Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SENDATE completes multivendor SDN trial with Coriant and ADVA

SENDATE, the Celtic-Plus flagship project for secure networking of data centers in Europe, completed a multi-vendor SDN field trial featuring real-time planning of transparent high-speed services across a disaggregated, multi-domain optical network.

The SENDATE trial was conducted in the Telia Company R&D lab in Stockholm with live connectivity to production network fibers, the multi-vendor, multi-domain trial included participation from optical networking and SDN solution suppliers and research partners, including ADVA, Coriant, highstreet technologies, VPIphotonics, and the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

The trial demonstrated end-to-end wavelength service activation between disaggregated transponders spanning SDN-enabled ADVA and Coriant optical domains.



Use cases tested during the trial included dynamic optical reach planning using open APIs and SDN-enabled 100G and 200G alien wavelength provisioning across multi-vendor optical domains. The successful interworking leveraged an extension of the standardized ONF T-API interface significantly enhanced and extended with optical impairment capabilities for automated network planning. The SDN controller was based on OpenDaylight with an integrated photonic planning app running as a micro-service.

More information on the field trial will be presented at the ECOC exhibition on 24-26 September in Rome, Italy. Visit the VPIphotonics booth 302.

SENDATE participants said the trial showcased the critical role that standards-based SDN interworking and integrated planning play in simplifying operations and reducing end-to-end provisioning times in multi-domain, disaggregated optical networks.

“As new high-bandwidth end-user applications drive increased demand for photonic layer connectivity, service providers face the real-world challenge of provisioning across multi-vendor optical networks. Today these networks are operated as separate domains involving proprietary and mostly offline planning,” said Mauro Costa, Director Network and Infra Architecture, Telia Company. “An open and integrated approach to multi-domain service planning helps solve this challenge. In combination with SDN-based orchestration of multi-vendor transport elements, including open line systems, integrated and real-time service planning paves the way for a more agile and automated optical infrastructure capable of meeting stringent performance demands of new services, including 5G.”

SENDATE, Secure Networking for a Data Centre Cloud in Europe, is a 70 million euro public-private partnership project comprising 83 companies, research organizations, and universities from Germany, France, Finland, and Sweden.

https://www.celticplus.eu/celtic-plus-project-sendate-simplifies-operations-of-open-optical-networks/

Multi-terabit INDIGO subsea cable lands in Perth

The new INDIGO cable system (previously known as APX West & Central) has landed in Perth, Australia.

The INDIGO cable system will span approximately 9,000 km between Singapore and Perth, Australia, and onwards to Sydney. The system will land at existing facilities in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia, providing connections between Singapore and Jakarta.

The consortium project is backed by  AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra.

The system will feature a two-fibre pair 'open cable' design and spectrum- sharing technology. This design will allow consortium members to share ownership of spectrum resources provided by the cable and allow them to independently leverage technology advances and implement future upgrades as required.

Utilising coherent optical technology, each of the two fibre pairs will provide a minimum capacity of 18 Tbit/s, with the option to further increase this capacity in the future.

In April 2007, the consortium selected Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) for the construction of a new subsea cable system.



Nuage frames SD-WAN 2.0 around automation and security

Nokia's Nuage Networks said it is moving ahead to the next phase of software-defined wide are networking.

Nuage Networks' SD-WAN 2.0 offering is its architecture for delivering and orchestrating enterprise IT services across data centers, public cloud services, SaaS provider clouds and enterprise branch sites. The company says the latest release of its  Virtualized Network Services (VNS) platform embodies this architecture with new automation and security capabilities for helping enterprises to connect not only branch and regional sites, but also to their private data centers, SaaS providers and public clouds.

Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nuage Networks, says: "The industry is on the cusp of a big shift towards SD-WAN. Today, Nuage solidifies its SD-WAN 2.0 leadership, adding key features to improve the security and manageability of VNS, and further reinforces our founding vision to connect enterprise users to their applications without boundaries. Unlike other vendors that either have basic connectivity solutions, use proprietary hardware or need to cobble together multiple platforms to address enterprise IT needs, we purposefully developed our VNS offer on a single platform to give our customers a powerful, seamless and consistent set of capabilities across the entire network. By offering IT services over SD-WAN and combining them with Nuage's core strengths in large scale networking and operational capabilities, Nuage Networks VNS establishes itself as the industry's first and foremost SD-WAN 2.0 platform."

