Sunday, September 16, 2018

Wasabi raises $68 million for cloud storage

Wasabi, a start-up based in Boston, raised $68 million in Series B funding for its cloud storage solutions.

Wasabi says its cloud storage is 80% cheaper and 6x faster than Amazon S3, with 100% data immutability protection and no data egress fees. The company was founded by David Friend and Jeff Flowers, who also co-founded Carbonite. Wasabi says it has picked up over 3,000 customers in the past year.

“The Series B financing will allow Wasabi to expand internationally, continue to invest in our brand, and enable us to compete for the largest storage deals in the world. Our objective is to make Wasabi into one of the world’s most renowned cloud storage vendors,” stated David Friend, Co-founder & CEO of Wasabi.

Datrium raises $60 million for hybrid cloud, including Samsung funding

Datrium, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $60 million for its Open Convergence platform for cloud builders.

The funding was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, with participation from Icon Ventures, and existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Samsung and Icon Ventures to expand our technical and geographical momentum,” said Tim Page, CEO of Datrium. “Enterprises globally have the same problems in simplifying compute and data management across on-prem and cloud. Where SANs don’t even have a  path to cloud, traditional HCI has too many tradeoffs for core datacenters – backup requires separate purchasing and administration, and cloud DR automation is seldom guaranteed. Larger enterprises are realizing that Datrium software offers them a simpler path.”

MACOM to show PAM-4, Silicon Photonics and 64 GBaud at ECOC 2018

MACOM Technology Solutions will demostrate its PAM-4, Silicon Photonics and 64 GBaud products and solutions at next week's ECOC 2018 in Roma, Italy.

Some highlights:

  • 10/25 Gbps-PON ONU/OLT
  • Analog Chipset for 2 km 200 Gbps (4x53 Gbps PAM-4) QSFP Applications
  • 5G Optical Connectivity Solutions
  • 100/200/400 Gbps Data Center Solutions
  • 64 GBaud Driver and TIA solutions for Long Haul, Metro and DCI


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Huawei completes 5G-NR stand-alone testing in Beijing

Huawei completed a set of 5G SA (standalone) functional C-Band tests in Beijing based on the 3GPP NR standard.

The SA test of 5G NR radio access network (RAN) took place in the third phase of China 5G technology R&D test in Beijing, which was organized by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group.

Huawei said this marks the first 5G SA functional test based on the official protocol version of 5G NR (New Radio), following the completion of the 3GPP 5G NR Release15 standard (SA) in June 2018.

The testing used Huawei’s End-to-End (E2E) commercial products, including its 5G NextGen Core (NG Core), gNB , 5G test terminal, and a commercial terminal based on its Balong 5000 chipset.


Affirmed Networks launches virtualized EPC on AWS

Affirmed Networks is introducing a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company says its "Mobile Network as a Service" enables mobile operators to quickly and economically deliver both 4G and 5G services over a scalable cloud infrastructure without requiring excessive capital investments.Mobile operators could use the vEPC to deliver differentiated services, such as IoT/M2M services, enterprise data services, MVNO wholesale services, 4G and 5G services, without costly data center or network infrastructure investments.

"The industry has realized that to keep pace with the explosion of data growth a new approach is required," said Amit Tiwari, Affirmed Networks' Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Systems Engineering. "Cloud-based mobile network architectures are providing operators with unprecedented network flexibility. With the ability to now access AWS as part of a "Mobile Network as a Service" solution, operators gain the ability to easily and cost-effectively scale their networks and their business across geographies and networks that were previously out of reach. With this evolution in networking, they can provide new, innovative, and extremely cost-effective services for end customers."

Sprint activates Samsung's massive MIMO

Sprint has activated Samsung's 5G-ready massive MIMO solutions on its production 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE network.

Samsung said its massive MIMO can provide a way for operators to inject new capacity into their network without having to purchase more spectrum or add new base stations. It is being used by Sprint to significantly boost LTE network speeds and capacity for millions of U.S. customers, while improving network efficiencies through advanced beam-forming. Additionally, this helps provide Sprint with a seamless upgrade path to 5G New Radio (NR), utilizing the carrier’s deep 2.5 GHz spectrum.

“We are excited to see Samsung MIMO solutions in use on Sprint’s current LTE commercial network, which will help their customers experience the full benefits of network innovation,” said Lyle Nyffeler, Vice President, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America. “Our MIMO solutions are engineered to maximize 4G networks today, while offering a graceful, seamless path to a 5G future.”

