Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Intel's 10nm Agilex FPGA targets embedded, network and data centers

Intel introduced its new  Intel an"Agilex" field programmable gate array (FPGA) family targetted at embedded, network and data center markets.

The Intel Agilex family combines FPGA fabric built on Intel’s 10nm process with innovative heterogeneous 3D SiP technology. This provides the capability to integrate analog, memory, custom computing, custom I/O, and Intel eASIC device tiles into a single package with the FPGA fabric.

Intel delivers a custom logic continuum with reusable IPs through a migration path from FPGA to structured ASIC. One API provides a software-friendly heterogeneous programming environment, enabling software developers to easily access the benefits of FPGA for acceleration.

Intel said the new product is the first FPGA to support Compute Express Link, a cache and memory coherent interconnect to future Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Agilex also supports 2nd-generation HyperFlex Architecture, which offers up to 40 percent higher performance, or up to 40 percent lower total power compared with Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs. The new Agilex family is also the only FPGA supporting hardened BFLOAT16 and up to 40 teraflops of digital signal processor (DSP) performance (FP16). It also supports Peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) Gen 5.

The Agilex transceiver supports up to 112 Gbps data rates. Advanced memory support includes DDR5, HBM, and Intel Optane DC persistent memory.

“The race to solve data-centric problems requires agile and flexible solutions that can move, store and process data efficiently. Intel Agilex FPGAs deliver customized connectivity and acceleration while delivering much needed improvements in performance and power1,2 for diverse workloads," stated Dan McNamara, Intel senior vice president, Programmable Solutions Group.

https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-driving-data-centric-world-new-10nm-intel-agilex-fpga-family/#gs.3lgdg8

West deploys Fujitsu's 1FINITY and Virtuora for DCI

West Corporation, a global provider of communication and network infrastructure services headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has deployed Fujitsu Network Communications' 1FINITY and Virtuora platforms in a live 200G data center interconnect (DCI) network.

West chose to deploy enhanced optical transport on top of their existing network to interconnect data centers in four key metro areas: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. In 2018, West provisioned high-performance 1FINITY T310 Transport blades in a 200 Gbps alien wavelength configuration, introducing greater capacity, speed, efficiency and resiliency to their existing optical network platform. West also deployed the Virtuora Network Control Solution to simplify operations for their entire network, facilitating scalability and agility to meet real-time capacity demands with an open, programmable platform.

“The disaggregated, blade-based 1FINITY transport solution is an ideal upgrade for West’s DCI network, delivering the speed and performance their clients have come to expect,” said Annie Bogue, head of sales and marketing, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “By pairing the 1FINITY T310 blades with our open-source, adaptable Virtuora management system, West can easily scale capacity when and where it’s needed, vastly improving the overall efficiency of their network.”

O-RAN Open Source Community gets underway

The O-RAN Alliance and the Linux Foundation have established the O-RAN Software Community (O-RAN SC) to provide open software aligned with the O-RAN Alliance’s open architecture.

As a new open source community under the Linux Foundation, the O-RAN SC is sponsored by the O-RAN Alliance, and together they will develop open source software enabling modular, open, intelligent, efficient, and agile disaggregated radio access networks. The initial set of software projects may include: near-real-time RAN intelligent controller (nRT RIC), non-real-time RAN intelligent controller (NRT RIC), cloudification and virtualization platforms, open central unit (O-CU), open distributed unit (O-DU), and a test and integration effort to provide a working reference implementation. Working with other adjacent open source networking communities, the O-RAN SC will enable collaborative development across the full operator network stack.

“This collaboration between the O-RAN Alliance and the Linux Foundation is a tremendous accomplishment that represents the culmination of years of thoughtful innovation around the next generation of networks,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chairman of the O-RAN Alliance, and President of AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer at AT&T. “The launch of the O-RAN SC marks the next phase of that innovation, where the benefits of disaggregated and software-centric platforms will move out to the edge of the network. This new open source community will be critical if 5G is to reach its full potential.”

