Monday, December 3, 2018

Qualcomm and Nokia verify 5G NR data calls in mmWave and sub-6 GHz

Qualcomm and Nokia achieved over-the-air (OTA) 5G NR data calls in both the mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands.

The calls were compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specification in NSA (Non-Standalone) mode. The testing was performed at Nokia’s 5G center of excellence in Oulu, Finland using commercially available Nokia AirScale base stations and a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

“These successful data calls are a significant step in making 5G a commercial reality in early 2019, and this milestone with Nokia will help enable 5G network deployments across various operators and regions around the world,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We will continue to work together to ensure end users have access to the technologies needed to experience transformative 5G experiences.”

“These key milestone tests with Qualcomm Technologies show the flexibility and capabilities of our AirScale radio access technology to deliver on the promise of commercial 5G,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks, Nokia. “We continue to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies to ensure our customers can unleash the power of their commercial 5G networks, to support the many new and diverse applications that will meet the demands of people and connected things, as they begin to launch commercial services in early 2019.”

In February 2018, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies first completed key 3GPP-compliant 5G NR interoperability testing in the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands using a commercially available Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies. The OTA calls are key steps in enabling customers in the 5G ecosystem to launch commercial networks and mobile devices from early 2019 onwards, in the United States, Korea, Europe, Australia, Japan and China.


Verizon promises Samsung 5G phones in 1H19

Verizon and Samsung will launch their first commercial 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019.  Verizon has previously disclosed plans for its 5G mobility service to live in early 2019 and expand rapidly. It already has a fixed 5G residential service in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Qualcomm is hosting its annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week where a prototype will be unveiled. The unit will be powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon. “Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we’re partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand.”

“Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play.”

Telia's 5G robot roams Helsinki airport

Telia activated pre-commercial 5G in the city of Vantaa, just outside Helsinki, where the airport is located.

Telia, in cooperation with airport operator Finavia, is launching a 5G network at the Helsinki Airport and starting a robotics project. The idea is to use 5G in airport operations and bring new kinds of experiences to passengers. The project means that Finavia will be Telia’s first customer using the pre-commerical 5G network in Finland.

The 5G robot operates in the non-Schengen area of T2 terminal.

"The robot can deliver real-time video stream from the terminal and enable for example monitoring the terminal area through remote or autonomous control and see that everything is running as it should. The robot can also guide passengers in the terminal, and we aim to try different use cases during the project,” says Heikki Koski, Chief Digital Officer, Finavia.
  • In November, Telia, in partnership with Nokia, is launched a pre-commercial 5G network in the city of Oulu, Finland. A 5G ecosystem will be built in the Nuottasaari industrial area in Oulu. The area will be one of the world's first industrial 5G environments.
  • In September, Telia activated its first 5G base stations in Helsinki. Telia's 5G network operates on test frequencies issued by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. Full-scale commercial operation will be possible in 2019, after the 3,5 GHz 5G frequency auction has been conducted in Finland.

NTT Com enhances DDoS Protection for Global IP nets

NTT Communications is expanding its DDoS Protection Services (DPS) with the addition of DPS Max, its most advanced tier of service for Global IP Network (GIN) customers that require full protection from DDoS attacks, including attack detection and auto-mitigation capabilities.

“The security and protection of our network and our customers’ networks is a top priority for our company,” said Michael Wheeler, executive vice president of the NTT Communications Global IP Network at NTT America. “We are focused on providing a wide-ranging suite of services and tools for network security and protection, including mitigation of DDoS attacks and black hole filtering. DPS Max enhances our offering and gives customers more solution options and the opportunity to choose the level of support they need.”

NTT Com’s DPS product suite also includes DPS Control, DPS Core and DPS Detect.

  • DPS Control is an entry-level tier of service intended for customers that don’t require full mitigation assistance. 
  • DPS Core is the initial level of service for customers that need full DDoS mitigation support. 
  • DPS Detect provides an advanced level of service as it adds detection capabilities to help identify potential attacks using state-of-the-art technology while working with customer-defined thresholds.


Samsung Foundry looks to 3nm Gate-All-Around technology

The evolution of advanced foundry technologies will be crucial to enable the design and manufacture of innovative semiconductors for AI, cloud computing, autonomous vehicles, and smart home applications, said Dr. ES Jung, president and head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics, speaking at the 2018 IEEE* International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM).

