Tuesday, December 4, 2018

ONF Connect keynote: Google's Amin Vahdat

Networking innovation will be even more important in the next 10 years than what we’ve seen to date, said Amin Vahdat, Google Fellow, in a keynote at the ONF Connect event in Santa Clara, California.

The key reason for this is the ever-increasing pace of data growth, which Vahdat says is clearly outpacing the growth of compute resources. This becomes a problem when you are delivering information-rich web pages with data streaming from multiple sources. Developers need to couple resources from many places. Vahdat is charged with building a better network, one which can be updated more frequently.



Google, which probably runs the biggest networks in the world, was an early mover in SDN and all of its infrastructure is now software-defined.


Google's public network now has over 100 PoPs worldwide (blue dots on the map) where it exchanges traffic with other networks.  The company is rapidly deploying servers (yellow dots) with partner ISPs to improve content delivery. The company claims its share of the global Internet continues to grow. Its private network is actually bigger and growing even faster.


 As for day-to-day operations, Vahdat said Google's infrastructure is under constant attack. A key principle is to catalog every failure, and to use this knowledge to develop new features in the network.  This means a rapid pace of iteration in the network.


https://www.opennetworking.org/onf-connect/


ONAP Casablanca release and OPNFV Gambia release go live

LF Networking (LFN) announced new platform releases from ONAP (Casablanca) and OPNFV (Gambia), bringing additional support for cross-stack deployments across new and existing use cases such as 5G and Cross-Carrier VPN (CCVPN), as well as enhancements to cloud-native VPN.

"New and enhanced deployments of our platforms are popping up every day across the globe, and with tighter cross-community integration and an expanded compliance and verification program, we are well-positioned to facilitate innovative industry progress," said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking, the Linux Foundation. "The latest releases of ONAP and OPNFV usher in a new era for LFN as the community continues to foster an expanding commercial ecosystem."

Some highlights:

ONAP Casablanca introduces two new blueprints: 5G and CCVPN.


  • The 5G blueprint provides capabilities around PNF integration, edge automation, real-time analytics, network slicing, data modeling, homing, scaling, and network optimization. 
  • The CCVPN blueprint demonstrates how to provide enterprise services across operators with the use of MEF APIs. One use case is for building a high-bandwidth, flat and super-speed Optical Transport Network between two carriers and across multiple domains.
  • The design time environment includes two new dashboards to simplify design activities.
  • The runtime environment includes new lifecycle management functions in both the Service Orchestrator (SO) and its three controllers, expanded hardware platform awareness (HPA) to improve performance, geo-redundancy, support for ETSI NFV-SOL003 for VNFM compatibility, MultiCloud enhancements, and edge cloud onboarding.
  • Adds initial integration with the PNDA project, several new collectors, policy engine updates, and enhancements to the Holmes alarm correlation engine, boost ONAP’s service assurance capabilities.
  • The next release will be called "Dublin". The next design forum will be conducted jointly with the OPNFV Gambia Plugfest in Paris, France from January 8-11, 2019.

OPNFV Gambia progresses the state of NFV around continuous delivery, cloud native network functions (CNFs), testing, carrier-grade NFVI features and upstream project integration. Gambia marks the 7th public release for OPNFV.

  • Adds seven more projects supporting containers (a 77% increase)
  • Adds new scenarios integrating cloud native features such as Virtlet, Kata containers, VPP and OVS-DPDK. 
  • Two OPNFV installers are now supporting a containerized OpenStack control plane.
  • Adds support for integrating Spinnaker via the OPNFV Clover project, providing a new mechanism for upgrading VNFs in a production.
  • OPNFV will now continuously publish scenario and feature project artifacts that contain the latest upstream code.
  • The next release will be called "Hunter".


https://www.onap.org/blog/2018/12/04/onap-casablanca-the-story-behind-the-code
https://www.opnfv.org/blog/2018/11/13/opnfv-gambia-doing-what-we-do-best-while-advancing-cloud-native

OIF Launches FlexE 2.1 Project

OIF has launched the FlexE 2.1 project, which covers FlexE over 50Gbe PHY applications. It also adds an extension to the recently released FlexE 2.0 Interoperability Agreement (IA).

FlexE 2.1 will specify a 50G FlexE frame and multiplexing format and will address Flex Ethernet (FlexE) applications with lower bandwidth needs and provide an implementation foundation for applications including the access layer of the future 5G mobile network. This new 50GbE support will extend the existing support for 100, 200 and 400GE in the just published FlexE 2.0 IA.

OIF expects possible large volume applications for channelization (5Gb/s granularity for minimum 10G clients) and bonding of 50GE PHYs in the future access layer/metro edge (based on IPRAN/PTN) of the 5G mobile backhaul network, FlexE implementation logic will be critical.

