Monday, June 4, 2018

Klas Telecom launches VoyagerSW26G 26-port GbE switch based on Cisco ESS 3300

Klas Telecom, a Cisco Solution Technology Integrator (STI), announced enhancements to its VoyagerSW26G rugged 26-port switch, which is based on Cisco’s new Embedded Services Switch (ESS) 3300.  The added features are designed for tactical users in the public safety, government and military markets, where low size, weight and power (SWaP) are required. The switch is packaged in a chassis that meets military standard for ruggedization. The switch provides two 10 Gbps uplink SFP+ ports and twenty-four 1 GbE ports, eight of which are PoE enabled.

“The VoyagerSW26G provides next generation IE switch features such as PTP, MACsec and L2/L3 support,” said Klas Telecom Chief Technology Officer Frank Murray. “Our customers can utilize the VoyagerSW26G as an access switch for use with other Voyager products, like the Voyager Tactical Data Center (TDC), to unlock the full potential of our systems. Our collaboration with Cisco has been seamless from an engineering perspective and we greatly value the support the Cisco team has provided in realizing Cisco ESS 3300 as VoyagerSW26G.”

SES-12 enters orbit with 72 high throughput user spot beams

SES-12 was successfully launched by SpaceX into geostationary orbit at 95 degrees East. It will serve video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

SES-12, which is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever launched, is equipped with six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams.

It also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that increases payload flexibility to provide much more customizable bandwidth solutions to SES's customers.

SES-12 will join SES’ network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 MEO satellites across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, “More content. More immersive viewing experience. Blazing internet speeds. Reliable cell coverage. All of these dynamic customer requirements can now be met with the successful launch of SES-12, which will provide incremental high-performance capacity and offer greater reliability and flexibility to our customers.”

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Telecom Egypt obtains US$200 million in financing facilitated by Huawei

The Bank of China and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) will provide US$200 million in long-term financing to Telecom Egypt.

The financing was facilitated by Huawei. It is intended to finance the roll-out of Telecom Egypt's 4G network and the deployment of transmission and core networks.

Mr. Terry Liu, CEO of Huawei Egypt Office said: “Throughout the years Huawei has been successful in building and maintaining a strong partnership with Telecom Egypt. Today, we are taking another step towards strengthening this partnership and supporting Telecom Egypt in their strategy to expand by facilitating the financing agreement.”

Mr. Peng Song, Huawei North Africa President added: “Providing such financing facilities enables us to capitalize on the potential of growth in the Egyptian market. It is part of our strategy to support our customers and act as their partners in success.”

Eng. Ahmed El Beheiry, Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt added:

“Telecom Egypt has several strategic long-term expansion plans to be delivered in the coming years. To achieve such plans we have worked on attaining long-term financing at the lowest possible cost as well as the most convenient payment terms to match our cash flow generation while proceeding with our rollout plans. Our success in securing such financing agreement with the Chinese financial institutions and Huawei indicates our strong financial position and credit profile and marks the first of its kind in the telecom sector. The facility benefits Telecom Egypt by providing a simplified purchasing process through a packaged financial solution, while it allows Huawei to further expand its business in Egypt.”

Palo Alto Networks names Nikesh Arora as CEO and Chairman

Palo Alto Networks named  Nikesh Arora as its new CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding Mark McLaughlin, who becomes vice chairman of the Board for Palo Alto Networks.

Arora formerly served as president and chief operating officer at SoftBank and as chief business officer at Google, where he led more than 20,000 employees, and developed a substantial track record of driving innovation and delivering business success. He joined Google in 2004.

Arora has degrees from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, Boston College, and Northeastern University.

"The company is executing extremely well and is the clear leader in next-generation security. Over the course of several quarters, I have been discussing succession planning with the Board and I couldn't be more pleased that we have found a leader in Nikesh who is ideally suited to take the company on the next leg of its journey. I look forward to working with Nikesh as we transition and serving as vice chairman of the Board," stated Mark McLaughlin.

