Monday, August 16, 2021

Nokia hires Oracle exec to head its SaaS business

Nokia has appointed Mark Bunn as Vice President, SaaS Business Operations, Cloud and Network Services. He is responsible for the business model, and operational and commercial strategy to drive Nokia’s shift to an ‘as a Service’ provider.

Bunn joins Nokia from Oracle, where he was Vice President of Monetization and Orchestration Applications in its Communications Business Unit; he is based in Dallas. 


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Blueprint column: Wavelength routing in the 400GE era

by Arnold Jansen, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Nokia

The introduction of 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) pluggable digital coherent optics (DCOs) has stirred up considerable debate about innovative approaches to metro access and metro/regional network design that blend IP and optical networking technologies in more optimal ways. The key question is how this technology can be leveraged to more cost-efficiently meet service-level requirements without adding more complexity to network operations. 


Routers, ROADMs and rings

Due to their lower cost, power and space requirements, pluggable 400GE DCOs are generally more economical for shorter reaches than connecting routers to dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transponders in optical line systems. With in-line amplification, 400ZR+ coherent optics can interconnect 400GE router ports over hundreds of kilometers of fiber, and up to 1,000 km at lower bit rates. 

This capability is certainly adequate for most point-to-point fiber applications, but dedicated fiber may not be readily available where it is needed because laying new fiber is costly and time consuming. At least initially, new 400GE router-to-router connections will be implemented over existing fiber plant in metro/regional access and aggregation networks. This fiber is typically laid as interconnected and overlapping rings that aggregate traffic from multiple central offices. 

An IP-centric way to look at metro/regional access and aggregation rings is as a distributed leaf-spine fabric with access routers on the ring (the leaves) connecting into a centralized aggregation router at the ring head-end (the spine). Ideally, each access leaf directly connects with the spine in a logical hub-and-spoke IP topology, especially since the volume and growth of ingress traffic on individual access leaves can differ greatly in urban and regional settings. This allows transport efficiency and latency to remain low and deterministic, as access traffic on the ring is passed to the hub router in a single hop. 

The first option to implement this target architecture leverages 2-degree ROADMs and optical transponders (OTs) to connect access routers to the centralized hub router over protected, point-to-point wavelengths. This is the present mode of operation (PMO) for most communication service provider networks, and is depicted at the left side of Figure 1. Routers connect using 400GE gray optics to performance-optimized OTs that can operate over long fiber spans with many ROADM hops, allowing single-hop connections from each access router to the hub node at full 400G rates.  

Figure 1. IP aggregation over metro/regional fiber rings

In the center, future mode of operation 1 (FMO1) leverages 400ZR+ pluggable router optics instead of WDM transponders to save space, power and cost through IP-optical integration. Through 2-degree ROADMs, all access routers connect to the hub router in a single hop over dedicated wavelengths. For large rings with many nodes, it may be necessary to reduce the line rate of 400ZR+ pluggable DCOs for an increased reach when and where it’s needed. 

On the right side of Figure 1, FMO2 bypasses ROADMs altogether and interconnects routers in a daisy chain over point-to-point WDM line systems between each node on the ring. Each router aggregates local ingress traffic with transit traffic from other nodes, and passes it hop-by-hop along the ring until it reaches the hub router at the ring head-end. With wavelengths having to travel only one hop to the adjacent routers, 400ZR/ZR+ DCOs can connect at the full 400 Gb/s line rate for most router-to-router distances. 

Figure 2. Comparing scaling properties of PMO, FMO1 and FMO2 in aggregation rings 

Figure 2 compares the scaling properties of the PMO with FMO1 and FMO2 for a single aggregation ring with varying numbers of access nodes and amounts of ingress traffic. Although this is a simple modeling exercise, it illustrates several points:  

  1. The PMO scales the best with increasing traffic and ring sizes and makes the most efficient use of available 400GE router ports. Although DWDM transponders cost more than pluggable DCOs, fewer of them are required on each ring and current investments in ROADMs and fiber can be fully leveraged. Also note that pluggable 400G Multihaul DCOs will become available for  routers to enable higher capacity-reach over 400ZR+, and as a lower-cost alternative to DWDM transponders. 
  2. The FMO1 can be deployed as an overlay to offload the PMO over an additional fiber pair. While FMO1 consumes slightly more 400GE router ports for larger rings and traffic volumes, this upfront cost is offset by incremental savings created by using router pluggable 400ZR+ DCOs instead of WDM transponders. 
  3. FMO2 has a marginally lower upfront cost than FMO1 due to minor savings on ROADM capabilities, but its incremental scaling costs are much higher. There is a sweet spot for small rings and low initial ingress traffic volumes where access routers can aggregate all ring traffic over one or two wavelengths, but the number of 400G DCOs required will quickly surpass the 4–6 QSFP-DD network ports that are typically available on a 1 RU leaf aggregation router.

