Monday, November 26, 2018

AWS re:Invent: Highlights from Day 1

AWS re:Invent 2018 kicks off this week in Las Vegas. Once again the event is sold out and seat reservations are required for popular sessions. Here are the highlights from Day 1:

Introducing AWS Global Accelerator, a network service that enables organizations to seamlessly route traffic to multiple regions and improve availability and performance for their end users. AWS Global Accelerator uses AWS’s global network to direct internet traffic from end users to applications running in AWS regions. AWS says its global network is highly-available and largely congestion-free compared with the public Internet. Clients route to the optimal region based on client location, health-checks, and configured weights. No changes are needed at the client-side. AWS Global Accelerator supports both TCP and UDP protocols. It provides health checking of target endpoints and then will route traffic away from unhealthy applications or congested regions. Pricing is based on gigabytes of data transferred over the AWS network.

A new AWS Transit Gateway will let enterprises build a hub-and-spoke network topology on AWS infrastructure, enabling the interconnection of existing VPCs, data centers, remote offices, and remote gateways. The customer gets full control over network routing and security. Connected resources and span multiple AWS accounts, including VPCs, Active Directories, and shared services. The new AWS Transit Gateway may also be used to consolidate existing edge connectivity and route it through a single ingress/egress point. Pricing is based on a per-hour rate along with a per-GB data processing fee.

AWS introduced its first cloud instance with up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth.  Use cases are expected to include in-memory caches, data lakes, and other communication-intensive applications. AWS said its new C5n instances incorporate 4th gen custom Nitro hardware. The Elastic Network Interface (ENI) on the C5n uses up to 32 queues (in comparison to 8 on the C5 and C5d), allowing the packet processing workload to be better distributed across all available vCPUs. The ability to push more packets per second will make these instances a great fit for network appliances such as firewalls, routers, and 5G cellular infrastructure. Here are the specs:

AWS is launching its first cloud instances based on its own Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors. The new processors are the result of the acquisition of Annapurna Labs in 2015.  AWS said its Graviton processors are optimized for performance and cost, making them a fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets. The new A1 instances are available now in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions in On-Demand, Reserved Instance, Spot, Dedicated Instance, and Dedicated Host form.

In addition to processors from strategic partner Intel and its own AWS Graviton processors, AWS is offering cloud instances powered by AMD at a 10% discount.

AWS introduced Firecracker, a new virtualization technology for #containers -- think microVMs with fast startup times (125ms). The company says Firecracker uses multiple levels of isolation and protection and exposes a minimal attack surface for better security. Firecracker is expected to improve the efficiency of AWS infrastructure. It is also being released as open source. Firecracker is already powering multiple high-volume AWS services including AWS Lambda and AWS Fargate.

AWS has developed its own Scalable Reliable Datagram (SRD) protocol for high-performance computing clusters as an alternative to TCP/IP

Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, is running on AWS.

AWS re:Invent - Delivering robotics functions via AWS RoboMaker

Amazon Web Services introduced RoboMaker, a new service for delivering intelligent robotics functions using cloud services.

AWS RoboMaker extends Robot Operating System (ROS), which is the most widely used open source robotics software framework, by adding connectivity to AWS services including machine learning, monitoring, and analytics services.

AWS RoboMaker provides an AWS Cloud9-based robotics integrated development environment for application development, robotics simulation to accelerate application testing, and fleet management for remote application deployment, update, and management. The idea is to  enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn.

Initially, AWS RoboMaker is available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and will expand to additional regions in the coming year.

“When talking to our customers, we see the same pattern repeated over and again. They spend a lot of time setting up infrastructure and cobbling together software for different stages of the robotics development cycle, repeating work others have done before, leaving less time for innovation,” said Roger Barga, General Manager, AWS RoboMaker. “AWS RoboMaker provides pre-built functionality to support robotics developers during their entire project, making it significantly easier to build robots, simulate performance in various environments, iterate faster, and drive greater innovation.”

AWS re:Invent - More companies designate AWS as preferred cloud

Amazon Web Services announced two more high profile companies going :all in" or designating it as their preferred public cloud provider.

