Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Innovium shipped over one million 400G ports in 2020

Innovium, a start-up offering high-performance switching silicon, shipped over one million 400G TERALYNX switch silicon ports in 2020. 

The company said it is seeing a rapid ramp of 400G connectivity by top cloud customers using its TERALYNX based switches. 

“2020 was a great year for Innovium. Demand for bandwidth accelerated across all cloud data centers driven by worldwide growth in online businesses, remote everything and digitization efforts,” said Rajiv Khemani, Co-founder and CEO of Innovium. “We are delighted to have enabled cloud customers ramp their data center networks with 400G connectivity with our data center optimized and proven TERALYNX switch silicon. We shipped significantly more 400G ports than system vendors, and look forward to supporting OEMs and cloud customers with our highly robust, differentiated silicon.”

“We are excited to have partnered with Innovium to help customers ramp data center networks with 400G connectivity to meet their insatiable appetite for bandwidth from drivers such as cloud native applications, AI and HPC,” said Osa Mok, Chief Marketing Officer of Innolight Technology. “We look forward to continuing our partnership as we introduce 800G optics modules that will be used for next-generation of data center build-outs with Innovium’s 25.6T TERALYNX 8.”

https://www.innovium.com/

Innovium raises $170 million for its switching silicon

Innovium, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $170 million for its switching silicon solutions cloud and edge data centers. The new funding round included investments from Premji Invest, DFJ Growth, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, and multiple strategic investors, along with existing investors including Greylock, Capricorn, WRVI, Qualcomm Ventures, Redline, S-Cubed Capital and DAG . Innovium said this latest funding makes...

Innovium pushes switching silicon to 25.6 Tbps with support for 112G PAM4

Innovium unveiled its TERALYNX 8 networking switch silicon featuring a massive 25.6 Tbps capacity and support for 112G PAM4 SerDes I/O. This next-generation TERALYNX 8 design features deep programmability, the largest on-chip buffers, and advanced telemetry capabilities. Innovium's TERALYNX 8 switch, which is aimed at hyperscale data centers and which is expected to sample in the second half of 2020, could be used for highly compact, highest port-density...

Innovium reports multiple customers for 400G production networks

Innovium reports that multiple cloud and data center customers are deploying its 12.8Tbps TERALYNX 7 based switches together with Innolight optics for 400G production networks. Customers were not named. “Massive growth in Data, AI and 5G is driving the need to scale data center networks. Leading data center customers are deploying Innovium 12.8Tbps switches together with Innolight’s comprehensive portfolio of 400G optical transceivers to scale their...


Cisco reports flat revenue of $12.0 billion, encouraging signs of growth

Cisco reported second quarter revenue of $12.0 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.5 billion or $0.60 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.4 billion or $0.79 per share.

Cisco cited strength in Catalyst 9K, data center switching, security, wireless and Webex. The company sees long-term opportunities ahead in areas such as cloud, 400G, 5G, security, hybrid work and next generation applications . 

Some highlights:

  • Product revenue was down 1%
  • Service revenue was up 2%. 
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas down 1%, EMEA up 2%, and APJC down 4%. 
  • Product revenue was led by growth in Security, up 10%.  
  • Infrastructure Platforms was down 3% and Applications was flat.
  • On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 65.1%, 64.5%, and 66.6%

"We are seeing encouraging signs of strength across our business showing how our technology will be a powerful engine for recovery and growth," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Our team delivered a strong performance as we partnered with customers on accelerating their digital transformation and driving secure, remote work."


"Cisco executed well in Q2, delivering growth in orders, strong margins, and growth in non-GAAP EPS, while continuing to grow deferred revenue in double-digits through the shift to more software and subscriptions," said Scott Herren, CFO of Cisco.




https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2141211

Akamai posts Q4 revenue of $846 million, up 10% yoy

Akamai Technologies reported Q4 2020 revenue of $846 million, a 10% increase over fourth quarter 2019 revenue of $772 million and an 8% increase when adjusted for foreign exchange. Total revenue for 2020 was $3.198 billion compared to $2.894 billion for 2019, up 11% year-over-year and when adjusted for foreign exchange. GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter was $0.68 per diluted share, a 7% decrease from fourth quarter 2019 GAAP EPS of $0.73 and an 11% decrease when adjusted for foreign exchange.

  • Web Division revenue for the fourth quarter was $438 million, up 5% year-over-year and up 4% when adjusted for foreign exchange. 
  • Media and Carrier Division revenue for the fourth quarter was $408 million, up 15% year-over-year and up 14% when adjusted for foreign exchange.