New security capabilities include end-to-end microsegmentation, as well as the ability to detect threats and respond in real-time. This protects against malicious unauthorized access. Administrators can monitor all network communication across and within a branch to identify anomalies and violations of policies. The system generates automated actions by creating security rules in real-time based on real-time events and patterns.

Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 also provides enterprises flexible infrastructure to deploy value-added services, whether locally through hosting 3rd party VNFs on an x86 uCPE or service-chained in the data center or cloud, ending the complexity of installing and remotely managing dedicated purpose-built customer premises equipment or single-function appliances.

Talari debuts "Cloud Connect" SD-WAN

Talari Networks introduced its new "Cloud Connect" solution for hybrid multi-cloud enterprise networks. 

The company says its multi-tenant Cloud Connect platform ensures MPLS-class reliability and Quality of Experience (QoE) when accessing multiple SaaS and public cloud services. The cloud-first approach aims to deliver the same reliability benefits of Talari’s failsafe SD-WAN site-to-site connectivity while bringing cost savings and independence from proprietary carrier lock-in.

Talari’s solution enables cost-effective and efficient high QOE connectivity to Software as a Service (SaaS), Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), cloud service gateways, and managed Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings through a new high-availability connection called a Cloud Conduit.  Underlying the immediate commercial appeal of the Talari Cloud Connect solution, Talari is announcing the support of several leading UCaaS, NaaS and Cloud Service providers (CSPs).  Partners including RingCentral, Evolve IP, Pure IP, Meta Networks and Mode are the first to offer Cloud Connect support.

“Prior to working with RingCentral and Talari, our firm’s cloud services were dependent on separate and expensive dedicated circuits for messaging, voice, video, meetings, and conferencing,” said Jason Kasch, CIO at Structural Group. “The addition of Talari’s new Cloud Connect solution within Ring Central’s Unified Communication offering helps boost service reliability while simplifying cloud management and network troubleshooting.”

“Talari’s customers are heavily invested in complex cloud business applications to securely power everyday operations reliably and at scale,” said Patrick Sweeney, CEO at Talari Networks. “Talari Cloud Connect ensures secure, reliable, predictable access to SaaS and cloud-based network services, without enterprises being forced to bear the burden and complexity of deploying and managing SD-WAN infrastructure in the cloud. Cloud Connect helps enterprises and their cloud services providers deliver full multi-link visibility, reliability and bi-directional QoS while accessing cloud/SaaS-based apps.”

https://www.talari.com/press_release/talari-cloud-connect-leapfrogs-sd-wan-competition/

OE Solutions expands 25Gbps portfolio with designs for 5G fronthaul

OE Solutions introduced two industrial-temperature rated 25Gbps SFP28 transceiver products for access applications, including for 5G fronthaul.

“OE Solutions specializes in carefully tailored transceiver solutions to meet the many and often challenging requirements of access networks. Fiber and spectrum scarcity have been constant drivers for bi-directional transceivers and we now see interest in alternative WDM solutions in the O-band, including LAN-WDM as well as custom wavelengths, as a way to increase fiber capacity,” said Per Hansen, VP Marketing & Sales of OE Solutions. “We have been a leading supplier of specialized transceiver solutions for wireless fronthaul since OE Solutions’ formation 15 years ago. Deployment of the next generation wireless, 5G will surely be as exciting for OE Solutions as the first one.”

The new 25Gbps transceivers joining OE Solutions’ extensive list of IT-rated transceivers for access applications are:
  • 25Gbps SFP28 LAN-WDM Duplex ER-lite IT for distances up to 30km
  • 25Gbps SFP28 1270nm/1330nm BIDI LR IT for distances up to 10km
These transceivers will be generally available in Q3 2018.

Other members of the industrial-temperature rated 25G portfolio include:
  • 25Gbps SFP28 CWDM Duplex LR IT for distances up to 10km
  • 25Gbps SFP28 1270nm/1310nm BIDI ER-lite IT for distances up to 30km
  • 25Gbps SFP28 1310nm Duplex LR IT for distances up to 10km
OE Solutions will be showing its portfolio at next week's ECOC in Rome, Italy. Booth #250.

OE Solutions introduces Packet over SONET Smart SFP

OE Solutions introduced a Smart SFP transceiver for 2.5 Gbps Packet over SONET/SDH.

The new SFP+ transceiver can be used to connect routers and switches across SONET/SDH networks, without the need for a dedicated interface card.

