Monday, July 31, 2017

MEF Update and Scope with Nan Chen



Nan Chen, President of MEF, provides an update from MEF’s recent Annual Meeting in Toronto.  MEF is enabling service providers to create a global ecosystem of automated networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services.

There are 4 major areas of strategic work:
(1) Third Network services (wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, Layer 4-7 cloud services),
(2) LSO Reference Architecture and Open APIs,
(3) reference implementations and MEFnet, and
(4) certification programs for services, technology, and professionals.

These topics and more will be explored at MEF17 (www.MEF17.com) , 13-14 November in Orlando, Florida.

See video: https://youtu.be/5NexRVi2VkI


MEF - Advancing the Industry



Over the last few years, MEF has done three very important things: (1)  shifting beyond Ethernet to support other connectivity types and network-based apps; (2)  developing Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO);  shifting from just implementing technology specs to implementing LSO APIs, reference processes, and other operations enablers. The combination of these three will be very powerful, says Allan Langfield, Executive Director of Product Management at Comcast Business.

Recorded at the MEF Annual Member's Meeting in Toronto.

See video: https://youtu.be/5eb0pwSpj-M


Market Update for India

India's mobile market continues to be the most dynamic worldwide thanks to Reliance Jio's entrance nine months ago. Mobile data traffic is booming, total subscriber count continues to rise, and rumours continue to swirl about consolidation of the 12 players into perhaps just a handful. Wireline subscription continue to drop rapidly at a monthly decline rate of 0.57% as mobile coverage, services, and offers proliferate.

New figures released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last week show that total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,174.60 million at the end of Apr-17 to 1,180.82 million at the end of May-17, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.53%. Adding in fixed line subscribers, the number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,198.89 million at the end of April to 1,204.98 million at the end of May, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.51%. The monthly growth rate was stronger in rural areas (1.00% ) than in cities (0.15%), which indicates that finally many villages are getting connected. Rural tele-density increased from 57.02 at the end of April to 57.55 at the end of May, compared to urban tele-density of 172.28 at the end of May. Amazingly, Delhi now has a tele-density of 260%, while the state of Bihar in east India has a tele-density of 62%.

The Wireless Tele-density (%) in India increased from 91.34 at the end of April to 91.74 at the end of May. The Urban Wireless Tele-density increased slightly from 167.21 at the end of April to 167.24 at the end of May, and Rural Wireless Tele-density increased from 56.59 to 57.12 during the same period. The share of urban and rural wireless subscribers in total number of wireless subscribers was 57.30% and 42.70% respectively, at the end of May 2017.

In broadband, the number of subscribers increased from 284.23 million at the end of April to 291.61 million at the end of May with a monthly growth rate of 2.60%. The market is moving rapidly to mobile at the expense of DSL and fixed wireless. This breaks down as follows.

Broadband subscribers:

·         Wired subscribers - 18.23 million, for a -0.14% monthly growth rate.

·         Mobile devices users (phones and dongles) - 272.85 million, for a 2.80% monthly growth rate.

·         Fixed wireless subscribers (WiFi, WiMax, point-to-point radio and VSAT) - 0.53 million, -3.04% monthly growth rate.

·         The top five broadband service providers are Reliance Jio Infocom (117.34 million), Bharti Airtel (53.30 million), Vodafone (40.43 million), Idea Cellular (24.63 million) and BSNL (21.59 million). For wired broadband service providers, the top five were BSNL (9.80 million), Bharti Airtel (2.09 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.20 million), MTNL (0.99 million) and YOU Broadband (0.64 million).

TRAI monthly figures by mobile operator






I Squared Capital to acquire Hutchison Global for $1.86bn

I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager, announced an agreement, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II, to acquire a 100% interest in Hutchison Global Communications Investment Holding (HGC) from Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), a part of CK Hutchison Holdings, for approximately HKD14.5 billion (approximately $1.86 billion).

HGC is a major fixed-line service provider addressing fixed and mobile carriers, OTT service providers, corporate, residential and data centres in Hong Kong and worldwide. The company's 1.4-million-km fibre network connects to over 14,200 buildings; it is also one of Hong Kong's largest WiFi service providers operating over 25,000 hot spots. HGC's international network includes four key land routes into mainland China, as well as multiple submarine and terrestrial cable systems.

