Thursday, May 9, 2019

Verizon tests full virtualization of baseband functions

In a trial environment conducted with Nokia and Intel in California, Verizon achieved full virtualization of baseband functions – the heaviest portion of computing on the Radio Access Network (RAN).

Intel provided its Xeon Scalable processor-based platforms and FlexRAN reference architecture while Nokia provided its new AirScale All-in-Cloud Base Station architecture.

Verizon said this virtualization will enable the network to be hardware agnostic, using Common Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware, leading to greater flexibility and speed to deployment of products and services.

“Having virtualized the core of the network last year, this significant step forward in virtualizing the RAN edge is a critical piece of providing the next generation of wireless solutions for consumers and enterprises,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Network Planning.  “With a virtualized baseband unit, we will lay the foundation to be able to move computing functionality to the edge of the network and will be able to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs.”

"Nokia is a leader in driving and commercializing Cloud RAN innovations, and we are excited to be a part of this collaborative work that represents a key milestone for Verizon’s cloud migration,” said Michael Clever, Senior Vice President and Head of Cloud RAN, Nokia. “This successful trial is an important step in offering flexible and scalable capacity, plus continuous software delivery.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-multi-access-edge-compute-network-slicing

Openreach to increase pace of FTTP rollout

Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach, announced plans to reach an extra one million premises with full fibre to the premises (FTTP) service within the original timeframe, meaning four million homes and businesses will have access to a full fibre to the premises (FTTP) service over our network by the end of March 2021.

Openreach deployed more FTTP during 2018/19 than in the previous seven years combined.

We’ve made this future-proof broadband technology available to more than 1.2 million homes and businesses nationwide, and we’ve honed our skills, tools and techniques to become not only the fastest, but the most efficient and highest-quality fibre builder in the UK.

"We’re determined to be the UK’s full fibre broadband provider and we’ve been encouraged by the direction of Government and Ofcom in supporting that investment case."

https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/news?utm_source=Openreach+Splashpage&utm_medium=news+link


FCC considers opening 1675-1680 MHz band for shared use

The FCC is proposing to reallocate spectrum in the 1675-1680 MHz band for shared use between incumbent federal users and new, non-federal flexible-use wireless operations.

The 1675-1680 MHz band currently is used for weather forecasting services. The FCC proposes to reallocate the 1675-1680 MHz band on a co-primary basis for terrestrial fixed and mobile (except aeronautical mobile) use on a shared basis with existing federal users, and it seeks comment on appropriate service and technical rules for the band.

Interxion reports continued data center demand in Europe

Interxion reported Q1 2019 revenue of €151.5 million, a 13% increase over the first quarter of 2018 and a 3% increase over the fourth quarter of 2018. Recurring revenue was €145.3 million, a 14% increase over the first quarter of 2018 and a 4% increase over the fourth quarter of 2018. Recurring revenue in the first quarter represented 96% of total revenue. Net income decreased by 28% to €8.4 million (1Q 2018: €11.7 million).

“Interxion continues to experience strong demand in Europe, with the cloud and content platforms continuing to expand across our pan-European footprint, driving 14% recurring revenue growth in the first quarter and providing support for our ongoing expansion program,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer. “Interxion’s highly-connected data centres and value-enhancing communities of interest continue to attract mission-critical and latency sensitive applications, contributing to sustainable attractive returns for our shareholders.”


Operating Highlights


  • Equipped space increased by 3,500 square metres during the quarter to 148,300 square metres.
  • Revenue generating space increased by 4,000 square metres during the quarter to 119,000 square metres.
  • Utilisation rate at the end of the quarter was 80%.
  • During the first quarter, Interxion completed the following capacity additions:
  • 2,600 sqm in Frankfurt;
  • 300 sqm in London; and
  • 300 sqm in Dusseldorf.
  • In April, Interxion acquired a 40% equity interest in Icolo Ltd., a Kenyan data centre operator.


