Tuesday, February 4, 2020

LG pulls out of MWC2020

LG Electronics has decided to skip Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. LG said it made the decision "with the safety of its employees, partners and customers foremost in mind."

In addition, The Verge reported that ZTE will cancel its planned press conference at the event.

http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2020/02/statement-regarding-lg-electronics-participation-in-mobile-world-congress-mwc-2020/

Frontier appoints Mike Shippey as SVP, Wholesale Services

Frontier Communications appointed Mike Shippey as its new Senior Vice President, Wholesale Services, where he will lead Frontier’s Carrier and Wholesale business, including oversight for sales and marketing, innovation in new solutions and the customer experience. Previously, he served as President of Wholesale Services at Windstream Holdings. Mr. Shippey will be based in Dallas, and reports to John Maduri, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer.

Bernie Han, President and CEO, commented, “Recruiting top management talent is critical to implementing our vision and executing our strategy. This means identifying and attracting leaders with track records of delivering results in areas important to our business. We will continue to appoint leaders known for delivering performance, and Mike is a perfect example of our commitment to doing so. With Mike’s expertise, we will focus on and invest in our customers for the long term, while demanding discipline, performance and accountability across the Company.”

Monday, February 3, 2020

State of NFV: Top Five Trends in NFV 2020



State of NFV Resource Site and Report: https://ngi.how/nfv-20

We are finally beyond the perennial question of “is NFV real?” Amar Kapadia, Co-founder of Aarna Networks, shares five NFV trends we can expect to see in 2020.

https://youtu.be/zj9ttAwJvmY


Google Cloud hits $10 billion annual run rate

Google Cloud is now on a $10 billion per annum run rate while YouTube is at $15 billion in annual ad revenue.

In Q4 2019, Google Cloud generated $2.614 billion in revenue, up from $1.709 billion a year earlier.

“Our investments in deep computer science, including artificial intelligence, ambient computing and cloud computing, provide a strong base for continued growth and new opportunities across Alphabet,” said Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet and Google. “I’m really pleased with our continued progress in Search and in building two of our newer growth areas — YouTube, already at $15 billion in annual ad revenue, and Cloud, which is now on a $10 billion revenue run rate."

“In 2019 we again delivered strong revenue growth, with revenues of $162 billion, up 18% year over year and up 20% on a constant currency basis,” said Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google. “To provide further insight into our business and the opportunities ahead, we’re now disclosing our revenue on a more granular basis, including for Search, YouTube ads and Cloud.”

NeoPhotonics samples high power semiconductor optical amplifiers

NeoPhotonics is now sampling high power Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) and Narrow Linewidth (NLW) Distributed Feedback Lasers (DFB) lasers for long range automotive Lidar applications.

NeoPhotonics SOAs and NLW lasers operate in eye-safe wavelength regions, and these offerings feature 1550nm wavelength SOAs with >24 dBm (>250mW) output power along with 1550nm NLW-DFB lasers that enable automotive Lidar systems to “see” considerably farther than 200 meters, thereby significantly enhancing safety.

NeoPhotonics said next generation lidar systems will use coherent technology to greatly increase the range and sensitivity by measuring the phase of the reflected light. Coherent Lidar systems are fabricated using chip-scale manufacturing to reduce costs and enable high volume.

“Our laser components are key elements for chip-scale Lidar systems that can be manufactured in high volumes,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “Lidar architectures based on coherent technologies have the advantage of leveraging high volume, chip-scale technologies developed by NeoPhotonics for telecommunications and data center interconnect applications. Laser components are manufactured in our internal fabs and utilize our advanced hybrid photonic integration technology for high performance and high reliability, allowing system integrators to quickly leverage coherent technology and its established manufacturing supply-chain for Lidar applications,” continued Mr. Jenks.

HPE acquires Scytale for cloud security

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired Scytale, a start-up founded in 2017 that focuses on service authentication across cloud, container, and on-premises infrastructures. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Scytale team is recognized as the founding contributors of the SPIFFE (the Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone) and SPIRE (the SPIFFE Runtime Environment) open source projects to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

HPE said it is fully committed to continuing Scytale’s stewardship and contributions to SPIFFE and SPIRE. The acquisition also represents HPE’s ongoing transformation, part of which is to embrace and contribute to open source projects in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and elsewhere.

Panasonic develops world's highest brightness blue laser

Panasonic has demonstrated the highest brightness blue laser to date -- with an intensity that could be two orders of magnitude higher than conventional blue laser systems.

