Thursday, September 7, 2017

Blockchain Consortium for Telecom Carriers gets underway

A new blockchain consortium, called the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG), is getting underway with the goal of connecting carriers’ telecommunication backend systems. The aim is to define the requirements of the cross-carrier blockchain platform, and eliminate late transactions or transaction failures between telecom carriers.

The consortium was formed by SoftBank, Sprint, Taiwan-based Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and U.S.-based TBCASoft. The organizers say more telecom carriers will be invited to participate in the CBSG on a global scale. SoftBank, Sprint and TBCASoft also succeeded in demonstrating a cross-carrier payment platform system that uses TBCASoft’s innovative blockchain technology.

In February 2017, SoftBank, Sprint and TBCASoft agreed to aim to cooperate in jointly developing blockchain technology for telecom carriers, and commenced a technical trial that connects TBCASoft’s blockchain platform to telecom carriers’ systems. With Far EasTone newly joining this association, it since developed into a consortium that aims to build a next-generation global cross-carrier blockchain platform and ecosystem. CBSG will promote research and development for the platform with the aim of providing users various services such as secured clearing and settlement, personal authentication, IoT applications, and other services in the future.

“TBCASoft is developing a cross-carrier distributed ledger network consisting of telecom carrier hosted servers running the TBCASoft blockchain platform. We aim to work with global telecom carriers to build a very secure and high-performance blockchain system where disruptive services can be ubiquitously provided to billions of telecom carrier subscribers worldwide.” said Ling Wu, Founder & CEO of TBCASoft, Inc.

“TBCASoft has a sophisticated layered system architecture, SoftBank can successfully integrate our Business Support System and Mobile App servers with TBCASoft blockchain platform in a short period of time at a reasonable cost. SoftBank is satisfied with confirming the implementation and system performance of the TBCASoft’s blockchain platform on which value transfer service led by telecom carriers will be operated.” said Mr. Takeshi Fukuizumi, Vice President of SoftBank Corp.

http://www.tbcasoft.com

Radisys outlines its Open vision for network transformation

Radisys outlined its strategic vision for open telecom solutions. The company said its goal is to leverage open source communities to enable highly interoperable, more easily integrated and practical to consume technologies, solutions and services that can make a significant difference in how communications service providers (CSPs) meet customer demand and drive greater profits." This includes continuing to invest in new open architectures to drive innovation and service provider disruption, while helping service providers break vendor lock-in.

“Open Radisys is our commitment to enable CSPs to disrupt their traditional networks with open architecture business models. With no material legacy incumbency in telecom networks, we’re able to help CSPs embrace open standards as they get ready for 5G. If a service provider wants to replace a traditional hardware vendor, decompose a particular network element, deploy an open reference implementation such as CORD or an open source radio access network, we get it done. Open Radisys is the best choice for open telecom solutions and I’m excited about the outlook for Radisys in this new DevOps era,” stated Brian Bronson, president and CEO, Radisys.


Some highlights:
  • Platforms that support open disaggregated architectures to deliver higher scale and performance with cloud economies,
  • Open interfaces that drive easy interoperability,
  • Strong investment and leadership in open ecosystems that fosters innovation,
  • DevOps core philosophy for faster integration and turn-up,
  • Systems integration expertise necessary to solve complex deployment challenges, while giving service providers the added benefit of de-risking their investments
  • TCO Advantage: Radisys DCEngine has now been certified as OCP-INSPIRED – a unanimous decision by the OCP incubation committee consisting of leaders from AMD, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Hyve, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Verizon. This important certification reinforces the values of openness and OpEx savings that DCEngine brings to Radisys’ CSP customers. The open service delivery platform optimized for telco combined with OCP/Facebook’s legendary operations/support model results in nearly 40 percent reduction in TCO compared with legacy data center offerings.


http://www.radisys.com/press-releases/radisys-continues-strategic-execution-commitment-delivering-disruptive-open-telecom

Radisys MobilityEngine targets disaggregated RANs and 5G

Radisys introduced its "MobilityEngine" portfolio of disaggregated Radio Access Network (RAN) software solutions and services that enable mobile service providers to evolve their access networks from LTE-Advanced to 5G.

