Wednesday, July 11, 2018

ECI selected for Lithuanian National Research and Education Network

Kaunas University of Technology has selected ECI to upgrade and modernize the current national optical backbone network of LITNET, the Lithuanian national research and education network (NREN).

ECI will provide a full turnkey solution which includes design, installation and migration of legacy services. The advanced network will feature ECI’s Apollo 96XX family of high speed optical transport solutions.

“Research and education is the foundation of any country’s economy. Just a few months ago, we announced the establishment of the CERN Baltic Group to promote our cooperation and collaboration in CERN experiments and initiatives. Our research and education network makes this type of networking and collaboration possible,” said Raimundas Tuminauskas, head of computer network center at KTU. “Our networks serve a wide variety of constituencies, each with their own needs and requirements. As a result, they are designed to support a broad range of applications – like ultra-fast, high-performance computing, classroom teleconferencing and more. We’ve known ECI for quite some time. Of special importance was ECI’s experience in our sector, and the recommendations of our counterparts.”

“We are delighted to partner with LITNET to provide this new, next-generation network. The Apollo 96XX family affords a winning combination of 1G/10G/100G/200G/400G rates, Alien lambda support and flex-grid ROADMs. This future-proof set of deliverables are all part of ECI’s ELASTIC Network solution, chosen time and again by the NREN community worldwide,” said Christian Erbe, VP Sales EMEA at ECI.

Gigamon appoints Buckley as COO and Arkley as CFO

Gigamon announced the appointment of Dave Arkley as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Shane Buckley as its new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Arkley most recently served as CFO of International Decision Systems, and previously was with Vertafore, Edifecs, Parallels and Itron.

Buckley is joining from Xirrus where he was CEO prior to their 2017 acquisition by Riverbed. Before joining Xirrus, Buckley served as a general manager and senior vice president at NETGEAR and held various executive leadership positions at Rohati Systems, Nevis Networks, Juniper Networks, Peribit and 3Com,

"Dave and Shane bring a wealth of knowledge to our exceptional leadership team and their proven business acumen in high growth, global markets will be a tremendous asset as we navigate the rapidly evolving cybersecurity space," said Paul Hooper, CEO of Gigamon. "We look forward to leveraging their business, financial and strategy skills as we continue to execute our next phase of growth plans."

Gigamon's $1.6B privatization deal has been completed

Gigamon confirmed the completion of its acquisition by Elliott Management, a leading multi-strategy private investment firm, and the Qatar Investment Authority.

The acquisition, valued at approximately $1.6 billion, was approved by Gigamon shareholders on December 22, 2017. As a result of the completion of the transaction, shareholders will receive $38.50 per share in cash and Gigamon common stock will no longer be listed for trading on the NYSE.

"This is a pivotal day for Gigamon employees, customers and partners around the world. With the acquisition complete, our team will continue to execute strategic initiatives that will both empower our customers with new, rich functionality and drive Gigamon to the next level of growth," said Paul Hooper, Chief Executive Officer of Gigamon. "As a private company, we will continue to build upon our leading technology foundation and transform the market we created and lead. With our Security Delivery Platform, we are in a unique position to enable NetOps and SecOps teams to work together addressing the common goal of securing their enterprise while containing costs and minimizing complexity. Working closely with Evergreen, we are entering a new and exciting era."

Elliott Management to privatize Gigamon in $1.6 billion deal

Elliott Management, a private investment firm known for shareholder activism, will acquire Gigamon for $38.50 per share in cash, for a total value of approximately $1.6 billion, making Gigamon a privately-held company. Elliott Management and its affiliates currently hold a 7.0% equity voting stake in Gigamon.

Gigamon's recent revenue trends
         2017                        2016
Q3    $79.2 million          $83.5 million
Q2    $69.1 million          $75.1 million
Q1    $69.6 million          $66.9 million

Radisys launches Channel Partner Program

Radisys launched a new channel partner program targeted at go-to-market solution partners.

