Monday, April 8, 2019

Tibit raises $20M for 10G PON Microplug

Tibit Communications, a start-up based in Petaluma, California, announced $20 million in Series B funding for its access devices for Passive Optical Networking (PON).

Tibit's MicroPlug OLT is a network access device for 10-Gigabit optical networking that reduces the amount of application-specific hardware needed for network deployments.The company says its standard-based SFP+ form factor allows the device to plug into almost any 10G switch port, greatly expanding architecture options for carriers. All this is enabled by the Tibit bridge ASIC, which supports a rich feature set across both ITU-T and IEEE 10G PON standards.

"The reception from our switch vendor partners and global carriers to our 2018 launch of the MicroPlug OLT has been tremendous," said Richard Stanfield, Tibit CEO and President. "The interest in deploying the Tibit solution across a variety of switch environments is a strong validation of the flexibility we've engineered into our solution."

The funding round was led by Intel Capital. TiBit was founded in 2014.

http://tibitcom.com/

Bitglass raises $70M for Cloud Access Security Broker

Bitglass, a start-up based in Campbell, California, announced $70 million in Series D funding for its Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).

The funding round was backed by new investor Quadrille Capital and existing investors Future Fund, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Norwest and Singtel Innov8.

Bitglass, which was founded in 2013, said it continues rapid global expansion in its roster of customers and partners.

“Cloud adoption is disruptive of incumbents securing networks, servers and other infrastructure,” said Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass. “Our Next-Gen CASB uniquely secures against data leakage and threats without installing more hardware and software.”

FiberStar Indonesia builds optical backbone with Huawei

FiberStar Indonesia is working with Huawei to build its national backbone. In 2019, FiberStar partnered with Huawei to build a 1 Tbps backbone DWDM network that connects Jakarta to Surabaya. Submarine cables and terrestrial cables form a ring network with a total length of more than 3000 kilometers. Among some sites, the length of a single span exceeds 350 kilometers.

FiberStar is a subsidiary of Indonesia's biggest conglomerate, the Salim Group's infrastructure-focused business. FiberStar currently provides coverage in 92 cities across Indonesia and is connecting the nation’s main islands, including Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. FiberStar provides neutral network connections for more than 90 Internet service providers, TV network operators, and mobile operators.

Thomas Dragono, Co-Founder and Director of FiberStar, said: "Being the pioneer of Indonesia’s neutral infrastructure service, and considering Huawei’s advancement in the optical communications field, we have both decided to explore a deeper and stronger partnership. The consensus on the advantages of optical network technologies and evolution trends are the basis of cooperation between both parties. We will leverage the advanced DWDM and MPLS technology to expand the coverage of networks in Indonesia, and further facilitate the growth of the digital economy in Indonesia."

Daniel Zhou, President, Huawei South Pacific Enterprise Business Group said, “As the Asia-Pacific Internet industry accelerates cloudification, Huawei provides leading and innovative solutions for ICT infrastructure including cloud, data center and network, to help customers build open, flexible, agile and secure infrastructure platform to accelerate business innovation and remain competitive in the digital era."

http://www.huawei.com

BT expands services with NATO

Following the signing of a new, three-year agreement with NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCI) for support services valued at €5.9 million, BT is expanding the range of services it provides to NATO to support the military alliance’s global operations.

BT connects more than 70 NATO locations internationally, including sites spread across the Alliance’s 29 member countries and beyond. Adding BT’s network support services to the agency enables NATO to roll out new solutions within the dynamic environment it operates in.

Bas Burger, CEO of Global Services, BT, said: “Digital transformation is a strategic driver for multinational organisations. Like many of our global customers, NATO faces a dynamic operational landscape and looks to harness the latest digital tools and technologies to enhance its performance.With our global secure network and expertise as a trusted supplier to governments, international agencies and multinationals, BT is well placed to support NATO in an increasingly digital world.”