Dr. Jung introduced some of recent research and development in future silicon technology, including MRAM, a non-volatile memory solution embedded in conventional logic process, and 3nm Gate-All-Around (GAA) technology.

Samsung calculates that MRAM will be far more power efficient than conventional technologies, consuming only 0.5% of power compared to SRAM at 1,024Mb. MRAM also has smaller cell area, which allows design flexibility.

Samsung's unique GAA technology called Multi-Bridge-Channel FET (MBCFET) uses vertically stacked multiple nanosheet channels. With variable width of nanosheet, this technology provides not only optimal performance and power characteristics but also high design flexibility. Furthermore, MBCFET is fabricated using 90% or more of FinFET process with only a few revised masks, allowing easy migration.

Also with one of its newly published papers at 2018 IEDM, Samsung Electronics shared the development progress of 3nm, a successful demonstration of fully functioning high-density SRAM circuit. The development of Samsung's first process node applying MBCFET technology is on schedule.

https://www.samsungfoundry.com


Brazil's Tely deploys Infinera’s Groove G30

Tely, a leading Brazilian telecommunications company, has deployed Infinera's Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform to cost-efficiently scale its optical transport infrastructure in response to customer traffic growth and the connectivity demands of new end-user applications. Tely’s customers include leading enterprises, service providers, and Tier 1 carriers, as well as residential consumers. With a presence throughout Brazil’s major northeastern states and in São Paulo, Tely offers a wide variety of resilient and secure connectivity services including Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (G-PON), dedicated internet, and local area network (LAN)-to-LAN interconnect.

Tely deployed the Groove G30 to scale high-traffic routes and provide 100G and 200G interconnect services.

Infinera said the Groove G30 enables Tely to expand current network capacity by 20 times while reducing operational and capital expenses by up to 40 percent with an ultra-compact, low latency and power-efficient optical transport solution. This deployment marks one of the first 200G services in Brazil and represents one of the largest optical infrastructure deployments within the states of Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Paraíba, Sergipe and Bahia.


CoreSite adds Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in Silicon Valley, No.VA

CoreSite Realty Corporation announced the availability of private connectivity to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute cloud services at CoreSite’s data centers in the Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia markets.

The CoreSite Silicon Valley portfolio includes seven operational data centers with an additional facility under construction, providing colocation solutions to one of the largest concentrations of Internet and technology companies in the world. More than 185 international and national carriers, social media companies, cloud computing providers, media and entertainment firms, and enterprise customers connect to do business in CoreSite’s Silicon Valley data centers.

The CoreSite Northern Virginia portfolio includes multiple operational facilities across Washington, D.C. and Reston, VA. CoreSite’s recent growth in the market, including the addition of DC2 and VA3, will create a total footprint of over 1,096,000 square feet of colocation data center space upon full build out.

Huawei Cloud launches global Blockchain service

HUAWEI CLOUD announced the global launch of its Blockchain Service (BCS).

The service helps global enterprises and developers create, deploy, and manage blockchain applications quickly and at minimal cost on HUAWEI CLOUD.

BCS is a cloud service that capitalizes on the advantages of HUAWEI CLOUD's container and security technologies, among others.

Huawei notes that Blockchain is inherently decentralization, tamper resistance, and traceability, and builds trust between transaction participants.

Arlo cuts guidance after missing product launch

Arlo Technologies, the wireless networking company that spun out of Netgear earlier this year, trimmed its business outlook and guidance for the fourth quarter of 2018 .

The company cited delays in shipping its new flagship wire-free security camera system, Arlo Ultra, which had been expected to hit the market in late November 2018. However, Arlo discovered a quality issue with the battery from one of its suppliers, leading to a delay in shipments. The company now anticipates that Ultra will begin global commercial distribution in January of 2019.

“While we are disappointed to delay sales of our exciting new product, Ultra, customer satisfaction is our number one priority and we took action to ensure we continue to bring the best products to the market. Arlo is a leader in the market not only because of our incredible product feature set and ease-of-use, but also our quality and reliability,” said Matthew McRae, Chief Executive Officer of Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Multi-Vendor Orchestrated SD-WAN



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Towards a Multi-vendor Orchestrated SD-WAN: LSO-Enabled Solution with Open Source Orchestrator and Container-Based uCPEs. PoC Participants: Sparkle and Amartus.