HTHKH stated that the transaction is intended to enable it to focus in its core business of serving mobile customers, and that it plans to use the proceeds of the transaction for working capital and to invest in its mobile business.

I Squared Capital noted that a significant portion of HGC's revenue is generated through long-term contracts with a diverse customers base that includes the major mobile providers in the region. HGC Group is also working to develop cloud computing services and delivering high-speed WiFi service under the HGC On Air brand.

I Squared stated that the acquisition is expected to close by October 2017.

I Squared Capital, based in New York, is an independent global infrastructure investment manager that focuses on energy, utilities and transport in the Americas, Europe, and select high growth economies. As well as New York, the company has offices in Houston, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Commenting on the transaction, Gautam Bhandari, partner at I Squared Capital, said, "With I Squared Capital's investment, HGC will continue to provide the same quality of service that mobile telecommunication providers, corporate and residential customers have come to expect… fresh capital will also enable the company to develop new solutions to meet the ever-increasing demand for high-speed information infrastructure throughout the region and beyond".


AT&T appointments executives ahead of merger with Time Warner

AT&T has announced a number of executive appointments in preparation for completing its acquisition of global media and entertainment company Time Warner; the transaction is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice and competition authorities in certain foreign countries.

Effective August 1st, the following executives will assume new positions and continue to report to AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson:

1.   In addition to her existing responsibilities as global marketing officer, Lori Lee will assume leadership of AT&T International; Ms. Lee previously led AT&T's Time Warner merger integration planning team.

AT&T provides mobile services to more than 13 million consumers and businesses in Mexico, and pay-TV service to more than 13 million subscribers across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean.
2.   John Stankey will assume the lead of AT&T's Time Warner merger integration planning team, working closely with Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes to plan for the leadership transition to Stankey as CEO of AT&T's media company on completion of the merger; Mr. Stankey was previously CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group.

3.   John Donovan, previously chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, has been named CEO of AT&T Communications, encompassing AT&T's Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, and Technology & Operations groups.

AT&T provides mobile, broadband and video services to U.S.-based consumers and serves nearly 3.5 million businesses, from small companies to most of the Fortune 1000.


BT restructures, appoints EE CEO to lead new Consumer business

UK-based telco BT Group has announced organisational changes designed to simplify its operating model, strengthen accountabilities and accelerate its transformation.

The organisational changes are as follows:

1.         Marc Allera, currently CEO of the EE business acquired in 2016, is appointed to lead a newly created Consumer business, combining BT's Consumer and EE businesses, effective September 1, 2017. The new Consumer business will operate via three distinct brands - BT, EE and Plusnet – encompassing fixed and mobile networks, consumer products and services and content.

Marc Allen previously served in a number of roles with Three UK, including as chief commercial officer and sales and marketing director, and prior to that with its parent company Hutchison Whampoa.

2.         Cathryn Ross, currently chief executive of Ofwat, the water sector regulator in England and Wales, has been appointed as director of regulatory affairs, following the decision of Sean Williams, current chief strategy officer at BT Group, to leave the company. Cathryn Ross is expected to take up her new role in January 2018.

Prior to joining Ofwat, Cathryn Ross was executive director of markets and economics at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and also worked at the Competition Commission (now Competition and Markets Authority).

3.         John Petter, after nearly four years serving as CEO of BT Consumer, has announced he will step down to pursue roles outside BT Group.

GigaSpaces to spin-off Cloudify orchestration and cloud mgt division

New York-based GigaSpaces Technologies, a supplier of software enabling in-memory computing, announced that it plans to spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

GigaSpaces stated that it began planning for the spin-off last year, based on strong demand for the Cloudify product line in its core enterprise cloud markets and the emerging carrier network orchestration market. The move is intended to enable the Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to addressing the cloud market segment.

The new company will retain the core Cloudify engineering, product and marketing teams, working from existing locations in New York City, San Jose, California and Tel Aviv in Israel.

In 2016, GigaSpaces open sourced its products and implemented an open source support business model. The GigaSpaces IMC business unit launched InsightEdge, based on the Apache Spark cluster computing project, while Cloudify launched Apache Project ARIA, an open source orchestration library designed to accelerate TOSCA adoption.