“We are really excited to see the establishment of the O-RAN Open Source Community,” said Chih-Lin I, chief scientist of China Mobile, co-chair of the O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the O-RAN Alliance. “The O-RAN Alliance is aiming at building an ‘Open’ and ‘Smart’ Radio Access Network for future wireless systems. From day one, the Alliance has embraced open source as one of the most powerful means to achieve its vision. The O-RAN Open Source Community is the fruit of a yearlong extensive deliberation between the O-RAN Alliance and the Linux Foundation. We believe that the power of open source will further the momentum and accelerate the development, test, commercialization and deployment of O-RAN solutions.”

“We are excited to collaborate with O-RAN Alliance in bringing communities together to create software for this important access area of Telecommunications,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge & IOT, the Linux Foundation. “This step towards execution marks another major milestone in networking partnerships across standards and open source organizations.”

http://www.o-ran-sc.org

George Davis leaves Qualcomm to join Intel as CFO

Intel announced the appointment of George S. Davis as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Davis, 61, joins Intel from Qualcomm Inc., where he served as executive vice president and CFO since March 2013. At Qualcomm, Davis served on the company’s executive committee and was responsible for leading the global finance organization, IT and investor relations. Prior to Qualcomm, Davis served six years as CFO for Applied Materials, with responsibility for finance, IT, strategy and corporate development, as well as government relations.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Intel team,” Davis said. “With demand for the analysis, transmission and storage of data growing faster than ever, no company in the world is better positioned to capitalize on that opportunity than Intel. It’s an exciting time for Intel, and I’m looking forward to playing a role in the company’s transformation.”

EXFO posts Q2 sales of US$73.9 million, up 14%

EXFO reported IFRS sales of US$73.9 million for its second quarter, ended February 28, 2019, up 14.2% from US$64.7 million in the second quarter of 2018. Second-quarter sales for 2019 included a US$7.5 million revenue contribution from Astellia, which was reduced by US$0.6 million to account for acquisition-related fair value adjustment of deferred revenue. In comparison, Astellia had generated US$1.8 million in revenue for one month in the second quarter 2018.

IFRS net earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 totaled US$5.2 million, or US$0.09 per share, compared to a net loss attributable to the parent interest1 of US$4.7 million, or US$0.08 per share, in the second quarter of 2018. IFRS net earnings in the second quarter of 2019 included net expenses totaling US$3.9 million: US$1.9 million in after-tax amortization of intangible assets, US$0.5 million in stock-based compensation costs, US$0.5 million in after-tax restructuring charges, US$0.6 million for acquisition-related fair value adjustment of deferred revenue, and a foreign exchange loss of US$0.4 million.

"EXFO delivered outstanding second quarter results with strong revenue and bookings growth, profitability and cash flow generation—all encouraging signs for our T&M and SASS product families and the leverage in our operating model," said EXFO's CEO Philippe Morin.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Vertical Systems: AT&T tops U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD

Vertical Systems Group’s 2018 U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD results are as follows (in rank order by number of fiber lit buildings): AT&T, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Crown Castle Fiber, Frontier, Zayo, Altice USA, and Windstream. These eleven retail and wholesale fiber providers qualify for this benchmark with 10,000 or more on-net U.S. fiber lit commercial buildings as of year-end 2018.

Additionally, thirteen companies qualify for the 2018  Challenge Tier as follows (in alphabetical order): Atlantic Broadband, Cincinnati Bell, Cleareon, Cogent, Consolidated Communications, FiberLight, FirstLight, GTT, IFN, Logix Fiber Networks, Segra, Unite Private Networks, and Uniti Fiber. These fiber providers each qualify for the 2018 Challenge Tier with between 2,000 and 9,999 U.S. fiber lit commercial buildings.

“Following a flurry of mergers and acquisitions, fiber providers focused on new buildouts in 2018 to meet customer demand for higher speed dedicated access to business services and to support 5G pilots,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “Our research shows that while the majority of large and medium size commercial buildings in the U.S. are fiber lit with one or more providers, relatively few small multi-tenant buildings are fiber connected. Cable MSOs and regional network operators have been most actively targeting fiber investment opportunities in this underserved segment.”

