Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Nokia moves ahead with 5G Cloud RAN commercialization

Nokia confirmed plans to commercially launch a version of its 5G AirScale Cloud RAN solution that is based on vRAN2.0. The open version  will be commercially available this year with general availability expected in 2021.

Open RAN (O-RAN) splits the base station into Radio Unit (RU), Distributed Unit (DU), Radio Access Point (RAP, a combination of RU and DU), Centralized Unit (CU), and O-RAN compliant interfaces between these elements. Nokia's 5G AirScale Cloud RAN also includes the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) concept to take advantage of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) capabilities to optimize the radio and system performance.

Nokia’s first-generation 5G AirScale Cloud RAN based on vRAN1.0, which has a virtualized Central Unit (vCU), has been in commercial operation on a mmWave network in the U.S. since early 2019.

Nokia’s new vRAN2.0 solution introduces a virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU) as well as a Fronthaul Gateway. The result is a fully cloudified and disaggregated 5G base station that provides scalability, low latency, high performance and capacity, as well as several network architecture options, to meet ever-increasing market demands. The solution helps operators to generate revenue from new 5G services as well as to enable flexible end-to-end network slicing, meet IoT requirements and bring the overall benefits of cloud computing to Radio Access Networks (RAN).

The first Nokia 5G AirScale Cloud RAN solution with a vCU in vRAN1.0 configuration was taken into large-scale commercial use in the U.S. in 2019. Since then, Nokia has evolved the solution to vRAN2.0 configuration with a Distributed Unit (DU) running on General Purpose Processor (x86)-based computing with hardware acceleration in Layer 1 (L1).

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “The next-generation Nokia 5G AirScale Cloud RAN is a true innovation that will transform mobile networks and provide operators with the flexibility they need to meet the customer demands in the evolving 5G era. Its flexible architecture offers speed, coverage, capacity and low latency as well as the opportunity to generate revenues immediately.”

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2020/06/23/nokia-commercializes-next-generation-5g-cloud-ran/

Vitalpointz becomes part of Juniper - a likely "acqui-hire" for IoT cloud

Juniper Networks has acquired Vitalpointz, a start-up based that specializes in IoT cloud development tools. Terms of the apparent "acqui-hire" have not been disclosed.

Under the deal, Juniper would gain access to Vitalpointz products, technology and associated intellectual property.  THE Vitalpointz Edge Service Platform links to a mobile network's BSS, enabling the operator to provide a seamless IoT service. When a new SIM gets activated, the mobile Core triggers an API to the Vitalpointz cloud IoT platform. The device is then onboarded and provisioned with OTA software updates as needed.Vitalpointz IoT has been available on the Digital Ocean cloud marketplace for trial use. In addition, some of Vitalpointz' IoT technologies (VESPA) are open-sourced
on Github.

Juniper has not commented on how it plans to integrate Vitalpointz. However, Juniper has invested in Stackpath, which offers an edge cloud platform that might be an entry point.

Vitalpointz, which is based in San Ramon, California with operations in Bangalore, was founded by the same team behind Vistapointe, which focused on network monitoring, visibility & analytics. In September 2014, Vistapointe was acquired by Brocade Communications.

The news was public made on the Medium site.  https://medium.com/@ravi.medikonda/vitalpointz-team-to-join-juniper-networks-b4ba1a1cd7fd

https://vitalpointz.io/

Anuta and Juniper partner on network automation

Anuta Networks, a start-up based in Milpitas, California that specializes in network automation, announced a partnership with Juniper Networks.

The Anuta ATOM platform will be integrated into Juniper’s existing network automation portfolio, including Junos Telemetry, Juniper HealthBot and Juniper NorthStar products. The resulting solutions will empower networking teams to rapidly design and provision network services, gain visibility into applications and services flowing through the network and ensure SLA compliance, as well as service assurance for multi-vendor infrastructure. The ATOM platform will be made available through Juniper.

