Sunday, September 27, 2020

TikTok deal unlikely to proceed

An editorial column published by China's influential Global Times says the TikTok will be blocked by China to prevent ByteDance technologies from falling into the US' hands to protect its national security and the interests of Chinese enterprises. 

On Sunday evening, a U.S. district court granted a last minute reprieve to TikTok just hours before Apple and Google were poised to block any further downloads of TikTok from their app stores. The court left standing restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce set to come into effect on November 12th that could terminate TikTok service in the United States after that date.

Regardless of the U.S. court decision, China's Global Times said the proposed deal with Oracle and Walmart will be blocked in Beijing.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1202271.shtml

TikTok Global to be secured in Oracle's cloud data centers

 President Trump announced his preliminary support for a deal for ByteDance to establish a new company in the United States to run TikTok operations. Under the new deal, Oracle and Walmart together will 20% of the newly formed TikTok Global business, which is later expected to complete an IPO on a U.S. exchange.

Highlights of the deal:

  • TikTok Global will be responsible for providing all TikTok services to users in United States and most of the users in the rest of the world.
  • Oracle qill serve TikTok’s secure cloud provider.
  • TikTok Global will be majority owned by American investors, including Oracle and Walmart. 
  • TikTok Global's Board of Diretors will consist of five people, four of whom must be Americans.
  • All the TikTok technology will be in possession of TikTok Global, and comply with U.S. laws and privacy regulations. 
  • All American data on TikTok must be quickly moved to Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud data centers.
  • Walmart will bring its omni-channel retail capabilities including its Walmart.com assortment, eCommerce marketplace, fulfillment, payment and measurement-as-a-service advertising service.
  • TikTok Global will pay more than 5 billion in new tax dollars to the U.S. Treasury.
  • TikTok Global, together with Oracle, SIG, General Atlantic, Sequoia, Walmart and Coatue will create an educational initiative to develop and deliver an AI-driven online video curriculum to teach children from inner cities to the suburbs, a variety of courses from basic reading and math to science, history and computer engineering.

It is believed the deal requires clearance from the government of China.



Spectra Logic's tape library stores one Exabyte uncompressed

 Spectra Logic's ninth-generation LTO tape library is now able to store an industry-first exabyte (one million terabytes) of uncompressed data in a single 45-frame system.

The company said its latest LTO technology surpasses the per-cartridge capacity of LTO-8 by 50 percent to 18TB native, and advances full height LTO-9 drive performance by 15 percent to 400 MB/s native. 

Extending to Generation 12, the new LTO roadmap outlines future per-cartridge capacities of LTO technology, with LTO-10 achieving up to 36TB native; LTO-11 up to 72TB native, and LTO-12 up to 144TB native. This progression provides tape users with the assurance that their investment in tape is secure and that they will benefit from the best cost per gigabyte to store their data over its lifespan.

“We’re pleased to have the increased capacity and performance of LTO-9 tape technology, as well as the roadmap to LTO-12,” said Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic. “The native 400MB/second transfer rate of the LTO-9 full height drive now matches the high performance Enterprise tape drive. We’re gratified to be the first in the industry to deliver a tape library that can store an astounding exabyte of native data with LTO-9 drives and media – and are pleased with the long-term roadmap of LTO.”

Highlights of TFinity include:

  • Tri-Media – The only tape library to support three tape technologies in the same library (LTO, IBM’s TS 11xx and Oracle’s T10000)
  • Scalable from 3 to 45 frames, over 56,000 slots, with bulk load capability
  • Advanced robotics for higher performance and greater reliability
  • Only tape library with isolation service frames for high availability robotic serviceability
  • Modern linear design fits in standard rack-row data center environment
  • Enhanced management controls with user-friendly interface for greater productivity
  • Modular design that allows for easy service and upgradeability
  • Maximum compatibility to work with any third-party software package

Advantech's uCPE certified on Verizon

 Advantech certified its FWA-1012VC customer premise equipment for use on Verizon Wireless in SDN and NFV deployments.

Advantech’s white box solution FWA-1012VC is available with a single 2, 4 or 8 or 16 core Intel Atom Processor C3000 offering a choice of performance levels to match the required workload. Support for the data plane development kit (DPDK) on all network interfaces provides an increase of up to 10x in packet throughput. Support for Intel Quickassist Technology (QAT) offers crypto and compression acceleration which offloads compute-intensive security and compression operations, freeing up CPU cores.

uCPE is a general purpose platform that integrates compute, storage and networking on a commodity, off-the-shelf server, allowing it to provide network services such as SD WAN and firewall, as virtual functions to any site on a network. 