Speaker: Daniele Mancuso, EVP, ICT Engineering, Sparkle.

Sparkle is moving into the SD-WAN space and regards SD-WAN as the technology of the future for managed services.

'SD-WAN technology is great, but it's having a critical factor that is really disturbing a little bit the business plan. This is the universal CPE. In order to create virtualized services running in the customer premises, today the market is offering universal CPEs that are based on X86 servers. Those are still consuming a lot of power. They are requiring a level of interaction done by customer specialists. And this is something we want to bypass."

Sparkle and Amartus have developed a solution orchestrated by Cloudify - an open source, cloud-based orchestrator - that is designed to stimulate the market to produce uCPEs based on containers rather than standard virtual machines.

"We believe the next step is to decompose virtual network functions into smaller footprint of microservices...If we reduce the VNF to a minimal set of containerized microservices, the space and the power that they need in order to run at the customer premises will be much reduced."

This PoC showcases an LSO Presto-enabled SD-WAN solution and illustrates how LSO Presto is a key enable for multi-vendor SD-WAN. The LSO Presto implementation is based on the MEF 60 Network Resource Provisioning Interface Profile Specification and was built using artifacts from the LSO Presto SDK in the latest published version (2018R2). The LSO Presto implementation consists of an LSO Presto NBI endpoint and an inventory/topology engine that allows the exposure of SD-WAN resources in an LSO Presto compliant fashion. Input data and inventory are used to create TOSCA (graph) descriptors for resources and the SD-WAN service. Southbound provisioning is handled by a TOSCA-enabled orchestration component. Cloud native (containerized) virtual functions are provided by customized uCPE appliances.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/bG9vSI-qeHg


MEF18 PoC video - Boosting uCPE with SDN/NFV/Legacy Capabilities



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Boosting uCPE with SDN/NFV/Legacy Capabilities Including Network & VNF Service Chain Monitoring & Plugware for Universal Access & Brownfield Deployments. PoC Participants: AT&T and RAD.

Speakers: Elie Francis, Director of New Technology and Advanced Development, AT&T Labs and Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America.

This PoC addresses the challenges of adapting uCPE to fit real world needs and requirements. The PoC shows three key innovations: (1) multiple services running on a universal CPE; (2) multiple access technologies that terminate on the uCPE; and (3) management of this virtual infrastructure.

The PoC demonstrates uCPE implementation where an enhanced white/grey box provides NFV infrastructure, networking, and orchestration of value-added services with service assurance, as well as network connectivity to existing core routers over TDM using PPP/MLPPP protocol.  Such enhancements reflect real AT&T needs to have Flexware address both greenfield and brownfield deployment needs.

The PoC presents a comprehensive and disaggregated uCPE solution with orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions. The uCPE includes Silicom's white box as a hardware platform equipped with RAD's open vCPE­-OS operating system. To facilitate brownfield deployments without losing the white box's open qualities, the uCPE is enhanced with RAD's Plugware. These are multi-functional pluggable devices that are coupled with VNFs to allow effective access over TDM networks. In addition, RAD's Plugware supports legacy voice services such as T1 PRI, along with cutting edge VNF-enabled VAS and service assurance in the combined virtual-physical environment.   Furthermore, the solution features advanced performance monitoring, diagnostics, and traffic analysis tools; this functionality is also provided with RAD's vAccess VNF that optimizes compute resource utilization by combining multiple functions in a single VNF. One more Plugware-enabled functionality is effective hardware-based security that enhances white box functionality. All such enhancements boost white box performance and ensures uCPE a compelling, sound business case.

The PoC draws from AT&T’s broad experience in delivering international services efficiently even in cases where fiber is unavailable or uneconomical. Similarly, RAD draws from a rich experience in Carrier Ethernet, miniaturization, and legacy migration solutions as well as vCPE where RAD has been a leader since ETSI PoC#4 in early 2014 where RAD demonstrated the first multivendor vCPE solution at the customer premises.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/xSb1XUqbsSc


MEF18 PoC- Blade Runner - Orchestrated Multi-Domain AR



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Blade Runner – Orchestrated Multi-Domain Augmented Reality. Formal PoC Participants: Vodafone, Verizon, Ericsson/CENX, EXFO, and Fortinet. Other companies also supported the PoC and are mentioned in this video.

