Wednesday, May 12, 2021

AT&T builds private 5G for Lawrence J. Ellison Institute at USC

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AT&T has deployed a private 5G network at the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC to ensure ultra-fast connectivity for patient-centered cancer research, treatment, and wellness education. 

Part of the mission of the Ellison Institute is to use technology to create an immersive, first-of-its-kind experience for patients, visitors, clinicians, and students. 5G connectivity is at the core of that goal. The addition of AT&T Multi-access Edge computing (MEC) and ultra-fast 5G+ millimeter wave service to the private 5G network will help the Institute create new outcomes and capabilities at its “smart” facility. For example, the Institute will be able to capture and analyze data faster and more securely at its point of origin rather than the data having to travel to a remote data center for analysis.  

AT&T cites the following advantages for the private 5G deployment

  • Data collected on-site via the private 5G network will allow doctors to make decisions on the spot due to ultra-low latency. IoT enables clinicians to create a daily almost instantaneous feedback loop that will help them improve what they do. 
  • The higher speeds and bandwidth provided by the private 5G network will help advance research at the clinic, such as the use of 3D tumor imaging, and increase the privacy and security of the data since it is being analyzed locally. One example is 3D tumor imaging.
  • Digital bracelets given to patients upon their arrival will map their journey through the 80,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, which includes a demo kitchen, History of Medicine Gallery, and museum-quality artwork. Appointment alerts can be sent to patients anywhere in the facility.
  • Wireless connected screens allow researchers to send large data files from  one lab  to another.
  • With patients, researchers and staff  all wearing connected sensors, the Institute will  be able to track how much patient interaction is taking place. For instance, is a  scientist stopping at a connected screen to explain to a patient more about research being done? Or, is a doctor interacting with the patient in the Institute’s gallery? Being able almost instantly to study the research and care process can lead to better collaboration and outcomes.
  • Reliable wireless communications – provided through a private 5G network using low-band spectrum – allows for wall-to-wall coverage inside the Ellison Institute with enough capacity for thousands of users.
  • Immersive, personalized, and engaging experiences for patients and visitors can be delivered through the combination of these and other technologies. For example, the type of music and lighting used during a patient’s visit can be customized to reflect the patient’s preference.


https://about.att.com/story/2021/5g_ellison_institute.html

Nokia cites momentum for its Quillion Multi-PON

Nokia cited carrier customer momentum for its Quillion Multi-PON solutions. Its Quillion chipset-based broadband solutions are now being deployed in more than 40 countries around the world by 100 carrier customers.

Nokia started shipping the in-house-designed Quillion based solutions in 2020. Early customers for GPON or XGS-PON include Proximus, Chorus, Telefonica, KPN, Oi Brazil, TDS Telecom, Hotwire Communications and TIM.

Sandra Motley, President, Fixed Networks Division at Nokia, said “Next generation access is accelerating. Consumers and businesses need more broadband, and that trend will continue. Operators need innovative solutions that will enable them to keep up with the demand, keep cost under control and future proof their networks, including using fiber for 5G transport. We have developed Quillion to ensure we can bring state-of-the-art solutions that our customers need.”


Viavi intros 10 GbE smart SFP+ transceiver

VIAVI Solutions introduced a smart, small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) Gigabit Ethernet transceiver for network test, turn-up and performance monitoring up to 10 GbE for applications like 5G xHaul, Business Ethernet Services, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) for Cable or GPON/XGSPON for Fiber Access Networks.

The Fusion JMEP 10 smart SFP+ is a small, hot-pluggable, optical transceiver offering an economical Ethernet testing solution that is easy to deploy in existing SFP+ ports, simplifying test, service activation and troubleshooting to reduce equipment upgrades, truck rolls and mean time to repair (MTTR). The inline performance monitoring capability turns network ports into service assurance tools, enabling Ethernet operation, administration and maintenance for any 10 GbE network. And a Micro-Burst detection feature monitors traffic with millisecond accuracy to detect spikes that can cause packet loss, which can have a dramatic impact on application performance.

