Monday, June 15, 2020

U.S. companies allowed to collaborate with Huawei on standards

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new rule that will allow U.S. companies to collaborate in international standards efforts where Huawei is also a participant.

Specifically, under the new Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) rule, technology that would not have required a license to be disclosed to Huawei before the company’s placement on the Entity List can be disclosed for the purpose of standards development in a standards-development body without need for an export license.

The Department of Commerce said its action is meant to ensure Huawei’s placement on the Entity List in May 2019 does not prevent American companies from contributing to important standards-developing activities despite Huawei’s pervasive participation in standards-development organizations.

“The United States will not cede leadership in global innovation. This action recognizes the importance of harnessing American ingenuity to advance and protect our economic and national security,” said U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “The Department is committed to protecting U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by encouraging U.S. industry to fully engage and advocate for U.S. technologies to become international standards.”

Broadcom joins Nokia's ReefShark silicon program

Nokia and Broadcom are collaborating on the development of advanced semiconductor technologies, including new custom system-on-chip (SoC) processors, which will be integrated into Nokia’s “5G Powered by ReefShark” portfolio. The collaboration further expands the range of Nokia ReefShark chipsets available for 5G solutions and will improve both the system performance and energy footprint of 5G networks. 

The collaboration will leverage Nokia’s wireless technology and Broadcom’s expertise in ASIC technologies.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “This important collaboration highlights our continued commitment to developing our “5G Powered by ReefShark” chipset portfolio and ensures that our 5G solutions deliver a best-in-class performance to our customers. We are delighted to bring Broadcom’s silicon technology leadership and best-in-class ASIC capability to the table, allowing us to deliver a high performance and serve our customers’ needs as the demand for 5G services increases.”

Frank Ostojic, SVP and General Manager of ASIC Products Division at Broadcom, said: “We are excited to partner with Nokia to develop and deploy highly integrated custom silicon solutions for 5G infrastructure. Nokia and Broadcom’s collaboration accelerates silicon innovation and enables operators and end users to realize the unprecedented benefits of 5G.”

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2020/06/15/nokia-expands-5g-reefshark-chipset-portfolio-with-broadcom-collaboration/

Nokia collaborates with Intel on 5G New Radio and cloud infrastructure

Nokia announced a collaboration with Intel for its 5G radio portfolio.

Specifically, the companies have worked closely on the new Intel Atom P5900 processor that combines compute, connectivity and acceleration technologies. The jointly developed custom silicon solutions are included in Nokia’s AirScale radio access products being shipped worldwide as part of its 5G “Powered by ReefShark” portfolio.

The partnership also calls for using the latest Intel Xeon processor technology in Nokia’s cloud infrastructure. Nokia’s AirFrame data center solution for edge and core also uses the latest second generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor with built-in AI acceleration. The processor is also included in both Nokia’s AirScale all-in-cloud virtual RAN (vRAN) and 5G core solutions to meet the requirements demanded by 5G technologies. Nokia’s AirScale Cloud RAN virtualizes radio functions to deliver ultra-low latency and high bit rates for demanding services, as well as providing the flexibility to deliver scalability, agility and operational efficiency to meet demand.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “This partnership highlights our continued commitment to ensuring our 5G portfolio is underpinned by best-in-class technology. 5G networks need to support billions of devices and machines, and this massive increase in volume and scale means that existing infrastructure and components must evolve rapidly, adopting technologies and techniques to enable to deploy 5G networks quickly.”

Nokia looks to Marvell for 5G silicon development

Nokia is working with Marvell to develop 5G multi-RAT (Radio Access Technology) silicon, including multiple generations of custom silicon and infrastructure processors.

The new generation of custom system-on-chip (SoC) and infrastructure processors will expand the range of Nokia ReefShark chipsets. Marvell brings its multi-core Arm processor platforms.

Nokia said these new chipsets are designed to be deployed in several building blocks of its AirScale radio access solution.

Matt Murphy, CEO and President of  Marvell: “Marvell is excited and honored to partner with Nokia to enable next-generation solutions for 5G networks. Our platform of semiconductor solutions for data infrastructure in combination with Nokia’s technology and market leadership will enable wireless networks of the future to deliver on the promise of 5G and open a world of new business opportunities.”

