Monday, January 22, 2018

Ciena adds L-Band to its subsea GeoMesh Extreme

Ciena is boosting the horsepower of GeoMesh Extreme submarine solution by adding support for L-Band spectrum. The platform also gains the ability to operate on TE SubCom’s L-Band wet plant system, nearly doubling the information-carrying capacity of a submarine cable.

Specifically, in addition to current C-Band (~ 1530nm to 1565nm) spectrum, Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution now opens up the L-Band (~ 1656nm to 1625nm) in the same optical fiber, doubling the carrying capacity of an undersea cable.

Some highlights:

  • The same technology used by Ciena’s C-Band SLTE, which is deployed worldwide, is ported to the new L-Band SLTE to ensure the highest level of performance. Ciena has already deployed in the L-Band over terrestrial networks for many years and will leverage this extensive knowledge, expertise, and field experience to ensure a seamless migration into the L-Band in submarine networks.
  • TE SubCom announced earlier in 2017 that it has demonstrated a new transmission record of 70.4 Tb/s capacity over 7,600 km. This record transmission is made possible utilizing SubCom’s C+L technology, effectively doubles the available transmission bandwidth of the repeater by an unprecedented factor of two in supported capacity per fiber pair when compared to the same number of fiber pairs in traditional C-Band technology.
  • Submarine cable operators will also benefit from Ciena’s advanced Blue Planet MCP solution that allows for managing the Ciena C/L-Band SLTE and TE SubCom C/L-Band wet plant from a single, unified management platform for a seamless, end-to-end, best-in-breed Open Cable.

“Our partnership with TE SubCom has been critical in ensuring that customers can meet demand growth while delivering the highest level of performance. Leveraging L-Band, over and above the traditional C-Band, changes the economics of submarine network connectivity by providing unprecedented improvements in capacity, reliability, and simplicity,” stated Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer, Ciena.

AT&T expands Switched Ethernet Service in Equinix data centers

AT&T will make its Switched Ethernet Service with Network on Demand available to businesses in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers under Under an expanded partnership announced by the firms. The service is currently available at Equinix IBX data centers in the following metro areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley and more.

AT&T and Equinix said the new AT&T Network on Demand service offered at Equinix enables intelligence across cloud service providers, and brings connectivity and expanded interconnection opportunities closer to where businesses operate.

“A dynamic network can differentiate a company. This is a critical move for many customers as they continue on their digital transformation and look to adopt technologies that require optimal speed and performance,” said Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer, AT&T Business. “Our work with Equinix lets us deliver the physical infrastructure and network connectivity options to support our customers’ evolving business needs.”

A10 debuts hybrid DDoS protection - on-prem + cloud overflow scrubbing

A10 Networks has launched a new hybrid DDoS protection solution for enterprises that combines its  Thunder 1040 TPS appliance with cloud capabilities powered by Verisign.

By integrating the new A10 DDoS Protection Cloud, powered by Verisign, with its Thunder 1040 TPS appliance A10 said it is able to deliver full spectrum enterprise protection to detect and mitigate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The on-prem Thunder TPS appliance employs machine learning, traffic profiling and intelligent policy escalation in order to provide frontline defenses against all manner of DDoS attacks, including network-based, application layer, slow and low attacks. If a volumetric DDoS attack is detected that exceeds the bandwidth of the organization, the appliance will alert A10 so that traffic can be diverted to the Verisign cloud-based DDoS Protection service for scrubbing before delivery. Enterprises only pay for legitimate traffic and not for the amount of traffic that attacks apply against their network.

“A10 now provides a single advanced solution for on-premise and cloud scrubbing enterprise DDoS defenses, backed by our DDoS SIRT team,” said Raj Jalan, CTO, A10 Networks. “The surgical precision and hybrid, full spectrum approach of the A10 DDoS solution ensures enterprises are resilient to advanced DDoS attacks in the most effective and economical manner possible.”