"As the industry moves to 10 GbE as the common data link rate, while access and backhaul networks become more complex, it becomes imperative for operators to develop a test, turnup and performance monitoring strategy right from initial deployment," said Mark Easton, Director, Transport Assurance, VIAVI. "With the Fusion JMEP 10, VIAVI has delivered carrier-grade testing and monitoring within the tiny footprint of a smart SFP+ transceiver."

http://www.viavisolutions.com/en-us/products/fusion-jmep


Millicom picks Parallel Wireless for O-RAN in Colombia

Parallel Wireless has been selected by Millicom to provide  O-RAN compliant networks in Latin America enabling 4G. 

In the first phase of the partnership, Parallel Wireless will provide O-RAN compliant Open RAN solutions utilizing 700MHz spectrum, enabling broadband connectivity in Colombia.   As the main systems integrator, Parallel Wireless will provide end-to-end solutions including installation and integration and network monitoring services while demonstrating strong network performance and exceeding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These sites are being built on an O-RAN architecture with a Remote Radio Unit (RRU) provided by an ecosystem of partners and Parallel Wireless Distributed Unit (DU) and Central Unit (CU) software will be running on a vBBU (virtual Baseband Unit) provided by server partners such as Supermicro and deployed on site.

Xavier Rocoplan, EVP Chief Technology and Information Officer at Millicom said "For us at Millicom, delivering O-RAN based Open RAN technology is an important milestone. It not only means connecting more people in rural areas, starting with Colombia, but it's also an innovative approach to reducing cost, increasing flexibility and efficiency by diversifying our supplier base. We hope to bring this technology to more sites across our Latin American markets, as we fulfill our purpose to build digital highways that connect people, improve lives, and help develop our communities."

Keith Johnson, President at Parallel Wireless said "Millicom is an innovator in mobile connectivity, and we are excited to partner with them by deploying our world leading O-RAN compliant Open RAN solutions, enabling them to set an example for operators in the region and supporting their efforts to be the first to bring 4G connectivity to their rural and urban subscribers. We are proud to have been selected as an approved supplier and partner for Millicom and we look forward to expanding the deployments across many more locations throughout Latin America in the years to come."


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ONAP Honolulu adds cloud-native functionality, O-RAN integrations

LF Networking (LFN) announced the ONAP Honolulu release -- the eighth distribution of the Open Network Automation Platform

ONAP Honolulu highlights:

  • More Cloud Native Functionality. Honolulu brings cloud native functionality with seamless configuration of Helm based CNFs and K8s resources. This new functionality includes health checks and is implemented in the Controller Design Studio (CDS) and MutliCloud projects. An ONAP cloud native task force meets regularly to explore deeper cloud native integrations.
  • Deeper 5G Support. Honolulu contains new functionality around end-to-end 5G network slicing, including three components for RAN, core, and transport domains.
  • Robust ORAN Integration. Increased support for the O-RAN A1 standard implemented in ONAP's CCSDK and SDN-C projects enables flexibility for RAN operators to manage wide area RAN network optimization, reducing capex investment needs. Further integration improves integration with both O-RAN and 3GPP.
  • Expanded Modularity & Functionality. Modularity has been an important topic in ONAP to allow users to pick and choose the components they need for their specific use case and Honolulu continues to advance modularity. The Honolulu release also includes new functionality such as new and simplified microservice and KPI deployments; easier validation that improves compliance with 3GPP and O-RAN; OOM now supports IPv4 and IPv6 for all components; SDC includes increased support for ETSI standards; and the CCVPN use case blueprint now supports 3+ network domains (increased from 2).
  • New Enterprise Use Case. While ONAP has primarily been used by Communication Service Providers (CSPs), the project also recognizes the value of ONAP in the enterprise and the community has started a new ONAP for Enterprise Work Group. The group welcomes participation from new contributors that want to expand the applicability of ONAP.