The addition of Anuta ATOM to the Juniper Networks automation portfolio will provide the following added capabilities and benefits:

  • Stateful service provisioning, enhancing Juniper’s focus on service assurance
  • Device lifecycle management, including configuration compliance
  • Stateless workflow-driven management and orchestration, powered by Anuta low-code technology

“Traditionally, deploying network automation could be challenging due to siloed applications, heavy customization and monolithic products. However, Anuta’s integrative approach with a standards-based, microservices architecture has changed everything”, said Chandu Guntakala, Co-Founder & CEO of Anuta Networks. “Anuta ATOM accelerates stateful service orchestration, collects streaming telemetry and delivers closed-loop remediation. It has eliminated manual processes and accelerated digital transformation initiatives for global enterprises and service providers. We are thrilled to partner with Juniper Networks to extend the access of our platform to a wider customer set.”

“Global operators are deploying automation to maximize the efficiency of their network infrastructure and improve customer experience, yet complexity remains a critical challenge. Automation solutions need to simplify network operations, not introduce greater complexity,” said Brendan Gibbs, VP Product Line Management, Automated WAN Solutions at Juniper Networks. “We are excited about our partnership with Anuta because ATOM delivers a powerful closed-loop automation solution - a perfect complement to Juniper’s NorthStar and HealthBot automation solutions. Together, we provide network operators with increased service assurance, operational efficiency and peace of mind.”

Russia's GlobalNet upgrades with Ciena's WaveLogic 5 Extreme

GlobalNet, a leading telecommunications company in Russia, recently upgraded its flexible grid network with Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e).

GlobalNet offers connectivity services to communication operators and corporate clients in high-bandwidth sectors, including content delivery, media and storage.

Ciena said GlobalNet achieved industry-leading capacity across all links in its network, including 600Gb/s between Moscow and St. Petersburg and 800Gb/s to interconnect data centers in St. Petersburg. GlobalNet deployed WL5e on Ciena’s Waveserver 5 compact interconnect platform, which is optimized for efficient 100GbE/400GbE client services connectivity across any distance, addressing requirements of the most demanding data services and applications.

“The launch of 800Gb/s will enable us to tap into industry-leading innovations to set new standards for GlobalNet network performance. In today’s fast-paced world, the operator needs to provide subsequent capabilities to meet customer’s rapidly changing needs. With WaveLogic 5, we implemented the first 800G solution in Russia and strengthened our leadership in providing the highest performance optical connections to the market,” stated Vladimir V. Vedeneev, Chief Executive Officer, GlobalNet.

“Across the globe, service providers are looking for ways to reduce the cost per bit and speed the delivery of new services. Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 helps put GlobalNet ahead of the curve by creating a more robust and adaptive network that can satisfy customer demands today and into the future,” said­ Yaniv Hagadish, Regional Manager in EMEA, Ciena.

https://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/globalnet-deploys-russias-first-800g-network-with-cienas-wavelogic-5.html

GSA tracks growth of 5G in mmWave spectrum.

Ninety-seven operators in 17 countries/territories hold public licences (many of them regional) enabling operation of 5G networks using mmWave spectrum, according to a new report from GSA.

Some highlights:

  • twenty-two operators are known to be already deploying 5G networks using mmWave spectrum.
  • thirteen countries/territories have announced formal (date-specified) plans for assigning frequencies above 24 GHz between now and end-2021.
  • eighty-four announced 5G devices explicitly support one or more of the 5G spectrum bands above 24 GHz (though note that details of spectrum support are patchy for pre-commercial devices), up from 59 at the end of November 2019. Twenty-seven of those devices are understood to be commercially available.
  • The 24.25–29.5 GHz range covering the overlapping bands n257 (26.5–29.5 GHz), n258 (24.25–27.5 GHz) and n261 (27.5–28.35 GHz) has been the most-licensed/deployed 5G mmWave spectrum range to date.
  • One hundred and twenty-three operators in 42 countries/territories are investing in 5G (in the form of trials, licences, deployments or operational networks) across the 24.25-29.5 GHz spectrum range.
  • Seventy-nine operators are known to have been licensed to deploy 5G in this range.
  • Twenty-one operators are understood to be actively deploying 5G networks using this spectrum.
  • Band n260, covering 37–40 GHz, is also used, with 33 companies in six countries/territories investing in networks using this spectrum. Of those, 32 hold licences (with the majority of those 32 based in the USA and its territories). Three operators in the USA have launched 5G using band n260.
  • Awards and assignments for mmWave spectrum (2015 onwards)