The Cloudify project was launched in its current form in 2014 as an open source TOSCA orchestration platform, positioning Cloudify as a provider of technology for connecting hybrid clouds and the networking layer. The convergence of technology establishes Cloudify as an orchestrator capable of providing end-to-end orchestration of both networks and applications in multi-cloud environments.

Cloudify features built-in support for private clouds such as OpenStack and VMware, public clouds Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google Compute Platform, and container technologies such as Kubernetes. The platform is also being adopted by large telcos and carriers to manage NFV.

GigaSpaces noted that it will continue to market its in-memory computing via its XAP and InsightEdge product lines.



* Last year, Cloudify unveiled its Telecom Edition open source orchestrator solution at the OPNFV Summit in Berlin. Cloudify has designed the Telecom Edition to meet the needs of NFV operators by adding a set of new features, NFV-specific plugins and blueprints showcasing how to mode VNFs and SFC (service function chaining).

Windstream expands metro fibre, adds fixed-wireless

Windstream, a provider of advanced network communications, announced a major expansion of its metro fibre network in Indianapolis that will provide the area's growing business community with access to fibre and fixed-wireless infrastructure connecting to more local data centres and commercial buildings and to Windstream's national fibre network.

Windstream's latest metro fibre network expansion and the addition of fixed wireless access serves the areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Greenwood, as well as connecting its national network to key data centre campuses and commercial buildings in the Indianapolis area. The expansion will also enable business customers to utilise the operator's enterprise-class data, voice, network and cloud services.

A specific Indianapolis-based organisation that will benefit from Windstream's expansion is Hamilton Southeastern School District (HSSD), the second-largest school district in the Indianapolis metro area with more than 20,000 students across its 21 schools. Windstream noted that HSSD is an existing WAN customer.

Windstream's expansion in Indianapolis increases both the coverage of its network and the services that are available to local customers, including fixed wireless connectivity, unified communications, managed services, network security, business continuity, network solutions and cloud services.

Windstream is engaged in expanding its metro fibre networks across the U.S. as part of an initiative designed to support customers in the banking, financial services, legal services, education, healthcare, government, hospitality and retail sectors. In addition to Indianapolis, Windstream is expanding its metro networks in cities including Charlotte, Detroit, Nashville, Richmond, Little Rock, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis and Cleveland.

Windstream is a major provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company supplies core transport solutions over local and long-haul fibre infrastructure spanning approximately 147,000 miles nationwide.

GoNetspeed to launch fibre broadband in Pittsburgh

GoNetspeed, based in Rochester, New York, a fibre broadband service provider, announced it will begin offering high-speed connectivity to select communities in Pittsburgh, targeting both business and residential customers.

GoNetspeed aims to bridge the digital divide by taking fibre connectivity directly to the customers utilising an existing network in Pittsburgh. The company plans to begin offering residential broadband service in the community of Ambridge by October, followed by Beaver Falls shortly after. GoNetspeed's residential packages are priced from $50 for 100 Mbit/s bandwidth; it also offers 500 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s bandwidth options.

GoNetspeed will also provide the business community with Internet and Ethernet services throughout Pittsburgh.

The company has plans to expand its services to other communities in Pennsylvania, as well as to customers in California and Florida, and potentially other areas where interest is shown.

GoNetspeed was founded by Frank Chiaino, who serves as company chairman. Mr. Chiaino previously founded Fibertech Networks, which built nearly 14,000 miles of metro fibre networks across the northeast region. Fibertech merged with Lightower Fiber Networks in 2015. GoNetspeed is led by Larry Coleman as president, formerly president and founder of Sunesys, with Tom Perrone serving as COO and previously VP of engineering and planning at Fibertech.


NI enhances LabVIEW MIMO Application Framework

NI, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to address engineering challenges, announced multiple antenna User Equipment (UE) support for its LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application Framework.

NI's enhanced MIMO Application Framework is claimed to be the only commercially available physical layer reference design to enable massive MIMO prototyping for both desktop simulations and functional 5G deployments.

Using the new solution, wireless researchers can pair the MIMO Application Framework with NI software defined radio hardware to conduct real-time, over-the-air experiments for a range of MIMO research areas including multi-user MIMO, single-user MIMO and massive MIMO. The multi-FPGA physical layer reference design is supplied with LabVIEW Communications source code that can be reconfigured and modified to allow the creation of a network of multiple antenna devices.