The new Radisys Open Business Accelerator aims to accelerate and expand the sales of disruptive open telecom solutions to service providers. Radisys will work with partners to develop joint sales and marketing campaigns, deliver extensive training workshops, and share product roadmaps. A dedicated Partner Experience Manager will ensure that customized co-marketing campaigns best suit the needs of each partner, while facilitating an environment for open communication and accelerated sales growth. Target areas include 4G and 5G Network Evolution; Media Intelligence; and SDN & NFV Cloud Networking.

“Radisys is excited to build on our previously successful channel partnerships with the new Open Business Accelerator,” said Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Global Marketing, Channels and Sales Strategy, Radisys. “By building new partnerships with like-minded companies that are committed to co-developing and co-marketing joint solutions, we will be able to reach and support new large service provider customers at scale, while extending our global reach. These mutually beneficial relationships with our channel partners will produce go-to-market products and solutions that will not only disrupt the telecoms industry, but help lead service providers into the future.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

400G Bidirectional MSA Group gets underway

A new 400G Bidirectional (BiDi) Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) Group has been established to promote the adoption of interoperable 400 Gbps optical transceivers for 100-meter multimode fiber (MMF) link distances, such as between switches in data centers.

Founding members of the 400G BiDi MSA include Alibaba, Broadcom, Cisco, Corning Incorporated, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, InnoLight Technology, Inphi Corporation and Sumitomo Electric.

In a press statement, the group said it is working to define optical data link specifications based on a dual wavelength bidirectional transmission technology which enables a reduction in the fiber count relative to other solutions.  The target solution leverages both the widely adopted 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps BiDi Ethernet solutions and is compatible with the widely available and deployed parallel MMF cabling infrastructure.

http://www.400GBiDi-msa.org

Openreach picks Huawei and Nokia for Fibre First

Openreach has selected Huawei and Nokia for its "Fibre First" national Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) rollout, which aims to reach three million homes and businesses across the UK by the end of 2020.

Huawei and Nokia have each been awarded contracts to provide new electronics that support Openreach’s headend equipment. Huawei has already started to deploy the new kit across the Openreach fibre network, whilst Nokia is expected to start installing equipment from July next year. This equipment includes the Huawei MA5800-X17 and the Nokia ISAM FX-16.

Peter Bell, CTO & NGA Operations Director, Openreach said: “We’ll be going flat out to make FTTP available to three million homes by the end of 2020, and we want to reach 10 million by the mid-2020s, so using cutting-edge technology will be integral to achieving that. Britons consume more than double the amount of data they did just three years ago and whilst we’re already a leading digital economy, Openreach continues to invest in network upgrades to make sure we can repeat that success and keep well ahead of demand.”

Jeffrey Zhou, president of Huawei Access network, said: “As a long-term strategic partner of Openreach, we look forward to continuing our work with the fibre and network delivery team. We welcome the opportunity to help build a better, faster and intelligent network that helps Openreach customers stay connected. Huawei is committed to building a better connected UK.”

Frederic Guillén, President of Nokia Fixed Networks, added: “We’re excited about this new five-year collaboration with Openreach and are confident that our innovation, strength and operational expertise will benefit all broadband subscribers in the UK.”



Coriant launches Network OS with IP/MPLS for White Boxes

Coriant introduced a carrier-class, disaggregated IP/MPLS software solution for industry-standard COTS white boxes as well as application-optimized white boxes such as the newly introduced Coriant Vibe X90 Programmable Packet Platform.

The Coriant Network Operating System (NOS), which is based on an open and modular software architecture, offers high-performance, hardware-independent flexibility and disaggregated software components including Open Network Linux operating system, hardware abstraction layer, IP stack, and network protocol suite. Coriant NOS software is built for modularity allowing customers to easily and quickly integrate and innovate with new functionality. It includes a sophisticated hardware abstraction layer that supports standalone and multi-unit forwarding architectures, as well as support for a broad set of protocols required in carrier networks and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications.

Coriant noted that its new operating system relies on its field-proven IP/MPLS stack for applications requiring high performance, high scalability, and high resiliency. It offers open APIs to simplify integration into existing environments and to enable operators to reap the benefits of a programmable infrastructure.