FCC rejects China Mobile's license application

After a very lengthy review period, the FCC voted to deny an application from China Mobile to provide telecommunication services between the United States and foreign destinations.

The FCC said it thoroughly examined the application and found it to be not in the public interest due to several factors related to China Mobile USA’s ownership and control by the Chinese government. The FCC further stated that a grant of the application would raise substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks that cannot be addressed through a mitigation agreement between China Mobile and the federal government.

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, stated: "Simply put, granting China Mobile’s application would not be in the public interest. China Mobile ultimately is owned and controlled by the Chinese government. That makes it vulnerable to exploitation, influence, and control by that government. And in the current security environment, which features Chinese government involvement in computer intrusions and economic espionage, there is a significant risk that the Chinese government would use China Mobile to conduct activities that would seriously jeopardize the national security, law enforcement, and economic interests of the United States."

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-denies-china-mobile-telecom-services-application


  • China Mobile's application was filed in 2011.

TELUS to trial MobiledgeX

TELUS, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, will conduct a trial of the MobiledgeX edge network in Canada. Third parties, such as mobile application developers, consumer device makers, and IoT hardware manufacturers will be enabled by end-to-end low latency and a global network of participating MobiledgeX operators to innovate with these new edge performance capabilities.

Specifically, TELUS will pilot MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0, which aggregates processors and GPUs in virtualized cloudlets in key locations near the edge of TELUS’ wireless and wired access networks.

“TELUS is excited to pioneer edge computing technology in Canada as the first operator to collaborate with MobiledgeX and empower next-generation technologies and experiences,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS. “TELUS is constantly innovating and trialing technologies that will be vital components in the networks of tomorrow. Partnering with MobiledgeX to pilot its world-class edge computing technology today will ensure that TELUS customers continue to enjoy Canada’s largest and fastest mobile network in the future.”

“The massive edge computing opportunity can only be realized when it can benefit from ubiquity and scale,” said Eric Braun, Chief Commercial Officer at MobiledgeX. “Our work with TELUS delivers exactly that, reflecting an aligned vision for the future of mobile operators as key players in mobile application development, performance, security, and reliability. We are thrilled to be working with TELUS to usher in a new era of mobile services in Canada.”

http://www.mobiledgex.com

Deutsche Telekom deploys MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud

MobiledgeX, the edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom AG, unveiled its architecture for connecting mobile users to application cloud containers created by aggregating existing operator network resources.

Deutsche Telekom is now using the MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 to power the first world's first public mobile edge network deployment and is already supporting the prototyping of developer use cases such as live trials around Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).

The solution MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 leverages application cloud containers created by aggregating existing operator network resources. At runtime, MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 spins up the containers on-demand in edge cloud locations (also known as “cloudlets”) that optimally fulfill the needs of the desired application and user quality of experience.

Key features of MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0:

  • Device and platform-independent SDKs for Android and IOS devices in Java, C++, C# or REST that support edge node discovery, built-in identity and verified location services, with the ability to connect automatically to the nearest edge location. MobiledgeX will release these SDKs as open source to speed development times and flexibility.
  • A Distributed Matching Engine (DME) that is natively borne and integrated into Telekom Deutschland’s mobile network in Germany. The DME allows developers to ensure the identity and location of application users while guaranteeing their privacy as this data remains within the boundaries of the mobile service provider and is not disclosed to MobiledgeX.
  • A fully multi-tenant control plane that supports zero-touch provisioning of edge cloud resources via a Cloudlet Resource Manager. This architecture is massively scalable based on the number of distributed edge cloud locations and enables the operator to bring any combination of compute, storage and network resource pools to add to capacity independently of a preferred Virtualization Infrastructure Management (VIM) layer. For example, while Deutsche Telekom edge cloud resource pools are virtualized using OpenStack, MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 equally supports other industry- standard VIMs such as VMware or native Kubernetes.
  • A global edge cloud SAAS portal that allows operators to visualize application delivery performance and developers to deploy their application containers.