Key Takeaways 

From an end-to-end cost perspective, a critical objective of any network architect is to minimize the number of hops required to transport traffic between source and destination. Each router hop adds cost, latency and power consumption that must be offset by statistical multiplexing gains of packet aggregation, and these gains have diminishing returns with each hop. 

400GE pluggable coherent optics are a new and powerful technology that can be used to cost-optimize IP networks, provided that the number of router hops in the end-to-end data path does not increase significantly as a result. There are two ways to achieve this:

  1. Deploy dedicated point-to-point fiber routes where available and feasible. 
  2. Provision dedicated point-to-point wavelengths over shared fiber using ROADMs.

When point-to-point wavelengths must traverse several ROADMs, it is generally more economical to either de-rate the capacity of 400ZR+ optics or deploy higher-performance optics such as 400G Multihaul DCOs or 400GE OTs than to bridge the distance with additional router hops or back-to-back DCOs. Importantly, this new generation of compact and modular line systems with ROADM capabilities can ensure that the capacity-reach and cost benefits of 400GE pluggable coherent optics can be maximized for all applications. 

About the author - Arnold Jansen, Senior Product Manager, Nokia

Arnold is responsible for promoting products and solutions for the IP/optical networks group at Nokia. Arnold has held a number of roles in research and innovation, sales, product management, and marketing during his 30 years in the telecommunications industry. Arnold is based in Ottawa, Canada and holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences


Prysmian's new cable layer ship: Leonardo da Vinci

Prysmian Group announced the delivery of its latest cable layer vessel, the Leonardo da Vinci

The ship was built by the Vard Group. It has a length of approximately 170m and a breadth of about 34m. It is capable of deep water installation at depths of more than 3,000m also thanks to a new generation cable technology armoured with lighter materials. The ship is equipped with 2 carousels of 7,000 and 10,000 tonnes. 

“Leonardo da Vinci is the most efficient cable layer in the world and from now onwards it will support the Group’s long-term growth in the submarine cable installation business. It will be a game changer in strengthening our leadership in the interconnection and offshore wind farm markets,” stated Valerio Battista, CEO, Prysmian Group.

The first mission assigned to the Leonardo da Vinci vessel is the installation of the Viking Link submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark, the world’s longest power interconnection. The vessel has just arrived at the Arco Felice plant — one of Prysmian’s four centers of excellence for the production of submarine cables — in order to load the cable to be installed. 

Later in the year, it will be fully dedicated to the execution of other important projects such as the submarine power interconnection between the Spanish islands Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and the Saint Nazaire offshore wind farm in France. The official launching ceremony will take place by Q2 2022 so as to demonstrate Leonardo da Vinci’s superior performances and cable installation capabilities, supported by a solid projects’ execution track record.

https://www.prysmiangroup.com/en/press-releases/prysmian-group-announces-delivery-leonardo-da-vinci

Cisco to acquire Epsagon for microservice observability

Cisco agreed to acquire Epsagon Ltd., a privately held, modern observability company with offices in New York and Tel Aviv. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Epsagon offers a lightweight agent that can provide visualization of AWS and third-party (Auth0, Stripe) services automatically. Epsagon can integrate with a wide range of microservices-based environments including Kubernetes, ECS, EKS and serverless.

Cisco's core SaaS solutions for full-stack observability include AppDynamics, ThousandEyes and Intersight. 

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/12082021

https://epsagon.com/

Friday, August 13, 2021

ESnet and GÉANT upgrade loop to 200Gbps

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education,have boosted the capacity of ESnet’s network loop in Western Europe to 200 Gbps. 

This upgraded network connects to ESnet’s 400 Gbps transatlantic network.

“This upgrade to 200G is an important milestone for ESnet because it opens up more bandwidth, network reliability, and flexibility at a time when the demands from high energy physics experiments and other scientific instruments are rapidly increasing,” said Chris Cummings, a network engineer at ESnet.

