Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Huawei files patent infringement case against Verizon

Huawei filed patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas seeking compensation for the use of technology protected by 12 of Huawei's US patents. Huawei said that it has negotiated with Verizon for a significant period of time before filing the lawsuits. The two parties were unable to reach an agreement on license terms.

"Verizon's products and services have benefited from patented technology that Huawei developed over many years of research and development," said Dr. Song Liuping, Huawei's Chief Legal Officer.

Huawei notes that it has spent more than US$70 billion on R&D in the past decade, which has resulted in more than 80,000 patents worldwide – including over 10,000 patents in the United States alone.

Carrier names AWS as its Preferred Cloud Provider

Carrier has named AWS as its preferred cloud provider.

Carrier, part of United Technologies, and which expects to become a standalone public company in the first half of 2020, offers building heating and cooling systems. The company is moving up to 70 percent of its 4,000 servers and 996 applications away from legacy servers and databases to AWS.

In addition, Carrier will use AWS data warehouse, analytics, and machine learning (ML) services to identify efficiencies in its manufacturing processes and supply chains, and AWS Internet of Things (IoT) services to underpin a new line of intelligent, networked products and services for the home, workplace, and refrigerated logistics chain.

“At Carrier, we are pushing to drive more innovation and connectivity to make buildings more sustainable, efficient, and comfortable,” said Bobby George, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Carrier. “Carrier’s work with AWS is an integral part of our digital transformation, and AWS is the hyperscale platform on which we expect to turn connected product and ecosystem data into opportunities for segment growth, new market channels, and improved customer experiences.”

Twilio reports Q4 sales of $331M, up 62% yoy

Twilio posted Q4 2019 total revenue of $331.2 million, up 62% from the fourth quarter of 2018 and 12% sequentially from the third quarter of 2019. Total revenue includes revenue from Twilio SendGrid starting on February 1, 2019 (the date of acquisition). Base revenue was $306.6 million, up 65% from the fourth quarter of 2018 and 11% sequentially from the third quarter of 2019.

GAAP loss from operations of $93.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $44.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.
Non-GAAP loss from operations of $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with non-GAAP income from operations of $2.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights

  • Entered into new or expanded relationships with organizations including PayPal, Southwest, Blablacar and Rappi.
  • More than 179,000 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2019, compared to 64,286 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2018. Active Customer Accounts in the current period include the contribution from Twilio SendGrid customer accounts.
  • Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 124% for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 147% for the fourth quarter of 2018. Twilio SendGrid results do not impact the calculation of this metric in either period.
  • 2,905 employees as of December 31, 2019.

ADTRAN posts Q4 revenue of $116M

ADTRAN reported Q4 2019 revenue of $115.8 million compared to $140.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2019 were a net loss of $12.7 million compared to a net loss of $8.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Earnings per share was a loss of $0.26 per share compared to a loss of $0.18 per share for the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP earnings were a net loss of $3.2 million compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $5.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP earnings per share was a loss of $0.07 per share compared to a non-GAAP loss of $0.12 per share for the fourth quarter of 2018.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “While the U.S. market remains challenging, we saw a solid performance in our international business. We continue to see activity building around our 10G PON and fiber extension solutions across all geographies we serve, most notably in Europe. We believe we are at the beginning of a significant investment cycle for fiber deployment driven by technology advancements, regulatory influences and vendor disruption.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

State of NFV: What's next for NFVI? - Ericsson




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

Lars MĂ„rtensson, VP & Head of Solution Area Cloud and NFVi & Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley, shares his thoughts on the progress of NFV and what’s next including containers and Kubernetes as well as the move toward the edge.

Telia Carrier's 400GE-ready IP backbone powered by Cisco NCS5500 routers

Telia Carrier has launched a full-scale, 400GE-ready network supported by Cisco NCS5500 series routers.

The launch follows Telia Carrier’s successful deployment of more than 10,000 new 100GE ports during 2019 using the same platform.

Telia Carrier’s customer base now exceeds 2,000 customers in more than 120 countries.

Cisco said the ongoing standardization of 400GE coherent technologies also incentivises new, simplified and partially disaggregated IP over DWDM architectures. The NCS5500 will play a key role in realizing Telia Carrier’s ambitions to spearhead that wave as they are already deploying open optical line systems across several continents.

“Conventional architectures and technologies built on decades of accumulated complexity and yesterday's truths fall short in helping us keep up with customer demands for more, consistent bandwidth and a high-quality experience. This is especially true as more value is shifting to software, hardware cycles are becoming shorter and ongoing 400G standardization is poised to finally disrupt the optical networking market,” said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO, Telia Carrier. “With Cisco leading the market in high capacity transport, they were the perfect fit to help us reach this monumental milestone to continue to perform at the highest calibre, while also reducing costs.”

“We are aligned in our mission to make connections reach further and bring the world closer through innovative technology,” said Kevin Wollenweber, Vice President of Networking, Cisco Service Provider Business. “Combining Cisco’s cloud-scale technology with the strength of the Telia Carrier network, we are helping Telia Carrier customers across more than 120 countries realize the full potential of what the Internet for the Future can do for them.”

http://thenetwork.cisco.com

T-Systems' EdgAIR runs Wind River Cloud Platform

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems division is using Wind River Cloud Platform edge cloud infrastructure software for its EdgAIR secure and high-performance edge computing platform.