MobiledgeX 

Hungary's national power utility deploys ADVA's fiber monitoring

HEP Telekomunikacije (part of HEP Group), which manages the telecommunication infrastructure and telecommunication systems of Hungary's national energy utility,  has deployed ADVA's ALM fiber monitoring technology to provide precise, real-time insight into its access, metro and core networks.

ADVA's solution is being used to assure both HEP Telekomunikacije’s legacy SDH network and its high-performance WDM infrastructure built on the ADVA FSP 3000. Specifically, the ADVA ALM delivers detailed visibility of HEP Telekomunikacije fiber infrastructure, empowering its maintenance team to easily and precisely pinpoint faults or areas of degradation.

ADVA’s regional partner ITeRATIO played a key role in the project.

“What this deployment gives us is the power to react quickly to any issues. Whether it’s monitoring displacement in our underground infrastructure or detecting damage to OPGW aerial fiber, the ADVA ALM enables us to take rapid and effective action,” said Davor Rakoš, head of network construction and development, HEP Telekomunikacije.

“This simple, compact device offers several key advantages for utility network assurance. It operates without a fan and consumes very little energy. It’s also a highly robust solution ready to be installed virtually anywhere. What’s more, the ADVA ALM is fully interoperable with our existing network management solution, including our Netcool/OMNIbus supervisory system.”

http://www.advaoptical.com

A10 Networks gains Powered by Oracle Cloud status

A10 Networks has achieved Powered by Oracle Cloud status for its its A10 vThunder Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and its A10 Harmony Controller.

The vThunder ADC and Harmony Controller are now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

A10 Networks vThunder software appliances are secure application services that serve a wide variety of application requirements and workloads on virtual infrastructure. In addition, A10 Networks vThunder software appliances integrate with cloud, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) orchestration platforms to support building programmable software networks. Implementing virtualized L4-L7 server load balancing with vThunder ADC as a virtual network function (VNF) will optimize, accelerate and secure applications within Oracle Cloud. Scaling web and infrastructure servers seamlessly ensures business continuity, accelerates applications for efficient operations and protects infrastructure for uninterrupted operations.

The A10 Harmony Controller simplifies operations and increases the agility of the operations teams. Infrastructure and application operations teams can centrally-manage infrastructure configuration and application policies for vThunder application services, such as load balancing and application delivery. Configuration and control can also be automated via APIs and integrated with orchestration systems used within organizations. In addition, the controller provides comprehensive infrastructure and per-application metrics and analytics for performance and security monitoring, anomaly detection and faster troubleshooting.

http://www.oracle.com/partners
http://www.a10networks.com

eSilicon tapes out 7nm Combo PHY for high bandwidth memory

eSilicon announced the tapeout of a 7nm test chip to provide silicon validation of its physical interface (PHY) to support the new JEDEC standard JESD235B, referred to informally as high bandwidth memory (HBM) 2E and emerging low-latency HBM technology. 

The chip contains a 7nm PHY from eSilicon and a controller from Northwest Logic.  This 7nm test chip, along with a previously taped out 7nm test chip will be part of a 2.5D test system to verify end-to-end support for the new HBM interfaces. The PHY design is a “combo” device that supports HBM2, HBM2E and the emerging low-latency HBM interface in one physical IP block.

When compared to HBM2, the HBM2E standard increases total capacity from 8GB to 16GB, bandwidth per pin from 2.4 Gb/s to 3.2 Gb/s and bandwidth per stack from 307.2 GB/s to 410 GB/s. Samsung Electronics announced the industry’s first HBM2E to deliver the 3.2 Gb/s per-pin transfer speed, at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in March.