Orange builds 200G optical backbone across Spain with Huawei

Orange Spain has deployed a national optical transport network using Huawei's equipment.

The optical backbone offers up to 96x200G transmission capacity. The new network consolidates the traffic of several different DWDM systems that arose as the result of several mergers.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Telecom Egypt acquires MENA cable for $90 million

Telecom Egypt announces that its 50% owned subsidiary, Egyptian International Submarine Cables Company (EISCC), will acquire the Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA) for a total value of US$90 million from Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E.

Telecom Egypt said the decision to acquire MENA Cable comes in line with its strategy to achieve a short-term return from this investment and to preserve the revenue stream of the submarine cable systems.

MENA Cable is licensed in Egypt and Italy to operate a submarine telecommunications system connecting Europe to the Middle East and South East Asia.

"The decision to acquire MENA Cable is one of the most important steps towards implementing the company’s strategic plan to ensure the sustainability of submarine cable revenues and reinforce the contribution of the USD revenue stream. The new cable will add to Telecom Egypt’s network of submarine cables fortifying TE’s network offering to the maximum number of routes between India and Europe as well as add a new gateway to Europe through Italy," stated Ahmed El Beheiry, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A look at COBO and the drive for on-board optics

The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) was formed three years ago to develop specifications to permit the use of board-mounted optical modules in the manufacturing of networking equipment, such as switches and even servers. The specifications will cover electrical interfaces, pin-outs, connectors, thermals, etc.  The idea is to drive the development of interchangeable and interoperable optical modules that can be mounted onto motherboards and daughtercards. Microsoft is a founding member of COBO, as are Arista, Broadcom, Cisco, Juniper, and Mellanox. In April, COBO issued its first on-board optics specification targeting 400 Gbps and 800 Gbps data rates and leveraging two electrical interfaces: 8 and 16 lanes of 50-gigabit PAM-4 signals.

I caught up with Brad Booth, president of COBO, at the recent NetEvents 2018 in San Jose, California. In his day job, Brad is also a Network Architect with Microsoft Azure.

Jim Carroll, Optical Networks Daily – Hi Brad, good to see you again. Tell us about your work and the latest developments in the drive toward on-board optics.

Brad Booth, COBO:  I am the president of COBO. That is my volunteer job. My full-time job is a Network Architect for Microsoft Azure. 

A few months ago, COBO, the Consortium for Onboard Optics released our specification 1.0 specification in time for OFC and now we're going around letting people know about it because it is a game changer for how to use embedded optics. Traditionally, embedded optics have been proprietary solutions. We knew that as we progress the technology and move from 10G to 40G to 100G to 400G, and whatever speed comes next, the ability to continue to use faceplate optics is presenting greater complexities. 

First, the thermal environment was getting a little harder to deal with. Signal integrity was becoming more difficult to deal with. The fact that you had people plugging these modules in, which were very sensitive to ASD and sensitive to noise, resulting in damage. And we decided that we needed to start the progression of moving the optics away from the faceplate and closer to the ASIC, if not on to the same footprint of the ASIC eventually. We knew that at 400G it was possible to do faceplate pluggable. We knew in time people would figure out how to do an optics embedded with ASICs, but what was going to be the thing that would allow us that transition in between. What would allow us to have the learnings and the understanding of how this will change our business models. That’s why we came up with COBO.

What is COBO implementation actually going to look like?

Brad Booth, COBO: This is a COBO module. It is a by 16 wide, which means it is a 16-lane interface on one side. This module was designed for the output of four 100G PSM4 signals  This is the medium size version of the module. It comes in a by-8 and a by-16 version. It comes in three lengths: slightly shorter than this, this length, and slightly longer. That allows us to be able to use this module literally from multimode fiber all the way up to long-haul coherent transmission. 
The module at its widest form factor is capable of accepting up to 40 watts of power to drive whatever component tree we need in it. 