Thursday, September 24, 2020

GSA: 101 commercial 5G networks now operating in 44 countries

A total of 101 mobile operators in 44 countries/territories have now launched one of more fully commercial 3GPP-compliant 5G services, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Of these commercial networks, GSA data records that there are now 94 operators live with 3GPP-compliant 5G mobile services (up from 63 at the end of March 2020), while 37 have launched 3GPP-compliant 5G FWA or home broadband services (up from 34). 

As of September 2020, the GSA GAMBoD database included detailed data and analysis on a total of 397 operators in 129 countries that have announced investment in 5G, including trials, acquisition of licences, planning, network deployment and launches. 

“5G remains on track to become the fastest adopted mobile technology ever,” said Joe Barrett, President, Global mobile Suppliers Association. “There are now over 400 announced 5G devices; 5G subscriptions are doubling quarter on quarter; there are 20 commercially available 5G mobile processors and platforms and eight discrete 5G modems from five different semi-conductor companies. With over 100 commercial 5G networks now launched, and many more still being invested in by operators worldwide, we are seeing the mobile industry working together to drive 5G uptake at an unprecedented rate.”

https://gsacom.com/paper/5g-market-status-september-2020-snapshot/?utm=reports5g



Microsoft announces Azure Communication Services

Microsoft announced Azure Communication Services, the first fully managed communication platform offering from a major cloud provider.

Azure Communication Services is built natively on top of the Microsof Azure cloud at global scale using the same low latency global communication network as Microsoft Teams, which currently is supporting over 5 billion meeting minutes per day. 

The idea is for enterprises to build rich communications into their existing application, including mobile apps, using the Azure communications network.

Azure Communication Services will enable developers to tap into other Azure services, such as Azure Cognitive Services for translation, sentiment analysis, etc. The service over encrypted communications to meet privacy and compliance needs, such as HIPAA and GDPR.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/communication-services/

Microsoft and Telstra enter cloud + 5G partnership

Microsoft and Telstra are extending their long-standing strategic partnership to focus on accelerating cloud-based solutions combined with 5G. Telstra has named Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider for ongoing internal digital transformation.

Telstra and Microsoft also agreed to:

  • harness IoT, Edge, AI and digital twin capability to develop important new industry solutions in areas such as asset tracking, supply chain management, telematics and smart spaces;
  • leverage Azure as preferred cloud for Telstra’s ongoing internal digital transformation.
  • explore and pursue technology and data-driven solutions to advance our sustainability and climate commitments and
  • build ground-breaking, nationally important solutions that leverage the Telstra Data Hub.

The companies also agreed to partner on digital twins for Telstra customers as well as for Telstra’s own commercial buildings and selected other infrastructure – which when fully deployed will be one of the largest Azure-based digital twins in Australia. 

“We already have a longstanding relationship with Microsoft and have worked together in areas that are market-leading to create unique experiences for our customers. Over the past 18 months, we have exclusively launched Xbox All Access for Australian gamers, were the first to launch Telstra Calling for Office 365, the only native Teams voice calling plan in Australia, which we recently expanded to include Microsoft Business Voice for SMB customers; and co-collaborated on Telstra Data Hub to help industries better manage their data securely,” said Telstra CEO Andrew Penn.

“The broad adoption of cloud and 5G technology will create new opportunities for businesses worldwide, including in Australia,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “We’re expanding our partnership with Telstra and bringing together the power of Azure and Telstra’s network to build new solutions in critical areas like asset tracking, supply-chain management, and smart spaces, harnessing the latest advances in AI, digital twins, and mixed reality.”

https://news.microsoft.com/2020/09/24/telstra-microsoft-partnership-signals-new-generation-digital-foundations-for-australian-businesses/

European Commission investigates Chinese dumping of fiber cables

  The European Commission is launching an investigation into the alleged dumping of single mode optical fibre cables from China into the EU at below market prices.


The complaint was initiated by producers representing more than 25% of the total EU production of optical fibre cable. The complaint argues that the price of optical fibre cables in China is articially low due to distortions in the Chinese telecommunications sector by the Government of China.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:JOC_2020_316_R_0009&from=EN

Vast Broadband implements ADTRAN’s Mosaic Subscriber Insight

Vast Broadband, which serves customers in four states, has selected ADTRAN’s Mosaic Subscriber Insight to gather actionable intelligence from its access network, enabling it to gain better visibility into network performance and quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues.

