Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Next Gen SD-WAN: Driving digital transformation



Two minute video

SD-WAN continues to be a super high-growth area for Verizon.  As enterprises undergo digital transformations, they are embracing SD-WAN because it provides the ability to manage to a business outcome.

Moreover, SD-WAN is fundamental for Zero Trust Networking. When you can virtualize functions and implement policy in coordination to SD-WAN you have the ability to better protect the enterprise.

Shawn Hakl, Senior VP of Business Products at Verizon, talks about why Verizon's customers are embracing SD-WAN technology.

http://www.nginfrastructure.com/sd-wan

ADTRAN positions its SD-WAN platform for SPs

ADTRAN introduced a new SD-WAN solution that will be available through its service provider channel, MSPs, and select system integrators.

The ADTRAN SD-WAN platform, which is designed for small-to-medium businesses and distributed enterprises, provides both outbound and inbound quality of service (QoS), seamless connectivity and control of cloud applications and voice services. The solution automatically detects business critical and performance-sensitive traffic without having to manually set up policies as with first-generation SD-WAN solutions. This capability enables all future cloud applications to integrate into the business without manual intervention. Additionally, the SD-WAN solution delivers end-to-end visibility, measuring each connection from any location on the network, all along its path, to ADTRAN gateways at any other location. Further, by identifying application traffic in real time, it can detect and automatically adjust based on the performance needs of the applications currently in use.

Unlike many edge-based or next-generation firewall-based SD-WAN solutions, this improved SD-WAN cloud supports active-active WAN links, inbound QoS, single IP failover and a cloud gateway component for control of cloud-based content. It also includes multiple gateways across the continental U.S and has its own redundant backbone between gateways, upstream feeds at each gateway, and connections for each customer location to two gateways for failover protection. Additionally, service providers have the option to move the cloud software to their data centers when they are ready—providing flexibility to roll-out SD-WAN quickly by leveraging the new ADTRAN SD-WAN cloud solution.

“ADTRAN’s software expertise and long history partnering with service providers to serve SMBs and distributed enterprises enables us to take networking and connectivity far beyond the limitations of legacy hardware-based solutions,” ADTRAN Director of Software Products and Solutions Chris Thompson said. “By enabling businesses to realize the benefits of cloud networking while maintaining their existing voice and security services, we’re empowering service providers to quickly expand and grow their SD-WAN footprint. Businesses can now make the move to a cloud-based service offering with less cost, risk and disruption.”

https://www.adtran.com/index.php/adtran-gives-voice-to-small-businesses-and-distributed-enterprises-with-adtran-sd-wan

Xilinx intros Unified Software Platform for developers

At its second annual XDF event in San Jose, California, Xilinx introduced a unified developer software platform to drive applications powered by its programmable silicon.

Xilinx said it spent five years and a total of 1,000 man years to create the new platform, called Vitis (pronounced Vī-tis), which tailors the Xilinx hardware architecture to the software or algorithmic code without the need for hardware expertise.

The Vitis platform was designed to plug into common software developer tools and uses open source libraries. The base layer is the Vitis target platform, which includes a board and preprogrammed I/O. The second layer, called the Vitis core development kit, encompasses the open-source Xilinx runtime library to manage the data movement between different domains, including the subsystems, the AI Engine in the forthcoming Versal ACAP™, as well as an external host, if required. This layer also includes the core development tools such as compilers, analyzers and debuggers. While Xilinx provides a world-class design environment, these tools are designed to integrate seamlessly with industry-standard build systems and development environments. In the third layer are more than 400 optimized and open-source applications across eight Vitis libraries.

"With exponentially increasing compute needs, engineers and scientists are often limited by the fixed nature of silicon," said Victor Peng, president and chief executive officer, Xilinx. "Xilinx has created a singular environment that enables programmers and engineers from all disciplines to co-develop and optimize both their hardware and software, using the tools and frameworks they already know and understand. This means that they can adapt their hardware architecture to their application without the need for new silicon."


LightCounting: High Speed Ethernet Optics Report

The market for Ethernet optical transceivers is expected to decline by 18% in 2019, which will be the steepest decline in the recorded history of this market, according to a new report from LightCounting.

Global sales of Ethernet optical transceivers increased by 16% CAGR in the period from 2004 to 2018, including a 5-year streak of 27% CAGR in 2012-2017. This accelerated growth was driven by deployments of optics in mega datacenters. The growth streak was started by Google deploying 10GbE transceivers in 2007-2008 and gained scale in 2012-2017 with the adoption of 40GbE and 100GbE transceivers.