“There is continued demand by data center and network operators for a solution for flexible deployment and provisioning of Ethernet bandwidth,” said Dave Ofelt, Juniper Networks and OIF Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group – Protocol Vice Chair. “Building on OIF’s great work for FlexE and FlexE 2.0, this new FlexE 2.1 project will ultimately result in a single IA that adds n×50Gb/s support to FlexE 2.0, along with other possible feature enhancements.”

In addition, OIF announced the following election results for its Board of Directors:

  • Nathan Tracy, TE Connectivity, was re-elected to the Board and appointed as President
  • Tad Hofmeister, Google, was appointed as Vice President
  • Martin Bouda, Fujitsu, was re-elected to the Board and appointed as Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mike Li, Intel, was newly elected to the Board
  • Cathy Liu, Broadcom Inc., was re-elected to the Board
  • Gary Nicholl, Cisco, was newly elected to the Board
  • Ian Betty, Ciena, continues to serve on the Board

Officers:

  • Klaus-Holger Otto, Nokia, was re-elected as Technical Committee Chair
  • Ed Frlan, Semtech, was re-elected as Technical Committee Vice Chair
  • Tom Issenhuth, Huawei Technologies, was newly elected Market Awareness & Education Committee Co-Chair, Physical and Link Layer (PLL)
  • Lyndon Ong, Ciena, was re-elected as Market Awareness & Education Committee Co-Chair, Networking
  • Dave Brown, Nokia, was appointed as Communications Director, having termed out as a Board member and Board President
  • Technical Committee – Working Groups:
  • Jia He, Huawei Technologies, was newly elected as Network & Operations Working Group Chair
  • Jeff Maki, Juniper Networks, was re-elected as Physical Layer User Group Working Group Chair


New branches to extend MainOne cable to Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal

Two additional branches are planned to extend MainOne’s subsea cable system to Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Cote D’Ivoire). With this development, MainOne will have landing points in five markets – Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Portugal, in addition to Cameroon.

MainOne, which is a 7,000km cable system that spans from Portugal to Nigeria, entered service in 2010. Technology updates will boost potential capacity to 10 TBps of capacity. The upgrades are expected to become operational in November 2019.

TE SubCom is lead contractor on the project. MainOne has also selected SubCom’s WSS ROADM for the new branches. SubCom will light the new branches with Ciena’s transmission equipment.

MEF18 PoC - AT&T on Intent-Based Networks & Services



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Transformation in Action: Harmonizing Delivery of Intent-Based Networks & Services. 

PoC Participants: AT&T, Amdocs, Fujitsu Network Communications, and Iometrix.

Speaker: Raluca Sirbu, Director, Network Infrastructure & Services, AT&T

This PoC focuses on building a transformational ecoystem that will:
- Automate services with zero-touch delivery and activation across multiple domains.
- Enrich the customer experience.
- Empower customers by defining policies for their assets and using natural language to set intent.
- Develop an assistant to manage customer personas and related interactions.
- Create a responsive network that is able to self-adjust and heal to meet customer and application driven requirements.
- Provide a homogenous experience across heterogenous networks, blending technologies by creating software-centric network services across multiple domains.

The open framework for transformation includes intent, smart devices, an intent engine, orchestration, and an SDN-enabled network.

The PoC incorporates MEF work on LSO Cantata, LSO Interlude, LSO Legato, LSO Presto, and LSO Adagio interfaces, the draft SD-WAN services standard, and numerous MEF specifications.  The PoC also incorporates ONAP, AT&T's DANOS (disaggregated operating system, which will become open source shortly), and Fujitsu's Warrior open source automation framework for development and deployment of microservices.

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

https://youtu.be/c0uQKB1yaPc

MEF18 PoC - Orchestrated Multilayer Optical Transport



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - MEF 3.0 Implementation for Orchestrated Multilayer Optical Transport. PoC Participants: CenturyLink, Telefonica, TELUS, Infinera/Coriant, and NEC/Netcracker.

Speaker: Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Network Architect, CenturyLink and MEF Distinguished Fellow.

This MEF 3.0 Implementation POC demonstration shows multiple MEF 3.0 LSO APIs and TAPI Connectivity, Topology, and Notification APIs working collaboratively to illustrate automated service orchestration, fulfillment, and assurance for MEF 3.0 Subscriber Layer 1 Connectivity Services in an Ethernet/OTN overlay/underlay multi-technology, multi-layer, multi-domain network.  This is in support of bandwidth-on-demand and dynamic restoration use cases.

The PoC demonstrates the power of applying generic network abstraction concepts such as constraint, forwarding, and termination to control, manage, and orchestrate multi-technology, multi-layer, multi-vendor domains in a consistent manner.  This is done using a common API framework – including the MEF LSO Presto Network Resource Provisioning (NRP) API that is built on top of the ONF Transport API framework – to provision and control L2/L1/L0 transport network resources in support of corresponding MEF 3.0 services. The PoC also incorporates LSO Interlude, LSO Allegro, and LSO Adagio APIs.