“DDoS attacks are unpredictable and increasing in complexity. Eighty-eight percent of DDoS attacks mitigated by Verisign in Q3 2017 employed multiple attack types,” said Michael Kaczmarek, VP of Product and Marketing, Verisign Security Services. “Many enterprises need smart, scalable hybrid DDoS defenses to efficiently tailor mitigation strategies to combat the changes in the DDoS landscape like those offered by the A10 DDoS Protection Cloud and A10 Thunder TPS.”

China Mobile tests core scalability for NB-IoT using EXFO

China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), working with EXFO's test solution, completed a performance verification test of core networking equipment from 4 major vendors. The tests examined whether these NFV-based networks can individually support 5 million narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) devices.

EXFO said its test solution was preferred for three main reasons:

  • Performance - capacity to simulate millions of IoT devices on one single server, keeping network configuration simple
  • Flexibility - ability to adapt to rapidly evolving specifications and specific requirements
  • Extensive test coverage: covers the network from end to end, including focus on individual nodes


"Communication service providers have to ensure that new IoT equipment introduced into the network will be compatible with existing network nodes before they go live," Claudio Mazzuca, EXFO's Vice-President, Systems and Analytics. "Through our local presence, we were able to deliver quick turnaround times to adapt to CMCC's specific requirements. Our test solutions come with unmatched flexibility giving them an edge in today's rapidly transforming telecom landscape."

Silicon wars heat up in 2018 – Intel at CES

With the start of the new year comes the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and with it a flurry of technology announcements from the major silicon companies. The publicity focus is not just on shiny new electronics but on a range of new technologies driving cloud services, fog computing, edge data centres and the future of network connectivity. A big battle is clearly shaping up for brains of autonomous vehicles. The same can be said for the connected home, smart cities, healthcare, entertainment, gaming, etc.

Intel takes the stage

Before launching into his annual CES keynote on the near-term future of processing, Intel’s Brian Krzanich first needed to publicly respond to the “Spectre” and “Meltdown” security threats that have dominated tech news. He said Intel has not yet seen a real case where these vulnerabilities have led to a cyber exploit. Nevertheless, Intel will issue software patches for 90% of its products in the coming days with the remainder expecting fixes too. Intel is going to some lengths to assure customers that these software patches will have minimal performance impacts. Already, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google are stating that their public cloud computing resources are secure and experiencing only minimal performance variations. For assurance, Intel cites the following:

Apple“Our testing with public benchmarks has shown that the changes in the December 2017 updates resulted in no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS as measured by the GeekBench 4 benchmark, or in common Web browsing benchmarks such as Speedometer, JetStream, and ARES-6.”
Microsoft“The majority of Azure customers should not see a noticeable performance impact with this update. We’ve worked to optimize the CPU and disk I/O path and are not seeing noticeable performance impact after the fix has been applied.”
Amazon“We have not observed meaningful performance impact for the overwhelming majority of EC2 workloads.”
Google“On most of our workloads, including our cloud infrastructure, we see negligible impact on performance.”
This may not be the end of this trouble for Intel nor for its CEO, who is facing questions about his reported sale of stock options during the period before the vulnerabilities were published.

The data tsunami will benefit society

Krzanich used his CES keynote to highlight opportunities brought about by the explosion of data. It is the tsunami of data that is driving the next great wave of the technology revolution and with it, profound social change.  

“Data is going to introduce social and economic changes that we see perhaps once or twice in a century,” Krzanich said. “We not only find data everywhere today, but it will be the creative force behind the innovations of the future. Data is going to redefine how we experience life – in our work, in our homes, how we travel, and how we enjoy sports and entertainment.”

For technologists, the main questions are how much data, where does the processing occur, and what are the storage and networking requirements? For example, Intel says:

  • Average Internet users are consuming 1.5 GB per day
  • Autonomous vehicles will generate about 4 TB per day
  • A connected airplane will generate 40 TB per day
  • A smart factory could general 1 petabyte of data, the equivalent of data production equivalent of 700,000 people playing with smartphones.