Cummings notes that this milestone also allows ESnet engineers to do maintenance and upgrades with less overall impact to the network. This is especially important as ESnet rolls out its next-generation ESnet6 network architecture in Europe in 2023. 

“ESnet6 is increasing the amount of data that we can transfer across our network and then, around the world. In its simplest terms: we are increasing the size of the ‘pipes’ carrying the data to accommodate the growing data sets being generated by scientific instruments and experiments across the globe. That, and the need for innovative network technologies to route the data, is what’s driving Research & Education networks to upgrade,” said Kate Mace, ESnet6 Project Director.

“The decades-old collaboration between global R&E networks like ESnet and GÉANT is highly valuable because we share the common goal of making science successful and supporting the needs of global research,” said GÉANT’s Tom Fryer, Head of International Relations. “This common goal only grows more important as scientific discovery increasingly relies on global collaboration.”

https://www.es.net/news-and-publications/esnet-news/2021/esnet-and-geant-upgrade-european-research-network-bandwidth-to-200gbps/

University of Michigan builds a 3 petawatt laser

The University of Michigan has been awarded $18.5 million by the National Science Foundation to establish it as a federally funded international user facility for its development of the 3 petawatt ZEUS (Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System) laser. 

The name refers to the interaction of a PetaWatt laser pulse colliding with a GeV energy electron beam that can be generated by one of its two beamlines. This geometry provides the equivalent of a “Zettawatt” power laser interaction (1021 Watts) in the rest frame of the electron beam. 

“We are really looking forward to the exciting experiments that this new facility will make possible,” said Karl Krushelnick, director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, where ZEUS’s construction is almost finished.

ZEUS will primarily be used to study extreme plasmas, a state of matter in which electrons break free of their atoms, forming what amounts to charged gases. ZEUS is expected to begin its first experiments in early 2022.

“Extreme plasma made with ‘table-top’ laser technology offers a lower-cost alternative for fundamental research in physics compared to large scale particle accelerators, which cost billions to build,” said Franko Bayer, project manager of the construction of ZEUS. “We are very excited since this support enables the U.S plasma science community, and us at U-M, to make long-term research plans.”

https://news.umich.edu/most-powerful-laser-in-the-us-to-begin-operations-soon-supported-by-18-5m-from-the-nsf/

https://zeus.engin.umich.edu/

Thursday, August 12, 2021

China Mobile now serves 251 million 5G customers

China Mobile reported revenue of 443.6 billion yuan for the first half of 2021, up 13.8 percent year-on-year. First-half net profit rose 6 percent year-on-year to 59.1 billion yuan ($9.13 billion). Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached RMB59.1 billion, or RMB2.89 per share, up by 6.0% year-on-year. Capital expenditure was RMB86.0 billion. 

Mr. Yang Jie, Chairman of the Company commented, "In the first half of 2021, facing a complex and volatile internal and external business environment, China Mobile firmly captured development opportunities brought about by accelerated digital transformation of the economy and society. Upholding our overarching strategy of becoming a world-class enterprise by building a dynamic “Powerhouse”, we put a prime focus on our “4x3” strategic core to drive our digital-intelligent transformation in an all-round manner." 

Some highlights for 1H2021

  • As of the end of June 2021, the number of mobile customers reached 946 million, a net addition of 3.59 million. 
  • Of these, 251 million were 5G package customers, representing a net addition of 86 million. 
  • The number of customers with integrated benefit products reached 110 million, representing a net addition of 31.35 million. 
  • The number of monthly active users of the cloud product “and-Caiyun” reached 116 million. 
  • Mobile ARPU reached RMB52.2, an increase of 3.8% year-on-year, reversing the downward trajectory seen since 2018. 
  • DOU (average handset data traffic per user per month) increased by 38.7% to 11.9GB.
  • In the first half of 2021, the number of household broadband customers reached 205 million, representing a net addition of 13.39 million. 
  • Of these,  digital set-top box “Mobaihe” customers registered a total of 154 million, accounting for 74.8% of the household broadband customer base. 
  • Household broadband blended ARPU reached RMB41.1, an increase of 16.2% year-on-year.


https://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/ir/webcasts/pre210812.pdf

Vertical Systems: Mid-2021 Global SD-WAN LEADERBOARD

Vertical Systems Group announces that the following seven companies achieved a position on the Mid-2021 Global Provider Carrier Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARD (in rank order based on site share outside of home country as of June 30, 2021): Orange Business Services (France), AT&T (U.S.), Verizon (U.S.), NTT (Japan), BT Global Services (U.K.), Telefonica Global Solutions (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.). This industry benchmark for multinational SD-WAN market presence ranks companies that hold a 5% or higher share of billable retail sites outside of their respective home countries.

