Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Keysight unveils Silicon Photonics Test System

 Keysight Technologies introduced a silicon photonics test system that enables semiconductor manufacturers to speed delivery of silicon photonics wafer production with stable and repeatable test capabilities.

The new NX5402A Silicon Photonics Test System integrated with Keysight PathWave Semiconductor Test software technology (part of Keysight PathWave Test software) delivers:

  • One-stop: Provides proven measurement technologies and direct support capabilities including integrated optical and electrical test capabilities and Keysight-developed fiber alignment and positioning system based on Keysight’s measurement science.
  • Fully automated: Eliminates manual operations with PathWave Semiconductor Test software which is compatible with Keysight’s SPECS software, enabling one-pass silicon photonics testing.
  • Volume production ready: Factory automation software, safety interlock and clean room ready features support manufacturing use, providing high throughput testing based on multi-channel optical and electrical test architecture, as well as optimized fiber alignment.
  • Demonstrated system performance: Maintains high accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility from laboratory to fabrication, delivering advanced wafer-level photonic calibration, as well as reliable performance monitoring with built-in automatic system diagnostics.

"Ahead of the growing market demand for silicon photonics, Keysight is excited to announce the first test solution for silicon photonics volume production market,” said Shinji Terasawa, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Wafer Test Solutions group. “Our NX5402A test system is the first solution that combines Keysight’s expertise in electrical and optical measurement with Keysight’s fiber alignment and positioning system integrated by PathWave Semiconductor Test software."

http://www.keysight.com

Dell'Oro raises outlook for O-RAN

Dell'Oro Group's Open RAN radio and baseband projections have been revised upward – total cumulative Open RAN revenues are now projected to approach $10 B to $15 B between 2020 and 2025.


“The momentum with both commercial deployments and the broader Open RAN movement continued to improve during 1H21, bolstering the thesis that Open RAN is here to stay,” said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President and analyst with the Dell’Oro Group. “We are adjusting the forecast upward to reflect the higher baseline and the improved pipeline,” continued Pongratz.

Additional highlights from the Dell’Oro Group Open RAN Advanced Research Report:

  • Open RAN revenues are expected to account for more than 10 percent of the overall RAN market by 2025, reflecting healthy traction in multiple regions with both basic and advanced radios.
  • Open RAN Massive MIMO projections have been revised upward to reflect the improved competitive landscape and the improved market sentiment with upper mid-band Open RAN.
  • The shift towards Virtualized RAN (V-RAN) is progressing at a slightly slower pace than Open RAN. Still, total V-RAN projections remain relatively unchanged, with V-RAN expected to approach $2 B to $3 B by 2025.

https://www.delloro.com/news/open-ran-forecast-revised-upward/

Dell'Oro: SP router and switch market dipped in 2Q21

 The worldwide Service Provider Router and Switch market declined with a low single-digit revenue decrease in 2Q 2021, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The market contraction was primarily the result of a reduction in revenue in China that offset growth in all other regions.


“The demand for routers in China declined in the second quarter as 5G transport buildouts slowed, but we think this was a temporary situation that a strong rebound is likely in the second half of the year,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “The good news is that revenue from all other regions increased in the second quarter, and service provider router spending for the first half of 2021 have climbed above pre-pandemic levels,” added Umeda.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2021 Service Provider Router and Switch Report:

  • Cisco remained the top-ranked vendor for market share, followed by Huawei, Nokia, and Juniper.
  • The Service Provider Core Router market is on track to grow at a double-digit rate in 2021, led by the adoption of 400 Gbps technologies.
  • Supply constraints have not had a significant effect on the Service Provider Router and Switch market through the first half of 2021.

NEC to offer cloud-native open 5G mobile core on AWS

 NEC is expanding its collaboration with Amazon Web Services to include global 5G and the digital government:

Global 5G: NEC aims to develop an end-to-end 5G offering that includes its high-performance cloud-native 5G mobile core, OSS/BSS solutions, and local 5G use cases running on AWS cloud and edge solutions. NEC said its efforts will accelerate telecom carriers' cloudification of network workloads and enhance digital transformation for enterprises by deploying 5G-based infrastructure and applications at the network edge. NEC's system integration services will support the 5G stack on AWS.


