Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Pacific Wave Peering Exchange continues to expand

Pacific Wave International Exchange and its peering and science DMZ fabrics will be extended to Texas’s Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) and Oklahoma’s OneNet thanks to support from the National Science Foundation.

The Pacific Wave SDX, which is a project of the Corporation for Education Networking in California (CENIC) and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), is an integral component of the international effort to interconnect research and education networks using Software Defined Networking (SDN).  Pacific Wave operates multiple open exchange peering points available at three U.S. Pacific coast locations, including the Bay Area (Sunnyvale and Palo Alto), Los Angeles (three sites), and Seattle; three U.S. interior locations in Denver, Albuquerque, and El Paso; and two sites in Tokyo, Japan. It comprises multiple, geographically diverse 100Gbps connections – in Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago – to Internet2’s backbone nodes and full range of advanced network capabilities. Pacific Wave also operates an SDX testbed with access points in Los Angeles, Seattle and Sunnyvale, and including teaming relationships with StarLight, WIDE/T-REX and others to pilot more global interoperability of next-generation SDX capabilities.

LEARN and OneNet will connect to Pacific Wave via the Western Regional Network (WRN). WRN is an R&E extension of Pacific Wave, created and supported by a collaboration of the major Western Regional R&E optical networks: Front Range Gigapop (CO and WY), New Mexico Gigapop, University of Hawaii, Pacific Northwest Gigapop (WA, AK, MT, ND) and CENIC (CA). WRN employs a dedicated 100Gbps wavelength-based network infrastructure, including “dark channels” provided by Internet2, that spans the West and also reaches Pacific Wave’s international exchange point collaborator, StarLight, in Chicago, thereby making most European R&E networks directly accessible to WRN participants.

Telia plans 5G in 2018 in Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki

Telia wants to be among the first carriers worldwide to deploy commercial 5G and is working with Ericsson and Intel to ensure this happens.

The first use cases, which was tested in September, uses 5G to deliver Internet access to a cruise ship moored in Tallinn harbour.

"We want to be early with 5G and will bring it to life in Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki in 2018. We work together with our partners in the whole eco-system to explore the powerful effect it is going to have for our customers and in society. It’s not only about building a new network but it’s also about building a new way of thinking and perceiving what a mobile network can be and can do. High speed, low latency, guaranteed capacity and truly mobile is going to push the boundaries of digitalization and we want to be there pushing it together with our partners,” stated Gabriela Styf Sjöman, Global Head of Networks, Telia Company.

An Ericsson 5G base station consisting of 5G antenna, radio and baseband, in conjunction with the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform – provides millimeter wave and extends the Telia mobile network to 5G.

Nokia leads Broadband Access Abstraction project

Nokia is taking a leading role in the Broadband Forum's new Broadband Access Abstraction (BAA) project, which seeks to drive the adoption of software-defined access networks through the contribution of open source software, uniting vendors and operators to ensure they are aligned with industry specifications to meet the needs of operators globally.

Specifically, the BAA project seeks to define a software reference implementation for an open BAA layer, which would eliminate dependencies on vendor-specific equipment and proprietary software functions by providing standardized interfaces and decoupling implementation from the underlying hardware.

Nokia is the first vendor partner to contribute open source code under the BAA project.

"By opening and standardizing the common, generic part of the network software, we avoid the need to re-write that same software for every technology, every vendor and every node. In turn, we can now focus our efforts on developing new applications and capabilities that make the network faster, better, and smarter: for example, converging fixed and mobile networks; fronthauling 5G over fiber-access networks, automating operations and building self-healing and self-optimizing networks," stated Federico Guillén, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks Business Group.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Orange collaborates with Microsoft Azure IoT

Orange Business Services announced a collaboration with Microsoft to deliver large-scale, end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the manufacturing sector.

Orange Business Services offers many IoT connectivity options, including LoRa. Use cases range from supply chain and smart inventory management to digital operations, such as predictive maintenance, employee safety and facility and equipment management.

