Tuesday, May 18, 2021

NTT DATA to acquire Nexient, a software developer

NTT DATA Services agreed to acquire Nexient, a developer of cloud-native applications based in Silicon Valley with offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said Nexient will serve as a scalable anchor for NTT DATA’s Application Development & Modernization practice, adding user-centric full stack product development capabilities and speeding the ability to offer sophisticated digital transformation services to clients, including digital product strategy, product design and development, and platform transformation.

“Application Development and Modernization is a critical and fast-growing piece of the digital transformation value chain. With Nexient’s agile, product-minded development disciplines, we’re better equipped to help our clients quickly take advantage of digital innovations,” said Eric Clark, Chief Digital & Strategy Officer, NTT DATA Services. “NTT DATA is investing to grow our business and our digital expertise through hiring, training and R&D, as well as targeted acquisitions of best-in-class, digital companies. Nexient is the next step in this strategy and a great addition to our team.”

“Nexient’s product-minded agile development approach has earned our clients’ trust to solve their complex business problems,” said Mark Orttung, Nexient CEO. “Building on our commitment to operate within our core values, leadership competencies, and team-based approach, we are excited to join NTT DATA and expand the scope and value of the services we deliver to our clients.”

http://www.nttdataservices.com

Optical Cable Corp. selected for DoD project

Optical Cable Corporation, which supplies a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions, has been awarded a contract to supply certain of OCC's proprietary products to a major defense contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. OCC has received a purchase order totaling more than $1.0 million.

OCC expects to begin manufacturing the products in the fiscal third quarter of 2021 and continuing throughout fiscal year 2021. Further details regarding the contract were not disclosed.

Neil Wilkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of OCC, said, "OCC is proud of its long history designing and manufacturing products for the U.S. military. Once again, we are humbled to do our part by leveraging our innovative technologies and substantial capabilities to supply and support the brave men and women protecting our freedom. We are fortunate to count a number of veterans among our dedicated team, and all of us look forward to delivering the products and solutions on which our military relies and for which OCC is known."

Monday, May 17, 2021

AT&T to refocus investment on fiber and 5G post WarnerMedia deal

AT&T will combine WarnerMedia’s entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery's entertainment and sports businesses to create a premier, standalone global entertainment company.

The deal provides AT&T with $43 billion (subject to adjustment) in a combination of cash, debt securities, and WarnerMedia’s retention of certain debt. AT&T’s shareholders will receive stock representing 71% of the new company. Discovery shareholders would own 29% of the new company.

AT&T said the transaction provides an opportunity to unlock value in its media assets, allowing the company to better capitalize on the longer-term demand for connectivity:.

AT&T's John Stankey states: “This agreement unites two entertainment leaders with complementary content strengths and positions the new company to be one of the leading global direct-to-consumer streaming platforms. It will support the fantastic growth and international launch of HBO Max with Discovery’s global footprint and create efficiencies which can be re-invested in producing more great content to give consumers what they want. For AT&T shareholders, this is an opportunity to unlock value and be one of the best capitalized broadband companies, focused on investing in 5G and fiber to meet substantial, long-term demand for connectivity. AT&T shareholders will retain their stake in our leading communications company that comes with an attractive dividend. Plus, they will get a stake in the new company, a global media leader that can build one of the top streaming platforms in the world.” 


https://investors.att.com/

Viavi introduces 800G FLEX XPM test module

Viavi Solutions announced the expansion of the VIAVI ONT solution portfolio with the 800G FLEX XPM Module  the first fully integrated test product for pluggable 800G transceivers that utilize 100G electrical lane speed, with integrated test applications. 

The company said its 800G FLEX XPM Module provides a wide range of critical test and measurement capabilities that manufacturers need to design and validate 800G optical modules based on 100G electrical signaling. The module has been designed for IC development and validation test, 800G transponder testing and vendor selection, system verification test, and manufacturing test. Key features include: support for 2x400GE, 8x100GE, 4x200GE and 1x800G unframed; dynamic skew; forward error correction (FEC) validation; and automation integration with the VIAVI ONT family.