The NI solution equips researchers to explore beamforming techniques not only at the base station, but also at the UE to help improve overall network throughput, extend cell coverage and reduce interference. The MIMO Application Framework supports network throughput of more than 1.5 Gbit/s, a flexible, reconfigurable TDM-based frame structure and a bidirectional communications link that can be used to quickly conduct massive MIMO experiments and integrate custom signal processing algorithms.

NI noted that as participants in its RF/Communications Lead User program, wireless researchers at Sweden's Lund University have used the NI prototyping platform for 5G research and recently demonstrated the feasibility of massive MIMO under mobile conditions for users moving at both pedestrian and vehicular speeds.



Friday, July 28, 2017

Cisco observations – Moving towards software on a subscription model

Will large enterprises and Service Providers customers embrace Cisco's high-performance networking platforms built with its own ASICs and OSx, or continue to push for white box platforms based on merchant silicon and fully open software? Will the global ransomware outbreaks of the past two months play to Cisco's advantage as enterprises re-evaluate their security posture and perhaps adopt a more core network-centric approach?

Cisco provided an update on its strategic vision at its recent Cisco Live! customer event in Las Vegas. Materials from this event can be found on the company's Investor Relations web page.

Cisco currently is in an enviable market position. It holds the leading market share in at least 10 market categories; it has 20,000 people working in sales and perhaps 60,000 erstwhile partners around the world. For its most recent fiscal quarter, ended April 29th, Cisco reported revenue of $11.9 billion, GAAP net income of $2.5 billion, or 50c per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.0 billion, or 60c per share. Sales fell by 1% compared to a year earlier but the company deliver a 5% growth in net income, thanks to cost-cutting measures. Cisco's balance sheet most recently showed $125.950 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and other assets, clearly a mountain of gold that could be used for strategic acquisitions or simply returned to shareholders. Cisco's market cap stands at $160.4 billion. Compare all of this to its nearest rivals, especially the big European concerns, and Cisco’s position is quite strong.

Mergers and acquisitions strategy

Cisco's management perpetually faces the question of execution in a market that overall has been pretty flat and declining in many sectors and geographies. With a gross margin consistently in the mid-60 percentage range, the company is vulnerable to lower cost competitors. Huawei and ZTE, in particular, deliver highly competitive products at lower cost. Cisco is also known for making a lot of acquisitions. Over the years some have been hugely successful for the company, such as the Ethernet switching acquisitions (Crescendo, Grand Junction and Kalpana), while others were huge failures (e.g. Scientific Atlanta).

During briefings at Cisco Live!, Chuck Robbins said the company remains open to strategic mergers and acquisitions that are capable of augmenting and accelerating its core innovation. The company has 160 staff members dedicated to M&A integration. Over the past four years, 80% of the acquisitions have been software related- this is a trend likely to continue. The Meraki and Sourcefire acquisitions were called out for delivering double digit returns.

The differentiated vision of intent-based networking

Cisco new intent-based networking vision, which includes a new DNA Center for orchestrating control over networking traffic, the new ASIC-powered Catalyst 9000 series switches, and a unique ability to analyse encrypted traffic, is already being tested by 75 global organisations. Naturally, Cisco finds measurable improvements for customers testing the new solution, claiming: a 67% time savings for network provisioning, 48% reduced security breach impact, 61% reduced opex. It is too early to see how premium the customers are willing to pay for better management capabilities.

Better security is perhaps the stronger argument for Cisco to make for its silicon-differentiated platforms. In his talk to the investment community, David Goeckeler SVP/GM, Networking and Security Business, argued forcefully that effective security requires a network that can find threats, containing threats, and delivering automated remediation. This depends on leveraging network data, a resource that new ASIC-driven switching platforms can deliver in abundance. When you put together deep analytics and machine learning in an automated policy enforcement system, you have the fundamentals for intent-based infrastructure. Software-defined access can be used to limit the lateral movement for threats. Automated responses mean that human management of network is replaced.