https://gsacom.com/

Mississippi's Franklin Telephone employs ADTRAN to improve broadband

Mississippi-based Franklin Telephone Company has selected ADTRAN's Mosaic Customer Experience, powered by Plume, to deliver a full suite of Smart Home Services to elevate the in-home subscriber experience.

Utilizing ADTRAN’s solution, Franklin Telephone is further enhancing its subscribers’ broadband experience by leveraging AI-powered automatic Wi-Fi optimization and security for seamless connectivity and added protection of their home networks. This deployment will allow Franklin Telephone to empower its subscribers with the ability to personalize their home networks by creating profiles for their children and family members and manage access to the Internet and content. With greater adaptability, security and updates at scale, Franklin Telephone can support the demands of consumers in today’s environment and into the future.

“More organizations have adapted their culture to offer flexible work-from-home options and consumers are taking advantage of more remote services, such as distance learning, telehealth and an increasingly wide range of entertainment options. This highlights the criticality of high-speed broadband and home Wi-Fi for consumers around the globe,” said Jeremy Harris, Director, Product Management Subscriber Solutions at ADTRAN. “We are pleased to be working with Franklin Telephone to delight its customers by delivering rock-solid Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband the way it should be.”

ADTRAN and Plume collaborate on Smart Home solutions

ADTRAN announced a collaboration with Plume to improve, personalize and secure the home network and streamline connectivity within the rapidly developing Smart Home market.

As part of the collaboration, ADTRAN will integrate Plume’s Customer Experience Management Platform via its Mosaic Subscriber Suite, offering ISPs a comprehensive single pane view of their access and smart home network. OpenSync, a key component in delivering Plume’s services, provides an open-source interface between ADTRAN’s Mosaic and the customer CPE, permitting cloud-based applications to access data and management control of the CPE. OpenSync serves as a true differentiator due to its open approach that delivers a path to accelerated deployment of services without reliance on CPE silicon or integration partners.

Nokia selected for Ireland's National Broadband

Nokia has been selected as a primary vendor by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) to deploy a nation-wide FTTH network solution in the Republic of Ireland.

Under the contract, Nokia will provide 100% of the active equipment, including an FTTH network based on next-generation PON technology, an aggregation network, based on its IP routing and optical networking technology and a full performance management solution.

Nokia products included in the projects: Nokia FX OLT, Nokia XGS-PON ONTs, management system and enhanced applications; 7750 Service Router, providing IP edge networking for the cloud era; and 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to support next-generation DWDM multiservice, multilayer P-OTN transport

The Irish Government’s landmark National Broadband Plan (NBP) has the goal of providing high-speed connectivity to all of Ireland’s population, including 23% of whom currently live in the more rural Intervention Area (IA) where the NBP will be focused. It involves more than 44,000 non-farm businesses, over 54,000 farms and 695 schools.

Peter Hendrick, CEO at National Broadband Ireland, said: “We believe that better broadband networks promote social progress, equality and sustainability. With equal access to local, national and global opportunity, every person, community and organisation in Ireland will be empowered to achieve more. We look forward to working with Nokia because the company has the experience from similar projects globally, as well as the technological capabilities and end-to-end portfolio, for a project like this.”

Nokia noted that it has 26 XGS-PON and 300 GPON deployments worldwide. Nokia has 250+ cloud-ready customer deployments with its fiber access platforms, a unique solution with greater choice, flexibility and control to deploy SDN.

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2020/06/23/nokia-announced-as-key-supplier-to-irelands-national-broadband-plan-nbp/

Mavenir completes RCS interconnections with Telefónica, Vodafone and DT Germany

Mavenir's Mobile Business Messaging Cloud in Europe completed peer-to-peer (P2P) RCS interconnection with the networks of Telefónica, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom Germany.