“HBM memory stacks are a critical component for many of our new FinFET-class 2.5D ASICs,” said Hugh Durdan, vice president, strategy and products at eSilicon. “We look forward to validating the performance and functionality of our combo PHY and Northwest Logic’s controller to support the latest HBM capabilities.”

http://www.esilicon.com

FCC approves Theia's 112 Satellite LEO Constellation

The FCC approved an application by Theia Holdings to construct, launch, and operate a satellite constellation that will be used to provide high-resolution earth-imaging data in the United States and globally.

Theia’s proposed satellite system is comprised of 112 satellites operating in non-geostationary satellite orbit, and the Commission granted Theia authority for those satellites to use frequencies in the Ka (20/30 GHz), Ku (11/14 GHz), V (40/50 GHz) and the 1215-1300 MHz bands to provide fixed-satellite and earth exploration satellite services.

Over the past eighteen months, the FCC has approved requests by OneWeb, SpaceX, and other companies proposing NGSO constellations.

Various media reports have stated that the Theia Satellite Network will be used for high-definition Earth observation. 

Cabling for High Density Interconnects with Tom Marrapode of Molex



Molex's COBO reference board showcases routing ribbon technology, formed ribbon technology, round cables, optical shuffles and optical flex planes.  All these Molex cabling options give system and mechanical designers the ability to go from COBO modules to the panel front or back with single or multi-mode fiber.

https://youtu.be/35xs5FufbuU





Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Private investors to acquire Zayo for $14.3 billion in cash

Affiliates of Digital Colony Partners and the EQT Infrastructure IV fund will acquire Zayo Group Holdings for $35.00 in cash per share of Zayo's common stock in a transaction valued at $14.3 billion, including the assumption of $5.9 billion of Zayo’s net debt obligations. The offer price represents a 32% premium to the volume-weighted price average of the last six months of $26.44.

The Zayo Board of Directors said the sale of the company to Digital Colony and EQT Infrastructure is in the best interest of Zayo and all its stakeholders, as it delivers immediate and substantial value to shareholders, will strengthen Zayo’s financial flexibility, enabling the company to increase investments and better position itself for long-term growth and profitability.

The companies hope to conclude the deal by the first half of 2020.

Marc Ganzi, Managing Partner of Digital Colony, said, “Zayo has a world-class digital infrastructure portfolio, including a highly-dense fiber network in some of the world’s most important metro markets. We believe the company has a unique opportunity to meet the growing demand for data associated with the connectivity and backhaul requirements of a range of customers. We are excited to work alongside the management team and EQT to grow the business and expand its presence in the global market."

Dan Caruso, Zayo’s Chairman and CEO, said, “Digital Colony and EQT share our vision that Zayo’s Fiber Fuels Global Innovation. Both are experienced global investors in the communications infrastructure space, and they appreciate our extraordinary fiber infrastructure assets, our highly talented team and our strong customer base. I am confident this partnership with EQT and Digital Colony will empower Zayo to accelerate its growth and strengthen its industry leadership.”

Separately, Zayo reported consolidated revenue of $647.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, including $555.2 million from the Communications Infrastructure segments and $92.0 million from the Allstream segment. Net income was $34.7 million, including $39.2 million from the Communications Infrastructure segments and a net loss of $4.5 million from the Allstream segment.

https://investors.zayo.com/home/default.aspx

Telefónica to sell 11 data centers for €550 million

Telefónica agreed to sell 11 of its data centers to Asterion Industrial Partners, a pan-European infrastructure fund manager, for EUR 550 million.

The data centers covered by the sale have installed service capacity of 29 MW and are located in 7 countries: Argentina (2), Brazil (2), Chile (1), Spain (2), Mexico (1), Peru (2) and United States (1).

Telefonica will continue to offer its portfolio of services from a network of 23 Data Centers, including the 11 of the sale. The deal does not include the sale of servers owned by Telefónica, or the management and access to customers hosted on them.

The sale also includes the signing of a housing services agreement under which Telefónica will continue to provide and manage the services it has been offering its customers from these centers and Telefónicawill maintain a direct relationship with these customers. In turn, this agreement will allow Asterion to leverage the sales network of the Telefónica Group's operations to market the remaining capacity of the Data Centers.

