Sunday, May 20, 2018

Project Airship aims for fully containerized clouds - OpenStack on Kubernetes

AT&T is working with SKT, Intel and the OpenStack Foundation to launch Project Airship, a new open infrastructure project that will offer a unified, declarative, fully containerized, and cloud-native platform. The idea is to let cloud operators manage sites at every stage from creation through minor and major updates, including configuration changes and OpenStack upgrades.

AT&T said the project builds on the foundation laid by the OpenStack-Helm project launched in 2017. In a blog posting, Amy Wheelus, vice president of Cloud and Domain 2.0 Platform Integration, says the initial focus is "to introduce OpenStack on Kubernetes (OOK) and the lifecycle management of the resulting cloud, with the scale, speed, resiliency, flexibility, and operational predictability demanded of network clouds."

She states that AT&T will use Airship as the foundation of its network cloud running over its 5G core, which will support the launch of 5G services in 12 cities later this year.  Airship will also be used by Akraino Edge Stack, which is a new Linux Foundation project for creating an open source software stack supporting high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications.

"We are pleased to bring continued innovation with Airship, extending the work we started in 2016 with the OpenStack and Kubernetes communities to create a continuum for modern and open infrastructure. Airship will bring new network edge capabilities to these stacks and Intel is committed to working with this project and the many other upstream projects to continue our focus of upstream first development and accelerating the industry," stated Imad Sousou, corporate vice president and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center at Intel.

http://airshipit.org

AT&T seeds Akraino project for carrier-scale edge computing

The Linux Foundation will host a new Akraino project to create an open source software stack supporting high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications.

To seed the project, AT&T is contributing code designed for carrier-scale edge computing applications running in virtual machines and containers.

“This project will bring the extensive work AT&T has already done to create low-latency, carrier-grade technology for the edge that address latency and reliability needs,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “Akraino complements LF Networking projects like ONAP in automating services from edge to core. We’re pleased to welcome it to The Linux Foundation and invite the participation of others as we work together to form Akraino and establish its governance.”

“Akraino, coupled with ONAP and OpenStack, will help to accelerate progress towards development of next-generation, network-based edge services, fueling a new ecosystem of applications for 5G and IoT,” said Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs.

MTS activates Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in Russia

MTS, the leading communications service provider in Russia and the CIS, deployed Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology at a shopping center in Ufa City, Russia.

The service activation took place in the Planeta shopping center in Ufa on May 17 following a series of tests conducted on a live MTS network using a commercial smartphone.

The new LAA network in Ufa aggregates a 20 MHz band in the 1800 MHz licensed LTE spectrum (4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM) and three 20 MHz bands (2x2 MIMO, 256-QAM) in the 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum. The installation is built on Ericsson’s ERS indoor small cell stations using 1800 (2212) and LAA (2205) broadband radio modules, while Motorola Moto Z2 Force smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform was used as a smartphone.

The Snapdragon 835 integrates X16 LTE modem, the first commercial modem supporting the LAA technology. The configuration yielded downlink speeds of 979 Mbps.

This marks the first commercial LAA rollout in the region. Qualcomm is also listed as a technology partner.

Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President, Technology and IT, MTS, says: "With the launch of the commercial high-speed LAA-network in cooperation with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, MTS again confirms its status of a technological leader. This is the first LAA network in Russia and Eastern Europe and an important milestone on the way to 5G. LAA will allow us to build gigabit LTE networks quickly and cost-effectively in places with active traffic consumption, where operators do not always have enough available frequencies in the licensed spectrum.”

Yulia Klebanova, Vice President of Business Development, Qualcomm Europe, Inc., says: "We are happy to see Gigabit LTE network services becoming available to the subscribers of MTS. Gigabit LTE can help operators increase network throughput and achieve higher spectral efficiency, providing incredible network speeds to users of mobile devices powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Gigabit LTE modems with LAA support, including Snapdragon 835 and 845 Mobile Platforms.”

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson Russia, says: “LAA gives service providers access to new spectrum, increasing network capacity and supporting both higher peak rates and higher-than-average speed rates. This commercial LAA rollout marks another important milestone in our strategic cooperation with MTS. Earlier we achieved peak throughput data rates of 25 Gbps at our joint 5G trial. The next step is to prepare for a new demonstration of enhanced 5G capabilities during the football tournament in Russia this year.”

