Wednesday, June 5, 2019

China issues four commercial 5G licences

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued commercial 5G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, and China Broadcasting Network.


http://www.miit.gov.cn/

Multi-core fiber testbed established in L’Aquila, Italy

The University of L’Aquila, Sumitomo Electric Industries, and Optoscribe have deployed a testbed for multi-core fiber communications in the city of L’Aquila, in Italy.

The multi-core fiber (MCF) testbed, which uses space-division multiplexed (SDM) technology, is part of INCIPICT project.

An MCF is an optical fiber with multiple cores in a glass cladding.

For INCIPICT, Sumitomo Electric fabricated two types of uncoupled MCFs and one type of coupled MCFs with a standard glass diameter of 125 µm (details in the table). The standard glass diameter enabled the use of conventional optical fiber cable and connector technologies. The MCFs were cabled into conventional loose-tube jelly-filled cables widely used in Europe.

Optoscribe manufactured fan-in/fan-out (FIFO) devices for the conversion between MCFs and multiple standard single-mode fibers (SMFs). The MCF cable was installed in a microduct placed on INCIPICT’s rack in the walkable multi-service underground tunnel

The total length of the installed MCF cable is 6.3 km, of which 5.6 km in the tunnel and 0.7 km in the laboratory that gives access to the fibers. The optical properties of the MCFs were evaluated before and after the installation, and no significant degradations due to the installation were observed.

Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud to interconnect

Microsoft and Oracle announced a cloud interoperability partnership.

The arrangement enables customers to migrate and run enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. The companies promise seamlessly connections between Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database.

The new set of capabilities:

  • Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises datacenters to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.
  • Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Also available in early preview today, Oracle applications can use Azure Active Directory as the identity provider and for conditional access.
  • Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail, Hyperion) on Azure with Oracle databases (RAC, Exadata, Autonomous Database) deployed in Oracle Cloud. The same Oracle applications will also be certified to run on Azure with Oracle databases in Oracle Cloud.
  • A collaborative support model to help IT organizations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to leverage existing customer support relationships and processes.
  • Oracle Database will continue to be certified to run in Azure on various operating systems, including Windows Server and Oracle Linux.

“With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud,"  said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division.

Carriers activate LTE-M roaming across North America and Europe

AT&T, KPN, Orange and Swisscom activated LTE-M roaming across their respective IoT networks, providing coverage across North America and Europe.


  • AT&T's LTE-M network is deployed across the U.S. and Mexico.
  • KPN operates an LTE-M across the Netherlands.
  • Orange’s LTE-M network is available in France and Romania with Belgium, Slovakia, Spain and Poland coming this year.
  • Swisscom has deployed LTE-M across Switzerland.

The carriers expect to add additional supporting operators to this roaming arrangement to expand their cross-border capabilities in the coming months. According to the GSMA, LTE-M networks will fully cover Europe by the end of 2020.

John Wojewoda, AVP, Global Connections Management, AT&T: “More and more of our enterprise customers require global capabilities as they deploy IoT devices and applications. These LTE-M roaming agreements help meet that demand and make it easier for businesses around the world to benefit from the power of a globalized IoT.”

Celllnex acquires BT high towers across UK

Celllnex has acquired the marketing and operation rights for 220 high towers from BT for the next 20 years. The deal was valued at £100 million.

Cellnex operates 45,000 wireless communications towers and sites in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, France, Switzerland and now the UK. The company closed the 2018 financial year with revenues of € 901 million (up 14%) and EBITDA of € 591 million (up 18%). Cellnex is based in Barcelona.

“For Cellnex, this deal is a landmark first step into the UK market and follows our recent successful acquisitions of 10,700 sites from Iliad and Salt as well as a strong set of Q1 results. This agreement demonstrates the Company’s commitment and confidence in the market as we look ahead to further opportunities in the UK,” stated Alex Mestre, Cellnex’s Global Business Managing Director.

Rakuten selects NEC to build Open vRAN Architecture

Rakuten Mobile has selected NEC to build its 5G open vRAN infrastructure in Japan.

