Tuesday, January 7, 2020

MYHSM brings Payment Hardware Security to Equinix

MYHSM, which offers Payment Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) as a Service, will host its equipment on Platform Equinix and use Equinix connectivity services.

Equinix operates over 200 data centers around the world with access to all Tier 1 Network routes and with a 99.9999% uptime record.

MYHSM that Equinix data centers are certified to PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) meaning that payments organisations across the world can now secure their transactions by connecting to MYHSM’s PCI PIN certified service with high levels of performance, security, and reliability, in a fully PCI-compliant environment.

John Cragg, CEO at MYHSM, commented: “MYHSM is delighted to be working with Equinix, which is a real enabler for the payments industry. We are now partners with the global leader in interconnection as well as with Thales, the global leader in Payment HSMs. These partnerships put us in pole position to meet not only the existing demand for Payment HSM as a Service but also the explosive growth being generated by the dash for the cloud which is happening all around us."

https://myhsm.com

A10 Networks boosts its earnings guidance

A10 Networks expects to report revenue results for the fourth quarter of 2019 between $59 million and $60 million, above the previous guidance range of $55 million to $59 million. The results are preliminary.

“I am excited by the overall opportunity for A10 investors, customers and employees. We believe our strong customer engagement and exciting product roadmap positions us well for the future needs of the industry. Looking ahead, we remain focused on driving improved financial performance through top-line growth and operational excellence,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, CEO of A10 Networks.

Monday, January 6, 2020

NeoPhotonics ships 400G-capable CFP2-DCO module

NeoPhotonics has begun shipments of its 400G capable ClearLight CFP2-DCO transceiver for end customer trials. 

The company says its transceiver module enables as much as 32 Terabits of capacity per fiber – significantly higher than today’s 200G CFP2-DCO capacity or the emerging 400G CFP2-DCO capacity. This is achieved by using internal optics that can support 80 channels of 64 Gbaud data at 75 GHz wavelength channel spacing combined with the latest generation of 7 nm node DSP (digital signal processing) technology for superior OSNR and power consumption. This new product effectively increases the capacity of an optical fiber by as much as 50 percent over standard systems at comparable distances.   

NeoPhotonics ClearLight CFP2-DCO module incorporates its new extended tuning range Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Tunable C++ LASERTM. Micro-ITLA.  It also features the company’s leading high bandwidth 64 Gbaud C++ ICRTM Receiver and C++ CDMTM Modulator.  This module supports tuning across the full “Super C-band” and provides up to 50 percent more spectrum and resulting capacity than standard modules.

The ClearLight CFP2-DCO module tunes to 75 GHz spaced wavelength channels when operating at 64 Gbaud and 16 QAM to support 400G transmission in 400ZR and 400ZR+ modes for Cloud DCI and metro telecom applications.  NeoPhotonics also provides arrayed waveguide gratings for multiplexing and de-multiplexing with 75GHz channel spacings and filter responses optimized for 64 Gbaud coherent signals, including for “Super C-band” use.

For Long Haul and Regional applications, this CFP2-DCO module utilizes 64 Gbaud and QPSK modulation to deliver 200G per wavelength transmission.  This is made possible by an industry-leading OSNR of less than 14 dB and enhanced performance to enable substantially longer reaches than standard 32 Gbaud, 16 QAM systems. If the application requires that a 50 GHz channel wavelength spacing be used, this CFP2-DCO module can tune over 120 channels and operate at 200G with an OSNR of less than 16 dB, again substantially better than today’s standard CFP2-DCO transceivers.  The module is compliant with the OIF-CFP2-DCO-01.0-Implementation Agreement and has a superior watt per gigabit performance.  The module will also be available in standard C-band tuning range for applications that do not require the significantly higher capacity per fiber that this module enables.