"Working with the major equipment manufacturers and service providers around the globe, we've seen clearly that 800G is moving faster toward implementation than it was a year ago," said Tom Fawcett, Vice President and General Manager, Lab & Production Business Unit, VIAVI. "VIAVI's leadership in optical network test ensures that these customers can rely on our solution for the critical validation of conformance, performance and interoperability, helping them with speed to market."


Rakuten Mobile and NEC promote Open RAN in global markets

 NEC, which already supplies 5G radio unitsfor Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network in Japan, reached a further agreement with Rakuten to jointly promote O-RAN solutions in global markets.  In Japan, the companies are also jointly developing Rakuten Mobile’s containerized 5G Stand Alone (SA) core network (5GC). 

Under the MoU, Rakuten Mobile and NEC will expand upon their domestic collaboration to date to provide 5G and 4G Radios and engineering services for Open RAN systems aligned with O-RAN specifications for global markets, and accelerate the global expansion of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

RCP, Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualized and containerized cloud-native mobile network platform, allows telecom companies and enterprises around the world to deploy virtualized networks at high speed and low cost.

"Rakuten Mobile has successfully designed, launched and now operates a fully virtualized mobile network. This unique network architecture built on Open RAN standards continues to attract significant interest from operators, enterprises and governments around the world," commented Tareq Amin, Representative Director, Executive Vice President and CTO of Rakuten Mobile. "With NEC’s excellent level of technical expertise in radio and track record of providing our high quality 5G sub-6 RU, this collaboration will accelerate the global expansion of Rakuten Communications Platform and promote adoption of Open RAN in global markets."

"This MoU will empower both NEC and Rakuten Mobile to contribute in an even more comprehensive way to the opening and virtualization of cellular networks around the world," commented NEC Executive Vice President Atsuo Kawamura. "NEC is already providing Rakuten Mobile with BSS/OSS, 5G RU and 5G core solutions for its revolutionary fully virtualized cloud-native network. We hope to continue contributing to the expansion of the Rakuten Communications Platform as it rolls out around the globe."

https://www.nec.com/en/press/202105/global_20210518_02.html

Neos Networks deploys Blue Planet's automation software

Neos Networks, which operates a 24,000+km private telecoms network and an estate of data centres across the UK, is deploying software from Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, to ensure better end-to-end visibility across its network and improved flexibility to support the ever changing needs of its customers. 

Neos Networks is using Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) to automate on-net end-to-end provisioning across its multi-vendor Layer 1 and Layer 2 networks – as part of its goal to provide premier connectivity solutions to UK businesses. 

“To underpin the UK’s digital ambitions, it’s important the operational environment efficiently supports a better connected future,” said Dave Eddy, COO, Neos Networks. “Blue Planet supports our commitment to achieving speed and scale as the dynamic requirements from our customers continue to evolve.”

“With Blue Planet, Neos Networks is giving its customers the ability to control their own services and offer on-demand capabilities to their customers,” said Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Portfolio and Engineering, Blue Planet. “By transforming its network, Neos Networks gains a leading edge on transformation while providing cloud-like experiences to its customers.”

https://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Neos-Networks-Deploys-Blue-Planet-to-Automate-Service-Delivery.html


National Broadband Ireland rolls FTTH in Tipperary

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new high-speed fibre broadband network under the Irish Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), confirmed that construction activiy is now underway in Tipperary.

In Tipperary, over 3,316 https://nbi.ie/premises have been surveyed to date with network designs completed to deliver the new Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network in the area. In Tipperary, there are 29,759 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates to 35% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Tipperary will see an investment of €118M in the new high-speed fibre network. 

