Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ooredoo Qatar picks Nokia for 5G cloud native core

Ooredoo Qatar has selected Nokia to build a 5G cloud native core network.

Nokia's AirFrame solution, which will be deployed in Ooredoo's data centers in Doha, encompass Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), including Mobile Core for Voice, with Cloud Packet Core, Subscriber Management Registers and Policy control on a cloud platform. The solution also includes Nokia CloudBand for virtual infrastructure management, Nokia NetAct, Nuage Networks for data center network automation, and Nokia Professional services.

Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "The modernization of our core network will enhance our capabilities to innovate with new services. It will also help us to meet additional demands for high-speed data services in general as well as bursts in demand, particularly in upcoming mega sporting events. Our 5G network will open the flood-gates for machine learning, automation and micro-services use-cases for consumer and business customers in the country."

Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: "We are excited to partner with Ooredoo Qatar to set up a 5G core network that is truly 'cloud native' from the ground up, not just an evolution of current core solutions. Our solution supports all flavors of mobile access network technologies and enables our customers to bring new 5G services to market rapidly. The solution provides the low latency, high throughput and content-rich services that will support Ooredoo Qatar's business goals immediately and well into the future."

VMware to acquire Bitnami for app migration tools

VMware will acquire Bitnami, a start-up offering application packaging solutions for major cloud and Kubernetes environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bitnami, which is based in San Francisco, has its roots in creating Windows and Linux installers for independent software developers. More recently, Bitnami has focused on packaging applications in ready-to-run virtual machines and cloud images to the world's leading cloud providers.

VMware said Bitnami will enable its customers to deploy application packages on any cloud— public or hybrid—and in the most optimal format—virtual machine (VM), containers and Kubernetes helm charts. Further, Bitnami augments VMware's existing efforts to deliver a curated marketplace to VMware customers that offers a rich set of applications and development environments in addition to infrastructure software.

https://cloud.vmware.com/community/2019/05/15/vmware-to-acquire-bitnami/

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trump declares national emergency to secure ICT supply chain

President Trump declared a national emergency over the security of the nation's communications infrastructure and signed an executive order aimed at mitigating "threats enabled by information and communications technologies or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary."

The Secretary of Commerce is called upon to adopt rules and regulations within the next 150 days prohibiting transactions with entities deemed to pose a security risk to the United States.

The term “information and communications technology or services” is defined as "any hardware, software, or other product or service primarily intended to fulfill or enable the function of information or data processing, storage, retrieval, or communication by electronic means, including transmission, storage, and display."

The order does not mention any countries or companies specifically but could be interpreted to include any U.S. technology suppliers to major OEMs.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-securing-information-communications-technology-services-supply-chain/

U.S. Commerce Dept adds Huawei to control list

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security will add Huawei Technologies and its subsidiaries to its "Entity List" - potentially blocking the company from purchasing certain products from U.S. suppliers, according to The Washington Post and other news sources.

Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, stated that his team is "committed to ensuring that information and communication technology and services in the United States provide a safe and secure foundation for innovation and economic prosperity."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-signs-order-to-protect-us-networks-from-foreign-espionage-a-move-that-appears-to-target-china/2019/05/15/d982ec50-7727-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html?utm_term=.a5894fc41ef9

Cisco posts revenue of $13.0 billion, up 6%

Cisco reported third-quarter revenue of $13.0 billion, up 6% year over year. Net income (GAAP) was $3.0 billion or $0.69 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.5 billion or $0.78 per share. The result reflect the divestiture of Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business in October.

"Our strong performance in the quarter was across the business, reflecting our customers' confidence in our strategy, business model and market-leading portfolio," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Technology is at the heart of our customers' strategies and we are building the technology to help them achieve their business objectives."