“Akamai’s strong fourth quarter performance capped off an excellent year in which we surpassed $3 billion in revenue and achieved record earnings per share,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. “In addition, our security portfolio exceeded $1 billion in revenue, we delivered record traffic levels on our network and we accomplished our 30% non-GAAP operating margin goal. I am very proud of how the Akamai team supported our global customers and billions of internet users who relied on the internet more than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look forward to 2021, we expect to continue investing in innovation and new products with the goal of accelerating our market leadership in security, edge computing and video streaming.”

https://www.akamai.com/us/en/about/news/press/2021-press/akamai-reports-fourth-quarter-2020-financial-results.jsp

Keysight supplies O-RAN test solutions to Xilinx

Xilinx has selected Keysight’s O-RAN radio unit (O-RU) test tools to accelerate development of massive multiple input multiple output (MMIMO) reference designs and verify compliance to standards specified by the O-RAN Alliance.

Xilinx selected Keysight’s Open RAN Studio to demonstrate O-RAN compliance of a O-RU reference design that leverages MMIMO antenna technology. The O-RU reference design is based on Xilinx’s adaptable radio frequency system-on-chip (RFSOC) technology. The two companies demonstrated the O-RU test environment at the O-RAN Alliance organized Plugfest event held at multiple sites between July and September of 2020 and have started a collaboration to further advance O-RAN compliance testing.

“We’re pleased to join forces with Xilinx to accelerate development and integration of O-RAN compliant network equipment,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager for Keysight network access business. “O-RU vendors rely on test solutions that support straight forward O-RAN conformance validation to keep pace with evolving specifications and requirements.”

http://www.keysight.com/find/ORAN


Keysight offers Open RAN testing solution

Keysight Technologies introduced an Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) solution for verifying the interoperability, performance, conformance and security of multi-vendor 5G networks based on O-RAN standard interfaces.

Keysight’s Open RAN Architect (KORA) suite is tailored to the supply chain workflow consisting of chipset makers, network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), mobile operators and Open Test and Integration Centers (OTIC). Users can uniquely access a common set of solutions to simplify the sharing of results across the workflow from pre-silicon to cloud deployments.

Keysight’s Open RAN Architect (KORA) includes Open RAN Studio, UeSIM, RuSIM, CoreSIM, DuSIM, CuSIM, RIC Test, ATI Pentest, CyPerf, Breaking Point, Vision Edge, IxNetwork, CloudPeak, and Nemo Outdoor.

The portfolio covers both 3GPP and O-RAN testing and is segmented to support the following key stakeholders:

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – Chip Designer Suite

  • Enables chipset vendors to verify compliance of O-RAN designs to O-RAN specifications using O-RAN simulation tools prior to tape out, reducing development time.

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – NEM Suite

  • Enables open RAN hardware and software vendors to verify compliance to O-RAN specifications and interoperability, ensuring each function integrates as expected into a multi-vendor open RAN.

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – Operator Suite

  • Enables mobile operators to verify conformance, interoperability and performance of subsystems that drive new 5G service revenue opportunities.

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – OTIC Suite

  • Enables OTICs to validate conformance, interoperability and performance using tools that adhere to the O-RAN specifications with thorough, repeatable and automated processes.

“Vendors of radio units (O-RUs), distributed units (O-DUs), central units (O-CUs) and RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) need integrated, virtualized and cloud native solutions to validate performance, establish interoperability between network elements and ensure compliance to the latest O-RAN and 3GPP specifications,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s network access group. “Keysight’s end-to-end open RAN solution portfolio enables this ecosystem to verify components across every level of the protocol stack, ensuring that subsystems perform as expected and cohesively.”

http://www.keysight.com/find/ORAN

Bouygues Telecom upgrades to Netcracker Digital BSS,

Bouygues Telecom will upgrade to Netcracker’s digital portfolio, including Netcracker Digital BSS, which includes fully convergent, carrier-grade revenue management, including dynamic rating and billing capabilities, so that operators can monetize new digital services, accelerate time-to-market, develop new lines of business and future-proof their organizations. Bouygues has also extended its use of Netcracker Professional Services, including Support & Managed Services.

Bouygues Telecom will also engage with Netcracker for professional services to support both fixed-line and mobile service offerings, including 5G. 


“As a key part of our growth strategy, we wanted to work with a partner that could deliver a modernized revenue management suite to enable us to expand into new digital services and monetize these offerings quickly,” said Olivier Heitz, CIO at Bouygues Telecom. “We have every confidence that Netcracker’s solution and services will allow us to handle the additional capacity from our organic growth.”