LF Networking also announced the new 5G Super Blueprint, which works end-to-end across the open source 5G stack enabling easier deployments and automation with Magma 5G Core, ORAN SC,  LF Edge Akraino.

"ONAP is an integral component of the 5G Super Blueprint, bringing automation and other management and orchestration capabilities to the end-to-end 5G infrastructure," said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, the Linux Foundation. "The Honolulu release—which really brings robust cloud native capabilities to the forefront—coincides with collaborative efforts across open source communities to deliver more scalable, deployable networks across 5G, carrier Wi-Fi, private LTE, and more."

"From its birth, ONAP has been positioned as a critical Network Automation Platform, continuously growing its 5G footprint and Cloud Native capabilities while playing an active role in CSPs' RAN virtualization journey", said Catherine Lefèvre, ONAP TSC Chair. "In addition to our 5G features and O-RAN integration activities, our latest release, Honolulu, is extending Network Slicing functions to support RAN, Core, and Transport domains. Additionally, this release also introduces the concept of best practices and global requirements (design patterns applicable to the whole code base) to ensure we keep enhancing platform robustness. ONAP will remain an important agent of change this year by expanding its scope to include functionalities for Enterprise Customers and Vertical Markets, while enhancing its modularity to enable lightweight packaging tailored to specific use cases."

The next ONAP release, 'Istanbul,' is planned for 2H of 2021.

https://www.onap.org/software


Cisco to acquire Sedona for IP/optical network automation

Cisco announced plans to acquire Sedona Systems Ltd., a start-up offering multi-layer IP/optical network automation and control solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sedona, which is based in Ramat Gan, Israel, is known for its Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking. The Sedona NetFusion platform automatically discovers, aggregates and analyzes network data from multiple online systems, optical and IP sources, providing a unified, real-time and accurate network-wide data model that is consumed via different NetFusion applications. 

In a blog posting, Kevin Wollenweber of Cisco, says the acquisition will provide an advanced network automation platform for Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking Solution. The goal is to help CSPs gain real-time, dynamic, and seamless control of IP and optical multi-vendor networks together. 

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/364246

LF Networking video: 5G Super Blueprint

 

Pieces are coming together from across the many open source networking projects to define an end-to-end architecture for 5G. 

The new 5G Super Blueprint works end-to-end across the open source 5G stack enabling easier deployments and automation with Magma 5G Core, ORAN SC,  LF Edge Akraino. 

Arpit Joshipura, GM, Networking, Edge & IoT, The Linux Foundation, explains.

“ONAP is an integral component of the 5G Super Blueprint, bringing automation and other management and orchestration capabilities to the end-to-end 5G infrastructure,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “The Honolulu release—which really brings robust cloud native capabilities to the forefront—coincides with collaborative efforts across open source communities to deliver more scalable, deployable networks across 5G, carrier Wi-Fi, private LTE, and more.”

https://youtu.be/Y0IvXqq71ks



NeoPhotonics: cumulative shipments of 2 million lasers for coherent links


NeoPhotonics reported a significant company and industry milestone: shipment of a cumulative total of more than two million of its ultra-narrow linewidth tunable lasers since initiating shipments in 2011.

NeoPhotonics began shipping narrow linewidth tunable lasers in 2011 in the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) standard ITLA form factor, which was approximately 3 inches long and approximately one inch wide. NeoPhotonics introduced its Micro-ITLA in 2014, which reduced the size by half, and in 2019 introduced the Nano-ITLA, again reducing the size approximately by half. In addition to its best-in-class low phase noise, the Nano-ITLA has low electrical power consumption, making it well suited for small form factor pluggable coherent modules. The Nano-ITLA is now featured in the NeoPhotonics 400ZR QSFP-DD module, which is a complete coherent transceiver capable of sending 400Gbps of data up to 1000 km, in a package size that is not very different from the original ITLA laser alone.