The Radisys MobilityEngine, which is an evolution of its CellEngine product line, is an open 5G RAN platform and services offering that supports LTE-Advanced network deployments and offers a path to 5G. More specifically, MobilityEngine is based on the 5G Technical Forum (TF) specification with a roadmap in place to support 5G New Radio (NR) Non Standalone (NSA) mode as well as 5G NR Standalone (SA) Mode for the delivery of new advanced services. The company said that by supporting early 5G network investments, it provides early adopters with a time-to-market advantage as they move to commercializing 5G services with the completion of the 3GPP 5G specification in 2018.

Some additional highlights

  • MobilityEngine’s LTE-Advanced and 5G mobile access solutions support multiple deployment scenarios, from supporting small cell deployments with thousands of users in a concentrated area to enabling virtualized RAN deployments running on general compute baseband units.
  • MobilityEngine supports emerging 5G services at the edge of the network and enables network slicing as part of a MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) architecture to enable new use cases, increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. For example in an enterprise scenario, MobilityEngine could enable the local breakout of user data from the network edge to enable localized control and enhanced security, without having to support backhaul of the connections.
  • MobilityEngine can also be deployed in a CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) architecture as it disaggregates the access technology from the core network, supporting open standard APIs and the separation of software from the underlying hardware.

“Radisys has long been the recognized leader in delivering RAN solutions to meet mobile service providers’ evolving network requirements,” said Neeraj Patel, vice president and general manager, MobilityEngine, Radisys. “MobilityEngine is the evolution of our award-winning CellEngine portfolio. While CellEngine enabled mobile service providers’ small cell deployments for added network capacity and coverage, MobilityEngine delivers broader support for their access technology requirements in open architectures, while delivering much needed reductions in TCO. I am proud to introduce MobilityEngine to continue our rich heritage of delivering disruptive enabling technology solutions to power the 5G era.”

http://www.radisys.com/press-releases/radisys-advances-5g-service-delivery-innovation-mobilityengine

Silver Peak signs SD-WAN distribution deal with NEC Networks

Silver Peak announced a formal global distribution agreement with NEC Networks and System Integration Corporation (NESIC) covering its SD-WAN solutions in Japan and the broader global market. NESIC's global partner, NCR Group, will provide maintenance and support services throughout 180 countries.

The companies said NESIC will focus on enterprises embracing cloud-based services with 100 or more global offices, initially targeting the manufacturing, financial and services sector markets.

“To address the escalating demand for SD-WAN technologies from our local and global clients, we selected the most complete SD-WAN solution available, Silver Peak EdgeConnect,” said Yukinobu Noguchi, general manager, NEC Networks and System Integration Corporation. “With EdgeConnect, we can deliver turnkey integration services with comprehensive support, allowing our clients to confidently embrace cloud services, deliver predictable application performance and embark on a shift toward low-cost broadband connectivity.”

“We look forward to partnering with NESIC to bring the full power of EdgeConnect to our mutual enterprise clients in Japan and around the globe,” said Derek Dal Ponte, vice president, channels at Silver Peak. “With turnkey sales, service and support, NESIC is well positioned to address the immediate demand for SD-WAN and extend its leading systems integration services to a rapidly expanding client base.”

http://www.silver-peak.com

Equifax reports major cyber intrusion

Equifax, which is one of the three big consumer credit reporting agencies, suffered a major cybers intrusion between mid-May through July 2017 that potentially impacts some 143 million U.S. consumers.

The company said the attackers exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files, but not its core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. Equifax said information stolen could include names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, the intruders accessed credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.

“This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard F. Smith. “We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data, and we are conducting a thorough review of our overall security operations. We also are focused on consumer protection and have developed a comprehensive portfolio of services to support all U.S. consumers, regardless of whether they were impacted by this incident.”