Fiber Provider Research Summary

  • AT&T ranks #1 on the Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD for the third consecutive year.
  • Frontier moves into the #8 position, up from ninth in the prior year.
  • As a result, Zayo falls to #9, down from eighth position.
  • Windstream enters the LEADERBOARD at #11, moving up from the Challenge Tier.
  • Atlantic Broadband and GTT advance to the Challenge Tier, both moving up from the Market Player tier.
  • Cincinnati Bell’s acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, which was completed in 2018, is reflected in this analysis.
  • Segra is the new brand name for the merged entity of Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications.


https://www.verticalsystems.com/2019/03/26/2018-fiber-lit-leaderboard/

Zayo signs IaaS provider for East Coast data center

Zayo announced a major colocation contract with a global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) (IaaS) provider for space and power in a zColo East Coast data center.

The solution, which includes approximately 2,000 square feet of space and multiple hundreds of kilowatts of power, will serve as a virtual extension of one of the company’s facilities in the Southwest. The space and power will support the customer’s mission-critical processes.

“Zayo won this business because of our ability to deliver flexible and customized data center colocation solutions. In this case, our Ashburn facility will provide the customer with the scale needed for its East Coast business expansion,” said Bruce Garrison, senior vice president of Zayo’s zColo business segment. “We look forward to continuing to expand the relationship and to provide additional space and power in other key cities.”

Zayo’s zColo portfolio includes 51 data centers in more than 30 markets.

Keysight and Qualcomm test first 5G NR data call in FDD mode

Keysight Technologies and Qualcomm announced the first 5G New Radio (NR) data call in the Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) mode.

The industry milestone was achieved using Qualcomm Technologies’ second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem with integrated multi-mode support and Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions. Keysight enables device makers to validate 5G NR multi-mode (FDD and TDD) designs in both non-standalone (NSA) and stand-alone (SA) modes.

“Our close 5G collaboration with Keysight, initiated more than two years ago, has resulted in yet another great achievement. Such collaborations have accelerated our ability to power upcoming 5G launches in 2019 and enrich the lives of consumers,” said Prashant Dogra, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Keysight’s first-to-market 5G solutions enable OEMs using the Snapdragon X55 5G modem to speed validations of 5G devices that are used for a wide range of exciting use cases,” stated Lucas Hansen, senior director in Keysight's wireless test group. “These use cases include smartphones with download speeds of up to 7 Gbps, as well as industrial IoT, always-connected PCs and fixed wireless access applications.”

Intel Capital invests in 14 start-ups

Intel Capital announced new investments totaling $117 million in the following 14 startups:

AI

Cloudpick Limited (Shanghai, China) is a smart retail technology provider. With proprietary computer vision, deep learning, sensor fusion and edge computing technologies, Cloudpick enables highly digitized, intelligent, cashier-free stores with grab-and-go shopping experiences. Cloudpick has collaborated with e-commerce companies, traditional retailers and payment partners worldwide to upgrade many brick-and-mortar stores’ shopping experiences.

SambaNova Systems (Palo Alto, California, U.S.) is a rapidly growing Silicon Valley-based company that is building the industry’s most advanced systems platform to run AI applications from the data center to the edge. Founded by industry pioneers and experts in systems hardware and software design from Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Stanford University, SambaNova Systems’ mission is to bring AI innovations discovered in deep research to enterprises and organizations in all industries around the world, creating AI for everyone, everywhere.

Untether AI (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is developing ultra-efficient, high-performance AI chips that will be the foundation for the next wave of innovation in AI. Untether AI has invented an entirely new type of chip architecture that is specifically designed for neural net inference by eliminating bottlenecks in data movement. This unique architecture moves data 1,000 times faster than traditional architectures, resulting in extreme performance and efficiency. The company was founded by a team of scientists, engineers and experienced entrepreneurs who have successfully brought to market more than 1 billion chips.

Zhuhai EEasy Technology Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai, China) is an AI system-on-chip (SoC) design house and total solution provider. Its offerings include AI acceleration; image and graphic processing; video encoding and decoding; and mixed-signal ULSI design capabilities. Its AI SoCs targeting video, automotive and smart devices will enter mass-production in late 2019.

Communications

Mighty Networks (Palo Alto, California, U.S.) is designed for brands and businesses to bring people together by offering community, content, online courses and subscription commerce in one place. The company is unique in serving a new breed of digitally native “creators with a purpose” selling experiences, connections and expertise to their followers – an emerging category of digital services called Experiential Commerce.

