Thursday, August 8, 2019

Broadcom debuts PCIe 4.0 Ethernet Adapters and Fibre Channel HBAs for AMD EPYC

Broadcom's NetXtreme E-Series Ethernet adapters and Emulex LPe35000-series HBAs are now supporting new AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor-based systems- the world’s first x86 data center CPU with PCIe 4.0.

Broadcom says its 200GbE NetXtreme E-series and Gen 7 32GFC LPe35000-series are the world’s first portfolio of Ethernet adapters and Fibre Channel HBAs with support for PCIe 4.0.

“Thor and AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors provide the best performing and most secure Ethernet connectivity and compute platform in the industry,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager, Compute and Connectivity Division, Broadcom. “Thor, with 200GbE bandwidth and silicon root of trust, running on AMD PCIe 4.0 platforms, enable the industry to achieve greater levels of performance and security for hyperscale and enterprise data centers.”

“The Emulex LPe35000 HBA with PCIe 4.0 and NVMe over Fibre Channel doubles mission-critical workload bandwidth, while cutting host CPU utilization in half,” said Jeff Hoogenboom, general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom. “We are excited to work with AMD and our OEM customers to deliver the fastest, most secure Fibre Channel HBAs for enterprise workloads.”

Broadcom is now sampling Thor-based dual-port 100GbE and single-port 100GbE OCP 3.0, OCP 2.0, and PCIe NIC adapters to qualified customers.

Lumentum posts stronger results even as sales to Huawei drop 25%

Lumentum reported net revenue of $404.6 million for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 29, 2019, with GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(25.8) million, or $(0.34) per diluted share.

For comparison, net revenue for the preceding quarter was $432.9 million, with GAAP net loss of $(74.3) million, or $(0.98) per diluted share. A year ago, net revenue for the same period (fiscal fourth quarter of 2018) was $301.1 million, with GAAP net income of $25.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share.

Optical communications revenue for the quarter was $356.8 billion, down 5.6% compared to the preceding quarter.

For the full fiscal year 2019, Lumentum reported net revenues of $1,565.3 million, with GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(37.9) million, or $(0.54) per diluted share.

"An eventful fourth quarter capped off an exciting fiscal 2019 during which we made significant progress against our strategic goals and achieved record results with revenue increasing 25% to more than $1.5 billion and operating margin expanding to more than 20%," said Alan Lowe, President and CEO. "With market leading positions in the growing telecom and 3D sensing markets, a datacom strategy that profitably benefits from growth in cloud and 5G wireless network deployments, a commercial lasers business that bucked market trends and grew to record levels, and a more profitable business model driven by the increased scale and synergies from the Oclaro acquisition, we are well positioned for fiscal 2020 and beyond."

Some highlights from Lumentum:


  • Non-GAAP Operating Margin up 120 bps Q/Q on lower revenue
  • Revenue declined 7% Q/Q to $404.6M
  • Huawei sales declined 25% Q/Q primarily impacting telecom
  • Lasers sales declined 13% Q/Q as expected due to customer inventory levels
  • Datacom sales declined 28% Q/Q due to transceiver product line exits and divestiture
  • Record datacom chip sales, which increased 11% Q/Q
  • Record ROADM sales despite geopolitical disruption in the quarter
  • Industrial & Consumer sales grew 13% Q/Q driven by growth in both industrial and 3D sensing


http://investor.lumentum.com/investors/default.aspx

Amdocs acquires TTS Wireless, a mobile network engineering specialist

Amdocs has acquired TTS Wireless, a privately-owned provider of mobile network engineering services, specializing in network optimization, planning, and software-enabled solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Amdocs plans to integrated TTS Wireless’ services at leading operators with its own Open 5G portfolio. This expanded offering will help operators accelerate and simplify the deployment of 5G networks with comprehensive network rollout solutions.