NBI chief executive Peter Hendrick said the company was pleased with the progress being made: “We started physical work on the ground in January 2020 and despite the challenging environment caused by Covid-19, we’ve grown and mobilised the team working on the project across all 26 counties and are making good progress. We are acutely aware that people want access to high-speed broadband as soon as possible, and our goal is to deliver that.”

https://nbi.ie/

Colt appoints Google Cloud exec as EVP of Strategy and Transformation

Colt Technology Services appointed Jaya Deshmukh as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Transformation, reporting to Colt’s Chief Executive Officer, Keri Gilder.

Jaya joins Colt from Google Cloud, where most recently she held the position of Head of Strategy – EMEA, responsible for creating and curating Google Cloud’s EMEA strategy. She has also recently held roles at Microsoft, PwC and Cognizant, where she was responsible for implementing digital solutions and accelerating cloud consumption to drive customer success.

Jaya’s appointment follows Colt’s recent announcement of its new three-year strategy, aiming to further develop Colt’s IQ Network through innovation and digitisation.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

DISH Wireless picks Oracle for 5G core

DISH Wireless has selected Oracle to enable a Service-Based Architecture (SBA) for its 5G core.

This will enable DISH Wireless to provide enterprise customers added control of the software and services they utilize, taking advantage of network slices.

“Oracle’s capabilities will essentially serve as the control tower of our network core, enabling our customers to consume software on demand and facilitating the advanced core functions required to power a truly automated network,” said Marc Rouanne, chief network officer, DISH Wireless. “While many carriers may claim to have 5G, there are certain attributes only possible with a cloud-based standalone network, and our working with Oracle will yield results that will unleash the power of true, fully-optimized 5G.”

Oracle’s 5G core control plane , which is aligned with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), includes network functions that will help operators automate and scale to meet the expected growth in 5G subscribers and connected devices. DISH Wireless will be using a number of network functions from Oracle including:

  • Policy Control Function (PCF): dynamically routes low-latency applications to edge data networks, while simultaneously considering network data analytics and slice information to provide optimized policies minimizing network resource utilization while maximizing quality of experience.
  • Network Repository Function (NRF): serves as a central repository for all of the network functions in DISH’s 5G network, along with the services provided by each of these elements.
  • Network Exposure Function (NEF): acts as a centralized point for service exposure and plays a key role in authorizing all access requests originating from outside the DISH network to enable Cellular IoT, non-IoT, edge computing and API gateway use cases for DISH and its enterprise customers.
  • Additionally, DISH will utilize Oracle for 5G Service Communications Proxy (SCP), Network Slice Selection Function (NSSF), Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP) and Binding Selection Function (BSF).

“DISH Wireless is completely disrupting the wireless industry,” said Andrew Morawski, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications, Networks. “Using Oracle’s 5G cloud-native technology to automate their network, DISH will be one of the most agile operators in the world enabling enterprise digital transformation journeys across many diverse industries.”

https://www.oracle.com/news/announcement/dish-wireless-selects-oracle-for-5g-core-service-based-architecture-2021-05-14/

Australia's NBN now serves over 8.1 million premises

Australia's NBN network is currently serving more than 8.1 million premises, putting NBN Co on track to achieve its FY21 forecast of 8.2 million active premises by 30 June 2021.

For the nine months to 31 March 2021, NBN Co generated total revenue of $3.5 billion, reflecting a 23 per cent year on year increase in the nine months to 31 March 2021 as more Australian homes and businesses connect to the nbn network and take up higher speed services.

Revenue from Business customers increased to $0.6 billion in the nine months to 31 March 2021, up 24 per cent from $0.5 billion in the prior corresponding period. Despite NBN Co’s ongoing financial support for the industry and end user customers throughout the COVID period, Residential Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) remained steady at $45.

Chief Executive Officer at NBN Co, Stephen Rue, said:

“We are pleased with the solid progress we have achieved and recorded across all of our key financial and operating metrics in the third quarter. Revenue was particularly strong, largely due to new customer activations on the network and upgrades to higher speed services. We are well placed to achieve our FY21 total revenue target of $4.5 billion, as outlined in the Corporate Plan.