Twelve companies qualify for the Mid-2021 Global Provider Managed SD-WAN Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Aryaka (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Global Cloud Xchange (India), GTT (U.S.), Hughes (U.S.), Lumen (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), Singtel (Singapore), Tata (India), Telia (Sweden) and Telstra (Australia). The Challenge Tier includes companies with site share between 1% and 5% of this defined SD-WAN segment.

“We’re pleased to release the first benchmark that measures Global Provider market presence based on multinational managed SD-WAN customer sites,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “Enterprises with business-essential applications that span multiple regions of the world are choosing SD-WAN solutions from network operators with the global infrastructures, experience, partnerships and technical expertise necessary to deliver world-class services.”

Research Highlights for Global Provider SD-WAN Services:

  • Orange Business Services gained the top share rank on the Mid-2021 Global Provider Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARD with the largest number of customer sites installed.
  • Vertical’s SD-WAN Coverage Analysis for five regional markets – North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa/Middle East, Asia/Pacific – shows that all seven companies ranked on the Mid-2021 Global Provider SD-WAN LEADERBOARD have good to strong coverage in at least three of these regions.
  • COVID-19 continues to appreciably impact every region of the world. Challenges cited by Global SD-WAN operators include workforce health protection, tracking the shift back from remote to office environments, service disconnects due to business closures, and supply chain disruptions.
  • Most multinational Managed SD-WAN customer implementations are hybrid network configurations that incorporate MPLS, IP VPN, Cloud connectivity or other services, plus multiple security capabilities that are integral or supplied by technology partners.
  • SD-WAN customers with MPLS connections are migrating to more cloud-suitable broadband services that provide bandwidth flexibility and lower pricing. DIA availability and costs vary considerably by country.
  • Ethernet DIA is the preferred choice for SD-WAN customers that require dedicated, symmetrical connectivity. Five of the seven companies on the Mid-2021 Global Provider SD-WAN LEADERBOARD are ranked on the 2020 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD (in rank order): AT&T, Orange Business Services, Verizon, BT Global Services and NTT.
  • Two companies ranked on the Mid-2021 Global Provider SD-WAN LEADERBOARD – AT&T and Verizon – have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services Certification to date. Additionally, three companies cited in the Challenge Tier – Colt, PCCW Global and Telia – have MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.
  • The primary technology suppliers to the nineteen Mid-2021 Carrier Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARD and Challenge Tier companies are as follows (in alphabetical order): Cisco, Fortinet, HPE Aruba, Nuage Networks by Nokia, Versa and VMware.
  • The Market Player tier includes providers with site share below 1%. Companies in the Mid-2021 Market Player tier are as follows (in alphabetical order): Batelco (Bahrain), China Telecom (China), Claro Enterprise Solutions (Mexico), CMC Networks (South Africa), Cogent (U.S.), Epsilon (Singapore), Etisalat (Abu Dhabi), Expereo (Netherlands), HGC Global (Hong Kong), Intelsat (U.S.), KDDI (Japan), Masergy (U.S.), Meriplex (U.S.), PLDT Enterprise (Philippines), SES (Luxembourg), Sparkle (Italy), StarHub (Singapore), Syringa Networks (U.S.), T-Mobile (U.S.), Telenor (Norway), Telin (Singapore), Transtelco (U.S.), Virgin Media (U.K.), Zayo (U.S.) and other providers selling SD-WAN services outside their home country.

ADVA introduces a 25G Layer 2 demarcation device

ADVA introduced a Layer 2 demarcation device for 25Gbps connectivity services, including 5G sites and cable networks adopting DOCSIS 4.0.

The compact ADVA FSP 150-XJ128 device supports 25Gbit/s Ethernet services with sophisticated OAM capabilities. It features fanless operation and an extended temperature range, removing the need for expensive air-conditioning. The FSP 150-XJ12 offers hardware-assisted synchronization features and also meets the most stringent timing requirements. Management is provided by ADVA’s Ensemble Controller and Ensemble Packet Director.