Nokia's ReefShark silicon cuts massive MIMO antenna size and power consumption

Nokia unveiled its ReefShark 5G chipsets for radio frequency (RF) units such as the radio used in antennas. The chipsets, which were developed in-house, significantly improve radio performance resulting in halving the size of massive MIMO antennas. Nokia says its ReefShark chipsets also reduce power consumption in baseband units by 64%, compared to current technology.

The ReefShark chipsets comprise:

  • ReefShark Digital Front End for LTE and 5G radio systems supporting massive MIMO
  • ReefShark RFIC front-end module and transceiver: massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solution
  • ReefShark Baseband Processor: All-in-one compute heavy design, capable of supporting the massive scale requirements of 5G. This is the brain power of baseband processing.

Intel announces Control-Flow Enforcement Technology

Intel is introducing a new security capability in its silicon microarchitecture to help protect against common malware attack methods that have been a challenge to mitigate with software alone.

Intel's new Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (Intel CET), which will be first available on Intel’s upcoming mobile processor code-named "Tiger Lake," is designed to protect against the misuse of legitimate code through control-flow hijacking attacks – widely used techniques in large classes of malware.

Intel CET offers software developers two key capabilities to help defend against control-flow hijacking malware: indirect branch tracking and shadow stack. Indirect branch tracking delivers indirect branch protection to defend against jump/call-oriented programming (JOP/COP) attack methods. Shadow stack delivers return address protection to help defend against return-oriented programming (ROP) attack methods. These types of attack methods are part of a class of malware referred to as memory safety issues and include tactics such as the corruption of stack buffer overflow and use-after-free.

Microsoft's support Intel CET in Windows 10 is called Hardware-enforced Stack Protection, and a preview of it is available today in Windows 10 Insider Previews. This new Hardware-enforced Stack Protection feature only works on chipsets with Intel CET instructions. It relies on a new CPU architecture that is compliant with Intel CET specifications. For applications running on an OS that supports Intel CET, users can expect detailed guidance from our partners on how applications “opt-in” for protection.

Evoque Data Center Solutions appoints new CEO

Evoque Data Center Solutions named Andy Stewart as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Tim Caulfield, who is stepping down after 18 months.

Stewart previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at TierPoint, where he was responsible for leading product development, technology strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He also has been an Executive Advisor at Thompson Street Capital Partners and a board member at BCM One, a leading managed technology solutions provider.

Evoque is one of the world’s 20 largest global colocation services companies.

“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to be joining Evoque as CEO,” said Stewart. “With a foundation of rock-solid data centers, a great set of enterprise clients, and Brookfield’s continued commitment, we will move aggressively to take advantage of the global opportunity for colocation and other IT services.”

“Evoque has evolved over the past 18 months. What once was a business unit within AT&T has now become a stand-alone company operating 31 data centers globally,” said Caulfield. “This is the appropriate time to bring someone in to lead the company through the next stage of development. Andy is joining Evoque to lead the next wave of mission-critical decisions and opportunities facing the company,” he added.

AT&T sells 31 data centers to Brookfield Infrastructure for $1.1 billion

AT&T completed the sale of its data center colocation operations and assets to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners for $1.1 billion. This includes 18 Internet Data Centers (IDC) in the United States and 13 outside the United States. The colocation data center operations serve a diversified customer base of more than 1,000 companies.

Brookfield has established a wholly owned company, Evoque Data Center Solutions ("Evoque"), to own and operate the assets. Customer contracts, employees supporting the colocation operations, fixed assets, leases, and specified owned facilities have been transferred to Brookfield.

Evoque joins AT&T's global colocation ecosystem program where AT&T will offer Evoque's colocation services to business customers. The ecosystem program offers business customers access to 350+ data centers around the world.

AT&T said it will use the $1.1 billion to advance its goal of reducing its net-debt-to-EBITDA-ratio to the 2.5x range by the end of 2019.

Ericsson debuts RAN Compute baseband

Ericsson released Baseband 6648 offering up to three times greater capacity than existing Ericsson basebands.

Baseband 6648 has been optimized to fit all site types and traffic scenarios, supporting 4G, 5G New Radio and IoT (mixed mode). It has a maximum throughput of 10-15Gbps in downlink and 3Gbps in uplink.