  • In 2017, MTS selected Ericsson to upgrade its network with Ericsson Radio System and core network solutions and to prepare for 5G and IoT

Interxion opens second data center in Marseille

Interxion officially opened the first phase of MRS2, Interxion’s second data center in Marseille, which has become the Mediterranean capital for telecoms, cloud and digital exchanges. Its geographical position as the landing point for 13 submarine telecommunications cables is a significant advantage.

The new facility will help meet the growing demand from international connectivity and content providers, and cloud platforms wanting to use Marseille as a hub to deliver their services and applications to Europe and further afield to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

MRS2 is located in re-furbished, former naval workshops at the Marseille Fos Port. It will be built in three phases which will offer customers 4,400 sqm of equippable space with over 7MW of available power. The first phase, which is now completed, consists of 700 sqm of equipable space, while the second will offer 1,900 sqm from the second quarter of 2019. The capital expenditure associated with the construction of MRS2 as a whole is expected to be approximately €76 million.

Together with MRS1, the new data center allows a campus configuration, giving customers diversity of routes to ensure the resilience of their networks, as well as capacity for further expansion.

“Opening MRS2 is an important second step for Interxion in developing Marseille as a digital hub,” said David Ruberg, Interxion CEO. “This investment in the heart of the Mediterranean will help us to respond to the growing demand of our customers who wish to expand to Marseille to develop their activity in Europe and to reach emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.”

For Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director of Interxion France, “MRS2 is the continuation of what we started with MRS1 when Interxion acquired the facility in 2014. I am proud and honoured today to open this new data center, which is particularly notable due to its position within the grounds of Marseille Fos Port, forming, together with MRS1, the Interxion’s Marseille Campus. The number of telecom providers in Marseille is growing with the arrival of cloud and digital media platforms, confirming Marseille not only as a connectivity hub but as a content hub.”

Oracle to acquire DataScience for centralized model development

Oracle agreed to acquire DataScience.com, whose platform centralizes data science tools, projects and infrastructure in a fully-governed workspace. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DataScience, which is based in Culver City, California, helps enterprises to organize work, easily access data and computing resources, and execute end-to-end model development workflows.

Oracle said it will use DataScience to provide customers with a single data science platform that leverages Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and the breadth of Oracle's integrated SaaS and PaaS offerings to help them realize the full potential of machine learning.

“Every organization is now exploring data science and machine learning as a key way to proactively develop competitive advantage, but the lack of comprehensive tooling and integrated machine learning capabilities can cause these projects to fall short,” said Amit Zavery, Executive Vice President of Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle. “With the combination of Oracle and DataScience.com, customers will be able to harness a single data science platform to more effectively leverage machine learning and big data for predictive analysis and improved business results.”

“Data science requires a comprehensive platform to simplify operations and deliver value at scale,” said Ian Swanson, CEO of DataScience.com. “With DataScience.com, customers leverage a robust, easy-to-use platform that removes barriers to deploying valuable machine learning models in production. We are extremely enthusiastic about joining forces with Oracle’s leading cloud platform so customers can realize the benefits of their investments in data science.”

The founders of DataScience include Ian Swanson (previously founder and CEO of Sometrics, a virtual currency monetization platform acquired by American Express); Colin Schmidt (previously served vice president of engineering at online student loan management service Tuition.io, and as engineering lead at Sometrics); and Jonathan Beckhardt (previously led product management and analytics at Tuition.io and developed big data strategy at American Express).

Investors in Datascience included TenOneTen, Greycroft, Crosscut Ventures, and Pelion Venture Partners.

Gigalight 100G optical modules pass cloud provider testing

Gigalight announced that its 100G series optical transceiver modules have passed the connectivity test of multiple cloud service providers.

The Gigalight 100G series products include 100G QSFP28 SR4 multi-mode VCSEL optical modules and 100G QSFP28 CWDM4 single-mode WDM optical modules.

The company notes that it ships a large number of 10G multimode and 10G single-mode optical modules and 40G multimode SR4 optical modules to the world.