“Our FSP 150-XJ128 is the technology that businesses have been calling for. It empowers them to take the natural next step with zero hassle and without unnecessary expense. For many enterprises, trying to manage rapidly rising bandwidth needs using 10Gbit/s demarcation devices has become a real headache. Yet it doesn’t make economic sense to overhaul their entire system and go all the way to 100Gbit/s. What we’re providing is the ideal stepping stone for secure business growth,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA. “Until today, there was no middle ground. Now, businesses can slot our FSP 150-XJ128 into their existing network infrastructure and seize new revenue opportunities.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20210812-adva-launches-markets-first-25g-demarcation-solution


ZTE wins high-end router contract from China Mobile

ZTE won the bid for Section 3 (high-end router level 3) and Section 5 (high end router level 5) with the second highest scores in China Mobile’s centralized procurement of high-end routers for the year 2021-2022.

This is the largest centralized procurement for high-end routers and switches by China Mobile since 2020. The equipment that ZTE provides will be respectively deployed in China Mobile’s MAN core, 5GC network cloud and UPF scenarios in many cities across China.


ZTE’s ZXR10 T8000 and ZXR10 M6000-S products will respectively act as CR in CMNET provincial network and IDC, CE at cloud egress, and UPF CE , to provide key resources for the large-scale development of 5G and cloud-network synergy services of China Mobile.

In China Mobile’s largest centralized procurement of data communication product in 2019, ZTE’s ZXR10 M6000-S series high-end router grabbed the largest share in Section 2 (2T high-end routers) and the second largest share in Section 3 (400G high-end routers) respectively.

SpaceLink picks Mynaric for optical inter-satellite terminals

SpaceLink awarded a contract valued at $28 million to Mynaric for optical inter-satellite link (OISL) terminals for satellites in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

Mynaric expects to ship SpaceLink's first units during the first quarter of 2023. 

The final details of this agreement are just the beginning of a strategic partnership designed to bring fast, highly secure and continuous communications between spacecraft and the ground. Our industrialized approach to production will allow us to meet the expanded needs as SpaceLink's constellation grows," said Tina Ghataore, president, Mynaric USA and Chief Commercial Officer, Mynaric.

https://mynaric.com/

Rockley Photonics to begin trading on NYSE as RKLY

Rockley Photonics, a leading global silicon photonics firm, completed its business combination with SC Health Corp. The combined company will retain the Rockley Photonics, Ltd. name as a subsidiary of Rockley Photonics Holdings, Ltd., which will commence trading on the NYSE under the new ticker symbol “RKLY” on August 12. 

The approximately $167.8 million in gross proceeds available to Rockley following the combination is expected to enable the company to accelerate the commercial launch of its unique sensing platform and execute the 2023 and 2024 revenue projections as outlined in prior investor presentations. 

Rockley said its platform is positioned to revolutionize consumer health and wellness by enabling continuous, non-invasive monitoring of multiple biomarkers, including core body temperature, blood pressure, body hydration, alcohol, lactate, and glucose, among others. 

“Silicon photonics has tremendous potential to transform multiple industries through a broad range of applications, particularly in the health and wellness space by bringing laboratory-grade measurement on the wrist much closer to reality,” said Dr. Andrew Rickman, chief executive officer and founder of Rockley Photonics. “As we continue on the next phase of our growth as a public company, we are in a much stronger position to create solutions that can provide a new class of actionable insights, transform digital healthcare, and deliver life-changing benefits to people across the globe.”

https://investors.rockleyphotonics.com/

Sierra Wireless posts Q2 sates of $133 million, up 19% yoy

Sierra Wireless reported Q2 revenue of $132.8 million, an increase of 18.9% compared to $111.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margin was 34.8% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 36.7% in the second quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily impacted by increased component costs. Adjusted net loss from continuing operations was $1.1 million, or loss of $0.03 per share, in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $13.0 million, or loss of $0.36 per share, in the second quarter of 2020.

Quarterly revenue for our two business segments was as follows:

  • Revenue from IoT Solutions increased by 16.3% to $90.3 million compared to $77.6 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increase in revenue was primarily due to the growth in LPWA and mobile broadband modules as well as IoT connectivity.
  • Revenue from Enterprise Solutions increased by 24.6% to $42.5 million compared to $34.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to improved sales of our enterprise gateway products.