The achievement leverages wavelength beam combining (WBC) technology on a direct diode laser (DDL) to produce a high quality output beam. The output power optimization of the high-beam-quality blue laser (wavelength band = 400 – 450nm) was realized by combining more than 100 emitters from multiple diode bars with WBC technology.

Panasonic said this technology will contribute to the emerging microfabrication processes, whose demand is expected to grow in industrial applications, such as in the automotive industry.

USVP closes $340M Eearly-stage venture capital fund

U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, announced the closing of USVP XII, a $340M fund.

USVP said its strategy is to be the lead Series A investor in companies based in the U.S. or Israel in four core sectors: cybersecurity, enterprise software, consumer and healthcare—including the emerging digital health sector.

USVP XII follows USVP XI, a successful $300M fund that is now fully invested.

“With USVP XII, we are pleased to continue building on our extensive track record of successful early-stage VC investing,” said Rick Lewis, General Partner. “In addition to a multi-decade track record of success, USVP has demonstrated exceptionally strong performance in recent years. In the last three years, USVP portfolio company exits have generated $933M in proceeds to USVP funds. Over the past decade, USVP has distributed over $2B to our investors. And 2019 was the eighth consecutive year that USVP distributions to limited partners exceeded called capital.”

Maxar selected for Intelsat 40 geostationary satellite

Maxar Technologies has been selected to manufacture Intelsat 40e, a next-generation geostationary communications satellite scheduled to launch in 2022.

Intelsat 40e will be based on Maxar’s 1300-class satellite platform and Intelsat Epic. It will deliver high-throughput, “coast-to-coast” coverage for North America. It will also integrate NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) payload.

“When it’s launched, Intelsat 40e will be the newest addition to our next-generation Intelsat Epic platform, which is already providing our global customers with flexible, high-performance connectivity they can count on today – and in the future,” said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. “Intelsat continuously invests in innovative new satellite and hybrid technologies that make it easy and affordable for our customers to connect people, devices and networks, even in the most remote locations. We look forward to partnering with Maxar on this next build.”

SCHOTT and WaveOptics partner on AR waveguides

WaveOptics, a leading designer and manufacturer of waveguides for AR wearables, will base its next-generation waveguide technology initially with its Katana design, exclusively on SCHOTT's RealView product line of high-index glass wafers with 1.8 RI.

“In this partnership, we are enhancing WaveOptics’ superior device properties by the outstanding performance of our SCHOTT RealView wafers,” said Dr. Ruediger Sprengard, Head of Augmented Reality at SCHOTT. “We’re proud to contribute to pave the way towards AR for customers.”

https://www.us.schott.com/english/news/press.html?NID=com5737

Samsung launches 3rd gen High Bandwidth Memory 2E

Samsung Electronics launched its 'Flashbolt' third-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2E (HBM2E). The new 16-gigabyte (GB) HBM2E is targeted at high performance computing (HPC) systems and help system manufacturers to advance their supercomputers, AI-driven data analytics and state-of-the-art graphics systems in a timely manner.

The 16GB capacity is achieved by vertically stacking eight layers of 10nm-class (1y) 16-gigabit (Gb) DRAM dies on top of a buffer chip. This HBM2E package is then interconnected in a precise arrangement of more than 40,000 ‘through silicon via’ (TSV) microbumps, with each 16Gb die containing over 5,600 of these microscopic holes.

The data transfer speed is 3.2 Gbps by leveraging a proprietary optimized circuit design for signal transmission, while offering a memory bandwidth of 410GB/s per stack. Samsung’s HBM2E can also attain a transfer speed of 4.2Gbps, the maximum tested data rate to date, enabling up to a 538GB/s bandwidth per stack in certain future applications. This would represent a 1.75x enhancement over Aquabolt's 307GB/s.

"With the introduction of the highest performing DRAM available today, we are taking a critical step to enhance our role as the leading innovator in the fast-growing premium memory market," said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung will continue to deliver on its commitment to bring truly differentiated solutions as we reinforce our edge in the global memory marketplace."

