Thursday, January 11, 2018

Telefónica conducts T-SDN tests with Huawei

Telefónica completed laboratory tests on a T-SDN (Transport Software-Defined Network) solution provided by Huawei that included an SDN controller with capabilities for planning, management, monitoring and diagnosis of Telefónica España’s photonic mesh.

T-SDN aims to improve network operations in the photonic mesh.

In 2009, Telefónica began deploying an all-optical, mesh network with more than 200 nodes throughout Spain. This network leverages flexible ROADM technology along with an advanced network control plane. While this improved the reliability and flexibility of the service, it also posed challenges for Operation and Maintenance (O&M).

Huawei said its new centralized controller can be used to obtain real-time information and to conduct incident simulations with the goal of identifying risks to an optical service and preventing network disruptions before they happen.

The centralized T-SDN algorithm can also be used to optimize the spectrum and to improve the reliability and performance of the WDM network. In addition, Huawei is developing a new platform known as NCE (Network Cloud Engine) to integrate the online WDM planning tool, the control plane and the network management system.

María Antonia Crespo, Director of IP Connectivity and Transport at Telefónica España, commented: “we were interested in seeing how T-SDN technology can help Telefónica in many different areas. Firstly, we’d like to improve the performance of the WDM control plane, helping to reduce restoration times. We also hope that it will enable Telefónica to manage its resources more efficiently and improve its network diagnoses. Finally, it will be very useful for us if we can move towards the automation of the network, as this is one of the key goals in Telefónica’s strategy for the coming years.”

Bharti deploys Huawei’s CloudAIR

Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile operator, has successfully deployed three radio technologies (GSM, UMTS, LTE) on the 900MHz band within an 8.8MHz spectral bandwidth by using Huawei’s CloudAIR.  The three band deployment is a world first on the Huawei platform.

Huawei's CloudAIR allows different radio access technologies to share spectrum resources dynamically instead of using traditional spectrum sharing solutions. Huawei calls this "spectrum cloudification", replacing static allocation with on-demand allocation. In this case, it enables Bharti Airtel’s 900MHz spectrum to serve GSM, UMTS and LTE simultaneously. 

“CloudAIR gives us the ability to deploy LTE within the same 900MHz frequency alongside GSM and UMTS,” said Mr. Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO of Bharti Airtel. “This improves our LTE coverage significantly, which means our customers enjoy superior data experience and HD voice quality even in indoor locations.” 

Since introducing CloudAIR in November 2016, the solution has been deployed in more than 30 commercial networks.

Stonepeak completes acquisition of majority interest in euNetworks

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm based in New York, completed its previously announced deal to acquire a majority interest in euNetworks. Existing euNetworks investors, including Columbia Capital and Greenspring Associates, will continue to hold a material interest in the company. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Under the deal, Stonepeak will also provide euNetworks with up to $500 million of committed growth capital for both organic and inorganic development.

Brady Rafuse will remain the Chief Executive Officer of the company and the existing euNetworks investors will continue to hold a material interest in the company’s new capital structure.

euNetworks owns and operates dense fibre-based metropolitan networks in 14 cites, connected by an intercity backbone covering 49 cities in 15 countries. These networks directly connect into over 300 data centres and more than 1,300 further cell towers, cable landing stations and enterprise buildings.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners currently manages approximately $11.3 billion of capital for its investors.

Bell Canada acquires a home security company

BCE (Bell) has acquired AlarmForce Industries, a Canadian home security and monitoring company, for approximately $182 million paid in a combination of cash and BCE common shares to shareholders of AlarmForce.

AlarmForce currently serves more than 100,000 subscribers across the country with intrusion, smoke, flood and carbon monoxide detection services; automation services including lighting, climate and lock control systems; and in-home and mobile medical alert systems.

Bell provides security and monitoring services from Bell Aliant NextGen Home Security in Atlantic Canada and from AAA Security, a Bell MTS company, in Manitoba.