Monday, February 8, 2021

Deutsche Telekom will deploy Nokia’s optical transport


Deutsche Telekom selected Nokia as a long-term strategic partner to transform the operator’s optical network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Deutsche Telekom will deploy the Nokia WaveFabric service-ready platforms and Nokia WaveSuite software portfolio, which includes the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) powered by the PSE-V family of coherent DSPs (digital signal processors). 

Dr. Erik Weiß, VP Optical Transport Core, Deutsche Telekom Technik, said: “We are transforming our optical network to give our customers a highly differentiated service quality of experience, and to be more responsive to their new services needs while also reducing our network TCO. The Nokia optical transport solution enables us to realize these goals by creating a more scalable and automated services-centric platform that will support us well into the future.”

Rafael De Fermin Del Castillo, SVP Europe & MEA, IP/Optical Networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to support Deutsche Telekom and will be providing a customer-focused solution that will transform its optical transport network into a services-centric platform for the Industry 4.0 era. This project leverages our Nokia Bell Labs optical network innovation, experience and expertise, including our Germany based innovation centers which have made significant contributions to our optical networking innovation.”

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2021/02/08/nokia-to-help-deutsche-telekoms-optical-transport-network-modernization/


Nokia debuts WaveFabric Elements: photonic chips, devices, subsystems

Nokia unveiled its WaveFabric Elements portfolio of photonic chips, devices and subsystems, including its fifth generation coherent digital signal processor family, the Photonic Service Engine V (PSE-V).
The company said its WaveFabric Elements address the demanding power, performance, and cost-per-bit requirements of 400G networking across data center, metro, core and subsea applications.

Nokia’s WaveFabric Elements portfolio combines digital signal processing (DSP) and optics technologies focused on emerging end-to-end 400G applications. The new, fifth generation coherent DSP family consists of multiple designs optimized for different optical networking applications, form factors, and platforms. These include:

  • PSE-Vs (super coherent), which can run up to 90 Gbaud and employ the second generation of Nokia Bell Labs-pioneered probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS). PSE-Vs are capable of transporting up to 800G, while providing 60% greater reach, 40% lower power per bit, and 15% greater spectral efficiency than previous DSP generations. 
  • PSE-Vc (compact), which enables programmable capacity from 100G to 400G with metro to long haul capability. Its extremely low power enables integration into a variety of pluggable transceiver modules.

The new DSPs are complemented by the CSTAR portfolio of coherent optical modules from its recent acquisition of Elenion Technologies. CSTAR leverages state-of-the-art silicon photonics and packaging technology, and addresses applications, including intra-data center, metro DCI and long-reach optical transport. In addition to pairing them with the new PSE-V DSPs within Nokia platforms, the company will sell them independently to industry partners for integration into pluggable transceiver modules available to the broader market.

The CSTAR family of optical engines is currently shipping to customers. PSE-V-based platforms and pluggables will be available beginning in Q4 2020.

Sam Bucci, Head of Optical Networks at Nokia, said: "Networks are truly at an inflection point, and 400G will be a catalyst for a significant transformation. With our WaveFabric Elements portfolio, Nokia is committed to supplying the 400G optical ecosystem with components, subsystems and design services, as well as continuing to build the highest performing optical transport solutions for the 400G era and beyond."



https://www.nokia.com/networks/technologies/pse-super-coherent-technology/

Ciena to supply its GeoMesh Extreme for Southern Cross NEXT

Southern Cross Cable Limited selected Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine solution for its upcoming NEXT submarine cable across the Pacific.

The NEXT system will leverage Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme to seamlessly mesh the new system into the current Southern Cross network fabric while supporting higher connectivity services and a fully integrated eco-system. 

“Today’s work from home mandates and the sudden dramatic influx of remote digital requirements have generated major traffic spikes and required our customers to deliver increased capacity in extremely short time frames, a trend we expect to see for years to come,” said Mr Laurie Miller, President and CEO, Southern Cross Cables Limited. “In seeking the optimal solution for our NEXT system, we engaged an external global consultancy to independently review and evaluate the various leading industry solutions and after a thorough process, the Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme was identified as the ideal choice.”

“By rolling out Ciena for NEXT, Southern Cross is proactively tackling the unprecedented appetite for bandwidth and ensuring record-breaking capacity over longer distances,” said Matt Vesperman, Managing Director for Ciena Australia and New Zealand. “Enabling this exciting new opportunity proves our technology prowess, delivery model and performance can be trusted.”

https://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/southern-cross-selects-ciena-to-enhance-next-cable-amid-global-bandwidth-boom.html

Construction begins on Southern Cross NEXT Cable

The Southern Cross NEXT project has achieved CIF (Contract in Force) status and has entered the construction project phase.