It's capable of having a full 1RU heatsink, or greater if we want. You can even do liquid cooling on this if you want. There's the capability of latching either on the high-speed pins or the low-speed pin connector on the bottom. We separated the low-speed power and ground and control away from the high speed to improve the signal integrity. The nice thing is these pins on the bottom are .8mm pitch, which means that we get lots of good contact and power. There is also .6mm pitch, which should be able to handle up to 100 Gbps PAM4 electrical signaling. This means that future iterations of this module will be capable of 1.6 Tbps worth of bandwidth.

What kind of support or feedback are you getting from the industry?

Brad Booth, COBO:  We have over 60 member companies participating in COBO now. Many of them are very well known in the industry. Cisco, Arista, Juniper. Mellanox. We have connector companies involved too., like SEMTECH, TE Connectivity, Luxtera. We have companies that specialize in optical connectors, like SENKO, Huber+Suhner, etc. We have a strong ecosystem. 

We have to figure out how to move those optics from the faceplate further inside the systems to improve the signal integrity, and we have to be able to do it without drawing massive amount of power. And that's one of the advantages of having so many people in the ecosystem that play in this area, we have a lot of good contributions.

Filmed at NetEvents 2018 in San Jose, California

Is COBO targeting 400G and above? Are higher rates going to be supported? 

Brad Booth, COBO: This module is actually a four by 100. So it has 400 gigs worth of bandwidth in it right now. If you were to build it to handle 400G Ethernet, you could put two 400G Ethernets in it, and so that would be 800G worth of bandwidth. When this electrical interface goes to 100G PAM4 in the next version of our specification, this module will be able to do 1.6 terabytes. 

Is that the endpoint? Probably not, because we've actually designed the module to be able to handle the coherent light, or the 400 ZR, which is being worked on by the OIF. That's a 15 watt part and it does 400G per lambda. If the power of that technology continues to drop, you could potentially put more of those in this and actually achieve even greater bandwidth. 

What about the manufacturability of COBO? How is the industry progressing in this regard? 

Brad Booth, COBO: The interesting aspect of building something like this is being able to dissipate the power and the heat. The biggest thing for heat dissipation is actually the maximum height that you can make the heat fin on the heat sink. So, if you get a full 1RU height, you get significantly better thermal performance than just a small one. We've done some general evaluations here. We’ve actually done some thermal modeling. As a next step, we're looking forward to building out true thermal systems and testing it. 

One of the key aspects of this is that you've got a full 1 RU height. Second, you're not blocking the faceplate with optics, and you don't need as much airflow to pull through the system. That means you don't need fans running full out just to be able to pull enough air through to cool it. Another aspect is that COBO will allow you can to change how you implement your system design. You could place these modules in different spots across the motherboard that are potentially cooler or further away from the hotter ASIC. You could implement airflow channels to cool the optics, separate from the actual switch ASIC. 

There is the possibility of using liquid cooling. This module doesn't have a heat sink on it right now, so you could drop a liquid cooling plate on top of it. There's also the expansion capability provided by extra pins on the bottom of the module, which could be used to provide more power and more control signals if necessary for some next-generation technologies. 

What about the challenge of fiber alignment with COBO?

Brad Booth, COBO: Regarding fiber alignments, an interesting aspect is that we expect most people in the first generation to build these modules with pigtail optics. In other words, the optics will already be pre-attached. This module, which is just a mock-up, is shown without them. 

We have work going on to actually do a connectorized interface. We have some people working on how that would actually be implemented. If we can connectorize it here and connectorized it on the faceplate, that means that you wouldn't have to worry about it at manufacturing. You could attach the module in the factory when they build the switch. They could put the optics right in. Then, after the optics and systems are all installed, you could come and hand fiber, trace it out to the pigtails or to the front faceplate and that would actually help eliminate the worry, if you have to replace this, that you have to unstrand the whole pigtail. This provides the option for people to be able to do both. We’ve discussed even short pigtail versions within our optical conductivity study group. 