“This acquisition helps execute on Amdocs’ strategy of providing our customers around the world with an end-to-end 5G solution, so they can efficiently accelerate their plans to launch 5G networks, rapidly deploy the innovative new services this new technology enables, and benefit from new monetization models,” said Shuky Sheffer, Amdocs president and CEO. “At the same time, service providers also need to reduce cost per bit through automated operations, and smart network planning and optimization. The addition of TTS Wireless’ extensive network engineering services to the Amdocs Open 5G portfolio provides a compelling offering and highlights our commitment to be the leading independent provider of network services for 5G and the new generation of open cloud networks. This move will also enable operators around the world to benefit from the early 5G adoption experiences TTS Wireless has gained at leading carriers.”

“For over twenty years TTS Wireless has been successfully working with leading American operators,” said Lin Weng, TTS Wireless founder and CEO. “Together, TTS Wireless and Amdocs are well positioned to help operators accelerate their 5G journey with our expertise and experience in customer-focused design, delivery and optimization of mobile networks. With our highly-skilled network engineering and software development team joining forces with Amdocs, together we will strengthen the scope and scale of our offerings as we continue to deliver differentiated network services to Amdocs’ global base of service provider customers.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Masergy touts Intelligent Service Control for SD-WAN, UCaaS

Masergy is highlighting the next evolution of its Intelligent Service Control (ISC) portal that offers a holistic view of clients’ global SD-WAN and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) applications while enabling the ability to manage, secure, and optimize their network environments in real-time.

Masergy’s new ISC portal simplifies and unifies network and application management with real-time visibility, analytics and service control purpose-built for the multi-cloud enterprise.

The ISC portal delivers:

  • A single pane of glass delivers unified views of analytics for the customer’s global networks, UCaaS, WAN edge devices, and application performance.
  • Customizable dashboard views allow the customer to feature the information they need with views of top applications, security threats, network services, network usage, and open support tickets.
  • Real-time bandwidth controls provide the ability to modify port bandwidth globally across both public and private connections.
  • End-to-end visibility of application performance help customers make faster, more informed decisions about bandwidth allocation and service improvement.
  • Comprehensive self-service features empower the customer to control the network with site and contact management capabilities, ticket tracking, alarm notifications, invoicing, device reports, change history, and escalations.

“When it comes to accelerating the pace of IT and building a multi-cloud environment, unified network visibility is everything--global enterprises need a single source of truth for information about their cloud application performance,” said Masergy’s Chief Digital Officer Terry Traina.

Zayo plans new Salt Lake City to Denver route

Zayo is building a new long haul fiber network between Salt Lake City to Denver. Construction started last quarter and is anticipated to be completed in 2021.

The build will span more than 500 route miles along Interstate 70, a key transportation and commerce corridor. The route, which will be primarily underground, offers unique connectivity and diversity between Salt Lake City and Denver. Zayo’s existing route connects the two cities through Wyoming and into Utah.

The route will tie together two high-growth western markets and states. Colorado is among the nation’s fastest growing states with a diverse base of business and industry. Its economic growth has been driven by technology, aerospace, healthcare and

“This flagship route will provide diversity that no other provider can offer,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Mountain Region at Zayo. “With many Silicon Valley companies relocating their offices to Salt Lake City and Denver, Zayo is well positioned to provide them with high-capacity fiber infrastructure to fuel their growth and innovation.”

Deutsche Telekom reports solid financials

Deutsche Telekom's net revenue rose by 3.2% in organic terms in the first six months of 2019 to 39.2 billion euros, while adjusted EBITDA was up by 3.7% to 12.2 billion euros, and free cash flow by 9.0% to 3.1 billion euros.  There was a jump in reported net profit in the second quarter to 0.9 billion euros, up 90.7% compared to the prior-year level.

“We remain reliable,” said Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “Our business performed well in all areas again in the first half of 2019. That puts us in a position to deliver the results we promised.”