The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable is a state-of-the-art 4 fibre pair undersea route utilising an open cable design and enhancing the existing Southern Cross eco-system. The system will also provide full fibre connectivity to Auckland, New Zealand, and will incorporate Branching Units (BU) and OADM technology for connections to Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati. Given its robust design and route including branches, the 16,148km cable system will provide the lowest latency path from Australia and New Zealand to the United States. Organisers said Southern Cross NEXT represents a network investment of around US$300 million. It is designed to carry 72 terabits per second of traffic. Completion is targetted for the end of 2021 or early 2022.

“The achievement of CIF is a testament to the hard work of the combined Southern Cross and Pioneer Consulting team over many months and is a validation of the technology and expertise behind the new cable,” said Southern Cross President and CEO, Laurie Miller. “The addition of the Southern Cross NEXT route to our platform will provide existing and future customers with further resiliency and connectivity options between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.”

“From our initial guidance on the network’s overall design and technical specifications, to providing commercial and procurement support, we are delighted to continue to work with Southern Cross on the next phase of this robust network through to system in service,” said Pioneer Consulting Managing Partner, Keith Schofield.

“We can now firmly focus on the implementation and deployment of the NEXT system which promises to bring greater resiliency, redundancy and capacity to our extensive network, along with the ongoing development of product enhancements to meet the evolving requirements of our customers,” said Southern Cross CTO, Dean Veverka.

Southern Cross signs Alcatel Submarine Networks


Southern Cross Cable Limited awarded a contract to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to supply the Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable, based on an Open Cable architecture. The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable is a state-of-the-art 4 fibre pair undersea route utilising an open cable design and enhancing the existing Southern Cross eco-system. The system will also provide full fibre connectivity to Auckland, New Zealand, and will incorporate Branching...

Ciena selected for Havfrue transatlantic cable system

Ciena is supplying its Spectrum Sharing submarine network infrastructure to Bulk Fiber Networks to enhance its Havfrue submarine cable system which will stretch 7,851 km across the Atlantic linking the USA, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway.

Ciena said Spectrum Sharing submarine network infrastructure will enable Bulk Fiber Networks to provide tailored virtual fiber pairs to individual customers while delivering significant flexibility and agility. Bulk Fiber Networks can adapt its network as connectivity demands change by using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution that leverages Ciena’s 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment.

In addition, Bulk Fiber Networks will have greater visibility of its network by using Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, which provides comprehensive network management capabilities for efficient lifecycle operations.

“Deploying Ciena and rolling out our Managed Spectrum offering is helping us enhance our Nordic fiber infrastructure and meet large-scale data transport needs now and for the future. The Havfrue is the first direct link between the Nordics and USA in 20 years and the first ever to directly connect USA with Norway. We are ready to deliver services to existing and new customers, who are some of the most advanced customers in the world,” states Peder Naerboe, Founder and Chairman, Bulk Fiber Networks.

https://youtu.be/idImCZZrjd4

Google joins Havfrue and HK-G subsea cable projects

Google announced its participation in the HAVFRUE subsea cable project across the north Atlantic and in the Hong Kong to Guam cable system, both of which are expected to enter service in 2019. In addition, Google confirmed that it is on-track to open cloud regions (data centers) in the Netherlands and Montreal this calendar quarter, followed by Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong. HAVFRUE is the newly-announced new subsea cable project that will...

HAVFRUE subsea cable to link NJ and Denmark with 108 Tbps capacity

TE SubCom will serve as the system supplier for HAFVRUE, a new subsea cable that will link New Jersey to the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark with a branch landing in County Mayo, Ireland. Optional branch extensions to Northern and Southern Norway are also included in the design. The HAVFRU system will be owned and operated by multiple parties, including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure, Facebook, and others. Aqua Comms, the Irish cable owner/operator...

Renesas to acquire Dialog for EUR 4.9B for mixed-signal ICs

Renesas Electronics agreed to acquire Dialog Semiconductor Plc for EUR 4.9 billion (approximately 615.7 billion yen). 

Dialog, which is based in Reading, UK, is provider of highly-integrated and power-efficient mixed-signal ICs used in IoT, consumer electronics and high-growth segments of automotive and industrial end-markets. Dialog brings a wide range of product offerings including battery and power management, power conversion, configurable mixed-signal (CMIC), LED drivers, custom mixed-signal ICs (ASICs), and automotive power management ICs (PMICs), wireless charging technology, and more. Dialog also offers broad and differentiated BLE, WiFi and audio system-on-chips (SoCs) that deliver advanced connectivity for a wide range of applications; from smart home/building automation, wearables, to connected medical. All these systems complement and expand Renesas’ leadership portfolio in delivering comprehensive solutions to improve performance and efficiency in high-computing electronic systems. Dialog was founded in 1981 and has 2,300 employees.