"This new module joins our ClearLightTM CFP-DCO transceiver line, which has been shipping since 2017, and is our first in a series of DCO Modules for 400G transmission and providing the benefits of extended C++ tuning range.  We are pleased to announce these initial shipments of our ClearLight CFP2-DCO coherent transceiver modules to customers," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "This new series will utilize our leading 64 Gbaud Silicon Photonics or Indium Phosphide PICs, together with our new Tunable C++ LASER Micro-ITLA.  This will increase the capacity and distance performance in a network well above that available in systems today," concluded Mr. Jenks.

https://www.neophotonics.com/press-releases/?newsId=11386

SpaceX orbits 60 more Starlink satellites

by Benedict Chua, Assistant Editor

SpaceX successfully launched 60 more of its Starlink satellites -- its third launch of Starlink satellites to date.

The launch used a Falcon 9 first stage that had previously flown on a Starlink mission in May 2019,  the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and on the Telstar 18 launch in September 2018. The Falcon 9 was successfully retrieved on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship in the Atlantic.

https://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/starlink_media_kit_jan2020.pdf

Amazon's Project Kuiper aims for 3,236 LEO satellites

Amazon filed an application with the FCC to launch up to 3,236 low-Earth orbit satellites for delivering advanced broadband services.

Amazon's Project Kuiper proposes up to 3,236 Ka-band satellites in 98 orbital planes with an apogee of 630km. Each satellite would have an estimated life of 7 years. The company says its Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the United States and around the globe. The Kuiper System includes high-performance satellites, terrestrial gateways, internetworking technologies, and a range of customer terminals.

The Kuiper System will be capable of providing continuous coverage to customers within approximately 56˚N and 56˚S latitude serving the continental United States, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and other regions of the world.

Amazon also noted that its proposed Kuiper System would leverage its own secure, high-quality global networking and cloud infrastructure (AWS).

https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/ib/forms/attachment_menu.hts?id_app_num=131001&acct=322741&id_form_num=12&filing_key=-434810

SpaceX launches the first 60 Starlink LEO satellites

SpaceX successfully launched the first 60 satellites of its Starlink LEO constellation.

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

The launch used a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage that had previously been used on the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018 and the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019. Following the launch, the booster successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Starlink satellites were deployed at an altitude of 440km. Onboard propulsion was then used to boost each satellite to an operational altitude of 550km.

The Starlink satellites feature a flat-panel design with multiple high-throughput antennas and a single solar array. Each Starlink satellite weighs approximately 227kg.

SpaceX also said the Starlink satellites are able to track and maneuver around orbiting space debris using thrusters powered by Krypton.

In March 2018, the FCC authorized SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a proposed non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite system comprising 4,425 satellites for the provision of fixed-satellite service (FSS) around the world.

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

Qualcomm intros dual-MAC Wi-Fi chip for cars

Qualcomm introduced a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.1 chip for automotive applications.

The dual-MAC Qualcomm Automotive Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth combination chip (QCA6595AU) is designed to deliver 1 Gbps performance. It is complementary to the Qualcomm Automotive Wi-Fi 6 dual-MAC chip (QCA6696), which can reach nearly 1.8 Gbps of throughput, as well as to the Wi-Fi 5 single MAC chip (QCA6574AU), which offers up to 867 Mbps of throughput. 

The QCA6595AU offers 2x2 multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) 5 GHz and 1x1 single-input, single-output (SISO) 2.4 GHz dual-band simultaneous (DBS) operation.  The combination of MIMO plus SISO can offer high-speed 5GHz Wi-Fi throughout the vehicle, while supporting legacy 2.4 GHz devices and high-quality Bluetooth.  Up to 32 clients can be connected with improved WPA3 protocols for increased security.

The QCA6595AU also supports high data rate Wi-Fi 5 connections to external access points for automotive services, such as vehicle diagnostics, software updates and automatic check-ins when pulling up to dealerships.  Bluetooth 5.1 includes support for Bluetooth Smart Long Range, Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) for advanced device direction finding to achieve sub-meter relative location accuracy.  Additionally, when paired with Qualcomm® Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms or Qualcomm® Snapdragon Automotive Wireless Solutions, Qualcomm Technologies Wi-Fi chips benefit from Internet Protocol Acceleration (IPA) hardware, offloading the Snapdragon platform and solutions from Internet Protocol (IP) firewall and routing responsibilities for the Wi-Fi data path, allowing the processor to be available for other infotainment or telematics applications.