Through the partnership, Rakuten and NEC will jointly develop a 3.7 GHz massive MIMO 5G antenna radio unit (RU), which will be manufactured by NEC at its facilities in Japan. Rakuten and NEC/Netcracker are already working together on an end-to-end BSS/OSS solution to support the mobile network launch and subsequent operations.

Rakuten Mobile is building a fully virtualized, end-to-end cloud-native mobile network.

In April 2019, Rakuten Mobile received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for its 5G special radio station deployment plan and aims to launch 5G services in June 2020.

"We are very excited to partner with a network technology leader such as NEC in building the world's first 5G open RAN architecture here in Japan," said Tareq Amin, chief technology officer of Rakuten Mobile, Inc. "NEC's technology and expertise will allow us to not only cost-effectively create a highly secure, high quality 5G network, but by designing and producing the antennas in the local market, we look forward to contributing to the development of the Japanese telecommunications industry and economy."

"NEC is delighted to contribute to Rakuten Mobile's strategy for building the world's first fully virtualized, end-to-end cloud native mobile network," said Atsuo Kawamura, executive vice president and president of the Network Services Business Unit at NEC Corporation. "Going forward, NEC aims to drive the global expansion of virtualized network architecture with Rakuten Mobile."

Rakuten will use Small Cells powered by Qualcomm


Rakuten upcoming next-generation end-to-end cloud-native mobile network across Japan will use small cells based on Qualcomm FSM Small Cell Platforms. Rakuten plans to utilize small cells to reduce site acquisition and deployment cost and to provide indoor capacity. Rakuten will leverage network virtualization and small cells from the start and thereby create a network that can be scaled easily and deliver on the promise of 5G experiences to subscribers. Qualcomm's...

Rakuten picks Mavenir's NFV-Based RCS


Rakuten, which is preparing to launch Japan’s newest mobile network, selected Mavenir for. The deployment will include Mavenir’s 5G ready platform that monetizes voice and messaging in a single application for least-cost roaming, integration to Rakuten ID single sign-on, that is completely cloud-based with full NFV deployed on the Rakuten Cloud Platform. Mavenir’s fully virtualized RCS AS and Client will enable Rakuten to launch new innovative services...

Rakuten invests in Altiostar for virtual RAN


Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce and fintech company and soon to be the operator of Japan’s newest mobile network, will make a strategic investment in Altiostar Networks, a start-up based in Tewksbury, Mass. The investment is subject to approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Altiostar provides a 5G-ready virtualized RAN software solution that supports open interfaces and disaggregates the hardware from the software...

Rakuten picks VIAVI to validate cloud-native mobile network


Rakuten, one of the world's leading internet services companies and soon to be the newest mobile network operator in Japan, selected the VIAVI TM500 system to support the rapid deployment of a nationwide, end-to-end cloud-native mobile network. Rakuten offers e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications services to over one billion members worldwide. The company received approval for its 4th generation mobile communications system (4G)...

Sweden's EcoDataCenter and Fortalax to merge

Two Swedish data center companies have agreed to merge.

EcoDataCenter, which is based in Falun, will acquire shares in Fortlax, which operates data centers in Piteå. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said their ambition is to create a Nordic giant in carbon-positive data centers.

https://blog.ecodatacenter.se/uk/ecodatacenter-and-fortlax


BT to consolidate 300 offices to 30

BT Group will consolidate its footprint of more than 300 locations across the UK to around 30. The first eight of these locations are
Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Ipswich (Adastral Park), London and Manchester.

BT previously announced plans to exit its St Paul’s headquarters in London and is currently identifying a new home for the business in the capital.

“The Better Workplace Programme is about bringing our people together in brilliant spaces, and transforming the way we work,” BT Group chief executive Philip Jansen said. “Revealing these eight locations is just the first step; we have dedicated teams working on identifying the best buildings to move into and which ones to redesign for the future. As a result of this programme, BT people will be housed in inspiring offices that are better for our business and better for our customers.”

https://www.btplc.com/news/#/pressreleases/bt-group-reveals-first-eight-locations-as-part-of-biggest-uk-workplace-improvement-programme-2882815

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Blueprint column: The importance of Gi-LAN in 5G

by Takahiro Mitsuhata, Sr. Manager, Technical Marketing at A10 Networks 

Today's 4G networks support mobile broadband services (e.g., video conferencing, high-definition content streaming, etc.) across millions of smart devices, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and IoT devices. The number of connected devices is on the rise, growing 15 percent or more year-over-year and projected to be 28.5 billion devices by 2022 according to Cisco's VNI forecast.