In February 2018, Sprint announced its selection of Samsung as a massive MIMO provider for their future 5G mobile network launch in the U.S..

ADTRAN intros cloud-managed WiFi solution for service providers

ADTRAN introduced a cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution that enables service providers to enter the large, underserved small business market.

Cloud-managed Wi-Fi services have been one of the fastest growing segments for enterprise cloud.

ADTRAN’s enterprise Wi-Fi offering includes the following:

  • 100% cloud-managed IT: No required subscriptions or licenses. No installation or management of on-premises controller or software.
  • Zero Touch AP Provisioning: APs automatically discover the cloud and download firmware configuration.
  • Zero-IT Setup: Fully functional employee and guest network in five minutes or less with just a few wizard-driven key strokes and mouse clicks.
  • Powerful enterprise-class APs: Efficient pricing at 75% lower than typical enterprise-class APs and licenses.
  • A “just right” feature set: Focused on robust enterprise connectivity and security with seamless upgrades to ADTRAN advanced features and flexible deployment options
  • Machine learning-powered Wi-Fi: Self-optimizing and healing technology that includes DynamicRF for automatically adjusting optimal radio settings, DynamicSteering for automatically steering clients to the best AP or radio within an AP; and DynamicMulticast,  whichprevents multicast traffic typically sent at low data rates from impacting overall performance by learning about traffic patterns and automatically adjusting optimal multicast settings.
  • Interactive support community: Optional upgrades to enhanced support
  • Every AP is a starting point: Scale from a handful of APs to thousands across multiple locations and customers

“Subscribers are increasingly judging the quality of their internet experience based on the quality of their Wi-Fi,” ADTRAN Manager of Wi-Fi Technology and Strategy Ken Fernandes said. “ADTRAN’s new enterprise-class Wi-Fi allows service providers to help their cost-conscious micro and small business customers by simply bundling ADTRAN APs, while reducing costs and complexity. Service providers can now upsell and seamlessly upgrade their subscribers to enhanced services and features, further increasing ARPU.”

NTT establishes new global procurement division based in U.S.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) will establish a new company specializing in procurement for all of its group companies. 

The new company will engage in centralized price negotiations and the execution of comprehensive agreements with global vendors. It will be based the United States, where it will engage in centralized price negotiations and the execution of comprehensive agreements with global vendors for hardware, software, and services.

Objectives of the new company include improving the presence of the NTT Group in the global market, reducing the Group's total costs, and providing lower-priced, innovative services to clients.

Mark E. La Neve has been named CEO of the new company.  La Neve is currently an NTT DATA Services Senior Vice President.

ADVA achieves Gen 6 Fibre Channel qualification

ADVA's optical transport solutions successfully completed a mainframe test cycle, supporting a range of protocols, most notably Gen 6 Fibre Channel -- an industry first

Testing was conducted at a New York test plant and involved the ADVA FSP 3000 AgileConnect and, for the first time, the FSP 3000 CloudConnect.

ADVA said 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel can reduce latency by 30% and deliver 50% more input/output operations per second when compared with competing storage networking solutions.

“Through this series of tests, we’ve been able to confirm the capabilities of our solutions to support a range of the most powerful and popular protocols for business continuity and disaster recovery. One of the key takeaways from these tests is the ability of our FSP 3000 CloudConnect™ to support 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel over distance. With the growing interest in NVMe over Fibre Channel, this qualification puts our technology in a powerful position when it comes to helping enterprises maximize the performance of flash-enhanced data storage,” said Uli Schlegel, PLM director, ADVA. “Across all industries, SAN operators are turning to Gen 6 technology to deal with bandwidth constraints. Following this evaluation, our platforms are uniquely placed to help them make that leap.”

https://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20180913-adva-scores-industry-first-with-gen-6-fibre-channel-qualification

IDC: VNF revenues to hit $16.4 billion in 2022

IDC is predicting that the virtual network functions (VNF) market to grow to $16.4 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.4%,

According to IDC's inaugural forecast for the period 2018–2022, the worldwide revenue for the VNF market in 2017 stood at $2.5 billion across all segments. IDC said VNF revenue weill double as early 5G deployments take shape and as wireline initiatives such as vCPE, CORD, and HERD gain further momentum.

The new VNF forecast follows the release of IDC's first forecast for Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) in August 2018.