“Our EBITDA performance showed a significant improvement over the previous corresponding period as a result of high revenue growth, which will support our long-term reinvestment in the network, and a 28 per cent decrease in total operating expenses, including subscriber costs. We expect to achieve our FY21 EBITDA target of $1.3 billion.

“We have continued to invest in supporting the industry and end user customers through initiatives such as the COVID-19 CVC Credit Offer, which came to an end after almost a year on 31 January 2021.

“Our Focus on Fast initiative, which commenced on 1 February 2021 and offers rebates to retailers to incentivise sales of higher speed tiers, has helped to lift more customers to higher speed tiers with approximately 10 per cent of customers now on plans based on wholesale speed tiers of 100 Mbps2,3 and an additional 7 per cent of customers on plans offering download speeds of 250 Mbps and close to 1 Gbps.

“We are making excellent progress on our $4.5 billion network investment program, having identified and announced the suburbs and towns that will comprise the first 1.1 million of 2 million premises that will benefit from our extension of fibre deeper into communities with greater access to higher speed services, on demand.

“To date, around 3.5 million premises can access our Home Ultrafast plans offering download speeds of close to 1 Gbps3 and by June 2023, we’re forecasting that 75 per cent of premises on our fixed line network – or around 8 million premises – will be able to access our highest speed Home Ultrafast services.”

https://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-information/media-centre/media-statements/nbn-on-track-to-achieve-fy21-financial-forecast 

Nokia supplies data center switching for OpenColo

OpenColo, which operates a 71,000 square foot state-of-the-art data center in Santa Clara, California, is deploying Nokia's data center switching solution, including its 7220 Interconnect Router (IXR). OpenColo services include bare metal and managed servers, cloud streaming and data center connectivity.

The Nokia data center switching solution comprises SR Linux, an open Linux based NOS and a NetOps development toolkit that helps automate data center network operations.  OpenColo is also using the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to interconnect its data centers using dual optical fiber connections running at 100Gbps. OpenColo has also installed the Nokia 7750 Service Router (SR), based on Nokia FP4 silicon, to provide IP routing within and between its data centers, including peering and interconnection to multiple service providers.


SR Linux and the 7750 SR share the same proven routing protocols from the Nokia Service Router Operating System (SR OS). This enables OpenColo to offer its customers more reliable and stable data center switching and internet connectivity, as well as the ability to handle future data center and peering traffic needs.

Scott Brookshire, CTO of Energy Group Networks, parent company of OpenColo, said: “Nokia and its SR Linux was an easy choice. We wanted a solution that was extensible, open, supported telemetry and gNMI, and was provided by a company that transforms networking both on the hardware and software side. Even more, we needed a partner that understands our needs and can work very closely with us to reimagine our architecture and solve some of our biggest problems. We also appreciated that Nokia builds and supports its hardware, so we have a single vendor to manage and work with should we ever run into problems.”


Ericsson to pay EUR 80 million to settle claims

Ericsson will pay EUR 80 million to Nokia for settle a damages claim relating to events that were the subject of a 2019 resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The matter concerns Ericsson’s violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Ericsson says the payment to Nokia reflects uncertainty, risk, expense, and potential distraction from business focus associated with a potentially lengthy and complex litigation. 


"As communicated in 2019, the resolution with DOJ related to criminal charges of books and records and internal controls violations of the FCPA in five countries including in Djibouti and a guilty plea to one instance of bribery in Djibouti. The resolution with the SEC related to allegations of violations of the books and records and internal controls provision of the FCPA in six countries and of the bribery provision of the FCPA in three of these six countries."

https://www.ericsson.com/en/press-releases/2021/5/ericsson-announces-settlement-with-impact-in-second-quarter-2021


Cisco to acquire Kenna Security for risk-based vulnerability mgt

Cisco agreed to acquire Kenna Security, a start-up offering irsk-based vulnerability management technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kenna, which is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, helps organizations to work cross-functionally to rapidly identify, prioritize and remediate cyber risks. 