We invite people to contribute their thoughts and opinions. Come and work with us on this because this is an area that we think is going to become critically important as we start progressing towards actually putting optics embedded with ASICs.

Deutsche Telekom invests a further EUR 284 million in Greece's OTE

Deutsche Telekom has purchased another 5 percent of Hellenic Telecom’s (OTE) shares for EUR 284 million. This brings DT's equity stake in OTE to 45 percent.

“This move underscores our long-term commitment to Greece. OTE is a strong cornerstone of our strategic ambition to become the leading European telco,” says Srini Gopalan, Deutsche Telekom Board Member for Europe, adding: “Growth can be achieved primarily through convergence and digitization and OTE is an essential part of our coordinated strategic efforts to make this happen.”

At the end of 2017, OTE served 1.8 million broadband customers, almost 8 million mobile customers and 525,000 TV customers in Greece.

European Investment Bank extends credit to Ericsson

The European Investment Bank has granted Ericsson a credit facility of EUR 250 million. The funds are intended to bolster Ericsson's 5G research and development effort.

Alexander Stubb, Vice President of the European Investment Bank, says: “The development of 5G technology is easily one of the most important innovation initiatives for the telecom industry in the coming years. Ericsson has been one of the defining contributors to what mobile telephony is today and I think we can only be proud to support this. Apart from supporting European technology, this project will also make sure that thousands of highly-skilled jobs will stay in the EU.”

Ericsson noted that invested SEK 37.9 billion in research and development during 2017. The company holds some 45,000 patents and has more than 23,600 staff working in research and development.

AWS offers $0.30 per session for its QuickSight analytics

AWS announced pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight -- its cloud-powered, business analytics service.

Pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight dashboards starts at $0.30 per session (30 minute window) up to a maximum of $5 per user, per month, and is available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition in all supported AWS regions.

“With highly scalable object storage in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), data warehousing at one-tenth the cost of traditional solutions in Amazon Redshift, and serverless analytics offered by Amazon Athena, customers are moving data into AWS at an unprecedented pace,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice President of Amazon QuickSight at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “What's changed is that virtually all knowledge workers want easy access to that data and the insights that can be derived. It's been cost-prohibitive to enable that access for entire companies until the Amazon QuickSight pay-per-session pricing-- this is a game-changer in terms of information and analytics access.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

MEF advances MEF 3.0 Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 Services

Work continues to advance on MEF 3.0, which is the global services framework unveiled last November for “defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks.”

MEF reported progress on the standardization of orchestration-ready Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 services that form a core element of the MEF 3.0.

Specifically, MEF has published two new MEF 3.0 Ethernet and IP specifications, progressed two major MEF 3.0 SD-WAN projects, and moved closer to finalizing a MEF 3.0 Layer 1 service definition specification as soon as 3Q18.

“Expansion of MEF 3.0 standardization work beyond Ethernet to include IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 services is critical for enabling the streamlined interconnection and orchestration of a mix of connectivity services across multiple providers,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “Combining this work with the ongoing development of our emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs will pave the way for orchestrated delivery of on-demand, cloud-centric services with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.”

Here are some highlights:

MEF has just published the Managed Access E-Line Service Implementation Agreement (MEF 62), which defines a new service with a specific set of management and Class of Service (CoS) capabilities designed to accelerate service provisioning and to simplify management of services that traverse multiple operators. The MEF 3.0 Managed Access E-Line (MAEL) service is derived from the MEF 3.0 Access E-Line service specified in MEF 51.