LightCounting suggests that this market segment will post a 22% CAGR in 2019-2024, after a reset in 2019, driven by sales of next-generation products and continuing demand for 100GbE optics.

Several factors contributed to a slowdown in the market growth last year and a decline in 2019:

  • Transition to next-generation products takes longer than expected,
  • 100GbE prices reached new lows in Q1 2019 and reset expectations for the pricing of the next-generation products,
  • The slowdown in Cloud spending on optics deployed inside mega datacenters.
  • There is a lot of economic uncertainty related to escalating trade war between China and the US. The trade war has already impacted the economy in China and Chinese Cloud companies have lowered spending on high-speed optics as a result. More conservative infrastructure spending of US-based vendors aligns to the uncertain macro-economic situation.

https://www.lightcounting.com/News_100119.cfm


ETSI begins work on Securing Artificial Intelligence

ETSI has formed a new Industry Specification Group on Securing Artificial Intelligence (ISG SAI) to develop technical specifications to mitigate threats arising from the deployment of AI throughout multiple ICT-related industries. This includes threats to artificial intelligence systems from both conventional sources and other AIs.

The intent of the ISG SAI is to address 3 aspects of artificial intelligence in the standards domain:

  • Securing AI from attack e.g. where AI is a component in the system that needs defending
  • Mitigating against AI e.g. where AI is the ‘problem’ or is used to improve and enhance other more conventional attack vectors
  • Using AI to enhance security measures against attack from other things e.g. AI is part of the ‘solution’ or is used to improve and enhance more conventional countermeasures.

Securing AI Problem Statement

This specification will be modelled on the ETSI GS NFV-SEC 001 “Security Problem Statement” which has been highly influential in guiding the scope of ETSI NFV and enabling “security by design” for NFV infrastructures. It will define and prioritize potential AI threats along with recommended actions. The recommendations contained in this specification will be used to define the scope and timescales for the follow-up work.

The founding members of the new ETSI group include BT, Cadzow Communications, Huawei Technologies, NCSC and Telefónica.

The first meeting of ISG SAI will be held in Sophia Antipolis on 23 October.

https://www.etsi.org/newsroom/press-releases/1650-2019-10-etsi-launches-specification-group-on-securing-artificial-intelligence

Telefónica Argentina deploys Mavenir's Signaling Firewall

Mavenir, a leader in accelerating software network transformation and transforming mobile network economics for communications service providers (CSPs), and

Telefónica Argentina has deployed Mavenir’s Signaling Firewall to protect its customers and signaling infrastructure by detecting and preventing signaling-based attacks. The signaling fraud solution prevents the network from signaling hacks, distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), protects customer information from being intercepted and improves user experience. Denying stacks also protects operator resources from being used unnecessarily and even from overload conditions that shouldn’t exist (high capacity and distributed attacks).

The deployment of a signaling firewall in the Telefónica Argentina network will handle SS7 and Diameter-based signaling coming in from abroad and other networks.

Mavenir said its solution enables Telefónica Argentina to protect their customers and the network from potential hackers while tracing their origin. The Signaling Firewall with its intuitive GUI and reporting capabilities allows Telefónica Argentina to stay ahead of the potential threats and provide sufficient level of protection to their customers. In addition, Mavenir SMART (Security Management and Response Team) team is helping to interpret the signaling data, attack suspects and enforce blocking rules.

“We are excited to support Telefónica Argentina and their commitment to protecting customer security through the implementation of our entire security portfolio,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir. “By adding the Signaling Firewall to the existing solutions in place protecting customers against fraud, privacy attacks, phone-call and messaging interceptions, Telefónica has best-in-class network security using AI and machine learning (ML) to continually evolve and better protect their customers.”

Splunk completes acquisition of SignalFX

Splunk completed its previously announced acquisition of SignalFx, a provider of SaaS real-time monitoring and metrics for cloud infrastructure, microservices and applications. The purchase price is approximately $1.05 billion, to be paid approximately 60% in cash and 40% in Splunk common stock.

SignalFX's analytics is built on a a massively scalable streaming architecture. The company is based in San Mateo, California is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, General Catalyst, and Tiger Global Management.