Conventionally, data has been stored for later processing. Today’s applications increasing presume that it will be processed and analysed in real time.  Virtual reality and augmented reality consumption devices will need to perform real-time stitching between multiple video streams. Only some of the terabytes of data need to be carried over the network but the latency requirements will be tight.

Immersive Media

For CES, Intel is putting a heavy emphasis on “immersive media.” For example, one experiment being conducted with the National Football League places dozens of connected, 5K video cameras around an athletic field. The image streams are stitched together in real time. The system calculates volumetric pixels – called voxels – which can be viewed from any angle, creating an immersive experience for the viewer.  The first set-up in this experiment is producing 3 TB of data per minute.
Krzanich also announced the launch of Intel Studios, which has just completed the construction of a state-of-the-art sound/video stage in Los Angeles that is capable of stitching video streams from 100 cameras. The 10,000-square-foot dome is described as “the world’s largest volumetric video stage.” The post-production room is equipped with Intel-powered graphics workstations and servers with the ability to crunch over 1TB of data every 10 seconds. Paramount Pictures is the first major Hollywood studio to sign up as a partner.

Neuromorphic computing

Intel Labs has developed a prototype chip called “Loihi” that is based on the principles of neuromorphic computing, meaning that it aims to mimic the processing of the human brain.  Loihi combines training and inference on a single chip. The researchers say it mimics the natural learning process by forming new connections between neurons, or reprogramming the transistor connectivity on chip. The Loihi chip is currently capable of rudimentary image recognition in the lab. Intel plans to share it with research institutes later this year.

Intel is also announcing the design, fabrication and delivery of “Tangle Lake,” a 49-qubit superconducting quantum test chip. This is quite a gain over the 17-qubit design that Intel announced a few months back, but clearly still a prototype for ongoing research. Krzanich said Intel’s goal is to produce a complete quantum computing system – from architecture to algorithms to control electronics. The company reckons that we are still five to seven years away from addressing the manufacturing challenges that would have to be overcome for a commercial product. Getting to a commercial system will probably require chips with one million or more qubits on board. Delph University in the Netherlands is one of Intel’s research partners.

Moving fast with autonomous vehicles

The highlight of the 2018 CES show for Intel is its progress with autonomous vehicles. It was just about one year ago that Intel agreed to acquire Mobileye, a developer of machine vision systems for automated driving, for about $15 billion.

Mobileye, which is based in Israel and is now a wholly-owned division of Intel, holds the leading market position in computer vision for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Its portfolio includes surround vision, sensor fusion, mapping, and driving policy products. Mobileye's EyeQ chips are already installed in about 20 million vehicles.

This installed base of Mobileye vehicles provides a strategic crowdsourcing mechanism for Intel and its auto manufacturing partners to develop the highly accurate maps needed to gain centimetre precision in the guidance of autonomous vehicles. Up to 2 million vehicles from BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen are now expected to use the Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) technology to crowdsource this type of data.

Mobileye’s upcoming EyeQ4 and EyeQ5 chips for Level 3/4 autonomous driving programs go into production in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Mobileye currently has OEM relationships with GM, VW, Honda, BMW, PSA, Audi, Kia, Nissan, Volvo, Ford, Renault, Chrysler, SAIC and Hyundai.  Intel’s latest automated driving platform combines automotive-grade Intel Atom processors with Mobileye EyeQ5 chips to deliver a platform for L3 (Level 3) to L5 (Level 5) autonomous driving.

Flying taxis too

Intel is working with Volocopter, a start-up based in Germany that is developing autonomous, fully-electric, vertical take-off flying machines. The company plans to offer air taxi services in major cities.  The prototype uses the same technology that Intel is supplying to drone manufacturers.