The company says that by inserting its plug-and-play Smart SFP in a free 10GbE port, any router or packet switch can be upgraded to support 2.5 Gbps Packet over SONET/SDH, saving power, space and cost. Additionally, it provides extra flexibility, as any number of SFP+ ports can be upgraded to provide a SONET/SDH network interface. The new Packet over SONET Smart SFP is currently in field trials and will be available during Q4 2018.

OE Solutions already has a rich portfolio of Smart SFP solutions for TDM over Packet, that allows customers, ranging from large network equipment manufacturers to small city carriers, to deploy new services on their network or to solve problems which could not be easily solved before, by using the Smart SFPs.

“Our innovative Smart SFPs are opening up new markets and applications. Our partnership with AimValley leverages our optical expertise and their network technology expertise to build unique products that solve real network problems for the operators”, said Y.K. Park, CEO of OE Solutions.

OE Solutions will be showing its Packet over SONET Smart SFP at next week's ECOC in Rome, Italy.Booth #250.

https://oesolutions.com

Oclaro to showcase laser portfolio at ECOC 2018

At next week's ECOC Exhibition in Rome, Italy, Oclaro will showcase its full suite of high-speed lasers for access and wireless networks.

Designed to meet the high-performance and rigorous environmental conditions of access deployments, these

The line-up includes:

  • A 25 Gbps uncooled Industrial-temperature (I-temp) rated Direct Modulated DFB laser (DML) chip. The 25 Gbps uncooled DML chip is capable of operating at high temperature up to 95C, which means that transceiver suppliers will not have to mount an expensive, power-hungry thermoelectric cooler inside. In addition, the high bandwidth of the Oclaro DML chip enables 50 Gbps PAM4 waveforms to be obtained with 5 dB Extinction Ratio and TDECQ values of less than 2.0dB. These features enable the laser to operate in 50GbE transceivers such as SFP56 or QSFP28.
  • A 10 Gbps high-power I-temp DML laser chip. that is designed for carriers currently upgrading the data rate to 10 Gbps as per the new XGS-PON/10GE-PON standards. By enhancing its DML waveguide design, Oclaro has been able to deliver a 10 Gbps high-power 1270nm DML chip for ONU equipment for XGS-PON/10GE-PON. Key differentiators of this laser chip are its high optical output power (15mW at 95C) and high bandwidth (more than 15GHz).
  • New electro-absorption modulated (EML) lasers that also service data center applications. Oclaro's EML designs are capable of high-speed operation for 100 Gbps PAM4 using an extremely high-bandwidth modulator. Oclaro EMLs have passed the rigorous damp heat operating and storage requirements of GR-468, making them an attractive option for coolerless operation over typical data center temperature ranges. 
Oclaro said it has recently expanded its production capacity by investing in new wafer fab equipment in its Japan and UK production facilities. The expansion will meet growing customer demand for these lasers and in anticipation of the future ramp of 5G optical links.

"Network upgrades to the current access infrastructure will require a new generation of low-cost, robust, and high-speed lasers that can withstand the rigorous requirements demanded by deployments in outdoor enclosures and uncontrolled temperature nodes," said Walter Jankovic, President of Oclaro's Optical Connectivity Business Unit. "Oclaro has designed its lasers specifically to deliver a higher level of performance over wide operating temperature ranges and support critical features such as PAM4 modulation. These lasers are expected to be critical components to support the introduction of 5G wireless networks by enabling customers to upgrade their wireless fronthaul links from 10 Gbps to 25 Gbps to 50 Gbps."

Oclaro's 25 Gbps uncooled DML chip I-temp, 10 Gbps high power DML LD chip I-temp, and EMLs are all currently in mass production.

Cadence intros deep neural-network accelerator AI processor IP

Cadence Design Systems introduced its deep neural-network accelerator (DNA) AI processor intellectual property for developers of articial intelligence semiconductors for use in applications spanning autonomous vehicles (AVs), ADAS, surveillance, robotics, drones, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), smartphones, smart home and IoT.