Ellie Mae is going "all in" by moving its infrastructure to AWS while rebuilding its core applications and creatomg new digital products for the evolving needs of homebuyers. Ellie Mae will use the breadth and depth of AWS services, including compute, storage, database, serverless, and containers, to develop new ways of delivering the digital mortgage and simplifying the loan process for its customers and partners. Ellie Mae has already built a company-wide data lake on AWS using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to better understand, personalize, and further automate digital lending.

“We process more than a third of mortgage applications in the United States, and use AWS to help us deliver on our mission of the true digital mortgage, so lenders can achieve compliance, quality, and efficiency,” said Satheesh Ravala, Senior Vice President, Cloud Engineering and Operations at Ellie Mae. “AWS gives us an unmatched set of cloud services and a highly reliable infrastructure to work with as we continue to build solutions that provide borrowers and lenders with the best digital loan experiences. As a result of early successes on AWS, we are confident that their services will continue to give us what we need to be nimble, innovate, achieve results, and cut costs while we grow and expand our business well into the future.”

Mobileye, an Intel company, chose AWS as its preferred public cloud provider for its autonomous vehicle business. Mobileye is running core workloads on AWS for greater speed, agility, and compute power. Mobileye is using AWS’s broad portfolio, including compute, storage, database, analytics, machine learning, and edge computing, to supply automakers with the most advanced self-driving applications. As Mobileye grows workloads on AWS, the organization will build a data lake on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to ingest, process, and analyze hundreds of petabytes of vehicle data gathered from sensors, images, and video feeds.

“AWS gives us the most comprehensive set of services and the best performance so that we can provide our teams with the cloud capabilities required to deliver autonomous vehicles,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mobileye. “Making AWS our preferred cloud provider aligns with our overall technical strategy and desired pace of innovation. We are becoming a more agile organization on AWS, and continuing our 18-year history of leveraging the most advanced machine learning and deep learning technologies available.”

NTT tests Dynamic Bandwidth in Optical Line Terminal

NTT announced a prototype optical line terminal (OLT) featuring a dynamic bandwidth assignment (DBA) capability.

The prototype successfully implements software changes to meet dynamic service requirements. This advance enables carriers to use a common access system for a diverse range of services including accommodation of base stations for 5G mobile systems.

NTT said it is working with the Broadband Forum and the Open Networking Foundation to standardize APIs for use by partners.

AWS re:Invent - Dynatrace extends visibility with AWS CloudTrail

Dynatrace announced the extension of its platform’s cloud visibility and contextual data ingestion from Amazon Web Services (AWS) with Amazon CloudWatch (CloudWatch) and AWS CloudTrail (CloudTrail).

The company says the addition of AWS metrics and events from the two services enriches the high-fidelity data that it processes. This enhances its contextual problem identification and root cause analysis.

AWS CloudTrail allows businesses to monitor and log account activity related to actions across their AWS infrastructure. CloudTrail log ingestion extends Dynatrace AI’s automated root cause analysis and problem detection to include AWS account-initiated activity. This data provides ops teams with insights into not just what caused a problem, but also which user or account made service-impacting changes.

“Enterprises are rapidly expanding their cloud footprint to support the development of cloud-native applications and the modernization of IT operations,” said Steve Tack, SVP Product Management at Dynatrace. “Dynatrace was purpose-built to deal with the scale and complexity of the enterprise cloud, providing teams with intelligence to manage their cloud operations with a single platform. Ultimately, with CloudWatch, our customers can gain additional context, which when combined with our full-stack, AI powered monitoring capabilities, allows for faster and more precise answers.”

AWS re:Invent - Cylance brings its AI-powered security to AWS

Cylance announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) with its CylancePROTECT for the cloud.

“We are excited to make our AI-driven, prevention-first security solutions available to cloud computing environments,” said Stuart McClure, founder and chief executive at Cylance. “By approaching security with sophisticated machine learning techniques and offering scalable threat detection, response, root cause analysis, and threat hunting, Cylance helps prevent data breaches that impact the security of an organization’s data in the cloud.”

Cylance simplifies cloud security by utilizing an agent with a small footprint and with no configuration or signature-update needs.