Pixeom (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) is redefining how enterprises manage hybrid cloud resources with its edge computing software platform that re-creates and orchestrates cloud functionality on-premise. It makes it easy to deploy and manage large-scale, geographically distributed infrastructure and workloads.

Polystream (Guildford, U.K.) is a deep-tech startup fundamentally changing how video games and demanding 3D applications are delivered via the cloud. Polystream’s Software Defined Imaging technology enables interactive graphics content to be streamed at unprecedented scale, with truly global reach.

Tibit Communications (Petaluma, California, U.S.) is developing next-generation devices to provide a broadband onramp to the home, office or cell site, managed virtually from the cloud to the user. Tibit replaces dedicated hardware boxes in carrier and enterprise networks with a small module connected to a standard Ethernet switch – providing significant savings of cost, power and space.

Healthcare

Medical Informatics Corp. (Houston, Texas, U.S.) is a software-based monitoring and analytics company. Its revolutionary Sickbay* platform archives, aggregates and transforms otherwise not-recorded, high-resolution waveform data across disparate devices to enable anywhere, anytime remote monitoring across the continuum of care. The same platform can then be leveraged to use machine learning and AI to deploy real-time, predictive, critical care analytics that get ahead of deterioration and risk and enable data-driven medicine and patient-centered care.

https://www.revealbio.com/Reveal Biosciences, Inc. (San Diego, California, U.S.) is creating a new generation of data-powered pathology to improve global healthcare. ImageDx, a proprietary deep-learning platform, delivers pathologists and scientists a novel class of actionable, quantitative data to accelerate research and enhance patient care.

Manufacturing

Landing AI (Palo Alto, California, U.S.) provides AI-powered SaaS solutions and corporate-level AI transformation programs to turn enterprises into AI companies. Founded by Dr. Andrew Ng, the Landing AI team enables companies in industries, including manufacturing and agriculture, to develop and execute cohesive AI strategies.

OnScale (Cupertino, California, U.S.) offers on-demand scalable engineering simulation software, empowering engineers to accelerate innovation across multiple industries, including next-generation technologies such as MEMS IoT, 5G, biomedicine and autonomous vehicles. OnScale combines powerful multiphysics solver technology, used and validated by Fortune 50 companies for over 30 years, with the speed and flexibility of cloud high-performance computing (HPC). By removing the constraints of legacy simulation tools, OnScale allows engineers to dramatically reduce cost, risk and time to market for cutting-edge technologies.

proteanTecs (Haifa, Israel) develops revolutionary Universal Chip Telemetry for electronic systems throughout their entire lifecycle, increasing their performance and reliability. By applying machine learning to novel data created by embedded agents, proteanTecs provides meaningful insights unattainable until today, leading to new levels of quality, reliability and scale.

Qolibri, Inc. (Roseville, California, U.S.) is a creative technical company developing breakthrough proprietary solutions that address problems in semiconductor subfabs. The Qolibri team has extensive expertise in semiconductor capital equipment technology and renewable energy. Qolibri technologies will change the landscape of the subfab, leading to substantially reduced chip manufacturing costs with positive environmental impact.

“Intel has driven disruption for the last 50 years, changing the way we live by making compute ubiquitous. Intel Capital is continuing that legacy of disruption with these investments,” said Wendell Brooks, Intel senior vice president and president of Intel Capital. “These companies are shifting the way we think about artificial intelligence, communications, manufacturing and health care – areas that will become increasingly essential in coming years as the linchpins of a smarter, more connected society.”

The investments extend Intel Capital’s recent strategy of taking larger, more strategic positions in portfolio startups. Each year, Intel Capital puts $300 million to $500 million into innovative companies across a wide range of emerging technologies making the impossible possible.

Spirent appoints Eric Updyke as CEO

Spirent Communications named Eric Updyke as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Updyke replaces Eric Hutchinson, who is retiring after 37 years with the Group, including serving as CEO since 2013.

Most recently, Updyke was on the Executive Management team of Amdocs reporting directly to the CEO. In his capacity as Group President, Services at Amdocs Ltd he had global responsibility for the entire Managed Services, Testing and SI businesses. This business encompassed 10,000 employees and roughly $2 billion in revenue. Prior to that role, Eric was Division President for North America at Amdocs where he managed a $1 billion P&L and was responsible for the relationship with North American communications service providers. Prior to his time at Amdocs, he held executive roles at Nokia Siemens Networks and AT&T.