Aamir Hussain appointed CEO of Collinear - Free Space Optics

Aamir Hussain has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Collinear, a start-up developing intelligent wireless systems based on Free Space Optics (FSO).

Hussain most recently was Chief Technology Officer at CenturyLink. Before CenturyLink, Hussain held senior leadership roles with Liberty Global, Covad, TELUS, Qwest, Bellsouth and Motorola.

Collinear's technology is being developed in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Space. The systems are currently in trials with a number of prospective customers around the world. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.


ADARA debuts cloud-ready SD-WAN

ADARA introduced a new Cloud Version of its SD WAN platform, claiming 10X to 1,000X improved performance over common SDN, SD WAN and legacy networking. ADARA also says it is a minimum of 50% less expensive than published Cisco (Viptela) pricing.

ADARA's cloud-ready platform includes ADARA's Intent Based SD WAN Routers, ADARA's SD WAN Proxies, and ADARA's Direct Connection(s) Multi Cloud Management Platform. ADARA's AI algorithms measure network performance in real time and then dynamically adjust the configuration.

ADARA SD WAN is available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.

http://www.ADARANetworks.com

Cellcom picks Mavenir for virtualized mobile core in Midwest

Cellcom has selected Mavenir to deploy its virtualized IMS mobile core and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) software solutions for its network in Michigan and Wisconsin.

For Cellcom, an IMS core for all network access types and a common provisioning and management system help decrease operational costs and allow convergence of the network to deliver voice and rich multimedia services across any network access (LTE, Wi-Fi, and eventually 5G).

Lee Thibaudeau, Cellcom’s CTO and Vice President of Engineering, said, “We look to Mavenir to help us transition our network to enable rapid service deployment for our customers. Mavenir’s deep expertise and extensive knowledge of implementing and deploying IMS and supporting services, will help us launch new product offerings on time and on budget. We look forward to partnering with Mavenir to deploy these new services for the benefit of our customers.”

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Lean NFV proposes a Key-Value Store to simplify deployments

A new industry initiative known as Lean NFV is aiming to simplify the process of onboarding virtualized network functions (VNFs).

Six years after the publication of the first Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) specification, proponents of Lean NFV argue that the technology has failed to live up to its promises largely due to complexity and inefficiency in the deployment model.

The topic was addressed in a keynote at last week's Open Networking Summit in San Jose presented by Scott Shenker, Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley; Sylvia Ratnasamy, Associate Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley & CTO of Nefeli Networks; and Constantine Polychronopoulos, VP & CTO of the Telco Business Unit at  VMware. 

Specifically, complexity in the current deployment model arises in three areas:  when the NFV manager is integrated with the existing computational infrastructure, when VNFs are integrated with the NFV manager, and when coordination is required between the various components of the NFV manager.

Lean NFV is advocating a key-value (KV) store to serve as a universal point of integration for VNFs. Many open source key-value store implementations have been deployed by companies such as Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Redis, etc.

The goal with Lean NFV is to allow NFV solutions to be “plugged in” to any computational infrastructure. With this model, principles, an NFV manager is responsible for the management of both individual VNFs and end-to-end service chains, including lifecycle management tasks such as placement, launching, configuring, chaining, scaling, healing, monitoring, and upgrades. KV-based integration also allows VNFs to evolve incrementally and independently.

Lean NFV argues this model is synergistic to ETSI MANO and supportive of the work being done with ONAP, the network automation platform of the Linux Foundation. Furthermore, the model scales for the network slicing and microservices requirements in full 5G architecture.

A whitepaper on this topic is published here:

https://leannfv.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Lean-NFV-Whitepaper-Rev-A.pdf





Saturday, April 6, 2019

UK operators: Huawei ban would bring heavy cost

A restriction placed on Huawei in the telecom supply chain could delay a full 5G launch by between 18 and 24 months and cost the UK economy between £4.5bn and £6.8bn, according to a study published by Mobile UK, which is the trade association for the UK’s mobile network operators -  EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

The study argues that a delay to 5G rollout while operators make alternative procurement arrangements with other suppliers may seriously threaten the UK’s aspiration to be a world leader in 5G, something that has been central to the UK government’s industrial strategy since 2016.