In the field of 40G single-mode optical modules, Gigalight's main customers include global TIE1 equipment vendors. For 100G, the company says cloud service providers have directly verified its modules since the end of 2017.


Koo Bon-moo, chairman of LG Corporation, passes away

Koo Bon-moo, the chairman of LG Corporation, the fourth largest industrial group in Korea, has passed away. He was 73 and had been ill for about a year. Koo served as chairman since 1995. Under his helm, the global sales of appliances, displays, smartphones and batteries skyrocketed. The company changed its brand identity from Lucky Goldstar to LG. It also divested its semiconductor business (now SK Hynix), and it established a telecom division. 

Koo Kwang-mo (40), a senior official in LG Electronics and the adopted son of Koo Bon-moo, will take over the role of chairman. The Koo family and its charitable foundation are believed to control about 47% of the corporation.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Softbank implements Machine Learning in the RAN with Ericsson

SoftBank is using machine-learning software developed by Ericsson for advanced radio network design in the Tokai region. The service groups cells in clusters and takes statistics from cell overlapping and potential to use carrier aggregation between cells into account, thus reducing operational expenditure and improving network performance. The machine learning evaluates cell coverage overlap, signal strength and receive diversity. Big data analytics was applied to a cluster of 2000 radio cells and data was analyzed for the optimal configuration.

Ericsson’s centralized and elastic radio access network design is sold as a service and supports LTE networks. Ericsson says that compared to traditional network design methods, the ML approach cuts the lead time by 40 percent.

Ryo Manda, Radio Technology Section Manager at the Tokai Network Technology Department of SoftBank, says: “We applied Ericsson’s service on dense urban clusters with multi-band complexity in the Tokai region. The positive outcome exceeded our expectations and we are currently proceeding in other geographical areas with the same method and close cooperation with Ericsson.”

Peter Laurin, Head of Managed Services at Ericsson, says: “There is a huge potential for machine learning in the telecom industry and we have made significant investments in this technology. It is very exciting to see that the new methods have been successfully applied in SoftBank’s network. There is a strong demand for this type of solutions and deployments of this service to other tier-one operators in other regions are ongoing.”


Friday, May 18, 2018

Intel cites environmental gains in Corporate Responsibility Report

Intel highlighted environmental sustainability and social goals in its newly released 2017-2018 annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Here are a few highlights from Intel's 66-page report:

  • Since 1998, Intel has invested more than $237 million in water conservation projects at its global facilities. Its efforts to date have saved around 60 billion gallons of water. In 2017, Intel began to make progress on its new goal to restore 100 percent of its global water use by 2025.
  • Intel remains on track to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goal to reduce direct GHG emissions by 10 percent on a per unit basis by 2020 from 2010 levels. Intel’s direct GHG emissions decreased 20 percent on an intensity basis from 2010 levels.
  • Since 2012, Intel has invested more than $185 million in approximately 2,000 energy conservation projects at its facilities worldwide, cumulatively resulting in savings of 3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy and more than $400 million through the end of 2017.
  • For more than a decade, Intel has been one of the top voluntary corporate purchasers of green power in the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) program. Today, 100 percent of Intel’s U.S. and European power use and approximately 75 percent of its global power use are from renewable sources.
  • Intel has doubled the number of on-site renewable energy projects at its sites around the world since 2015, with installations in 15 countries/states using 19 different technology applications – from solar and wind, bio-energy and chemical/fuel cell technologies.
  • Intel remained on track to meet its goal to design all new buildings to a minimum LEED Gold certification through 2020, with its newest building in Bangalore, India, receiving LEED Platinum certification in 2017. That brings total LEED certified space to 15.4 million square feet in 46 buildings globally – roughly 25 percent of the company’s total operational space.
  • Intel achieved a recycling rate of 85 percent of its non-hazardous waste in 2017, and remained on track to achieve its goal of a 90 percent non-hazardous recycling rate by 2020. Intel is also on track to meet its 2020 goal of zero hazardous waste to landfill by 2020.


The full report can be downloaded here: http://csrreportbuilder.intel.com/PDFfiles/CSR-2017_Full-Report.pdf

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NTT employs Orbital Angular Momentum multiplexing for 100G wireless

NTT successfully demonstrated the first use of Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) multiplexing to achieve 100 Gbps wireless transmission.