Telefónica expects to incur capital gains before taxes and controlling interests of around EUR 260 million.

Altiostar raises $114 million for its open vRAN

Altiostar, a start-up based in  Tewksbury, Mass., closed a $114 million Series C round of financing for its open virtualized RAN (open vRAN) technology.

Rakuten, which is preparing to launch a greenfield mobile network in Japan later this year, is coming on board as an investor. Rakuten is deploying the Altiostar solution in their mobile network and the companies are collaborating on the development of 5G solutions.

In early 2018, Qualcomm Ventures LLC and Tech Mahindra also participated in the C-round as investors. Qualcomm has entered into a development collaboration agreement with Altiostar. Tech Mahindra has signed a value-added-reseller/system integrator contract with Altiostar.

"A round of this magnitude, backed by global technology leaders like Rakuten, Qualcomm Ventures and Tech Mahindra, signifies the immense 5G opportunity we have in front of us as well as the progress we have made developing our virtualized RAN technology. Our unique open vRAN solution is designed to improve the quality of experience, enhance spectral efficiency and significantly reduce Total Cost of Ownership. With this funding, and these strategic partners, we're excited about our ability to deliver this breakthrough software defined solution to network operators globally as they prepare for the 5G future," said Ashraf M. Dahod, president and chief executive officer at Altiostar.

http://www.altiostar.com

  • Altiostar provides a 5G-ready virtualized RAN software solution that supports open interfaces and disaggregates the hardware from the software to build an open multi-vendor web-scale network. The Altiostar solution supports macro and small cells, indoor and outdoor, enabling interference management, carrier aggregation and dual reception.

Nutanix builds its multi-cloud strategy

Nutanix is extending its Xi Frame desktop-as-a-service solution from the public cloud to the private cloud, enabling the delivery of apps and desktops in a hybrid cloud environment.

Nutanix Xi Frame customers can already access applications and virtual desktops from popular public clouds like AWS and Azure. The new support enables customers to extend desktop delivery to their Nutanix private cloud, integrating virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) services with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform. Xi Frame desktops can be simultaneously delivered via multiple clouds and managed via a single console for seamless control and administration.

In addition, the company is announcing new functionality and additional planned availability zones for its cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service, Xi Leap. Nutanix Xi Leap is expanding beyond its current availability zones in US West, US East and the U.K. to include Italy through Nutanix’s partnership with Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group, as well as in Japan and Germany. Also, Xi Leap can now deliver DR services for enterprise workloads running on Nutanix private clouds using VMware ESXi, making it even simpler to transform existing applications into a hybrid service.

One further announcement is the introduction of Nutanix Mine, a new open solution that integrates secondary storage operations with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, delivering a complete platform for primary and secondary storage within the private cloud.

Deutsche Telekom's sales grow 3.5% to EUR 19.5 billion

Deutsche Telekom's Q1 2019 net revenue increased by 3.5% in organic terms to 19.5 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA AL rose 3.9 percent year-on-year to 5.9 billion euros in organic terms. Free cash flow AL totaled 1.6 billion euros. In organic terms, it increased by 9.6 percent.

“We got off to a successful start to the year,” said Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “Deutsche Telekom has much more to offer than just our sensational success in the United States. We are seeing positive trends throughout the Group.”

Cash CAPEX excluding expenses for mobile spectrum stood at 3.7 billion euros, up 19.7 percent against the first quarter of 2018. This increase was attributable to the accelerated network build-out in the United States and further extensive investments to build out and modernize the network in Germany.