Splitting ways with Micro on future 3D NAND

While most of Intel’s CES news is about building partnerships, there was one item moving in the opposite direction. Micron and Intel agreed to work independently on future generations of 3D NAND. The companies had previously been engaged in a partnership for NAND memory and are currently ramping products based on their second-generation of 3D NAND (64 layer) technology. The new business arrangement will go into effect after the companies complete development of their third-generation of 3D NAND technology, which will be delivered toward the end of this year and extending into early 2019.  Neither expects change in the cadence of their respective 3D NAND technology development of future nodes. Intel and Micron will also continue to jointly develop and manufacture 3D XPoint at their joint venture fab in Lehi, Utah, which is now entirely focused on 3D XPoint memory production.





Will Huawei's rapid growth continue in 2018?

by James E. Carroll

For the past decade, Huawei has been a shining star for the networking and telecoms field. 2015 and 2016 were especially good years as the company’s overall revenue grew 37% and 32%, respectively.
In a New Year’s message to staff, Huawei’s rotating CEO Ken Hu noted that the tepid growth rate slowed considerably, to 15% in 2017.  This is the slowest pace of expansion since 2013. Huawei's final revenue figure for 2017 should be in the range of 600 billion yuan (US$91 billion). Hu cited fluctuations in telco investment cycles, perhaps alluding the strange position that the Chinese telecom sector finds itself now that 4G infrastructure rollouts are mostly completed but 5G has yet to arrive.

Still, Huawei remains strong compared to any of its nearest competitors. For its most recently completed fiscal quarter, Cisco reported a growth rate of -2%.  Nokia reported a 7% year-on-year decrease (4% decrease on a constant currency basis).  Ericsson’s Q3 sales were also down 6% year-over-year (down 3% on a constant currency basis). Even when looking ahead to 2020, Ericsson is forecasting that its sales of radio access network equipment will decline or at best remain flat. At its Ericsson Capital Markets Day in Stockholm in November, the company even gloomily predicted that sales for IT and cloud solutions would likely decline.  Even worse, in late December, Ericsson signed a credit agreement with the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) for US$220 million and another one with AB Svensk Exportkredit (SEK) for US$150 million, to shore up its balance sheet and help fund its 5G R&D activities.

These discouraging pictures come after several years of weak Service Provider sales for the industry as a whole. Ericsson's revenue crashed 10% YoY in 2016. For instance, IBM's sales in 2016 were down 2%, Microsoft's were down 9%, and Cisco (despite spending several billion dollars on expensive acquisitions every year) struggles to even maintain its current level of sales, although to be fair, profitability has been improving.

Despite the slide in its growth rate, Huawei’s CEO said the overall business remains strong. Unlike any of its network equipment rivals, Huawei also competes in the consumer segment, where the smartphone is king. In 2017, Huawei sold a record 153 million smartphones, giving it approximately 10% of the global market. The flagship Huawei Mate 10, which boasts an in-house 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU based on 10nm technology, is critically regarded as a close competitor to the flagship phones of Apple and Samsung. It is also priced at a significant discount to those brands. It now looks quite possible for Huawei to establish itself as a premier global brand. Remember when Nokia enjoyed such success? Ericsson too was a mobile phone contender in the days before the iPhone. Cisco even made a half-hearted effort to enter the consumer space. Now, all of these companies can only sit back and watch as Huawei uses its growing consumer success to build up its brand.
In the enterprise sector, Huawei is focused on opportunities in cloud, campus networks, data centres, and IoT. Hu said 197 companies in the Fortune Global 500 have selected Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

Hu’s New Year’s greeting did not provide a geographic breakdown of the company’s sales (perhaps we will get that information in a later report), but over the past few years, these have been fairly evenly split between domestic and international sales. In its home market, we can confidently say that Huawei’s position is strong and getting stronger. While the western vendors continue to compete in China via their joint venture companies, the nationalist tendency to “buy local instead of imports” seems to be on the rise.