MEF 62 reduces ordering and provisioning complexities when a service provider requires an Operator Virtual Connection (OVC) service from an operator by defining a MAEL service with a simplified set of CoS requirements – e.g., a single CoS name per OVC – coupled with a simplified set of management requirements for SOAM fault management, SOAM performance management, and latching loopback. By leveraging the management capabilities in the MAEL operator’s network, MEF 62 also intends to eliminate the need for a service provider to deploy hardware – e.g., a NID – at the subscriber’s location to monitor services.

AT&T, Bell Canada, Canoga Perkins, Ciena, Cisco, HFR, and Zayo joined Verizon in contributing to MEF 62.

MEF has published the Subscriber IP Service Attributes Technical Specification (MEF 61) as the first in a planned series of MEF 3.0 IP specifications aiming to address these challenges. MEF 61 specifies a standard set of service attributes for describing IP VPNs and Internet access services offered to end-users and will be used as a starting point for defining attributes for operator IP services. It introduces IP UNIs and IP UNI Access Links for describing how a subscriber is connected to a service provider as well as IP Virtual Connections and IP Virtual Connection End Points for describing an IP-VPN or Internet access service between those UNIs. Specific service attributes and corresponding behavioral requirements are defined for each of these entities. These include support for assured services – e.g. multiple classes of service, with performance objectives for each class agreed using a standardized set of performance metrics in a Service Level Specification. Bandwidth Profiles that can be applied to IP services are also described, allowing the bandwidth assigned to each class of service to be agreed in a standard way.

“The immediate value of MEF 61 is that it establishes common terminology and provides the ability to standardize service level agreements for IP services with customers,” said David Ball, editor of MEF 61 and Senior Software Architect, Cisco. “In the longer term, MEF 61 provides the basis for specifying operator IP service attributes, and it will enable standardization of LSO APIs for orchestration of IP services across subscribers, service providers, and wholesale operators.”

Albis-Elcon, Ceragon, Ciena, Coriant, Cox, Ericsson, HFR, RAD, TELUS, TIM, Verizon, Zayo, and ZTE joined Cisco in contributing to MEF 61.

MEF 3.0 SD-WAN -- there are two major SD-WAN initiatives underway: the Multi-Vendor SD-WAN Implementation project and the SD-WAN Service Definition project.  The first project is focused on addressing the rapidly growing problem of orchestrating services over multiple SD-WAN deployments that are based on different technology vendor products. MEF member companies – including SD-WAN vendors Riverbed, VeloCloud (now part of VMware), and Nuage Networks from Nokia and software development services provider Amartus –  are collaborating to use MEF’s new, standardized LSO Presto Network Resource Provisioning (NRP) API to meet these interoperability challenges.

In the second project, MEF members are collaborating to develop an SD-WAN service specification that defines the service components, their attributes, and application-centric QoS, security, and business priority policy requirements to create SD-WAN services. This initiative is led by Riverbed and VeloCloud, now part of VMware, with major contributions from Fujitsu.

MEF 3.0 Layer 1 -- MEF is in the final phase of the review and approval process for a new specification that defines the attributes of a subscriber Layer 1 service for Ethernet and Fibre Channel client protocols – used in LAN and SAN extension for data center interconnect – as well as SONET and SDH client protocols for legacy WAN services. Nokia, Bell Canada, Cisco, and HFR have contributed to this project.

Work already is underway on a companion specification defining Operator Layer 1 services between a UNI and an OTN ENNI (access) and between two OTN ENNIs (transit). This will provide the basis for streamlining the interconnection of multi-domain Layer 1 services.