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

Altice USA awards multiyear deal to Amdocs

Altice USA awarded a multi-year agreement to Amdocs for key business and operational support systems. The arrangement will help accelerate the migration to a single Altice USA platform, simplify and modernize technology operations and provide a better experience to Altice USA customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Altice USA is one of the largest broadband communications and video service operators in the U.S. and the provider of Optimum and Suddenlink-branded internet, TV and phone services. The service provider is working to integrate its Cablevision and Suddenlink legacy business and operating systems and platforms. Amdocs will offer a hybrid solution combining architecture developed by Altice Labs as well as systems from Amdocs, enabling a simpler, more agile and efficient customer-centric system. The companies said the solution enables Altice USA to quickly and flexibly design and launch new innovative offerings and bundles, accelerate order orchestration and fulfillment over its existing fiber infrastructure and next generation fiber network, enable superior omni-channel customer service experience, and future-proof its systems to prepare for next-generation products and services.

"As we focus on the future needs of our customers, having a simple, flexible and efficient support system is a vital part of our strategy. By combining the technological strengths of Altice with the capabilities of Amdocs, we are creating a unique infrastructure that will enhance and unify the customer experience we offer in the U.S. as we launch new, innovative products and services for our customers. Amdocs is a valued, long-standing partner for Altice USA and we look forward to working together to create the backbone that will enable best-in-class connectivity solutions for years to come," said Hakim Boubazine, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, Altice USA.

"Altice USA is a major powerhouse, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services to residential and business customers. They are innovative and agile and focused on delivering on the promise of full convergence in this hyper-competitive market. We are delighted to partner with Altice in the U.S. on this industry-leading solution," said Eric Updyke, group president, Amdocs Services.

http://www.amdocs.com

Mavenir intros 5G Core Network and Cloud RAN solutions

Mavenir announced its 5G Core Network and Cloud RAN solutions designed to support high bandwidth, massive IoT connectivity and ultra-low latency applications.

The company said its 5G ready Cloud Native architecture is a fully virtualized, integrated service centric framework that is critical for highly granular scalability, elasticity, dynamic control, and orchestration for the entire network.

Mavenir’s 5G Core Network is designed for mobile communications systems with the functional capabilities to support high bandwidth, massive IoT connectivity and ultra-low latency applications. Highlights:

  • Cloud Native, fully virtualized, stateless architecture with a flexible End-to-End orchestration framework to suit varied CSP needs.
  • SDN-controlled 5GC with complete separation of both Control and User Plane framework that allows independent dynamic scaling of control and user plane elements with intelligent packet handling.

Mavenir’s Cloud RAN extends the virtualization to the edge of the network and provides strategic differentiation by enabling the Remote Radio Units (RRUs) to interwork with the virtualized Cloud Base Band Unit (vBBU) over ethernet Fronthaul (FH), overcoming the traditional constraints of Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI™) over fiber. Highlights:

  • With End-to-End network slicing support, flexibility for the vBBU and even the vEPC co-located for Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) – the solution can be tailored for unique service centric architectures, enriching user experience while addressing proximity specific deployments constraints.
  • Investment protection is achieved (e.g. 4G LTE to 5G NR) through remote-upgradable Software Defined Radio (SDR) capabilities.

“Mavenir is uniquely positioned to enable customers to evolve their networks and further the adoption of virtualization to maximize operational efficiency, network elasticity and Capex/Opex savings,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir. “Operators can literally get a 5G network, using their 4G expansion budgets, with Mavenir’s 5G Ready vBBU which can be used together with any RRU.”

http://www.mavenir.com

John Deere acquires Blue River Technology for AI

Deere & Company has acquired Blue River Technology, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California that is applying machine learning to agriculture. The deal was valued at $305 million.

Blue River is developing computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming – a key objective of precision agriculture.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with a Blue River Technology team that is highly skilled and intensely dedicated to rapidly advancing the implementation of machine learning in agriculture," said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions, and Chief Information Officer at Deere. "As a leader in precision agriculture, John Deere recognizes the importance of technology to our customers. Machine learning is an important capability for Deere's future."