Telstra in Australia and Telia in Sweden are longstanding partners of Ericsson who have successfully deployed the new RAN Compute baseband in their commercial networks.

Channa Seneviratne, Network & Infrastructure Engineering Executive, Telstra, says: “We’re constantly working to utilize the latest RAN technology to improve the customer experience. We value our long-standing relationship with Ericsson and are delighted to have taken part in bringing the latest addition to their RAN Compute family to market.”

Aki Silvennoinen, Director of Converged Access, Network Systems & Delivery, Telia Company, says: “Together with Ericsson we are constantly driving technology innovation in our award-winning radio network. We are therefore thrilled to bring together with Ericsson the latest RAN portfolio to the Swedish market.”


Nokia wins 10% share of China Unicom’s 5G core

Nokia has been awarded an approximately 10% share of China Unicom’s 5G core network.

The Nokia Cloud core products that China Unicom selected provide Unified Data Management, Session Management and User Plane functions, and are complemented by Data Refinery and NetAct, all deployed on Nokia’s CloudBand.

Unified Data Management, a critical function with the arrival of 5G and the evolution to cloud architecture, manages all subscriber data and services efficiently and cost effectively. The Session Management Function is a fundamental element of the 5G Service Based Architecture, primarily responsible for interacting with the decoupled User Plane Function as well as subscriber session management. The User Plane Function delivers the packet processing foundation for the Service Based Architecture, by allowing packet processing and traffic aggregation to be performed closer to the network edge, thereby increasing bandwidth efficiencies while reducing costs.

The deal also includes products from Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core portfolio, including the Nokia Cloud Mobile Gateway. The product provides the 5G standalone Session Management Function and User Plane Function, in addition to supporting the 4G Serving Gateway and the Packet Data Network Gateway in China Unicom’s network.

“Nokia is very proud to expand our working relationship with China Unicom beyond 4G. We are looking forward to close collaboration with China Unicom on novel business models and 5G service innovation to enable an open 5G ecosystem,” stated Markus Borchert, President of Nokia Greater China.

Nokia noted that it currently has a 17% market share in China Unicom’s rapidly expanding VoLTE network, where it has deployed Nokia’s cloud-based vIMS platform.

AT&T continues 5G rollout

AT&T continues to expand its 5G network with the activation of service in 137 additional markets across the United States.

The AT&T 5G network now covers more than 160 million people.

“While many of us have been working from home for the past three months, AT&T’s network team continued to build and test our network so that we could emerge from this season with stronger, broader 5G coverage for our customers across the country,” said Chris Sambar, EVP of Technology Operations. “Whether it’s getting you back to work, back to school, or back to play, we’ve got you covered with the fastest1 wireless speeds in the nation.”

Kioxia introduces SSD with 30.72 TB capacity

Kioxia introduced its 6th generation enterprise SAS SSD family with capacities up to 30.72 TB.

The 24G SAS doubles the data throughput of its predecessor, while implementing new features and enhancements. Featuring Kioxia’s 96-layer BiCS FLASH 3D TLC flash memory, the PM6 series delivers SAS SSD sequential read performance of up to 4,300MB/s (4,101MiB/s), which is more than a 2x improvement over the previous generation.

Key features include:

  • Dual-port for high-availability
  • Full range of endurance options for a wide variety of workloads: read-intensive (1 DWPD3), mixed-use (3 DWPD) and write-intensive (10 DWPD)
  • Multistream write support to reduce write amplification and extend endurance
  • Full suite of security options available: sanitize instant erase (SIE), TCG Enterprise self-encrypting drive (SED) and FIPS 140-2 certification.

GSMA cancels MWC Los Angeles 2020

GSMA officially canceled MWC Los Angeles 2020, which had been scheduled for October 28-30, 2020.

"As a world-class event organiser, we have continued to watch the global trajectory of COVID-19, staying up-to-date with governments and health experts. Last February, in recognition of emerging global circumstances hosting MWC Barcelona, was impossible. Today, in light of current government guidance, continued global concern regarding the spread and containment of COVID-19, travel restrictions and other circumstances, and in consultation with our partner, CTIA, the GSMA announced that continuing with MWC Los Angeles 2020 is likewise, impossible.