Some operational highlights

Germany – Between April and June, German mobile market service revenues increased by 2.4 percent against the prior-year period, thereby continuing the strong trend of the first three months of the reporting year. The average mobile data used per month by branded contract customers exceeded 3 gigabytes for the first time. Customers with an LTE rate plan and LTE-enabled smartphone used six times as much data as other customers.
In the fixed network, growth in fiber-optic-based lines (FTTH, FTTC/vectoring) continued. At 13.4 million lines, the number was up 22 percent on the prior-year figure. 521,000 lines were added in the second quarter. 83 thousand new customers opted for converged product under the name MagentaEINS.
Revenue in the Germany operating segment amounted to 5.4 billion euros in the second quarter, up by 1.2 percent against the prior-year period. Growth in adjusted EBITDA AL was even more substantial, up by 2.4 percent to 2.2 billion euros, leading to a margin of 40.0 percent compared with 39.5 percent in the second quarter of the prior year.
United States – T-Mobile US set new records again in the second quarter of 2019. Total revenue increased by 5.1 percent year-on-year to 11.0 billion U.S. dollars, while service revenues rose by 6.9 percent to 8.3 billion U.S. dollars.
Adjusted EBITDA AL increased by 6.0 percent to 3.2 billion U.S. dollars. The company accelerated its customer growth again with 1.8 million net customer additions in the second quarter, bringing the total customer count to 83.1 million at the end of June. T-Mobile US had a reason to celebrate: It recorded more than one million net customer additions in a quarter for the 25th time in a row. Of the total customer growth, 710,000 were branded phone postpaid net customer additions. In the United States, T-Mobile US remains far and away the fastest growing company on the market. The record low churn rate of 0.78 percent made a significant contribution to this. In the prior year, this figure had been 17 basis points higher.
Europe – Telekom's European national companies reported that the encouraging trends of last year continued steadily. Following the launch of converged products comprising fixed-network and mobile communications (FMC) in Austria and Poland in the second quarter, these offers are now available in all ten countries.  This segment continued to develop very well, with 330,000 new FMC customers. The number of customers thus increased by 53 percent compared with the end of June 2018, passing the 4 million mark for the first time. The companies again recorded strong development in the number of mobile contract customers, with 300,000 net additions, and broadband lines, with an increase of 63,000.
Systems Solutions – T-Systems managed to increase order entry compared with the prior-year period to 1.9 billion euros, 2.4 percent higher than between April and June 2018. Successes included wins in the area of the connected car.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/second-quarter-report-2019-578396

Fujitsu SD-WAN-as-a-Service complies with MEF 70 SD-WAN

Fujitsu Network Communications announced that its SD-WAN-as-a-Service (SD-WANaaS) offering complies with the recently published MEF SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services standard (MEF 70), which defines the fundamental capabilities, terminology, architectural constructs, and application classification criteria for application-aware, policy-driven, over-the-top (OTT) virtual network services. As an incubator of MEF’s SD-WAN work and an SD-WAN service provider, Fujitsu made significant contributions to the new MEF 70 SD-WAN service standard to ensure that it addresses practical, real-world customer requirements and use cases.

“We designed our SD-WAN-as-a-Service to comply with the MEF 70 standard, which Fujitsu co-developed, leveraging our expertise in designing, deploying and operating software-defined, OTT virtual network services,” said Ralph Santitoro, head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “We anticipate the new MEF SD-WAN service standard will accelerate adoption of this transformational technology by eliminating market confusion and defining a service that can operate over any type of underlay network from any service provider.”

As applications increasingly migrate to multiple clouds and virtual private clouds, enterprises and government agencies are turning to SD-WAN as a critical digital service that enables and accelerates their multi-cloud deployments. Communication service providers (CSPs), managed service providers (MSPs), digital service provider (DSPs) and broadband providers are realizing the transformative nature of SD-WAN to facilitate their customers’ digital transformation while creating new revenue streams.

Resellers and subscribers can rest assured that Fujitsu SD-WANaaS conforms with the MEF 70 standard, supporting the SD-WAN user network interface (UNI), physical SD-WAN Edges and virtual SD-WAN Edges in private and virtual private clouds, tunnel virtual connections (TVC), application classification and policy criteria requirements.

https://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/resources/news/press-releases/2019/fnc-20190807.html

Interxion sees continued favourable demand for European data center services

Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, reported Q2 revenue of €158.5 million, up 14% from the same period last year. Net income increased by €8.0 million to €8.6 million (2Q 2018: €0.6 million). Diluted earnings per share increased by €0.11 to €0.12 (2Q 2018: €0.01). Capital expenditure, including intangible assets(2), were €123.5 million (2Q 2018: €120.5 million).