“We are pleased to have provided our customers over the last decade with both industry-leading performance and industry-leading volume, reaching 1 million cumulative shipments in 2019 and now 2 million shipments just two years later,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “As industry data rates have increased from 100Gbps to now 800Gbps, the low noise and low power consumption of our lasers have become increasingly important, and their unique qualities have opened up completely new application areas such as satellite communications, remote sensing, automotive LIDAR and medical diagnostics,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

https://www.neophotonics.com/press-releases/?newsId=12421

ADVA FSP 150 multi-layer demarc adds MACsec encryption

ADVA announced an upgraded FSP 150 multi-layer demarcation solution with precise timing and MACsec encryption capabilities.

The new member of the ADVA FSP 150 programmable demarcation and edge compute portfolio supports 10 Gbps MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet and IP services, provides precise synchronization capabilities and now features hardware-based encryption. 

“Our FSP 150-XG118Pro (CSH) provides a simple and affordable route to high-capacity Carrier Ethernet connectivity with the highest levels of data protection. Unique in our industry, this compact and cost-efficient device combines demarcation, edge compute, synchronization and encryption,” said James Buchanan, GM, Edge Cloud, ADVA. “No other single solution offers all the features of our FSP 150-XG118Pro (CSH). Straight out of the box, it delivers data encryption compliant with the strictest standards in the industry, including FIPS 140-3. Our FSP 150-XG118Pro (CSH) has multi-layer demarcation capabilities as well as precise synchronization delivery. What’s more, its edge computing capabilities and open SDN control make it a key component for industrial IoT applications.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20210511-adva-adds-encryption-to-flagship-10g-edge-device

Telecom Egypt picks Juniper for 400G upgrade

Telecom Egypt has selected Juniper Networks to design and deploy a significant network capacity expansion across its national infrastructure, which supports a customer base of 9.8M for fixed line services, 6.9M for broadband and 7.3M for mobile. 

Telecom Egypt's network will be equipped with 400G interfaces for Juniper Networks MX Series Universal Routing Platforms, equipped with MPC cards (Modular Port Concentrators). This will be complemented by Juniper’s standards-based automation portfolio and traffic engineering capabilities provided by its NorthStar Controller. This gives Telecom Egypt granular visibility and control across the network. This solution will also provide proactive monitoring, planning and explicit routing of large traffic loads, helping to achieve and maintain consistent performance. Juniper’s HealthBot, an automated, open and programmable network diagnosis tool, will also be deployed by Telecom Egypt.


“The challenge faced by Telecom Egypt is shared by many service providers globally – how to run their network ever ‘hotter’ and faster while meeting customer SLAs and maintaining predictability and resilience, yet controlling operational cost and complexity. Juniper believes that our innovations in cloud routing and network automation help to overcome this challenge now and for the long term. Telecom Egypt is investing in a dynamic, customizable high-performing automated infrastructure that is able to scale upward and outward in step with exponential growth and future demands,” states Raj Yavatkar, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks.

Fujitsu enters strategic agreement with AWS


Fujitsu  announced a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Amazon Web Services to accelerate the digital transformation (DX) of the mobility industry in Japan.  Fujitsu will integrate its Digital Twin and security solutions for the mobility industry with AWS' cloud services.

Fujitsu will work with the AWS Professional Services Team  to help companies in the mobility industry develop and operate new systems, as well as modernize their existing systems. Fujitsu will also boost its own system development capabilities by certifying an additional 750 engineers on AWS. The companies are targeting industries such as automobile manufacturers, insurance providers, and logistics companies.


Telefónica partners with Microsoft on private 5G + MEC

Telefónica Tech signed a collaboration agreement with Microsoft on Azure Private Edge Zone.    

The integration combines Telefónica' Private 5G connectivity with Microsoft's Edge Computing capabilities on customer premise. The companies are targetting digital transformation opportunities for clients to enable the automation and control of their industrial processes.