Moving to a recurring revenue model

Perhaps the biggest change in direction for Cisco is that it is actively moving existing offers to subscriptions. In other words, software that used to be consumed on a perpetual basis will now become recurring revenue. Already, more than $2 billion of revenue that could have been recognised under the old model is not being collected on a recurring licensing basis. Over the FY17-20 timeframe, Cisco expects this to grow to 2-3% of total revenue. When factoring in other services already on a recurring model, such as Spark/WebEx, Meraki software, Jasper and Cisco ONE, the total percentage of recurring revenue is expected to grow from 26% in FY 14 to 37% in FY20. The security offers are expected to drive the subscription business. The net effect is improved predictability of future revenue.

Financial guidance for the next 3-5 years

Given its size, Cisco can hardly expect to grow much faster than the market. Overall, the updated financial guidance calls for revenue growth of 1-3%, stable margins, and EPS growth in the mid-single digits. Cisco said it aims to return over 50% of free cash flow to shareholders. Over the past ten years this has been the case. Approximately 50% of cash has been used for share repurchase and about 15% for dividend payments.

The 3-5-year growth forecast is also broken down by segments:

Technology;                Revenue growth

1.  Infrastructure platforms                 flat

2.  Security                              low to mid-teens

3.  Applications                       high single digits to low teens

4.  Services                              mid-single digits


To summarise, Cisco is betting that differentiated innovation will pay off because customers value the deeply embedded security and automation. Though revenues will only grow in the 1-3% range, earning per share should continue to expand as the company moves to a recurring subscription model for up to 37% of its revenue. Cisco promises to return 50% or more of free cash flow to shareholders, and the probability of further mergers and acquisitions remains strong, especially for networking software and service start-ups.

Huawei reports H1 revenue of CNY 283.1bn, up 15% yr/yr

Huawei announced business results for the first half of 2017, including revenue for the first six months of CNY283.1 billion (approximately $41.83 billion), up 15% compared with CNY245.5 billion in the first half of 2016.

Huawei noted that during the first half of 2017 it achieved growth across all three of its business groups, and expects to maintain the current momentum over the remainder of the year.

For its business groups, Huawei reports that:

1.         In the Carrier Business, it continued its focus on supporting global carriers with their digital transformations across all industries, delivering business solutions designed to help carriers lower the cost of end-to-end network construction.

Huawei noted that it is collaborating to lead the development of 5G and is continuing to develop 4.5G technology, as well as supporting carriers' efforts to create all-cloud networks and leverage their existing infrastructure.

2.         In the Enterprise Business, Huawei stated that major companies worldwide are increasingly electing to partner with the company to implement the digital transformation leveraging solutions including cloud computing, all-cloud networks, enterprise wireless, IoT, big data, storage and servers, across sectors including government, finance, electricity, transportation, manufacturing and safe city initiatives.

3.         The Consumer Business maintained its focus on addressing user needs by working with global partners to enable the delivery of smart gadgets for consumers worldwide, and continued to build its global position as a premium brand.



ECI launches Hybrid Virtualization Platform for the edge

ECI, a global provider of Elastic Network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and data centre, announced the launch of its Hybrid Virtualization Platform, designed to support multiple NFV-based use cases to help communication service providers simplify operations, reduce opex and enhance SLAs.

By supporting delay-sensitive services and enabling improved security and termination of flows at the network edge, the new ECI platform is designed to support a variety of applications including modernised business services, as well as future Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G services. The platform features ECI's vE-CPE family, which is set to provide virtualisation across customer premises (uCPE) and service provider Edge PoP (MEC).

ECI noted that modern networks feature a complex array of customised hardware, making it potentially costly for service providers to maintain. In addition, launching new services may require significant investments in planning and provisioning hardware and infrastructure. The adoption of virtualised infrastructure, where key network functions run as software (VNFs) on commercial computing platforms, addresses these issues.

The Hybrid Virtualization Platform comprises the Mercury NFVI platform, open source NFV management and orchestration (MANO), which runs ECI's carrier-grade PaaS system, and a suite of virtualised network functions (VNFs) that includes edge routing, session border control, WAN optimisation, LAN monitoring and caching functions.

ECI's new hybrid solution is designed to offer service providers the following capabilities:

1.         Flexibility via support for application delivery on fixed, mobile and converged networks, with ability to evolve to address the future needs of IoT and 5G backhaul.

2.         Agility, with the ability to mix and match multiple functions on the same platform to create new service packages delivered in pay-as-you-grow models.

3.         Faster time to market via the Mercury NFVI solution that allows remote service life cycle management, from provisioning to turn up.