Vast Broadband provides high-speed broadband, video and voice services to over 61,000 residential and business customers in South Dakota and Minnesota. It also operates Vexus Fiber in Texas and Louisiana, deploying a high-quality fiber network that passes more than 70,000 homes and businesses. Vast Broadband and Vexus Fiber serve some rural customers that are 90 miles from a network technician, which creates significant challenges in troubleshooting and issue resolution velocity.

ADTRAN's Mosaic Subscriber Insight intuitive dashboard and network analytic capabilities provides the tools and visibility to close this customer service gap. Vast Broadband is already leveraging ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 (TA5000) fiber access platform for its FTTH buildout, and it selected ADTRAN to accelerate its network and subscriber monitoring capabilities across both regional networks. Its goal is to deploy Mosaic Subscriber Insight to 300,000 residential customers within the next two years to better understand subscriber behavior, quickly resolve issues and even reduce expensive and time-consuming truck rolls.

“It’s critical that service providers understand their subscribers’ challenges and needs,” said Brian Efimetz, Regional Vice President of Service Provider Sales at ADTRAN. “Mosaic Subscriber Insight does just that, by helping providers, like Vast Broadband, quickly recognize what might be impacting subscribers’ broadband experience and fix it before it becomes an issue. This helps them improve subscriber satisfaction and generate more revenue.”

http://www.adtran.com/Mosaic-Subscriber-Insight

DISH selects Blue Planet automation software for its 5G network

 DISH selected inventory and service order management software from Ciena's Blue Planet division to automate its 5G network.

Blue Planet's software automation delivers real-time management of all inventory, enabling on-demand provisioning and faster rollout of customer network slices. 

“Blue Planet is a key component within our 5G platform, allowing us to dynamically manage all of our network inventory and service orders in real-time,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president and chief network officer, DISH. “With Blue Planet’s open, agile and programmable approach, DISH can rapidly deploy services and allocate resources to wholesale and enterprise customers, allowing them to provision network slices based on SLAs.”

“Delivering 5G requires a network that can adapt, which is why gaining control over the operations environment is critical,” said Rick Hamilton, senior vice president, Blue Planet. “With closed-loop automation from Blue Planet, DISH will execute its innovative network strategy and usher in the 5G era.”

http://www.blueplanet.com

Calix debuts Wi-Fi 6 CPE for service providers

Calix introduced its GigaSpire BLAST u4 CPE with customizable branding for communications service providers (CSPs).  The u4 offer Wi-Fi 6 encased in a compact, minimalist design. 

Units are pre-integrated into Calix Support Cloud, so CSPs can take advantage of the support center, and Calix Marketing Cloud for data-driven marketing campaigns. As with all BLAST systems, the CSP’s branded CommandIQ™ mobile app and EDGE Suites are fully integrated, establishing the CSP’s branded virtual storefront with revenue-generating services in multiple rooms in the home.


“The GigaSpire BLAST u4 is a perfect balance between a beautiful consumer aesthetic and carrier-class reliability, management, and insight. There are no compromises in this system as evidenced by the industry leading Wi-Fi 6 performance that enables a CSP to deliver the ultimate Wi-Fi experience to their subscribers,” said Michael Weening, chief operating officer for Calix. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Verizon Media validates 100GbE QSFP28 to 400GbE QSFP-DD upgrade in OLS

Verizon Media, which operates a high-capacity content delivery network, validated a seamless upgrade from Inphi's 100GbE QSFP28 optics to its 400GbE QSFP-DD over the same production Open Line System. The demonstration consisted of adding a 400ZR from an Arista 400G switch into a 100GHz DWDM channel without affecting any of the existing 100GbE waves.

Verizon Media's CDN needs connect super PoPs with low latency and high capacity DWDM interconnects. Verizon Media is advancing the disaggregation of optics, switching, and optical line systems in preparation for an enormous surge in data driven by cloud, HD video and 5G applications.

“To ensure our CDN remains ready for the web of tomorrow, we must constantly stay at the leading edge of technology to drive scalability of our network, while building the most price competitive and efficient infrastructure possible,” said Nitin Batta, Principal Infrastructure Architect, Verizon Media. “The solutions and roadmap offered by COLORZ products will allow us to rapidly, easily and cost effectively add terabits of capacity in response to customer demands.”