BlackBerry to acquire Cylance for AI-power cybersecurity

BlackBerry Limited agreed to acquire Cylance, a privately-held develop of cybersecurity solution, for US $1.4 billion in cash, plus the assumption of unvested employee incentive awards. “Cylance’s leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, UEM and QNX in particular. We are very excited to onboard their team and leverage our newly combined expertise,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman...

Openreach extends its network to 81 more locations across UK

Openreach announced the planned extension of its Gfast network in a further 81 locations across the UK, including London, Leicester, Manchester, Worth, Birmingham, and Blackpool.

The multimillion pound investment will extend the service to just over a million homes and businesses.  This latest announcement complements a wider investment programme in FTTP networks, which is on track to reach three million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. By the mid-2020s, Openreach aims to reach a total of 5.7 million properties using Gfast, and also wants to extend its FTTP rollout to 10 million premises.

Openreach said its new Gfast network builds on existing infrastructure and changes the way broadband signals are transmitted from existing street cabinets to boost speeds up to 330 Mbps (seven times today’s UK average), without the need to dig up roads and install new cabling.

Kim Mears, MD for Strategic Infrastructure Development, said: “Currently, the UK is a world leader in digital infrastructure and services, but as the digital revolution rushes forwards and the demand for data continues to grow, we need to sure we stay ahead of the curve. That’s why we’re investing in faster, more reliable network infrastructure to facilitate all the activities we want to do now, and also those we haven’t even dreamt of doing in ten years’ time.”

StarHub complete 5G New Radio pilot in Singapore with Nokia

StarHub completed the first outdoor pilot of 5G New Radio on 3.5GHz frequency band in Singapore. Nokia 5G radio technology was demonstrated interworking with StarHub's 4G core network. Nokia deployed AirScale Radio Access technology with 5G New Radio 3GPP-compliant software and the Nokia AirFrame data center solution, leveraging its services expertise to optimise deployment.

Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer of StarHub, said: "As 5G inches closer, we are intensifying trials to identify new business opportunities and chart our network transformation roadmap to meet the demands of our customers. This successful pilot with Nokia showcases the readiness and possibilities of 5G to enhance consumer services and boost efficiencies for enterprises. It aligns with StarHub's goal to support and accelerate Smart Nation initiatives in Singapore."

Telecom Egypt boosts Delta Region DWDM backbone to 200G with Nokia

Telecom Egypt has doubled the line capacity of its its Delta Region DWDM backbone network to 200G using Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology and its existing Nokia PSS 1830 switches. Commercial deployment of the new high-speed service started in June and represents the first 200G long distance, single carrier transmission service in Africa.

Specifically, Telecom Egypt is upgrading its backbone network using the Nokia 500G DWDM Muxponder, a programmable card that provides wavelength capacities from 50G to 250G per line port.

Amr El-Leithy, head of the MEA Market for Nokia, said: "We are proud to be part of this groundbreaking agreement for the continent. We have a longstanding partnership with Telecom Egypt and are pleased to see the growth in demand for both their broadband and LTE services. This is exactly what we had in mind when we designed the 1830 PSS platform. Its flexibility and easy upgradability will allow them to proactively manage the data explosion and develop new revenue streams - all the while improving the experience for their customers."

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CEO Spotlight: Dali Wireless' Albert Lee on virtualizing the RAN

One of the last areas to see the benefits of virtualization has been the radio access network (RAN).  One start-up aiming to change this is Dali Wireless, which has launched a Software Defined Networking (SDN) Radio Router that transforms the fronthaul network from a hard wired point-to-point network into a multipoint-to-multipoint network. The company’s virtual Fronthaul Interface (vFI) enables virtualization of the RAN. Dali Wireless holds over 400 global patents and has offices in Menlo Park, California and Burnaby, British Columbia.  I recently caught up with Dr. Albert Lee, Founder and CEO of Dali Wireless. He previously co-founded OnChip Technologies, a MEMS-microfluidics startup for proteomics, and a number of information technology startups where he held various board and management positions.

Jim Carroll:  How is 5G leading to a fundamental shift in front haul architecture?