Q3 FY 2019 Highlights

  • Revenue -- Total revenue was $13.0 billion, up 6%, with product revenue up 7% and service revenue up 3%. 
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 9%, EMEA up 5%, and APJC down 4%. 
  • Product revenue performance was broad based with growth in Security, up 21%, Applications, up 9%, and Infrastructure Platforms, up 5%.
  • Gross Margin --  On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 63.1%, 62.0%, and 66.3%, respectively, as compared with 62.3%, 61.0%, and 65.8%, respectively, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Software subscriptions were 65% of total software revenue, up 9 points year-over-year.

LF Edge announces Project EVE Seed Code

LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, announced Project Edge Virtualization Engine (EVE) seed code contributed by LF Edge founding member ZEDEDA.

With Project EVE, edge gateways and devices run a variety of edge workloads simultaneously, decoupling application management from the underlying hardware. Applications can be deployed in standard virtual machines (VM) or container environments and be managed through a standard set of APIs.

“With Project EVE, the goal is to create a single virtualization standard for edge devices for the industry to build around so that we can enjoy the benefits of cloud-native applications sooner rather than later,” said Said Ouissal, co-founder and CEO of ZEDEDA. “Imagine how much more impact we can achieve now that edge applications can be reliably managed and secured.”

Additionally, LF Edge welcomes new Associate and Liaison member organizations Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the LIONS Center at the Pennsylvania State University, OTAinfo, and University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL).

"We are excited to see the LF community continue to collaborate on building unified edge solutions,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager,  Networking, IoT and Edge Computing, the Linux Foundation. “We appreciate ZEDEDA’s leadership in helping us advance On-Prem Edge IoT with initiatives like Project EVE, and are eager to showcase the broad capabilities of LF Edge onsite in Santa Clara while welcoming our newest members."

Linux Foundation targets Unified Open Source Framework for the Edge

The Linux Foundation is unifying a number of its projects into a new umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. The goal is the formation of a software stack that brings the best of telecom, cloud, and enterprise (representing location, latency and mobility differentiation).

LF Edge is initially comprised of five projects: Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry, and Open Glossary of Edge Computing, formerly stand-alone projects at The Linux Foundation. The initiative also includes a new project contributed by Samsung Electronics, which will create a hub for real-time data collected through smart home devices, and another project from ZEDEDA, which is contributing a new agnostic standard edge architecture.

“The market opportunity for LF Edge spans industrial, enterprise and consumer use cases in complex environments that cut across multiple edges and domains. We’re thrilled with the level of support backing us at launch, with 60 global organizations as founding members and new project contributions,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, the Linux Foundation. “This massive endorsement, combined with existing code and project contributions like Akraino from AT&T and EdgeX Foundry from Dell EMC, means LF Edge is well-positioned to transform edge and IoT application development.”

LF Edge is already supported by the following founding members: (Premier) Arm, AT&T, Baidu, Dell EMC, Dianomic Inc., Ericsson, HP Inc., HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, inwinStack, Juniper Networks, MobiledgeX, Netsia, Nokia Solutions, NTT, OSIsoft, Qualcomm Technologies, Radisys, Red Hat, Samsung Electronics, Seagate Technology, Tencent, WindRiver, Wipro, ZEDEDA; and (General) Advantech Co., Alleantia srl,  Beechwoods Software Inc., Canonical Group Limited, CertusNet, CloudPlugs Inc., Concept Reply, DATA AHEAD AG, Enigmedia, EpiSensor, Foghorn Systems Inc., ForgeRock US Inc., Foundries.io, Hangzhou EMQ Technologies Co. Ltd., IOTech Systems Ltd., IoTium, KMC, Linaro, Mainflux, Mocana, NetFoundry, Packet, Pluribus Networks, RackN, Redis Labs, VaporIO, Vitro Technology Corp., Volterra Inc., Wanxiang Group; and (Associate) Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC), Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Infrastructure Masons, Inc., and Project Haystack.