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“Demanding edge compute requirements from 5G, IoT, and MEC applications are creating challenges for those trying to deploy cloud native solutions,” said Paul Miller, vice president of Telecommunications at Wind River. “Wind River Cloud Platform addresses the complexities of deploying and managing a physically distributed, cloud native 5G infrastructure. Together with T-Systems, we are able to help customers achieve an operationally efficient, edge-capable cloud that can support thousands of nodes.”

“As industries dive further into the use of automated and intelligent applications, such as autonomous vehicles, factory automation and logistics, or augmented reality, there is a rising need for even greater security and powerful edge computing,” said Thomas Weber, vice president of PaaS, BigData, and Edge at T-Systems. “By working with Wind River, T-Systems is delivering a secure platform with extremely low latency that can help companies tap into intelligent real-time applications for limitless possibilities.”

http://www.windriver.com/CloudPlatform

CTIA: More mid-band spectrum is needed

CTIA published a new study that compares spectrum released in 14 countries and concludes that U.S. policymakers need to move quickly to bring more licensed mid-band spectrum to power 5G networks.

“This report highlights that U.S. policymakers need to deliver the mid-spectrum they have identified—and do so quickly,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA President and CEO. “We need 350 MHz of spectrum auctioned in 2020. America’s national spectrum strategy—FCC Chairman Pai’s 5G Fast Plan—has been instrumental to date, and I’m confident we’ll make more licensed spectrum available to continue successfully building the U.S. 5G economy.”

Analysys Mason looked at spectrum released between 2017 and 2020, as well as the licensing approach used for each band, and key findings from the benchmarked countries include:

  • While nearly all spectrum in other countries has been made available on an exclusively licensed basis, the U.S. is an “outlier” in the amount of unlicensed and shared spectrum being made available.
  • The U.S. is the only country that has released mid-band spectrum in the 3 GHz range on a shared or unlicensed basis.
  • European countries are making only the lower part (5.925-6.425 GHz) of the 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use.
  • Following U.S. leadership on high-band, most countries have begun to make or will make a significant amount of high-band spectrum available.
  • With the 600 MHz auction, the U.S. was one of the first countries to release low-band spectrum suitable for 5G.

https://www.ctia.org/news/report-international-comparison-licensed-unlicensed-and-shared-spectrum-2017-2020


Huawei looks to establish a European manufacturing base

At an event this week in Brussels, Abraham Liu, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, stated that Huawei has decided "to set up manufacturing bases in Europe – so that we can truly have 5G for Europe made in Europe." Plan specifics were not disclosed.

In this address, Liu argued that Huawei is an international company with its roots in China. He said Huawei's European employees "bring a unique European perspective to Huawei and make the company stronger because of it."

https://www.huawei.eu/press-release/remarks-abraham-liu-huawei-chief-representative-eu-institutions-chinese-new-year

Dell'Oro: Service Provider router market to grow at modest pace

Worldwide sales of Service Provider Routers is projected to exceed $75 billion over the five years from 2020 to 2024, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The delivery and adoption of 5G and cloud services are expected to drive investments in IP networks over the forecast horizon.

“We expect the overall SP Router market to grow at modest, low single-digit rates over the next five years, but there are network use cases such as mobile backhaul and backbone transport that will surge due to the uptake of 5G and cloud services, respectively,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Vendors with the appropriate hardware and software solutions will benefit from the growth opportunities, but geographic presence will also play a big part in a company’s success,” added Umeda.

Additional highlights from the Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch Five Year Forecast:

  • The Asia-Pacific region, led by China, is expected to produce the highest growth over the next five years.
  • Revenue from 100 and 400 Gigabit Ethernet technologies is projected to account for almost half of router revenue by 2024.

NTT Data to provide advisory services for clients migrating to AWS

NTT DATA Services announced a three-year, strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services.

NTT DATA will provide clients with advisory and development services, as well as implementation, migration, and management of solutions on AWS. NTT DATA, which has more than 900 AWS certifications, also recently acquired Flux7, a Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), to enhance the value the company can deliver in AWS, DevOps and Agile development capabilities.

“We are delighted to be working with NTT DATA to help clients migrate mission-critical workloads to AWS, while delivering comprehensive optimization and cloud managed services,” said Darci Kleindl, Director of North America Partner, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “AWS will be a NTT DATA preferred cloud provider and will support NTT DATA through their cloud transformation by providing technical expertise, training, and enablement along with go-to-market support.”

Samsung validates dynamic spectrum sharing with Keysight

Samsung Electronics’ LSI Business is using Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions to validate dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology used in the smartphone maker’s new 5G modem.

Samsung's newest 5G modem, Exynos Modem 5123, supports DSS technology.

“We’re pleased to extend our collaboration with Keysight on 5G technology to support the development and commercialization of Samsung’s next generation 5G solutions to ensure that they meet the outstanding performance needed for tomorrow’s 5G devices,” said Woonhaing Hur, vice president of System LSI protocol development at Samsung Electronics. “Together with key collaborators such as Keysight, we’re able to deliver cutting-edge solutions that touch the lives of people around the world every day.”

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.”