The report also provides the following summary of 5G plans

EE
EE plans to activate 5G sites in 16 UK cities in 2019. The first launch cities will be the UK’s four capital cities – London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast – and Birmingham and Manchester. As well as the six launch cities, through 2019 EE will also be introducing 5G across the busiest parts of ten more UK cities: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol. The first 1,500 sites that EE is upgrading to 5G in 2019 carry 25% of all data across the whole network, covering 15% of the UK population. EE will launch with multiple smartphone partners, as well as an EE 5G home router with external antenna, to showcase the power of 5G for broadband. 

O2 
O2 will begin the roll-out of its 5G network in 2019 in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Other areas of the UK will see roll-out from 2020 to coincide with the wider availability of 5G handsets.

Three 
Three will launch 5G in H2 2019 with a data-only Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) product as part of a £2bn network investment. The initial launch will be in London and other major cities where they see value to be greatest. This forms part of Three’s tiering strategy – to upgrade the busiest sites on its network. 

Vodafone 
Vodafone are already trialling 5G in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester and will be delivering 5G to Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton later in 2019.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Huawei intros FusionServer Pro

Huawei introduced its line of FusionServer Pro intelligent servers running second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC-grade persistent memory.

FusionServer Pro highlights:

  • Supports 2nd-generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processors, with an up to 40% performance boost over the previous-generation chipset platform.
  • Supports Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. The 4-socket server supports a memory capacity up to 15 TB, greatly improving memory capacity and data reliability for in-memory computing scenarios.
  • Supports all-NVMe SSDs and hybrid configuration of hard drives; supports tiered data deployment, enhancing storage density and performance.
  • Provides various GE and 10GE LAN on motherboard (LOM) ports, simplifying network deployment and management.
  • Supports various intelligent accelerator components, such as intelligent network interface cards (iNICs), intelligent SSDs, FPGA accelerator cards, and AI accelerator cards, delivering ultimate service experience.
  • Incorporates the FusionDirector intelligent management software, greatly improving data center intelligence and management efficiency.

Teridion raises additional $9M for cloud-based SD-WAN

Teridion, a start-up headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Petah Tikva, Israel, closed $9 million in financing, for its cloud-based WAN service.

The funding round was led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) with participation from existing investors Magma Ventures and SingTel Innov8. The company has now raised $35 million to date.

Teridion's public WAN service promises carrier grade, SLA-backed performance and reliability with the agility, elastic scale, and global reach of the public cloud. Teridion's cloud-based WAN service is powered by Teridion Curated Routing, a cloud native approach to routing that "draws on the power of deep learning that brings hierarchical and centralized routing to enterprise networking to radically improve WAN, application and SaaS performance. "

"Enterprise networking is radically evolving," said Gadi Porat, Partner at JVP. "The Internet is the new LAN, and Teridion is pioneering the use of the powerful capabilities of the public cloud in enterprise networking, the same way public cloud providers caused a revolution in data center compute. Teridion's curated routing and ability to deliver a high performance, highly reliable WAN globally at broadband price points illustrates the power and capability of the Cloud edge. We see a significant opportunity with this investment, and look forward to working with Teridion as they continue to innovate in enterprise networking and the Cloud edge."

"We have proven the Teridion technology and the business model with our SaaS offering for the past 3 years, and this new investment further enables us to bring our service to the enterprise market," said Saar Gillai, CEO of Teridion. "We have seen strong traction among enterprise customers, channel partners, and technology partners since our Teridion for Enterprise announcement last November, and we are aggressively entering this new market with expanded sales and marketing efforts."