More about LF Edge projects:

  • Akraino Edge Stack -- creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications;
  • EdgeX Foundry -- focused on building a common open framework for IoT edge computing.
  • Home Edge Project -- seed code contributed by Samsung Electronics, is a new project that concentrates on driving and enabling a robust, reliable, and intelligent home edge computing framework, platform and ecosystem running on a variety of devices in our daily lives.
  • Open Glossary of Edge Computing -- provides a concise collection of terms related to the field of edge computing.
  • Project EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine) -- contributed by ZEDEDA, will create an open and agnostic standard edge architecture that accommodates complex and diverse on- and off-prem hardware, network and application selections.

Alibaba's cloud division hits US$1.151 billion in quarterly revenue

Alibaba Group reported that its cloud computing division generated revenue of RMB 7.726 billion (US$1.151 billion) during the March quarter, up 76% over the same period last year. Adjusted EBITA margin for the division was (2%). Adjusted EBITA was a loss of RMB 164 million (US$24 million).

The company said growth in cloud computing was primarily driven by an increase in average spending per customer.

Cloud computing now represents 8% of Alibaba Group's overall revenues.

For all of 2019, Alibaba Group reported an 84% growth in revenue for cloud computing for a total of RMB 24.702 billion (US$3.681 billion), with an Adjusted EBITA Margin of (5%).

https://www.alibabagroup.com/en/ir/presentations/pre190515.pdf



IDC: Worldwide semiconductor revenue to dip 7.2% in 2019

International Data Corporation (IDC) is predicting that worldwide semiconductor revenue will decline to $440 billion in 2019, down 7.2% from $474 billion in 2018. This follows three consecutive years of growth, with year-over-year growth of 13.2% in 2018.

Other key findings from IDC's Semiconductor Application Forecaster (excluding memory) include:

  • While the computing industry experienced strong growth in 2017 and 2018, the SAF forecasts semiconductor revenue for the computing industry segment to decline 5.1% this year but will show a positive CAGR of 1.3% for the 2018-2023 forecast period. Two bright spots for the computing segment are x86 servers and SSDs, growing with an 11.3% and 9.8% CAGR respectively for 2018-2023.
  • Semiconductor revenue for the mobile wireless communications segment will grow 1.8% year over year this year with a CAGR of 4.8% for 2018-2023. Semiconductor revenue for 4G mobile phones will experience a slowdown as 5G phones begin to ramp up in 2020, becoming mainstream by the middle of the next decade. RF subsystem in mobile devices will continue to drive the majority of the revenue growth as the subsystem continues to support more complexity, additional antennas, and the increase in bands on every phone.
  • The consumer semiconductor segment will grow at a 6.4% CAGR for 2018-2023 as consumer IoT devices and home automation continue to gain traction and scale. Connected devices will continue to drive more sensors and processing at the edge.

"The current market downturn is being driven by a broad weakness in demand specifically centered in China and an ingestion of excess inventories in some of the major markets including automotive, mobile phones, and cloud infrastructure," said Mario Morales, program vice president, Semiconductors at IDC. "We expect the market to bottom by end of the third quarter this year as we work through inventories and demand begins to gradually return. Cloud infrastructure investment, 5G mobile devices, WiFi 6 adoption, Smart NICs, automotive sensors, powertrain technologies, AI training accelerators, and edge inference SoCs will be instrumental in our growth expectations for 2020 and beyond."

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45075919

MediaTek completes standalone 5G call on 2.6GHz with Ericsson

Ericsson and MediaTek completed a 5G standalone end-to-end call on the 2.6GHz band based on 3GPP’s 5G December 2018 specifications.

The test was completed in April in a lab in Ottawa, Canada, connected a MediaTek chipset with an Ericsson Radio System radio AIR 6488 5G using 5G NR commercial software and dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution. The call was fully compliant with 3GPP’s Release 15 specifications for 5G from December 2018, providing maturity and better support for 5G SA commercial live network launches.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “We continue to promote interoperability so we can build a strong 5G ecosystem, and have reached an important milestone with MediaTek. As non-standalone 5G is maturing, we are also paving the way for standalone 5G to deliver on the full promises of 5G.”