Cisco says the acquisition will help it transform the way security and IT teams collaborate to reduce the attack surface and the time it takes to detect and respond.

“Hybrid work is here to stay, and the increasing complexity of cybersecurity is our customers’ biggest challenge. We must radically simplify security to stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape,” said Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Security and Collaboration. “Our goal is to unify all critical control points into a single platform. With the addition of Kenna Security, we will fundamentally strengthen our platform experience by giving customers the ability to prioritize vulnerabilities based on a robust risk methodology that is tuned to their unique needs.”

The acquisition of Kenna Security with Cisco’s SecureX platform will help customers:

  • Discover and prioritize their organization’s assets with a centralized, contextual view
  • Speed decision making with prioritization of vulnerability data based on threat intelligence and asset business value
  • Accelerate and simplify response with orchestration to proactively perform patch management or deploy virtual patching
  • Reduce friction associated with compliance efforts with a simple and easy way to generate compliance reports
  • Enhance collaboration between security and IT teams to effectively deal with vulnerabilities to reduce risk for businesses

“Cisco is on a mission to reshape the way we think about security, and together we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform how organizations effectively manage risk at scale,” said Karim Toubba, CEO of Kenna Security. “As malicious actors continue to evolve their methods, we need to make it easier than ever for customers to predict, detect, prioritize and respond to the security threats that matter. The breadth and scale of Cisco coupled with Kenna Security’s mastery of machine-learning and data science will reshape how the entire industry addresses cyber risk.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2160133

AIM Photonics appoints Laursen as chair of leadership council

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) appointed Dr. Tod A. Laursen, as Chair of the AIM Photonics Leadership Council. In this role, Dr. Laursen will hold leadership and oversight responsibilities, including direct engagement with industry and government stakeholders, strategic planning and management, and guiding photonics-enabled innovation.

Dr. Tod A. Laursen currently serves as Acting President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Previously, Dr. Laursen was the Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost of the State University of New York (SUNY), a post he assumed in September of 2018. Dr. Laursen joined SUNY from Khalifa University (KU) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he was the founding president and served as its leader since 2010. Prior to becoming President of Khalifa University, Dr. Laursen was a member of the faculty of Duke University. He earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science postgraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor of science in the same subject from Oregon State University.

“The promise of AIM Photonics is rooted in its network of researchers, innovative partnerships, and the exciting possibilities that integrated photonics can make a reality,” said Dr. Laursen. “I am honored to deeply engage with industry, academia, and government stakeholders in this new role to execute a strategy building on AIM’s successes to further enable a sustainable future and global manufacturing leadership related to this essential technology. I am so appreciative to Bob Duffy for his years of dedicated leadership and service and look forward to working closely with the AIM leadership team as we support the manufacturing institute’s R&D and commercialization efforts, anticipate increased collaborations, and facilitate technological competitiveness for the nation.” 

SpaceX completes 28th Starlink mission

SpaceX launched 52 more Starlink satellites on Saturday, May 15 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

In addition to its own Starlink satellites the booster also carried two satellites for customers: a Capella Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite and Tyvak-0130 for Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. 

This was the eighth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, and three Starlink missions.




Cisco to acquire to Socio Labs for online event platform

Cisco agreed to acquire Socio Labs, a start-up offering a modern event technology platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Socio Labs, which is based in New Delhi, India, helps event organizers with to host in-person, virtual or hybrid events.

Cisco plans to integrate the technology into Webex Events for enhance meetings, webinars and webcasts and to also include large-scale, multi-session hybrid events and conferences. The solution will enable live streaming, sponsorship, networking and advanced analytics, along with continuous engagement before, during and after events – as well as Webex features like polling, Q&A, chat and real-time translation.