One example is China Telecom recently completed 100G ROADM backbone network on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, including the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang,  Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, and the municipality of Shanghai.  In the past, this type of contract might have split between several vendors, with perhaps a small share of the pie going to one of the foreign joint venture companies. That was not the outcome here. Huawei was the exclusive network solutions provider for the China Telecom optical backbone project. Remarkably, the completed the upgrade in only five months, which is perhaps indicates a good contracting decision by China Telecom. Since the project is described as an optical mesh backbone that is already carrying over three hundred 100G services from the outset, we can presume that the network will grow by leaps and bounds over the coming decade – the Yangtze River basin is after all one of the most densely populated regions of the planet.  Good luck to any other vendors getting in

In the international market, we only have anecdotal evidence for how Huawei is actually performing. Because Huawei is a privately-held company, only a limited amount of financial data is disclosed to the market. The biggest story in networking is, of course, the rapid rise of the public cloud, especially AWS, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba and handful of others. To our knowledge, Huawei is not a significant supplier to any of the hyperscalers.

Although Huawei has made remarkable inroads with top telecom operators in western Europe, its revenue growth rate is constrained by the flat to declining CAPEX budgets. Until investments in network infrastructure rise again, it will be difficult for any vendor to grow faster than 10 per cent annually.

There are opportunities for Huawei in developing markets, especially those tied into China’s Belt and Road initiative.  For example, Huawei Marine is the lead vendor for a new Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) submarine cable that will connect South Asia with East Africa. This project will  offer the shortest fibre route from western China to southern Europe, when combined with terrestrial fibre between Pakistan and China. The project is funded by China Construction Bank.

One problem that has not been solved is the impasse with the U.S. government. Over five years have now passed since the U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report recommending that Huawei and ZTE be blocked as suppliers of critical infrastructure due to security concerns. The United States remains the largest single market. No resolution to this standoff appears to be in sight. More recently, the Australian intelligence service has acted to block Huawei Marine from its role in funding and constructing a high-capacity subsea cable that is to link Sydney to the Solomon Islands. Apparently, security concerns were raised concerning China’s growing presence in the region. Nevertheless, Huawei smartphones are growing in popularity with consumers worldwide, including in the U.S. and Australia.

Turkcell joins 3GPP

Turkcell announced its participation in 3GPP as a member. Turkcell said it will assume an active role aiming at remarkable contributions in the development phases of 5G, viewed as the technology of the future. Turkcell’s many years of experience will be instrumental in 5G standardization activities along with other global players.

"As Turkey’s Turkcell we are proud to be a pioneer in several fields concerning 5G. We reached record speeds in one of the world’s first 5G tests, which took place under the roof of Turkcell. To lay the groundwork for Turkey to be a major player in the field, we are engaged in scientific cooperation with universities and are continuing to support the leading efforts of BTK (Information and Communication Technologies Authority), all aimed at making Turkey one of the first countries to implement 5G," stated Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioğlu.

Telia Carrier delivers Internet for Costa Rica's ICE

Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), which is Costa Rica’s state-owned telecommunications provider, has selected  Telia Carrier’s global fiber backbone to provide dedicated Internet access to its customers in Central America.

ICE ranks as the largest over-the-top (OTT) operator in Central America and the number one retail ISP in Central America and the Caribbean (Dyn IP Transit Intelligence Jan 2018).

Telia Carrier's tier-1 Internet backbone will enable ICE to launch the first 100G IP Transit services for their operation in Central America.

Integral Memory debuts 512GB microSDXC card

Integral Memory plc is introducing a 512GB microSDXC V10 UHS-I U1 memory card.

The new card meets the Video Speed Class 10 (V10) standard, ensuring fast data transfer of Full HD video on devices including digital cameras, action cams, drones and camcorders.

http://www.integralmemory.com

A10 appoints EVP or Worldwide Sales

A10 Networks announced the appointment of Chris as executive vice president, worldwide sales.

Before joining A10 Networks, White was vice president of sales at Proofpoint, a leading security-as-a-service provider, where he led the Strategic Accounts and Archive Sales Teams in the US market. Prior to Proofpoint, White held senior leadership positions at Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, Symantec and ADP.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Megaport Cloud Router deliver L3 connectivity

Megaport introduced a virtual router service that enables customers to rapidly and privately connect at Layer 3 without the need to own or manage routers or physical infrastructure.