“The transaction we announced today represents our next important step in catapulting Renesas’ growth plan to achieve substantial strategic and financial benefits, following our previous acquisitions,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas. “Dialog has a strong culture of innovation along with excellent customer relationships and serves fast growing areas including IoT, industrial and automotive. By bringing Dialog’s talented team and expertise into Renesas, together, we will accelerate innovation for customers and create sustainable value for our shareholders.”

“For several years, we have successfully executed on a diversification strategy that positions Dialog for high-growth,” said Dr. Jalal Bagherli, CEO of Dialog. “We have built a strong foundation of high-performance analog and power efficient mixed-signal expertise, extended our product portfolio and applied our technologies into markets including 5G, wearables, automotive, smart home, connected medical and industrial IoT. This compelling platform – combined with Renesas’ leading embedded compute, analog and power portfolio – creates even greater growth opportunities in today’s increasingly connected world. The Dialog team is excited to join forces with Renesas. The combined company will be in an even stronger position to provide innovative products for these markets, building on Renesas’ extensive sales, distribution and customer support capabilities.”


https://www.renesas.com/br/en/document/ppt/renesas-and-dialog-zoom-webinar-presentation-material

Renesas to acquire Integrated Device Technology for $6.7 billion

Renesas Electronics Corporation of Japan has agreed to acquire Integrated Device Technology (IDT, NASDAQ: IDTI) for approximately US$6.7 billion (approximately 733.0 billion yen at an exchange rate of 110 yen to the dollar), combing two recognized leaders in embedded processors and analog mixed-signal semiconductors. IDT shares are to be acquired at a price of US$49.00 per share. IDT, which is based in San Jose, California, is a leading supplier...

Renesas Electronics Corporation agreed to acquire Intersil for US$22.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate equity value of approximately US$3.2 billion (approximately 321.9 billion yen at an exchange rate of 100 yen to the dollar). Renesas supplies microcontroller (MCU) and system-on-chip (SoC) products and technologies.  Intersil specializes in power management and precision analog capabilities. The acquisition is also expected...

Isotropic raises $40 million for multi-beam satellite antenna

Isotropic Systems, a start-up based in Reading, UK, announced over $40 million in funding to develop its multi-beam antennas. Isotropic's patented radio frequency optics technology enables the high-performance multi-beam antenna to simultaneously link with multiple satellites in multiple orbits without any compromise in the performance of each link. 

Isotropic recently signed development contracts for its phase one terminal expected early 2022.  The company says it plans to support new constellations and satellites launching in all satellite orbits from 2022 onwards. Isotropic will also open a 20,000 sq. ft. technology and testing facility near the company headquarters in Reading, UK, and will see the company create an additional 150 highly skilled engineering roles to the UK over the next two years.

The funding round was led by SES with participation from specialised space investors Orbital Ventures, UK government's Future Fund and existing investors Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures, Space Angels and Firmament Ventures.  

"Isotropic Systems is extremely well positioned to unlock a new age of high-powered, multi-orbit connectivity with our next-gen multi-beam antenna," said John Finney, Isotropic Systems Founder and CEO. "As one satellite constellation after another is announced for launch in future years, our technology is unique in that it allows service providers and end users to take the best of the many thousands of satellites going into orbit using a single

www.isotropicsystems.com 

Taiwan's MediaTek installs private 5G with FET, Ericsson


Ericsson and Taiwan's Far EasTone (FET) provide MediaTek with a private network solution that uses FET's commercial 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum. The dedicated network will serve MediaTek's three manufacturing partner sites and its headquarter campus in HsinChu Science Park, Taiwan. The private network enables MediaTek to fully utilize FET's band mix in low-, mid- and high-bands, allowing MediaTek to explore and test products for different scenarios in real-life commercial environments.

The private 5G network is exptected to help MediaTek and device vendors to shorten lead times. The ability to test devices and chipsets allows the end product to be network-ready for lowest latency highest reliability and throughput when deployed, ensuring a faster time-to-market. The private network's low latency, high performance, and security capabilities will enable MediaTek to accelerate the volume production of its 5G mmWave chipset M80.

Chee Ching, President, Far EasTone, says: “Together with Ericsson, we provided MediaTek with a unique private network solution that optimizes the mix of spectrum for complex use cases. We believe many other enterprises like MediaTek can leverage the capabilities of a private network.”

JS Pan, General Manager, Wireless Communication System and Partnership, MediaTek, says: ”The private network serves as a platform for innovation. Compared to the traditional lab setup, it broadens our testing coverage and expedites development progress.”



 

Cambridge Science Park activates private 5G with Huawei

Cambridge Wireless and Huawei have launched a 5G mobile private network located within the Cambridge Science Park.