“This collaboration agreement between Telefónica Tech and Microsoft, by taking advantage of the capabilities and experiences of both companies, will allow us offering to our clients a framework for the creation, deployment and operation of industrial solutions and their private communications in an integrated way inside and outside the factory. This framework is addressing the needs of those enterprises willing to deploy demanding industrial use cases over secure and performant private connectivity, focusing on simplicity, replicability and scalability,” says Gonzalo Martín-Villa, CEO of IoT and Big Data at Telefónica Tech.

“Together with Telefónica Tech, we can enable enterprises to leverage 5G to accelerate transformation and drive innovation across industrial scenarios within their own private networks,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure for Operators at Microsoft. “Partners like Telefónica Tech are critical in helping us meet the on-premises needs of our industrial customers. We look forward to working together to help our customers leverage this platform to drive transformation in their businesses and the industry as a whole in the near future”.


ProLabs temp stabilized 100GBase-LR4 QSFP28 transceivers

ProLabs launched its new industrial temperature (ITEMP) QSFP28 100G transceivers, stabilizing 100G signals across temperature sensitive network links from -40C to +85C.

"Stabilizing signals across all network elements is essential in achieving usable next-generation data rates at and beyond 100G," said Patrick Beard, Chief Technology Officer at ProLabs. "QSFP28 100G ITEMP transceivers deliver network reliability and consistency exactly where it is needed most—to key 5G wireless midhaul, backhaul, high frequency, and access network links."

ProLabs' said its QSFP28 100G ITEMP transceiver solutions are interoperable in environments with switches and routers from Cisco, Arista, Fujitsu, Alcatel-Lucent Nokia, and Ciena.

  1. MSA and TAA Compliant 100GBase-LR4 QSFP28 Transceiver (SMF, 1310nm, LC, DML, DOM, 10km, Rugged)
  2. MSA and TAA Compliant 100GBase-LR4 QSFP28 Transceiver (SMF, 1310nm, LC, DML, DOM, 10km, Rugged)

https://www.prolabs.com/solutions/qsfp28-itemp-transceivers-achieve-100g-speed-with-stability-even-at-extreme-temperatures


Monday, May 10, 2021

Verizon tests carrier aggregation of C-Band + mmWave

Verizon achieved speeds of 4.3 Gbps in a trial of carrier aggregation using its newly acquired national footprint of C-band spectrum and its existing mmWave spectrum. 

The lab trial aggregated 100 MHz of C-band spectrum together with 600 MHz of mmWave spectrum to provide greater efficiency for data sessions transmitting over the wireless network. The basebands and radios used were from Ericsson’s industry-leading Ericsson Radio System portfolio including the RAN Compute Baseband 6648, Antenna-Integrated Radio (AIR) 6449 for the C-band spectrum, and the Streetmacro 6701 for mmWave. The radios leverage massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) architectures. The device used in this lab trial was a pre-market test device based on MediaTek’s M80 modem, which combines mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G technologies onto a single chip.


“The depth of our spectrum portfolio, now the strongest in the industry, allows us to quickly expand access to a world-class 5G experience for our mobile and fixed broadband customers, providing high speeds, low latencies and enormous capacity,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning at Verizon. “These lab trials demonstrate the exceptional network performance our customers will receive as we are able to integrate our newly acquired C-band spectrum with mmWave spectrum.” 

The trial follows the recent announcement of new agreements with Verizon’s tower partners, Crown and SBA Communications, which provide for process improvements including standardizing and reducing forms and minimizing legal reviews. Additionally, Verizon has already started installation of C-band equipment from Ericsson and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd to speed deployment of its 5G Ultra Wideband and fixed wireless broadband service. These combined efforts, along with ongoing lab trials to optimize 5G technology on C-band spectrum will allow Verizon to offer expanded mobility and broadband services to millions more consumers and businesses as soon as the spectrum is cleared. 

In the first quarter of 2022, Verizon expects to put into service the new 5G C-band spectrum in the initial 46 markets and to provide 5G Ultra Wideband service to 100 million people. Over 2022 and 2023, coverage is expected to increase to more than 175 million people and by 2024 and beyond, when the remaining C-band spectrum is cleared, more than 250 million people are expected to have access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service on C-band spectrum.