The PoC leverages and builds on the recently concluded joint MEF-OIF-ONF 2018 worldwide Transport API interop demo, thus bringing the optical transport implementation expertise into MEF, keeping with the MEF 3.0 objectives.

Finally, the PoC fulfills the key object to demonstrate the viability of MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated multi-technology, multi-layer networks.

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

https://youtu.be/PX-Cuv6QfNU

MEF18 PoC - Machine Learning-Based Elastic Network Services



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Machine Learning-Based Elastic Network Services. PoC Participants: Colt Technology Services & Accedian.

Speaker: Tom Foottit, Senior Product Manager, Accedian.

This PoC demonstrates the ability to leverage network performance data and machine learning to provide customer visibility to service performance and also demonstrates how to use current and historical service performance to dynamically adjust service parameters in a closed loop.

The PoC demonstrates this by using (1) Accedian and other network equipment to collect PM data, (2) the Accedian DATAHUB platform to ingest and run machine learning (ML) algorithms on the PM data, (3) the Colt Novitas system to provide performance visibility, and (4) the Colt orchestration layer to complete closed loop automation in the network using the output of ML from DATAHUB to adjust services based on current and historical network conditions. These systems are tied together using open APIs in alignment with the MEF LSO framework.

This showcase is a demonstration of the additional power that analytics and machine learning can bring to MEF LSO and the MEF 3.0 automated network.

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

https://youtu.be/Aji_c62Ej7g

Verizon shows Inseego 5G hotspot device

Beginning next year, Verizon will offer an Inseego 5G mobile hotspot device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements. The device also offers powerful next gen Wi-Fi performance using the Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6-ready mobile solution.

The companies demonstrated the device running on Verizon’s 5G NR mobile network deployed at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui. 

“Inseego is separating hype from reality by bringing advanced 5G NR mobile technology to life through a live VR-enabled healthcare application in Maui, powered by patented 5G MiFi® technology,” said Inseego Chairman and CEO, Dan Mondor. “Exceptional speed and low latency connectivity that mission-critical use cases require are being demonstrated in a real-world scenario, running on a live Verizon 5G network.

Orange Business delivers connectivity for Arctic Shipping

Orange Business Services is proving maritime connectivity for The Arctic Shipping Company, which specializes in cargo transportation, including along the Northern Sea Route, which runs from the Barents Sea, near Russia's border with Norway, to the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska.

Orange Business said its Maritime Connect combines multiple networks, including satellite, to ensure connectivity for the cargo ships on the high seas. The new contract follows the successful completion of a pilot with the shipping firm, and the service is now deployed on six of its vessels.

“The Northern Sea Route allows companies to save time and money by providing a shorter connection between Asia and Europe. However, the route is also known as risky and not an easy one. Seamless network connectivity is critical to safety and saves not only time and financial resources, but also the crew’s welfare. We are pleased to cooperate with Arctic Shipping Company and are proud that the Orange Maritime VSAT solution is effective in meeting the needs of the maritime industry,” said Richard van Wageningen, Senior Vice President IMEAR, Orange Business Services.

Marvell posts revenue of $851 million, expects growth from Cavium

Marvell Technology Group posted revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal 2019 of $851 million. GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $54 million, or $(0.08) per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $222 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the third quarter was $299 million.

The company noted that quarterly revenue exceeded the midpoint of the guidance it provided on September 6, 2018.

"In the first full quarter operating as a combined Marvell and Cavium team, we completed key integration milestones ahead of schedule, delivered revenue above the midpoint of our guidance, and generated strong free cash flow at 30 percent of revenue. We also expect renewed revenue growth from the Cavium business in the fourth quarter," said Matt Murphy, Marvell's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Looking ahead, we expect the deployment of 5G will accelerate our growth over the next several years as engagements with a growing list of Tier 1 customers continue to build momentum in this major infrastructure transition."

Marvell completes acquisition of Cavium

Marvell Technology Group completed its previously announced acquisition of Cavium in a deal valued at approximately $6 billion.

Cavium, which is based in San Jose, California, offers a portfolio of multi-core processing, networking communications, storage connectivity and security silicon solutions.

Marvell,  which is based in nearby Santa Clara, California but has its corporate headquarters in Bermuda, was founded in 1995 and has over 5,000 employees and over 9,000 patents.

Parks Associates: 83% of Smart TVs are connected

New research published by Parks Associates reveals that 83% of smart TV owners connect their device to the internet, up from 70% in 2014. Ownership of streaming media players has almost doubled from about 21% of U.S. broadband households in 2014 to almost 40% in 2018, while smart TV ownership has increased from 34% to 53% during the same time period.