"Communications service providers globally recognize the need to digitally transform their network infrastructure and build more customer-centric business models. Embracing software-defined networking principles and deploying network functions in virtualized form factors are a strategic necessity not only for carriers as they invest in their future but also for vendors supplying those solutions to the market," said Rajesh Ghai, research director, Carrier Network Infrastructure research at IDC. "This research document is IDC's first effort to size and forecast the market for virtual network functions (VNFs) across all carrier network infrastructure domains."

Nokia to sell Velocix video streaming business to Volaris

Nokia will sell its Velocix IP Video business to Volaris Group , a Toronto-based software company.

Nokia's Veloxic video product portfolio includes caching and streaming products, origin and storage technology, and stream personalization software.

Volaris intends to use these assets to launch a new pure play streaming technology company called Velocix, operating as an independent business within Volaris Group's Communications & Media portfolio.

Nokia will remain a minority shareholder in the new entity and will become a channel partner. The majority of Nokia's IP Video business employees are expected to transition to Velocix. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia said it will maintain certain elements of its video unit, including integration business and associated employees, to provide continued support for existing customers.

David Nyland, Portfolio Leader and President, Communications & Media at Volaris, said: "Volaris is truly excited by this pending acquisition of Nokia's market-leading video streaming portfolio. This planned transaction marks our first investment in the highly dynamic media technology sector and we look forward to using it as a springboard for growth."

Paul Larbey, head of the IP Video Business at Nokia, said: "We are excited to be part of the new company under the Velocix brand that set out to transform the video landscape back in 2002. Through several acquisitions the name changed, but the purpose remains the same: to enable big changes in the video market, to make video more personal and to enable a highly compelling entertainment experience for consumers on every screen."

Basil Alwan, Co-President of IP/Optical Networks at Nokia said: "Video plays a very important role in our customers' strategies, both as it relates to their services and the demands it places on their networks. Meanwhile, the technology behind video - including user experience, content packaging and delivery - continues to go through meaningful shifts. Our new partnership enables us to adapt and grow in this important period; together we can better navigate change while providing continuity for our customers."

Qualcomm kicks off $16 Billion accelerated share buyback

Qualcomm entered into accelerated share repurchase agreements (ASR Agreements) with each of Bank of America, N.A., Citibank, N.A. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to repurchase an aggregate of $16 billion of Qualcomm’s common stock, with an initial delivery to Qualcomm of approximately 178 million shares in the aggregate.

The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume-weighted average price of Qualcomm’s common stock during the term of the transaction, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR Agreements. Qualcomm is funding the accelerated share repurchase with existing cash resources.

“We are pleased to initiate this significant accelerated share repurchase as we continue to execute on our previously announced $30 billion stock repurchase program,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We remain on track to complete a large majority of the announced program by the end of fiscal 2019. The Board and the management team remain committed to returning capital to stockholders while we also continue to invest to create longer term stockholder value.”

Taoglas debuts NB-IoT antennas

Taoglas, which specializes in antenna designs, announced the first three antennas in its Extensis range of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) antennas..

The launch includes the world’s smallest ceramic NB-IoT antenna that covers supports Bands 8 (880-960 MHz) and 20 (791-862 MHz), as well as Band 5 (824-894 MHz) to allow IoT devices—such as asset trackers—to work across different regions and different carriers. Its low profile (2mm) and small footprint (14.1mm x 8.3mm) make it the world’s smallest NB-IoT antenna.

Taoglas is also introducing an ultra-thin, flexible multiband antenna that supports all LTE bands—including the new Band 71 that will be used for NB-IoT in the U.S. This antenna features the company's patent-pending Taoglas Boost technology, which delivers up to a 2 dB improvement in antenna performance when integrated into small devices. Taoglas Boost is particularly suited to designs with shorter ground planes, allowing IoT and other device designers to bring to market a wider range of smaller devices that would otherwise not have been able to meet certain stringent carrier certification requirements.

The third antenna in the Extensis range is the patent-pending FXUB64 flexible ultrawideband antenna, which has been designed for all working frequencies in the 600-3000 MHz spectrum, covering all Cellular, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, ISM and AGPS, including LTE Band 71. The ultra-thin (130mm x 20mm x 30*0.2mm) polymer antenna is delivered with a flexible peel-and-stick body with excellent efficiencies on all bands. Taoglas is the world’s first to include LTE Band 71 in an off-the-shelf cellular antenna product. The antenna is compliant to T-Mobile’s new 600MHz over-the-air (OTA) requirements when properly integrated into the customer’s device.