Adding networking nodes to scale-out capacity is a relatively easy change. Meanwhile, it's essential for service providers to keep offering innovative value-added services to differentiate service experience and monetize new services. These services including parental control, URL filtering, content protection and endpoint device protection from malware and ID theft, to name a few. Service providers, however, are now facing new challenges of operational complexity and extra network latency coming from those services. Such challenges will become even more significant when it comes to 5G, as this will drive even more rapid proliferation of mobile and the IoT devices. It will be critical to minimize latency to ensure there are no interruptions to emerging mission-critical services that are expected to dramatically increase with 5G networks.

Gi-LAN Network Overview

In a mobile network, there are two segments between the radio network and the Internet: the evolved packet core (EPC) and the Gi/SGi-LAN. The EPC is a packet-based mobile core running both voice and data on 4G/ LTE networks. The Gi-LAN is the network where service providers typically provide various homegrown and value-added services using unique capabilities through a combination of IP-based service functions, such as firewall, carrier-grade NAT (CGNAT), deep packet inspection (DPI), policy control and traffic and content optimization. And these services are generally provided by a wide variety of vendors. Service providers need to steer the traffic and direct it to specific service functions, which may be chained, only when necessary, in order to meet specific policy enforcement and service-level agreements for each subscriber.

The Gi-LAN network is an essential segment that enables enhanced security and value-added service offerings to differentiate and monetize services. Therefore, it's crucial to have an efficient Gi-LAN architecture to deliver a high-quality service experience.

 Figure: Gi-LAN with multiple service functions in the mobile network

Challenges in Gi-LAN Segment

In today's 4G/ LTE world, a typical mobile service provider has an ADC, a DPI, a CGNAT and a firewall device as part of Gi-LAN service components. They are mainly deployed as independent network functions on dedicated physical devices from a wide range of vendors. This makes Gi-LAN complex and inflexible from operational and management perspective. Thus, this type of architecture, as known as monolithic architecture, is reaching its limits and does not scale to meet the needs of the rising data traffic in 4G and 4G+ architectures. This will continue to be an issue in 5G infrastructure deployments. The two most serious issues are:

1. Increased latency
2. Significantly higher total cost of ownership

Latency is becoming a significant concern since, even today, lower latency is required by online gaming and video streaming services. With the transition to 5G, ultra-reliable low-latency connectivity targets latencies of less than 1ms for use cases, such as real-time interactive AR/ VR, tactile Internet, industrial automation, mission/life-critical service like remote surgery, self-driving cars and many more. The architecture with individual service functions on different hardware has a major impact on this promise of lower latency. Multiple service functions are usually chained and every hop the data packet traversing between service functions adds additional latency, causing overall service degradation.

The management overhead of each solution independently is also a burden. The network operator must invest in monitoring, management and deployment services for all devices from various vendors individually, resulting in large operational expenses.

Solution – Consolidating Service Functions in Gi-LAN

In order to overcome these issues, there are a few approaches you can take. Service-Based Architecture (SBA) or microservices architecture address operational concerns since leveraging such architecture leads to higher flexibility and automation and significant cost reduction. However, it is less likely to address the network latency concern because each service function, regardless of VNF or microservice, still contributes in the overall latency as far as they are deployed as an individual VM or microservice.

So, what if multiple service functions are consolidated into one instance? For example, CGNAT and Gi firewall are fundamental components in the mobile network, and some subscribers may choose to use additional services such as DPI, URL filtering. Such consolidation is feasible only if the product/ solution supports flexible traffic steering and service chaining capabilities along with those service functions.