The Cadence Tensilica DNA 100 Processor IP targets high performance and power efficiency across a full range of compute from 0.5 TeraMAC (TMAC) to 100s of TMACs. The company said processors based on this IP could deliver up to 4.7X better performance and up to 2.3X more performance per watt compared to other solutions with similar multiplier-accumulator (MAC) array sizes. Compatibility with the latest version of the Tensilica Neural Network Compiler enables support for advanced AI frameworks including Caffe, TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, and a broad spectrum of neural networks including convolution and recurrent networks. This makes the DNA 100 processor an ideal candidate for on-device inferencing for vision, speech, radar, lidar and co

“The applications for AI processors are growing rapidly, but running the latest neural network models can strain available power budgets,” said Mike Demler, senior analyst at the Linley Group. “Meeting the demands for AI capabilities in devices ranging from small, battery-operated IoT sensors to self-driving cars will require more efficient architectures. The innovative sparse compute engine in Cadence’s new Tensilica DNA 100 processor addresses these limitations and packs a lot of performance for any power budget.”


IEEE 802.11aq enables wireless service delivery

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) approved and published IEEE 802.11aq, an amendment to IEEE 802.11™, that addresses discovery of available services in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).

The IEEE 802.11aq amendment specifies parameters for pre-association queries between wireless networks and devices. By facilitating a rich exchange of information between the wireless access point and the user’s device, users can swiftly and effortlessly discover what types of services are supported before making the decision to connect. Simplifying the service discovery process streamlines the network selection process, thereby elevating the end user experience.

IEEE said storing and caching available services with access points permits operators to differentiate their service offerings from those of market competitors in the same locality, opening the door to potential revenue generation opportunities.

“Connecting to a WLAN without first being able to easily discover whether a given service is supported by that network is often a source of frustration for end users. The IEEE 802.11aq amendment mitigates these situations by permitting users to quickly determine what services are available prior to actually connecting their devices,” said Stephen McCann, chair IEEE 802.11aq task group. “IEEE 802.11aq also delivers a critical competitive advantage through service differentiation in crowded market environments.”

Red Hat continues to grow at double digit clip - up 14% in Q2

Red Hat reported revenue of $823 million, up 14% in USD year-over-year, for its second quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended August 31, 2018. GAAP operating income for the quarter was $135 million. Non-GAAP operating income for the second quarter was $197 million, up 3% year-over-year. For the second quarter, GAAP operating margin was 16.4% and non-GAAP operating margin was 23.9%.

“Our second quarter results were consistent with our guidance and we drove 20% growth in total backlog to $3.3 billion,” said Eric Shander, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Red Hat. “We are re-affirming our full year growth in constant currency at 16%-17% year-over-year; however, we are adjusting our full year total revenue guidance in dollars by approximately $15 million, solely to account for the change in FX rates.”


  • Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $527 million, an increase of 8% in USD year-over-year, or 8% measured in constant currency. 
  • Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technology offerings for the quarter was $196 million, an increase of 31% in USD year-over-year, or 31% measured in constant currency.

Converge ICT leverages Coriant's packet transport in the Philippines

Converge ICT (CICT) Solutions, the leading provider of pure fiber internet solutions in the Philippines, is using the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform and Coriant Transcend Chorus network management solution for its metro core and regional transport infrastructure. The CICT nationwide deployment of the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform spans over 450 sites and supports Carrier Ethernet services.

Converge ICT recently completed MEF CE 2.0 Certification, including E-Line EPL/EVPL, E-Access EPL/EVPL, and E-LAN/EP-LAN service configurations. The Converge CE 2.0 services certification testing was administered by MEF’s approved third-party testing entity Iometrix, and was conducted in July.

“This important milestone reinforces our ability to meet our customers’ stringent performance requirements with a portfolio of best-in-class Ethernet services,” said Jesus Romero, Chief Operating Officer, Converge ICT Solutions. “Our advanced Carrier Ethernet capabilities also provide the reliable foundation for enhanced service interoperability and interconnection leveraging standards-based CE 2.0 interworking.”

"We are pleased to be a trusted partner to Converge ICT and were excited to have the opportunity to provide configuration support during the company’s recent MEF certification testing,” said Alfred Ling, Managing Director, North Asia & Oceania, Coriant. “Our CE 2.0-capable transport solutions are purpose-built for the fast, efficient, and reliable introduction of carrier-grade Ethernet connectivity, which enables service providers like Converge to differentiate their end-to-end service offerings.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Equinix: Interconnection bandwidth growth

Equinix is projecting that interconnection bandwidth will grow to 8,200+ Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity by 2021, or the equivalent of 33 Zettabytes (ZB) of data exchange per year.

Equinix's newly issued Global Interconnection Index (GXI) forecasts a significant five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48%, almost double the expected 26% CAGR of global IP Traffic as cited in Cisco's VNI report. The forecast also represents a dramatic increase over the previous year's projection.