Bell also announced an agreement to sell AlarmForce's approximately 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to TELUS Corporation for approximately $66.5 million, an amount per subscriber equivalent to that paid by Bell.

"Bell welcomes AlarmForce as we build on our position as Canada's most trusted name in residential communications with an accelerated focus on Connected Home technology and services," said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential and Small Business. "Building on our leadership and scale in broadband networks and residential services distribution, installation and customer services, Bell looks forward to delivering new and innovative smart home solutions to residential customers throughout Ontario, Québec, the Atlantic region and Manitoba."

First ICEYE Microsatellite launched from India

ICEYE, a start-up based in Helsinki, Finland that is developing microsatellites with unique synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, announced the successful launch of its first satellite on a proof-of-concept mission.

The 70-kg ICEYE-X1 satellite was carried into orbit on ISRO's PSLV-C40 rocket launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India.

The launch marks the world's first microsatellite equipped with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to ever be deployed in space. It is also Finland's very first commercial satellite.

"ICEYE has been committed to enabling better decision making for everyone with Earth observation capabilities, and now through this new SAR data source, we are closer than ever to unlocking that potential across many different industries," said Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and co-founder of ICEYE. "I am extremely proud of the ICEYE team who have now, for the first time in the world, opened up the possibilities of the miniaturization of SAR satellite technology. With the support from the Finnish and European communities, Aalto University, Tekes, Horizon 2020, all of our investors, our extremely talented advisors, and so many more who've supported us, we have been able to achieve this crucial milestone."


ICEYE has at least two additional proof-of-concept satellite missions planned for 2018. These first three initial missions will be conducted through different launch providers. Once testing is completed, ICEYE plans to launch a constellation of more than 18 SAR-enabled microsatellites to bring reliable high-temporal-resolution imaging to the market. ICEYE's constellation, once fully deployed, will allow users to accurately image any point on Earth within only a few hours, regardless of weather or darkness.

Infinera adds two execs to its team

Infinera announced the appointments of Glenn Laxdal as senior vice president of product management and Alexander Derecho as senior vice president of global customer service. Both new positions report to David Heard, general manager of the recently established Product Realization organization.

Previously, Laxdal was head of Ericsson North America’s multi-billion dollar network products business, overseeing strategy, product management and solution development. Mr. Laxdal also served as chief technology officer and head of strategy for Ericsson North America. Prior to Ericsson, Mr. Laxdal served as vice president of global product management at Research in Motion.

Previously, Derecho served as the senior vice president of global services and support at Harmonic Inc., where he helped establish Harmonic as a premier provider of digital media infrastructure solutions. Prior to Harmonic, Derecho held various executive leadership positions with telecommunications equipment providers.

Broadcom's 12.8 Tbps Tomahawk 3 in perspective

Broadcom describes its Tomahawk 3 as a quantum leap in switch power and cost efficiency for next-gen hyperscale data centres. There are four arguments for this: (1) Tomahawk3 offers scalable forwarding for container networking based on rich tunneling support and support for segment routing (2) Scale-Out, Configurable Load Balancing & Multipathing, which provide traffic load adaptive capabilities in the switch (3) Broadview Gen3 network instrumentation based on in-band telemetry with per-packet timestamping and mirroring (4) 40% reduced Watt/Gbps thanks to the chip’s 16nm geometry.

Broadcom’s BroadView software generates network analytics directly from the switching silicon, providing a way for network telemetry to collected.