“By separating the NOS from the routing hardware, Coriant provides network operators the chance to break the vendor lock-in constraints of traditional IP routing solutions,” said Uwe Fischer, Executive Vice President, R&D and PLM, and CTO, Coriant. “The Coriant NOS leverages over 20 years of IP/MPLS networking expertise and deployed Tier 1 experience, and delivers on the promise of an open, disaggregated approach to packet-based networking that accelerates innovation by maximizing best-in-class functional blocks.”

https://www.coriant.com/products/coriant-network-operating-system-nos-carrier-class-ip-mpls-nos

Coriant intros Vibe X90 white box for disaggregated routing/switching

Coriant introduced the first in a series of "Vibe" carrier-class white boxes for service aggregation from access to the core.

The new, 2RU Coriant Vibe X90 Programmable Packet Platform, which is a key component of the Coriant Hyperscale Carrier Architecture, is a cost-optimized white box solution for IP transport network applications where cost-efficient Layer 2/3 service aggregation is required for a dense mix of 1G, 10G, 25G, and 100G interfaces, including in Provider Edge and Central Office environments. It supports 900 Gbps of full-duplex switching capacity in single node configurations and scalability up to 2.7 Tbps in stacked configurations, with further scalability enabled in POD configurations.

Key features include:

  • Carrier-class performance – to ensure a best-in-class customer experience as IP traffic and services scale, the Vibe X90 system architecture is purpose-built for telco environments and supports a wide breadth of carrier-grade operations, including packet synchronization (IEEE 1588, SyncE), large packet buffers, ETSI-standard rack sizes, node stacking, and control and data plane redundancy
  • Open, agnostic software control – to break vendor lock-in and accelerate innovation cycles, the Vibe X90 is built upon Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) and Open APIs, enabling flexible software portability with compatible NOS software, such as the Coriant NOS, and SDN/NFV orchestration in multi-vendor, multi-layer environments
  • Cost-efficient IP network scalability – single and stacked configuration node options, coupled with support for horizontal scalability enabled by leaf and spine POD architectures, provide the foundation for flexible and cost-efficient multi-unit scalability, with full resilience for control and data plane traffic
  • Application-optimized features – the Vibe X90 supports important networking features such as advanced timing capabilities that enable a variety of mobile and converged applications where flexible scaling and accurate packet synchronization is critical to service availability   

China Mobile awards EUR 1 billion deal to Nokia

China Mobile and Nokia signed a frame agreement valued at up to EUR 1 billion for the continued delivery of mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical transport, customer experience management technologies and operational support as well as services expertise throughout 2018.

The agreement was signed at the recent Sino-German Economic Forum by Li Huidi, Vice President of China Mobile, and Hans-Jürgen Bill, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Nokia and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Networks GmbH & Co KG in Germany. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also attended the forum.

Nokia said it will supply China Mobile with best-in-class, end-to-end technology solutions to enable a next-generation network for the age of the cloud and machine communications.

In addition, Nokia and China Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding for research and testing of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning capabilities of next-generation networks for the delivery of intelligent network optimization and radio resource management.

Mike Wang, President of Nokia Shanghai Bell, said: "This is a highly significant agreement with our longstanding partner that consolidates Nokia's position as a leading provider of next-generation technologies and services in China. We are committed to delivering industry-leading, end-to-end capabilities that will allow operators to dramatically increase performance, which will introduce new possibilities for networks of the future."

Corning intros Optical Network Evolution SD-LAN

Corning introduced its Optical Network Evolution SD-LAN solution for in-building local area networks.

The Corning SD-LAN decouples hardware and software layers, creating a flexible platform for deploying traditional Ethernet or passive optical LAN using the same hardware at the edge.

Corning said it developed the solution to enable future-ready connectivity inside buildings with the ability to converge multiple technologies over a single, simplified infrastructure that supports LAN, WiFi, cellular, audiovisual, security, building automation, and more over the lifetime of the building with little to no new cabling. Key benefits include freeing up closets, eliminating or emptying cable trays, and reducing disruption from future network additions.