“With in-vehicle experiences advancing at a rapid rate for drivers and passengers, automakers expect robust, low-latency connectivity options beyond the premium segment,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As the automotive industry’s first MIMO and SISO Dual MAC Wi-Fi 5 combo solution, the QCA6595AU offers a great mix of features and performance, demonstrating Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to offering the most complete portfolio of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products to the automotive industry.”

HPE’s StoreFabric M-Series Ethernet Switches run Cumulus Linux

Cumulus Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are working together on open, highly automated and scalable storage networking for data centers.

Specifically, HPE’s StoreFabric M-Series Ethernet Switches will run Cumulus Linux and NetQ, delivering a flexible networking fabric that is predictable, scalable and reliable.

"Many modern data centers feature all-flash storage architectures designed to meet the needs of high-performance applications, but what’s often limited these applications from reaching their true potential was networking," said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. "The combination of Cumulus Linux and NetQ with HPE’s M-Series Ethernet Switches now provides organizations a more open, flexible networking fabric that is predictable, scalable, and reliable to help drive businesses forward."

"Storage networks built on M-series switches deliver high levels of performance and ultra-low latency," said Marty Lans, General Manager Storage Connectivity, HPE. "Adding Cumulus Linux and NetQ to the M-series now provides enterprises with greater network flexibility, increased scale, and deeper levels of automation making this a compelling solution for Ethernet Storage Fabrics."

Investment firm acquires Armis for $1.1 billion -- enterprise IoT security

Insight Partners will acquire Armis, a start-up specializing in enterprise IoT security, for $1.1 billion in cash.

Armis, which is based in Palo Alto, California, with an office in Tel Aviv, helps organizations safely embrace unmanaged and IoT devices throughout their business. Armis offers an agentless security solution that provides visibility of every device in the enterprise environment. It analyzes and classifies devices and their behavior in order to identify risks or attacks, and protects critical information and systems. Armis does not require any hardware and integrates seamlessly into any environment or existing infrastructure.

Insight is a global software investment firm.

Following the acquisition, Armis will continue to operate independently and will be fully managed by its two co-founders, Yevgeny Dibrov, CEO, and Nadir Izrael, CTO, and executive team, while leveraging the support of Insight's business strategy and ScaleUp division, Onsite.

"Insight is one of the most sophisticated software investors in the sector, and it is due to the depth of their domain expertise that they really understand the enterprise IoT device challenge we are looking to solve, and the size of the market opportunity. We considered growth rounds and strategic offers, but by partnering with Insight we have the best of both worlds - operational support and independence, both of which were important in our decision to take on a scaleup partner this early in our company journey," said Yevgeny Dibrov, co-founder and CEO at Armis.

"One of the biggest challenges keeping CIOs and CISOs up at night is how to secure the unmanaged devices proliferating through their businesses, from manufacturing floors to hospital rooms, from airports to boardrooms. These devices - capturing and creating business critical information, working on production lines, or administering patient care - have no protection and they need a security solution," said Nadir Izrael, CTO and co-founder at Armis. "The exponential growth of Armis to date illustrates just how critical securing unmanaged devices is for businesses. With the backing of Insight, we will continue to expand our world class technology to help identify devices, track their behavior and respond to the threats that target them."

Comcast launches WiFi 6 gateway

Comcast unveiled its xFi Advanced Gateway with WiFi 6 technology for customers that subscribe to Xfinity Internet speed tiers of 300 Mbps or faster.

Key features:

  • Four simultaneous dual-band antennas that support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
  • A 2.5Gbps Ethernet port to support wired speeds greater than 1Gbps.
  • Bluetooth LE and Zigbee radios capable of connecting to virtually any IoT device.
  • Switchable mid-split support between 42MHz and 85MHz to allow greater upstream throughput.
  • The Gateway has the ability to deliver multiple streaming services simultaneously over WiFi throughout the home.