The laboratory tests combined OAM multiplexing with Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology and carried the signals a distance of 10m.

NTT said a key feature of OAM is that electromagnetic waves can be superposed and separated because phase rotation occurs on the vertical plane in the propagation direction.  An electromagnetic wave with phase rotation cannot be received without a receiver having the same number of phase rotations at the time of transmission. NTT developed a transceiver operating in the 28 GHz band capable of OAM transmission. NTT also developed signal processing technology capable of handling 11 data signals simultaneously each at a bit rate of 7.2 to 10.8 Gbps, thereby achieving large-capacity wireless transmission at a total bit rate of 100 Gbps.

NTT believes the technology holds promise for achieving large-capacity wireless transmission at a level about 100 times that of LTE and Wi-Fi and about 5 times that of 5G.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2018/1805e/180515a.html

Google Cloud acquires Cask for big data ingestion on-ramp

Google Cloud will acquire Cask Data Inc., a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, that offers a big data platform for enterprises. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The open source Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP) provides a data ingestion service that simplifies and automates the task of building, running, and managing data pipelines. Cask says it cuts down the time to production for data applications and data lakes by 80%. The idea is to provide a standardization and simplification layer that allows data portability across diverse environments, usability across diverse groups of users, and the security and governance needed in the enterprise.

Google said it plans to continue to develop and release new versions of the open source Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP).
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“We’re thrilled to welcome the talented Cask team to Google Cloud, and are excited to work together to help make developers more productive with our data processing services both in the cloud and on-premise. We are committed to open source, and look forward to driving the CDAP project’s growth within the broader developer community,” stated William Vambenepe, Group Product Manager, Google Cloud

Over the past 6+ years, we have invested heavily in the open source CDAP available today and have deployed our technology with some of the largest enterprises in the world. We accomplished great things as a team, had tons of fun and learned so much over the years. We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved with CDAP to date, and couldn’t be more excited about its future.

Cask was founded by Jonathan Gray and Nitin Motgi.


Deutsche Telekom pursues “billions for millions” broadband strategy

Deutsche Telekom invested 5.4 billion euros on networks and new data centers in Germany in the last year, he said.

Speaking at Deutsche Telekom's shareholders' meeting in Bonn, CEO Tim Höttges said the company is pursuing a strategy of “billions for millions,” seeking to ensure that broadband coverage is built out as quickly and as comprehensively as possible. The targets for the next stage of Deutsche Telekom's broadband strategy are to provide 26 million households with up to 100 Mbps, and 15 million households with as much as 250 Mbps, by the end of the year.

Deutsche Telekom holds a 40 percent market share in the broadband market in Germany.

Höttges also called for increased competition in Germany, saying that other companies must also invest in new networks, instead of simply criticizing or “staying cozy in regulated markets.” Höttges said that there should be no more regulation for “new fiber-optic lines,” in order to achieve the goal of nationwide access to gigabit speeds faster.” We are pleased to have competition, at any rate, because if it is fair, then it is good for the customer,” said Höttges.

In 2017, Deutsche Telekom's revenue increased by 2.5 percent year-on-year to 74.9 billion euros, with adjusted EBITDA rising by 3.8 percent to 22.2 billion euros. Free cash flow was up 11.3 percent to 5.5 billion euros.

Regarding the planned merger with Sprint, Höttges said the deal would create better networks, new jobs, increased growth, and stronger competition in the United States. “I personally have spent seven years working to make this merger happen. There have been many ups and downs, but there is no opportunity without risks – risks that must be taken if we are to open up new horizons. I am convinced that this business combination is the best thing for the U.S. market and for Deutsche Telekom – and that goes for the long term,” said Tim Höttges.

Deutsche Telekom will further discuss its medium-term planning at its Capital Markets Day on May 24/25.

https://www.telekom.com/en/investor-relations/share/shareholders--meeting-

Mellanox raises Q2 and full year 2018 outlook

Citing strength across all its product lines, including InfiniBand and Ethernet, Mellanox Technologies raised its second quarter and full year 2018 outlook.