The Microsoft Azure IoT Suite facilitates setting up and scaling large device and data management projects. Azure IoT Suite also provides a number of pre-packaged solutions for industrial applications.

Xtera wins subsea contract with DISA

Xtera, which supplies un-repeatered and repeatered subsea connectivity using high bandwidth undersea amplifiers, was awarded a contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to build a new regional submarine cable system.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xtera said the new submarine cable system for DISA is designed to deliver high-capacity at the lowest cost per terabit per second. Under the contract, Xtera will deploy a full turnkey subsea system, including undersea optical repeaters, Nu-Wave Optima Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), cable and all marine services. 

This is the second subsea system contract awarded to Xtera by DISA. It is also the first turnkey subsea system contract award since Xtera’s recent acquisition by H.I.G. Capital.

Fifth Intelsat EpicNG satellite successfully launched

The Intelsat 37e satellite was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. This is the fifth satellite in Intelsat's EpicNG series.

Intelsat 37e was manufactured by Boeing and equipped with the highest throughput of the entire Intelsat EpicNG fleet. It features enhanced power sharing technology between shaped, fixed and steerable spot beams at Ku-band. This new capability augments flexibility within the payload to optimize connectivity and increase efficiency as requirements shift over time.

The C-band payload includes a mix of high-power spot and wide beams. The Ku- and Ka-band steerable beams, which can be positioned as needed, have been added to increase network access and support high-demand areas for government and commercial mobility applications. They will complement the extensive Ku-band multi-spot beam coverage.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Chile and Argentina to cut roaming fees

The governments of Chile and Argentina reached an agreement to eliminate roaming fees for travelers across their borders.

Under the agreement, roaming surcharges will be eliminated by 2020.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

AT&T expands its Fixed Wireless Internet rollout

AT&T is expanding its Fixed Wireless Internet service for rural and underserved locations to 9 new states: Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

This brings the rollout to 18 states, for a total of over 160,000 locations.  AT&T is aiming to offer the Fixed Wireless service in over 400,000 locations by the end of this year, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet delivers download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps. The LTE connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses.

“For many rural families and communities, the introduction of this service from AT&T will mark a new era of increased broadband speeds and access to cheaper and more diverse content.” said Bret Swanson, president, Entropy Economics.  "AT&T's move into these new communities will also yield additional economic benefits and can help create new jobs.”

ONAP Project adds Equinix, FiberHome and others to membership

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project, which brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions, has added Equinix, FiberHome, Kaloom, Netsia, Openet and ZTEsoft to its membership roster as silver members.

ONAP is working to deliver a neutral automation platform for network, infrastructure and services across service providers, cloud providers and enterprises as they seek to efficiently deliver on-demand services leveraging existing investments. Its first release, code named Amsterdam, is expected later this year.

“Open source networking has achieved significant market growth because it allows organizations of all sizes to quickly and innovatively bring new products and services to market using the largest shared technology investment,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “



FCC: 90% of cell sites still down in Puerto Rico

Communication networks are still struggling to recover basic services in Puerto Rico.

As of September 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT,  90.3% (slightly down from 91.1% yesterday) of cell sites in Puerto Rico still are out of service, according to FCC data. All counties in Puerto Rico have greater than 75% of their cell sites out of service. This means that 2,411 cell sites have been unable to restore service since Hurricane Maria struck on September 20.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 67.0% of cell sites are out of service. Even worse, 100% of cell sites in St. John are now out of service (up from 66.7% yesterday).

FCC waives spectrum restriction in Puerto Rico to aid first responders

The FCC waived rules to facilitate use of two nationwide interoperability channels (151.1375 MHz and 154.4525 MHz) in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). 

The waiver authorizes the use of the designated frequencies in Puerto Rico and the USVI for public safety. 