"Blue River is advancing precision agriculture by moving farm management decisions from the field level to the plant level," said Jorge Heraud, co-founder and CEO of Blue River Technology. "We are using computer vision, robotics, and machine learning to help smart machines detect, identify, and make management decisions about every single plant in the field."

http://www.JohnDeere.com
http://www.BlueRiverTechnology.com

  • Investors in Blue River included Khosla Ventures, Pontifax ATech. Innovation Endeavors, and Data Collective Venture Capital.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ATIS and MEF publish specification for ordering Carrier Ethernet services

ATIS and MEF released a jointly developed specification that defines the process for ordering Carrier Ethernet services on a global basis.

The Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification focuses on business interactions associated with inter-carrier ordering of Access E-Line and Standalone UNI products, including use cases and specific MEF-defined attributes needed to support product ordering for each use case. Implementation details will be published separately in MEF’s LSO Sonata Interface Profile Specification for Ethernet Ordering that is on track to be released later this year.

ATIS and MEF described the new Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification as an important step toward creating a worldwide ecosystem of automated and interconnected networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services. This specification supports requirements defined in the LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55) for ordering services over the LSO Sonata interface that relates to inter-provider service orchestration. Information contained in the new specification will be used by both buyer and seller ordering systems for developing automated LSO API systems.

“This new joint specification transforms the Ethernet ordering process globally, thus enabling faster delivery of interconnected networks,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “It makes the ordering process easier for customers while also advancing service provider business imperatives in this area. ATIS is proud to deliver another of our contributions from our collaboration with MEF.”

“MEF is pleased to work with ATIS to deliver a new ordering specification that will improve inter-provider operational efficiencies, enable service providers to be more responsive to customer demands, and help drive market growth on a worldwide basis,” said Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF.

“Today’s process is very provider-specific, and inter-carrier ordering is done either through spreadsheets or one-off solutions,” said Dawn Kaplan, MEF Operations Area Co-Director and Solutions Architect – CoE OSS, Ericsson.

“Defining a standardized process for ordering Carrier Ethernet products across service provider partner domains is critical to significantly streamlining the buying/selling process and thus enabling improved delivery time of interconnected networks. This specification is the first step in documenting an international consensus-based process that supports the entire order lifecycle. The joint team will also be publishing additional specifications that provide implementable APIs that align with this specification.”

Letty Walker, Senior Lead Analyst, OSS & Technical Support, CenturyLink, ATIS OBF OS Co-Chair and Joint ATIS-MEF Co-Lead added, “It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team that is able to collaborate in the development of the Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification. Given that ATIS has such broad ordering experience throughout North America, I feel that partnering with our MEF counterparts has led to a collaboration that will provide the framework for a unified platform defining requirements for Ethernet ordering throughout the entire international telecommunications community.”
ATIS and MEF are continuing in their joint efforts to enhance the international Ethernet Ordering process and plan further releases to incorporate additional MEF-defined services.

The Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification can be downloaded here on the MEF Technical Specifications page or here in the ATIS Document Center.

http://www.mef.net
http://www.atis.org

See video: https://youtu.be/O46RPr3Sg18

Nokia adds to AirScale Remote Radio Head portfolio

Nokia introduced new dual- and single-band FDD-LTE and TD-LTE radios as part or its AirScale Remote Radio Head portfolio. The new radios leverage carrier aggregation techniques, 4x4 MIMO and 8x4 Beamforming, while addressing demand for higher output power, extending frequency band support and simplifying network rollouts.

Nokia is also debuting its next wave of small cells with "Ultra Dense" self-organizing network features to simplify deployments. New capabilities solve issues caused by reducing the distance between new and existing small cells and ensure continuous optimization even as further densification occurs. Nokia has extended the self-organizing network features on its Femtocell portfolio to ensure smoother integration and higher performance in heterogeneous networks as traffic is offloaded from the macro network.

Nokia said its new Flexi Zone Citizen Band Radio Service small cells, supporting Spectrum Access Server and Citizen Broadband Radio Service Device Proxy connectivity, will offer operators new options for boosting coverage and capacity, particularly inside buildings. CBRS Flexi Zone small cells can be used to deploy neutral host capabilities, allowing operators to lease capacity to other providers inside malls, hotels and office blocks, where space is at a premium. In compliance with FCC requirements, small cells will be able to efficiently communicate with the Spectrum Access Server to ensure the network uses only available shared CBRS* spectrum.