Tomahawk3 also brings a high-performance integrated SerDes on chip, specifically, up to 256 x 50G-PAM4/25G-NRZ Dual-Mode SerDes. This enables 50G PAM-4 Based Ethernet Speeds, including 50GbE (1-lane), 100GbE (2-lane), 200GbE (4-lane), and 400GbE (8-lane). High-density port configurations for hyperscale spine switches based on the 12.8 Tbps Tomahawk3 could be:
  •         128 x 100GE
  •         64 x 200GE
  •         32 x 400GE

Broadcom is also offering an 8.0 Tbps version of the Tomahawk3 that could be used for 100G Top-of-rack switches with the following port combinations:
  •         80 x 100GE
  •         48 x 100GE + 8 x 400GE or 16 x 200GE
  •         96 x 50GE + 8 x 400GE or 16 x 200GE


The Broadcom universe

Finally, its worth considering the wide scope of partners and customers in the Broadcom switching ecosystem.



Till this point, pretty much all the major switch OEMs/ODMs are aboard. The big cloud vendors are building their own switches in-house but with Broadcom silicon. If there has been competitive pressure for this type of switch, mostly it would be from manufacturers opting to build switching ASICs in-house rather than rely on Broadcom solution. But there are a few start-ups attempting to enter the market.

Innovium will soon launch a 12.8 Tbps switch

In March 2017, Innovium, a start-up based in San Jose, California and backed by $90 million in venture funding, announced plans for a new line of TERALYNX scalable Ethernet silicon for data centers switches with aggregate capacity options at 12.8Tbps, 9.6Tbps, 6.4Tbps and 3.2Tbps performance points. Though the chips have yet to begin shipping to our knowledge at least, in an updated blog posting this week, Innovium revealed that initial its initial systems will be available in early part of 2018 and that the company expects its customer and partners to disclose further details at that time. Innovium says it has active engagements with leading customers across all categories: Cloud, OEMs & ODMs.

Innovium’s TERALYNX silicon promises support for 10/25/40/50/100/200/400GbE Ethernet standards. It will deliver 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE or 32 ports of 400GbE in a single device.

From the Innovium Ethernet switching silicon spec sheet:
  •         12.8Tbps, 9.6Tbps, 6.4Tbps and 3.2Tbps single chip performance options at packet sizes of 300B or smaller
  •         Single flow performance of 400Gbps at 64B minimum packet size, 4x vs alternatives
  •         70MB of on-chip buffer for superior network quality, fewer packet drops and substantially lower latency compared to off-chip buffering options
  •         Up to 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE or 32 ports of 400GbE, which enable flatter networks for lower Capex and fewer hops
  •         Support for cut-through with best-in-class low latency of less than 350ns
  •         Programmable, feature-rich INNOFLEX forwarding pipeline
  •         Comprehensive layer 2/3 forwarding and flexible tunneling including MPLS
  •         Large table resources with flexible allocation across L2, IPv4 and IPv6
  •         Line-rate, standards-based programmability to add new/custom features and protocols
  •         FLASHLIGHT telemetry and analytics to enable autonomous data center networks
  •         Extensive visibility and telemetry capabilities such as sFlow, FlexMirroring along with highly customizable extra-wide counters
  •         P4-INT in-band telemetry and extensions to dramatically simplify end to end analysis
  •         Advanced analytics enable optimal resource monitoring, utilization and congestion control allowing predictive capabilities and network automation

Innovium was co-founded by Rajiv Khemani, formerly COO of Cavium; Puneet Agarwal, former Senior Director and Distinguished Engineer at Broadcom; and Mohammad Issa, previously VP Engineering at Broadcom. Its investors include Greylock Partners, Walden International, Capricorn Investment Group, S-Cubed Capital, Redline, and Qualcomm Ventures.

Barefoot is shipping a 6.5 Tbps switching chip

Barefoot Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California and backed by over $130 million in venture funding including an investment from Google, is already shipping a 6.5 Tbps version of its “Tofino” user programmable switching silicon. The silicon is designed for user programmability via the open-source P4 programming language.

Barefoot has previously stated that its technology is being adopted by large enterprises and telecommunications providers to increase network performance and efficiency through leveraging programmable forwarding plane technology.