“We designed the next-generation Advanced Gateway to be the fastest, smartest and most powerful WiFi device on the planet to continue to deliver on our promise of bringing our customers a great broadband experience,” said Kunle Ekundare, Director of Product and Hardware Management,
Comcast. “The xFi Advanced Gateway is truly the best Internet product we’ve ever built, and we’re thrilled to be bringing our customers into the future with WiFi 6.”

Mobily Saudi Arabia picks Ericsson for 5G

Mobily Saudi Arabia has selected Ericsson for 5G. An agreement signed at Mobily's Riyadh headquarters covers the deployment of Ericsson products and solutions spanning transport, core, charging and billing and radio access -  including 5G products from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mobily said the agreement will support its drive to empower Saudi Arabia’s government and private sectors towards digital transformation, as well as accelerating the deployment of digital services, and expanding Internet of Things (IoT) usage.

Global Cloud Xchange names interim CEO

Global Cloud Xchange appointed Rory Cole as interim CEO, replacing Bill Barney, who is leaving to pursue other professional opportunities.

Cole has served as Chief Financial Officer of GCX since 2014.

The leadership transition comes after the confirmation of the company’s Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization.

“Rory is a trusted and visionary leader, who has demonstrated a proven ability to guide companies to their next stage of growth and evolution – both as part of the GCX team and in his prior roles transforming large, international telecommunications providers,” said Chris Mallon, Chairman of the Board at GCX. “We are confident Rory is the right person to lead GCX as we conduct the search for a permanent CEO. The GCX Board is thankful to Bill for his leadership, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Cole previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of RCom’s Submarine Cable and Voice business units, as Chief Financial officer of MCI EMEA, a $3.5 billion division of MCI/Worldcom, and as Chief Operating Officer for Verizon’s 85-country International business unit.

Independent Global Cloud Xchange to emerge from bankruptcy

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed Global Cloud Xchange's Plan of Reorganization, clearing the way for the company to successfully complete its Chapter 11 financial restructuring.

GCX will emerge from Chapter 11. following regulatory approval, as an independent company backed by the strong ownership of its existing senior secured noteholders. Through Chapter 11, the company will have reduced its debt by $150 million and gained access to new working capital to further its strategic plan.

GCX owns one of the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 68,000 route kms.

Western Digital demos 8TB portable SSD

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 (CES® 2020) Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) will showcase new innovations in its extensive lineup of storage solutions built for every consumer use, including a demonstration of

Western Digital demonstrated an 8TB pocket-sized, portable SSD prototype featuring a SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps interface. The company is also releasing the 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C drive for smartphones and laptops.

“Consumers are generating more content than ever and require more advanced solutions to help them capture, access, share and manage it all. Our top priority is to empower people by giving them complete control of their content, so they have peace of mind that it’s reliably stored and at their fingertips when and where they need it,” said David Ellis, vice president, product marketing, Western Digital.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Blueprint: The Power of Intent-Based Segmentation

by Peter Newton, senior director of products and solutions, Fortinet

Time-to-market pressures are driving digital transformation (DX) at organizations. This is not only putting pressure on the organization to adapt to a more agile business model, but it is also creating significant challenges for IT teams. In addition to having to build out new public and private cloud networks, update WAN connectivity to branch offices, adopt aggressive application development strategies to meet evolving consumer demands, and support a growing number of IoT and privately-owned end-user devices, those same overburdened IT workers need to secure that entire extended network, from core to cloud.

Of course, that’s easier said than done.

Too many organizations have fallen down the rabbit hole of building one security environment after the other to secure the DX project du jour. The result is an often slap-dashed collection of isolated security tools that actually diminish visibility and restrict control across the entire distributed network. What’s needed is a comprehensively integrated security architecture and security-driven networking strategy that ensures that not a single device, virtual or physical, is deployed without there being a security strategy in place to protect it. And what’s more, those security devices need to be seamlessly integrated together into a holistic security fabric that can be centrally managed and orchestrated.