Nokia Wavence microwave now supports Carrier SDN, which provides operators with intelligence and automation, including rapid power-up of virtual network functions and adaptable parameters to support changes on the radio access network, such as when people move from work to home.

In addition, Nokia continues to help operators plan and optimize their path to 5G using its 5G Acceleration Services and is now expanding the portfolio to include the operator 'anyhaul' end-to-end transport network. Nokia will work with operators to assess the readiness of the network and design and implement their 5G strategies and services.

Harold Graham, head of the 5G business line at Nokia, said: "Nokia is committed to providing the most effective and cost-efficient path to 5G for our customers through evolutionary enhancements to their networks. We truly understand how changes in each area of a network will affect the network as a whole, and as we evolve our end-to-end portfolio of technologies and services we are working closely with customers to ensure they are always ahead of their customers' needs and expectations."

http://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2017/09/06/nokia-puts-operators-on-path-to-5g-by-boosting-4g-performance

Radisys Announces Next-Generation DCEngine Hardware

Radisys released its next-generation DCEngine hardware, a pre-packaged rack solution based on Open Compute Project (OCP) principles and designed to transition Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to virtualized data centers.

DCEngine, which is based on the OCP-ACCEPTED CG-OpenRack-19 specification, leverages the Intel Xeon Scalable processors. It supports Intel Xeon Scalable Architecture-based compute and storage sleds, with a wide range of processing options that can be installed and tuned up inside existing DCEngine systems in minutes. DCEngine meets CSP requirements for an enhanced, scalable power systems that delivers 25,000W per feed for higher processor density, greater efficiency and lowered expenses as well as DC and AC power entry options suitable for a wide range of environments. It also offers an In-rack Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) option to support simplified infrastructure, easy maintenance and lower overhead. Radisys delivers the final pre-assembled DCEngine rack with no on-site setup.

Radisys said its next-gen DCEngine supports CSPs transition away from proprietary hardware and vendor lock-in to a data center environment built with open source software and hardware components. The enhanced rack design, combined with operations and support modeled after Facebook practices, can bring an annual OpEx saving of nearly 40 percent compared to traditional data center offerings, while reducing deployment time from months to just days.

“Our CSP customers are requiring open telecom solutions to support their data center transformations, easing their pain points around power and costs, while simplifying their operational complexities,” said Bryan Sadowski, vice president, FlowEngine and DCEngine, Radisys. “With the next-generation DCEngine, combined with Radisys’ deep telco expertise and OCP’s operations/support model, service providers not only get innovation and service agility, but also gain significant TCO savings.”

http://www.radisys.com

MACOM debuts 100G Single Lambda module scalable to 400G

MACOM Technology Solutions introduced a 100G Single Lambda Solution for cloud data center deployments.

MACOM’s 100G Single Lambda Solution leverages the company’s 53 Gbaud PAM-4 technology to deliver 100G throughput over a single wavelength, an approach that has been endorsed by the IEEE that can dramatically reduce the number and cost of optical components typically housed in an optical transceiver module.

The 100G single lambda is implemented in QSFP optical modules enabling plug and play compatibility with existing systems.

MACOM’s 100G Single Lambda Solution includes the following products:

  • MACOM PRISM Mixed Signal PHY (MATP-10025)
  • 53GB PAM-4 Single Lambda 100GL-PIC (MAOP-L561PP)
  • 1x53GB PAM-4 TIA (MATA-005817)
  • 4x53GB PAM-4 TIA (MATA-03819 and MATA-03919)
  • 1x53GB PAM-4 PIN Photodiode BSP56A/QA
  • PAM-4 TOSA/ROSA for 53GB applications

“The breadth of MACOM’s analog, optical and photonic technology portfolio, combined with our deep domain expertise and Cloud-scale manufacturing capability, position us as the clear industry leader in 100G-enabling components on the pathway to 200G, 400G, and 800G connectivity,” said Preet Virk, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, MACOM. “By aligning our Cloud Data Center strategy with the requirements of our end customers, we’re enabling the highest performance, most cost-effective module solutions for next-generation Cloud Data Center infrastructure.”

https://www.macom.com/applications/optical-networking/data-center

MACOM's 10G PON chipset leverages its manufacturing efficiencies

MACOM Technology Solutions introduced its portfolio of 10G passive optical network (PON) devices for optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network unit (ONU) infrastructure.