What is included in MEF 3.0

There are four spokes to the MEF 3.0 wheel

  • Standardized, Orchestrated Services - including Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF 3.0 CE R1 is the first release within the MEF 3.0 framework, while work on standardizing orchestration-ready wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, and security services currently is progressing within MEF.
  •         Open LSO APIs - MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides the agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.). MEF recently announced the first releases of two LSO SDKs (software development kits) that feature inter-provider APIs for address validation, serviceability, and ordering and an intra-provider API for network resource provisioning. The LSO APIs included in these SDKs are available for experimental use by MEF members and associated MEF programs.
  •         Service and Technology Certifications. MEF is increasing the agility of its popular certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies. Iometrix continues as MEF’s testing partner, but the certification process is now being virtualized and taken into the cloud. A subscription model will be used for that vendors and carriers will be able to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards. This should speed up the certification process considerably from days to minutes.
  •         Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks. MEF has created a new compute, storage, and networking platform – MEFnet – that enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of prototype MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products. MEFnet projects will help accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as provide immediate feedback for standards development within MEF.

Advancing MEF 3.0 - Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 Services

Dan Pitt provides an overview of recent development with MEF 3.0, the transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks.

Filmed at NetEvents at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.

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Tier 1 Service Provider deploys OpenSwith + Intent-based Automation

Mansour Karam, CEO of Apstra, discusses the recent deployment by a Tier One Service Provider in the U.S. of OpenSwitch (OPX) on Dell Z9100-ON switches. The network is automated by Apstra's AOS, which provides an intent-based distributed operating system and a data center application suite for service agility, increased uptime and dramatically improved infrastructure TCO.

Filmed at NetEvents in San Jose, California.

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Zayo announces dark fibre contract in UK

Zayo announced a major contract to provide dark fiber infrastructure in the UK for a leading global carrier. The solution includes 1,100 miles (1,800 km) of dark fiber to connect several data centers across the UK Zayo’s UK network extends from Glasgow and Edinburgh in the north, to Birmingham and Manchester and includes dense metro fiber in London. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We have a strong relationship with this carrier and have worked closely with them to provide a dark fiber solution that delivers high performance and low latency to support a growing volume of data traffic,” said Annette Murphy, managing director of Europe at Zayo. “The carrier is relying on the infrastructure as a key element of its strategic growth and densification efforts.”

Ciena to acquire Packet Design for network analytics and path computation

Ciena agreed to acquire privately-held Packet Design, a provider of network performance management software focused on Layer 3 network optimization, topology and route analytics. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Packet Design's portfolio includes Route Explorer, an IP/MPLS route analytics software that provides management visibility into routing behavior for all IGP and BGP protocols, Layer 2/3 VPNs, traffic engineering tunnels, segment routing and multicast with real-time monitoring, historical reporting, and what-if modeling capabilities.

Ciena said the acquisition will help accelerate its Blue Planet software strategy by extending its intelligent automation capabilities beyond Layers 0-2 and into IP with critical new capabilities to help customers optimize service delivery and maximize network utilization. Specifically, the combination of the Blue Planet software platform and Packet Design’s performance analytics and service path computation capabilities will form a unique, micro-services-based platform that delivers real-time analytics, optimization and orchestration capabilities to support the broadest range of closed-loop automation use cases across multi-layer, multi-vendor networks.

“Blue Planet is already one of the premier brands in the network automation space. The addition of Packet Design will enhance our position by enabling customers to realize networks that are more adaptive – capable of self-optimizing and self-healing for faster time-to-market for new services, more efficient and lower cost network operations, and the ability to deliver an overall better customer experience,” said Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of Global Software and Services at Ciena.

ICN2 subsea cable to link Vanuatu to Solomon Islands

Construction is expected to begin shortly on the ICN2 submarine cable linking Vanuatu to Solomon Islands in the south Pacific. The 1,632km cable will provide initial 200G high-capacity access to several landing sites utilizing SL14-A1 cables and Ciena Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE). The project is sponsored by Interchange Limited, a Vanuatu-based consortium. TE SubCom is the general contractor. The ready for service date is Q4 2019.

“This submarine cable link is an important part of connectivity for this area of the world,” said Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom. “We are pleased to work with Interchange Limited and apply our expertise and regional knowledge to this project.”