Speakers: Yogesh Pathare, Director, Product & Strategy, Ericsson and Ihab Mahna, Solutions Architect, EXFO.

Modern networks are ushering in a new era of unlimited data and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, such as smart cities, smart industries, connected cars, and remote surgery. Aligned with modern cloud-based and software-defined networks, the Blade Runner PoC showcases how AI-based augmented reality can be used to support the maintenance of remote industrial equipment and vehicles, all facilitated by using the latest in multi-access edge computing technology.

The PoC's primary focus is to enable a diverse ecosystem of partners that includes multiple operators to seamlessly provide a composite set of cloud services. It makes use of industry standards, including open APIs and modelling languages (TOSCA), to allow shared service catalogues and faster deployment of cloud services, and to provide end-to-end, multi-operator closed loop assurance and wholesale enterprise billing/charging operations.

The PoC uses the TM Forum Open Digital Architecture (ODA) at its core to demonstrate the need for abstract orchestration layers, properly integrated through MEF LSO Interlude APIs and TM Forum Open APIs. It demonstrates how a modelling language can enable a shared definition of complex 5G service chains that can be deployed by different operators. In addition, standard models provide a set of common policies/rules to serve the needs of closed loop assurance, even across different enablers.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Zayo expands fiber backbone in UK

Zayo announced plans extending and upgrading a new 500-km fiber ring in the UK to enable its multinational customers to traverse the country via the most direct, low-latency paths and to provide access to the UK’s latest subsea cable crossings in both the Irish and North Seas.

As part of the project, Zayo will increase the overall fiber count on its existing UK network, and add two new unique routes, spanning from coast-to-coast, in order to complete the ring. The deployment will use high-count, ultra-low loss fiber types, built over the shortest physical paths. Work is expected to be completed in less than 12 months.

“Our continued expansion underscores our commitment to Europe and provides opportunity for customers who can benefit from our fiber network, data center footprint and extensive connectivity across our global network,” said Annette Murphy, Managing Director of Zayo Europe.

Altice France sells 49% stake in SFR FTTH project for EUR 1.8B

Altice France announced an exclusivity agreement with Allianz Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers, and OMERS Infrastructure for the sale of a minority equity stake of 49.99% in SFR FTTH for a total cash consideration of €1.8 billion based on a €3.6 billion1 equity value.

SFR FTTH is the largest alternative FTTH infrastructure wholesale operator in France. The company anticipates passing 5 million homes over the next few years, including 1 million homes built by year-end. The company will offer wholesale services to all operators at the same terms and conditions including SFR as a customer with no minimum volume commitments.

Altice France will sell technical services to SFR FTTH for the construction, the subscriber connection and the maintenance of its FTTH network.

Patrick Drahi, the founder of Altice, said: “I am very pleased that three of the most renowned infrastructure investors in the world are becoming our partners and committing large resources to build the leading FTTH wholesaler in Europe. "With this transformational transaction and the various tower sales and partnerships announced earlier this year, Altice Europe has been able to crystallize €8 billion of infrastructure value and obtain cash proceeds of €4 billion in total in a few months. Through these transactions, Altice France and Altice Europe will deleverage and will have access to new and cheaper liquidity to invest in its fibre infrastructure."

Hengtong supplies 3,000 km of submarine cable for Chile FOA

Hengtong, a supplier of various kinds of wire and cables based in Suzhou, China, delivered 3,000km of submarine optical cable for Chile FOA Project.

Hengtong said it has now manufactured and delivered over 10,000km of submarine optical cable for projects overseas.

The company is also introducing a number of new products including submarine equipment fitting stations, a stereo intelligent anchor observation system, two-stage composite cables for application in marine disaster prevention pre-warning networks, an environmental monitoring system for ports and wharfs, as well as an underwater oil and gas production and monitoring system.

Qian Jianlin, Executive President of Hengtong Group, stated that Hengtong was committed to creating a submarine industry supply chain of integrating product, engineering and operation service to promote the implementation of the "One Belt and One Road" initiative and contribute to global connections.