A10 expects bump up in Q3 revenue

A10 Networks increased its financial outlook for Q3 2017, saying it now expects revenue to be between $59 million and $60 million, above its prior guidance of $53 million to $57 million. The company also expects to report a profit on a non-GAAP basis.

A10 Networks also announced the departure of Ray Smets, EVP of worldwide sales, effective in the fourth quarter.

AsiaSat 9 successfully launched from Kazakhstan

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the AsiaSat 9 satellite into orbit aboard an ILS Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

AsiaSat 9, which was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral), will provide enhanced performance, higher efficiency and greater flexibility for DTH, video distribution, VSAT broadband and mobility services. It carries the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia and a wider high-power C-band coverage across the Asia-Pacific region.

This was the 416th launch for Proton since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow.

Roku surges on first day of trading

Shares in Roku (Nasdaq:ROKU), which offers TV streaming devices, surged on their first day of trading, closing at

The company priced its initial public offering of 15,668,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.

Roku, which is based in Los Gatos, California, has 15 million monthly active accounts as of June 30, 2017 that streamed in the last 30 days. The company says its uses streamed nearly 7 billion hours of music and video in the first half of 2017.

Toyota Racing's in-house engineering goes All-in on AWS

Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the in-house engineering division for Toyota and Lexus motorsports programs, has gone all-in on AWS.

AWS said its cloud services now support mission-critical applications that enable Toyota Racing crews to improve precision, consistency, and speed during practice runs and in competition. These race intelligence applications collect data from vehicles and their environments and apply real-time analytics and machine learning to better understand how a vehicle may handle on any track under any circumstance.

"We use AWS to do everything from setting up our cars in chassis tuning simulations to making fuel and tire strategy calls from the pit boxes during the races," stated Chris Andronaco, Technology Director at Toyota Racing Development.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NTT Com expands Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service with Azure

NTT Communications (NTT Com) is expanding its Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) by leveraging Microsoft Azure Site Recovery.

The new DRaaS offering enables replication of enterprise workloads to an NTT Com data center or Microsoft Azure, assuring real-time business continuity (BC) in the case of unexpected server failures or planned downtime. Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is an automated disaster recovery software solution built upon the capabilities of Azure. In addition to replication, NTT Com’s DRaaS offering provides full-scale planning, implementation, testing and management.

“With no capital investment and paying for only the resources they consume, enterprise customers can replicate their primary environment to NTT Com or to Microsoft Azure, depending on their requirements,” said Justin Bannister, Product Manager, North America, for NTT Com. “This is a key differentiator - with NTT Com’s full suite of managed cloud and DRaaS services, customers can securely replicate workloads that don’t fit in the public cloud to an NTT Com data center. They have options.”

Google Cloud IoT Core released to beta testing

Google Cloud IoT Core, which is a fully-managed service on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to help securely connect and manage IoT devices at scale, has now entered public beta testing

Google has designed its Cloud IoT Core to enable organizations to connect and centrally manage millions of globally dispersed IoT devices. The company says it is working with many customers across industries such as transportation, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare and ride-sharing.

The Google Cloud IoT solution ingests IoT data and then can connect to other Google analytics services including Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Google Cloud Dataflow, Google Cloud Bigtable, Google BigQuery, and Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine.

Cloudify names Krish A. Prabhu as an advisor

Cloudify, a software developer that specializes in lifecycle management and network functions in cloud-native environments, announced that Dr. Krish A. Prabhu has joined the company as a special strategic advisor.

Prabhu most recently served as president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, where he led the flagship network transformation project, driving a revolutionary approach to open Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) on a global scale and automating network operations and control functions. This project now serves as the primary codebase for the Linux Foundation Project ONAP (Open Network Automation Project) on which Cloudify and AT&T have collaborated and are both platinum founding members.

Previously, Prabhu was CEO of Tellabs. Earlier in his career, he held several management positions at Alcatel in Paris from 1991 to 2001, including serving as chief operating officer from 1999 to 2001.

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).

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