Interconnection bandwidth is defined in this study as direct and private traffic exchange between key business partners.

"Significant macro, technology and regulatory trends are converging to form an unprecedented era of complexity and risk and forcing the integration of physical and digital worlds," said Sara Baack, Chief Marketing Officer for Equinix, Inc. "The second volume of the Global Interconnection Index has found that companies are solving their increasing digital requirements by directly connecting to key business partners through Interconnection, as traditional forms of connectivity do not meet the demanding requirements of today's businesses."



Some highlights

  • The United States is expected to see compound growth of 45% per annum, contributing more than 40% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • A growing number of regulations requiring data compliance is serving as a catalyst of growth for Europe, which is predicted to grow 48% per annum, contributing to 23% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • Asia-Pacific is anticipated to grow 51% per annum, contributing more than 27% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • Telecommunications will remain the largest industry user of interconnection bandwidth in 2021, representing 24% of the market.
  • Enterprises interconnecting to network providers will represent the largest volume (66%) of total interconnection bandwidth.
  • Emerging market dynamics and growing digital business adoption positions Latin America for expected 59% per annum growth, contributing more than 9% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally.
  • Enterprises interconnecting to cloud & IT services will represent the fastest growth (98%) in interconnection bandwidth.
  • The industries with the fastest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of interconnection Bandwidth Consumption include: Energy & Utility (73% CAGR), Healthcare & Life Sciences (70% CAGR) and Wholesale & Retail Trade (67% CAGR).

https://www.equinix.com/global-interconnection-index-gxi-report/


Gyrfalcon ships its AI ASIC for edge applications

Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. (GTI), a start-up based in Milpitas, California emerged from stealth to unveil its low-power AI processing chip for edge equipment.

GTI said it has taken an "edge-first" approach to its IoT technology. Its "Lightspeeur" 2801S is a 7mm x 7mm 28nm ASIC that uses just 300mW of power to deliver 9.3 TOPS/W for processing audio and video input. Between two and 32 chips can be combined on one board for heavy compute loads or separate task handling.

The company said it is now shipping the device to 10 customers, including LG, Fujitsu, and Samsung. Also shipping to customers developing edge AI solutions is GTI's USB3.0 dongle with an embedded Lightspeeur 2801S that accelerates customer development processes when creating next-generation AI enabled equipment and devices.

"Balancing the cost-performance-energy equation has been a challenge for developers looking to bring AI-enabled equipment to market at scale," said Dr. Lin Yang, chief scientist, GTI. "The GTI founding team has been watching the industry struggle with this challenge for decades, and believe that our AI Processing in Memory and Matrix Processing Engine provide an elegant solution to avoid having to make trade-offs. By deploying APiM and MPE on a standard, commoditized ASIC, GTI is enabling our customers to bring innovative, AI-enabled devices to the masses."

"We are paving the way for the next wave of AI products to make it to market," said Kimble Dong, CEO of GTI. "We recognized that device makers were compromising on essential design variables in AI-enabled equipment and have sought to solve this over the past few decades. Our offering marries our "edge-first" approach with ultra-fast AI data processing technology, low power consumption and a small chip design to enable the best AI experience and performance at a low cost, within any AI use case, physical fit and deployment."

http://www.gyrfalcontech.com


Ampere releases its ARM-based CPU for data center servers

Ampere, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, released its first generation Armv8-A 64-bit processors for data centers.

Key specs:
  • 32 Ampere-designed Armv8-A cores running up to 3.3 GHz Turbo
  • Eight DDR4-2667 memory controllers
  • 42 lanes PCIe 3.0 for high bandwidth I/O
  • 125W TDP for maximum power efficiency
  • TSMC 16nm FinFET process

Pricing:

32 cores @ up to 3.3 Ghz Turbo $850
16 cores @ up to 3.3 Ghz Turbo $550.

Ampere said it has been selected by Lenovo as well as several ODMs.

“We have made tremendous progress since our launch eight months ago, continuing to execute on our first and second generation products. More importantly, we are ahead of schedule on building out a robust, multi-product roadmap that meets the performance and features demanded by the cloud computing ecosystem,” said Renee James, chairman and CEO of Ampere. “We are partnering with world-class OEMs like Lenovo and several ODMs to address the unique design requirements for our cloud customers and meet their total cost and performance targets.”

Ampere emerges from stealth with 64-bit ARM server designs

Ampere, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, emerged from stealth and revealed its plans for 64-bit ARM-based server processors aimed at hyperscale cloud applications and next-generation data centers.