Albert Lee: If you ask different people about 5G, you'll get different answers. If we step back and take a look at 5G, there are two areas to consider. First, the air interface, which in practical terms is the 5G-NR radio. The second 5G is all about the network architecture -- the way the whole network is constructed, which differs substantially from 4G in that it is no longer just a telecom network because cloud data center thinking has been introduced. Basically, we end up with a hybrid telecom + data center network. Some of the 5G concepts are really coming from the IT world rather than 3GPP.

Will virtualization of the fronthaul improve the business case for 5G?

Albert Lee: If we look at the past, in 2G, 3G, even 4G, there is a one to one correlation between a radio resource from the base station to the antenna. Let’s say an operator has unlimited amounts of money, they will never be able to buy enough base stations to provide the kind of capacities for the best possible network. The only way to get to the optimal network is to follow the path of virtualization from the computing world. That is to say, we must virtualize the underlying resources.

So, would you say that that virtualization of the fronthaul is primarily about scalability? 

Albert Lee: Scalability plays a big role, but so does interoperability. Again, if you look at the computing world, virtualization has also meant that you can go buy an AMD processor or and Intel processor, and you can put into an HP computer, or one from Dell or Lenovo. It doesn’t matter, right?  The idea is to open up the network for vendor agnostic, equipment agnostic, and even application agnostic implementations.

Tell me about Dali Wireless. How and when did you get started and what was the problem you were trying to solve?

Albert Lee: Dali was founded in 2006 with deep expertise in RF.  We also developed proprietary software technology for manipulating waveforms. Since starting the company 12 years ago, we’ve accumulated about 400 patents and really built our strength in software configurable platforms.

One of our main objectives is to virtualize the radio access network and, more specifically, to virtualized the fronthaul.  We see multiple opportunities in these areas.

So, Dali got started by looking at ways to optimize waveforms and improve spectral efficiency - is that fair to say?

Albert Lee: Yes, when we started there were two big issues. The first one was in the transmission because, at that time, technology was quite limited in terms of both semiconductors as well as the network architectures.  Pushing out radio waves efficiently was just a major challenge. That's why you saw really huge base stations that were wasting a lot of energy and not really producing a lot of capacity. The second area of inefficiency was the backhaul.

To address these issues, we recognized that we would have to develop expertise in multiple areas: RF, because we're dealing with radio wave forms; software capabilities, including digital signal processing (DSPs); and networking. There has to be interplay between all of these areas for the system to be optimized.

What is Dali’s current mission statement?

Albert Lee: Our mission is virtualize the RAN and promote the open RAN for enabling 5G.

Does Dali operate as an IP licensing company or are you building complete solutions?

Albert Lee: We are predominantly a solution provider, however, as we become more of a software company, there is a bigger component in IP licensing.

In terms of fronthaul, are you talking about breaking up the vendor relations between the antennas and base stations?

Albert Lee: Exactly - yes. This is a concept from Open RAN, or xRAN, or even TIP (the Telecom Infra Project led by Facebook). Dali fully supports these initiatives.

What we are specifically addressing is the fronthaul, which basically begins right in front of the base station and ends at the antenna, which may be a remote radio head. If you look at existing solutions, most of them are one-to-one, meaning that you have a base station, you plug in the antenna. If you want to add more capacity, then you have to add more baseband. Or if you want to change location, then you need to put a new remote radio head into different areas.

And all of these are locked-in. An Ericsson base station can only work with an Ericsson-approve remote radio head.  The other vendors are the same.

Dali cuts the cord for all these links. We aggregate all of the computing resources for the baseband, so that the capacity becomes just like cloud computing in a data center. The radiating units can be mixed and matched, meaning that any of the signals from the baseband can address any of the radiating units, and in that way, the fronthaul is transformed from a one-to-one relationship into a many-to-many relationship. That is true virtualization.

What are the enabling technologies that makes this virtualization possible? Is it better scheduling algorithms or better silicon?

Albert Lee:  It is actually simpler than that. Dali is agnostic to the underlying silicon. Our design is simple, but revolutionary.