Clearfield expands its operations and R&D in North America

Clearfield announced the expansion of its manufacturing warehouse space and R&D facilities to keep up with increasing demand for its products created by wireless and FTTx roll outs.

This growth takes place at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis and its manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico.

“We’re reaching the tipping point for fiber-based services where the commercial and market opportunities for both the residential and business markets cannot tolerate delay,” said Cheri Beranek, Clearfield president and CEO. “Network operators need products and partners that can help them lower the operational and capital costs of deploying fiber and Clearfield is committed to be that partner as our recent expansions demonstrate.”

http://www.SeeClearfield.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Arista's 7800R switches deliver 400G scalability for cloud networks

Arista Networks introduced its new 7800R3 Series switches boasting 36 400G ports per line card, a 4X increase compared to prior modular systems, to address the largest cloud data center routing requirements.

The rollout includes the new Arista 7800R family for 400G cloud networks and the next generation of the Arista 7500R, 7280R Series. All R3-Series feature the proven VoQ deep buffer architecture, with support for 400G, increased route scale and new telemetry functions.

The 7800R3 Series is initially available in 4 and 8 slot modular chassis, with up to 576 ports of 400G or 460Tbps of capacity for the largest scale environments, with a choice of both 100G and 400G modules with optional MACsec for secure interconnect across data centers. The 7800R Series support Segment Routing, MLAG, ECMP, EVPN and VXLAN technologies.

Arista 7800R3 Series Universal Spine 

  • Non-blocking 460Tbps of system capacity
  • High density 10/25/40/50/100/400G Ethernet
  • Scalable to 576 wire speed 400G ports
  • Ultra deep buffers up to 24GB per line card
  • Class-leading latency of 3.5usec
  • 14.4Tbps of fabric capacity per line card
  • Virtual Output Queues per port and CoS to eliminate head of line blocking

Arista 7500R3 Series Universal Spine

Enhancements to the 7500R3 Series deliver density and performance improvements with investment protection. The 7280R3 Series offers up to 48 400G ports that can be split into up to 192 100G ports.


  • Non-blocking 230Tbps of system capacity
  • High density 10/25/40/50/100/400G Ethernet
  • 288 wire speed 400G ports
  • Ultra deep buffers up to 16GB per line card
  • Class-leading latency of 3.5usec
  • 9.6Tbps of fabric capacity per line card
  • Virtual Output Queues per port and CoS to eliminate head of line blocking


Arista is also supporting Inband Network Telemetry (INT), IPFIX and Network Address Translation (NAT).

  • 7280PR3-48 and 7280PR3-24 offering 48 400G ports in 2U and 24 400G ports in 1U
  • 7280CR3-96, offering 96 100G ports in 2U and
  • 7280CR3-32P4, offering 4 400G ports plus 32 100G ports for space efficient Spines

All new platforms are available with 400G-OSFP or 400G-QSFP-DD configurations.

The new R3 Series products are shipping in Q3 2019.

http://www.arista.com

Samsung charts progress from 10nm to 3mm Gate-All-Around

Samsung Electronics is making rapid progress in 3nm Gate-All-Around (GAA) process technology, which could see first tape out in 2021 and mass market production as early as 2022.

Compared to 7nm technology, Samsung’s 3GAE process aims to deliver a 45% reduction in chip area with 50% percent lower power consumption, and 35% higher performance, potentially benefiting applications as diverse as mobile, network, automotive, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT.   Samsung's GAA MBCFET (Multi-Bridge-Channel FET) uses a nanosheet architecture, enabling greater current per stack. WhileFinFET structures must modulate the number of fins in a discrete way, MBCFET™provides greater design flexibility by controlling the nanosheet width.