4.         Reduced opex by streamlining service creation using software-driven processes.


ECI's Mercury platform is designed for fixed, mobile and converged networks, and alleviates the demands on the network core by increasing the capabilities and intelligence of MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) to the customer premise via uCPE or to the eNodeB. The Mercury NFVi platform is available as both a stand-alone appliance and as a blade that can be integrated into ECI's Neptune packet-optical transport system.

Big Switch secures $30.7m in capital funding

Big Switch Networksof Santa Clara, California, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking company,

a.         Founded in 2010 having originated from the original Stanford research team that invented software defined networking (SDN) technology.

b.         Began shipping its platform-independent open SDN product suite, featuring a controller, virtual switch and network monitoring application in 2012, and in 2013 started packaging its technology components into bare metal SDN fabric solutions.
c.         In January 2016 closed a Series C, $48.5 million funding round with participation from both new and existing investors, including Morgenthaler Ventures, Silver Lake Waterman, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Accton, CID Group and MSD Capital, and bringing total funding at that time to $94 million.

Has announced it has secured $30.7 million in new financing to support further sales and product expansion as organisations continue to adopt next-generation networking solutions to modernise data centres.

Big Switch stated that the latest financing involves the participation of Dell Technologies Capital, Silverlake Waterman, Index Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, MSD Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Intel Capital and a strategic investment from a Tier-1 service provider. The company noted that total funding raised to date exceeds $120 million.

http://www.bigswitch.com/press-releases/2017/07/27/big-switch-networks-secures-307mm-in-incremental-capital


  •  In January, Big Switch announced new capabilities for its Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), including comprehensive networking support for hyper-converged solutions powered by VMware vSAN and virtual desktop and application solutions with VMware Horizon, as well as multi-container networking support for Mesosphere DC/OS and Kubernetes container orchestration platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

NTT Com launches international network services, build 2 data centres in India

NTT Communications (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, announced the launch of international data network services in India through its affiliate NTT Communications India Network Services (NTTCINS).

NTT Com stated that the acquisition of its licence in India follows the launch of construction of two new Indian data centres in Mumbai and Bangalore, through subsidiary Netmagic, a provider of managed hosting and cloud services in India. As a result, NTTCINS will be able to offer infrastructure services and management and security services designed to meet companies ICT outsourcing needs.

NTT Com plans to invest $160 million in building the two data centres, which are scheduled to become operational by April 2018. The new data centres will add nearly 500,000 sq feet of gross floor space at full build out, increasing NTT Com's total gross footprint in India to 1,100,000 sq feet. The new data centres in Mumbai and Bangalore will accommodate 2,750 racks with 22 MW of power and 1,500 racks with 15 MW of power, respectively.

NTT Com noted that it became the first Japanese service provider to be awarded a Virtual Network Operator - International Long Distance (VNO-ILD) network licence for India in March. In addition, NTT Com provides Arcstar Universal One international network services in partnership with local carriers. The company also implements value-added services such as network virtualisation functions (NVF) utilising the infrastructure of its partner carriers in India.

Netmagic provides colocation service via a global network of data centres operated by NTT Com under the Nexcenter brand, as well as managed hosting, cloud, network, managed security, disaster recovery and software-defined storage services. NTT Com leverages global network infrastructure including its Tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One VPN network that reaches 196 countries/regions, and 140 secure data centres.


Commenting on the launch, NTT Com president and CEO Tetsuya Shoji said, "India has been a key strategic market for NTT Com with the accelerating shift of IT services from traditional enterprise data centres into the cloud-based services… for the past few years the business in India has consistently grown over 35% annually… with the expansion of the data centre foot print and new international data network services NTT Com aims to meet the growing market needs for mobility, e-commerce, IoT, cloud and big data".


BT to offer Ixia security and monitoring to customers worldwide

Keysight Technologies company Ixia, a provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions, announced a new global reseller agreement with UK telco BT, under which BT will be able to offer Ixia's product portfolio to customers in 180 countries worldwide.

BT provides managed services to 6,500 customers worldwide, including major global multinational companies. With an advanced product portfolio supported by a team of more than 2,500 skilled security specialists, consultants, partners and vendors, BT delivers flexible end-to-end security capabilities to private- and public-sector organisations worldwide.