“Revenue in the Second Quarter improved year over year and sequentially, non-GAAP operating expenses remained flat with the prior quarter, and Adjusted EBITDA improved,” said Phil Brace, President and CEO. “I look forward to bringing my operational and strategic experience to Sierra Wireless as we focus on profitable growth.”


Product revenue increased 15.1% year over year to $97.6 million, representing 73.5% of consolidated revenue in the quarter. Connectivity, software, and services revenue increased 30.8% year over year to $35.2 million, representing 26.5% of consolidated revenue. Monthly recurring revenue was $11.4 million in June, a year over year increase of 25.3%.

VIAVI posts revenue of $310.9 million, up 16.6% yoy


VIAVI reported quarterly revenue of $310.9 million, up $44.3 million or 16.6% year-over-year. GAAP net loss was $(1.9) million, or $(0.01) per share. Non-GAAP net income was $52.8 million, or $0.22 per share.

"VIAVI had a strong finish to fiscal year 2021 with a record $1.20 billion in revenue and non-GAAP EPS at $0.83.  Fiscal Q4 posted record revenue and non-GAAP profitability for a June quarter as it exceeded the high end of the guidance range in revenue, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP EPS," said Oleg Khaykin, VIAVI's President and Chief Executive Officer. "NSE's 13.5% year-on-year growth and record revenue was driven by the continued market rebound and strong demand for Fiber and Wireless products.  OSP revenue was in-line with our guidance, up 27.8% from a year ago levels reflecting continued strength in Anti-Counterfeiting."

Khaykin added, "We expect fiscal year 2022 to be a strong year for VIAVI with 5G deployment and Fiber network upgrades driving NSE revenues and OSP benefiting from the continued strong demand for Anti-Counterfeiting and 3D Sensing products. Overall, we expect fiscal year 2022 to achieve higher levels of revenue and non-GAAP profitability."

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

NTT launches Private 5G Network-as-a-Service

NTT is launching a Private 5G platform (P5G) Network-as-a-Service on a globally-available basis.

NTT P5G helps enterprises supplement their Wi-Fi connectivity with an integrated, private 5G network running on a cloud-native architecture. The platform can be delivered via cloud, on-premises, or at the edge. The platform is pre-integrated with leading network and software partners, allowing enterprises to secure, scale and segment their network flexibly. If also features "MicroSlicing" technology that allows mission-critical apps to leverage the advantages of private 5G.

NTT P5G is powered by Celona's cellular wireless platform for enterprises, which can leverage Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in the United States, and which integrates network and cellular wireless functions with AI orchestration.

NTT says fueling enterprise digital transformation with cloud-based economics and automation is at the heart of its vision for private 5G. 

“Global enterprises are looking for a single private 5G solution to deploy across multiple countries. They need one truly private network, one point of accountability, one management platform, and one solution partner that eliminates all the major friction points across the entire global footprint of the enterprise,” said Shahid Ahmed, NTT Ltd. EVP New Ventures and Innovation. “Our NTT P5G offering supports many of the CXO requirements today, and we will continue to invest in P5G as enterprise adoption evolves.”

“As data and mobility become more critical to business operations, 5G will enable enterprises to reinvent business operations. With faster speeds and more data, 5G will facilitate advances in artificial intelligence, automation, and IoT,” said Eric Clark, NTT Data Services North America Chief Digital and Strategy Officer. “How a company collects, stores, and uses that data in real-time will be critical to success, and NTT is well-positioned to guide our clients on this journey.”

https://hello.global.ntt/private5g

Celona's new Private Mobile platform leverages CBRS, microslicing, AI

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Celona raises $30 million for private LTE/5G

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Celona tests performance edge with CBRS enterprise cellular

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Celona adds eSIM provisioning for private mobile networks

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Celona: Private Cellular in the Enterprise

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Orange multi-core fibre with Infinera ICE6 800G

Orange Polska, in collaboration with Infinera and InPhoTech group, demonstrated the ability to transmit 11.2 Tb/s using multi-core fiber and Infinera ICE6 800G technology. 

The multi-core fiber, which was developed within the InPhoTech group in cooperation with the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and with the support of the Photonics and Fibre Optics Cluster, allows transmission in seven parallel cores simultaneously.