Makai develops tools for planning subsea cable deployments

Makai Ocean Engineering is working with Facebook’s submarine cable group to develop automated tools for laying subsea cables.

Makai has identified two areas that automate repetitive tasks. The first is an “Automatic Rule Checker” for assisting the planners during the route engineering process and the second is an “Auto-Position Tool” for assisting the installers during the cable installation.

"From initial testing, we see great potential in the automatic rule checker tool to speed up the process of generating cable routes at bid stage. The new tool in conjunction with the good vector-based databases will ensure that the routes generated will meet our standards for route engineering best practices and will increase the consistency by reducing human errors," said feedback received from the Cable Route Engineering Group at Alcatel Submarine Networks, one of the largest users of the MakaiPlan software.

Makai Ocean Engineering is based in Hawaii.

https://www.makai.com

Private equity firm acquires Kemp for its load balancer and ADCs

Mill Point Capital, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control-oriented investments in North America, has acquired Kemp Technologies.

Kemp, which is based in New York, offers load balancer and application delivery controller (ADC) solutions. The company was founded in 2000. It has regional hubs in Limerick, Ireland; Munich, Germany; Singapore and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ray Downes, CEO of Kemp, commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Mill Point and are excited about their commitment to our ongoing development efforts and future growth opportunities. I am very proud of the strong technology foundation we have built and look forward to continuing our world-class innovation and service that is helping customers deliver an optimal application experience.”

Craig Adler, an Executive Partner with Mill Point, said, “Kemp is one of the most respected names in application delivery, and is at the cutting edge of distributed computing network architecture. We believe Kemp is positioned for further success given its ever-growing suite of high performance load balancer and ADC products and services, as well as its true platform ubiquity that supports enterprises of every size and workload requirement.”

DOCOMO to sell its 24% stake in Hutchison Telephone HKG

NTT DOCOMO will sell its 24.1% stake in Hutchison Telephone Company Limited (HTCL), a mobile network operator in Hong Kong and Macau, and Hutchison 3G HK Holdings Limited (H3GHK) to Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH).  The price is US$60 million.

After the deal closes in May 2019, HTCL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of HTHKH.

Kingston intros high write endurance microSD cards

Kingston Digital introduced a line of High Endurance microSD cards designed for write-intensive application use such as home security and surveillance cameras, dash cams and body cams.

Kingston said its High Endurance microSD cards are engineered and tested for use in harsh conditions and are durable enough to protect from extreme temperatures, shock, water and x-rays.

“Surveillance footage captured by home security systems and dash cams can prove to be incredibly valuable. Consumers need to feel confident their memory cards are built to withstand extreme conditions while still providing a stable storage solution to capture critical recordings when they need it the most,” said Annette Chan, Flash card business manager, Kingston. “Dash cameras in vehicles and security cameras at home are becoming more commonplace and with the addition of our new High Endurance microSD card we’re able to meet the ever-growing demand for capturing hours of video monitoring content, while providing high performance, seamless recording and trusted Kingston reliability.”

Kingston’s High Endurance microSD cards are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

Infinera appoints Chief Legal Officer

Infinera announced the appointment of David Teichmann as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

Prior to joining Infinera, Teichmann served as Oclaro’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from January 2014 until its acquisition by Lumentum in December 2018. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Trident Microsystems, Inc., a public fabless semiconductor company that sold television and set top box integrated circuits, from 2007 to 2012.

Teichmann holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College, a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Huawei posts 2018 revenue of US$105 billion, up 19.5%

Huawei, which is a private company wholly owned by its employees, reported 2018 revenue of CNY721,202 million, representing an increase of 19.5% year-on-year. Net profit grew by 25.1% year-on-year to CNY59,345 million.

To increase transparency of its operations, Huawei published a 157-page annual report in English that provides an unprecedented look into the workings for the company.