Mavenir’s Mobile Business Messaging Cloud is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) RCS Business Messaging (RBM) implementation—operated by Mavenir. The cloud solution includes the RCS and IMS Cores, as well as the session border controllers (SBC) and firewalls required for RCS P2P messaging, and the MaaP (Messaging as a Platform) layer to deliver application-to-person (A2P) and person-to-application (P2A) business messaging to users, including chatbot experiences and advanced business messaging services.

“Interconnecting with these partners required a significant amount of expertise and effort by all parties. Our engineering and operations teams worked very closely with their peers at Vodafone, Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom. It was a team effort, with all parties at the table willing to participate and it shows in the results,” said Guillaume Le Mener, SVP Business Mobility, Mavenir. “This milestone paves the way for accelerated and simplified future MNO onboarding and participation.”

Monday, June 22, 2020

Australia's nbn reports shifting data traffic patterns

Australia's nbn reports that data demand on its main wholesale access service continues to peak above pre-COVID-19 levels as more Australians continue to rely on the network for their work, entertainment and education needs.

The figures show peak download throughput (the measure of data flowing through the nbn network) during the busy evening period increased by 20 percent to 13.2 Tbps on the main nbn wholesale service, compared to the last week of February (which nbn measures as its normal pre-COVID-19 baseline).

Peak download throughput during the week beginning Monday, 8 June also increased compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline during daytime business hours, up 15 percent to 8.9Tbps, and during early evening hours, up 23 percent to 12.1Tbps, on the main nbn™ wholesale service.

The uptick in downstream data demand for the week beginning 8 June coincided with the release of a software update for a popular online multi-player game. Meanwhile, new customers continue to connect to nbn. Nearly 500,000 new customers have signed up to the nbn™ network since the beginning of March, utilising the nbn™ network for their work, education or entertainment needs.

Peak upload throughput on the main nbn™ wholesale service in the evening busy hours for the week beginning 8 June increased by 20 percent to 0.93Tbps, compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

https://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-information/media-centre/media-statements/australian-broadband-data-demand-new-customers-continue-to-connect

Big trends: Peering traffic surge, upgrade cycles, Cisco Silicon One, 400G

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson talks about (1) the surge in data traffic due the global pandemic and how it might impact carrier upgrade cycles, (2) how Cisco One silicon is the company's pathway forward, and (3) the arrival of 400G in the data center.

https://youtu.be/DPCR0EJS_xg


TOYOTA to build private 5G network with Nokia

TOYOTA Production Engineering Corporation (TPEC) will deploy an industrial-grade private wireless network at its manufacturing design center in Fukuoka, Japan.

Nokia and local systems integrator NS Solutions (NSSOL) have been selected for the project.

Initially, a private LTE/4.9G network will be deployed at TPEC’s site supporting a range of IoT-based devices that enable equipment digitization and visualization. Over time, the network will be upgraded to 5G, featuring ultra-low latency to support even faster throughput.

Nokia will provide Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), an industrial-grade global digital automation service platform that provides a reliable, secure, and high-performance private wireless network, which is scalable according to needs. A compact, plug-and-play system, it includes 4.9G/5G network equipment (core network, base station) and a cloud-based operation monitoring system.

Donny Janssens, Customer Team Head of Enterprise, Nokia Japan said: “Working with NSSOL as our systems integration partner, our 5G-ready private wireless network solution will enable TPEC to integrate next-generation manufacturing use cases that help accelerate its digital transformation, and realize its future automotive IoT vision. Together with NSSOL, and TOYOTA’s closest partner TPEC, we are delivering a breakthrough in the domestic automotive industry.”

ARM-powered Fugaku supercomputer is No.1 on the TOP500 list

The Fugaku supercomputer, a system jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu Limited, and based on Arm technology, now holds the number one spot of the TOP500 list of supercomputers.

