Monday, September 17, 2018

TE Connectivity to sell its Subcom business to Cerberus

TE Connectivity will sell its SubCom subsea communications business to Cerberus Capital Management for $325 million in cash.

SubCo, which is based in Eatontown, New Jersey, designs, manufactures, deploys and maintains subsea fiber optic cable systems. To date, SubCom has completed more than 100 cable systems and deployed over 610,000 kilometers of cable through its eight high-performance cable ship. The division has 1,400 employees.

TE Connectivity said its SubCom business was expected to contribute approximately $700 million in sales to fiscal year 2018 results, with a minimal contribution to profitability. TE will provide supplemental information with respect to the SubCom business when it announces its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.

TE Connectivity plans to use proceeds from the sale for share repurchases.

"The SubCom business is a leader in the undersea telecommunications market, and distinctly different from the rest of TE's connectivity and sensor portfolio. We are pleased that with this transaction we increase our focus as a leading industrial technology company. It strengthens our business model; resulting in a stronger growth profile, reduced cyclicality, higher margins and a greater return on investment," said TE Connectivity CEO Terrence Curtin. "We appreciate the contributions that the SubCom team has made to our company and toward building a more connected world, and we expect that they will continue that important work in the future with Cerberus."

“SubCom is a recognized pioneer in the subsea fiber optic cable industry with a long track record of technology innovation and excellent project management and customer service,” said Michael Sanford, Co-Head of North American Private Equity and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus.

“The industry-leading solutions and services that SubCom delivers will become even more critical for global companies as demand for data and connectivity continues to grow rapidly. Through this investment, SubCom will become an independent, standalone business that is well-positioned to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities ahead.”

Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (SFP-DD) enters V 2.0

The Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (SFP-DD) Multi Source Agreement (MSA) Group, whose founding members include Alibaba, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell EMC, Finisar, HPE, Huawei, Intel, Juniper, Lumentum, Mellanox, Molex, and TE Connectivity, released the v2.0 specification for the SFP-DD pluggable interface.

SFP-DD is the next-generation SFP form factor for DAC and AOC cabling, and optical transceivers. The innovative electrical interface is designed to support two lanes that operate up to 25 Gbps NRZ or 56 Gbps PAM4 per lane modulation — providing aggregate bandwidth of 50 Gbps NRZ or 112 Gbps PAM4 with excellent signal integrity.

The newly updated specification version 2.0 reflects enhancements to the mechanicals, extended modules and enhanced polarizing key of the high-speed, high-density SFP-DD electrical interface, targeting support of up to 3.5 W optical modules in an enterprise environment.

Version 1.0 of the spec was released in September 2017.

"Through strategic collaborations, we work to increase speed, density and scalability in next-generation servers," said Scott Sommers, Chair of the SFP-DD MSA. "We effectively enhance the roadmap in network applications to meet the challenging demands data centers and enterprise networking platforms are up against."

SFP-DD MSA contributing members are Accelink, Amphenol, AOI, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Fourte, Genesis, Hisense, Infinera, Innolight, Maxim, Multilane, Nokia, Oclaro, Senko, Source Photonics, US Conec, and ZTE.

http://www.sfp-dd.com

ZenFi + Cross River Fiber merger creates NJ-NYC powerhouse

ZenFi Networks, which operates a high fiber count network across all five boroughs of the City of New York, completed its previously announced merger with Cross River Fiber, which operates high-capacity and latency-sensitive fiber optic backbone spans throughout New Jersey and New York. The deal will create a leading communications infrastructure provider in the New York and New Jersey metro areas with more than 700 route miles of fiber optic network, 130 on-net buildings, 49 colocation facilities and 1,700 outdoor wireless locations with more than 3,000 under contract.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We celebrate a new milestone as we formally merge two of the region’s most highly regarded communication infrastructure providers into one agile, innovative organization dedicated to delivering solutions to clients more efficiently,” comments Ray LaChance, CEO of ZenFi Networks. “This transaction enhances our network reach, deepens our product portfolio, and delivers a premier regional communications network infrastructure that is the foundation for 5G network deployments and tomorrow’s evolving network technology needs.”

“I am excited about the future as we blend the considerable talents and experience of both companies,” shares Vincenzo Clemente, newly appointed President and COO of ZenFi Networks. "Combined, we will draw on our decades of experience to push the boundaries of infrastructure innovation, all while remaining focused on efficiently delivering and expanding purpose-built fiber optic networks and wireless solutions for our clients."