"Users' appetite for content and their pattern of consumption have only increased as video has become more portable and tailored," said Joel Fineman, Director, Publisher Development, Premion. "Driven by Netflix's user experience, viewers are demanding more of incumbent media leaders."

"The internet is disrupting the pay television and original video production businesses in every corner of the globe, right before our very eyes," said Jon Cody, CEO/Founder, TV4 Entertainment.

http://www.parksassociates.com


Monday, December 3, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Data Science for Service Fulfillment and Assurance



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Data Science Applications for LSO Architecture-Based Service Fulfillment and Assurance. PoC Participants: CenturyLink and Infinera.

Speaker: Sharfuddin Syed, Distinguished Engineer, Infinera.

This PoC focuses on how to build artificial intelligence and cognitive analysis into the network in order to enable complex networks to be managed automatically.

The PoC demonstrates alignment with existing LSO Presto API  and emerging LSO Allegro API work. In addition, this PoC provides a jump-start for future LSO Interface Profile specification, LSO API/SDK, and micro-service development in support of service assurance functionality.

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

https://youtu.be/mPGIZ2hED9s


MEF18 PoC - SDN Orchestration for Edge Clouds



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - SDN Orchestration for Edge Clouds. PoC Participant: Juniper Networks.

Speaker: Ben Baker, Director, Strategic Marketing, Juniper Networks

Service providers have identified their edge infrastructure as a means of deploying services in advance of 5G deployments. With space, power, and connectivity constraints, the solution is to create “edge clouds” that utilize OpenStack and Kubernetes combined with highly-scalable SDN platforms with integrated automation, virtualization, programmability, and security.

This PoC demonstrates the ability to instantiate a small footprint, edge cloud on a small compute device. A seamless fabric is established between the SDN data plane at the edge to a centralized management and orchestration instance running on a public cloud. This demonstration shows a single control point for all distributed workloads, acting as an SDN controller for both VM and container orchestration.

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

https://youtu.be/wYFVFbvt8DY


MEF18 PoC - Zero Touch SD-WAN + SECaaS + Virtual Cloud Exchange



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Zero Touch Automation for SD-WAN + SECaaS + Virtual Cloud Exchange (VCX). PoC Participants: Tata Communications and Fortinet.

Speakers: Nicolas Thomas, Consulting Systems Engineer, Fortinet and Vineet Anshuman, Global Product Manager, Tata Communications Transformation Services.

The PoC goal is zero touch automation for SD-WAN with Security as a Service and Virtual Cloud Exchange for seamless connectivity to public cloud. The idea is to prove that we can operate in a fully automated service deployment in the cloud as well as multiple branches with secured SD-WAN at the same time. This is zero touch and TOSCA model-driven within the LSO Framework.

A typical use case is: a large, regulated mutli-national enterprise wants to do a confidential townhall live. We will deploy the streaming service and SD-WAN adaptations in the branches from one model to allow a good latency and priority on the day for live streaming. Then another model will change the priority for the replay of the video when normal business resumes.

Fortinet is leading the Security-as-a-Service group in MEF. This is part of the MEF 3.0 SD-WAN sub-committee that is helping shape a fully automated, cross-service provider, software-defined federation of capabilities in order for telcos to provide end-to-end protection and service quality to their end customers.

Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, provides leading business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecommunication companies around the world. TCTS delivers operational efficiency, cost transformation and revenue acceleration solutions for all the stages of the carrier process lifecycle, including but not limited to network engineering and design, implementation and operations functions.

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

https://youtu.be/e8Bf_iPM9hk


MEF18 PoC - SD-WAN over Virtualized Carrier Ethernet Access


MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Instantiation and Delivery of SD-WAN over a Virtualized and Orchestrated Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Access Service. PoC Participants: BringCom, Isocel, SimbaNET, and Versa Networks.

Speakers: Ishkhan Matirosyan, Senior Network Architect, BringCom and Rakesh Sharma, Solutions Architect, Versa Networks.

BringCom, with its operating partners SimbaNET and ISOCEL Telecom and its technical partnership with Versa Networks, is deploying next generation networking services throughout the African continent.  BringCom is expanding its software-defined networking and network function virtualization (SDN/NFV) platform over its Pan African connectivity network.

This PoC demonstrates an SD-WAN service connecting 3 sites in Africa with instantiation of 3rd party VNFs over its virtualized infrastructure, including a universal CPE at one of the sites. The overall topology of BringCom's SDN/NFV platform includes ONAP, LSO Interlude and LSO Legato APIs, and an SD-WAN domain.

BringCom's SD-WAN services are provisioned via IP/MPLS and Carrier Ethernet CE 2.0 certified underlying networks. These services are utilized while providing intelligent and elastic carrier grade regional access circuits.

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

https://youtu.be/u5y0wFF6-Mg


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