The Fugaku supercomputer, which is located at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science, is the flagship system designed to support a number of applications that will address both social and scientific issues as Japan works to achieve the nation's “Society 5.0” vision.

Fugaku achieved a LINPACK score of 415.53 petaflops, a much higher score than the 148.6 petaflops of its nearest competitor, Summit in the United States, using 152,064 of its eventual 158,976 nodes.

NTT Ltd. appoints Simon Walsh as CEO for the Americas

NTT Ltd. appointed Simon Walsh as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its Americas business. Walsh will report to NTT Ltd. Global CEO, Jason Goodall.

Based in New York City, Walsh is responsible for managing the end-to-end go-to-market, sales, delivery, operations and profitability for the region. This comprises 4,800 employees in six countries across North and South America with combined revenues of over $2 billion. Walsh joined NTT Ltd. from Atos, where he served as CEO for North America. Prior to Atos, Walsh was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Virtustream, Dell Technologies’ global cloud business, where he led its global expansion. Before Virtustream, he was Senior Vice President and COO for EMC across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

ServiceNow to acquire Sweagle for config management

ServiceNow agreed to acquire Sweagle, a Belgium-based configuration data management company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sweagle, which was founded in 2017 by CEO Mark Verstockt and CTO Benny Van de Sompele, provides a single source of truth for configuration data that is otherwise spread across many tools. With Sweagle, ServiceNow customers can identify and intercept application and infrastructure inconsistencies during agile development cycles.

ServiceNow said the acquisition will will extend itss DevOps and IT Operations Management (ITOM) capabilities, giving customers the ability to leverage machine learning to identify and help prevent potential misconfigurations from causing outages in production and speeding up remediation.

“With capabilities for configuration data management from Sweagle, we will empower DevOps teams to deliver application and infrastructure changes more rapidly while reducing risk,” said RJ Jainendra, vice president and general manager of DevOps and IT Business Management at ServiceNow. “Sweagle also brings deep DevOps talent to ServiceNow. Both founders are pioneers in configuration data management, and we are honored to have this talent join our team as we continue to help customers compete and win in a digital economy.”

Telia reshuffles management team

Telia announced the following changes to its Group Executive Management team: 


  • Markus Messerer will be appointed SVP, Chief of Strategy, Innovation & Head of Global Business. Markus is currently the CEO of Alltron AG, Swiss IT group Competec's B2B business, and brings experience in digital transformation and ICT. Before Competec he was Head of Corporate Strategy at Swisscom. Markus is an Austrian national.
  • Rachel Samrén will be appointed SVP, Chief External Affairs, Governance & Trust Officer. Rachel is today EVP, Chief External Affairs Officer and Member of the Group Executive Team of Millicom. She joins the company with significant experience in external affairs and risk management. Prior to Millicom she served as Director, Head of Business Intelligence, at The Risk Advisory Group. Rachel is a Swedish national.
  • Dan Strömberg will step up and take over as SVP, Head of LED (Lithuania, Estonia and Denmark), while continuing also in his present role as CEO for Telia Lithuania. Dan has held various senior manager positions in Telia Company since the late 1990s.
  • Ingrid Stenmark SVP, Head of CEO Office, Åsa Jamal SVP, Head of Group Communications and Emil Nilsson SVP, Head of LED, will leave the company. 
  • Peter Borsos, SVP, Head of Telia Global, will continue in his present role and will also oversee Group Communications until the new organization is implemented and Markus Messerer and Rachel Samrén have started in their respective roles. Peter Borsos will step down and leave the company during the fourth quarter of 2020.

“As we prepare to renew Telia’s purpose and strategy, I am delighted that Markus, Rachel and Dan will join our Group Executive Management team. Each of them are experienced and outstanding leaders, who will be excellent role models of the Telia values, and bring a broad range of sector knowledge and hands-on operational experiences from our industry, and beyond. I have every confidence that these changes will help us accelerate our transformation journey and establish a new era of success for Telia”, says Allison Kirkby, President and CEO of Telia Company. “I also want to give my huge and heartfelt thanks to Ingrid Stenmark, Peter Borsos, Emil Nilsson and Åsa Jamal who all have been valuable members of Telia Company’s Group Executive Management for many years, and have contributed significantly to the company.”