The 5G testbed will help innovators to develop and test 5G applications.

The first phase of the Accelerator will run until March 2021 and CW is calling for companies to apply for access. The successful applicants are able to use the indoor 5G private network, the latest 5G enabled devices and a brand-new innovation lab within Cambridge Science Park.

CW will also provide successful applicants with free access to master classes run by industry experts, project coaching and support, and networking opportunities with others in the 5G tech sector.

 “We are delighted to see this pioneering project being launched in Cambridge to help companies evaluate and enhance value added 5G capabilities into their products, services and environment,” said Abhi Naha, Chief Commercial Officer at CW.

Huawei Vice-President Victor Zhang said, “Openness and collaboration drives innovation. Huawei is working with Cambridge Wireless and innovation partners to incubate new ideas and applications to accelerate the building of a 5G ecosystem in the UK. The technology being developed in Cambridge has the potential to make significant advances in the fields of healthcare, transport and environmental protection and we are excited to see what progress is made over the coming months.”

https://www.huawei.com/uk/news/uk/2021/cambridge%20wireless%205g%20testbed

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Vodafone tests Nokia's 100G single wavelength PON

Vodafone completed a trial of a new Passive Optical Network (PON) technology capable of delivering speeds up to 100 Gbs on a single wavelength - the first application of flexible rate transmission in a PON network. The test was conducted in Vodafone’s Eschborn lab in Germany.

The Nokia Bell Labs 100G PON prototype leveraged 25G optics in combination with digital signal processing (DSP) techniques. 25G class optics are based on mature eco-system and available today. Nokia said going beyond 25G requires advanced DSP capabilities demonstrated in this trial. Flexible rate transmission works by grouping fiber modems (ONUs) that exhibit similar physical network characteristics (e.g. loss or dispersion) and makes data transmission more efficient. Using flexible rate transmission results in lower latency on a PON and cuts power consumption in half — two essential characteristics for fiber networks that have a rapidly growing role in the massive delivery of fixed and mobile broadband services.


Gavin Young, Vodafone’s Head of Fixed Access Centre of Excellence, said: “100G PON has 40 times the capacity of today’s GPON networks, and 10 times the capacity of XGS-GPON, so it will help us keep ahead of the demand curve.  In addition to ultra-high speeds, the technology supports our vision of highly efficient and adaptable next-generation networks. 100G PON enables flexible rates, and works by grouping modems using a technique similar to the one we already use in our cable networks, so this experience can help us to better evaluate and exploit this new PON technology.”

Stefaan Vanhastel, Chief Technology Officer, Fixed Networks Division, Nokia, said: “We keep pushing the potential of fiber access so that capacity stays ahead of the unrelenting demand of the connected world. In 2020, we launched the first commercial 25G PON solution. Now, we’re delighted to show state-of-the-art 100G technology together with Vodafone. These breakthroughs in speed turn an existing fiber-to-the-home network into a fiber network that can connect homes, businesses, remote cable nodes and 5G small cells.”

Nokia noted that its pioneering work with flexible rate PON follows its previous breakthroughs in 10G PON, TWDM-PON, universal PON and 25G PON.

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2021/02/02/nokia-and-vodafone-showcase-record-breaking-100-gigabit-fiber-broadband/

Nokia intros 25 Gbps symmetrical PON solution

Nokia introduced a 25 Gbps symmetrical PON fiber broadband solution based on its own Quillion chipset and existing next-generation PON access platform and line cards.


Nokia says 25G PON will be a key technology to enable fiber to become the single infrastructure that underpins the entire telecom industry and to deliver any service to any end point. It is also the best next step for PON: it leverages the high volumes and mature eco-system of data center optical technologies to achieve the best cost point, huge capacity, fastest time-to-market, and simplest evolution path compared to 50G PON, which will require a massive technology leap or long time to mature.

All customers with 10 Gbps Quillion boards will also now have 25 Gbps capabilities in their network. Nokia 25G PON can co-exist with GPON and XGS-PON on the same infrastructure, allowing CSPs to add 25 Gbps in overlay without disrupting existing customer services. This will allow them to add 25G PON quickly and efficiently when and where needed to capitalize on new opportunities.

Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said: “Nokia continues to lead the PON evolution. We have a long history of firsts: from the first volume GPON deployments to the first 10G PON and next-generation access platforms. It is vital that we keep pushing and enable our customers to capitalize on new opportunities while fully leveraging their existing investments. By delivering a step-change increase in fiber broadband networks with our 25G PON solution, CSPs will be able to bring better broadband to consumers and businesses, both through fixed fiber and 5G mobile broadband.”