Splunk said the acquisition strengthens its position as a leader in observability and APM for organizations at every stage of their cloud journey, from cloud-native apps to homegrown on-premises applications.

“We live in a cloud-first world, where developers must have the ability to monitor and observe cloud-native infrastructure and applications in real-time, whether via logs, metrics or tracing. The power of Splunk and SignalFx allows our customers to monitor any relevant data at massive scale,” said Doug Merritt, President and CEO, Splunk. “I’m thrilled to welcome SignalFx to the Splunk team, and can’t wait to show our customers how our data platform can help them turn data into doing.”

U.S. Cellular plans its first 5G at Iowa and Wisconsin

U.S. Cellular announced that its first 5G rollouts will be in Iowa and Wisconsin, beginning in the first quarter of 2020. The company’s initial 5G deployment will be on its 600 MHz spectrum and will provide customers with faster data speeds, a more responsive mobile experience and the ability to connect more devices to the network at the same time.

“Iowa and Wisconsin are two of our largest markets and we’re excited to introduce 5G technology to customers in both urban and rural communities where other carriers have not,” said Michael S. Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer of U.S. Cellular. “Broader 5G coverage will provide our customers with even faster data connection speeds for a better experience when they do the things they love on their devices.”

Semtech designs indoor LoRa Corecell gateway

Semtech released its LoRa Corecell reference design for indoor gateway applications. The reference design is developed to the LoRaWAN protocol and targeted for home, building and factory automations.

Key features of the LoRa-based Gateway Baseband Transceiver (SX1302):

  • LoRaWAN Class A/B/C, all regions
  • 125 kHz LoRa reception with:
  • 8 x 8 channels LoRa packet detectors
  • 8 x SF5-SF12 LoRa demodulators
  • 8 x SF5-SF10 LoRa demodulators
  • 125 /250 / 500 kHz LoRa demodulator
  • (G)FSK demodulator
  • Direct interface to Semtech transceivers


Multi-band Sub-GHz Radio Frequency Front End (SX1250):

  • +22dBm Output power
  • Lower UHF bands 169 and 433 or 490 MHz
  • North America 915 MHz
  • Europe 868 MHz
  • 24 QFN (4mmx4mm)

“The LoRa Corecell reference design’s key features, including low power, smaller package and higher integration with improved performance, aim to eliminate design complexity and accelerate time-to-market in the smart home and building industries,” said Pedro Pachuca, Director of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “As we announced earlier this year, Semtech is committed to developing a LoRa product roadmap that simplifies Internet of Things (IoT) applications that enable a faster time-to-market for IoT solution providers and systems integrators. This new reference design is key to our LoRa offerings as more real estate and commercial managers, as well as consumers, look for solutions that solve their daily challenges, such as meeting room occupancy and temperature/humidity monitoring.”

https://www.semtech.com/company/press/semtech-releases-indoor-reference-design-for-smart-buildings-and-homes

DOCOMO invests $20M in Tata Capital Growth Fund II

NTT DOCOMO will invest US$20 million in the Tata Capital Growth Fund II LP in Singapore managed by Tata Capital Growth II General Partners LLP with the aim of investment focusing on growth-stage companies in India.

DOCOMO has established a cooperative partnership with Tata Sons Private Limited aimed at contributing to their mutual businesses as well as the industrial development of both Japan and India. As part of collaboration, DOCOMO has decided to invest in Indian-based growth-stage startup companies through the fund managed by Tata Capital Growth II General Partners LLP, which is an indirect subsidiary of Tata Capital Limited in India.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/1002_00.html

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Next Gen SD-WAN adoption is a growth driver for SPs



Enterprises are quickly adopting SD-WAN technology. This has been a significant source of growth for Colt.

Mirko Voltolini, Global Head of Network-o-Demand for Colt, discusses what's driving SD-WAN.

KDDI picks Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung for 5G

KDDI named Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung as its primary 5G vendors for next-generation network deployment in Japan.

KDDI expects the first commercial live 5G services to be available from March 2020, with more than 93 percent coverage of 5G base station areas specified by Japan’s telecom regulation body by the end of March 2025.

Ericsson confirmed that it will supply KDDI with Radio Access Network equipment, including products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio. The equipment will allow KDDI to roll out commercial 5G services in several parts of Japan on their sub-6GHz and 28GHz bands for 5G New Radio (NR). KDDI’s selection of Ericsson as a 5G vendor follows nearly four years of close collaboration on 5G between the companies.