Viasat offers business Internet service in Puerto Rico

Viasat began delivering satellite internet to businesses and government agencies across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through a partnership wtih Expedition Communications, a wholesale satellite internet and telecommunications company.

Viasat has satellite internet coverage over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with its ViaSat-2 satellite.

"All businesses, regardless of where they decide to set-up operations, should have access to a quality internet network," said Dean Eldridge, CEO of Expedition Communications. "By collaborating with Viasat, we are enabling businesses to adopt technologies that were previously unavailable to them. Viasat's advanced satellite system is helping organizations be competitive and connected–across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands–enabling them to expand the types of business applications they can use."

Viasat boasts 100 Mbps of home Internet downlinks in U.S. with its new satellite

Viasat introduced its fastest satellite-based home Internet service for the U.S. market to date, boasting nation—with downlink speeds up to 100 Mbps. The new Viasat service also offers unlimited data plans.

The new service is powered by the ViaSat-2 satellite system, which was launched on June 1, 2017 by Arianespace.  The Ka-band satellite was built by Boeing.

In-Car video system gains AT&T FirstNet Ready certification

Utility Inc. received AT&T FirstNet Ready certification for their Rocket IoT XLE device.

The RocketIoT-XLE is an in-vehicle communication platform that can be used by law enforcement for automated evidence gathering, situational awareness and officer safety and transparency. The unit features a 4G LTE Cat-12 internal cellular modem supporting data speeds up to 600 Mbps. Other device features including dual Wi-Fi hotspots, integrated GPS and customizable vehicle triggers, and a built-in solid-state storage drive for video storage collected from multiple in-car cameras.

http://www.utility.com


Thursday, April 4, 2019

ONF publishes SEBA, Trellis and ODTN reference designs

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) released its first three Reference Designs (RD’s): SEBA, Trellis and ODTN.

Each of these reference designs are backed by network operators and supported by supply chain partners. The reference designs are paired with an open source Exemplar Platform (EP).  Both the RD and EP proceed in parallel, and RDs are not released unless a paired EP is available to prove out the architecture and accelerate adoption. 

Virtualized Broadband – SEBA

SEBA (SDN Enabled Broadband Access) is a lightweight virtualized broadband platform originally based on a variant of ONF’s R-CORD. It supports multiple virtualized access technologies at the edge of the carrier network (e.g. PON, G.Fast, DOCSIS), allowing each access technology to be controlled by OpenFlow®.  Furthermore, mediation software is provided to help operationalize the access devices and connect the SEBA implementation to OSS/BSS systems.  SEBA supports both residential access and wireless backhaul and is optimized such that traffic can run ‘fastpath’ straight through to the backbone without requiring VNF processing.  See ONF Reference Design TS-100 SEBA v1.0

NFV Fabric  – Trellis

Trellis defines a solution for an open multi-purpose L2/L3 spine-leaf Ethernet switch fabric for edge data centers and for interconnecting multiple sites.  It supports Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) running on servers, network functions implemented directly within the switch fabric itself, and the interconnection of local and remote resources all in a single solution. Trellis builds a non-blocking fabric using OpenFlow® controlled white box switching hardware and open source software. The Trellis fabric does not run any embedded control protocols on the switches (e.g. BGP, OSPF or RSTP). Instead, intelligence is moved into applications running on a clustered ONOS controller.  Fabric switches are thus simplified, and the fabric can be optimized by leveraging a holistic view of all activity while new features and functionality can be deployed without upgrading the switches. See ONF Reference Design TS-101 Trellis v1.0

Optical Networking – ODTN (released as Informational)

ODTN (Open Disaggregated Transport Networking) describes a blueprint for constructing open source solutions for multi-vendor optical networks mixing transponders from multiple suppliers as well as Open Line System from yet a different source.  ODTN is being released as an “Informational” Reference Design. The ONF wants to share publicly the status of this work, but given that a paired open source Exemplar Platform is not yet available in a sufficiently mature state ready for deployment, this RD is being published as Informational.  See ONF Reference Design Info-1002 ODTN v0.4

“We are excited to see the first formal release of the ONF’s first Reference Designs.  SEBA is experiencing fantastic traction and AT&T has live field trials with additional plans to scale the network moving forward.  We are also pleased to see growth in both the developer community and in the number of interested operators,” said Eddy Barker, AVP- Design & Architecture, Converged Access Systems, AT&T Labs.