LeoSat attracts a strategic investor in its upcoming LEO constallation

Hispasat, the Spanish national satellite operator, has agreed to invest in LeoSat, which is preparing to launch a constellation of low-earth-orbit communications satellites. Financial terms were not disclosed.

With this agreement, Hispasat joins Asia’s largest satellite operator, SKY Perfect JSAT, as investors in LeoSat.

Washington, D.C.-based LeoSat is working with Thales Alenia Space to develop a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit, Ka-band communications satellites. Launch of the constellation is expected in 2019. LeoSat is targetting high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for telecom backhaul, energy, maritime, government and international business markets.

http://leosat.com/


  • LeoSat Enterprises was established in 2013 by Cliff Anders (Chairman) and Phil Marlar (Chief Operating Officer), two former Schlumberger executives.

AT&T to acquire AlienVault for cyber threat intelligence

AT&T agreed to acquire AlienVault, a privately held company based in San Mateo, California that specializes in enterprise-grade security solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AT&T said it intends to integrate AlienVault’s threat intelligence with its cybersecurity solutions portfolio.

“Regardless of size or industry, businesses today need cyber threat detection and response technologies and services,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Business. “The current threat landscape has shifted this from a luxury for some, to a requirement for all. AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence will improve our ability to help organizations detect and respond to cybersecurity attacks. Together, with our enterprise-grade detection, response and remediation capabilities, we’re providing scalable, intelligent, affordable security for business customers of all sizes.”

“We’re thrilled to join forces with AT&T. They bring a robust cybersecurity portfolio with an industry-leading technology ecosystem,” said Barmak Meftah, president and CEO, AlienVault. “This deal accelerates our ability to deliver on the AlienVault mission, which is to democratize threat detection and response to companies of all sizes.”



Toshiba debuts 14TB HDD for data centers

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp. announced 14TB and 12TB HDD SATA models for data center storage.

The MG07ACA Series features both 14TB 9-disk and 12TB 8-disk models. The helium-sealed 3.5-inch mechanical design realizes better storage density and a lower HDD operating power profile, achieving a 40% increase in maximum capacity and 50% better power efficiency (W/GB) over 10TB HDD models.

The drives have been qualified for installation on select Supermicro storage servers.

“As we continue to develop solutions to meet the growing capacity needs of enterprise and cloud data center customers, Toshiba is pleased to be working with Supermicro on solutions utilizing our new MG07ACA Series helium-sealed HDD,” said Shuji Takaoka, General Manager of Storage Products Sales & Marketing Division at Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation. “Toshiba’s innovative, power-efficient 9-disk design delivers the highest capacity available in the market today using conventional magnetic recording, and matches up well with Supermicro’s highly-regarded lineup of server and storage solutions.”

EXFO posts sales of $72 million

EXFO reported sales of US$72.2 million for the third quarter of its fiscal 2018, up from US$58.5 million in the third quarter of 2017. The IFRS sales included a US$8.6 million contribution from recently acquired Astellia

IFRS net loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 totaled US$6.0 million, or US$0.11 per share, compared to US$4.3 million, or US$0.08 per share, in the third quarter of 2017. IFRS net loss in the third quarter of 2018 included US$4.1 million in after-tax amortization of intangible assets, US$0.4 million in stock-based compensation costs, US$0.9 million for acquisition-related fair value adjustment of deferred revenue and a foreign exchange gain of US$0.2 million.

Gross margin before depreciation and amortization amounted to 59.9% of sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 58.0% in the third quarter of 2017.

"I am pleased our organic business and newly acquired Astellia delivered healthy growth in the third quarter and after nine months into fiscal 2018," said Philippe Morin, EXFO's Chief Executive Officer. "This solid execution across the combined organization demonstrates that EXFO is on the right path to profitable growth. Looking ahead, we are strategically transforming our monitoring and analytics business to offer a highly differentiated solution as the communications industry migrates to NFV and 5G architectures."

Monday, July 9, 2018

IHS Markit: Flourishing on-prem enterprise data center market

The on-premise, enterprise data center market is flourishing, according to the newly released Data Center Strategies and Leadership North American Enterprise Survey from IHS Markit.