One publicly disclosed example is AT&T, which has tested Barefoot’s Tofino and In-band Network Telemetry (INT) to gain deep insight into the network down to packet-level. Barefoot stated that it has recently worked with AT&T and SnapRoute to deliver what it believes is the first real-time path and latency visualisation.

Earlier this month, Barefoot introduced “Deep Insight” software, which can run on commodity servers and in a network powered by switches based on the "Tofino" programmable switch chip to interpret, analyze and pinpoint packet telemetry. Using stateful baselining of a network's performance, the company says its software automatically filters out irrelevant data, detecting only anomalies at any time scale and with nanosecond resolution. The Deep Insight software can track the sequence of switches the packet visited along its path, the set of rules it matched upon at every switch along the way, the time it spent buffered in every switch, to the nanosecond, and the packets, flows and application that the packet shared each queue with.

Barefoot Networks was co-founded by Nick McKeown, a Stanford professor and co-founder of Nicira (acquired by VMware), Martin Izzard, Pat Bosshart, and Dan Lenoski VP Engineering. In February 2017, Barefoot named Craig Barratt as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Barratt joined Barefoot from Alphabet and Google, where he was Senior Vice President at Google and Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet’s Access business, which includes the Google Fiber broadband internet service. Prior to Google, he served as President of Qualcomm Atheros.

TELoIP names Roger Davis as CEO

TELoIP, which offers SD-WAN solutions through a network of channel partners, named Roger Davis as its new CEO.

Davis previously was a senior executive with AT&T, serving as Vice President and Controller of the Corporation; Vice President & CFO of the Networks Services Group, the company's largest operating division; and Vice President & CFO of the International Group.

TELoIP, which is known for its Virtual Intelligent Network Overlay (VINO) technology and portfolio of managed service provider partners, was founded in 2002 and is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.


GSMA opens North America office in Atlanta

The GSMA opened a new North American regional office in Atlanta, Georgia.  The new facility can accommodate nearly 90 GSMA employees.

The GSMA has invested significantly in its North American operations in the last year, with the addition of 25 new roles across a number of functional areas. Most notably, in September 2017, the GSMA launched “Mobile World Congress Americas, in partnership with CTIA”, the first mobile industry event addressing the entire Americas region. The event attracted more than 21,000 visitors from 110 countries and territories.

“The opening of our new North American office marks the start of the next chapter for the GSMA in the region,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. “Our new location near Midtown Atlanta puts us at the very center of the vibrant, dynamic tech scene in the city, enabling us to draw on a rich talent pool and engage even more closely with the broad technology ecosystem that has developed here.”

With global headquarters in London, the GSMA represents nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide, as well as more than 300 other companies including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, internet companies and organizations in adjacent industry sectors.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

100G Lambda MSA releases preliminary PAM4 spec

The 100G Lambda Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) Group, which was formed just in October 2017, released preliminary specifications based on 100 Gbps per wavelength PAM4 optical technology.

The new interfaces defined by the 100G Lambda MSA increase the distances supported for 100 GbE and 400 GbE applications compared to the 100 Gbps (100GBASE-DR) and 400 Gbps (400GBASE-DR4) 500-meter reach interfaces currently being defined by IEEE 802.3 Ethernet. The 100G Lambda MSA has developed optical specifications for 100 GbE with reaches of 2 and 10 kilometers and for 400 GbE with a reach of 2 kilometers over duplex single-mode fiber. By focusing on 100 Gbps per wavelength, the 100G Lambda MSA is enabling a technology ecosystem for next-generation networking equipment.

Members of the 100G Lambda MSA Group include Alibaba, Applied OptoElectronics, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Ciena, Cisco, Finisar, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Inphi, Intel, Juniper Networks, Lumentum, Luxtera, MACOM, MaxLinear, Microsoft, Molex, NeoPhotonics, Nokia, Oclaro, Semtech, Source Photonics, and Sumitomo Electric.