The Megaport Cloud Router (MCR) aims to make it easier for companies to connect to cloud services, expand their service footprint through virtual Points of Presence (PoPs), and peer with ecosystem partners worldwide. It does so by removing the need to own physical routers or network infrastructure and by reducing administrative complexities.

Megaport said its service also enables cloud to cloud connectivity. Customers can use its cloud router to move workloads and data between Cloud Service Provider (CSP) environments. Notably, Megaport is an Alibaba Cloud Technology Partner, Oracle Cloud Partner, AWS Technology Partner, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner, Google Cloud Interconnect Partner, and IBM Direct Link Cloud Exchange provider.

Other benefits:

  • Networks and various service providers can set up virtual PoPs around the world, to interconnect and peer with Ecosystem partners, enabling rapid deployment and reduced cost of ownership.
  • Customers can create virtual routers within routing zones around the world to enable global coverage and support localized routing decisions.
  • MCR eliminates the need to acquire public IP address space and administer an Autonomous System and reduces administrative and operational complexities involved with managing a Layer 3 network.
  • MCR is fully integrated into the Megaport Software Defined Network (SDN) and provides ease of use for configuring Layer 3 connectivity to service providers and locations in the Megaport Ecosystem via the Megaportal.

“As a Network as a Service company, it’s imperative that Megaport continues to innovate solutions that abstract complexities in the network buying experience,” said Vincent English, Chief Executive Officer, Megaport. We’ve moved further up the stack by expanding our SDN’s capabilities to address Layer 3 IP routing and support a broader set of customers with varying technical capabilities and business needs. With Megaport Cloud Router, there’s no need for a deep understanding of Layer 3 intricacies to take advantage of IP routing features. Cloud to cloud connectivity is one of several new use cases unlocked by MCR which provides powerful options for enterprises architecting next-generation multicloud and hybrid cloud solutions. Our customers can move beyond the constraints of their physical network and rapidly establish virtual Points of Presence to unlock unique peering and interconnection opportunities around the world. We’re excited to continue innovating new services to address new market segments and empower the next phase of cloud and network growth.”

Zayo acquires Optic Zoo for fiber network in Vancouver

Zayo Group has acquired Vancouver-based Optic Zoo Networks for CAD $31 million.

Optic Zoo owns and operates high-capacity fiber in Vancouver, British Columbia and has achieved a significant penetration of customers, with a focus on the digital media sector. The network spans 103 route miles and 100 on-net buildings through the city.

Zayo said Optic Zoo is expected to generate CAD $1.9M in annualized EBITDA for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Zayo expects to achieve approximately CAD $0.5M in annualized cost synergies by year-end 2018 after a relatively straightforward integration process.

Nokia wins supply contract for NTT’s 5G launch

NTT DOCOMO, Japan's largest mobile operator, selected Nokia to supply 5G baseband products in support of its 5G mobile network launch, which is planned to be in commercial service by 2020.
Specifically, Nokia will integrate its 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware in the network. Based on the agreement, Nokia will support NTT DOCOMO in the evolution of its network from 4G/LTE to 5G, providing technology based on the new 3GPP-compliant 5G NR standard, the first stage of which was published shortly before the end of 2017.

Nokia noted that it has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with Japan's largest operator that has produced supply agreements for 3G and 4G/LTE networking technology. The two companies have also worked closely together in trials of 5G technologies and now agree on the supply of Nokia's 5G BBUs to be able to do centralized management for 5G RRHs (remote radio heads) for aiming to deploy in 5G network.

Hiroshi Nakamura, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO said:
"We have been collaborating with partners such as Nokia on various 5G technology and use case trials since 2014. With this agreement with Nokia, we are now proceeding to the next step to launch 5G mobile services by 2020, and accelerate co-creation of new services and businesses with vertical industry partners."

Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: "The agreement with NTT DOCOMO is a major milestone in bringing 5G to commercial reality, especially in a country with a long and proud history of technological achievements and early technology adoption. Together we have worked hard in recent months to commence preparations for NTT DOCOMO's eventual launch of its operational 5G service by 2020, which we have now set in motion by this very exciting announcement today."

Sabey Data Center adds antenna superstructure to Manhattan facility

Sabey Data Center Properties, which is one of the largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the U.S. with over 3 million square feet, has deployed a $1 million-dollar antenna superstructure atop Intergate.Manhattan, its 560-foot-tall facility at 375 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan.

The antenna was placed through an alliance with New York-based Repeater Communications Group. Sabey will market and manage the antenna.

The companies said the triple-tier, line-of-sight connectivity array has already attracted customers including several government agencies, broadband ISPs, and others.

“From atop 375 Pearl Street, line-of-sight providers can reach thousands of buildings in the metropolitan area. We are delighted to partner with Repeater Communications Group because they are tremendous self-starters. They are one of the largest rooftop site operators in the Northeast,” said Robert Rockwood, President, Sabey Data Centers.

Paul Eisenberg, Co-Managing member of Repeater Communications, commented, “The investment that Sabey has made in 375 Pearl Street is second to none.  This building is ideally positioned to become the premier rooftop communications hub serving downtown and midtown Manhattan as well as Downtown Brooklyn.  We are very excited to be working hand in hand with the team at Sabey to achieve this goal.”

There is an unobstructed, 360-degree vantage point atop 375 Pearl Street and the Sabey's Meet Me Room on the sixth floor offers fiber connectivity to 20+ carriers.


IBM and Salesforce extend their growing alliance

IBM and Salesforce are working to integrate IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein to enable companies to connect with their customers and collaborate more effectively with deeper insights.

In addition, Salesforce has named IBM a preferred cloud services provider and IBM has named Salesforce its preferred customer engagement platform for sales and service.

"Naming IBM as a Salesforce preferred cloud services provider demonstrates the power of the IBM Cloud to help companies fundamentally change the way they do business," said Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO, IBM. "This expanded partnership builds on the combined power of Watson and Einstein to help enterprises make smarter business decisions."

"The success of our customers drives everything we do at Salesforce, including our strategic partnership with IBM," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce. "The combination of IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Einstein and Quip will deliver even more innovation to empower companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way, leveraging the power of the cloud and AI."

A second successful launch for Rocket:ab from NZ

Rocket Lab successfully completed its test launch from its from the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.

The Electron rocket reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era in commercial access to space. We’re thrilled to reach this milestone so quickly after our first test launch,” says Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck. “Our incredibly dedicated and talented team have worked tirelessly to develop, build and launch Electron. I’m immensely proud of what they have achieved today.”

The payload included a Dove Pioneer Earth-imaging satellite for launch customer Planet, as well as two Lemur-2 satellites for weather and ship tracking company Spire.

Founded in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab is headquartered in Los Angeles with operations and a launch site in New Zealand. It is a privately funded company with investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), Lockheed Martin, Promus Ventures and K1W1.

Elliott comments on Qualcomm's extended tender for NXP

Elliott Advisors (UK) published an advisory letter to investment funds that now collectively hold an increased economic interest in NXP Semiconductors N.V. of approximately 6.6%. The advisory argues that that NXP is of significant strategic importance to QUALCOMM Incorporated (“Qualcomm”) and that such a transaction will deliver substantial value to Qualcomm shareholders at prices meaningfully higher than Elliott’s own assessment of standalone intrinsic value of $135 per share.