Some operating highlights:

  • Equipped space increased by 6,500 square metres (“sqm”) during the quarter to 154,800 sqm metres.
  • Revenue generating space increased by 2,600 sqm during the quarter to 121,600 sqm.
  • Utilisation rate at the end of the quarter was 79%.

During the second quarter, Interxion completed the following capacity additions:

  • 2,000 sqm in Vienna;
  • 1,300 sqm in Madrid;
  • 1,100 sqm in Marseille;
  • 800 sqm in Stockholm;
  • 600 sqm in London;
  • 400 sqm in Paris; and
  • 300 sqm in Dusseldorf.

“As reflected in the solid second quarter results, Interxion continues to experience favourable demand, driven primarily by the cloud and content platform providers,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer. “In response to customer demand and orders, we are announcing today incremental investments in Frankfurt, Paris, Marseille and Stockholm. Our recent equity issuance and credit rating upgrade support our ongoing expansion activity, with a focus on sustaining our attractive returns."



https://investors.interxion.com/investor-relations

Infinera posts revenue of $296 million, cites new Tier-1 wins

Infinera reported GAAP revenue of $296.3 million for its second quarter ended June 29, 2019 compared to $292.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $208.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 20.7% compared to 22.7% in the first quarter of 2019 and 40.5% in the second quarter of 2018. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (36.6)% compared to (38.2)% in the first quarter of 2019 and (10.4)% in the second quarter of 2018. There was a GAAP net loss for the quarter was $113.7 million, or $(0.64) per share, compared to a net loss of $121.6 million, or $(0.69) per share, in the first quarter of 2019, and net loss of $21.9 million, or  $(0.14) per share, in the second quarter of 2018.

“During the quarter, we significantly enhanced the longer-term position of the New Infinera with strong customer traction led by bookings from several new Tier-1 wins and the initial ramp of a new internet content provider,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “Continued progress on our integration program, which we expect to largely complete in the fourth quarter of 2019, is enabling synergies to track ahead of prior commitments. Based on this foundation, we expect to return to non-GAAP profitability and positive cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2019.”

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/Infinera-Corporation-Reports-Second-Quarter-2019-Financial-Results

AMD debuts 2nd Gen EPYC processor, Google and Twitter deploy

AMD unveiled its 2nd Gen EPYC processors for data center servers and boasting up to 64 “Zen 2” cores in leading-edge 7nm process technology. The new processors claim up to 83% better Java application performance, up to 43% better SAP SD 2 Tier performance than the competition and provide world record performance on Real Time Analytics with Hadoop.

For modern cloud and virtualization workloads, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors deliver world record virtualization8 performance that redefines datacenter economics.

“Today, we set a new standard for the modern data center with the launch of our 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors that deliver record-setting performance and significantly lower total cost of ownership across a broad set of workloads,” said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. “Adoption of our new leadership server processors is accelerating with multiple new enterprise, cloud and HPC customers choosing EPYC processors to meet their most demanding server computing needs.

Google has deployed 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors in its internal infrastructure production data centers and in late 2019 will support new general-purpose machines powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors on Google Cloud Compute Engine. Twitter will deploy 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors across its data centers later this year.  Microsoft announced the preview of new Azure virtual machines for general purpose applications, as well as limited previews of cloud-based remote desktops and HPC workloads based on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

https://www.amd.com/en/processors/epyc-7002-series

HPE claims virtualization performance boost with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) reported record performance for servers equipped with the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor.

announced today that it shattered 37 world records, establishing undisputed performance and efficiency leadership with

The new HPE ProLiant DL325 and HPE ProLiant DL385 servers equipped with the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor improved previous virtualization performance records by as much as 321 percent1 and power efficiency records by 28 percent.

“Customers today are looking for workload-optimized systems that create new experiences, new opportunities and new value,” said Justin Hotard, senior vice president and general manager, Volume Global Business Unit, HPE. “Building on the innovation of the HPE ProLiant family, the new HPE ProLiant DL325 and HPE ProLiant DL385 with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors unlock new levels of workload optimization, security and automation, providing our customers with a clear and fast path to positive business outcomes.”