Through the agreement, BT customers will have access to Ixia's comprehensive solution portfolio including:

1.         Security and test products including BreakingPoint, which simulates real-world legitimate traffic, distributed denial of service (DDoS), exploits, malware and fuzzing to validate an organisation's security infrastructure.

2.         Network visibility solutions, which include its network packet brokers Vision ONE to help ensure all security and monitoring tools have visibility of the required data, as well as real-time application and threat intelligence, network TAPs and bypass switches to help improve resiliency and minimise downtime during deployment.



  • Recently, BT announced the launch of BT Managed Endpoint Access Security, a new security service designed to protect organisations from cyber threats and malware through greater visibility and better monitoring of devices connected to the corporate network.


  • The new service is based on technology from ForeScout Technologies, an Internet of Things (IoT) security company, to provide real-time agentless visibility and control of devices connected to corporate networks, including managed and unmanaged, private devices, Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and IoT.

ExteNet to acquire Axiom Fiber Networks

ExteNet Systems based in Lisle, Illinois, a provider of distributed network systems (DNS) enabling cellular, wireless and broadband connectivity, announced it entered into agreement to acquire New York-based MetroFiber, d/b/a Axiom Fiber Networks, on undisclosed terms.

Axiom Fiber Networks is a telecommunications infrastructure services provider operating in the greater New York City metro area. The acquisition by ExteNet will increase the company's fibre footprint in the New York City metro area.

In 2016, Axiom Fiber announced it has entered into a technology alliance with LightRiver Technologies, the company delivering Factory Built Network design and commissioning services. By partnering with LightRiver, Axiom Fiber, which delivers telecom infrastructure services over its fibre network to carrier and enterprise customers across New York City, expands its ability to provide flexible and scalable networking solutions that leverage its fibre infrastructure.

Axiom Fiber offers dark fibre and custom networking solutions, with a focus on providing efficient solutions with flexible business terms. In 2015, the company established a PoP at Sabey Data Centers' Intergate.Manhattan facility, located at 375 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan, and with Telx at its three New York City facilities, 60 Hudson, 111 8th Avenue and 32 Avenue of Americas.

ExteNet Systems designs, builds, owns and operates distributed networks (DNS) for use by wireless carriers, broadband providers, IoT companies, property owners and communities across the U.S. The company provides scalable infrastructure designed to enhance wireless and broadband services in both outdoor and indoor environments using fibre-based distributed antenna systems (DAS), remote radio heads (RRH), small cells, WiFi and virtualised EPC (vEPC) technologies.

ExteNet's outdoor distributed networks are deployed in urban, suburban and rural environments, while its indoor distributed networks are deployed in property verticals including sports and entertainment venues, hotels and convention centres, commercial office space, healthcare facilities and transit systems.


Sonus intros cloud-based Incident Management-as-a-Service

Sonus Networks announced the introduction of a new offering, Incident Management-as-a-Service (IMaaS), which, in conjunction with its maintenance and support offerings, provides oversight of Sonus network elements and helps speed the resolution of network anomalies that can affect IP-based communications.

Sonus noted that network downtime and degraded performance can reduce an organisation's productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue, and the new IMaaS offering is designed to address these factors by assessing the availability and performance of Sonus devices to ensure they are performing as expected.

In the event of an issue, IMaaS notifies the problem resolution resources supporting the Sonus devices, providing monitoring across areas including incident characterisation, customer notification and initial triage to help speed time to incident resolution.

Specifically, IMaaS provides secure surveillance and monitoring to support proactive/early incident detection and alarm acknowledgement, with incident logging and investigation, assessment, escalation and reporting. The solution works by measuring the response from Sonus elements to verify connectivity, measuring the availability of elements and performance of network interfaces, delivering reports on the capacity and availability of individual ports, and measuring the performance of applications running on the elements.

Sonus IMaaS is the latest addition to the Sonus Global Services portfolio that also encompasses offerings for cloud scale-out, predictive services, network survivability, bandwidth optimisation and security.

The company noted that in the latest Cost of Server, Application, and Network Downtime: North American Enterprise Survey and Calculator from research firm IHS Markit, aggregate, information and communication technology downtime costs North American organisations an estimated $700 billion per year, with equipment problems responsible for around 40% of the total sum.

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