Sunday, February 2, 2020

2020 State of NFV: NFV Transformation to Cloud Native



State of NFV Resource Site and Report: https://ngi.how/nfv-20

NFV is expanding into the radio access with CloudRAN becoming a technology that is pervasive. Sandro Tavares, Global Head of Mobile Networks Marketing at Nokia, talks about how we’re starting to execute on the NFV transformation to cloud native infrastructure and enable the networks of the future.


https://youtu.be/PN2sMU-8cjQ

Orange picks Nokia and Ericsson for 5G in mainland France

Orange officially named Nokia and Ericsson as its vendors for 5G in mainland France. The companies will provide a package of products and services that will enable the deployment of 5G across the country. The agreement includes antennas and associated professional services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The decision follows pressure from the U.S. government and contentious debate over the security of the critical infrastructure. Orange had taken the position that vendors should not be excluded without due cause. The EU then issued a set of 5G network security recommendations that stopped short of banning any vendors.

In a press statement, Orange said its decision follows a year-long RFP process and extensive testing. Both Ericsson and Nokia "demonstrated the quality of their products, their support and commitment to a high-quality customer experience on the mobile network for many years."

The partnership with Nokia is focused on the West and South-East regions of France, zones where Nokia already supplies 2G/3G/4G on the mobile network (RAN). Nokia will initially support Orange’s 5G commercial launch by enabling the rollout of its state-of-the-art SRAN network to 5G through software upgrades, streamlining the initial steps to build 5G. It will also introduce 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware, and software for the new 5G frequency bands.

Ericsson confirmed that it was selected by Orange France to deploy 5G radio access network (RAN) in three major French regions, including the capital Paris, and modernize its existing 2G/3G/4G radio access network. Ericsson 5G RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio will be deployed in the Orange network in the North-East, South-West and Ile de France/Paris regions of France. The five-year deal will make Ericsson the major RAN provider to Orange France. The partnership also includes maintenance and deployment services. Deployment will begin as soon as possible so that the Orange France 5G network will be ready to launch 5G services when the frequencies are made available during 2020.

Fabienne Dulac, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Orange France, stated: “For Orange, the deployment of 5G represents a huge challenge and is one of the main priorities of our Engage 2025 strategic plan. We are delighted to be pursuing our partnerships with both Nokia and Ericsson, two key long-term partners, in order to develop a powerful and innovative 5G network. 5G will enable the development of new use-cases and new services, and will provide an enriched experience for our customers - both in the consumer and business segments. Through these agreements, Orange reaffirms its ambition to being network leader.”

Ericsson notes that it now has 80 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 34 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 24 live 5G networks on four continents.

GSMA updates statement on Coronavirus and MWC20

The GSMA confirmed that the upcoming MWC Barcelona event, 24-27 February 2020, will proceed as planned, across all venues at Fira Gran Via, Fira Montjuïc and La Farga L’Hospitalet

The statement following the World Health Organization's decision that the Coronavirus outbreak now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

The GSMA said it is continuing to monitor and assess the potential impact of the Coronavirus on MWC20.  So far, there have been no registration impacts.

In addition, the GSMA affirmed that it will:

  • Carefully follow and adhere to:  the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations,  applicable Chinese government recommendations, Spanish health authority recommendations and police/health recommendations and protocols
  • Work with Fira de Barcelona to ensure sufficient sanitising efforts are followed and provide products throughout all venues and implement other activities in line with recommendations from applicable agencies and partners
  • Respond to questions from exhibitors and attendees about MWC Barcelona (via GSMA account managers or the Customer Care Team)
  • Provide increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, public touch-screens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitising materials and products
  • Provide increased onsite medical support
  • Conduct an awareness campaign via online and onsite info-share and signage
  • Expand availability of sanitising and disinfection materials for public use
  • Provide awareness and training to all staff and associates on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc.
  • Advice to exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of stands, offices along with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behaviour
  • Public health guidelines and advice communication to Barcelona hotels, public and private transport, restaurants and catering outlets, retail, etc.

https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/statement/gsma-statement-on-coronavirus/

Dell'Oro: Broadband access equipment sales may have peaked

Sales of cable broadband access equipment will decrease with a 2 percent CAGR from 2019 to 2024, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  The virtualization of network infrastructure, which is already playing out in the cable market, will extend to other equipment areas, thereby reducing traditional hardware revenue.

Some highlights from the Broadband Access 5-Year Forecast Report:

  • Virtual CMTS/CCAP revenue will grow from $90 Million in 2019 to $418 Million worldwide in 2024, as cable operators move to these platforms to expand broadband capacity.
  • Mesh-capable routers and broadband CPE units will reach 30 Million units in 2020. 