The Limits of Traditional Segmentation Strategies

Of course, this is fine for new projects that will expand the potential attack surface. But how do you retroactively go back and secure your existing networked environments and the potentially thousands of IoT and other devices already deployed there? CISOs who understand the dynamics of modern network evolution are insisting that their teams move beyond perimeter security. Their aim is to respond more assertively to attack surfaces that are expanding on all fronts across the enterprise.
Typically, this involves segmenting the network and infrastructure and providing defense in-depth leveraging multiple forms of security. Unfortunately, traditional segmentation methods have proven to be insufficient in meeting DX security and compliance demands, and too complicated to be sustainable. Traditional network segmentation suffers from three key challenges:

  1. A limited ability to adapt to business and compliance requirements – especially in environments where the infrastructure is constantly adapting to shifting business demands.
  2. Unnecessary risk due to static or implicit trust – especially when data can move and devices can be repurposed on demand
  3. Poor security visibility and enforcement – especially when the attack surface is in a state of constant flux

The Power of Intent-based Segmentation

To address these concerns, organizations are instead transitioning to Intent-based Segmentation to establish and maintain a security-driven networking strategy because it addresses the shortcomings of traditional segmentation in the following ways:

  • Intent-based Segmentation uses business needs, rather than the network architecture alone, to establish the logic by which users, devices, and applications are segmented, grouped, and isolated.
  • It provides finely tunable access controls and uses those to achieve continuous, adaptive trust.
  • It uses high-performance, advanced Layer 7 (application-level) security across the network
  • It performs comprehensive content inspection and shares that information centrally to attain full visibility and thwart attacks

By using business intent to the drive the segmentation of the network, and establishing access controls using continuous trust assessments, intent-based segmentation provides comprehensive visibility of everything flowing across the network, enabling real-time access control tuning and threat mitigation.

Intent-based Segmentation and the Challenges of IoT

One of the most challenging elements of DX from a security perspective has been the rapid adoption and deployment of IoT devices. As most are aware, IoT devices are not only highly vulnerable to cyberattacks, but most are also headless, meaning they cannot be updated or patched. To protect the network from the potential of an IoT device becoming part of a botnet or delivering malicious code to other devices or places in the network, intent-based segmentation must be a fundamental element of any security strategy.

To begin, the three most important aspects of any IoT security strategy are device identification, proper network segmentation, and network traffic analytics. First, the network needs to be able to identify any devices being connected to the network. By combining intent-based segmentation with Network Access Control (NAC), devices can be identified, their proper roles and functions can be determined, and they can then be dynamically assigned to a segment of the network based on who they belong to, their function, where they are located, and other contextual criteria. The network can then monitor those IoT devices based on that criteria. That way, if a digital camera, for example, stops transmitting data and instead starts requesting it, the network knows it has been compromised and can pull it out of production.

The trick is in understanding the business intent of each device and building that into the formula for keeping it secured. IT teams that rely heavily on IoT security best practices, such as those developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), may wind up developing highly restrictive network segmentation rules that lead to operational disruptions. If an IoT device is deployed in an unexpected way, for example, standard segmentation may block some essential service it provides, while intent-based segmentation can secure it in a different way, such as tying it to a specific application or workflow rather than the sort of simple binary rules IT teams traditionally rely on. Such is the case with wireless infusion pumps, heart monitors and other critical-care devices in hospitals. When medical staff suddenly cannot access these devices over the network because of certain rigidities in the VLAN-based segmentation design, patients’ lives may be at risk. With Intent-based Segmentation, these devices would be tagged according to their medical use, regardless of their location on the network. Access permissions would then be tailored to those devices.

Adding Trust to the Mix

Of course, the opposite is true as well. Allowing implicit or static trust based on some pre-configured segmentation standard could expose critical resources to compromise should a section of the network become compromised. To determine the appropriate level of access for every user, device, or application, an Intent-based Segmentation solution must also assess their level of trustworthiness. Various trust databases exist that provide this information.