FCC opens $7.17B Connectivity Fund, consumer discounts open May 12

The FCC unanimously adopted final rules to implement the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, which will enable schools and libraries to purchase laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and broadband connectivity for students, school staff, and library patrons in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The new rules define eligible equipment and services, service locations, eligible uses, and reasonable support amounts for funding provided.  It designates the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as the program administrator with FCC oversight, and leverages the processes and structures used in the E-Rate program for the benefit of schools and libraries already familiar with the E-Rate program.  It also adopts procedures to protect the limited funding from waste, fraud, and abuse.

“Far too often, students, teachers, and library patrons lack the access they need to broadband and connected devices.  This need has become even more apparent during these unprecedented times,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman of the FCC.  “Between this Emergency Connectivity Fund Program and the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, we are investing more than $10 billion in American students and households.  These investments will help more Americans access online education, healthcare, and employment resources.  They will help close the Homework Gap for students nationwide and give so many more households the ability to connect, communicate, and more fully participate in modern life.”

The FCC notes that recent estimates suggest there may be as many as 17 million children struggling without the broadband access they need for remote learning.  

Under the program, Congress dedicated $3.2 billion for consumers, including:

Discounts – eligible households can receive discounts off monthly broadband service

o Up to $50 per month for eligible households

o Up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

o One-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

 Consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021.

https://getemergencybroadband.org/

FCC expands 3.5 GHz CBRS for Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa

The FCC approved a series of measures to make mid-band spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550-3700 MHz) available for 5G and other advanced wireless services to a diverse array of operators, including actions that will enable commercial deployments in the 3550-3650 MHz band segment in Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa for the first time.

Highlights:

  • Approved new and updated ESC sensor deployment and coverage plans of four environmental sensing capability (ESC) operators – CommScope Inc, Google, Federated Wireless Inc, and Key Bridge Wireless LLC, clearing the way for commercial access to the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in Puerto Rico and Guam for the first time.  
  • Approved Federated Wireless Inc. to expand its Spectrum Access System (SAS) operations to cover the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the 3.5 GHz band in American Samoa consistent with protection criteria described by NTIA in a letter filed with the Commission on April 26, 2021, which will enable the first Citizens Broadband Radio Service deployments in that portion of the band in American Samoa.
  • Conditionally approved three entities that applied during the Second Wave SAS application window – Fairspectrum LLC, Nokia, and RED Technologies, completing the first phase of the two-stage SAS application review process established by the Commission.

In addition to these actions, last week, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted an additional 13 applications for Priority Access Licenses in the 3.5 GHz band, representing 125 licenses. 

“No matter who you are or where you live, you need access to modern communications to have a fair shot at 21st century success.  This is true, of course, for those living in Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa too,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.  “These actions continue our efforts to bring 5G to everyone, everywhere in the country—and not create communities of 5G haves and have-nots.  I want to thank our partners at NTIA and the Department of Defense for working closely with our great FCC team to make this progress possible.”

https://www.fcc.gov/35-ghz-band-overview



Telefónica acquires 20% stake in Nabiax in exchange for 4 data centers

Telefónica will acquire a 20% in Nabiax, a colocation and hosting partner owned y Asterion Industrial Partners, in exchange for four data centers (two in Spain and two in Chile). Asterion and its coinvestors, who retain the remaining 80% of the share capital in Nabiax.

Nabiax operates eleven data centers that it acquired from Telefónica in 2019.

The transaction includes an agreement for housing services in the four DC’s under equivalent terms and conditions as those established in the prior transaction (initial term of ten years). The transaction does not include the sale of servers owned by Telefónica, nor the management and access to customers hosted on them. Telefónica will therefore continue to provide and manage the services that it has been offering to its customers from these DCs and will maintain the direct relationship with such customers.