“Application architectures are evolving with the increased adoption of software containers and micro-services coupled with a Dev/Ops culture of rapid and frequent software builds. In addition, we see new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) incorporated into applications. These applications consume network bandwidth in a very dynamic and unpredictable manner and make new demands on servers for increased parallel computation,” said Cliff Grossner Ph.D., senior research director and advisor for cloud and data center at IHS Markit.

Some highlights of the report:


  • Respondents expect a greater than 2x increase in the average number of physical servers in their DCs by 2019.
  • Top DC investment drivers are security and application performance (75% of respondents) and scalability (71%).
  • 9% of servers are expected to be 1-socket by 2019, up from 3% now.
  • 73% of servers are expected to be running hypervisors or containers by 2019, up from 70% now.
  • Top DC fabric features are high speed (68% of respondents), automated VM movement (62%), and support for network virtualization protocols (62%).
  • 53% of respondents intend to increase investment in software-defined storage, 52% in NAS, and 42% in SSD.
  • 30% of respondents indicated they are running general purpose IT applications, 22% are running productivity applications such as Microsoft Office, and 18% are running collaboration tools such as email, SharePoint, and unified communications in their data centers.
  • Cisco, Dell, HPE, Juniper, and Huawei were identified as the top 5 DC Ethernet switch vendors by respondents ranking the top 3 vendors in each of 8 selection criteria.


Facebook presentation: Optics Inside the Data Center

Mark McKillop, Network Engineer at Facebook, and Katharine Schmidtke, Sourcing Manager of Network Hardware at Facebook, talk about challenges in Facebook's optical networks, both in backbone and in data centers.

The first part of the video covers the optical systems used to connect Facebook's POPs and data centers.

The second part discusses optical scaling challenges inside the data centers, including the potential for onboard optics in future systems.

This 30-minute video presentation was recorded at Facebook's Networking@Scale 2018 event in June in California.

See video:
https://www.facebook.com/atscaleevents/videos/2090069407932819/

Facebook's announced data centers:

U.S
Prineville, Oregon
Los Lunas, New Mexico
Papillon, Nebraska
Fort Worth, Texas
Altoona, Iowa
New Albany, Ohio
Henrico County, Virginia
Forest City, North Carolina
Newton County, Georgia

Europe
Clonnee, Ireland
Lulea, Sweden
Odense, Denmark



Facebook looks to Spiral for self-tuning, real-time services

Facebook's engineering group is developing a small, embedded C++ library called Spiral to providing the self-tuning of its data infrastructure necessary to fine-tune thousands of micro services.
Machine learning is used with Spiral to create data-driven and reactive heuristics for resource-constrained real-time services.

Facebook says software maintenance increasingly requires self-tuning capabilities because it is simply "too difficult to rewrite caching/admission/eviction policies and other manually tuned heuristics by hand."

https://code.fb.com/data-infrastructure/spiral-self-tuning-services-via-real-time-machine-learning/


Samsung begins production of 5th gen 256Gb V-NAND memory

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing its fifth-generation V-NAND memory chips.

The new memory is the first to use the "Toggle DDR 4.0" interface, which offers a data transfer speed of 1.4 Gbps between storage and memory -- a 40% increase from Samsung's 64-layer predecessor. Samsung said its new V-NAND also has the fastest data write speed to date at 500-microseconds (μs), which represents about a 30% improvement over the write speed of the previous generation, while the response time to read-signals has been significantly reduced to 50μs.

Samsung’s fifth-generation V-NAND packs more than 90 layers of ‘3D charge trap flash (CTF) cells,’ the largest amount in the industry, stacked in a pyramid structure with microscopic channel holes vertically drilled throughout. These channel holes, which are only a few hundred-nanometers (nm)-wide, contain more than 85 billion CTF cells that can store three bits of data each. This state-of-the-art memory fabrication is the result of several breakthroughs that include advanced circuit designs and new process technologies.