Huawei Marine to build subsea cable in southern Chile

Chile's Comunicación y Telefonía Rural S.A. (CTR) has retained Huawei Marine to deploy the Fiber Optic Austral (FOA) subsea cable system.

FOA, which will be the southernmost submarine cable in the world, will connect three regions in southern Chile.

Huawei Marine will provide an end-to-end submarine cable solution using its 100G universal platform to provide a seamless optical network architecture between submarine and terrestrial networks. The system has a design capacity of 16 Tbps and a length of 2,800 kilometers. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

6WIND announces vRouter 2.0 with NETCONF/YANG Management

6WIND released its vRouter 2.0 software featuring a new CLI and NETCONF/YANG-based management engine.

Highlights:

  • Configuration: Offers both traditional, CLI-based management and management based on YANG, and NETCONF APIs for integration with higher level orchestrators and management frameworks.
  • Deployment: Includes packaged images for bare metal, KVM, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and leverages the Linux cloud-init and Ansible features to enable customization of the system.
  • Monitoring: Supports the traditional SNMP and syslog mechanisms, plus data plane telemetry through sFlow, and graphical analytics with time series data base, such as Grafana.

6WIND's vRouters are available in bare metal and virtual machine (VM) configurations and run on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. They are available in Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec software packages with license options from 1G to 100G throughput and 1,000 to 100,000 IPsec VPN tunnels.

"6WIND's vRouter 2.0 release delivers next generation and open management for easy integration with our customers' existing networks and management frameworks," said Eric Carmès, Founder and CEO of 6WIND. "Our vRouter 2.0 is now generally available for customers to experience the benefits of cost-effective software as an alternative to expensive hardware routers."

Ekinops opens North America HW in Rockville, Maryland

EKINOPS, which supplies optical transport equipment and router solutions for service providers and telecom operators, opened a new new North America headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

The company said its new facility will support all main business functions and house a lab, a 7/24 hour support function, equipment spares depot, a training facility and provide additional administrative office space.

“Ekinops’ new US headquarters in Rockville will enable us to take our success in North America to the next level,” comments EKINOPS Chief Executive Officer Didier Brédy. “The market opportunity created by combining our optical and network access capabilities is significant, so it makes sense to bring our specialists together in a new facility. We have a lot of confidence in the value that our solutions continue to deliver to service providers worldwide and the US is a clear growth market for EKINOPS where we will continue to invest.”

MaxLinear & Innovium test 400G DR4/FR4 & 100G DR1/FR1 interoperability

MaxLinear, which supplies radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and Innovium conducted interoperability testing of MaxLinear’s Telluride PAM4 DSPs with Innovium’s 12.8Tbps TERALYNX Switch ASIC.


The companies said the tests successfully validated the functionality of the Telluride products in 400Gbps mode with support for breakout mode clocking in DR4 operation. Breakout mode clocking is an essential feature for hyper-scale data center customers for 400G DR4 deployments. MaxLinear’s 400G Telluride DSP (MxL9354x) is currently the only PAM4 DSP SoC product that successfully integrates this clocking requirement. In addition, the 100Gbps testing validated functionality of CAUI-4 (4X 25G NRZ), 100GAUI-2 interfaces and support for the required PAM4 KP4 FEC implemented in the 100G Telluride DSP (MxL9351x).

“First time success of the organically developed, low power, high-speed IP that operates at 25G NRZ, 50G and 100G PAM4 in the Telluride family of products establishes MaxLinear as a credible partner in the PAM4 and high-speed connectivity ecosystem,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President and General Manager of MaxLinear’s Broadband Group. “The successful interoperation between two key enablers of the technology confirms that ecosystem is coming together very quickly for industry transition towards 100G single lambda and 400Gbps optics connectivity within data centers.”

“Bandwidth demand in the data center is growing at an exponential pace, with increasing deployment of applications such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed applications, video and IP-based storage. To meet this insatiable demand, we are excited to announce interoperability of PAM4-based MaxLinear DSPs used inside next-gen 100/400G optics solutions with TERALYNX™, Innovium’s industry leading 12.8Tbps programmable switch. Together, they are ready to power next generation large scale data centers,” said Amit Sanyal, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Innovium.