The 100G Lambda MSA preliminary specifications are available for download at www.100GLambda.com

Molex intros 10G Automotive Ethernet Network

Molex introduced its 10G Automotive Ethernet Network for connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Molex 10 Gbps Automotive Ethernet Network connects Electronic Control Units (ECUs) throughout a vehicle. It offers secure over-the-air software and firmware updates and diagnostics over IP (DoIP) to help avoid the need for vehicle recalls and enabling in-vehicle security and diagnostics over IP.  Molex said its platform is compatible with existing network components provides OEMs the design flexibility to accommodate different vehicle profiles and integrate evolving new technologies.

Aquantia partnership - The Molex 10 Gbps Automotive Ethernet Network incorporates an Aquantia chip optimized for Multi-Gig Ethernet to support data transfers between Electronic Control Units (ECU).

“The collaboration with Aquantia supports fast, reliable connectivity to keep data flowing smoothly and securely within a vehicle and beyond to the cloud,” said Bill Fitzer, vice president and general manager, connected mobility solutions, ‎Molex. “Our 10 Gbps Ethernet platform delivers seamless end-to-end V2X connectivity and superior signal integrity in intelligent vehicles and autonomous driving.”

Excelfore partnership - Molex is working with Silicon Valley-based Excelfore, which provides innovative middleware solutions for in-vehicle and vehicle-to-cloud smart mobility networks. A demonstration at CES shows how Excelfore solutions integrated with the Molex 10 Gbps Ethernet Automotive Network enable over-the-air (OTA) diagnostics, firmware and software updates to different automotive devices, from different vendors, running different operating systems, across multiple networks.

AllGo Systems partnership - Molex and AllGo Systems have teamed up to develop advanced infotainment systems for intelligent connected vehicles. AllGo's OTG and Media Solutions support iPhones and Android phones, and distributed media playback to other smart devices within the car. At CES 2018, Molex and AllGo are demonstrating OTG Hubs and Media Modules incorporating AllGo solutions for wired and wireless infotainment in automotive cockpit systems. Demonstrations will include an OTG Hub running Apple CarPlay over USB, and Android Auto 8.0 and QNX on the head unit and digital instrument cluster. An OTG Hub and Adaptor enable the head unit to support CarPlay in either USB Device or Host mode. An AllGo Video Streaming Solution enables seamless media sharing between cluster, head unit and network storage device. High-resolution navigation data is streamed from the head unit running Android to a digital instrument cluster running QNX. Running in parallel, 4K high-resolution content is streamed from a network storage device to the head unit and played back on a secondary display.

Microchip partnership - Molex and Microchip Technology Inc. are collaborating on the development of integrated USB Media Modules and USB Power Delivery Solutions for automotive infotainment systems. The work focuses on the increasing number of USB ports in vehicles, and how USB can deliver more power and bring driver assistance applications to the head unit display.

Blackberry partnerhip - Molex is working to integrate BlackBerry's security solutions with its 10 Gbps Ethernet Automotive Networking platform. The collaboration leverages:

  • BlackBerry QNX Neutrino SDP 7.0 RTOS, which provides high performance and enhanced kernel-level security through an array of features including microkernel architecture, file encryption, adaptive time partitioning, a high-availability framework, anomaly detection, and multi-level policy-based access control. 
  • BlackBerry Certicom's Managed PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Service, to securely provision, authenticate, and communicate between modules and other vehicle ECUs and peripheral devices connected to the network. In-vehicle connections can be made via Ethernet IP-based devices or LIN, CAN, USB, and other supported legacy communication protocols. As part of the PKI, BlackBerry Certicom is providing an efficient and powerful Elliptic-Curve Cryptography (ECC) solution that can also be extended to communications between the vehicle systems and the cloud.


CommScope and OFS sign 8-year fiber supply deal

OFS and CommScope a new eight-year deal under which OFS will supply optical fiber to CommScope for use in its customers’ networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Through this agreement, CommScope secures access to a premier supply of optical fiber for development of innovative fiber cabling products for global wireline and wireless networks,” said Jaxon Lang, senior vice president and Connectivity Solutions segment leader, CommScope.

