Sunday, September 16, 2018

SK Telecom to launch 802.11.ax Wi-Fi

SK Telecom is preparing to launch a next-gen public Wi-Fi service based on the 802.11.ax, which offers up to 4.8 Gbps per AP. This is about four times faster than the Giga Wi-Fi (802.11ac Wave1, 1.3Gbps) that SK Telecom first commercialized in 2013.

'T Wi-Fi AX' uses four antennas to transmit and receive radio waves, and the available frequency bandwidth is 160MHz, which is twice the conventional Wi-Fi. The 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands are used.

The latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones are equipped with 802.11.ax chips, and SK Telecom anticipates that other models will be as well.

"T Wi-Fi AX" is the first in Korea to utilize commercial APs that have been officially certified by the government. The AP received an electromagnetic compatibility certification from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) at the end of August and final equipment approval from the Ministry of Information and Communication.

Broadcom ships 802.11ax Wi-Fi Access Point SoC

Broadcom has begun mass production of its WiFi 802.11ax SoC, the first in the industry to be fully compliant with the IEEE 802.11ax specification and the upcoming 802.11ax certification. 

The BCM43684 Max chip, which is Broadcom’s sixth generation Wi-Fi silicon, is aimed at the residential Wi-Fi market. NETGEAR is using the SoC with its Nighthawk product line.

“A little over one year ago Broadcom announced availability of Max WiFi products and committed to bringing the most advanced Wi-Fi technology ever implemented to consumers,” said Greg Fischer, senior vice president and general manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom. “Broadcom’s close collaboration with NETGEAR to enable 802.11ax-based Nighthawk routers will provide consumers with best-in-class Wi-Fi performance delivered using the very latest technology.”

SK Telecom picks Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia for 5G

SK Telecom Co. has named three vendors for its 5G network: Samsung Electronics, Ericsson, and Nokia.

Huawei and ZTE were notably excluded.

SK Telecom said it is on track to launch commercial 5G service in early 2019.

Arista acquires Metamako for FPGA-enabled switch

Arista Networks has acquired Metamako, a start-up specializing in low-latency, FPGA-enabled network solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Metamako is based in Sydney, Australia and was founded by Scott Newham, Dave Snowdon and Charles Thomas, who have a background in ultra-low latency hardware, software and algorithmic trading. Metamako offers a layer 1 switch specifically designed for latency-sensitive applications such as trading.

Arista said the acquisition will play a key role in the delivery of next-generation platforms for low-latency applications.

“It’s with great pleasure that we bring Metamako’s award-winning, ultra-low latency technology to the Arista family of platforms,” said Anshul Sadana, Chief Customer Officer for Arista Networks. “The shared philosophy and focus between our two companies will be instrumental in delivering the world’s fastest solutions to our customers in financial services and stock exchanges.”


Broadcom unveils 200G Ethernet Controller with 50G PAM-4 + PCIe 4.0

Broadcom introduced a 200G Ethernet controller with 50G PAM-4 and PCIe 4.0.

The new "Thor" device, which builds on Broadcom's widely-deployed NetXtreme E-Series architecture, combines a high-bandwidth Ethernet controller with a unique set of highly optimized hardware acceleration engines to enhance network performance and improve server efficiency. Broadcom is offering Thor dual-port 100G PCIe NICs and single-port 100G OCP 2.0 Mezzanine cards. Sampling is underway.

Highlights

  • 200G Ethernet includes 400GbE network connectivity for high availability features and flexible port configurations including 4x100GbE and 2x200GbE
  • 50G PAM-4 SerDes dramatically lowering TCO by reducing cable costs by 50% and doubling port density
  • PCIe 4.0 x16 support maximizing the full potential of servers compliant with the PCI Express 4.0 specification, providing seamless interoperability and doubling server throughput while saving PCIe lanes
  • Third generation TruFlow technology pushing the envelope of flow processing by accelerating applications, such as Open vSwitch (OVS), and reducing the server CPU usage
  • In-band Network Telemetry (INT) with Broadcom's Broadview software suite providing end-to-end real-time monitoring capability, enabling data center operators to fine tune their networks for maximum performance
  • Best performing multi-host solution specifically enhanced for the OCP 3.0 specification, to which Broadcom has been a lead contributor
  • Industry's most secure Ethernet controller solutions for servers leveraging Broadcom's BroadSAFE® technology, providing unparalleled platform security via Silicon Root of Trust
  • 200G controller with smart congestion control engine for RoCEv2, enabling scalable deep learning clusters up to hundreds of nodes using NVIDIA GPUDirect technology