Elliott’s letter sets out the following points:

  • Qualcomm’s shareholders would benefit from a transaction which delivers material diversification away from its declining licensing business and provides meaningful strategic and financial synergies. In Elliott’s view, an acquisition of NXP brings more dollars of strategically relevant diversification in high-growth segments of the semiconductor market to Qualcomm than any other company. Elliott also notes that these benefits would not be available to Qualcomm through other means of capital allocation such as a buyback;
  • The synergies from the acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm alone could create between $19 and $48 of value per NXP share. NXP shareholders would be uniquely disadvantaged if a transaction occurred and these synergies were not appropriately and fairly shared. The average takeover premium paid on semiconductor and large cap deals during the last seven years was, based on one recent estimate, approximately 37%; and
  • The UBS Financial Analysis shows that Qualcomm shareholders could benefit from a share price increase from unaffected levels, as a result of an NXP acquisition, in excess of 30% at prices meaningfully higher than Elliott’s view of NXP’s standalone value of $135 per share.

“We believe both Qualcomm and NXP shareholders stand to benefit from a credible offer for NXP — an offer which appropriately and fairly recognizes both NXP’s intrinsic value, the substantial value that will be delivered to Qualcomm and a control premium for NXP shareholders,” Elliott said in its letter to shareholders. “Even if one’s view of NXP’s intrinsic stand-alone fair value is below Elliott’s own estimate of $135 per share, we believe the analysis supports the finding that Qualcomm can deliver value to its shareholders at prices for NXP higher than $135 per share. Our increasing economic interest in NXP which has current market value of approximately $2.7 billion underscores our significant level of conviction in the value opportunity present at NXP today.”

Thursday, January 18, 2018

NTT Com delivers global SD-WAN for Hitachi

NTT Communications will supply its SD-WAN solution for Hitachi's "GWAN” global network, which reaches about 40 countries.

The solution will be deployed in 1,000 offices, making it among the largest-scale solutions of its kind ever delivered in Japan. One of the offerings in NTT Com’s SD-WAN lineup, the solution leverages Master’s ONE CloudWAN provided by NTTPC Communications.

NTT Com said its SDN-enabled control panel will enable Hitachi to reconfigure the network structure and routers of 1,000 offices within just several tens of seconds to five minutes. Segmentation will enable Hitachi’s network to be divided by system or group company.

Sprint and Cox settle their differences and form alliance

Sprint and Cox Communications reached a settlement in a patent dispute and announced a new multi-year business alliance.

Under the agreement, Sprint will leverage Cox’s broadband infrastructure to accelerate the densification of the Sprint network while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of its macro backhaul and small cell deployment. Additionally, the agreement will increase and strengthen other business ties between the two companies.

Sprint has a number of initiatives underway to densify its network to enhance performance and improve the customer experience. Sprint’s Densification and Optimization toolkit includes a variety of solutions from traditional macro towers to small cells including Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and repeaters. Through this agreement with Cox, Sprint will significantly accelerate deployment of that toolkit throughout Cox’s national footprint.

"This is another opportunity to work with a strategic partner to accelerate our densification plans to improve our network performance and experience for Sprint customers throughout Cox’s national territory," said Sprint’s Chief Technology Officer John Saw. "Moving forward, we will continue to look for new opportunities to work with Cox in ways that are mutually beneficial."

"We are pleased to continue our positive, long-term working relationship that benefits both companies and consumers," said Steve Rowley, executive vice president, Cox Business.

Ericsson unveils the 5G Radio Dot

Ericsson is introducing a 5G version of its Radio Dot small cell solution.

The company says its 5G Radio Dot takes less than half the time to install compared to other indoor solutions and will support the new 5G mid-bands (3-6GHz) with speeds up to 2Gbps.

Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Network Infrastructure at Ericsson, says: “Adding small cell solutions to our 5G portfolio is a natural part of the network evolution. Enterprises have been asking for first-rate connectivity indoors, as well as higher speeds and capacity to serve advanced use cases that cannot be addressed by traditional indoor systems. Our 5G portfolio, bolstered by small cells, will enable operators to meet these demands.”



  • The Ericsson Radio Dot System is a disk shaped remote antenna element about the size of a hockey puck. The Ericsson Radio Dot is connected via standard Category 5/6/7 Ethernet cabling to a indoor base station.  The Dot delivers 3G and 4G LTE for indoor users using 2X 100 milliwatt output power.  Up to 96 of the dots could be connected to a single base station.