“Global operators continue to invest in their broadband access networks, but are increasingly delivering more capacity with lower-cost, virtualized hardware,” said Jeff Heynen, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. Virtualization, coupled with subscriber saturation in some mature markets will result in gradually declining revenue for broadband access equipment globally,” added Heynen.

Telia deploys SD-WAN in Norway with Nokia

Telia is partnering with Nokia’s Nuage Networks to launch SD-WAN services in Norway.

Telia has a global common SD-WAN platform deployed on three continents that is based on Nokia Nuag.

"We are happy to announce the start of the new generation datacom services in the enterprise market," says Jon Christian Hillestad, Head of Enterprise in Telia Norway. "This solution represents a whole new way of producing datacom services, that gives opportunities regarding services, operation and functionality for our customers. It will also utilize our 5G network that we are starting to roll out."

Sunil Khandekar, CEO for Nokia’s Nuage Networks, said: “We’re extremely pleased that Telia is building on our successful collaboration in Finland and is now offering SD-WAN services based on our next generation solution in Norway. Our SD-WAN 2.0 technology will provide Telia with a powerful platform for offering advanced digital services to support cloud connectivity and automation. Telia’s SD-WAN services will be fundamental to the digital transformation of its Enterprise customers in the Norwegian market.”

Next-Gen-SD-WAN: 2020 Predictions with Nuage's Sunil Khandekar



Nuage Networks saw a lot of traction for SD-WAN in 2019 with their engagement with service providers in all three tiers across the globe. Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks, shares three predictions for SD-WAN and what we can expect to see in 2020.

https://nginfrastructure.com/sd-wan/

Pakistan Telecommunication upgrades backbone to 200G with Nokia

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) upgraded its 100G optical transport network to 200G using Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). The capacity expansion has been carried out in the major cities of Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Overview of the solution deployed:

  • Nokia 1830 PSS 
  • By using PTCL’s extensive fiber footprint, Nokia DWDM provides multipath redundancy against multiple fiber cuts hence ensuring higher network availability SLAs.
  • Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) technology 
  • 8-QAM increases spectral efficiency 
  • Nokia’s full turnkey services including network design, planning and optimization, project management of site acquisition, civil work construction, and network implementation were used to deploy the network.

Saad Muzaffar Waraich, Chief Technology & Information Officer, PTCL, said: “Being consistently a top-class service provider involves continuously modernizing and upgrading the network as per the changing consumption patterns. In view of this, we have enhanced the existing capacity from 100G optical network to 200G to take care of the growing traffic in these cities. Nokia’s technology and expertise helped us to deploy 100G and enhance customer experience, so its 200G technology is also the right choice for expanding network capacity.”

Western Digital begins BiCS5 3D NAND production

Western Digital commenced initial production of its fifth-generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS5, in a 512-gigabit (Gb) chip.

BiCS5 is Western Digital’s highest density and most advanced 3D NAND technology to date. Second-generation multi-tier memory hole technology, improved engineering processes and other 3D NAND cell enhancements significantly increase cell array density horizontally across the wafer. These “lateral scaling” advancements in combination with 112 layers of vertical memory capability enables BiCS5 to offer up to 40 percent more bits of storage capacity per wafer compared to Western Digital’s 96-layer BiCS4 technology, while optimizing cost. New design enhancements also accelerate performance, enabling BiCS5 to offer up to 50 percent faster I/O performance compared to BiCS4.

Production of BiCS5 in meaningful commercial volumes is expected in the second half of calendar 2020.

“As we move into the next decade, a new approach to 3D NAND scaling is critical to continuing to meet the demands of the rising volume and velocity of data,” said Dr. Steve Paak, senior vice president of memory technology and manufacturing at Western Digital. “Our successful production of BiCS5 is an illustration of Western Digital’s ongoing leadership in flash memory technology and strong execution to our roadmap. By leveraging new advancements to our multi-tier memory hole technology to increase density laterally as well as adding more storage layers, we have significantly scaled the capacity and performance of our 3D NAND technology, while continuing to deliver the reliability and cost which our customers expect.”

Telefónica forms new chief digital consumer office

Telefónica has formed a new Chief Digital Consumer Office (CDCO) to be led by Chema Alonso, who until now was responsible for Telefónica's data strategy and cognitive intelligence project.

The unit's main objectives will be to transform and accelerate product and services sales processes and customer relations by making them more digital, faster and simpler. The unit will also be responsible for driving innovation at all levels within the company.


5G Super Bowl 2020 Commercials