"OFS values our long-standing partnership with CommScope and supports their global operations with a multi-sourced contract from our optical fiber facilities in the United States, Europe and Japan,” stated Pierre Marty, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Sales at OFS.

Cisco offers flexible DOCSIS licensing to MSO customers

Cisco is introducing a DOCSIS licensing plan for cable operator customers using its Converged Broadband Router (cBR-8) platform.

Unlike traditional licensing models for converged cable access platform (CCAP) devices, which require cable operators to purchase large numbers of new bandwidth licenses for every service group where they want to offer the expanded service, Cisco's new pricing plan has only one license type based on bandwidth consumption.  This enables cable operators to provision all of the capacity of their CCAP platforms without restrictions or upfront licensing expense.

Cisco said the new licensing plan, which it calls Infinite Broadband Unlocked (IBU), is aligned to the number of subscribers across the network, so license investment is highly aligned to revenues and avoids stranded capital.

“IBU helps cable operators be more competitive and gain subscriber market share,” said Sean Welch, vice president and general manager, Cable Access, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “We have listened carefully to our customers, and with this new offer we have specifically focused on making DOCSIS licensing simple and aligned with their business objectives.”

Tele2 to acquire Com Hem creating no.2 mobile + broadband in Sweden

Tele2 and Com Hem agreed to a merger that will create the second largest mobile telephony and fixed broadband provider in Sweden and the market leader in digital TV, behind Telia. Com Hem’s shareholders will receive as merger consideration SEK 37.02 in cash plus 1.0374x new B shares in Tele2 for each share in Com Hem. This values the deal at about US$3.3 billion.

Com Hem operates a fiber-coax network serving approximately 1.5 million residential customers across Sweden. The company was established in 1983 and has approximately 1,200 employees. Its head office is in Stockholm.

Tele2, which was established in 1993 and is based in the Kista Science City, Stockholm, Sweden, operates an extensive mobile network across Sweden and has interests in The Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, and Germany.

The combined company will have a customer base of 3.9 million mobile customers, 0.8 million broadband customers and 1.1 million digital TV customers in Sweden. Its 4G network will cover the entire country while its broadband network will cover almost 60 percent of Sweden’s households.

The companies cited total annual OPEX, CAPEX and revenue synergies estimated at around SEK 900 million to be achieved within five years. The preliminary combined net sales for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017 are approximately SEK 31.8 billion with an adjusted EBITDA of SEK 9.2 billion and OCF of SEK 6.1 billion, of which Sweden accounted for approximately SEK 22.8 billion of net sales, SEK 7.2 billion of adjusted EBITDA and SEK 5.2 billion of OCF.

Arctic Wolf raises $16M for Cyber Security Ops Center service

Arctic Wolf Networks, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California with offices in Ontario, Canada, raised $16 million in new funding for its security operations center (SOC)-as-a-service.

The Arctic Wolf service provides a cloud-based security incident and event management (SIEM) application combined with a team of expert security engineers committed to the client's operational requirements.

"Security operations centers are an essential element of modern cybersecurity, and every company needs one,” said Brian NeSmith, CEO and co-founder of Arctic Wolf. “We are transforming how companies look at cybersecurity from a product-centric view to one focused on proactive detection and response. The new funding allows us to invest in key areas of the business and maintain our extraordinary growth trajectory.”

The new funding was led by Sonae Investment Management with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Knollwood Investment Advisory.

  • Arctic Wolf is headed by Brian NeSmith, who previously was CEO of Blue Coat Systems. Before that, he was the CEO of Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia). 

India's Idea Cellular upgrades optical network with ECI

Idea Cellular, the third largest mobile operator in India and sixth-ranked in the world, has selected ECI to upgrade its optical network.