HPE said its ProLiant DL385 with two 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors crushed the previous virtualization world record with 61 percent better performance3 at a 29 percent better price-performance ratio. In a similar fashion for database virtualization, the HPE ProLiant DL325 delivered an astounding 321 percent performance boost over the previous record holder, providing a significant agility advantage in database provisioning and maintenance for cloud, big data and IoT environments.

Mellanox combines Ethernet and InfiniBand with AMD EPYC 7002

Mellanox Technologies has optimized its Ethernet and InfiniBand ConnectX smart adapters for the new AMD EPYC 7002 Series processor-based compute and storage infrastructures.

The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, which supports PCI Express 4.0, offers four times peak FLOPS per-socket performance over the AMD EPYC 7001 series processor. The large number of PCI Express 4.0 lanes enables direct connectivity to 24 NVMe storage drives plus Mellanox ConnectX 100 and 200 gigabit per second adapters and achieve full I/O throughout.

“The combination of Mellanox 25, 50, 100 and 200 Gigabit Ethernet and HDR 200 Gigabit InfiniBand adapters, and PCI Express 4.0 support in the second-generation AMD EPYC processor, provides high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cloud and enterprise data centers the high data bandwidth they need for the most compute and storage demanding applications,” said Michael Kagan, Chief Technology Officer at Mellanox Technologies. “By leveraging our smart acceleration engines for In-Network Computing, virtualization, storage and security, our partners and customers can maximize the performance capabilities of the new second generation EPYC™ processors-based platforms.”

“Driven by AMD’s history of datacenter innovation, including 7nm process technology, the first x86 supplier to support PCIe 4.0, and embedded security features, the second generation AMD EPYC Processors set a new standard for the modern datacenter,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, Datacenter Solutions Group at AMD. “We’re excited and thankful to have our partners, like Mellanox, supporting the launch of the second generation AMD EPYC processor. Working together we can enable our customers to transform their data center operations and deliver the breakthrough performance they need.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Intel announces Cooper Lake with up to 56 cores

The next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor platform (codename Cooper Lake) promises twice the processor core count (up to 56 cores), higher memory bandwidth, and higher AI inference and training performance compared to the standard Intel Xeon Platinum 8200 platforms.

Intel says Cooper Lake, which will have platform compatibility with the upcoming 10nm Ice Lake processor, will be the first x86 processor to deliver built-in AI training acceleration through new bfloat16 support added to Intel Deep Learning Boost.

Availability is expected in the first half of 2020.

“We are excited about the early customer deployments of the Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series that we introduced as part of our 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor family. Bringing a 56-core processor into our mainline Intel Xeon Scalable processor family in the next generation will further expand our ability to address customer needs for the highest levels of performance in artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and high-density infrastructure,” stated Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of Data Center Marketing, Intel.

NTT cites rising data communication sales, lower mobile revenue

NTT Group reported lower mobile and regional communications revenues for the quarter ended 30-June-2019, offset by rising international and data communications sales. Overall revenue amounted to 2,915.4 billion yen, up 2.2% year over year. Operating income fell 6% to 505.2 billion yen.

Some of the major initiatives launched during the quarter at the company include:

Formed a capital and business partnership with JTower to share resources and accelerate the rollout of 5G.
Consolidated overseas businesses, including NTT Communications, Dimension Data, and NTT Security, under a new company to be called NTT Ltd. and based in London.
The acquisition of U.S.-based Symmetry, a SAP managed service provider.
The acquisition of U.S.-based Whitehat Security.
Adopted a group-wide talent management system serving 200,000 employees.
Established NTT Urban Solutions.
Established NTT Life Sciences.
Opened NTT Research Inc. in Silicon Valley.



https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2019/1908edqh/hdqs190806.html

Itential introduces enterprise Automation Gateway application

Itential announced Automation Gateway, a purpose-built application for enterprise network automation and network programmability.