While we are disappointed to cancel this event, health and safety remain our top priority, and we will not do anything that could impede or reverse gains made around the world. We are thankful for the medical community, essential workers and those working to eliminate this virus.

We look forward to continuing to engage in North America throughout the year and in the build-up to MWC Los Angeles 2021."

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Kalaam Network Optical Transit cable to offer 12.8 Tbps across Middle East

A new Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT) cable system will span over 1,400 km across the Middle East, providing up to 12.8 Tbps and beyond with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region.

The KNOT cable system is powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent technology. The whole infrastructure is managed by the state-of-the-art micro-services based Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) SDN domain controller using open APIs, to provide 10G, 100G, 200G services and beyond over an Optical Transport Network (OTN).

Kalaam Telecom is a leading managed solutions provider based in Bahrain.



Veer Passi, Group CEO of Kalaam and Tawasul Telecom said: “Kalaam chose to invest in this multi-million-dollar network expansion project to sustain the ever-growing demand for data connectivity and business applications to and from the MENA region. This new state-of-the-art, upgradeable optical transport network is fully owned and operated by Kalaam Telecom Group.”

“With the launch of KNOT, an open cable system, Kalaam will continue its legacy of being an innovative and disruptive solution provider, which aims to make connectivity in the MENA region more competitive. This will provide a highly scalable alternative to carriers, CDNs, OTTs, Cloud Providers, Data centers and Enterprises to benefit from innovative solutions and enhanced communications experience,” Added Mr. Passi.

Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Ciena stated: “Working together with Kalaam Telecom, we will be building a world-class networking infrastructure, based on our WaveLogic coherent technology, that can dynamically scale and adapt to changing customer expectations and unpredictable traffic requirements.”

LightCounting: Growth in Silicon Photonics

The market for silicon photonic-based products, including optical transceivers, active optical cables (AOCs) and electro-optic modulator (EOM), will increase from 14% in 2018-2019 to 45% by 2025, as the market returns to double digit growth over the next 5 years, according to a new report from LightCounting.

Some highlights from LightCounting’s Integrated Optical Devices Report:

  • Massive adoption of optical engines co-packaged with switching ASICs and FPGAs seems to be just around the corner. There are several optical transceivers on the market now, enabled by 2.5D and 3D multi-chip integration. Not all of these co-packaged chips are based on CMOS technology, but the share of CMOS is growing, and this is impacting the optics as well.
  • Acacia’s latest version of high-speed coherent DWDM transceivers is a great example. It combines a SiP-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) with a CMOS-based DSP into a single 3D-stacked assembly, which also includes a modulator driver and TIA chips. The chips are interconnected by vertical copper pillars, to reduce power losses on RF connectors and increase speed. It is powered by an external narrow-linewidth tunable laser, which requires temperature stabilization, but the SiP-based PIC works fine in one stack with the hot ASIC.
  • The first 3D stacked design of an Ethernet transceiver was introduced by Luxtera (now Cisco) a few years ago. 2.5D integration combines multiple chips by placing them on a common substrate rather than staking them vertically. This approach is more suitable for integrating chips made of different materials, while offering similar benefits of higher speed and lower power. However, the better performance and reliability of high-speed SiP-based modulators tilts the scale in favor of this technology for both 2.5D and 3D integration.
  • The first 400GbE transceivers, sold in 2019-2020, use InP-based devices, but we expect that SiP-based 400GbE products will gain share in 2021-2025. LightCounting’s list of TOP 10 transceiver suppliers included three switch vendors in 2019: Broadcom, Cisco and Intel. All these companies are committed to CMOS and SiP technologies and they will be among the leading suppliers of 400GbE transceivers.
  • Some of the first coherent DWDM 400ZR modules will also use InP modulators, but a majority will be based on SiP, as sales of this product will start in 2020. Apart from Acacia, which is becoming part of Cisco now, Ciena, Huawei, Infinera, Nokia and ZTE also plan to manufacture 400ZR and ZR+ modules. Most of these companies are likely to use SiP for 400ZR/ZR+ designs.