“Deutsche Telekom’s SEBA implementation called Access 4.0 creates edge data centers supporting broadband Internet using FTTH/B,” said Robert Soukup, Program Manager for DT. “This is true next generation edge access using SDN. It helps us to realize our vision on many fronts, including the case for cost reduction, increased automation, and reduced time to market. This year we are bringing the project into an extended field trial and strongly drive productization. The results benefit the entire community and this is at the heart of ONF’s mission for open source.”

Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 rethinks broadband access



Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 program rethinks broadband access in the context of the ONF's SEBA project, edge clouds, and FTTH/B. Presented by Robert Soukup, Program Manager.

Update on ONF's SDN Enabled Broadband Access

Here's an update on the SDN Enabled Broadband Access reference design developed by Open Networking Foundation (ONF), presented by ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub.


https://youtu.be/psvPvGUT_W4

SEBA is a lightweight platform based on a variant of R-CORD. It supports a multitude of virtualized access technologies at the edge of the carrier network, including PON, G.Fast, and eventually DOCSIS and more. SEBA supports both residential access and wireless backhaul and is optimized such that traffic can run ‘fastpath’ straight through to the backbone without requiring VNF processing on a server.


https://www.opennetworking.org/seba/

CommScope completes acquisition of ARRIS

CommScope completed its previously announced acquisition of ARRIS International.

The acquisition brings together two companies—established and respected leaders in their respective markets—with a unique set of complementary assets and capabilities that are expected to enable end-to-end communications infrastructure and connectivity solutions, something that neither company could achieve on its own. The combination of the companies, which includes Ruckus Networks, is expected to create new opportunities across multiple markets, while increasing the companies’ relevance and importance with existing networking customers.

CommScope said it expects to generate nearly $1 billion of cash flow from operations in the first complete year post-close, and expects to use the free cash flow to aggressively pay down debt. Through the completion of the transaction, CommScope has expanded its product offerings and R&D capabilities, with the combined company having approximately 15,000 patents and patent applications globally and approximately $800 million in average annualized R&D spending.

“This is a major milestone in the evolution of these two great companies and a significant moment for our industry,” said Eddie Edwards, president and chief executive officer, CommScope. “With the completion of this exciting transaction, we are creating a new CommScope that will help shape communications connectivity and networks of the future with greater technology, solutions and employee talent. We are committed to building on our well-established track record in prior transactions of meeting or exceeding our synergy targets and generating significant value for shareholders.

CommScope to acquire ARRIS for $7.4 billion

CommScope agreed to acquire ARRIS International (NASDAQ: ARRS) in an all-cash transaction for $31.75 per share, or a total purchase price of approximately $7.4 billion, including the repayment of debt. In addition, The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, has reestablished an ownership position in CommScope through a $1 billion minority equity investment as part of CommScope’s financing of the transaction.

ARRIS, an innovator in broadband, video and wireless technology, combines hardware, software and services to enable advanced video experiences and constant connectivity across a variety of environments – for service providers, commercial verticals, small enterprises and the people they serve. ARRIS has strong leadership positions in the three segments in which it operates:

  • Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), featuring access devices such as broadband modems, gateways and routers and video set-tops and gateways;
  • Network & Cloud (N&C), combining broadband and video infrastructure with cloud-based software solutions; and
  • Enterprise Networks, incorporating the recently acquired Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch businesses, and focusing on wireless and wired connectivity, including Citizens Broadband Radio Service solutions.
  • For the 12 months ended September 30, 2018, ARRIS generated revenues of approximately $6.7 billion, consisting of $3.9 billion from CPE, $2.2 billion from N&C and $568 million from Enterprise Networks (reflecting only a partial year of Ruckus since its acquisition in December 2017). 
The combination of CommScope and ARRIS, on a pro forma basis, would create a company with approximately $11.3 billion in revenue and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of approximately $1.8 billion, based on results for the two companies for the 12 months ended September 30, 2018.