MACOM said its new 10G PON portfolio enables seamless component integration and unrivaled cost efficiencies to help accelerate 10G PON infrastructure build-outs. Its solution portfolio combines the inherent performance and supply scalability advantages of electro-optic modulated lasers (EOMLs), complemented by its pre-qualified, interoperable APDs, TIAs, laser drivers, and CDRs. The company also cites its L-PICTM technology platform and patented Etched Facet Technology as an advantage for high-volume, low-cost laser manufacturing. The aim is to replicate the cost structure reductions that MACOM previously achieved in 2.5G PON.

“MACOM’s leading market share in the PON domain – where we’ve shipped over 135 million lasers to date– is a testament to customers’ trust in our proven technology platforms and volume-scale manufacturing efficiency,” said Vivek Rajgarhia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Lightwave, MACOM. “With the introduction of our 10G PON solution portfolio, we’ve again affirmed our commitment to helping customers overcome the challenges of deploying advanced optical technologies at massive scale and lowered cost structures.”

https://www.macom.com/applications/optical-networking/fttx-2

T-Mobile now includes Netflix for its ONE subscribers

T-Mobile US will now include Netlix service in its ONE family package at no extra charge.

The Netflix On Us program, which is offered under an exclusive new partnership with Netflix, allows T-Mobile ONE family plan users to watch unlimited Netflix on the T-Mobile unlimited service. Customers must have two or more T-Mobile ONE lines to qualify.

T-Mobile said the program wukk not impact previously announced company guidance or expectations.

T-Mobile also noted that average throughput on its network has continued to improve this year while those of its rivals have suffered under the strain of unlimited data plans.

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/tmobile-uncarrier-netflix.htm

Kymeta says its fast satellite access service coming soon

Kymeta, a start-up that developed electronically-scanning satellite antennas and terminals for high-throughput communications for land, sea and air, is teaming up with Intelsat to offer a new satellite service with by-the-gigabyte pricing.

The KĀLO high-throughput access service will use fully integrated KyWay terminals and mTennau7 antenna subsystem modules (ASMs) to provide reliable wireless mobile connectivity. The service leverages the IntelsatOne Flex managed services platform. Commercial launch is expected this year.

Dushyant Sukhija, Kymeta’s newly appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the KĀLO BU, who joined Kymeta’s executive leadership team in July 2017, will lead the KĀLO BU and the upcoming launch of the service. Sukhija, author of the bestselling leadership book “The Cisco Way” is a former Cisco executive.

“I’m excited to work with our partner, Intelsat, to build a global communication and internet service solution,” said Sukhija. “Having worked with numerous communications companies, that spanned 142 countries, over 65 telecommunications service providers, and more than 1.9 billion subscribers while I was at Cisco, I know the complexities of a solution like this. Doing this with a global network that brings high-throughput internet access to a multitude of mobile platforms will dramatically expand the reach of satellite communications, while simplifying the buying process for everyone.”

“Satellite services today are expensive and difficult to buy,” said Sukhija. “Current satellite services customers often must predict their usage in advance. Imagine having to know exactly where you will be using your phone and how much data you will use three, six or even 36 months from now. With KĀLO internet access services, we’re focused on taking the guesswork out of purchasing satellite services, and making it as easy as purchasing a cell phone data plan.”

“Combining Kymeta’s disruptive flat panel antennas and terminals with our unique global, mobile internet services will make connectivity possible where it has never been before,” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, President and CEO of Kymeta.

https://www.kymetacorp.com/


Kymeta Raises $50 Million for Broadband Satellite Antennas

Kymeta, a start-up based in Redmond, Washington,  closed a $50 million Series C financing for its Metamaterials Surface Antenna Technology (MSA-T). The company was incubated by Intellectual Ventures and is backed by investments from Bill Gates, Liberty Global and Lux Capital.