Nokia also confirmed its selection as a primary partner to upgrade KDDI's 4G network to 5G using its AirScale platform, which supports both 4G and 5G operations. This will allow KDDI to modernize its 4G network and meet the growing consumer and industrial demands for 5G. The contract for 5G radio re-enforces the strong relationship between the two companies, which dates back over two decades.

Nokia is an existing supplier to KDDI across multiple technologies, including radio, fixed networks, mobile core network and multiple software solutions. The 5G network will support KDDI across both cmWave and mmWave 5G frequency bands and can be deployed in both distributed and centralized architectures.

Samsung Networks said it will provide KDDI with its latest 5G network solutions, including various radio base stations supporting mid-band (3.7~3.8GHz and 4.0~4.1GHz) and mmWave (28GHz) spectrum, as well as virtualized RAN. In preparation for the arrival of 5G, the two companies have carried out several successful trials on real-world use cases and achieved world-first 5G milestones. This includes Japan’s first mmWave outdoor 5G handover test success in 2017, 5G handovers for high-speed racing cars and trains in 2017, a real-time free-viewpoint video stream at baseball stadium in 2018, a 5G-powered education showcase in an elementary school in 2019, and a demonstration of the power of real-time 4K video communication at Haneda Airport, Tokyo in 2019.

John Harrington, Head of Nokia Japan, said: “This deal will allow KDDI to get ready for the 5G era and we are honoured and excited to continue our long-term relationship. As an end-to-end supplier of multiple technologies to KDDI, we look forward to transforming the network and launching 5G for consumers and industries.”

Chris Houghton, Senior Vice President, Head of Market Area North East Asia, Ericsson, says: “Having established our important partnership with KDDI in 2013, we have now expanded our collaboration efforts. We are excited about our involvement in KDDI’s 5G network buildout, which will provide a sound basis for our future collaboration as well as allowing our partner to offer users a whole new generation of mobile services.”

Juniper supplies Telefónica UK

Juniper Networks is serving as strategic IP network provider for Telefónica UK's Fusión Network. The first phase of Telefónica UK’s services migration to the new infrastructure is underway.

Juniper Networks and Telefónica said they designed the Fusión Network to transform the customer experience for mobile, residential and business services globally. This initiative has previously been implemented by the Telefónica Group in other regions around the world and has evolved over the years, including a recent upgrade in Spain to support the evolution to 5G.

Juniper is supplying the following for the Fusión Network:

  • PTX Series Packet Transport Routers (PTX10008), MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform (MX2008, MX2010 and MX2020)
  • Junos Fusion Edge, Junos Node Slicing virtualization and Juniper’s Automation Framework
  • Professional Services

“As we prepare for our 5G rollout from October 2019 with the end goal of building a 5G economy in coalition with British industry, we need a network infrastructure that benefits customers from the outset, with better speeds, intelligent security and improved user experience. This requires a network that is sophisticated, but also simpler to deploy, operate and maintain, which is why we chose Juniper as our strategic IP network provider. This overhaul of our network provides the flexibility, scalability and performance to meet those demands,” stated Brendan O’Reilly, Chief Technology Officer, Telefónica UK.

“As one of the major service providers in the UK, Telefónica UK is a true trailblazer of cutting-edge network technology. Juniper has a long and proud history of working with Telefónica globally, and being chosen as Telefónica’s strategic IP network provider in the UK to deliver a 5G-ready network reflects the depth of that partnership. This project is expected to help Telefónica UK transform its network, providing an automated and scalable network that is capable of meeting current and future demands of consumers and business customers alike. It will help to ensure that Telefónica UK will continue to deliver the robust performance its users expect and be sufficiently agile to lead the way on new service innovation,” said Manoj Leelanivas, Chief Product Officer, Juniper Networks.

Construction begins on Southern Cross NEXT Cable

The Southern Cross NEXT project has achieved CIF (Contract in Force) status and has entered the construction project phase.

The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable is a state-of-the-art 4 fibre pair undersea route utilising an open cable design and enhancing the existing Southern Cross eco-system. The system will also provide full fibre connectivity to Auckland, New Zealand, and will incorporate Branching Units (BU) and OADM technology for connections to Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati. Given its robust design and route including branches, the 16,148km cable system will provide the lowest latency path from Australia and New Zealand to the United States. Organisers said Southern Cross NEXT represents a network investment of around US$300 million. It is designed to carry 72 terabits per second of traffic. Completion is targetted for the end of 2021 or early 2022.