New 25GS-PON multisource agreement gets underway

A new 25G symmetric PON multi-source agreement (25GS-PON MSA) is underway with the goal of promoting and accelerating the development of 25GS-PON. 

The MSA Group has defined the 25GS-PON specification needed to address the gap between 10G XGS-PON and 50G PON in the ITU-T. The MSA was created after the ITU-T SG15/Q2 group did not reach consensus to standardize 25GSPON, which is seen as a crucial technology by many of the world’s top operators and vendors.

As a first step, the 25GS-PON MSA Group created a specification for 25GS-PON which includes optical specifications based on the IEEE 802.3ca 25G EPON standard, along with a Transmission Convergence (TC) layer that is an extension of XGS-PON. 

The MSA Group will also promote and catalyze the market development for 25GS-PON.

The founding members of the 25GS-PON MSA Group include: AOI, Chorus, Chunghwa Telecom, Ciena, MACOM, MaxLinear, NBN Co., Nokia, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd, and Tibit Communications.

http://www.25gspon-msa.org

Fraunhofer launches 6G SENTINEL project

The Fraunhofer Institute has launched a 6G SENTINEL project to develop the novel technologies that will be required for the future 6G mobile communications standard.

The lighthouse project, which is led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, will focus on terahertz technologies and solutions for flexible networks. The participating institutes are Fraunhofer IIS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications HHI, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM.

The researchers involved in 6G SENTINEL are working on the development of radio channel models and link-level simulators for the frequency range between 100 and 300 GHz. Building on this work, they plan to develop the prototype of a highly integrated terahertz transmission module and a suitable transmission method for demonstrating mobile THz connections.

The researchers are also working on a modular and software-based core network that will be supplemented by secure and trustworthy components for dynamic control. 

“The twin technological pillars of terahertz communication and flexible networks are at the heart of the 6G SENTINEL lighthouse project. In addition, we want to create a 6G network architecture and develop technologies for even more precise positioning in 6G networks,” explains Bernhard Niemann, project manager of 6G SENTINEL.

https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/kom/mobile-kom/6g-sentinel.html

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Japanese researchers develop CMOS transceiver for 300 GHz

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and NTT have developed a novel CMOS-based transceiver for wireless communications at the 300 GHz band -- the first wideband CMOS phased-array system to operate at such elevated frequencies.

NTT said the breakthrough opens possibilities "beyond 5G".

One of the key features of the proposed design is that it is bidirectional; a great portion of the circuit, including the mixer, antennas, and local oscillator, is shared between the receiver and the transmitter (Figure 2). This means the overall circuit complexity and the total circuit area required are much lower than in unidirectional implementations.

Another important aspect is the use of four antennas in a phased array configuration. Existing solutions for 300 GHz CMOS transmitters use a single radiating element, which limits the antenna gain and the system’s output power. An additional advantage is the beamforming capability of phased arrays, which allows the device to adjust the relative phases of the antenna signals to create a combined radiation pattern with custom directionality. The antennas used are stacked “Vivaldi antennas,” which can be etched directly onto PCBs, making them easy to fabricate.

The proposed transceiver uses a subharmonic mixer, which is compatible with a bidirectional operation and requires a local oscillator with a comparatively lower frequency. However, this type of mixing results in low output power, which led the team to resort to an old yet functional technique to boost it. Professor Kenichi Okada from Tokyo Tech, who led the study, explains: “Outphasing is a method generally used to improve the efficiency of power amplifiers by enabling their operation at output powers close to the point where they no longer behave linearly–that is, without distortion.

The design achieved maximum rates of 26 Gbaud for transmission and 18 Gbaud for reception.

https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2021/2102e/210205c.html

Singtel installs indoor 5G in Singapore's largest mall

 Singtel has deployed 5G indoors at VivoCity, the largest mall in Singapore. 

The installation uses advanced small cell radio dot technology running on 3.5GHz spectrum. Singtel’s 5G network offers customers up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

Singtel will extend its in-building 5G coverage to popular malls such as Ngee Ann City and Bugis Junction over the next few months.

Singtel recently switched on 28 GHz mmWave 5G in prime locations and has also steadily enhanced its 5G coverage across the island to include key residential hubs such as Clementi, Punggol and more, since the launch of its 5G network last September.


Singtel installs Ericsson 5G gear

Singel is deploying Ericsson's 5G New Radio (NR) Standalone and dual-mode 5G core network products and solutions, including real-time rating and policy control.

The energy-efficient, end-to-end 5G network will operate on Singtel’s 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands, spanning outdoor and indoor 5G coverage. Millimeter wave (mmWave) connectivity will also be deployed in hotspots across the city state.