Mellanox currently projects:

  • Quarterly revenues of $260 million to $270 million. Prior guidance provided on April 17, 2018 was quarterly revenues of $255 million to $265 million.
  • Full Year 2018 revenues of $1,050 million to $1,070 million. Prior guidance was revenues of $1,030 million to $1,050 million.

“We continue to see strength across all our product lines, including InfiniBand and Ethernet, and we are well-positioned for further growth as the adoption of 25 gigabit per second and above Ethernet adapters continues in 2018 and beyond,” said Eyal Waldman, Chief Executive Officer of Mellanox. “The team remains disciplined in its investments and committed to optimizing efficiencies and reducing expenses, without slowing down revenue growth. The Board and management team are confident that the successful execution of our strategy will continue to deliver enhanced value for all shareholders.”

Tachyum announces its Universal Processor Platform

Tachyum, a start-up based in San Jose, California with offices in Slovakia, unveiled its new processor family – codenamed “Prodigy” – that combines the advantages of CPUs with GP-GPUs, and specialized AI chips in a single universal processor platform. The company says its processor architecture attains ten times the processing power per watt compared to conventional designs.

A key innovation of the design is the ability to connect very fast transistor with very slow wires, but technical details on the device physics have not yet been disclosed.

The universal processor promises programming ease comparable to a CPU with performance and efficiency comparable to GP-GPU. It is designed to handle hyperscale workloads, AI, HPC, and other demanding applications

Tachyum claims its Prodigy universal processor will enable a super-computational system for real-time full capacity human brain neural network simulation by 2020. One target application would be the real-time Human Brain Project, where there’s a need for more than 1019 Flops (10,000,000,000,000,000,000 floating-point operations per second - 10 exaflop).

“Rather than build separate infrastructures for AI, HPC and conventional compute, the Prodigy chip will deliver all within one unified simplified environment, so for example AI or HPC algorithms can run while a machine is otherwise idle or underutilized,” said Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav ‘Rado’ Danilak. “Instead of supercomputers with a price tag in the hundreds of millions, Tachyum will make it possible to empower hyperscale datacenters to produce more work in a radically more efficient and powerful format, at a lower cost.”

“Despite efficiency gains from virtualization, cloud computing, and parallelism, there are still critical problems with datacenter resource utilization particularly at a size and scale of hundreds of thousands of servers,” said Christos Kozyrakis, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford, who leads the university’s Multiscale Architecture & Systems Team (MAST), a research group for cloud computing, energy-efficient hardware, and operating systems. “Tachyum’s breakthrough processor architecture will deliver unprecedented performance and productivity.” Kozyrakis is a corporate advisor to Tachyum.

http://tachyum.com


  • Tachyum is headed by Dr. Radoslav ‘Rado’ Danilak, who previously was founder and CEO of Skyera, a supplier of ultra-dense solid-state storage systems, acquired by WD in 2014. He also was cofounder and CTO of SandForce, which was acquired by LSI in 2011 for $377M. Its cofounders include Rodney Mullendore (previously Sandforce, Nishan Systems, Sandia National Labs); Igor Shevlyakov (previously Skyera); Ken Wagner (previously Wave Computing, Silicon Analystics and Theseus Logic).
  • Tachyum is funded by IPM Growth, the venture capital division of InfraPartners Management LLP.

Vesper raises $23M for its MEMS piezoelectric microphones

Vesper, a start-up based in Boston, announced $23 million in Series B funding for its MEMS-based piezoelectric sensors.

Vesper said its MEMS microphones represent a radical shift from capacitive MEMS microphones. Its piezoelectric design is suited for far-field applications such as microphone arrays used in voice-interface devices. The design is waterproof, dustproof, particle-resistant and shockproof.

"Our vision is for Alexa to be everywhere, and that means devices need to be built with durable, high-quality components that stand up to the demands of many different environments, especially on-the-go scenarios that require better power efficiency," said Paul Bernard, director of the Amazon Alexa Fund. "Vesper has become further embedded in the Alexa community through its integrations with various development kits and integrated solutions for Amazon AVS, and this follow-on investment is a testament to their continued momentum."