Itential said its Automation Gateway leverages existing investments in network configuration tools and network change scripts to propel network automation projects. Key capabilities include :

  • Out of the box support for all types of scripts from Python, C, Bash, Perl, and Ansible Playbooks; providing an integrated and centralized view of all automation efforts for use within the Itential Automation Platform.
  • Dynamic discovery of scripts, providing a centralized and globally available repository within the Itential Automation Platform for enabling script execution in automation workflows via defined group-based access controls for end-to-end network automation.
  • The ability to ‘decorate’ or enhance scrips to enable and enforce consistent schema definitions and normalize scripts for standardized and repeatable API consumption, further driving network programmability.

Additionally, Itential’s latest release includes advanced event-driven automation capabilities for performing closed-loop activities. Itential’s event-driven automation capabilities can trigger automation task based upon notifications from several event systems such as Kafka or NETCONF, ensuring constant network configuration, assurance and compliance and automatically remediating known issues without the need for manual interaction. Itential’s closed-loop automation capabilities simplify network troubleshooting and eliminate common manual errors, further increasing network agility.

Cisco to boost Webex with acquisition of Voicea for meeting transcriptions

Cisco agreed to acquire Voicea, a start-up offering an AI-powered meeting transcription service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Voicea, which is based in Mountain View, California, is the creator of a real-time solution that provides meeting transcription, voice search, and meeting highlights/action items, with robust data privacy. 

Cisco said the Voicea technology will enhance its Webex portfolio of products. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals.The Voicea team will join the Webex portfolio team, led by Sri Srinivasan, Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Cisco notes that more than 130 million people use Webex every month, and that more than 360 million meetings happen on Webex each year.


Vodafone Germany activates 5G with Ericsson

Vodafone Germany activated a commercial 5G service using base stations with base stations from Ericsson.

A press event held last month in Düsseldorf. showcased a demonstration of >1Gbps speeds using Ericsson technology, complete with Ericsson Radio Dots and 5G Cloud Packet Core equipment. 

Ericsson has deployed Massive MIMO AIR 6488 commercial hardware and Baseband 6630 from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which is used in the Vodafone network. The 5G base stations are also connected to the Ericsson 5G Evolved Packet Core Network, enabling Vodafone leadership with 5G capabilities. 

Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe & Latin America, Ericsson, says: “This 5G deployment marks yet another monumental launch for us, as the only vendor activating 5G at scale, globally. We’re looking forward to continuing our journey with our long-term partner Vodafone, as we connect the world with 5G. Our technology leadership allows us to use unique spectrum sharing abilities combined with Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, providing a powerful network platform that is capable of supporting service exposure and automation for service providers.”

Sprint to Launch 5G Smartphone from OnePlus

Sprint confirmed plans to offer a 5G smartphone from OnePlus. This will be the fourth 5G device for sale by Sprint. Device specifications, pricing and exact timing will be announced soon.

"We value OnePlus' reputation for balancing high-end quality at a great value," said Dow Draper, Sprint chief commercial officer. "This new smartphone gives Sprint customers another exciting option for accessing their True Mobile 5G experience."

Sprint 5G is currently available in areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City, and the company expects to launch service in areas of Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks. Sprint's True Mobile 5G network will cover approximately 2,100 square miles and 11 million people total across all nine market launch areas, giving Sprint the largest initial 5G coverage footprint in the U.S.

http://www.sprint.com/sprint5G

Toshiba's PCIe 4.0 SSD boasts 6.4GB/s read time, up to 30TB capacity

At this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Toshiba Memory is showcasing the industry’s fastest-class PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs for enterprise applications.

The drives achieve a sequential read performance of over 6.4GB/s. The CM6 Series SSDs support dual-port PCIe Gen4 x4 lanes and are NVMe 1.4 compliant. The family of enterprise NVMe SSDs will be available in a 2.5-inch form factor with capacity points from 800GB to 30TB, and 1 or 3 drive writes per day endurance options.

Arianespace successfully launches Intelsat 39

Arianespace successfully launched Intelsat 39 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana.

Intelsat 39, which was built by Maxar Technologies, is equipped with both C-band and Ku-band transponders to provide video distribution and broadband connectivity services across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The satellite will maintain its position using all-electric propulsion. Intelsat 39 will replace Intelsat 902 at the 62ºE orbital location.