“Samsung’s fifth-generation V-NAND products and solutions will deliver the most advanced NAND in the rapidly growing premium memory market,” said Kye Hyun Kyung, executive vice president of Flash Product and Technology at Samsung Electronics. “In addition to the leading-edge advances we are announcing today, we are preparing to introduce 1-terabit (Tb) and QLC (quad-level cell) offerings to our V-NAND lineup that will continue to drive momentum for next-generation NAND memory solutions throughout the global market.”

Radisys releases decomposed Virtual Media Server for NFV

Radisys released a decomposed Virtual Media Server for NFV that enables service providers to scale control and media elements independently. Decomposing the architecture allows application developers and service providers to support tens of millions of subscribers through application servers that leverage a large pool of media server resources for services such as conferencing, speech recognition, and real-time video.

Radisys said its MediaEngine Virtual Media Server simplifies application development and deployment, significantly lowering cost of service delivery and accelerating time-to-market for new services.

Key new capabilities include:

  • Support for new NFV-ready management solutions such as ONAP and OpenStack. This enables service providers to deploy media applications on demand in a network – for example delivering edge media for real-time video to devices in a concert or sports arena, with network resources being able to be re-deployed once the event is over, all while keeping the traffic local to minimize end-to-end network bandwidth consumption.
  • New advanced revenue-generating media applications, such as deep media analytics and reporting for on-demand media optimizations, and for integrated speech recognition for speech-enabled applications.
  • Hardware accelerated virtualized real-time voice and video services using Web/4G/LTE networks and advanced media optimizations at the edge using Multi-Access Edge Computing platforms.
  • NFV-compliant MediaEngine Management Software to simplify multi-node MediaEngine management deployed in public and private clouds.

“The evolution of the MediaEngine Virtual Media Server to enable on-demand media anywhere in the network is transformational in matching the dynamic needs of service providers and their customers with the industry’s leading economics for one of the most demanding functions in carrier and cloud networks,” said Al Balasco, vice president, MediaEngine, Radisys. “We’re enabling our customers to achieve massive savings in CapEx and OpEx when deploying the Virtual Media Server to support millions of subscribers in a server footprint that is typically half to one-tenth the footprint of alternative solutions. Not only does this reduce costs for existing services, it also makes economically viable a range of previously cost-prohibitive services, further expanding service providers’ ability to offer new services and differentiate in the market.”


Google Cloud adds cost forecast tool

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) introduced a cost monitoring and forecasting tool to help customers manage their bill.

The tool tracks all services and projects managed inside of GCP.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/


Seaborn adds Mehmet Akcin to Board

Seaborn Networks, a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, has added Mehmet Akcin to its Board of Advisors.

Mehmet is one of Silicon Valley's most innovative engineering executives, with 15 years of experience and 6 patents granted to his name while working at Microsoft. His areas of expertise include submarine cables, IP backbones, Domain Name Systems, network security and content delivery networks. Until June 2018, he served as Senior Director, Global Infrastructure Planning and Acquisitions group at Oath (formerly known as Yahoo!), a subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as a Director in the Global Network Acquisition Group and as Chief Engineer at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Sunday, July 8, 2018

NEC selected for Bay to Bay Express subsea cable system

NEC has been selected to build a high-performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.

A consortium composed of China Mobile International, Facebook and Amazon Web Services is backing the Bay to Bay Express Cable System (BtoBE).

Construction of the nearly 16,000-kilometer optical submarine cable is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.

NEC said the BtoBE system will utilize multiple pairs of optical fiber and achieve round trip latency of less than 130 milliseconds.

"NEC is honored to be selected by the BtoBE consortium as the turn-key system supplier for this world record-breaking optical fiber submarine cable system that covers the longest distance without regeneration. The BtoBE, landing at three locations spanning across the Pacific Ocean, is designed so that once completed, it can carry at least 18Tbs of capacity per fiber pair," said Mr. Toru Kawauchi, General Manager of the Submarine Network Division at NEC Corporation. "The BtoBE will provide seamless connectivity and network diversity, while serving to complement other Asia-Pacific submarine cables, among others."

https://www.nec.com/en/press/201807/global_20180709_03.html