CommScope said the combined company will drive profitable growth in new markets, shape the future of wired and wireless communications, and position the new company to benefit from key industry trends, including network convergence, fiber and mobility everywhere, 5G, Internet of Things and rapidly changing network and technology architectures.

CenturyLink and Streamroot offer software-based mesh network

CenturyLink is working with Streamroot, a provider of peer-to-peer networking solutions, to offer a global mesh delivery platform for bandwidth-heavy streamed content.

CenturyLink's new mesh delivery platform intelligently sources video content from both a CDN and a mesh network of devices watching the same stream. This allows for rapid scalability and resiliency, even within hard-to-reach markets.

"Streamroot's work with CenturyLink demonstrates once more that the future of OTT streaming belongs to hybrid delivery," said Pierre-Louis Theron, CEO and Co-Founder of Streamroot. "The combination of CenturyLink's world-class CDN with Streamroot's proven peer-to-peer technology provides broadcasters a robust and scalable OTT delivery solution, and ushers in a new standard for large-scale video delivery to audiences around the world."

CenturyLink's CDN:

  • Delivered ~42.8 exabytes of data globally in 2018.
  • Answered 74.4 trillion requests globally for content like videos or photos in 2018.
  • Saw global year-over-year peak traffic growth (from 15.75 Tbps in 2017 to 27.98 Tbps in 2018).
  • Provides 40+ Tbps of total edge capacity across 6 continents in more than 100 major cities.
  • Offers 60 petabytes of storage.

Streamroot delivered more than 7 billion video sessions globally in 2018, and manages an average of more than 300 million peer connections per day.

http://www.centurylink.com/cdn

CenturyLink's Global Broadcast Fiber net connects to Google Cloud Platform

CenturyLink's  Vyvx suite of fiber-based broadcast services is now providing secure, high-performance connectivity into Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Vyvx Cloud Connect provides broadcasters, as well as studios and stadium venues, a path for getting live and linear video in and out of the cloud.

Key Facts

  • The service connects directly to Google Cloud's infrastructure, providing access to a wide array of products and services in the GCP ecosystem.
  • Vyvx Cloud Connect offers multi-site, diverse connectivity paths into GCP.
  • This is a fully managed and monitored Vyvx service to the demarcation point into GCP.
  • Vyvx customers can also use this service for their own virtual private cloud (VPC) environments.

"OTT platforms, broadcasters and gaming companies need a high availability, low latency network solution to deliver their live events and linear programming to cloud service providers for encoding, packaging and delivery to their CDNs," said Bill Wohnoutka, vice president of global internet and content delivery services for CenturyLink. "CenturyLink's Vyvx Cloud Connect enables our customers to leverage a managed, monitored and secure private network path to reach GCP, enabling cloud-based workflows."

http://www.centurylink.com/asset/business/enterprise/brochure/en-vyvx-br-ovrtopvdeodlvry-br180024.pdf

CoreSite offers 10G access to Google Cloud’s Dedicated Interconnect

CoreSite is now supporting Google Cloud’s Dedicated Interconnect product in both their Los Angeles and Denver markets. This service from Google Cloud allows enterprise and network service providers that are collocated with CoreSite to directly connect to Google Cloud Platform through 10 Gbps  fiber interconnects.

The  dedicated Interconnect offers guaranteed uptime of 99.99%.