Ampere Computing is headed by Renee James, the former president of Intel until 2016. Its team also includes three other Intel veterans: Atiq Bajwa, Chief Architect, and foremerly VP and GM of product architecture at Intel; Rohit Avinash Vidwans, Executive Vice President of Engineering, with 25 years experience at Intel including work on Xeon microprocessors for data center and enterprise servers; and Greg Favor, Senior Fellow, and 25 years experience at Intel including over 60 patents. Ampere is backed by The Carlyle Group.

Ampere said its processors will offer a high performance, custom core Armv8-A 64-bit server operating at up to 3.3 GHz, 1TB of memory at a power envelope of 125 watts. It will also offer mixed signal I/O features including PCIE Gen 3, SATA Gen 3, USB and workload accelerators, as well as the high-performance on-chip fabric. The processors are sampling now and will be in production in the second half of the year.

In October, The Carlyle Group acquired the compute business of AppliedMicro from MACOM, which earlier in 2017 acquired Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AppliedMicro") in a deal was valued at approximately $770 million on the day it was announced.

In March 2017, AppliedMicro announced the sampling of its third generation 16-nanometer FinFET Server-on-a-Chip (SoC) solution, X-Gene 3.  The device is an ARMv8-A compatible processor that matches comparable x86 processors in CPU throughput, per-thread performance, and power efficiency while offering advantages in memory bandwidth and total cost of ownership. It features 32 ARMv8-A 64-bit cores operating at speeds up to 3.0 GHz, eight DDR4-2667 memory channels with ECC and RAS supporting up to 16 DIMMs and addressing up to 1TB of memory and 42 PCIe Gen 3 lanes with eight controllers.

Germany anticipates 5G spectrum auction in Q1 2019

Germany's Federal Network Agency has prepared draft rules for a 5G spectrum auction next Spring. The draft rules include provisions on coverage requirements, service providers and national roaming requirements. The draft will be presented for discussion next week to the Advisory Board. Consultation with market participants will follow and a final decision is to be made in November. The auction is anticipated to occur during the first quarter of 2019.

The draft of rules for the 5G frequency auction is posted here.

https://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/DE/Allgemeines/Presse/Reden/5GVergabebedinungen.html?nn=265778


DT commits to 1,000 new base stations in Bavaria

Deutsche Telekom has committed to the deployment of 1,000 new base stations and to upgrade 1,200 existing sites in Bavaria by 2020. The upgrades include deployment of the latest Single RAN technology and LTE 900.

In addition to the 1,000 planned new base stations, Deutsche Telekom also plans to fill another 100 coverage gaps, often also referred to as "white spots."  Deutsche Telekom is spending more than EUR 5 billion per year in Germany.

Over the past eight months, the company has commissioned 30 new mobile base stations in Bavaria. It has also upgraded 220 sites with new services.

Deutsche Telekom is consulting with the Czech Republic, Austria, and Switzerland, to improve coverage in border-adjacent areas.


United Smart Cities and Deutsche Telekom form partnership

Deutsche Telekom has formed a partnership with United Smart Cities, which is a global initiative established and coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER). The goal is to address key issues cities face today by providing tangible projects and solutions in cooperation with cities across the globe.

Initial area of focus include smart street lighting, air quality monitoring or smart parking.


"Cities are the hubs of the future and need individual integrated solutions to solve their challenges. Our partnership with Deutsche Telekom enables the development and showcasing of these solutions," states Kari Aina Eik, Executive Director, United Smart Cities.


Dell'Oro: SP edge router and switch market down 8% in 1H18

The worldwide service provider edge router and carrier Ethernet switch market declined eight percent in the first half of 2018 compared to 2017, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Multiple factors drove market decline, but potential rebound from new products is on the horizon.

Some highlights:

  • The top four vendors, in rank order were Cisco, Huawei, Nokia, and Juniper.
  • Growth in the Europe partially offset softness in North America and Asia Pacific regions.

“The confluence of tepid telecom spending, maturing 4G mobile backhaul deployments, and new product introductions have contributed to the reduction in demand for routers and switches,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Telecom operators in the US have pared down their spending well below historical levels as they evaluate new technologies and architectures for 5G backhaul, and on top of that, the massive network buildouts in China are slowing after years of growth.   On the positive side, Cisco, Juniper, and Nokia have introduced major upgrades to their edge router portfolios that should bring customers back in the coming quarters,” added Umeda.