Some highlights:

Germany – MagentaTV gains ground

  • 4.4 million customers now use MagentaEINS, a convergence product package of fixed-network and mobile communications, up 17.1 percent yoy. 53 percent of branded mobile contract customers now use MagentaEINS packages, an increase of 9 percentage points in a year. 
  • The number of customers with fiber-optic-based products (FTTH, FTTC/vectoring) increased by 688,000 in the quarter, reaching 12.9 million at the end of March, up 24 percent year-on-year. 
  • 66,000 new MagentaTV customers were recorded in the quarter just ended, taking the total number to 3.4 million, an increase of 7.1 percent compared with March 2018.
  • German mobile service revenues increased again substantially by 2.8 percent compared with the first quarter of 2018. The trend in adjusted EBITDA AL in the Germany operating segment was also very positive in the reporting period, with an increase of 2.4 percent to 2.1 billion euros. Revenue increased 0.6 percent to 5.4 billion euros.

United States

  • For the last six years now, T-Mobile US has recorded more than one million customer additions in every single quarter. 
  • Between January and March 2019, 1.65 million net additions were recorded, including one million branded postpaid customers. 
  • Total revenue increased by 7.0 percent to 11.1 billion U.S. dollars. Adjusted EBITDA AL reached 3.0 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 6.2 percent year-on-year.

Europe

  • European national companies' revenue increased by 2.8 percent to 2.9 billion euros compared with the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA AL increased by as much as 5.2 percent to 0.9 billion euros. 


T-Systems Solutions

  • At 1.6 billion euros, order entry was up 6.8 percent against the first quarter of 2018, primarily driven by new deals in growth areas such as SAP, public cloud, and health.
  • Revenue declined 2.1 percent to 1.6 billion euros. 
  • There was a general decline in the volume of traditional IT and telecommunications business in Western Europe. T-Systems also terminated contracts in unprofitable business areas. 


Infinera posts Q1 revenue of $292.7 million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue of $292.7 million for its first quarter ended March 30, 2019, compared to $332.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $202.7 million in the first quarter of 2018. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 22.7% compared to 25.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 40.5% in the first quarter of 2018. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (38.2)% compared to (34.4)% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and (12.2)% in the first quarter of 2018.

GAAP net loss for the quarter was $121.6 million, or $(0.69) per share, compared to a net loss of $133.5 million, or $(0.76) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2018, and net loss of $26.3 million, or $(0.17) per share, in the first quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter was $41.2 million, or $(0.23) per share, compared to a net loss of $44.2 million, or $(0.25) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2018, and net loss of $7.2 million, or $(0.05) per share, in the first quarter of 2018.

“In the first quarter of 2019, we made significant progress on the integration of our new company and in executing on our committed synergies,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “While a significant deployment did not progress as expected, I am encouraged by the strong bookings outlook we see for second quarter of 2019 and our continued trend of building backlog and engaging with a much larger customer base. We are committed to capitalizing on this momentum and expect to return to non-GAAP profitability in the fourth quarter of this year.”

Separately, Brad Feller, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Infinera, informed Infinera of his intention to resign as CFO effective as of a date still to be determined no later than the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Infinera has agreed with Mr. Feller that he will continue to serve as CFO during this transition period while Infinera conducts a search for his successor.

https://www.infinera.com/infinera-reports-first-quarter-2019-financial-results/

ECI partners with UK-based Cherry & White

ECI announced a partnership with Cherry & White, an IT and telecommunications solutions provider, located in Cheltenham, England, supporing major utility network operators, government organizations and incumbent telecom network operators in the UK.

With this partnership, Cherry & White can leverage the complete set of products and systems from across the ECI portfolio.

“The market for ICT modernization has seen considerable growth in the past few years as more companies look for adaptive, flexible solutions to meet their needs, which is why we’re very excited about working alongside industry veterans like Cherry & White,” said Christian Erbe, VP Sales EMEA at ECI. “Critical infrastructure is an important market for ECI, and with more than 50 years of experience servicing hundreds of customers around the world, this partnership is an opportunity for both our companies to help others make the transition. This is yet another indication of our considerable positive momentum, particularly in the United Kingdom, and we’re looking forward to a bright future ahead.”

https://www.ecitele.com/elastigrid

Orange Spain tests Huawei's 400G

Orange Spain has completed a pilot deployment of a 400G/wavelength WDM link in its network using equipment from Huawei.