LightCounting’sIntegrated Optical Devices Report provides an in-depth analysis of the impact made by integration on the market for optical transceivers and related components in 2010-2019. It also presents a forecast for shipments and sales of discrete and integrated products based on InP, GaAs and SiP technologies for 2020–2025. The forecast is segmented by main applications, including Ethernet, WDM, Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and Embedded Optical Modules (EOMs) and a few others. Products are sorted by data rate, reach, and form factor into more than 150 categories. The report also discusses the supply chain for SiP products and profiles many of the start-up companies developing integrated optical devices. A forecast for the adoption of co-packaged optics in 2023-2028 is also included.

https://www.lightcounting.com/light-trends/adoption-silicon-photonics-reaching-inflection-point/

Cloudera launches Data Platform Private Cloud

Cloudera launched the culmination of its enterprise data cloud vision.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud (CDP Private Cloud) is designed to seamlessly connect on-premises environments to public clouds with consistent, built-in security and governance.

CDP Private Cloud, built on Red Hat OpenShift and leverages a hybrid architecture, powered by Kubernetes, that separates compute and storage for greater agility, ease of use, and more efficient use of private and public cloud infrastructure. Together, Red Hat OpenShift and CDP Private Cloud help create a hybrid, multi-cloud data architecture, enabling teams to rapidly onboard mission-critical applications and run them anywhere, without disrupting existing ones. Companies can now collect, enrich, report, serve and model enterprise data for any business use case in any cloud.

“Now is the time for IT leaders to choose a data architecture for the next decade and break free from the limitations of legacy data cloud and point provider architectures,” said Arun Murthy, chief product officer, Cloudera. “CDP Private Cloud, running on Red Hat OpenShift, modernizes data platforms leveraging decoupled storage and compute with containers and Kubernetes to accelerate time value by 10x and ensures critical workloads meet their SLAs, realizing the vision of the enterprise data cloud.”

CDP Private Cloud is currently in beta with select customers. It is expected to be generally available later this summer.

SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX successfully launched 58 Starlink satellites using a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch also carried three Earth-imaging spacecraft for Planet Labs.

It was the third SpaceX launch in two weeks.

SpaceX has launched 538 Starlink satellites, significantly extending its lead as the largest constellation of satellites.




NTT DATA focuses on IoT, Intelligent Automation, Software Engineering

NTT DATA has established new Centers of Excellence (CoE) for the following three three advanced technology areas:

  • IoT  -- by connecting a variety of equipment, mainly in the manufacturing industry, through networks, NTT DATA is undergoing business changes such as the upgrading of factories. Not only in the manufacturing industry, but also in the logistics and service industries, there is an accelerating movement to collect and analyze a large amount of data from goods and people in real time and use it in business. With teams across 10 sites in nine countries, NTT DATA will strive to deploy advanced initiatives in the manufacturing industry and in social infrastructure development in Germany and Italy and on a global basis, starting in Japan.
  • Intelligent Automation -- in addition to increasing work efficiency, there is a growing need for "intelligent" decision-making that does not rely solely on the personal knowledge of specific individuals, and for business transformation that results in better outcomes. Intelligent Automation is a technology for executing business processes that are automated through artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and data utilization. In the area of Intelligent Automation, NTT DATA has received orders worth more than 10 billion yen per year. NTT DATA will strive to strengthen the capability of Intelligent Automation globally, starting in eight countries, especially in North America, where demand is particularly high, utilizing assets such as its intelligent enterprise platform, Nucleus.
  • Software Engineering Automation -- by 2022, 40% of application development will be AI enabled (Note 3). NTT DATA uses a low-code development platform (LCDP), machine learning, and test automation technology to visually design (modeling) applications such as screens, data, and logic using a graphical user interface (GUI), generate and construct source code from the defined model in an instant, and deploy it in a cloud environment.

The CoEs are part of an initiative that utilizes NTT DATA's global network of talent and advanced digital technologies to contribute to the digital transformation of clients by providing knowledge, training, technical support, and assets across the globe. Four CoEs have already been established in areas of leading-edge technology: Blockchain, Digital Design, Agile/DevOps, and AI.

Dell'Oro: Cloud data center CAPEX to grow at double digit rate

Cloud data center capex is forecasted to grow double-digits, although growth among Cloud service providers look to be mixed, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Meanwhile, a sharp decline in Enterprise IT spending is expected, as macroeconomic uncertainties will likely curb capital investments.