At Samsung Foundry Forum event in Santa Clara California, company executives outlined the fabrication roadmap from today's 10nm down to 3nm. Some highlights:
  • 14/10nm - these are in high volume manufacturing. These will remain long-lasting technologies into the future
  • 8nm - the most advanced non-EUV technology
  • 7nm FinFET - currently under mass production for mobile applications. The first tape out was in 2018. IP re-use is supported.
  • 6nm FinFET -- mass production of 6nm process devices in the second half of 2019
  • 5nm FinFET - the product design of Samsung’s 5nm FinFET process, which was developed in April, is expected to be completed in the second half of this year and go under mass production in the first half of 2020
  • 4nm FinFET - will represent the maximum scaling of the 7nm family, and development will be completed later this year - 
  • 3nm Gate-All-Around (GAA) process development is on track and will leverage MBCFET (Multi-Bridge-Channel FET) based on nanosheet technology. A Process Design Kit (PDK) version 0.1 for 3GAE was released in April. This will be the future beyond FinFET.
“We stand at the verge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a new era of high-performance computing and connectivity that will advance the daily lives of everyone on the planet,” said Dr. ES Jung, President and head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Electronics fully understands that achieving powerful and reliable silicon solutions requires not only the most advanced manufacturing and packaging processes as well as design solutions, but also collaborative foundry-customer relationships grounded on trust and shared vision. This year’s Foundry Forum is filled with compelling evidence of our commitment to progress in all those areas, and we’re honored to host and converse with our industry’s best and brightest,” Dr. Jung added.

Vodafone UK to launch 5G on 3 July 2019

Vodafone announced plans to activate its commercial 5G network for both consumers and business customers in seven cities across the UK on 3 July 2019. Launch cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Vodafone's 5G pricing will be the same as 4G for both consumers and business customers.

Vodafone expects to launch 5G roaming in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain over the summer.
Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: “We started our 5G journey more than three years ago. We led the way in setting 5G standards to ensure phones and networks work well together. We upgraded our masts to be able to take 5G without disruption. And we were the first UK company to test 5G over our all-fibre core fixed and mobile network.


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...


Huawei hosts partner summit in London

Huawei is willing to sign a "no spying" agreement with the government of the UK to appease critics as major carriers continue their 5G rollouts.

Speaking at the Huawei UK Partner Summit 2019 in London, Dr. Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei Board, said his company is increasing its investments in the nation, including opening a new training centre in Birmingham to train engineers on the use of 5G technology and solutions. The centre will have the capacity to train more than 500 engineers a year and is due to open in June.

"We are in a leading position for 5G. We participated in the UK government's 5G trials and are ready to support our customers' commercial 5G launches in the UK. We are supporting the national rollout of Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) technology in the country. We also have competitive and innovative solutions for connecting hard-to-reach areas," stated Dr. Liang.

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2019/5/uk-partners-18years-success-working-huawei

SiTime ships MEMS Super-TCXOs for 5G radio synchronization

SiTime announced volume production of its Elite Platform of temperature-compensated oscillators (TCXOs) that provide high stability and dynamic performance at 105°C for IEEE 1588-based synchronization in 5G/4G+ radios and enable wireless service providers to begin their network overhaul.

SiTime's Elite Super-TCXOs leverage its unique DualMEMS temperature sensing and TurboCompensation technologies. The SiT5356/7 MEMS Super-TCXOs deliver dynamic performance for timing stability in the presence of environmental stressors due to air flow, temperature changes, vibration, shock, and electromagnetic interference. The SiT5356/7 can be factory-programmed to many combinations of frequency, stability, voltage, and pull range. This programmability enables designers to optimize the clock configuration while significantly reducing the lead-time and customization costs associated with quartz TCXOs where each frequency is custom built. The device also integrates multiple on-chip regulators to filter power supply noise, eliminating the need for a dedicated external LDO.