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fujitsu develops Multi-Domain Optical Network Services within ONAP

Fujitsu Network Communications announced the first implementation of Multi-Domain Optical Network Services (MDONS) within the Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP) Frankfurt Release.

Fujitsu’s open-source contribution, which was developed in collaboration with The Linux Foundation, Orange and other global service providers, extends ONAP orchestration into the optical space, allowing network operators to design, orchestrate and automate Optical Transport Network services across service provider networks.

The MDONS blueprint leverages Open ROADM, ONF Transport API (TAPI), and MEF standards to enable multi-vendor and multiple domain operation. Open APIs to SDN Controllers deliver multi-vendor service activation and provisioning. The newly added ONAP optical services capabilities will allow for the development of enhanced service offerings and applications customized to the needs of service providers, further driving network automation at the optical layer.


“In the past, service providers relied on a complex negotiation of manual processes for even the most basic inter-connections between network domains,” said Rod Naphan, head of the technology business unit at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “By leveraging ONAP and open APIs, our customers can now automatically orchestrate and provision optical services across multiple domains, resulting in faster service turn up and reduced operating expenses.”

“Network automation is a strong business requirement. We fundamentally believe open-source collaboration is the best way to respond to this complex prerequisite,” said Olivier Augizeau, network automation project manager at Orange. “The latest Frankfurt release of the ONAP platform paves the way to improve the footprint of optical connectivity services with cross carrier scenarios.”

“We are encouraged by the success of the ONAP members working together to advance the platform with new use cases, enhancements, commercial deployments and adoptions in the latest release, Frankfurt,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking, Edge & IoT, at The Linux Foundation. “As a valued LFN member vendor with extensive optical expertise, Fujitsu’s participation in initiating the MDONS blueprint is an important part of the overall team efforts to enhance the ONAP framework.”

The first implementation of MDONS is part of broader ONAP initiatives to advance automation in the 5G Era, enabling multi-layer operations and end-to-end lifecycle management across wireline and wireless networks. Fujitsu is committed to working with our open source partners in leading this shift towards open networking.

https://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/resources/news/press-releases/2020/fnc-20200618.html

All-Virtual 2020 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress Plenary 13 – 16 July

Advances in quantum information processing technologies and nonlinear integrated circuits, implementation of quantum photonics, and new opportunities with nanophotonics will be presented by leaders in the field at the all-virtual 2020 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress 13 – 16 July 2020.

The congress, originally planned as an in-person event, has been transitioned to an all-virtual, web conference format to ensure registrants have access to the high-quality, peer-reviewed technical program. Technical sessions will be presented live from the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT). The Advanced Photonics Congress plenaries are scheduled for Monday, 13 July and Wednesday, 15 July.

Plenary speaker Ian Walmsley, Provost of Imperial College London, UK and 2018 OSA President, will explain how new quantum light sources, operational circuits, photodetectors and quantum memories are driving progress towards building a resilient, scalable photonic quantum network. The talk titled “Advanced Photonics for Quantum Technologies” will explore the promise of hybrid light-matter networks in delivering these technologies.

“From Inverse Design to Implementation of Practical (quantum) Photonics” is the focus of the plenary talk by Jelena Vuckovic, professor, Stanford University, USA. She will describe how combining state of the art optimization and machine learning techniques with high speed electromagnetic solvers offers a new approach to “inverse” design and implementation of classical and quantum photonic circuits with superior properties.

In his plenary address titled “New Physics from Photonic Systems,” Marin Soljacic, professor of physics at MIT, will discuss how the laws of physics can be tailored almost at will to mold the flow of light with nanophotonics and implement novel material-systems.