“The achievement of CIF is a testament to the hard work of the combined Southern Cross and Pioneer Consulting team over many months and is a validation of the technology and expertise behind the new cable,” said Southern Cross President and CEO, Laurie Miller. “The addition of the Southern Cross NEXT route to our platform will provide existing and future customers with further resiliency and connectivity options between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.”

“From our initial guidance on the network’s overall design and technical specifications, to providing commercial and procurement support, we are delighted to continue to work with Southern Cross on the next phase of this robust network through to system in service,” said Pioneer Consulting Managing Partner, Keith Schofield.

“We can now firmly focus on the implementation and deployment of the NEXT system which promises to bring greater resiliency, redundancy and capacity to our extensive network, along with the ongoing development of product enhancements to meet the evolving requirements of our customers,” said Southern Cross CTO, Dean Veverka.

Southern Cross signs Alcatel Submarine Networks


Southern Cross Cable Limited awarded a contract to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to supply the Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable, based on an Open Cable architecture. The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable is a state-of-the-art 4 fibre pair undersea route utilising an open cable design and enhancing the existing Southern Cross eco-system. The system will also provide full fibre connectivity to Auckland, New Zealand, and will incorporate Branching...


U.S. Court of Appeals rules on Net Neutrality

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the FCC’s 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom order but strike down the FCC’s preemption of state efforts to regulate the Internet.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released the following statement: “Today’s decision is a victory for consumers, broadband deployment, and the free and open Internet.  The court affirmed the FCC’s decision to repeal 1930s utility-style regulation of the Internet imposed by the prior Administration.  The court also upheld our robust transparency rule so that consumers can be fully informed about their online options."

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel countered:  “When the FCC rolled back net neutrality it was on the wrong side of the American people and the wrong side of history.  Today’s court decision shows that the agency also got it wrong on the law.  The agency made a mess when it gave broadband providers the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content.  Today’s court decision vacates the FCC’s unlawful effort to block states and localities from protecting an open internet for their citizens.  From small towns to big cities, from state houses to governors’ executive actions, states and localities have been stepping in because the FCC shirked its duties.  In addition, the court took the agency to task for disregarding its duty to consider how its decision threatens public safety, Lifeline service, and broadband infrastructure."

FCC Chairman Moves to Reverse Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with his fellow commissioners at the FCC aimed at reversing the Title II "Net Neutrality" rules adopted in 2015.

In a published speech, Pai described the Title II rules as a regulatory mistake that slowed down telecom infrastructure spending in the United States by 5.6% percent, or $3.6 billion, between 2014 and 2016 for just the top 12 Internet service providers. He said the rules were not needed in 2015 because the Internet "was not broken" and that these 1930s era regulations were constraining the further rollouts of new infrastructure.

Key elements of Pai's proposal include (1) return the classification of broadband service from a Title II telecommunications service to a Title I information service (2) eliminate the so-called Internet conduct standard (3) seeks comment on how the FCC approach the so-called bright-line rules adopted in 2015.

The FCC will vote on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at its meeting in May.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-pai-speech-future-internet-regulation

Silver Peak announces 1,500 customer milestone

Silver Peak announced a major milestone: 1,500 customer deployments of its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform. The milestone was reached four years from the first customer shipments in August, 2015. Production customer deployments span all market segments and geographies from distributed enterprises with tens to hundreds to thousands of sites served by an expanding number of enterprise channel partners including Insight, SHI, Teneo and World Wide Technology to customers deploying fully managed SD-WAN services offered by Silver Peak service provider partners.

New EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform customers include: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Citrin Cooperman, eSilicon, Farrer & Co, First Bank, HFF, a JLL Company, MidSouth Bank, MinterEllison, SAM, and The Vitec Group.

“At Silver Peak, our enduring focus, from the beginning, has always been simple - we help customers to build better WANs,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO at Silver Peak. “At Silver Peak we are uniquely qualified to help our customers successfully execute the kind of WAN transformation that yields a multiplier effect on cloud investments to advance digital transformation and fuel competitive edge.”

AFL acquires Optical Telecom for DAS expertise

AFL, an international manufacturer of fiber optic cable, connectivity and accessories, has acquired Optical & Telecommunication Solutions, a leading wireless solutions provider focused on in-building and outdoor Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Optical Telecom is headquartered in Addison, Texas and has offices in Duluth, Georgia and Houston, Texas. The company provides a range of DAS solutions, including design, site survey, installation and project management.