"The easiest way to bring down a fortress is to attack it from within and the easiest way to
reinforce it is from outside. Moving forward, we will do everything we can to shake off outside distractions, improve management, and make progress towards our strategic goals." -- Guo Ping, Huawei's Rotating Chairman




Some highlights from the report:

  • Huawei earned CNY372,162 million in revenue from the Chinese market, up 19.1% year-on-year. Smart phone sales were the hottest growth area.
  • Huawei earned CNY204,536 million in revenue from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), up 24.3% from 2017
  • Huawei’s revenue from the Americas grew to CNY47,885 million, up 21.3% from 2017.
  • Huawei's consumer business generated revenue of CNY348,852 million, a year-on-year increase of 45.1%.


  • In the face of new opportunities and challenges,  Huawei's carrier business generated revenue of CNY294,012 million, down 1.3%
  • As of the end of February, Huawei had 30 contracts for 5G.
  • As of the end of February, Huawei had shipped more than 40,000 5G base stations to markets around the world.
  • More than 50 carriers around the world, including Vodafone, Telefónica, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, have partnered with Huawei on 5G commercial tests.
  • Huawei’s 10G PON solutions have been deployed commercially by more than 30 leading carriers.
  • Huawei's Optical Distribution Network (ODN) has been deployed by more than 80 carriers.
  • Huawei has helped carriers roll out 53 NBIoT networks and 16 eMTC networks. 
  • As of the end of 2018, Huawei had deployed LTE-Advanced Pro (4.5G) networks for 182 carriers worldwide, 
  • Huawei's WTTx wireless broadband has been deployed in more than 180 networks, connecting more than 40 million home users, including over a million households in the Philippines, South Africa, and Japan.
  • Huawei’s CloudFabric solution had been commercially deployed in more than 1,200 data centers in more than 120 countries.
  • Huawei's VoLTE solution is in commercial use in more than 50 network, serving more than 300 million users.
  • Huawei has helped more than 160 cities in over 40 countries and regions implement smart city projects.
  • As of December 31, 2018, the total number of patents granted to Huawei reached 87,805. About half of the patents are in China and the rest abroad.
  • R&D expenditure totaled CNY101,509 million in 2018, accounting for 14.1% of the company’s total revenue.
  • More than 80,000 Huawei employees are involved in R&D, accounting for 45% of the total workforce
  • Huawei Mobile Services is now supporting more than 500 million Huawei device users in more than 170 countries and regions, with capabilities including HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, HUAWEI Assistant, HUAWEI AppGallery, Huawei Pay, HUAWEI SkyTone, HUAWEI Life Service, HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Music, HUAWEI Reader, HUAWEI Themes, and HUAWEI
  • Browser. More than 150 million photos are uploaded to HUAWEI Mobile Cloud every day. The HUAWEI AppGallery had more than 120 billion downloads throughout the year.
  • Huawei Pay is now supported 90 banks, and can be used for public transportation payment in more than 160 cities in China. New functions including door keys
  • and membership cards became available. Huawei Pay also became the first payment service provider to support China’s eID on mobile phones.


KPMG served as independent auditors on the report.

Some industry predictions from Huawei:

  • Huawei’s Global Industry Vision (GIV) predicts that the percentage of global population living in areas covered by 5G networks will reach 58% by 2025. 
  • The amount of global data generated and stored annually, including data copied, will reach 180 zettabytes in 2025, a 20-fold increase of the current amount.
  • Huawei predicts that by 2025, the global AI market will be worth US$380 billion, 90% of which will come from the enterprise market.
  • Huawei’s GIV forecasts that there will be 40 billion personal smart devices in the world by 2025. 20% of people will own more than 10 smart devices. 86% of
  • companies will be using AI, and data utilization will skyrocket to around 80%. 


The full report can be accessed here: https://www-file.huawei.com/-/media/corporate/pdf/annual-report/annual_report2018_en.pdf?la=zh



DT, Nokia and Qualcomm showcase 5G at Hannover Messe

A 5G Arena at this week's Hannover Messe 2019 is described as "the world's first industrial 5G campus network of this scale and diversity."  The network is supported by Deutsche Telekom, Nokia and Qualcomm.