Consolidating Gi-LAN service functions into one instance/ appliance helps to drastically reduce the extra latency and simplify network design and operation. Such concepts are not new but there aren't many vendors who can provide consolidated Gi-LAN service functions at scale.

Therefore, when building an efficient Gi-LAN network, service providers need to consider a solution that can offer:
  • Multiple network and service functions on a single instance/ appliance
  • Flexible service chaining support
  • Subscriber awareness and DPI capability supported for granular traffic steering
  • Variety of form-factor options - physical (PNF) and virtual (VNF) appliances
  • High performance and capacity with scale-out capability
  • Easy integration and transition to SDN/NFV deployment
About the author

Takahiro Mitsuhata, Sr. Manager, Technical Marketing at A10 Networks

About A10

A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) provides Reliable Security Always™, with a range of high-performance application networking solutions that help organizations ensure that their data center applications and networks remain highly available, accelerated and secure. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose, Calif., and serves customers globally with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com and @A10Networks

A10 adds Zero-day Automated Protection to DDoS Defense

A10 Networks is bolstering its Thunder Threat Protection System (TPS) family of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense solutions with Zero-day Automated Protection (ZAP) capabilities/

A10's ZAP capabilities are designed to automatically recognize the characteristics of DDoS attacks and apply mitigation filters without advanced configuration or manual intervention.

A10 Networks’ ZAP is comprised of two components: dynamic attack pattern recognition by a machine learning algorithm and heuristic behavior analysis recognition to dynamically identify anomalous behavior and block attacking agents. ZAP works in conjunction with A10 Networks’ adaptive DDoS security model and its five-level adaptive policy mitigation engines to provide a complete in-depth defense system. This comprehensive approach blocks DDoS attacks while protecting legitimate users from indiscriminate collateral damage typically associated with traditional DDoS protection methods.

The ZAP policies can be enforced by a combination of hardware and software. Thunder SPE (Security and Policy Engine) appliances can serve up to 100,000 ZAP policies at line rate and the remaining ZAP policies can be served by software. This provides superior mitigation performance over the traditional software-only solution, enabling superior response time and scalability.

“In today’s climate with the dramatic increase in polymorphic multi-vector attacks and the chronic shortage of qualified security professionals, enterprises and service providers need intelligently automated defenses that can accomplish tasks autonomously,” said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks. “Manual interventions are not only resource-intensive but too slow and ineffective, resulting in a greater potential of network downtime and high cost to the organization.”

Separately, A10 published a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute highlights the critical need for DDoS protection that provides higher levels of scalability, intelligence integration, and automation. Some 325 IT and security professionals at ISPs, mobile carriers and cloud service providers participated in the survey.

85 percent of survey respondents expect DDoS attacks to either increase (54 percent) or remain at the same high levels (31 percent). Most service providers do not rate themselves highly in either prevention or detection of attacks. Just 34 percent grade themselves as effective or highly effective in prevention; 39 percent grade themselves as effective or highly effective in detection.

The DDoS intelligence gap was highlighted by a number of survey findings:

  • Lack of actionable intelligence was cited as the number-one barrier to preventing DDoS attacks, followed by insufficient personnel and expertise, and inadequate technologies. 
  • Out-of-date intelligence, which is too stale to be actionable, was cited as the leading intelligence problem, followed by inaccurate information, and a lack of integration between intelligence sources and security measures. 
  • Solutions that provide actionable intelligence were seen as the most effective way to defend against attacks. 
  • The most important features in DDoS protection solutions were identified as scalability, integration of DDoS protection with cyber intelligence, and the ability to integrate analytics and automation to improve visibility and precision in intelligence gathering. 
  • Communications service providers who rated their DDoS defense capabilities highly were more likely to have sound intelligence into global botnets and weapon locations. 

“Communications service providers are right, both in their expectations for increased attacks and about their need for better intelligence to prevent them,” said Gunter Reiss, vice president, marketing at A10 Networks. “The continuing proliferation of connected devices and the coming 5G networks will only increase the potential size and ferocity of botnets aimed at service providers. To better prepare, providers will need deeper insights into the identities of these attack networks and where the weapons are located. They also need actionable intelligence that integrates with their security systems and the capacity to automate their response.”

https://www.a10networks.com

Arista's enterprise hybrid cloud leverages Azure

Arista Networks introduced its next-gen hybrid cloud architecture for the enterprise that leverages the Microsoft Azure global network.