“5G is expected to revolutionize the data economy but first it is re-writing the rules for wireless network deployment,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “5G radios will be deployed in outdoor environments – on lamp posts, buildings, traffic lights – with exposure to heat and rapid temperature changes that can cause loss of radio synchronization, which can disrupt services like advanced driver assistance systems and telemedicine. Unlike other timing vendors, SiTime takes a systems approach to solve these problems. We optimize our SiT5356/7 Super-TCXO system of MEMS, analog, advanced packaging and temperature compensation to deliver industry-leading performance of ±100 ppb stability and ±1 ppb/°C frequency slope (ΔF/ΔT) over -40°C to 105°C. We believe that radios with SiTime’s Super-TCXOs will minimize disruptions to 5G/4G+ services and ensure a better user experience.”

https://www.sitime.com/

Dell'Oro: Huawei and Samsung gain share in RAN

The mobile infrastructure radio access network (RAN) market is off to a good start in 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Faster than expected uptake of Massive MIMO and 5G NR added fuel to the upswing that began in the second half of 2018.

"The upswing that began in the second half of 2018 extended into 1Q 2019 as market conditions continued to improve fueled by synchronized growth across China, U.S., and Korea to address data traffic growth, low-band LTE coverage expansions, and initial 5G NR deployments," said Stefan Pongratz, Senior Director with the Dell'Oro Group. "Even though we have not made any material adjustments to the overall short-term outlook, it is worth noting that 5G NR Massive MIMO shipments developed at a faster pace than expected in the quarter while the price points for these 5G NR Massive MIMO systems are trending at lower levels than we had initially projected, changing the upside and downside risks to the short-term forecast," continued Pongratz.

Following are additional highlights from the 1Q 2019 RAN report:

  • Huawei and Samsung recorded the largest overall RAN revenue share gains Y/Y.
  • North America and the Asia Pacific regions are projected to lead the RAN market in 2019.
  • Massive MIMO transceiver shipments expected to eclipse 20 Million in 2019.

Keysight launches next gen network analyzers

Keysight Technologies introduced its next generation of network analyzers for testing active and passive components for devices such as cell phones, satellite communications, and 5G base stations.

Keysight’s new E5080B, P50xxA Series, and M980xA Series network analyzers deliver next generation features and performance in benchtop, USB, and PXI form factors. These new analyzers combine built-in pulse generators and modulators, spectrum analysis, and time domain analysis in a single instrument to save time by fully characterizing modern devices without the need for additional test hardware.

“Keysight understands the unique challenges engineers face when testing components that require a wide variety of measurements, such as multiple-input multiple-output antennas used in wireless or radio applications,” said Joe Rickert, vice president of high frequency measurement R&D, at Keysight Technologies. “Keysight’s new network analyzers deliver the core functionality needed for engineers to perform the required variety of measurements via a single instrument.”

Keysight’s new network analyzers include the following measurement application software:

  • automatic fixture removal
  • time domain analysis
  • basic pulsed-RF measurements
  • scalar mixer/converter measurements
  • gain compression measurements
  • spectrum analysis

http://www.keysight.com

Blue Planet adds Proactive Network Operations

Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, introduced a new AI-powered Proactive Network Operations (PNO) solution that significantly improvse the trouble-to-resolve process, forging a path toward a more adaptive network.

Blue Planet said its PNO can predict potential service disruptions with exceptional accuracy, foreseeing up to 95 percent of unplanned network outages based on analysis of Ethernet and optical loss of signal (LOS) anomalies. PNO can quickly pinpoint the root cause and then prescribe the best actions to preemptively resolve the issue.

“More providers are realizing that AI is key to facilitating a more automated way of running their business. Blue Planet’s goal is to enable customers to apply intelligent, closed-loop automation to all aspects of their operations with the goal of realizing Ciena’s vision of a fully adaptive network,” stated Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Portfolio and Engineering, Blue Planet, a division of Ciena.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Deutsche Telekom tests 100G wireless backhaul over microwave

A test of wireless backhaul transmission over millimeter wave spectrum conducted by Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom achieved rates exceeding 100 Gbps over a 1.5 km distance.

The test, which was conducted at the Deutsche Telekom Service Center in Athens, represents a major technical breakthrough, achieving more than 10 times greater throughput speeds than current commercial solutions on similar 70/80 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. The companies said that apart from confirming the potential of microwave technology over millimeter-wave spectrum (70/80 GHz and above) as a 5G-and-beyond fronthaul and backhaul solution, the trial showed the importance of applying spectral efficient techniques, such as MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) on wireless backhaul technologies to address upcoming 5G radio access demands.