“Interchange Limited is committed to improved ICT infrastructure to communities we serve throughout the Melanesian region. The ICN2 cable project truly supports our mission,” said Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange Limited. “ICN2 is the first CIF submarine cable to the Solomon Islands. With the planned future systems in the region, we feel confident they will be complementary and serve to build a redundant and reliable network. This should provide some confidence to regional investors and data center partners.”

Marvell posts revenue of $605 billion, next quarter excludes $7m is sales to ZTE

Marvell Technology Group reported revenue for its first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $605 million, which exceeded the midpoint of the Company's guidance provided on March 8, 2018. GAAP net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $129 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $165 million, or $0.32 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the first quarter was $129 million.

"Fiscal 2019 is off to a strong start, driven by the performance of our storage, networking and connectivity businesses which grew 7% year over year in Q1. Marvell's R&D engine is executing well, and our newly announced products are fueling a growing design win pipeline," said Marvell President and CEO Matt Murphy. "Overall, I'm pleased with the results and thank the entire Marvell team for their effort and contribution."

Revenue for the company's second quarter of 2019 is expected to be $600 million to $630 million. The guidance range excludes approximately $7 million in revenue from a Chinese OEM due to the trade restrictions imposed by the U.S. government.

Ciena posts Q2 revenue of $730M, up 3% yoy

Ciena reported Q2 revenue of  $730.0 million, up 3% year over year as compared to $707.0 million for the fiscal second quarter 2017.

GAAP net income for the fiscal second quarter 2018 was $13.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $38.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, for the fiscal second quarter 2017. Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal second quarter 2018 was $33.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $48.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted common share, for the fiscal second quarter 2017.

"We delivered strong revenue and record order flow in the second quarter as we continue to broaden our leadership and capture market share. Gross margin was impacted by several new, international service provider deployments in their early stages; however, we are confident in our ability to return to our normalized gross margin levels. We anticipate strong revenue growth in the second half of fiscal 2018 and we remain confident in our three-year financial targets," stated Ciena President and CEO Gary B. Smith.

Some highlights from the company's quarterly financial presentation:

  • Non-telco represented 34% of total revenue
  • Direct webscale was 17% of total revenue
  • North America represented 59.1% of Q2 revenue
  • EMEA was up QoQ and YoY at 16.7% of total revenue
  • APAC contributed over 20% of total revenue; India revenue was over 10% of total revenue at $79 million
  • WaveLogic Ai: 29 total customers
  • Waveserver: 84 customers

AWS announces Pay-per-Session Pricing for Amazon QuickSight

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight, which is a fast, cloud-powered, business analytics service.

Pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight dashboards starts at $0.30 per session up to a maximum of $5 per user, per month, and is available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition in all supported AWS regions.

“With highly scalable object storage in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), data warehousing at one-tenth the cost of traditional solutions in Amazon Redshift, and serverless analytics offered by Amazon Athena, customers are moving data into AWS at an unprecedented pace,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice President of Amazon QuickSight at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “What's changed is that virtually all knowledge workers want easy access to that data and the insights that can be derived. It's been cost-prohibitive to enable that access for entire companies until the Amazon QuickSight pay-per-session pricing-- this is a game-changer in terms of information and analytics access.”

Sierra Wireless' CEO announces retirement

Sierra Wireless Jason Cohenour will retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer and will be stepping down as a director of the company.

Kent Thexton, Chair of Sierra’s Board of Directors, has been named interim CEO. A search is underway for a permanent replacement.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Jason for his significant contributions to Sierra Wireless throughout his 22 years with the company, including the last 12 years as CEO,” said Mr. Aasen. “Thanks to Jason’s vision and leadership, Sierra successfully refocused its strategy and transitioned into a global leader in the IoT market. The Board will be taking this opportunity to recruit a world class leader to guide the Company through its next phase of growth and value creation. Kent has extensive experience serving in senior leadership positions in the international wireless and technology industries, and I am confident he is the right person to guide Sierra while we conduct a thorough search for our next CEO.”