Showcases in the 5G Arena include:

Bosch Rexroth - a human machine interface with 5G-enabled emergency stop capabilities
Festo - predictive maintenance based on 5G-collected data sets
Götting - an automated guided vehicle (AGV) with live video streaming over 5G
Phoenix Contact - replacing industrial Ethernet with 5G for process control
Siemens - asset analytics in the cloud with various data points collected via 5G
Weidmüller - an energy monitoring solution of the welding process in car manufacturing at Volkswagen
Zeiss - a 5G-connected process quality control system for the automotive industry

"The smart, connected factories of the future will not only be able to make things, but make decisions too. We are very proud to support these live over-the-air demos with Nokia and European industry players to what 5G will make possible for industrial IoT," said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president & president, Qualcomm EMEA, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. "Qualcomm Technologies has been a key enabler in the industrial IoT for years, and we look forward, with 5G, to continuing to make Industry 4.0 a reality in Europe and around the world."

"The fourth industrial revolution promises massive gains in productivity, disruptive customer experiences, and new business models," said Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer.  "Next generation networks, including 5G, will enable this industrial transformation and beyond with network reliability, capacity and low-latency features. We are delighted to work with Deutsche Messe AG and Qualcomm Technologies to bring industrial use-cases to the 5G Arena including intelligent factories, where workers are safer, equipment is smarter, and efficiencies are higher."

Deutsche Telekom vows 100% renewable energy by 2021

Deutsche Telekom announced a new, ambitious climate target: the Group is aiming to achieve a 100 percent use of electricity from renewable energy sources as early as 2021.

Deutsche Telekom also vowed to reduce other emissions from gas, oil, and other sources of energy. By 2030, the Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent compared to 2017.

“We want to build the future, not obstruct it”, says Tim Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom. “Climate protection is one of the key challenges of our age. With the new targets for the period 2021-2030, we are taking our responsibility seriously and are acting decisively, quickly and, at the same time, in a sustainable manner. Furthermore, this sends an important signal to our customers because sustainability is becoming increasingly important as a purchasing criterion,” stated Tim Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/deutsche-telekom-to-switch-to-electricity-from-renewable-sources-of-energy-567218

Nokia confirms 30th commercial 5G deal

Nokia celebrated its 30th commercial 5G deal:  Austria's A1.

Nokia said, taken together, the 30 commercial deals - including 16 with publicly named service provider customers - offer an insight into the progress of 5G roll-outs around the world and illustrate the value network operators see in this technology.

"This achievement marks a proud moment for Nokia as a company," commented Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. "With these agreements, creating new partnerships and continuing existing relationships around the world, we can see the promise of 5G becoming a reality. Many of the 30 commercial 5G deals we celebrate today include multiple elements from across our end-to-end portfolio as our customers turn to Nokia at each stage of their 5G investment cycle."

Nokia has made 5G announcements with the following companies:

  • A1
  • Telenor
  • Sprint
  • 5G-Salt
  • Telia
  • TIM
  • Ice (Norway)
  • T-Mobile US
  • Vodafone Italy
  • U.S. Cellular
  • Telecom Egypt
  • CMCC
  • rain (South Africa)
  • China Telecommunications Corporation
  • Saudi Telecom Co. 
  • Korea Telecom
  • Optus
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Telefónica Deutschland
  • Sandvik
  • Starhub
  • Softbank
  • Rakuten
  • du
  • Verizon
  • Orange
  • SFR
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • NTT DOCOMO
  • Vodacom

STC builds multivendor 5G with Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced Multi-Vendor-Integration-Verification (MVIV) for its Huawei and Cisco core infrastructure with Ericsson and Nokia supplied 5G Radio Networks.

STC plans to a diverse 5G deployment through joint innovation with the goal of providing "the best “Ultra High Speed & Low Latency” experience for its customers.

Following its 5G launch in 2018, STC and its global partners have continued to conduct joint interoperability tests to ensure seamless interworking between all elements of STC infrastructure.

Eng. Khaled I. Al Dharrab, Infrastructure Sector VP, STC, said: “5G network is developing at a very high rate. STC is a leading worldwide operator with a commitment to pioneer the technological advancements and introduce new 5G services and use-cases. We have already put ourselves on the road to enable technology and shape the future of 5G services in the Kingdom. Our collaboration with our global suppliers will push forward the boundaries for our 5G ambitions. It will definitely lead to the rise of new class of services that will go far ahead in meeting our customers’ high expectations. A well-integrated 5G network with full interoperability will deliver endless possibilities and opportunities for our deserving customers. This will also facilitate the road towards meeting KSA national 2030 Vision”.