The funding round was led by American Family Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on seed to growth stage rounds. Vesper also received investments from Accomplice, Amazon Alexa Fund, Baidu, Bose Ventures, Hyperplane, Sands Capital, Shure, Synaptics, ZZ Capital and other undisclosed investors. The round brings Vesper's total funding to date to $40 million.

http://www.vespermems.com

HOPUS connects Paris and Amsterdam metro markets with Coriant

HOPUS, a Marseille-based provider of IP connectivity services, has deployed the Coriant Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform to scale network capacity and accelerate provisioning of high-speed transit services. The new regional network deployment will support 100G DWDM transport between the Paris and Amsterdam metropolitan markets and enable efficient delivery of end-to-end internet exchange and IP services.

“With the unabated explosion of high-bandwidth end-user applications, not only is demand for capacity growing, but so is our customers’ need for faster response times,” said Philippe Duguet, CEO at HOPUS. “In order to address these evolving demands, we needed an optical transport solution that could meet our stringent performance requirements for efficiency, scalability, and resiliency, while offering operational simplicity and flexibility to facilitate fast and easy service deployment. The Coriant Groove G30 proved the ideal solution.”

“HOPUS is recognized for operating a high-performance IP network proven to deliver the highest level of service performance and reliability,” said Ronald Van der Kraan, Managing Director, Europe, Coriant. "We’re proud to be their technology partner and look forward to helping them evolve their network and support a best-in-class customer experience with our open, disaggregated, and software-driven solutions.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Verizon deploys LTE over CBRS spectrum

Verizon announced 4G LTE over CBRS spectrum (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) using its live commercial network in Florida.

The deployment uses a combination of Verizon licensed AWS and 700 MHz spectrum aggregated with 50 MHz of CBRS band 48 spectrum.  Verizon said it has achieved peak speeds of 790 Mbps using LTE Advanced features including multiple antennas, 256 QAM, and carrier aggregation across the shared and licensed spectrum.  The deployments in Florida involved outdoor and in-building systems.

Ericsson provided Ericsson Radio DOT system for indoor and Radio 2208 for outdoor, Qualcomm provided its Snapdragon TM 845 mobile test device with X20 LTE for access to CBRS on mobile devices, and Federated Wireless provided the prioritization through their Spectrum Controller, a Spectrum Access System (SAS) that dynamically allocates channels within the FCC’s spectrum sharing framework for this band.  Ericsson also provided the domain proxy to enable the radios to communicate with the Federated Wireless Spectrum Controller.

Commercial devices that can access the CBRS spectrum are expected in 2018.

Verizon said this real-world deployment marks the beginning of public access to the 150 MHz bandwidth of 3.5 GHz shared spectrum which until now has been used by the federal government for radar systems.

“As more people use more wireless devices to do more things in more places, building a network to stay ahead of customer demand is crucial,” said Mike Haberman, VP Network Engineering for Verizon.  “This shared spectrum resource is a critical component of our strategy to add capacity to our network.”

“We have been aggressively working over the past several years on deploying LTE Advanced features.  We’ve fully deployed carrier aggregation in our licensed spectrum across our network in over 2,000 markets, and have 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM deployed in over 810 markets nationwide for our customers,” said Haberman.  “Combining those features with this shared spectrum band will provide more capacity, higher peak speeds and faster throughput when accessing the network for our customers who have come to expect the latest technology and highest reliability from Verizon.”

Sprint adds to its list of first 5G cities

Sprint named three additional cities where it plans to deploy 5G in the first half of 2019. Sprint's full list of first 5G markets now includes Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix,and Washington, D.C.

"Today we have a great LTE network, and with Sprint 5G, we’ll deliver for our customers mobile data speeds that are up to 10 times faster, with significantly improved reliability and coverage," said Kevin Crull, Sprint’s chief strategy officer, who today is presenting his keynote address at 5G North America. "This next generation of wireless technology will create incredible new connections to people and things, and services and experiences that are so unique they will make an impact on the lives of our consumers."

Sprint's 5G approach leverages its 2.5 GHz spectrum and Massive MIMO cell sites, which are capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems. The radios support split-mode, enabling Sprint to deliver 4G LTE and 5G on the same radio simultaneously.