Inphi said both of its COLORZ optical platforms use a single Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits technology for all transmit and received functions. With a strong market adoption of over 100,000 units COLORZ deployed, COLORZ II will further benefit from a strong industry support with a multi-vendor ecosystem and a well-accepted interoperable 400ZR standard.

“As data center network traffic continues to grow exponentially, it is critical for infrastructure suppliers to continue providing innovative scalable solutions,” said Tomas Maj, Sr. Director, Marketing, Optical Interconnect at Inphi Corporation. “COLORZ products continue to open new possibilities for DCI total cost of ownership reductions, while providing a seamless upgrade path to 400G.”

COLORZ is the industry’s first Silicon Photonics 100G PAM4 platform solution for 80km DWDM Data Center Interconnects (DCIs) in QSFP28 form factor. Utilizing advanced Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) signaling, COLORZ delivers up to 4Tb/s of bandwidth over a single fiber and allows multiple data centers located up to 80km of each other to be connected and act like a single data center.

COLORZ II is the industry's first 400ZR QSFP-DD pluggable coherent transceiver for cloud DCIs to major cloud operators and OEMs. COLORZ II enables large cloud operators to connect metro data centers at a fraction of the cost of traditional coherent transport systems and allows switch and router companies to offer the same density for both coherent DWDM and client optics in the same chassis. This eliminates a layer of network connectivity that was previously required and supports high capacity DWDM connectivity directly from data center switches. 

https://www.inphi.com/products/colorz

Samsung and KDDI demo 5G network slicing

KDDI, in collaboration with Samsung, demonstrated a 5G end-to-end (E2E) network slicing demonstration with a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) in Tokyo, Japan. 

The demonstration showcased new use cases using 5G E2E network slicing on a virtual network that ties together Samsung’s virtualized core, virtualized RAN, and orchestration.

Key capabilities shown included low latency, guaranteed throughput and the creation of multiple slices. Furthermore, a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) that managed radio resources to guarantee required service levels, was demonstrated. Samsung and KDDI aim to standardize E2E network slicing in an international standard organization. 

“The demonstration provides a foundation that will allow KDDI to offer new 5G commercial services leveraging its 5G commercial networks,” said Toshikazu Yokai, Executive Officer, General Manager of Mobile Network Technical Development Division at KDDI. “Working with Samsung, we will continue to accelerate growth in advanced 5G technologies to benefit our customers.”

“This collaboration with KDDI on 5G E2E network slicing is a significant step towards new business models using 5G technology,” said Taiyeon Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Technology Service Team, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “This demonstration spotlights how Samsung’s advanced 5G solutions can support KDDI and open up new business opportunities by unlocking the full power of their 5G commercial network.”

MWC Barcelona rescheduled for June 28

 Mobile World Congress Barcelona has been rescheduled for June 28th to July 1st, 2021.

The dates for Mobile World Congress Shanghai have been moved ahead to February 23-25, 2021.

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA said: “With a continuously changing global outlook and following consultation with our board and membership and our top exhibitors, we have taken the careful decision to reschedule MWC21 Shanghai in February, and MWC21 Barcelona in June. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, staff and the people of Barcelona are of paramount importance.”

Pau Relat, President of Governing board of Fira de Barcelona, said: “We fully support the GSMA’s decision to reschedule the dates for MWC Barcelona and are deeply committed to making the best possible 2021 edition with an extraordinary participation of companies and visitors. The long-standing partnership between the MWC, Fira and the city of Barcelona has been a very successful one for everyone, and I’m sure it will continue to be so in the future.”

Nokia's Worldwide IoT Network Grid service builds on Equinix

Equinix has been selected as a strategic supplier for Nokia's Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service.

Nokia's WING allows operators without an IoT footprint to gain fast entry to the IoT market or to help operators expand an existing IoT business.

Specifically, Nokia is leveraging Equinix IBX data centers to deploy both core and edge nodes to support mobile, IoT and cloud connectivity at global scale. 

Nokia WING will use Platform Equinix to support markets across the globe in areas such as IoT data traffic and device density, as well as local regulatory environments (such as GDPR). Nokia is leveraging Equinix's global data center footprint to enable the efficient collection from, and distribution across, multiple networks and clouds. Additionally, Nokia and Equinix are exploring edge architectures and deployment models that can improve the performance of use cases relating to cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT.


"Nokia WING offers a superior IoT service experience for operators through global network presence, unified orchestration and consistent service level agreements. This deal will support our efforts to manage IoT-related data analysis on a global basis," said Ankur Bhan, Head of WING, Nokia.