Ericsson said the 5G contract award takes the partnership between Ericsson and Singtel to new levels, as Industry 4.0 gathers pace globally. 

Telecom Argentina adopts Qwilt’s CDN platform, Cisco infrastructure

Telecom Argentina plans to adopt new open caching solution to deliver high-quality streaming experiences across its network on behalf of global and regional content providers. The solution combines Qwilt’s CDN platform based on Open Caching, with Cisco’s edge compute and networking infrastructure. Digital Alpha is providing a unique, capex-free funding model. 

“Today’s announcement is the outcome of a deep collaboration among the partners,” said   Roberto Daniel Nobile, CEO, Telecom Argentina. “Our unified leadership and focus helped us reach an agreement and plan for deployment in record time with introductions, presentations, evaluations, technical deep dives and commercial negotiations handled via Webex due to pandemic travel restrictions. We embrace this new model giving us the opportunity to work directly with the world’s major content providers to reduce operational costs, improve network capacity and elevate the streaming video quality for our customers to the level they expect.”

https://qwilt.com/telecom-argentina-launching-new-cisco-qwilt-and-digital-alpha-cdn-solution-to-improve-streaming-experience-for-its-customers-in-argentina/

https://www.streamingvideoalliance.org/working-group/open-caching/

Singtel to launches Mobile Edge Computing with Azure Stack

Singtel is launching 5G edge compute infrastructure for enterprises. Microsoft Azure Stack is one of the options.

Enterprises will be able to use Singtel’s Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) infrastructure to process applications like autonomous guided vehicles, drones, robots, virtual, augmented or mixed reality closer to their end-users. 


Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “The trials for Singtel 5G MEC allow enterprises to enjoy the best of both worlds with Azure Stack, Microsoft’s trusted hybrid cloud solution, and Singtel 5G MEC’s ultra-low latency performance. Our collaboration places the benefits of 5G and MEC, such as high connection speeds and low latency, in the hands of enterprises, empowering them to use, create, deploy and scale-up new 5G solutions. ”

“Today marks a new chapter in our collaboration with Singtel to unlock the power of 5G and bring the cloud closer than ever to devices and customers. With Singtel’s 5G network, Microsoft’s cloud and edge solutions, and our combined ecosystem of partners, we lower the barriers for enterprises to adopt next generation technologies that drive real business value,” said Mr Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President Azure for Operators at Microsoft Corp.


BT claims unbreakable Wi-Fi with latest consumer gateway

BT introduced new home equipment for its consumer broadband network, promising the UK’s "only unbreakable wi-fi connection for the home backed up by the award-winning EE mobile network."

BT Halo 3+ lineup for its Full Fibre service includes a Hybrid Connect device and a new Smart Hub 2 with Wi-Fi Controls to help families manage screen time. BT’s new Hybrid Connect device works with the Smart Hub 2 to automatically connect to the EE mobile network for back up if required.

BT Halo 3+ will be available nationwide from 5th February, to new customers from £65.99 per month.

  • In the last 12 months, BT’s consumer broadband network has seen an increase of over 60% in download traffic due to home working, home schooling and entertainment.



TIM joins European Open RAN initiative

TIM announced its support for the Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) initiative kicked off last month by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone.

TIM hopes the initiative will provide strong impetus to new functionality in 5G networks.

Major European operators commit to Open RAN

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, and Vodafone Group announced a joint commitment to the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) as the technology of choice for future mobile networks.  In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the four operators expressed their individual commitment to the implementation and deployment of Open RAN solutions that take advantage of new open virtualized architectures, software and hardware to build more agile and flexible mobile networks in the 5G era.

The four operators will work together with existing and new ecosystem partners, industry bodies like the O-RAN ALLIANCE and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), as well as European policy makers, to ensure Open RAN quickly reaches competitive parity with traditional RAN solutions. This initiative is an important milestone towards a diverse, reinvigorated supplier ecosystem and the availability of carrier-grade Open RAN technology for a timely commercial deployment in Europe.


The four operators believe that the European Commission and the national governments have an important role to play to foster and develop the Open RAN ecosystem by funding early deployments, research and development, open test lab facilities and incentivizing supply chain diversity by lowering barriers to entry for small suppliers and startups who can avail of these labs to validate open and interoperable solutions.

O-RAN publishes 3rd software release - Cherry

The O-RAN Software Community (OSC) announced its 3rd open software release within 18 months, dubbed “Cherry”.The main use cases delivered in Cherry include:Policy based Traffic Steering using the A1 and E2 interfacesAutomated Monitoring and Health check of selected components using the O1 interfaceConfiguration, Fault and Performance Management Services aligned with OAM models and specifications newly approved by O-RANLife Cycle Management Framework...