First of all, we are agnostic to any waveform or any signal. The second differentiator is our ability to process the waveforms, whether in the baseband or in the RF.  Our ability to process waveforms in software is a core competency, along with enabing interoperability. Then three tasks need to be done. First, to aggregate the signals, in whatever form, from all the sources, whether from a single vendor’s equipment or from equipment from multiple vendors.

The second task is to translate these signals into a common language. The third task is to route the signals, like a router to specific pinpoint locations. It is this aggregation, translation, and routing that that achieves the virtualization the front haul.

Let's talk a little bit about the market opportunity here. First of all, this sounds like a hard problem to solve, and one of the big promises of 5G is there will be very little latency in the connection. Wouldn’t this aggregating/translating/routing in the fronthaul only add to the latency?  Also, in terms of rollouts, some of the big carriers are ready to go with their first 5G market deployments? How does this fronthaul development fit into their planning?

Albert Lee: A lot of questions there, so let’s discuss. The advantages of 5G include higher throughput and lower latency, right? But at the end of the day, it is really about the applications. It’s about how 5G enables new applications. As we’ve discussed, virtualization is a powerful concept, and over time you will see lots of baseband processing resources being aggregated back into data centers.

Until now, these resources have been in base stations deployed at a venue or at a tower. Backhaul capacity is supplied to each site. But in this new model, the backhaul starts to be replaced by fronthaul, which is technically more challenging. The backhaul usually is just IP packets.  The fronthaul is basically radio waveforms. How do you translate all those to the radio point? We know how to do that. It is a very big opportunity for us. Once we are able to leverage virtualization, we can supply vast radio resources at a fraction of the cost. This is going to open up lots of applications.

This sounds like network slicing. Many vendors talk about network slicing in the EPC to enable new applications, especially for enterprises. 

Albert Lee: Dali does not deal with the EPC. Dali basically virtualizes the radio access network starting from the base station. Dali does not do the baseband, but because of ability to go end-to-end, this empowers baseband vendors to come into play here.

So, how could an enterprise or application, such as an autonomous vehicle fleet, benefit for having this type of slice of the radio access network?

Albert Lee: We have customers like the Dallas Fort Worth Airport (DFW), or Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Traditionally, these types of customers have not gotten the love they deserve from operators. The operators have their own agendas to build networks that suit their own needs.  The in-building 2G/3G/4G signals problem has gotten worse over time, making it difficult for these customers to adapt to occupants of their buildings. We bring more flexibility. For example, they can actually manage their own base stations without having to become RF networks.  Designing the network for better security is another big concern.

Does this virtualized fronthaul work with massive MIMO?

Albert Lee: Yes, it does. Even with massive MIMO, the RAN’s function is to transmit waveforms, whether using a single channel or 64x64 or 128x128 arrays. We provide the pipe to enable all of that.

Tell me about open RAN. Where do you see that headed?

Albert Lee: Dali is one of the pioneers in Open RAN.  In addition to virtualization, we see interoperability as critical when you want to mix and match equipment from multiple vendors. Sometimes I think of Dali as a sort of hypervisor in getting multi-vendor deployments to interoperate. After all, in the computing world, it was the hypervisor that enabled virtualization to take off. Many of our patents are in this area.

Will this area be standardized within 3GPP?

Albert Lee: Possibly. 3GPP is continuously evolving.

Where do you see the biggest opportunity for Open vRAN?

Albert Lee: I see virtualized radio access networks becoming ubiquitous, just as how virtualization came to dominate the computing world. The telecom sector is just catching up.

When we talk of fronthaul connectivity, is it an all-optical future or is there a role for copper?

Albert Lee: That’s a very good question. From my perspective, the underlying medium doesn't matter. We are agnostic to the underlying technology. To answer your question, the waveforms could be carried in the fronthaul over fiber, over microwave, or over copper. Obviously, each of these has different performance and cost characteristics, which the network architect will have to consider.

And which will prevail for 5G? 

Albert Lee: It depends on the market. In many countries, sites are already equipped with fiber.

If fiber is used, will the fronthaul distance become longer? Why not extend it all the way to regional or metro data center?

Albert Lee:  Yes, with fiber that is a possibility. But there will be other use cases. For instance, a skyscraper office tower may use fiber runs from the basement or IT closet to consolidate the baseband for multiple tenants and mobile operators.