"Nokia needed access to multiple markets and ecosystems to connect to NSPs and enterprises who want a play in the IoT space. By directly connecting to Nokia WING, mobile network operators can capture business value across IoT, AI and security, with a connectivity strategy to support business transformation," states Jim Poole, VP, Equinix.

Rakuten Mobile teams with Equinix

 Rakuten Mobile Singapore Pte. selected Platform Equinix as a foundation to deliver its Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) to global operators and enterprise customers. 

Rakuten Mobile intends to offer RCP as a set of key technologies and services that allows governments, telecom companies and enterprises a way to easily build and deploy fully cloud-native network services at speed and low cost. With plans underway to roll out RCP on a global scale, Rakuten Mobile selected Platform Equinix after a thorough evaluation process to address its dynamic needs.

The deployment with Equinix will be completed in phases, with initial deployment in Singapore, the location of Rakuten Mobile's international headquarters, and Los Angeles with future expansions planned across the U.S., EMEA and Asia-Pacific. 

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Equinix to support the global expansion of our telecommunications business through Rakuten Communications Platform. Equinix's global footprint, enterprise-grade facilities and strong network capabilities make it the ideal partner for us to bring the deployment of cloud-native mobile networks to telecom and enterprise companies around the world," said Tareq Amin, Chief Technology Officer, Rakuten Mobile.

"Today marks the beginning of a strong and solid collaboration with Rakuten Mobile. The first phase of deployment in Singapore and Los Angeles lays ground for future international expansion of its mobile business. With Platform Equinix, Rakuten Mobile can take advantage of our global footprint and solid network ecosystems to deliver high-speed, low-latency and secure services to its customers around the globe. We look forward to furthering this collaboration and are excited to see what the future holds," said Justin Dustzadeh, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix.


CrowdStrike to acquire Preempt Security for $96 million

 CrowdStrike agreed to acquire Preempt Security, a start-up offering Zero Trust and conditional access technology for real-time access control and threat prevention, for approximately $96 million.

Preempt, which was founded in 2014 by Ajit Sancheti and Roman Blachman, offers a conditional Access for continuously detecting and preempting threats based on identity, behavior and risk. The company is based in San Francisco.

CrowdStrike said it plans to offer customers enhanced Zero Trust security capabilities and strengthen the CrowdStrike Falcon platform with conditional access technology. The addition of Preempt's technology to the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will help customers achieve end-to-end visibility and enforcement on identity data.

“Hybrid work environments will become the norm for many organizations which means that Zero Trust security with an identity-centric approach and detecting threats in real-time are critical for business continuity. With the addition of Preempt Security’s capabilities, the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will provide enhanced protection against identity-based attacks and insider threats,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike. “Combining Preempt's technology with the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will help customers achieve end-to-end visibility and enforcement through identity, behavior and risk-based decisions to stop attacks in real time.”

“We are thrilled about joining CrowdStrike, the industry leader in stopping breaches that shaped modern endpoint security and pioneered the Security Cloud,” said Ajit Sancheti, Preempt’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “Combining Preempt’s identity security expertise with CrowdStrike’s incredible scale and threat telemetry, we will be able to offer customers complete protection for hybrid workloads and remote workforces wherever they are.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2LfkdjW-9Q



Vapor IO and AlefEdge target the mobile edge

Vapor IO announced a partnership with AlefEdge, which is developing a Software-Defined Mobile Edge (SD-ME) platform and APIs for enterprises and developers.

AlefEdge will deliver its SD-ME services on the Vapor IO Kinetic Edge platform, nationwide. The Software Defined Mobile Edge allows enterprises to deploy edge computing on top of private wireless networks, creating a low-cost path to edge-enabled mobile applications, such as factory robotics, IoT, and other use cases that benefit from applications delivered at the edge of the network.

The companies said their collaboration provides the critical architecture to support enterprise customers with 'near-prem' requirements that demand ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. Available first in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, SD-ME enables 5G-style immersive and intelligent applications to work over contemporary business environments.

"A programmable mobile Edge has been out of reach for most of today's enterprises because of the complexity of both deployment and application development," said Ganesh Sundaram, CEO of AlefEdge. "Placing our service atop Vapor IO's Kinetic Edge platform enables us to quickly deploy nationally and support 'near prem' workloads in the top 36 US Markets. Our services allow enterprises to leverage shared resources while maintaining the benefits of on-prem IT without the overhead of on-site management. The Kinetic Edge platform offers the most performant and resilient edge computing network, with a consistent experience across geographies."