Under the project, ECI’s access DWDM solution will be rolled out across more than half of the operators’ network. ECI said its solution will ensure maximum utilization of Idea’s existing infrastructure while creating a future-proof solution that already accounts for additional upgrades.

“Idea is a pan-India wireless broadband operator offering high-speed mobile internet and digital content services to our customers. ECI has long been our partner and has supported us in rolling out 3G/4G networks with optimum solutions. We will be able to enhance capacity and meet the ever-growing demand for data with the new solution,” stated Mr. Anil Tandan, Chief Technology Officer, Idea Cellular.

Mellanox exits 1550nm Silicon Photonics

Mellanox Technologies will discontinue its 1550nm silicon photonics development activities, effective immediately.

The company said the decision to exit this segment was based on sales performance and that the company will focus its efforts on delivering 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps cables and transceivers.

“The Mellanox Board of Directors and management team continually review our strategic priorities and investments to ensure they meet our future goals. We began our review of the silicon photonics business in May of 2017, but as the business did not become accretive as we had hoped, we decided to discontinue our 1550nm Silicon Photonics development activities,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “We appreciate all of the efforts of the silicon photonics team over the years and wish them success in their future endeavors.”

Mellanox will incur an estimated aggregate charge of $21 million to $24 million, including approximately $4 million to $5 million of cash expenditures – mostly related to the severance costs of a reduction in force of about 100 people – as well as approximately $17 million to $19 million of other charges, consisting primarily of non-cash items.

The company does not expect an impact on fiscal 2018 revenues.

No impact is expected for its Variable Optical Attenuators (VOA) product and Mellanox will continue to sell to and support its VOA customers.


Telenor updates optical core with Nokia

Telenor selected Nokia as its sole supplier for the replacement of its legacy optical backbone network in Norway and Sweden.

The upgrade replaces the current optical core network connecting major centers across Norway and Sweden with coherent optical transmission based on Nokia equipment, including its 1830 Photonic Service Switch. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The next-generation optical network will feature advanced wavelength routing (CDC-F) for greater flexibility and dynamic network management and automation. Nokia said the new network offers an SDN-ready platform for automating, optimizing and assuring network services.

IoT M2M Council adds vendors to its RFP template

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) announced the additions of HPE, PTC, and Wind River (Intel) to its fledgling template RFP Program for IoT Software Platforms.

Using input from many vendors and more than 100 software buyers in an open-source process,

The IMC's template reference document is aimed at simplifying the sourcing of IoT software, and later, hardware and connectivity solutions. The program provides reference documentation of established software platforms. For participating vendors, the RFP template is expected to shorten the sales cycle.

“No other industry group or major consultancy is talking to buyers at scale and looking at the actual IoT sales process. My staff spends a lot of time responding to RFPs. The IMC’s RFP program gives us a report from a credible third-party that allows us to respond to RFPs more quickly, as well as a place to send potential buyers where they can access a template RFP document and learn more. If this program reduces my sales cycle, even just incrementally, it will be well worth it,” says Volkhard Bregulla, VP of Global Industries, Manufacturing, & Distribution at HPE, with a seat on the IMC board.

Germany's Unitymedia upgrades with Ciena

Unitymedia, a second largest cable operator in Germany and a subsidiary of Liberty Global, has selected to upgrade its optical backbone. As of September 30, 2017, Unitymedia had 7.2 million customers, of which 6.4 million are TV subscriptions, 3.4 million Internet and 3.2 million telephony subscriptions (RGU).

With this upgrade, Unitymedia is adding flexible grid capabilities and leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai solution to overcome data center complexities and reduce operational expenses.

Ciena said the higher channel capacities offered with WaveLogic Ai, up to 400Gb/s on a single wavelength, enables Unitymedia to offer new high capacity bandwidth services, deliver up to four times the bandwidth within the same infrastructure and site environment while reducing the cost per bit. Unitymedia will also use a number of services from Ciena’s Specialist Services Portfolio, such as installation, operation, and testing.