“Data center capex returned to higher growth in 1Q 2020, as some of the major Cloud service providers had reverted from capacity digestion to expansion phase,” said Baron Fung, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Stay-at-home orders around the world are placing excess burdens on Cloud infrastructure, prompting some Cloud service providers to bolster capacity in critical areas of the network. However, infrastructure appropriated to advertising, which is facing headwinds this year as enterprises slash marketing budgets, will likely be curtailed,” explained Fung.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2020 Data Center Capex Quarterly Report:

  • The Top 10 Cloud service providers spent $15.4 billion, in aggregate, on data centers, a 15 percent year-over-year (Y/Y) increase.
  • Worldwide Server revenue grew 1 percent Y/Y, as the Top 4 Cloud service providers expanded server capacity.
  • Shipment of white box servers, which are mainly deployed by the major Cloud service providers, grew to a record 1.3 million units.
  • Enterprise data center capex is projected to decline double-digits in 2020

https://www.delloro.com/news/cloud-data-center-capex-forecasted-for-growth-to-meet-public-cloud-demand-in-2020/

Orange reshuffles executive team

Orange announced the following changes to its executive team:


  • Ramon Fernandez, Delegate CEO, becomes Executive Director Finance, Performance and Development; in the context of the global economic crisis, he will be responsible for preserving the Group’s financial position while overseeing flagship projects to take Orange into the future.
  • Gervais Pellissier, Delegate CEO, becomes Executive Director Human Resources and Group Transformation; his key responsibilities include defining “the company of tomorrow” and tackling the skills challenge.
  • Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Deputy CEO, will oversee Orange’s operational activities in Europe (outside France) focused in particular on the roll out of 5G and fibre.
  • Michaël Trabbia will join the Executive Committee to in the role of Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for the Group, overseeing the Technology & Global Innovation division. His role will be to seize the opportunities presented by upcoming technologies such as AI, data and 5G and to set-up the Group as a major player in the new innovation ecosystem. A new CEO for Orange Belgium will be appointed by the end of June.   
  • Béatrice Mandine will have an expanded role as Executive Director Communications, Engagement and Brand. One of her key priorities will be to accelerate the brand strategy and oversee the Orange purpose.
  • Elisabeth Tchoungui will become the new Executive Director CSR, Diversity and Philanthropy. In particular, she will oversee Orange’s Social Responsibility policy in line with the objectives of the Engage2025 strategic plan. She will also take on the role of Deputy Chair for the Orange Foundation.    

Stéphane Richard said: “The global health crisis, which is also becoming a major economic crisis, has demonstrated the Group’s solidarity. Our networks coped well with an unprecedented increase in traffic. We adapted in just a few days, thanks to everyone’s unfailing mobilisation. Our business performance will be impacted but we have preserved our financial position. Following years of careful management and selective investments, we have control over our future.

The months ahead include some uncertainties but also real opportunities, whether that means accelerating digital transformation, making further technological progress (5G, network function virtualisation, cloud, edge) or taking advantage of developments specific to our telecoms sector.

https://www.orange.com/en/Press-Room/press-releases/press-releases-2020/Stephane-Richard-renews-his-leadership-team-to-accelerate-Orange-s-post-crisis-Engage2025-strategy


Pakistan's PTCL deploys Nokia automation software in contact centers

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has deployed Nokia automation, analytics and machine learning software to enhance the customer experience and improve customer service accuracy and efficiency. The rollout includes the Nokia Service Management Platform (SMP), which automates and simplifies the entire customer care process, and significantly reduces the time to resolve customer issues while improving accuracy.

Nokia SMP was deployed across all PTCL Contact Centers in Pakistan.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

AWS launches EC2 instances powered by its own Graviton2 processor

Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of its sixth generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances with three new instances powered by AWS-designed, Arm-based Graviton2 processors.

Graviton2 is a custom AWS design that is built using a 7nm manufacturing process and based on 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores. AWS says it can deliver up to 7x the performance of the A1 instances, including twice the floating point performance. Additional memory channels and double-sized per-core caches speed memory access by up to 5x.