“Narrowband IoT is emerging as a go-to LPWAN option for applications that need to support a large number of devices, especially in challenging environments such as indoors or underground,” said Ronan Quinlan, co-CEO, Taoglas. “The incredibly low profiles and small footprints of the Extensis antennas along with their multiband capabilities make them an excellent choice for device designers who need to shrink their devices without sacrificing performance. Having access to three bands on one antenna also allows them to plan for global deployments.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

GSMA: U.S and Canada to lead in 5G migration

Coinciding with the opening of Mobile World Congress Americas (#MWCA18) in Los Angeles, the GSMA issued a prediction that the U.S. and Canada will experience the quickest adoption of 5G, ahead of other developed economies in Western Europe and Asia. A new GSMA report forecasts that almost half of all mobile connections in North America will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

Specifically, the report predicts there will be around 200 million 5G mobile connections in the USA and Canada by 2025, representing 49 percent of the projected total market by that point. The report also calculates that North America’s mobile ecosystem generated more than $830 billion in economic value last year, equivalent to 4 percent of the region’s GDP. 4G accounted for 70 percent of connections in the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

“Mobile operators in North America are now making record levels of investment to upgrade networks and acquire spectrum as we commence the 5G era,” commented Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “With nationwide mobile broadband coverage and high levels of smartphone ownership, consumers across the US and Canada are highly engaged and early adopters of new types of digital service and content – and we therefore expect these two markets to migrate rapidly over to new 5G networks over the coming years.”

“North American mobile operators are offsetting the decline of many traditional mobile services by successfully unlocking new revenue opportunities in content, IoT and – very soon – 5G,” added Granryd. “The early 5G use cases in the region are likely to focus on the provision of enhanced mobile broadband offerings to the consumer market, while services in areas such as autonomous vehicles, industrial and vehicular automation, remote medical surgery, and advanced AR and VR, will gain scale soon after.”

http://www.gsma.com/mobileeconomy/northamerica/

T-Mobile picks Cisco to build nationwide 5G Virtual Packet Core

T-Mobile announced the completion of its virtualized packet core buildout across its nationwide footprint using Cisco’s distributed SDN architecture,

The companies describe the deployment as the world’s largest virtual packet core, supporting more than 70 million customers.

Cisco and T-Mobile U.S. have also signed a five-year agreement to continue buildout of T-Mobile’s 5G Packet Core and Policy Suite spanning hardware, software and services.

With Cisco Ultra Virtual Packet Core & Policy solution, T-Mobile can deploy 5G nationwide, while realizing the full potential of virtualization and cloud to offer its customers new services faster.

“This was a significant undertaking for us, shifting from a centralized to a distributed core architecture across our footprint, and we couldn’t have achieved that without virtualization,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “This means we can further our 5G plans with more flexibility and agility to deliver new services to our customers – and with Sprint we’ll shift it all into overdrive!”

“The size and scope of this project with T-Mobile marks a milestone as the largest virtual packet core operating today,” said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “With this new virtualized architecture with massive scale, T-Mobile can launch new services with automated deployments, spending minutes to deploy what used to take months.”

T-Mobile to deploy small cells on Crown Castle properties

T-Mobile and Crown Castle are extending their long-term, strategic relationship to cover the deployment of additional small cells within their existing footprint and light up small cells in new markets.

T-Mobile will use the small cells to enhance 4G LTE network capacity and prepare for 5G deployments.

“This agreement expands our long-term partnership with Crown Castle,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “By installing additional small cell locations, our customers will have an improved wireless experience with LTE and as we migrate to 5G.”

“Our expanded agreement with T-Mobile strengthens our longstanding relationship and provides a variety of economic benefits to local governments, businesses, and consumers in new and existing markets,” said Jay Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Castle. “We look forward to continuing to support T-Mobile’s growth by investing in infrastructure assets to meet their network needs for years to come.”

Sprint intros Magic Box small cell, version 3

Sprint launched the third version of its Magic Box small cell for residential users and small businesses.