The new architecture integrates Arista EOS with Azure and Azure Stack.

Arista said its EOS software enables seamless connectivity with elastic workload scaling across regions, accounts, and availability zones for the broadest array of workload, application, service, and data types. This now includes support for Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Virtual Networks, container infrastructure, Azure Web Functions, and trusted connectivity to the existing enterprise infrastructure.

“Hybrid computing, the linking public to private clouds, and connecting the broadest set of resources to deliver amazing end-user experiences is the most network-centric computing architecture,” states Douglas Gourlay, vice president and general manager, Cloud Networking Software for Arista Networks. “Building on Microsoft Azure, we ensure a reliable and consistent experience for users, architects, and the operators of these critical systems.”

Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Azure Networking, Microsoft, said, “The evolution from large central enterprise datacenters to a hybrid environment is changing the IT landscape. That’s why at Microsoft, we designed Azure to be hybrid from the beginning. Our differentiated offerings like Azure Stack, to consistently build and run hybrid applications across cloud boundaries, and Azure Virtual WAN, which provides a simple, unified global connectivity and security platform, deliver the ultimate consistent cloud experience to customers. We’re pleased Arista selected Azure to help businesses realize the benefits that hybrid can deliver.”

Stated benefits include:

  • Deployment and runtime workload portability with consistent policy, identity, and controls enabling any workload to be freely placed in the location that best suits the business requirements
  • Consistent workload, device, and user identity across the Enterprise
  • Application and user observability and telemetry to rapidly identify and resolve issues
  • Full user and application state history enabling supervised learning models and AI/ML processing to uncover issues and risks before they affect the Enterprise
  • A global connectivity model from the user and edge to the datacenter, cloud, and AI/ML pipeline
  • Autonomic operations to include elastic scaling of networking resources in the hybrid cloud
  • Cloud-based management and transactional model enabling an increasingly consistent operating model across all Enterprise computing and application assets

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/7749-pr-20190604

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.

Dell EMC collaborates with ADVA on virtualized uCPE

ADVA and Dell EMC today announced a strategic collaboration to deliver open virtualized uCPE solutions for service provider and enterprise customers.

The new uCPE solution will be built on ADVA’s Ensemble Connector NFVi platform, which enables network operators to access virtual network functions (VNFs), including software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). New and existing Dell EMC customers will be able to take advantage of consolidated management as well as a comprehensive portfolio of over 50 onboarded VNFs. The joint solution has already been harnessed by Verizon to securely deploy multiple software-based services on a single uCPE installation.

“There is a real need among service providers and enterprises to update network operations to address distributed and cloud-based applications and capitalize on changing economics enabled by cloud models,” said Tom Burns, SVP and GM, Networking and Solutions, Dell EMC. “By infusing Open Networking into access networks to the cloud with the Virtual Edge Platform family, Dell EMC can help customers modernize infrastructure and transform operations while automating service delivery and processes.”

“Today’s network operators need solutions that are optimized for uCPE. Dell EMC’s new uCPE platforms are the answer to that challenge. Combined with our high-performance Ensemble Connector NFVi software, it provides an open architecture to support multiple simultaneous VNFs. By connecting the enterprise edge to the cloud, it provides unrivaled choice, drives growth and significantly improves end-user experience,” commented James Buchanan, GM, Edge Cloud, ADVA.

FCC: List of winning bidders for 28 GHz licenses

The FCC announced the following winning bidders for its auction of 28 GHz upper microwave flexible use service licenses (Auction 101):


https://www.fcc.gov/document/auction-101-results-public-notice


Seagate ships 16TB helium-based HDDs

Seagate Technology is now shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drives as part of the Exos X16 family for hyperscale data centers. The company also updated its IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive lines with new 16TB capacity models.

Seagate’s new Exos X16 16TB drive delivers 33 percent more petabytes per rack compared to 12TB drives while maintaining the same footprint.