“The future of events, like the future of work, will be hybrid,” said Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Security and Collaboration. “With that comes increased complexity of creating inclusive experiences, and meaningful and measurable interactions for both virtual and in-person attendees. Socio Labs offers Webex powerful technology to provide customers with an unparalleled hybrid event management solution to engage participants whether they join in person or virtually.”


Thursday, May 13, 2021

NeoPhotonics ships first coherent components for 800G and up

NeoPhotonics announced the first pilot shipments of Class 60 versions of its Coherent Driver-Modulator (CDM) and Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) designed for the next generation of 96 GBaud and above systems supporting 800G rates.

NeoPhotonics said higher symbol rates increase data capacity while maintaining superior optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) and reach performance, thereby enabling the highest speed-over-distance use. These new components are available in compact form factor packages suitable for use in pluggable modules and compact daughter cards. 

NeoPhotonics' Class 60 Coherent components extend the highest speed-over-distance performance of its existing Class 40 products by increasing the 3 dB bandwidth from 40 GHz to 60 GHz. These NeoPhotonics components work together to enable single wavelength data transmission near one Terabit per second over datacenter interconnect (DCI) distances, as well as 400~500Gbs transmission over long haul distances.

NeoPhotonics Class 60, polarization-multiplexed, coherent driver modulator (CDM) features a co-packaged InP modulator with four linear, high bandwidth, differential drivers, and is designed for low modulation voltage, or “V-Pi”, low insertion loss, and a high extinction ratio. The compact package is compliant with the form factor of the OIF Implementation Agreement #OIF-HB-CDM-01.0. NeoPhotonics Class 60 High Bandwidth Micro-Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) is designed for 96 GBaud symbol rates, essentially tripling the rate of standard 100G ICRs. The compact package is compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreement OIF-DPC-MRX-02.0.

These components work with NeoPhotonics’ “Nano” Ultra-Narrow Linewidth external cavity tunable laser, which cuts the size approximately in half compared to current Micro-ITLAs, while featuring industry-leading linewidth, low phase noise, and low electrical power consumption.


“We are pleased to be shipping initial quantities of our Class 60 coherent modulators and receivers, which along with our Ultra-Narrow Linewidth external cavity 'Nano' tunable laser, provide a complete suite of components enabling customers to efficiently implement 800Gbps per wavelength coherent communications systems,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We are further extending the bandwidth of our Indium Phosphide coherent integration platform by developing Class 80 components for 130 Gbaud operation as we continue to serve the highest speed-over-distance applications,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

https://ir.neophotonics.com/news-releases/news-release-details/neophotonics-announces-pilot-shipments-class-60-coherent

SpaceX to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data centers

SpaceX will begin to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data center properties, enabling the secure, low-latency, and reliable delivery of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to-date to locations at the network edge via Google Cloud. 

Under a new strategic partnership announced by the companies, Google Cloud's high-capacity private network will support the delivery of Starlink's global satellite internet service. The partnership will be especially relevant to organizations with broad footprints, like public sector agencies, businesses with presences at the network edge, or those operating in rural or remote areas. Starlink's constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites provides a path for these organizations to deliver data and applications to teams distributed across countries and continents, quickly and securely.


"Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they're operating in a highly networked or remote environment," said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure at Google Cloud. "We are delighted to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure, and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams up and running."

"Combining Starlink's high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google's infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect," said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. "We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world."

This new capability, delivered by Google Cloud and Starlink to enterprise customers, is expected to be available in the second half of 2021.

IDC: Worldwide public cloud services market grew 24% in 2020

The worldwide public cloud services market, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), System Infrastructure Software as a Service (SISaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), grew 24.1% year over year in 2020 with revenues totaling $312 billion, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker.

Spending continued to consolidate in 2020 with the combined revenue of the top 5 public cloud service providers (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Google, and Oracle) capturing 38% of the worldwide total and growing 32% year over year. Thanks to an expanding portfolio of SaaS and SISaaS offerings, Microsoft now shares the top position with Amazon Web Services in the whole public cloud services market with both companies holding 12.8% revenue share for the year.