The experiment used two channels sending data at a speed of 1.6 Tb/s, in each of the 7 cores simultaneously. This gave a total transmission of 11.2 Tb/s. The quality of the signal measured by such parameters as Q-factor and bit error rate (BER) was fully compliant with the applicable standards.

“At Orange Polska, we know how important technological innovations are, and we are constantly testing new, advanced telecommunication solutions. We also know that the demand for high-speed transfer is growing rapidly, and the pandemic-driven spread of remote online work, learning and commerce has further accelerated this growth. In the near term, the next challenge in this area will be the deployment of the 5G technology. That’s why we’re constantly investing in the development of our infrastructure, while keeping a watchful eye on the R&D activities of industry manufacturers that could help us deliver reliable services to our customers in the future,” said Piotr Jaworski, Management Board Member in charge of Network and Technology.

“We are delighted to have partnered with Orange and Infinera to achieve record transmission. We are a pioneer in the development of next-generation multi-core optical fibres. By combining our product with Infinera’s innovative technology and testing them in Orange’s innovation lab, we were able to demonstrate record-breaking data capabilities,” said Tomasz Nasiłowski, Ph.D., President of the Board of InPhoTech.

“Thanks to our tests, we already know that the transmission capability in seven-core C-band fibre is as high as 296 Tb/s. These are record numbers, but not the end of our capabilities. Using the entire transmission spectrum, i.e. all available bands – our fibre will be able to achieve throughputs at the level of petabits per second (Pb/s) or thousands of terabits. I am glad that our Polish optical fibre is becoming a real answer to the global telecommunication barriers,” said Krzysztof Witoń, CEO of IPT Fiber responsible for the deployment of multi-core fibre optics.

“The success of the ICE6 trial with Orange and InPhoTech highlights the tremendous value provided by Infinera’s innovative 800G solution, which can seamlessly and effectively perform across standard fiber and new fibers like InPhoTech’s innovative multicore fiber,” – said Jan Peters, VP Business Development Infinera.

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/infinera-orange-poland-inphotech


NTT demos 118 Tbit/s transmission on multi-core fibre

NTT, together with six partners, KDDI Research, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Fujikura, Furukawa Electric, NEC and Chiba Institute of Technology (CIT), announced a demonstration of what is claimed as the highest transmission capacity of 118.5 Tbit/s using a multi-core fibre with four optical paths within the same diameter as currently used fibre.NTT noted that a conventional glass diameter of 125 µm in accordance with the international standard enables...


IP Infusion partners with Wipro on disaggregated networking

IP Infusion announced a strategic partnership with Wipro Limited focused on end-to-end disaggregated networking solutions. 

The companies are collaborating to provide "the best combination of hardware, software, and delivery model, while maintaining ecosystem flexibility and system stability." The resulting hardware/software solutions will be based on IP Infusion’s network operating system protocol stacks of the OcNOS network operating system, along with Wipro’s merchant silicon-based hardware design and verification, in addition to market leading ODM hardware for a wide range of fronthaul and backhaul solutions.

The joint solution offerings include Distributed Cell Site Gateways (DCSG), Fronthaul Gateway (FHGW), Provider Edge Routers (PE), Open Optical and packet transport, OpenSoftHaul and Data Center network solutions.



“Disaggregated networking requires a robust ecosystem, including system integrators to expand the scope and implementation of disaggregated network solutions. Wipro, a significant system integrator for the networking industry, has a long history of mobile operator engagement and implementation expertise,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “Wipro’s experience in Network Testing and Lab Management uniquely enables them to provide end-to-end testing of network services and the system integration required for the deployment of disaggregated solutions. Combined with IP Infusion’s validated disaggregation solutions, telecom and data communications operators will have a turn-key model and allow them to accelerate their pace of innovation and reduce overall CapEx and OpEx.”

“Some of the key technology enablers of next generation 5G infrastructure are software-defined networking (SDN) / network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud native virtual network functions (VNFs), disaggregation and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) driven network automation. We are excited to partner with IP Infusion and integrate these technologies and offer end-to-end solutions to our clients including complete technology lifecycle management,” said T V Sriram, Vice President and Global Head – Comms & Tech, iDEAS, Wipro Limited. “Wipro has also made strategic investments in hardware design capabilities, test labs and merchant silicon-based software solutions in this space.”