“The Exos X16 is key in reducing total cost of ownership for enterprise system developers and cloud data centers while supporting multiple applications with varying workloads,” said Sai Varanasi, vice president of product line marketing at Seagate Technology. “The Exos X16 is the industry’s leading helium-based 16TB capacity drive. We are partnering with our cloud/enterprise customers to bring this product to the market to fulfill the pent-up exabyte demand in data centers. ”

Achronix next-gen FPGAs leverage Rambus GDDR6 PHY

Achronix Semiconductor's next-generation Speedster7t FPGA family will use Rambus GDDR6 PHY for its top-end data rates.

Rambus says its GDDR6 PHY is the fastest memory IP on the market, at 16 Gbps. The Rambus GDDR6 PHY enables the communication to and from high-speed, high-bandwidth GDDR6 SDRAM memory, which is a high-performance memory solution that can be used in a variety of applications that require large amounts of data computation.

Rambus worked closely with Achronix on their package design, to support the eight GDDR6 IP controllers on the first Speedster7t device. Providing up to 4 Tbps of performance, the new Speedster 7t FPGAs include a new 2D network-on-chip (NoC) and a high-density array of new machine learning processors (MLP). Merging FPGA programmability with ASIC routing structures and compute engines, the Speedster7t family creates a new “FPGA+” class of technology, pushing the boundaries of high-performance compute acceleration.


NASCAR picks AWS as preferred cloud

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has chosen AWS as its standard for cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads.

Specifically, NASCAR will leverage AWS services to enhance its full range of media assets including websites, mobile applications, and social properties for its 80 million fans worldwide. NASCAR will use the breadth of AWS technologies to build cloud-based services and automate processes, including a new video series on NASCAR.com called This Moment in NASCAR History powered by AWS.

“Amazon’s 20 years of machine learning experience, along with our broad analytics and machine learning capabilities, make us the best choice for organizations who want to use machine learning to gain insights into their data and establish new levels of engagement with their customers,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Google Cloud outage attributed to configuration change

The widescale outage experienced by Google Cloud Platform on 02-June-2019 was caused by a configuration change that was intended for a small number of servers in a single region but was mistakenly applied to a larger number of servers across several neighboring regions, according to a blog posting by Benjamin Treynor Sloss, VP, 24x7, Google.

Google says the disruption caused a 10% drop in global views of YouTube during the incident, while Google Cloud Storage measured a 30% reduction in traffic.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/inside-google-cloud/an-update-on-sundays-service-disruption

In a follow-up report tracking the Google Cloud outage, ThousandEyes said its monitoring data indicate that connectivity and packet loss issues impacted Google network locations in the eastern US, including Ashburn, Atlanta and Chicago. High packet loss conditions radiated out to Google’s network edge.  However, most GCP regions were unaffected by the outage, including regions in the US as well as in Europe and elsewhere.

More: https://blog.thousandeyes.com/google-cloud-platform-outage-analysis/



Nokia claims 5G momentum with 42 commercial deals

Nokia has signed 42 commercial 5G deals, of which 22 have named the customer. This is more than any other vendor by Nokia's reckoning.

The company says it has signed on average one major contract win per week since the end of March.

Nokia President and Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri says: "The pace of 5G progress is accelerating across the globe. We are delivering significant performance increases to operators and the power of Nokia's end-to-end portfolio is being recognized. In fact, in pretty much every network where Nokia products are deployed, we are the performance leader. Here and now - at the beginning of one of the most radical technology transitions ever with 4G giving way to 5G - this is Nokia's time to shine."

BT picks Juniper for virtualized telco cloud

BT has selected Juniper Networks to power its Network Cloud roll-out and enable a more flexible, virtualized network infrastructure.

The Network Cloud will enable BT to combine a range of currently discrete network functions and deploy them on a cloud infrastructure that is built to a common framework and shared across the organization, throughout the UK and globally. These include services across BT’s voice, mobile core and radio/access, global services, ISP, TV and IT services, as well as a host of internal applications.