The new general purpose (M6g), compute-optimized (C6g), and memory-optimized (R6g) instances deliver up to 40% better price/performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances. These sixth generation Amazon EC2 instances include:

  • M6g instances: designed for general-purpose workloads with balanced compute, memory, and networking, such as application servers, mid-size databases, microservices, and caching fleets.
  • C6g instances: designed for compute-intensive workloads, such as high performance computing, batch processing, video encoding, gaming, scientific modeling, distributed analytics, ad-serving, and CPU-based machine learning inference.
  • R6g instances: designed for workloads that process large data sets in memory, such as open source databases (MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL) or in-memory caches (Redis, Memcached, and KeyDB), and real-time big data analytics.

AWS said its Arm-based Amazon EC2 instances powered by Graviton processors are optimized for running scale-out workloads (e.g. containerized microservices and web tier applications).

“Today more than ever, customers are looking for innovative ways to increase performance and reduce cost, and Arm processors have emerged as an exciting and mainstream alternative to x86 processors for a wide variety of existing and emerging workloads,” said David Brown, Vice President, Amazon EC2, at AWS. “The new Amazon EC2 instances powered by AWS-designed, Arm-based, Graviton2 processors represent a significant generational leap for customers, delivering 40% better price/performance over comparable x86-based instances, and already we’ve seen a broad set of customers embrace them across a wide variety of general purpose, compute optimized, and memory optimized workloads.”
  • Netflix is using Amazon EC2 M instance types for a number of workloads, including streaming, encoding, data processing, and monitoring applications.


Google Cloud and Telefónica form partnership

Google Cloud and Telefónica announced a strategic partnership to foster Spain's digital transformation and advance 5G mobile edge computing. The companies said their partnership marks the significance and relevance of cloud computing for the future of the telecommunications industry.

Under the arrangement:

  • Google Cloud will launch a cloud region in Spain using Telefonica's Madrid region infrastructure.
  • Telefónica will use Google Cloud services to boost its own digital capabilities—in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, and application development—to continue to provide new services and tools to its global customer base. 
  • Telefónica and Google will jointly develop a portfolio of solutions for 5G using Google Cloud's Mobile Edge Computing platform.
  • Telefónica Tech’s cloud business will reinforce its multi-cloud strategy worldwide with joint marketing plans in order to offer its customers a comprehensive solution, which, together with security and communications, will allow companies to enjoy a unique and comprehensive experience. 


"The unusual situation that we have had to live in, marked by the confinement of the world's population and the exponential increase in remote work and online education and entertainment, has highlighted the key role that connectivity and digitalization play in society to create a more inclusive and sustainable future," says José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman  & CEO Telefónica. "With our alliance with Google Cloud we want to fulfil our social commitment and foster the recovery of the economy helping companies, the public administration and all types of organizations not only to not only recover the ground lost by the crisis but also to accelerate their digital transformation and strengthen themselves for the future".

“Helping businesses adapt to our changing world has been a big focus for Google, before and during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “We’re excited to be partnering with Telefónica to launch a new cloud region in Spain and help Spanish businesses big and small find new ways to innovate and contribute to the country’s economic recovery.”

https://cloud.google.com/press-releases/2020/0611/google-cloud-telefonica-partnership

Altiostar and Mavenir team on OpenRAN

Altiostar and Mavenir are teaming up to deliver a portfolio of radios based on OpenRAN principles for the U.S. market. Both companies will be supporting the development of radios through third party OEM’s that will be based on O-RAN open interfaces and will address the frequencies of Tier-1 and Regional/Rural operators in the U.S. The radios support the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act that was signed into law on March 12, 2020.

“Altiostar has been at the forefront of the OpenRAN movement that is now being embraced by mobile operators around the world,” said Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Altiostar Networks. “Our collaboration with Mavenir on OpenRAN radios will ensure operators in the US have a truly open end-to-end infrastructure that will be cost effective and allows them to grow their business.”

“We are collaborating with Altiostar to realize the full promise of OpenRAN. Our Radios will have O-RAN compliant interfaces and will interwork with other vendors’ solutions,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir. “I encourage other companies in the OpenRAN Policy Coalition to open their radios and ensure a broad supply of radios with open interfaces that are interoperable with third party equipment.”