Extreme to acquire Infovista's Ipanema SD-WAN business

Extreme Networks agreed to acquire a newly created entity called Ipanematech SAS (Ipanema), the SD-WAN division of Infovista. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ipanema, which was acquired by Infovista in 2015, offers an SD-WAN solution that automatically and dynamically adjusts application traffic flows based on real-time network conditions, providing increased performance and improved quality of experience, even under diverse conditions across various types of cloud-managed WAN connectivity. The group is based outside of Paris.

The addition of Ipanema will establish a second technology center of excellence for Extreme in Europe and deepen the company's European customer presence. Ipanema has established partnerships with managed services providers and systems integrators across Europe to help customers implement, manage, and scale their cloud-driven SD-WAN installations. Ipanema's solutions are currently deployed in over 100,000 sites and serve more than 400 customers.

Extreme said it plans to leverage the Ipanema capabilities to establish an infinitely distributed and secure solution within the ExtremeCloud portfolio – progressing the company's position as one of the world's most advanced cloud platforms.

"By acquiring Ipanema, Extreme extends its market leadership position in cloud with features that will help to reduce complexity for customers when it comes to operating and managing their increasingly distributed networks. Tapping into the fast-growing and developing market segments of cloud-managed SD-WAN, and, in the future SASE, accelerates our topline growth potential and expands our opportunity to grow recurring revenue with additional SaaS applications. Further, we'll extend our go-to-market and R&D footprint in Europe, where Ipanema is an established player. We're excited to welcome the Ipanema team to Extreme, where together we'll drive towards our next phase of accelerating growth," states Ed Meyercord, President and CEO, Extreme Networks.


InfoVista Acquire Ipanema for WAN Optimization

InfoVista, which offers IP and RF planning, service assurance and network optimization software solutions, has acquired Ipanema Technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Ipanema, which is based outside of Paris, provides WAN optimization solutions to guarantee application performance across enterprises’ large and complex networks. Its platform integrates Application Visibility, Application Control, WAN Optimization, Dynamic WAN Selection and Network Rightsizing.

InfoVista said the acquisition is part of its strategy to orchestrate network and application performance. Together, the companies provide unique combination of actionable visibility and in-depth understanding of application behavior across the entire service delivery chain.

“With this acquisition, InfoVista extends its capabilities with Software-Defined WAN to maximize business application experience over the hybrid network,” said Philippe Ozanian, CEO, InfoVista. “Both Ipanema and InfoVista strongly share the conviction that CSPs must play the leading role in helping enterprises make the most of the new hybrid network and hybrid cloud paradigm. The two companies have also established a proven and successful technology partnership for several years. This makes us feel very confident in the benefits it will bring to our enterprise and CSP customers.”

“Ipanema is a disruptive player in the industry. Its vision of business-centric application performance management through all-in-one, objective-based and fully automated solutions is becoming a must-have,” said Jim Darragh, CEO, Ipanema Technologies.

http://www.infovista.com
http://www.ipanematech.com

Norton to acquire Avast, expanding consumer cyber solutions

NortonLifeLock reached a deal to acquire Avast, a provider of digital security and privacy services, in a stock transaction valued at approximately US$8.1 billion and US$8.6 billion, depending on Avast shareholders’ elections.

The companies say the deal will combine "Avast’s strength in privacy and NortonLifeLock’s strength in identity, creating a broad and complementary product portfolio, beyond core security and towards adjacent trust-based solutions". The merger is expected to result in approximately US$280 million of annual gross cost synergies.

“This transaction is a huge step forward for consumer Cyber Safety and will ultimately enable us to achieve our vision to protect and empower people to live their digital lives safely,” said Vincent Pilette, Chief Executive Officer of NortonLifeLock. “With this combination, we can strengthen our Cyber Safety platform and make it available to more than 500 million users. We will also have the ability to further accelerate innovation to transform Cyber Safety.”


https://s24.q4cdn.com/151081985/files/doc_presentations/2021/08/Combining-NortonLifeLock-and-Avast-IRDeck-FINAL.pdf

Intel appoints Chief People Officer - Christy Pambianchi

Intel announced the appointment of Christy Pambianchi as executive vice president and chief people officer, effective Sept. 7., and reporting to CEO Pat Gelsinger.

Mostly recently, Pambianchi was executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Verizon. She was formerly executive vice president of People & Digital at Corning Inc., where she served in various senior leadership roles during a 20-year tenure. Prior to Corning, Pambianchi was a director of human resources at PepsiCo Inc.