Cisco posts revenue of $12.5 billion, up 4% yoy

Cisco reported third-quarter revenue of $12.5 billion, GAAP net income of $2.7 billion or $0.56 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.2 billion or $0.66 per share. Total GAAP gross margin and product gross margin were 62.3% and 61.0%, respectively. Product gross margin decreased compared with 61.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

"We are executing well against our strategy, our innovation pipeline has never been stronger, and we continue to make great progress in transforming towards more software and subscriptions," said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. "I am confident with our position in the industry and the impact we will continue to drive with our customers."

Some highlights

  • Product revenue was up 5%
  • Service revenue was up 3% 
  • There were strong sales of the Catalyst 9K products and Cisco now has over 5,800 customers and high uptake of its advanced subscription offer
  • Infrastructure Platforms product revenu increased by 2%
  • Applications revenue increased by 19%
  • Security revenue increased by 11%
  • 32% of total revenue was from recurring offers, up 2 percentage points yoy
  • Deferred revenue from software subscriptions is at $5.6 billion, up 29% yoy
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 2%, EMEA up 9%, and APJC up 7%. 
  • In terms of product orders, enterprise grew by 11% yoy, public sector by 2%, commercial by 7%, and service provider declined by 4%.

U.S. Senate votes to rescind FCC order ending Net Neutrality

The FCC voted 52-to-47  in favor of a bill that reverses the FCC's recent order ending Net Neutrality.

The bill now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.


FCC votes 3-2 to end Net Neutrality rules

The FCC voted 3-2 along partisan lines to adopt the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" proposed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to rollback Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. Voting in favor of the order were Republicans Ajit Pai, who argued that measure will usher in a new era of investment for Internet infrastructure. Also voting in favor were Republicans Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr. Voting against the measure were Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.

FCC Chairman said that by returning to the classification of Internet services as an “information service”— removing the current Title II regulatory regime that gives the FCC say over the delivery of Internet content — the new order returns the industry to the status quo prior to 2015.

The vote proceeded despite an urgent request from the Attorney Generals of 18 states urging a delay to the vote due to a criminal investigation into possible fraudulent manipulation of the FCC's public comment process for this issue.  In a public letterto FCC Commissioners, the Attorney Generals said their ongoing review of the public comments process has revealed a large number of fake comment submissions using the names and identities of real people. The initial assessment is that there were over 1 million fake comments indicating a deliberate effort to skew the public comment process on an issue of national importance. The Attorney Generals are also requesting the help of the FCC in their investigation of "massive identity theft."

President Trump Picks Pai for FCC Chairman



President Donald J. Trump designated Ajit Pai as his choice to be Chair of the FCC. Ajit Varadaraj Pai was nominated for FCC Commissioner by President Obama in 2011. Pai took over the seat abandoned by Meredith Baker who left the FCC to take a job as a lobbyist for Comcast. Pai was previously a Partner in the Litigation Department of Jenner & Block LLP. Previously, Pai worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Communications...







FCC Votes 3-2 to Adopt Open Internet Rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to adopt a new set of Open Internet rules proposed by Commissioner Wheeler and backed by the Obama Administration. All of the new rules, which are based on the FCC's authority under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, would apply to fixed and mobile broadband alike, while leaving room for reasonable network management and its specific application to mobile and unlicensed WiFi networks.

Here are the key provisions and rules of the Open Internet Order as outlined by the FCC:

Bright Line Rules:  The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet.

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.”   This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates. It also prohibits practices that target specific applications or classes of applications.  

FiberLight Cloud Connect reaches top clouds

FiberLight announced a new service providing dedicated connectivity to top cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM, Oracle, Google Cloud and Rackspace.

FiberLight Cloud Connect was initially offered in the Washington, D.C. area, and will now be expanded across FiberLights core markets – including Atlanta, Dallas, and Tampa. The service provides a dedicated path over FiberLight’s optical infrastructure with bandwidth capabilities from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps.

“As an increasing number of enterprises move toward hybrid cloud architectures, finding an effective way to access and scale connectivity to various cloud platforms has become important to maintain business productivity while reducing costs,” explains Marc Dyman, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for FiberLight.  “Using FiberLight’s new Cloud Connect service, our customers will be able to access key cloud providers with dedicated fiber connectivity from commercial buildings in our markets. FiberLight’s state-of-the-art fiber network will enable greater reliability and performance of critical applications in the cloud while increasing the volume of customers to our data center partners.”