NETSCOUT sells off its handset test division

Netscout Systems has divested its handheld network test (HNT) tools business to StoneCalibre, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The HNT portfolio acquired by StoneCalibre includes the LinkSprinter Network Tester, LinkRunner Network Auto-Tester, OneTouch AT Network Assistant, AirCheck G2 Wireless Tester, and AirMagnet Mobile solutions.

NETSCOUT will work toward a smooth transition for customers, partners, contractors and suppliers by collaborating with StoneCalibre to provide a variety of services across a range of functional areas over the next several months as StoneCalibre completes its carve-out of HNT as a standalone company in its portfolio.

Ixia and InnoLight demo 400 GE interoperability with OSFP transceivers

Keysight Technologies's Ixia division and Innolight demonstrated 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) interoperability between InnoLight’s OSFP optical transceivers, an OSFP 400GE switch from a major network OEM, and Ixia’s AresONE-400GE OSFP 8x400GE test system. The demo carried 3.2 Tbps of Ethernet test traffic.

Ixia’s AresONE-400GE test systems enable network equipment providers to test high-port-density devices such as routers, switches and servers for all Ethernet speeds, 400GE/200GE/100GE/50GE, based on the IEEE802.3bs and IEEE802.3cd standards. The 8-port 400GE test system is based on 56 Gb/s electrical interface with PAM-4 encoded signaling, supporting both OSFP or QSFP-DD pluggable interfaces. It runs IxNetwork, Ixia’s field-proven L2/3 emulation performance and scale test software. AresONE is available in full and reduced, 4-port and 8-port models.

“This interoperability test is a great milestone for the 400GE ecosystem with the first known demonstration of multimode and single mode OSFP optical transceivers delivering real network traffic on a major manufacturer’s switch,” said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Keysight’s Ixia Solutions Group. “These tests show the versatility of the AresONE for testing different types of optical transceivers for 400GE and 200GE speeds as well as the forthcoming 4x100GE and 8X50GE multi-rate Ethernet speeds that these optics will eventually support.”

Mobile World Congress Americas attracted 22,000 attendees

Last week's 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attracted 22,000 attendees, up by 1,000 compared to last year when it was held in San Francisco.

In February, attendance at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was 107,000 visitors, down slightly from 108,000 attendees in 2017 and compared with 101,000 attendees in 2016.

“This year’s show builds on the success of last year’s inaugural event, with a higher number of senior-level attendees from the mobile ecosystem, as well as adjacent industries such as media and entertainment,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Feedback from participating companies indicates that Mobile World Congress Americas delivered on their goals of developing new business, promoting new technologies and products and building visibility amongst industry influencers. We are really pleased with our first event here in LA and look forward to extending this in 2019.”

Singapore's National Supercomputing Centre picks Mellanox

Singapore's National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) has selected Mellanox 100 Gigabit Ethernet Spectrum-based switches, ConnectX adapters, cables and modules for its network.

"We are excited to collaborate with NSCC to interconnect the Singapore's research and educational facilities in the most efficient and scalable way," said Gilad Shainer, Vice President of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "The combination of our Ethernet RoCE technology, Spectrum switches, MetroX WDM long-haul switch, cables and software provide the highest data throughput, enabling users to be at the forefront of research and scientific discovery."

Mellanox ConnectX-5 with Virtual Protocol Interconnect supports two ports of InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity, sub-600 nanosecond latency, and very high message rate, plus embedded PCIe switch and NVMe over Fabric offloads. It enables higher HPC performance with new Message Passing Interface (MPI) offloads, advanced dynamic routing, and new capabilities to perform various data algorithms.

Mellanox Spectrum, the eighth generation of switching IC family from Mellanox, delivers leading Ethernet performance, efficiency and throughput, low-latency and scalability for data center Ethernet networks by integrating advanced networking functionality for Ethernet fabrics. Hyperscale, cloud, data-intensive, virtualized datacenters or storage environments drive the need for increased interconnect performance and throughput beyond 10 and 40GbE. Spectrum's flexibility enables solution companies to build any Ethernet switch system at the speeds of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100G, with leading port density, low latency, zero packet loss, and non-blocking traffic.

Mellanox's MetroX provides RDMA Long-Haul Systems enable connections between data centers deployed across multiple geographically distributed sites, extending Mellanox's world-leading interconnect benefits beyond local data centers and storage clusters.

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


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