"Vapor IO has an aggressive rollout plan that spans the entire U.S.," said Cole Crawford, CEO at Vapor IO. "Together with partners like AlefEdge we are building the next chapter of the Internet. We are especially excited about AlefEdge's SD-ME and its ability to deliver Enterprises the flexible and secure architectures, along with seamless integrations and new APIs to digitally transform their work environments. For the first time, enterprises in our target markets will have the ability to easily subscribe to AlefEdge's SD-ME services and quickly integrate them into their network."

  • In January of this year, Vapor IO announced its series C financing, raising a total of $90 million to build out its Kinetic Edge platform in 36 U.S. markets by the end of 2021. The first 36 markets to feature the Kinetic Edge platform are (in alphabetical order): Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Stamford/Hartford/New Haven, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Rochester, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Syracuse, Tampa and Washington D.C.

AT&T to bring 5G to three USAF bases

 AT&T will bring 5G connectivity to more than 24,000 military personnel on U.S. Air Force bases Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The U.S. Air Force is testing AT&T's Networking-as-a-Service capabilities at these three bases as an element of its strategy to transform and modernize its networking infrastructure to support air, land and cyber operations.

AT&T said its solutions and services are provided to these bases under Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Agreements issued by the Air Force to fund its Enterprise IT-as-a-Service (EITaaS) program. The program aims to use commercial networking services to deliver enhanced speed, security and capabilities and an efficient and improved user experience, including near-ubiquitous wireless connectivity across the bases.

“We’re proud and honored to bring AT&T 5G and other highly innovative commercial networking-as-a-service capabilities to the Air Force,” said Anne Chow, Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business. “We are helping the Air Force optimize the value of our 5G and other networking capabilities at these 3 bases and stand ready to work with them to extend these services across the entirety of the Air Force if they so choose.”


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Verizon expands 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength in Atlanta, NY, DC

 Verizon has added AWS Wavelength capabilities in three new locations: Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC. Verizon and AWS launched the mobile edge computing (MEC) platform last month in Boston and the Bay Area and plan to add five more cities by year end.

The AWS Wavelength service targets latency-sensitive use cases like machine learning inference at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented and virtual reality. The idea is to position AWS compute and storage services at the edge of Verizon’s 5G network.

The companies said that by moving AWS compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, innovators can develop applications with ultra-low latencies that will support next generation use cases ranging from self-driving cars to autonomous industrial equipment. Three examples:

  • Zixi’s Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP) enables live broadcast-quality video delivery over any IP network. The company’s currently testing how a major broadcaster’s 4K live broadcast feed can be delivered over 5G using AWS Wavelength. The end game is to test how content providers can distribute live streams across broadcast media workflows with super-low latency without the need for satellites.
  • YBVR is building a next-generation VR video platform and is testing how they can utilize 5G and Wavelength to stream live 8K Ultra HD (UHD) video to sports fans and concert goers, allowing simultaneous users to choose various camera views with ultra-low latency.
  • CrowdVision is testing how 5G and AWS Wavelength can provide the throughput and low latency needed to help detect pedestrian movements using video or LiDAR and artificial intelligence to provide live data about everything from crowd congestion to traffic flows, queues and wait times in venues like airports and arenas.

“Watching businesses build transformational applications on the world’s first 5G mobile edge computing platform with AWS Wavelength shows how our 5G Ultra Wideband network matters to customers TODAY and is already impacting how businesses operate and consumers live, work and play,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business. “When it comes to innovating on 5G and MEC, we’re only scratching the surface.”

Microsoft intros Azure Orbital - Ground-station-as-a-Service

 Microsoft unveiled Azure Orbital, a new ground station service that enables satellite operators to communicate to and control their satellites, process data, and scale operations directly with Microsoft Azure. 

In addition to bringing better cloud connectivity to remote locations, Microsoft believes the new service will be especially useful for  meteorology, oceanography, agriculture, geology, and defense and intelligence communities who most often use satellites that are in a non-geostationary orbit (NGSO), including low-earth orbit (LEO) or medium-earth orbit (MEO). This is because a substantial amount of ground stations are required to establish contact with orbiting satellites within a specific time window to downlink the data to Earth.

Azure Orbital will figure out the ground station connectivity and then on-ramp satellite-collected data directly into Azure. 

The initial service is now in testing.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-azure-orbital-process-satellite-data-at-cloudscale/