Trust, however, is not an attribute that is set once and forgotten. Trusted employees and contractors can go rogue and inflict extensive damage before they are discovered, as several large corporate breaches have proven. IoT devices are especially prone to compromise and can be manipulated for attacks, data exfiltration, and takeovers. And common attacks against business-critical applications – especially those used by suppliers, customers, and other players in the supply chain – can inflict damage far and wide if their trust status is only sporadically updated. Trust needs to be continually updated through an integrated security strategy. Behavioral analysis baselines and monitors the behaviors of users. Web application firewalls inspects applications during development and validates transactions once they are in production. And the trustworthiness of devices is maintained not only by strict access control and continuous monitoring of their data and traffic, but also by preventing them from performing functions outside of their intended purpose.

Ironically, one of the most effective strategies for establishing and maintaining trust is by creating a zero-trust network where all access is needs to be authenticated, all traffic and transcations are monitored, and all access is restricted by dynamic intent-based segmentation.

Securing Digital Transformation with a Single Security Fabric

Finally, the entire distributed network need to be wrapped in a single cocoon of integrated security solutions that span and see across the entire network. And that entire security fabric should enable granular control of any element of the network – whether physical or virtual, local or remote, static or mobile, or in the core or in the cloud – in a consistent fashion through a single management console. By combining verifiable trustworthiness, intent-based segmentation, and integrated security tools into a single solution, organizations can establish a trustworthy, security-driven networking strategy that can dynamically adapt to meet all of the security demands of the rapidly evolving digital marketplace.

About the author

Peter Newton is senior director of products and solutions – IoT and OT at Fortinet. He has more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise networking and security industry and serves as Fortinet’s products and solutions lead for IoT and operational technology solutions, including ICS and SCADA.

ICANN and Verisign amend .COM registry agreement

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign, which operates two of the 13 global internet root servers and provides registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, reached a proposed agreement to amend the .COM Registry Agreement (RA). In addition, ICANN and Verisign announced a new proposed framework for working together on initiatives related to the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the form of a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two organizations.

ICANN facilitates the coordination of the 12 operators of the 13 authoritative root servers. These root servers are the foundation of the DNS.

Verisign noted that its operation of the .COM TLD is governed by two separate agreements: the .COM RA, and the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

http://www.Verisign.com
http://www.icann.org

Thursday, January 2, 2020

SEABRAS 1 enters Chapter 11

Seabras 1 Bermuda Ltd and its subsidiary Seabras 1 USA LLC, which are the owners of the Seabras-1 cable between New York and Sao Paulo,  filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 restructuring.

Seabras 1 Bermuda Ltd said it is pursuing a restructuring plan with secured lenders to address its debt situation and emerge as a vibrant, healthy business. An online statement cites an "unexpectedly steep decline in wholesale capacity pricing on the US-Brazil route combined with the recent overbuild on that route remain serious challenges."

Seabras-1 is operated by Seaborne Networks, which is an indirect shareholder of the companies and is not part of the bankruptcy filing. Seaborn Networks said its operations are not expected to be impacted by the filings and that it will continue to provide all SG&A and Operations & Engineering services as usual.

https://seabornnetworks.com/seabras-restructuring

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Huawei tops US$122B in 2019 revenue, up 18% yoy

Huawei generated 2019 revenue of approximately 850 billion Chinese yuan (US$122 billion), up 18% over 2018, according to a New Year's message from Eric Xu, Rotating Chairman of the company.

For 2020, survival is the top priority of the company, writes Xu, as Huawei remains of the U.S. government's "Entity List" and downward pressure on the global economy has intensified. He expects the US government to "continue to suppress the development of leading technology – a challenging environment for Huawei to survive and thrive."

Some key points of Xu's New Year message:

  • More than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner. 
  • Huawei shipped 240 million smartphones during 2019.
  • The company will engage in an all-out effort to develop an ecosystem for Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) outside of China.


https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/special-release/new-year-message-2020

Friday, December 27, 2019

TELE Greenland rules out Huawei for 5G

TELE Greenland said in a statement that it has ruled out Huawei as a supplier for a future 5G rollout. Currently, the carrier has some Huawei gear in its network, although Ericsson is the principal supplier of its 4G network. TELE Greenland is able to provide mobile broadband to 92% of the population.