AFL said the acquisition supports its strategy to expand its footprint across the Southwest and Southeast and complement its existing enterprise services.

“Optical Telecom has built its reputation on family values, quality installations and technical expertise,” commented Sam Orendain, Founder of Optical Telecom. “With this new partnership, we are now part of a global team with a great culture and a track record of success and innovation. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity this partnership brings to our associates, our customers and to our industry.”

http://www.AFLglobal.com

ADVA targets greenhouse gas emission reduction

ADVA greenhouse gas emission reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

“Reducing the environmental impact of our business is crucial to ADVA’s vision and values. Our approved SBTi targets highlight our commitment to preventing climate change and our roadmap for sustainable success,” said Klaus Grobe, director, sustainability, ADVA. “We’re focusing on optimizing the most significant area of our value chain. For us that means indirect customer emissions. Our long-term targets involve a real-terms drop in downstream carbon emissions of 3%. When you factor in continued company growth and massive projected increases in data demand over the next few years, you get a sense of how ambitious that commitment is. Our approved SBTi targets are also big news for our customers. Not only are we helping to limit global temperature increases, we’re also assisting service providers and enterprises across the world in reducing their own CO2 footprint.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20191001-advas-science-based-sustainability-targets-validated-by-sbti

Clearfield adds Multi-Purpose Terminal for 5G

Clearfield announced an addition to its YOURx terminal product line -- a craft-friendly, outside plant (OSP)-rated housing for any fiber distribution and drop cable network.

The YOURx MPT is cable agnostic, accepting any industry cable with a diameter of up to .70”, providing easy installation and a water-tight seal for placement below grade, in a similar fashion to a splice case. Designed to meet Telcordia GR-487 and GR-3125 specifications, the product can be installed on a strand, attached to a pole, attached to a wall or contained within a pedestal. The adapter plate inside the YOURx MPT can be configured to accept either 8-SC, 16-LC or 8-MPO connectors with the ability to mix and match connectors within the same terminal—a valuable feature for network design.

The YOURx terminal product line minimizes the amount of splicing done in outside plant equipment and eliminates the need for splicing downstream of the closure as components, including WDM’s, splitters, and drop cables arrive as pre-connectorized assemblies.

Key product features include:

Eight individual sealed distribution drop ports with a snap in splice chip, supporting 12 loose tube splices or 36 mass fusion splices and the ability to store up to 8’ per buffer tube.
Entry point that uses a split sleeve grommet design for easy installation.
Slide off bulkhead plate allowing installers easy access for cleaning or testing connectors.

“Customers are seeking both mid-span and terminal solutions that support fiber delivery with standard connectors, low insertion loss and a cost-effective method for deploying business services and small cells” said Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield. “Only providing the number of fibers needed and consolidating splicing/termination locations saves on both material and labor costs.”

http://www.SeeClearfield.com

KPN appoints CEO, expands Board

Royal KPN appointed Joost Farwerck (54) as its next CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management.

Farwerck studied Law at the University of Amsterdam and started working at KPN in 1994 and held senior management positions in various divisions. He currently serves as interim Chairman of the Board of Management, has been a member of the Board of Management since 2013 and is currently Chief Operating Officer (COO), a role he has fulfilled since 2014.

KPN stated that the base salary of Farwerck in his role as CEO will amount to EUR 875,000 per year.

"It is with pleasure that I assume the role of CEO of this great company which focuses on offering high speed connections to consumers, businesses and Dutch society. KPN is a company with a realistic strategy in place to perform in the competitive Dutch market. My primary focus will be to deliver on that strategy and explore how we can accelerate the execution even more to deliver organic sustainable growth. We have a great team and a lot of dedicated people in the company. I am eager to work with all of them to execute on that strategy," stated Farwerck.

KPN also appointed Chris Figee (47) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as of 1 February 2020. Chris Figee, currently CFO at ASR Netherlands, succeeds Jan Kees de Jager who, after more than five years as CFO of KPN, is stepping down from his role and leaving KPN.

Finally, KPN also expanded its Board of Management to include Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke, Chief Consumer Market; Marieke Snoep, Chief Business Market; Babak Fouladi, Chief Technology and Digital Officer; and Hilde Garssen, Chief People Officer.