Technical details

Key technological advances included an 8x8 line-of-sight MIMO with cross polarization interference cancellation setup using commercial MINI-LINK 6352 radios and a 2.5 GHz channel bandwidth in the E-band (70/80 GHz) able to transmit eight independent data streams over the radio path. This corresponds to a breakthrough spectrum efficiency of 55.2 bps/Hz at peak.

During the mid-April trial, transmission rates measures were consistently above 100 Gbps, with telecom grade availability (higher than 99.995 percent), with peak rates reaching 140 Gbps.

Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom, says: “Advanced backhaul solutions will be needed to support high data throughput and enhanced customer experience in the 5G era. This milestone confirms the feasibility of microwave over millimeter wave spectrum as an important extension of our portfolio of high-capacity, high-performance transport options for the 5G era. In addition, it represents a game changing solution for future fronthauling capabilities.”

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: ”This trial signifies the successful establishment of true fiber capacities over the air using microwave.  This means that microwave will be even more relevant for communications service providers in creating redundant networks as a back-up for fiber, or as a way of closing a fiber ring when fiber is not a viable solution. By carrying such high capacities, microwave further establishes itself as a key transport technology, capable of delivering the performance requirements of 5G.”


  • In late 2018, Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom broke the 40Gbps barrier fully using commercial equipment including Ericsson’s MINI-LINK 6352 solution, which currently provides 10Gbps capacity over a 2000MHz channel. To raise throughput by more than 10 times, this trial used a 2500MHz channel and pre-commercial baseband and MIMO processing equipment in addition to MINI-LINK 6352 radios. 

 

SpaceX to launch its first 60 satellites this week

SpaceX expects to launch the first 60 satellites for its Starlink LEO constellation this week.

In a tweet, Elon Musk disclosed that six launches of 60 satellites each are needed for "minor coverage" and 12 launches of 60 satellites each are needed for "moderate" coverage. The accompanying photo reveals an extremely tight packing of photos into the Falcon fairing.

SpaceX has disclosed plans to deploy as many as 12,000 satellites in three, low earth orbit (LEO) shells. Cost estimates for full deployment approach $10 billion.

In November 2018, the FCC granted authority to SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a new very-low-Earth orbit constellation of more than 7,000 satellites using V-band frequencies. This is in addition to the authorization granted in March 2018. The FCC also granted SpaceX’s request to add the 37.5-42.0 GHz, and 47.2-50.2 GHz frequency bands to its previously authorized NGSO constellation. SpaceX now has the flexibility to provide both diverse geographic coverage and the capacity to support a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental, and professional users in the United States and globally.

FCC approves SpaceX's NGSO Satellite System

The FCC voted authorized SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a proposed non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite system comprising 4,425 satellites for the provision of fixed-satellite service (FSS) around the world.

In July 2016, OneWeb was granted approval to build a similar constellation of MEO satellites.

Two months ago, SpaceX successfully launched the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) PAZ observation satellite on behalf of Hisdesat and two satellites of its own.  Tintin A & B are the first two demonstration satellites for SpaceX's planned Starlink broadband satellite service. Both were successfully deployed into polar orbit and are communicating with Earth stations.

In regulatory filing, SpaceX has revealed that its initial system will consist of 4,425 satellites operating in 83 orbital planes (at altitudes ranging from 1,110 km to 1,325 km).  The system will require associated ground control facilities, gateway earth stations, and end-user earth stations. The system will use Ka- and Ku-Band spectrum.  SpaceX has separately filed for authority to operate in the V-Band, where the company has proposed an additional constellation of 7,500 satellites operating even closer to Earth. To implement the system, SpaceX will utilise the availability of significantly more powerful computing and software capabilities.  On the launch broadcast for the PAZ satellite, SpaceX said quite a bit of development work remains ahead on its satellite constellation plans