"Access to shared infrastructure, data, and application resources in public clouds played a critical role in helping organizations and individuals navigate the disruptions of the past year," said Rick Villars, group vice president, Worldwide Research at IDC. "In the coming years, enterprises' ability to govern a growing portfolio of cloud services will be the foundation for introducing greater automation into business and IT processes while also becoming more digitally resilient."

While the overall public cloud services market grew 24.1% in 2020, consistent with the past four years, the IaaS and PaaS segments have consistently grown at much faster rates. This highlights the increasing reliance of enterprises on a cloud foundation built on cloud infrastructure, software defined data, compute and governance solutions as a Service, and cloud-native platforms for application deployment for enterprise IT internal applications. IDC expects spending on foundational cloud services (especially IaaS and PaaS) to continue growing at a higher rate than the overall cloud market as resilience, flexibility, and agility guide IT platform decisions.

"Cloud service providers are rapidly expanding their portfolio of infrastructure and platform services to address confidential computing, performance-intensive computing, and hybrid deployment scenarios," said Dave McCarthy, vice president, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services. "Extending these foundational cloud services to customer premises and communications networks enables a broader set of use cases than previously possible."

"The high pace of growth in PaaS, IaaS, and SISaaS, which combined account for about half of the public cloud services market, reflects the demand for solutions that accelerate and automate the development and delivery of modern applications" said Lara Greden, research director, Platform as a Service. "As organizations adopt DevOps approaches and align according to value streams, we are seeing PaaS, IaaS, and SISaaS solutions become increasingly adopted and, at the same time, grow in the range of services and thus value they provide. Innovations in edge and IoT use cases are also contributing to the faster rates of growth in these markets." 

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS47685521

NTT establishes IOWN Integrated Innovation Center

NTT Corporation will establish an "IOWN Integrated Innovation Center" to advance R&D for optical and 6G wireless networks. Hidehiro Tsukano, Corporate Adviser of NTT Advanced Technology Corporation, will be appointed as the Head of the IOWN Integrated Innovation Center.

The IOWN concept announced in May 2019 aims to develop an innovative network and information processing platform using photonics-electronics convergence technologies in 2030. NTT is studying use cases and technical specifications in cooperation with global leading companies participating in the IOWN Global Forum. 

Under this new organization, NTT will also establish three centers: the "Network Innovation Center", the "Software Innovation Center", and the "Device Innovation Center".

Three new research institutes, "Human Informatics Laboratories", "Social Informatics Laboratories" and "Computer & Data Science Laboratories" will be established under the control of the Service Innovation Laboratory Group in order to accelerate research and development with the goal of creating essential value required in the future society. Consequently, the "Service Evolution Laboratories", "Media Intelligence Laboratories" and "Secure Platform Laboratories" will be abolished.

The "Network Technology Laboratories" will be consolidated into the "Network Service Systems Laboratories" under the control of the Information Network Laboratory Group in order to accelerate research and development of network systems toward IOWN, such as the All Photonics Network and integration of fixed-mobile communication networks.

https://group.ntt/en/newsrelease/2021/05/12/210512d.html

NTT charts a roadmap to the future IOWN All-Photonics Network

NTT outlined a technology roadmap for its Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) vision, which was first announced in May 2019. IOWN has three technical elements: All Photonics Network, Digital Twin Computing, and Cognitive Foundation. The roadmap calls for four technical directions: (1) Full-Stack Communication Acceleration (Layer 4/Layer 3 Acceleration: CY2021, Technology for massive optical/wireless capacity: CY2023) In order to...

NTT to show its Innovative Optical and Wireless Network

NTT will make its first appearance at CES 2020, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, to present use cases of its IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network) concept, which was first announced in May 2019. IOWN has three technical elements: All Photonics Network, Digital Twin Computing, and Cognitive Foundation. Key use case include Smart City / Smart Mobility, Smart Healthcare, Smart Life. To realize this concept, NTT has the following...