectoring ports as network operators in the U.S. and Europe seek to optimise their ability to deliver ultra-broadband services.

ADTRAN's stated that it has extended its leading position in the broadband services market over the past four quarters, claiming to have shipped more DSL and VDSL2 vectoring ports in North America than all other suppliers combined.

The company noted that VDSL2 vectoring technology is a key element in equipping network operators to expand their broadband services by enabling the provision of 100 Mbit/s bandwidth utilising the existing copper-based DSL infrastructure that may previously have been limited to supporting 10 Mbit/s bandwidth. Particularly suitable for urban deployments and multi-dwelling units, vectoring offers a scalable approach to increasing the DSL network capacity.

Vectoring enables the delivery of higher bandwidths over the installed access network, increasing service speeds up to 100 Mbit/s using VDSL2 vectoring, or to more than 300 Mbit/s leveraging higher spectrum Super-Vectoring technology. ADTRAN noted that service providers are increasingly adopting vectoring technology to enable the provision of higher-speed broadband where time-to-market or economic constraints mean that the deployment of new fibre infrastructure is not practical.

http://www.adtran.com


  • In October 2016, ADTRAN announced it was extending its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives (ECCL) program to the entire EMEA region, noting that the program would support the European Commission's Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society initiative. The ECCL program is designed to bring ultra-fast and gigabit broadband services to communities based on its FTTP, G.fast and VDSL vectoring solutions.

  • In August last year, ADTRAN announced that it had shipped 50,000 units of its Total Access 5000 (TA5000) multi-service access node (MSAN) in North America. The TA5000 offers multi-service capabilities including gigabit service delivery over fibre, high-speed broadband over copper utilising VDSL2 vectoring and Super-Vectoring technology, plus support for mobile backhaul and Carrier Ethernet services. ADTRAN claimed that the platform was in use by over 50% of the top 100 U.S. network operators, including the seven largest providers.

ABI reports 2bn LTE Subscribers Accounting for 67% of mobile traffic

According to the latest Mobile Networks Biannual Update report from ABI Research, the mobile telecoms landscape is evolving rapidly, with national 4G deployments nearing completion in most markets worldwide and estimating that the 2 billion global 4G (LTE) subscribers as of early 2017 will increase to more than 4 billion in 2022, meaning that globally over 50% of people will be using an LTE network by that time.

However, ABI notes that the 4G market is continuing to develop, with the first gigabit-capable LTE networks beginning to arrive, offering mobile connectivity at speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s for end users.

Meanwhile, although 5G discussions and early developments are progressing ABI believes that LTE networks will continue as the backbone of broadband connectivity for many years yet as networks are upgraded to enable gigabit speeds and provide the foundation for 5G.

Further highlights of the ABI study include:

1. Mobile traffic totaled an estimated 109 Exabytes during 2016 and will reach 522 Exabytes in 2022, representing an average user consumption of 1.2 Gbytes per month currently, rising to over 5.7 Gbytes per month by 2022.

2. Over the period to 2022, LTE is expected to continue to be the dominant technology; at present LTE carries around 67% of total mobile traffic, and this is predicted to increase to 82% in 2022, while by that time 5G will account for only 13% of overall mobile data traffic.

3. Operator profitability is under pressure, with ARPU in the U.S., the most lucrative market, at around $43 currently, but expected to decline to less than $35 in 2022.

4. Network operator capex is also under pressure and looks set to continue to decrease until 2019, after which time it will rise as 5G deployments will ramp up.

5. 2G and 3G networks are expected to experience a double-digit subscriber decline for the second consecutive year; ABI notes that of the operators it tracks, 60 are twilighting 2G and 38 sunsetting 3G networks, meaning no more investments in upgrades, although consolidation of infrastructure and 2G/3G combinations with 4G continue.

Commenting on the report, Nick Marshall, research director at ABI Research, said, "Gigabit LTE appeared this month in Telstra’s network, and ABI expects more than 15 mobile operators to be offering gigabit speed services to subscribers by the end of 2017… this is a significant development, and one that will lead to new use cases from the increase in data speed available to end users".

SES-15 Preps for Launch in Kourou

The SES-15 satellite has arrived at the European space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by a Soyuz vehicle in April 2017.

SES-15, which was designed and manufactured by Boeing, carries a hybrid payload, with additional Ku-band wide beams and Ku- as well as Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability. The satellite will be equipped with an electric propulsion system for orbit-raising and in-orbit maneuvers. The satellite will also carry the Wide Area Augmentation Systems (WAAS), a US government-funded hosted payload to augment the Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

SES-15 is the first SES hybrid satellite to be launched and is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (36MHz equivalent) as well as a 10 GHz high throughput payload. The all-electric satellite will operate at the new orbital position of 129 degrees West and will serve North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

http://www.ses.com