The LTE Advanced-capable device uses 4x4 MIMO, higher order modulation (256QAM) and three-carrier aggregation within Sprint’s licensed spectrum to boost performance. The new unit also includes Wi-Fi backhaul so the device can work using a Wi-Fi connection if wireless coverage is not available. Sprint Magic Box has a color screen that clearly displays key information, two USB ports for charging devices, and an Ethernet port for future support of network devices.
Like its predecessor, the new Sprint Magic Box was manufactured by Airspan Networks.

"We’re excited to introduce the next generation of our innovative Sprint Magic Box, leveraging advanced technology and our vast 2.5 GHz spectrum to benefit businesses deploying the units and our Sprint customers in the vicinity," said Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer. "Sprint Magic Box is another great solution we are using to continually improve data coverage and speeds to provide a better experience for our customers."

Sprint notes that more than 260,000 Magic Boxes have been distributed to businesses and homes in more than 200 cities since the device first launched in May 2017, representing one of the largest small cell deployments in the world.

https://business.sprint.com/magic-box

Keysight supplies 5G network emulation to Motorola Mobility

Keysight Technologies is supplying its 5G network emulation solutions to Motorola Mobility for early 5G chipset prototyping, development, and device design validation.

“We are very pleased to be working with Motorola Mobility to help them bring their latest 5G devices to market faster,” said Scott Bryden, vice president of wireless device solutions at Keysight Technologies. “Early engagements with key 5G chipset providers has enabled Keysight to deliver first-to-market 5G solutions as 5G device design work accelerates.”

Last year, Keysight was first to announce that its suite of 5G network emulation solutions, including 5G Protocol R&D and RF Design Verification Toolsets, support the new 3GPP 5G NR Non-Standalone standard, enabling the device ecosystem to streamline its product workflow from early prototyping and development to design validation and manufacturing.

Equinix appoints Charles Meyers as next CEO

Equinix has appointed Charles Meyers to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, replacing Peter Van Camp, who has served as interim CEO since January 2018.  Van Camp will resume his role as Executive Chairman of the Equinix Board of Directors. Meyers will also join Equinix's Board of Directors.

Meyers joined Equinix in 2010 as President, Americas, the company's largest operating region. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Equinix. For the past year, he has served as President of Strategy, Services and Innovation (SSI), where he oversaw product organization and led the technology, strategy and business development teams driving the company's next phase of growth and focusing on the future needs of customers and partners.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Verizon 5G Home to launch on Oct 1 -- 300 Mbps, no data cap, $70/month

Verizon will launch its fixed 5G service on October 01 -- claiming the title of first 5G commercial service in the world.

The Verizon 5G Home service uses the company's proprietary 5G TF standard. Verizon said it chose to implement its own 5G TF specification in order to launch its 5G network sooner than waiting for the formal 3GPP 5G NR standard to be incorporated into network equipment, devices, chipsets and software. The company plans to upgrade any installed equipment once the full 3GPP standard is adopted by equipment suppliers.

“To deliver the full potential of 5G, a wireless network provider must have three fundamental assets: deep fiber resources, a large deployment of small cells and critical spectrum holdings. That’s Ultra Wideband,” said Kyle Malady, Verizon’s chief technology officer.  “We will deliver a revolutionary 5G experience that will change how people live, work and play.”

Verizon 5G Home will initially be available in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.  Customers in these cities can begin ordering the service on Thursday, September 13th.

Verizon said customers should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of nearly 1 Gig, with no data caps.

Verizon will offer a “First On 5G” promotion whereby customers get 3 months free. Current Verizon Wireless customers with a qualifying smartphone plan will pay $50 per month for the service, while non-Verizon Wireless customers will pay $70 per month (taxes included and no annual contract). There are no additional hardware costs. 5G Home customers will also get YouTube TV free the first three months ($40/month thereafter) and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device at installation.

Verizon noted a series of 5G "firsts", including:

  • First video call placed over a pre-commercial 5G connection on a prototype 5G device at the 2018 Super Bowl with Samsung in February
  • First 5G NR data transmission in a lab with Nokia and Qualcomm in February
  • First two-way data transmission of 3GPP 5G NR and the first use of multi-carrier aggregation to boost the signal into Gbps range -- outdoors -- with Nokia in June
  • First transmission of a 5G NR signal to a receiver in a moving vehicle with Nokia in August
  • First data transmission on a commercially deployed 5G NR network in Washington DC in September with Nokia
  • First data transmission over commercial 5G NR network equipment to a prototype smartphone device in Minneapolis with Ericsson and Qualcomm in September