Kymeta has said its mTenna product line will simplify the satellite connection needed for broadband Internet on the go, anywhere in the world. The company uses metamaterials to manipulate electromagnetic radiation to electronically point and steer a radio signal toward a satellite. The technology could be used to maintain a continuous broadband link between a satellite and a moving platform such as an aircraft, car or boat. The metamaterials could be manufactured using established lithographic techniques.  The technology will be used in flat, thin, light, and highly adaptable antennas and communication terminals.

Kymeta has already demonstrated a metamaterials-based antenna establishing a connection with a Ka-band satellite. The connection used an aperture size of 15 by 17 inches and was about one centimeter thick. The antenna was powered by a USB cable using less than three watts of power to drive the electronic beamforming antenna.

In the latest funding round, existing Kymeta investors including Bill Gates, Lux Capital and Liberty Global were joined in the financing by Osage University Partners and The Kresge Foundation.

http://www.kymetacorp.com/


  • Kymeta is the second company to spin out of Intellectual Ventures. The first, TerraPower, was created in 2008 to develop a new class of nuclear reactor.


India's BSNL signs Coriant for network innovation

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Coriant focused on innovative network architecture and services leveraging 5G, IoT, SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing technologies.

“We continue to focus on bringing our customers across India the latest innovations in communications technologies that enrich their personal and work lives,” said Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. “5G represents an enormous leap forward in capacity and throughput speeds, and we are pleased to team with our long-term technology partner Coriant to tap into these capabilities and explore real-world use cases for next-generation services and applications.”

“BSNL’s vision aligns nicely with our strategy of driving innovation in purpose-built 5G solutions and architectures,” said Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO and Chairman, Coriant. “We look forward to our joint work and the opportunity to help BSNL fast track development toward a 5G and IoT future and bring the value of these technologies to India and its citizens.”

http://www.coriant.com

Finisar's Jerry Rawls to step down as CEO in 2018

Jerry Rawls informed Finisar's board of directors that he intends to retire as Finisar's Chief Executive Officer by the end of calendar year 2018.

"Jerry's decision to retire as CEO of Finisar caps a remarkable business career and chapter in the company's history," said Robert Stephens, Finisar's lead director. "We are deeply grateful to Jerry for his innumerable contributions to Finisar's growth and success.  Jerry co-founded the company nearly 30 years ago in a Quonset hut in Menlo Park, California.  Under Jerry's leadership, Finisar went public in 1999 and has grown to be one of the world's top optics companies, with industry-leading revenues of more than $1.4 billion during its most recent fiscal year.  While his leadership will be missed, Jerry has placed Finisar on solid ground to continue to build on its success and market-leading position."

http://www.finisar.com

MapR raises $56 million for big data management

MapR Technologies, which offers a Converged Data Platform that integrates analytics with operational processes in real time, announced $56 million in new equity investment from its existing investors.

MapR reported 100 percent quarterly billings growth for its second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended on July 31, 2017, one of the largest increases for the company. The company cited
over 100 percent year over year growth in new subscription billings from Global 2000 customers such as American Express, Audi, Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Novartis, NTT Security, SAP, UnitedHealthcare and Wells Fargo.

Some Q2 Highlights:

  • MapR introduced MapR-XD, a cloud-scale data store to manage files and containers. As part of the MapR Converged Data Platform, MapR-XD uniquely supports any data type from the edge to the data center and multiple cloud environments with automatic policy-driven tiering from hot, warm or cold data. MapR-XD enables customers to create vast, global data fabrics which are inherently ready for analytical and operational applications making it easier to operationalize data.

  • MapR formed a partnership with NTT DATA Business Solutions Asia Pacific, one of the largest SAP reseller and solutions based consulting firms globally to help customers optimize and find more cost efficiencies for their SAP deployments using the MapR Converged Data Platform. MapR partners include Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP and Teradata.

"Our customers and partners continue to be at the forefront of this 30-year re-platforming the industry is going through today. We are working closely with them to ensure their success and helping them to execute on their digital transformation and data strategies," said Matt Mills, CEO, MapR Technologies.

MapR is based in San Jose, California.

http://www.mapr.com


  • In May 2014, MapR Technologies raised $110 million in venture funding for its distribution for Apache Hadoop software. Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.  In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sprint charts journey to NFV Openstack Cloud

Sprint announced several milestones for its nationwide Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment.