Ben Eggleton, director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano), will highlight “New Frontiers in Nonlinear Integrated Circuits” in his plenary talk. He will describe major achievements with emphasis on hybrid circuits that combine high nonlinearity with CMOS functionality for high-performance and advanced functionality. that combine high nonlinearity with CMOS functionality for high-performance and advanced functionality  that combine high nonlinearity with CMOS functionality for high-performance and advanced functionality

The OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, comprised of eight topical meetings, addresses the many aspects of photonic device research and development and their use in networks. Integrated photonic circuits and stand-alone components such as switches and modulators in silicon, lll-V, graphene and polymer material systems will be featured in technical sessions along with nanophotonic and quantum devices and concepts.

Conference registration is free and currently open. You must register in advance to receive the web link for the conference. All registrants will receive access to the Technical Digest, the live technical sessions and recorded/archived content.

https://www.osa.org/en-us/meetings/osa_meetings/advanced_photonics_congress/registration/

Ekinops supplies 400G optical transport for TurkNet

TurkNet, Turkey's leading gigabit internet service provider (ISP), has chosen Ekinops' FlexRate optical transport solutions to significantly upgrade its core network, which provides businesses and individuals with uncapped high-speed broadband services across the country's key cities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The first deployment of the Ekinops 400G equipment solution for TurkNet was managed successfully in April of this year in Istanbul, where traffic loads on the metropolitan network are both acute and increasing continuously. Further points of presence will be installed later in 2020 as TurkNet continues to upgrade its core network in major Turkish cities.

Ekinops confirmed that its 400G DWDM equipment is being deployed  across TurkNet's core transport network. The deployment uses the Ekinops PM 400FRS04-SF, a pluggable FlexRate multireach muxponder to meet stringent technical requirements delivering redundant dual and diverse link connectivity at 400 Gbps.

"Turkey's communications infrastructure has evolved rapidly in recent years and TurkNet has set the standard in high-speed broadband," adds Frank Dedobbeleer, VP Group Sales EMEA & APAC, at Ekinops. "This implementation is a great example of how Ekinops can help ISPs to dramatically increase their fiber network capacity without incurring huge costs and service disruption. We're delighted with the impact we have made on TurkNet's business and will continue to support them as their business grows."

https://www.ekinops.com

India looks to limit Huawei and ZTE in infrastructure

Amid ongoing border tensions, the government of India is likely to restrict the role of Chinese vendors, specifically Huawei and ZTE, in future infrastructure projects.

The Economic Times (ET) reported that the government will restrict a tender by state-owned BSNL to expand its 4G footprint to exclude Huawei and ZTE. Furthermore, Jio is said to be making progress with home-grown 5G technology and would also likely exclude Chinese vendors going forward.


https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/dependence-china-telecom-sector-makes-india-vulnerable

Nokia demos 5G C-Band network in Texas

Nokia completed a series of Over-the-Air (OTA) 5G NR (new radio) trials in C-band spectrum, in Dallas, Texas, achieving peak throughput speeds of over 1 Gbps.

The demonstration used Nokia’s AirScale 5G base station equipment in 100 MHz of spectrum at 3.75 GHz with a 4x4 MIMO and configuration in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode combined with Nokia’s Core network. During drive testing, Nokia monitored network performance and demonstrated that the handovers successfully happened between C-Band base stations as expected. The connection and performance was stable throughout the entire test, highlighting the robustness of the solution and its readiness for commercial implementation.

Nokia says its C-Band solution is ready for commercial deployment and notes that the  U.S. will hold a spectrum auction for the C-band in December with network deployments expected in the first half of 2021.

Nokia is also offering U.S. Carriers the option of deploying C-Band with its 5G AirScale Cloud RAN solution in vRAN2.0 configuration, in which the whole baseband will be in Cloud connected to the radio via an ORAN compliant eCPRI 7.2x interface.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, commented: “The mobile industry is dependent on the allocation of new spectrum to increase capacity and deliver enhanced mobile broadband services. This test, in the C-band, is significant because it proves that we have a solution ready-to-go following the completion of the spectrum auctions in the U.S. later this year. We are already working with all major U.S. carriers and look forward to strengthening our relationship with them further by deploying C-band and delivering incredible 5G experiences to business and subscribers across the country.”