“This move to a single cloud-driven network infrastructure will enable BT to offer a wider range of services, faster and more efficiently to customers in the UK and around the world. We chose Juniper to be our trusted partner to underpin this Network Cloud infrastructure based on the ability to deliver a proven solution immediately, so we can hit the ground running. Being able to integrate seamlessly with other partners and solutions and aligning with our roadmap to an automated and programmable network is also important,” stated Neil McRae, Chief Architect, BT.

"By leveraging the ‘beach-front property’ it has in central offices around the globe, BT can optimize the business value that 5G’s bandwidth and connectivity brings. The move to an integrated telco cloud platform brings always-on reliability, along with enhanced automation capabilities, to help improve business continuity and increase time-to-market while doing so in a cost-effective manner," stated Bikash Koley, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks.

https://newsroom.juniper.net

Huawei to sell its stake in subsea business to Hengtong

Huawei Technologies has agreed to sell its 51% stake in Huawei Marine Systems Co Ltd to Hengtong Optic-Electric Co Ltd, a supplier of optical networking products company based in Jiangsu province. The deal was disclosed in a filing by Hengtong to the Shanghai Financial Exchange. Financial terms were not disclosed.  The remaining 49% in Huawei Marine Systems is held by Global Marine.

Hengtong is already a leading supplier of submarine power cables, submarine optical fiber cables, optical fiber composite submarine cables, special underwater cable, transoceanic communication system accessories and high voltage power cables.

http://www.hengtonggroup.com


Nikkei Asian Review: Undersea cables -- Huawei's ace in the hole

Huawei Marine is estimated to be building about 30 subsea cables at the moment, most under 1,000km in length, and is making rapid strides to catch up to market leaders Subcom, Alcatel Submarine Networks and NEC, according to this report by Nikkei Asian Review.

The article discusses Huawei's progress in the subsea sector in light of the U.S. government's blacklisting of Huawei.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Comment/Undersea-cables-Huawei-s-ace-in-the-hole

West Africa Cable System upgraded to 32X100G


The West Africa Cable System (WACS) has been successfully upgraded to 32*100G wavelengths configured on the longest optically amplified single fiber span stretching 11500km from South Africa to Portugal.  WACS has two network operation centers and 15 landing points in 14 countries spanning West Africa and Europe. Huawei Marine, which was the contractor, said the upgrade employed Flex Grid and Optical pass-through technologies, and now represents...

Hengtong supplies 3,000 km of submarine cable for Chile FOA


Hengtong, a supplier of various kinds of wire and cables based in Suzhou, China, delivered 3,000km of submarine optical cable for Chile FOA Project. Hengtong said it has now manufactured and delivered over 10,000km of submarine optical cable for projects overseas. The company is also introducing a number of new products including submarine equipment fitting stations, a stereo intelligent anchor observation system, two-stage composite cables for...

MARS subsea cable brings terabit capacity to Rodrigues Island


The MARS subsea cable has landed on Rodrigues Island, a 108-square-kilometre outer island with a population of 41,000 that forms part of the nation of Mauritius. MARS, which is the first submarine cable system to connect the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, was deployed by Huawei Marine on behalf of PCCW Global. The 730km cable uses Huawei's advanced 100G WDM transmission technology for system design capacity of 16 Tbps. Frederick Chui, Senior...

Huawei Marine advances PEACE subsea cable project


The Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) Cable project, which will connect Asia, Africa and Europe, has entered into the cable and material manufacturing stage. The PEACE cable system will span 12,000 km and is designed for 200G, 16Tbps per fiber pair connectivity. The ready for service date is targetted for the first quarter of 2020. The project is being developed by PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China's HENGTONG...

South Atlantic Inter Link subsea completed from Cameroon to Brazil


Construction of the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) subsea cable between Cameroon and Brazil has been completed. The 6,000 km subsea cable was installed by Huawei Marine Networks. It follows a direct path from Kribi (Cameroon) to Fortaleza (Brazil). The system features a 4 fiber pair configuration supporting 100G wavelengths for a total capacity of 32 Tbps. The SAIL consortium is a joint investment by China Unicom (with its wholly-owned subsidiary,...