This marks the first pilot deployment of 400G/wavelength both in Spain and inside Orange Group.

In addition, Orange Spain is one of the first Service Providers to test Huawei's AI-based tools to help and enhance their Operation and Maintenance in the Optical Domain while providing the foundation towards Automation in its Transport Network.

Manuel Sánchez, Network Planning Director at Orange Spain, pointed out: "This joint test is very important for Orange. We have been seeking for technological innovation to efficiently and reliably expand our network bearing capabilities, thereby providing the best service for customers. Based on the new 400G/wavelength and AI-based Intelligence O&M technologies, Orange has confidence in providing high-quality connections to accommodate the yearly increasing traffic growth and to prepare the network for future evolutions such as 5G".

Richard Jin, President of Huawei Transmission & Access Product Line, said: "Huawei has maintained its technological innovation in the optical network field and promoted the optical network industry to the Optical Networking 2.0 era. The successful pilot deployment of 400G/wavelength and testing of Optical Intelligence (OI) are the full verification of Huawei's Optical Networking 2.0 solution. In the future, we will keep on supporting Orange Spain in coping with service challenges in the 5G era to achieve its business success."

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Open Eye MSA Consortium targets 50/100/200/400G modules

The Open Eye Consortium has established a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) aimed at standardizing advanced specifications for lower latency, more power efficient and lower cost 50 Gbps, 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps, and up to 400 Gbps optical modules for datacenter interconnects over single-mode and multimode fiber.

The MSA aims to accelerate the adoption of PAM-4 optical interconnects scaling to 50 Gbps, 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps, and 400 Gbps by expanding upon existing standards to enable optical module implementations using less complex, lower cost, lower power, and optimized clock and data recovery (CDR) based architectures in addition to existing digital signal processing (DSP) architectures. The idea is to minimize the use of digital signal processing in optical modules.

The Open Eye industry consortium said it is committed to developing an industry-standard optical interconnect that leverages seamless component interoperability among a broad group of industry-leading technology providers, including providers of electronics, lasers and optical components.

 The initial Open Eye MSA specification will focus on 53 Gbps per lane PAM-4 solutions for 50G SFP, 100G DSFP, 100G SFP-DD, 200G QSFP, and 400G QSFP-DD and OSFP single-mode modules. Subsequent specifications will aim to address multimode and 100Gbps per lane applications. The initial specification release is planned for Fall 2019, with product availability to follow later in the year.

MACOM and Semtech Corporation initiated the formation of the Open Eye MSA with 19 current members in Promoter and Contributing membership classes.

Promoters include Applied Optoelectronics Inc., Cambridge Industries (CIG), Color Chip, Juniper Networks, Luxshare-ICT, MACOM, Mellanox, Molex and Semtech Corporation.

Contributors include: Accelink, Cloud Light Technology, InnoLight, Keysight Technologies, Maxim Integrated, O-Net, Optomind, Source Photonics and Sumitomo Electric.

“Through its participation in the Open Eye MSA, AOI is leveraging our laser and optical module technology to deliver benefits of low cost, high-speed connectivity to next generation data centers.” David (Chan Chih) Chen, AVP, Strategic Marketing for Transceiver, AOI

“MACOM continues to drive the industry’s technical requirements towards meeting the demands of Cloud Service Providers. Leveraging our proven leadership in 25G, 50G and 100G analog chipsets and optical components, we co-founded the Open Eye MSA to accelerate the adoption of 200G and 400G PAM optical interconnects. At the same time we are working in parallel to advance the DSP technologies necessary for faster connectivity speeds for future applications.” Preet Virk, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, MACOM.

Companies interested in joining the Open Eye MSA can contact: admin@openeye-msa.org.

http://www.openeye-msa.org