Regarding fronthaul, do you see market resistance from the incumbents?

Albert Lee:  Well, the big incumbent vendors have a vested interest to oppose open vRANs. Yes, they will claim to support the initiatives and to offer an open vRAN solution, but remember that definitions of open can vary. It will definitely impact their sales, so there will be some resistance. But at the end of the day, companies that do not embrace change are often swallowed by it.

As the hyperscale cloud companies start to build new data center in metro regions, does 5G fronthaul become a business opportunity for them?

Albert Lee: Definitely. The hyperscalers need to think out of the box about how their compute resources could transform the fronthaul. It will take a lot of vision and guts for them to enter this market, but that is what defines a great entrepreneur.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Mitsubishi and DOCOMO hit 25 Gbps at 100m with 16x16 MIMO

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and NTT DOCOMO achieved two 5G throughput records: 27 Gbps at 10m and 25 Gbps at 100m.

The outdoor wireless transmission test was performed using a 28GHz-band massive-element antenna systems and 16-beam spatial-multiplexing technology with 500MHz bandwidth. The trial took place in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan from September 10 to 28, 2018.

Base-station antennas installed on the wall of a building directed beams to mobile-terminal antennas installed on the rooftop of a vehicle. The achieved peak data rates correspond to spectral efficiency of 67bps/Hz5, believed to be the world's best performance for 28GHz-band mobile telecommunication.

Anritsu releases 400GbE PAM4 BER Test

Anritsu announced the commercial release of its 64-Gbaud PAM4 Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) and 32-Gbaud PAM4 Error Detector (ED) for use in 400GbE testing.

The new PAM4 BERT modules can be installed in the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series to implement a bit-error-rate test solution using either the 26.5625 Gbaud PAM4 x 8 lanes or 53.125- Gbaud PAM4 x 4 lanes methods. When using the PAM4 method to encode data as four amplitude levels, the gap between signal levels is one-third compared to the NRZ method, which reduces the unit time per symbol at higher baud rates, emphasizing the importance of signal quality in achieving high-speed transmissions.

Hong Kong’s HKT builds all-fiber shared infrastructure on MTR line

Hong Kong's HKT is deploying an all-fiber mobile network architecture on a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) line to enable multiple operators sharing the network to provide ubiquitous high-quality mobile broadband to their

The DIS is deployed on the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) which is a new metro line of Mass Transit Railway under construction. The Central station is an important hub in the Golden Bay Area of Victoria Harbour. Connecting Hong Kong Island and the New Territories, this 17-kilometer line has a total of 10 train stations.

Huawei is supplying the innovative Digital Indoor System (DIS), which has the capability to evolve into future-oriented 5G networks without the need for additional cabling. Specifically, the shared indoor network is based on Huawei's LampSite Sharing solution, which allows multiple operators to share a common indoor network where radio headends of high, medium, and small power specifications can be co-deployed.

The indoor network for the SCL is constructed by HKT as the lead operator and will be shared by all mobile operators in Hong Kong.

Dr. Henry Wong, Head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Networks of HKT Engineering, said, "We are committed to providing users with high speed MMB service and wide network coverage for the best possible user experience. Large public venues and locations such as metro stations and lines, shopping malls, airport, etc. demand a large capacity to meet the diversified service requirements, creating the need for onward evolution into 5G for technological and economic reasons. Huawei's digital network sharing solution perfectly meets such requirements in many ways."

Mr. Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei Small Cell Product Line, said, "We are happy to open a new chapter of all-fiber architecture with HKT. Indoor places vary a lot and have diverse requirements, requiring differentiated solutions. The rapid MBB development also requires operators to focus on 5G in their network construction. Huawei is always a good advocate and exerciser of indoor digitalization. We are dedicated to offering more competitive indoor digital solutions to help our partners maximize the value of their networks."

Cisco to acquire Ensoft

Cisco announced plans to acquire Ensoft, a privately-held company headquartered in Harpenden, England, that provides software solutions for service provider networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In a blog posting, Cisco's Rob Salvagno said the deal advances its strategy in unified transport and service layers with Segment Routing (SR) and Ethernet Virtual Private Networks (EVPN.