"I am excited we are bringing Thor to market just as customers pivot to 100G and higher throughputs," said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. "Being first to deliver a fully-featured, fully-accelerated, high-performance 200Gb/s Ethernet controller that features market-leading accelerators such as TruFlow, Broadcom's Thor is key to the industry's adoption of 100G and unleashing the power of our customer's cloud and enterprise data centers."

http://www.broadcom.com

Telstra extends its Global Media Network in Europe

Telstra Broadcast Services has expanded the reach and scale of the Telstra Global Media Network (GMN) in Europe by building through partnerships with GlobalConnect, TDF Group, NEP, MTI Teleport Munchen and SIS Live.

The expanded network, which includes existing partners The Switch and AT&T, will now deliver seamless feeds across Europe, USA and Asia connected by fibre enabling the creation and delivery of new services such as Ultra HD and 4K. Telstra's worldwide highly-resilient network is built on a four fibre system with 99.999% availability.

The Telstra GMN embeds native connection with satellite and teleports facilitating the inclusion of hard-to-reach places around the globe to nearly 2,500+ end points including:
1000 customers – media and sports companies USA, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia
1500 venues including many of the top sports and entertainment venues in USA, UK, Europe and Australia
10 Teleports

Trevor Boal, Head of Telstra Broadcast Services says the expansion is part of Telstra’s strategy to grow its position across the European continent and help businesses expand, particularly into the Asia Pacific region.

https://www.telstra.com.au

Polaris Wireless refines Z-axis wireless location tracking

Polaris Wireless, which supplies software-based wireless location solutions, has demonstrated the ability to locate wireless devices in the vertical dimension, or z-axis, within one floor level.

Polaris Wireless leverages available sensor inputs from devices and wireless networks to determine location. The company said its latest release also improves indoor horizontal accuracy.

“We continue to demonstrate the proven effectiveness and high accuracy of our indoor location technology,” said Manlio Allegra, Polaris Wireless CEO. “In emergency situations where first responders are trying to locate wireless callers in a high-rise building, the ability to identify which floor the call is originating from is essential.”

In early 2018, Polaris Wireless participated in

The company also released the following highlights from its recent participation in the CTIA’s Test Bed LLC Stage Z independent vertical location testing, which evaluated barometric-based solutions.  The FCC's Stage Z testing was conducted in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Chicago.
  • Polaris Wireless was one of two technology vendors selected to participate and was the only solution tested in all buildings in all cities. 
  • Polaris Wireless included the widest variety of device and barometric sensor manufacturers. The other participating technology vendor is a hardware-based solution requiring terrestrial beacons and firmware in devices.
  • The Polaris Wireless solution was tested in 3 cities, 48 buildings, 312 test locations, and 55,592 test calls. 
  • Polaris Wireless achieved a vertical accuracy of 4.8 meters at the 80th percentile, with a minimal one-time compensation of the barometric sensor outside of the test cities. 
  • Using actual test call data to emulate active sensor compensation, the Polaris Wireless solution improved to 2.8 meter accuracy at the 80th percentile, which exceeds the generally-accepted definition of floor level of under 3 meters.
  • Polaris Wireless achieved 25.8 meters of horizontal indoor accuracy at the 80th percentile, an improvement of 38% from CTIA’s Test Bed Stage 2 indoor testing for emerging technologies conducted in 2016. 

Zayo wins another dark fiber contract in Europe

Zayo announced that aan international carrier has selected it for a pan-European dark fiber backbone. The name of the customer was not disclosed.

Zayo said this dark fiber project includes a nearly 3,500 route-mile network with dozens of ILA stations, connecting four major European markets. It leverages Zayo’s in-place network in the U.K. and Western Europe. The solution supports the carrier’s European expansion, providing capacity and latency advantages.

The carrier connects to Zayo’s network via subsea cables in Marseille, a strategic gateway and intercontinental aggregation point. Zayo provides diverse fiber routes from Marseille that connect to Paris, Frankfurt, London and other European markets.

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."

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