In a blog post, Günther Ottendorfer, Sprint's Chief Operating Officer, Technology, described a multi-pronged approach to address both the operational and the technological components of NFV, including the deployment of a common infrastructure in more than 30 data centers around the network. This deployment, started two years ago, coincides with a “cap and grow” approach to commercializing NFV. While building the virtualized infrastructure, Sprint is simultaneously capping the expansion of legacy core network hardware.

Ottendorfer asserts that Sprint is committed to deploying open-source software on standards-based hardware to provide a more flexible, innovative, and cost-effective network that can support the 5G requirements for super-high data speeds, ultra-low latency, automation, and mass connectivity required for IOT, Ultra HD video, AR-VR, and Edge computing.  Sprint's new virtual Core replaces stand-alone, bare metal platforms with a single Network Function Virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) on which all of the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia Sub-System (IMS) platforms virtually reside as Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs).

http://newsroom.sprint.com/the-sprint-nfv-journey.htm


  • In May 2017, Sprint (announced the availability of C3PO (Clean CUPS Core for Packet Optimization – CUPS: Control & User Plane Separation), an open source NFV/SDN-based mobile core reference solution designed to significantly improve performance of the network core by providing a clean, streamlined, high-performance data plane for the packet core.

    C3PO uses standard high-volume server hardware and streamlines mobile core architecture by collapsing multiple components into as few network nodes as possible. In lab tests conducted on Dell EMC DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure with compute sleds running dual socket 14 core Intel Xeon processors E5-2680 v4, Sprint achieved 1.63 Mpps (million packets per second) throughput. This C3PO configuration demonstrated high efficiency by utilizing as few as seven processor cores - with one packet processing core and six processor cores supporting other tasks such as Control Plane, statistics, load balancer, operating system and other operations, for 500,000 subscribers using a typical Sprint traffic model. A similar C3PO configuration achieved 2.2 Mpps with a similar traffic model for 50,000 subscribers.

    Sprint's C3PO is the result of four years of collaboration between Intel Labs and Sprint on a joint research effort to develop optimal DPDK-based data plane nodes and disaggregated evolved packet core architectures, as well as a platform for further 5G core infrastructure research. “C3PO makes traditional mobility architectures and software designs more streamlined, efficient and scalable,” said Dr. Ron Marquardt, Vice President of Technology at Sprint. “By combining Sprint’s real-world operator knowledge with Intel’s research on optimizing software for standard high-volume servers, we’ve developed a single solution that provides seven functions previously located within separate physical elements.”

Sprint selects Metaswitch to accelerate mobile innovation

Metaswitch confirmed that Sprint is deploying its products and technologies to enable the accelerated development and deployment of advanced mobile communication services for businesses and consumers.

Metaswitch said its cloud technology portfolio provides an extremely agile and cost-efficient innovation platform for LTE and 5G networks, extending beyond person-to-person communications and into the real time connectivity and control of the Internet of Things. Working together, Metaswitch and Sprint are looking to provide higher quality, feature-rich and sophisticated communication services that are native to the mobile phone dialer. The goal is to provide users a more intuitive, reliable and collaborative experience than is typically available from third party applications that ride on top of a standard mobile data plan.

"We're excited to lay this foundation as part of Sprint's network virtualization initiative, which we expect will deliver an expanding range of innovative services to our customers for many years to come," said Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Operating Officer of Technology at Sprint. "These new services will enable our customers to do more with the devices they depend on at home, at work and on the go, while reducing our infrastructure and operating costs."

"Our goal is to provide a range of exciting and potentially exclusive services that delight our customers and help them connect in new and better ways," added Ottendorfer.

"Sprint's commitment to mobile cloud innovation is impressive and will accelerate value for its customers and partners," said Martin Lund, CEO of Metaswitch. "We are honored to have been selected as a key strategic provider for the core of Sprint's next generation network and we look forward to driving future innovation together."

https://www.metaswitch.com/the-switch/sprint-selects-metaswitch-to-accelerate-mobile-network-innovation