Ensoft was established in 1997 and now has approximately 70 engineers and an annual turnover of 10 million pounds. Its areas of expertise include routing and switching (BGP, all the IGPs, MPLS, multicast etc), Carrier Ethernet (IEEE technologies, pseudowires and VPLS, E-OAM etc), and residential subscriber management (eg PPP/IP sessions, scalable wholesale access).

Friday, November 23, 2018

Nokia forms Access Networks business

Nokia is forming an Access Networks Division that will consist of its current Mobile Networks and Fixed Networks Business Groups.

The company said it is making this move to fully exploit opportunities of 5G.

"Nokia has a unique advantage in the 5G era with its end-to-end portfolio," said Nokia President and Chief Executive Officer, Rajeev Suri. "By creating a single Access Networks organization that includes both fixed and mobile, we can improve our customer focus, simplify our management structure, and more efficiently leverage our full portfolio."

Also, Nokia appointed Tommi Uitto as President of Mobile Networks, replacing Marc Rouanne, who is leaving the company. Uitto is a 23-year Nokia veteran and an expert in radio technologies. His most recent role has been leading Mobile Networks Product Sales since the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Nokia plans to announce a President of Fixed Networks in due course.

Nokia's Group Leadership Team now consists of the following members: Rajeev Suri, Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Ashish Chowdary, Joerg Erlemeier, Barry French, Sanjay Goel, Bhaskar Gorti, Federico Guillén, Kristian Pullola, Sri Reddy, Maria Varsellona and Marcus Weldon. As announced earlier, Chowdary will step down and Ricky Corker will join as of January 1, 2019. The President of Access Networks will be appointed in due course and will also join the Nokia Group Leadership Team.

WSJ: U.S puts more pressure on Huawei

The U.S. is seeking to persuade allies, including Germany, Italy and Japan, to limit or avoid Huawei Technologies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, U.S. government officials are making a case on security grounds especially in countries that host U.S. military bases, and target includes government networks and commercial networks, especially 5G.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Status update on Cisco ACI - 5th anniversary - 1 min video

Ish Limpakeng provides an update on Cisco ACI (application centric infrastructure) -- its SDN framework for the data center.

Cisco ACI has just passed its 5th anniversary.

Intent-based networking and Cisco ACI

Ish Limpakeng talks about connecting Cisco's Intent-based networking with its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) framework.  1 minute

Deutsche Telekom confirms 5G-ready LTE-M rollout

Deutsche Telekom confirmed plans to roll out 5G-ready LTE-M technology in 2019.

At a summit last week in Vienna, Deutsche Telekom announced the finalists of its hubraum LTE-M Prototyping program, its in-house tech incubator which is operated in partnership with T-Systems. It builds on already successfully implemented prototyping programs for NB-IoT solutions. Almost 150 start-ups and IoT-specialist companies from across Europe and the US submitted LTE-M-based proposals to the hubraum program. A total of 18 solution partners from 12 countries spanning various industries were selected for further cooperation in prototyping LTE-M use cases.

“The summit is the highlight of our prototyping activities and will provide most interesting insights into the business opportunities of LTE-M. We are concurrently working towards first LTE-M network launches in several of our European markets by mid-2019. These will enable our customers to develop and test their LTE-M-based devices and applications,” says Ingo Hofacker, Senior Vice President, responsible for the IoT business at Deutsche Telekom. “LTE-M is an exciting 5G-ready technology and a natural extension of Deutsche Telekom’s Mobile IoT strategy. It completes the IoT landscape as it offers a whole new set of possibilities where other technologies are limited.”

Angola Cables partners with South Africa's Broadband Infraco

Angola Cables, the wholesale carrier that operates the SACS, Monet, and WACS subsea cable systems, announced a partnership with South Africa's Broadband Infraco, a state-owned entity developing connectivity infrastructure for underserved areas of the country.

Broadband Infraco. currently has over 14,960 kilometres of fibre and 156 PoPs across South Africa.

Under a memorandum-of-understanding, the partnership will add significant amounts of international bandwidth for the retail providers who are served by the Broadband Infraco network.