“CoreSite is pleased to announce the availability of direct fiber interconnection to Google Cloud Platform, providing our customers with a dedicated, flexible and high-performance solution to optimize their evolving cloud and connectivity requirements,” said Maile Kaiser, Senior Vice President of Sales at CoreSite.

In addition to Dedicated Interconnect in CoreSite’s Los Angeles and Denver markets, CoreSite customers are able to connect directly to Google Cloud Platform via the CoreSite Any2Exchange in Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. Additionally, customers may access Google Cloud Platform from all of CoreSite’s markets via its network-rich ecosystem of providers or through its inter-site connectivity in select markets. CoreSite offers numerous inter-site connectivity options including lit transport solutions and dedicated dark fiber.

CoreSite’s Any2Exchange is the second-largest Internet exchange in the United States and is the largest Internet exchange on the West Coast. With CoreSite’s Any2Exchange, customers can make secure, SLA-backed, low-latency connections over one port and at a variety of speeds (including 1Gbps, 10Gbps, and 100Gbps) with direct peering to Google Cloud Platform. Customers connecting directly to Google Cloud Platform benefit from reduced congestion and routing issues, reduction in transit costs, lower latency and reduced complexity, all while having access to connect and peer with over 400 participating members.

SES continues to build its O3b MEO constellation

SES announced the successful launch of four more O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, bringing the number of O3b satellites to 20.

The launch was carried out by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre using the Soyuz rocket. The satellites were built by Thales Alenia Space.

The O3b MEO system is the only satellite-based system currently delivering fibre-like high-performance data connectivity services, MEF Carrier Ethernet certified services and certified Cloud connectivity services.

“This launch marks a very important part in the O3b journey. We started O3b with this bold vision of changing lives by connecting people. We wanted to create a meaningful impact, and we have. We have connected underserved communities with high-performance internet. We have restored connectivity across disaster zones. We have changed the notion that you can’t be as connected at sea as on land. And we have made the cloud available to businesses where it was never possible before,” said John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Executive Officer of SES Networks. “As this launch completes our first-gen O3b system of 20 satellites, it also marks the transition into our next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, the only fully-funded NGSO broadband system in development today. When O3b mPOWER launches in 2021, SES will bring massive scale to our proven O3b model – driving digital transformation and cloud adoption virtually everywhere on the planet.”

Column: How Satellites will Reshape Data Connectivity in 2019


by Eric Watko, EVP, Product Marketing & Strategy, SES Networks Next-generation satellite services are set to transform data connectivity as we know it, opening up new markets and bringing the opportunities of the digital era to unconnected – and under-connected – industries and end-user populations around the world, to what would be roughly 3.7 billion people that were still offline by the end of 2018 according to the International Telecommunications...

NEC and Ceragon announce alliance for 5G wireless backhaul

NEC Corporation and Ceragon Networks announced a collaboration agreement to further expand their global wireless backhaul business footprint. 

The agreement calls for a development program, wherein the companies will leverage both parties' rich experience and unique capabilities in microwave and millimeter-wave communications, to develop advanced technologies which will further accelerate innovation and deliver premium cutting-edge solutions for 5G wireless backhaul. NEC and Ceragon will each provide their own differentiated solutions based on these advanced technologies.

"NEC and Ceragon will collaborate to further develop and provide more attractive technologies for communications service providers," said Akihiko Kumagai, Senior Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. "NEC has more than 80 years of experience in the microwave radio market, and this partnership is one part of NEC's long-term commitment to and strategy for the market. It will help NEC to continue to grow as a global leader in the wireless backhaul business," he added.

"This collaboration reaffirms Ceragon's commitment to continue aggressively developing next generation technologies," said Ira Palti, President & CEO of Ceragon Networks. "The agreement will allow Ceragon to increase its market leadership by spearheading innovation that delivers elite technological advancements in the 5G wireless backhaul market, allowing service providers to stay well ahead of the curve."