The population of Greenland is approximately 56,000.

https://telepost.gl/da/nyheder/tele-greenland-as-om-4g-mobile-first-og-5g-i-groenland

Subsea connectivity restored to northern Greenland

Following repairs to a subsea cable linking Greenland and Canada, connectivity has been restored to customers north of the town of Sisimiut.

The population of South Greenland will have to wait for another 15-20 days before the southern branch of the damaged subsea cable is repaired.


Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark with a population of about 56,000, most of whom live along fjords in the southwest.

TELE-POST is the service provider for Greenland.

The subsea cable to Canada was breached in late December 2018. The weather has been a factor in scheduling the repair ship. Since then, an old microwave radio network has been providing service via a second subsea cable to Iceland.

https://telepost.info/da

Thursday, December 26, 2019

WSJ: Huawei benefited from US$75B in state support

Huawei Technologies' spectacular rise to the top of global telecommunications was fueled in part by state support valued at tens of billions of U.S. dollars, according to an analysis published by The Wall Street Journal. The article examines records pertaining to public grants, loans, tax incentives and other forms of financial assistance awarded to Huawei by government officials in China. The Wall Street Journal estimates this support totals around US$75 billion over the past two decades. Of this total, approximately $46 billion was for credit lines and loans.

In a rebuttal posted on social media, Huawei asserts that its "relationship with the Chinese government is no different than any other private company that operates in China." Huawei insists that its working capital comes from its own business operations and external financing. The company says that R&D subsidies from the government amount to less than 0.3% of its revenues. Huawei is considering legal action against the Wall Street Journal.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-support-helped-fuel-huaweis-global-rise-11577280736
https://twitter.com/Huawei/status/1210110450198671360/photo/1

Turkcell develops its own email platform

Turkcell has developed and launched its own cloud-based email and calendaring platform.

YaaniMail is now available to consumers and business regardless of ISP, operator, country, web browser, or devices (iOS or Android). Data generated on the platform is securely stored at Turkcell’s data centers. The new email service provides customers an alternative to the provider’s global counterparts.

Turkcell said it is targeting 2 million registered users by the end of 2020.

“YaaniMail is part of a larger effort to ensure Turkey’s data is hosted in Turkey. We will offer YaaniMail through our broad digital services and solutions portfolio to other telecom operators in the world – helping them to become digital operators,” says Atac Tansug, Vice President of Digital Services and Solutions at Turkcell. “Providing the best customer experience to our users while keeping their data safe is our top priority. We will continue to enhance YaaniMail’s built-in smart features and user-friendly interface to offer the best available customer experience to our users.”

Friday, December 20, 2019

Monisha Ghosh appointed CTO of FCC

Dr. Monisha Ghosh has been appointed Chief of the FCC, replacing Dr. Eric Burger, who has been serving at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
since October.

Dr. Ghosh has been serving as a rotating Program Director at the National Science Foundation since September 2017, in the Computer and Network System Division within the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, where she manages the core wireless research portfolio as well as special programs such as Machine Learning for Wireless Networking Systems ((MLWiNS). She is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the Internet of Things, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems, and spectrum coexistence. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems, such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards.

Dr. Ghosh received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

http://www.fcc.gov

Orchestrated Virtualized Multivendor SD-WAN Services



This PoC demonstrates the next innovation in SD-WAN, which accelerates the adoption of multi-vendor SD-WAN and value-added services through automated operations and a new digital user experience. Powered by a unified marketplace, self-service portal and NFV-based uCPE platform, MEF 70 compliant SD-WAN services from different vendors can be selected independently of the CPE hardware and seamlessly deployed with little-to-no intervention from the service provider or end-user. Through this new “digital user experience”, SD-WAN services are orchestrated, activated, assured and managed using zero touch provisioning and end-to-end service automation in alignment with MEF’s LSO framework.

This PoC won the 2019 Award for MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Implementation.