Movistar Chile picks Nokia for 5G launch

Movistar Chile, a division of Telefónica, is using Nokia's AirScale portfolio for its 5G launch. In addition, Nokia will upgrade Movistar’s 4G and 4G+ networks to strengthen the critical network backbone across Chile’s key markets.

The upgraded network, which will operate across Movistar’s recently won spectrum in Chile’s 5G auction in the 3.5GHz band, will leverage Nokia’s AirScale Radio Access portfolio to deliver ultra-low latency, huge connectivity and extreme capacity, offering both consumers and small to medium-sized business a path to 5G in Chile for the first time. Nokia’s AirScale portfolio can be seamlessly upgraded from 4G/LTE to 5G/NR via a software-based upgrade to enable a smooth evolution towards 5G deployments.


Nokia notes that Chile is the first country in Latin America to have a 5G auction.   Movistar Chile acquired 50 MHz in the 3.5Ghz band, which will support enhanced mobile broadband services in Chile. 5G is an evolution in mobile networks. Telefónica Hispanoamérica is evaluating the right circumstances for deployment in each market, taking steps towards the evolution of the network in several countries.

Swisscom picks Nokia for new optical transport network

Swisscom selected Nokia as the sole supplier to build an end-to-end wavelength division multiplexing/optical transport network (WDM/OTN) nationwide. The fully automated and high capacity optical transport network will support Swisscom customers’ surging bandwidth demands driven by an increase in remote work and learning applications, video streaming, gaming and cloud computing.


The modernized optical network will transport all of Swisscom’s fixed and wireless traffic from customer-provided equipment to metro access to the backbone, and will support client services from 1G to 400G. The deployment will include the Nokia WaveFabric, based on the 1830 family of WDM/OTN platforms powered by the Nokia PSE-V coherent digital signal processor (DSP), and the Nokia WaveSuite portfolio of networking applications for network commissioning, service enablement, and network health and analytics. Also deployed will be the Nokia WavePrime Digital Twin as a Service, which provides a cloud-hosted digital representation or simulation of the physical network to design, replicate, test and analyze in order to optimize physical network performance and reliability.

Christoph Aeschlimann, CIO and CTO, Swisscom, said: “Swisscom has set out its network expansion strategy until the end of 2025, which is to equip the network for the new decade. This strategic partnership with Nokia highlights Swisscom’s commitment to delivering a high capacity, fully automated nationwide optical backbone for Switzerland. This next-generation transport network can quickly adapt to changes and provide superior services and connectivity experiences to our customers. Nokia has proven to be a trusted partner and has been the preferred choice to transform our optical network.”



Linux Foundation and Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance sign MoU

The Linux Foundation and the Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for formal collaboration regarding end-to-end 5G and beyond. 

NGMN's mission is to provide impactful industry guidance to achieve innovative and affordable mobile telecommunication services for the end user, placing a particular focus on Mastering the Route to Disaggregation, Sustainability and Green Future Networks, as well as on 6G and the continuous support of 5G's full implementation.

The Linux Foundation's vision of harmonizing open source software with open standards has been in effect for several years, including collaborations with ETSI, TMF, MEF, GSMA, the O-RAN Alliance, and more. NGMN also maintains longstanding co-operations with all of these organisations. The alignment between The Linux Foundation and NGMN represents the latest in a long-standing effort to integrate open source and open standards across the industry. 


"We very much look forward to a mutually inspiring and beneficial collaboration with The Linux Foundation. Open Source is gaining increasing relevance for the strategic topics of our Work Programmes such as Mastering the Route to Disaggregation, Green Future Networks and 6G. We are delighted to partner with The Linux Foundation to jointly drive our mission for the benefit of the global ecosystem", said Anita Doehler, CEO, NGMN Alliance.

"We are thrilled to be aligning with such an innovative, industry-leading organization," said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. "Integrating NGMN's expertise across pivotal areas like Disaggregation, Green Future Networks, cloud native, automation, and early work on 6G into LF Networking's 5G Super Blueprint initiative is a natural next step for the industry."

http://www.ngmn.org