Digital government: NEC has been certified as an AWS Government Competency Partner based on the strategic collaboration that started last year and its achievements for governments to date. Going forward, NEC will further strengthen its relationship with AWS and focus on developing and providing a menu of offerings to accelerate the digital transformation for government activities in Japan.

Hybrid cloud:  By collaborating with AWS, NEC aims to develop and provide a menu of offerings that connects on-premises and cloud environments securely, at high speed, and with low latency. This will contribute to the acceleration of digital transformation through modernization that utilizes the customer's existing information technology (IT) assets.

To accelerate these initiatives, the NEC Group has increased the number of AWS-certified engineers to 2,000 at present, aiming for 3,000, double the number from the start of collaboration in 2020, and firmly maintains one of Japan's largest delivery capabilities for cloud projects. 

NEC enters strategic pact with AWS


NEC Corporation has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with AWS, making it the first Japanese company to do so.

With the support of the AWS Professional Services team (new windowProServe), NEC will develop a framework of ready-to-deliver cloud services, including migration, integration, consulting and more, to support the acceleration of digital transformation among government and enterprises.

NEC will provide managed services optimized for multiple industry sectors to support AWS customers that require industry-specific regulations, such as government agencies, the financial sector, and healthcare. 


"NEC is pleased to be the first Japanese company to start a strategic collaboration with AWS. The combination of AWS's global know-how with NEC's experience will enable us to provide safe and secure cloud services to government and enterprise customers who are advancing the digital shift of large-scale mission-critical systems," stated Toshifumi Yoshizaki, Senior Vice President at NEC Corporation.

DT and Tele2 to sell T-Mobile Netherlands for EUR 5.1 billion

Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 AB will sell T-Mobile Netherlands to private equity funds advised by Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus for 5.1 billion euros. The deal follows DT's 0.7 billion euros divesture of its Dutch mobile tower business earlier this year.

T-Mobile NL is the leading mobile operator in the Netherlands with a market share of 42% in 2020 based on number of mobile SIMs. T-Mobile NL successfully entered the fixed market with the acquisition of Thuis in 2016 and further reinforced its market position by forming a strategic partnership with Open Dutch Fiber (owned by KKR and DTCP) in 2021. It now serves around 700,000 broadband customers as end of second quarter of 2021. 


“Through our dedicated value creation plan and T-Mobile NL’s unique challenger mind-set, we have successfully transformed T-Mobile NL into the fastest growing MNO in Europe. I am proud of what the entire Dutch Team lead by Soren Abildgaard has achieved through their relentless efforts and clear customer focus and I am thankful for the valuable support of Johan Andsj√∂ as the leading member in the advisory board. In Apax and Warburg Pincus we are convinced we have found the perfect partners for T-Mobile NL to take the company to the next level of growth and continue the FMC Challenger Strategy,” said Thorsten Langheim, Board member for USA and Group Development Deutsche Telekom AG, and responsible for T-Mobile NL.

Upon closing of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive approximately 3.8 billion euros net cash proceeds from the transaction and deconsolidate T-Mobile NL, which generated 2,008 million euros of revenues and 582 million euros of adjusted EBITDA AL in the last twelve months as of June 30, 2021. Cash proceeds to Deutsche Telekom are net of proceeds to 25 percent shareholder Tele2 and other debt items. 

Deutsche Telekom and Cellnex to combine Dutch tower portfolios

 Deutsche Telekom and Cellnex Telecom will merge their respective Dutch mobile communications infrastructure companies into Cellnex Netherlands BV (Cellnex NL). Both companies will also become anchor investors in the newly established and independently managed Digital Infrastructure Vehicle (DIV), an investment fund focused on European digital infrastructure.

  • Deutsche Telekom operates its Dutch telecommunications tower business in T-Mobile Infra BV, with ca. 3,150 towers and rooftop sites. 
  • The business of Cellnex NL, a subsidiary of Cellnex, comprises 984 cell sites. 

The enlarged company, with ca. 4,310 sites including planned new build of 180 sites, will be the largest independent cell mobile tower company in the Netherlands.

T-Mobile Netherlands will continue to have full access to the contributed infrastructure through a long-term service agreement at arm’s length.

In a first step Deutsche Telekom is transferring T-Mobile Infra to the newly established and independently managed fund Digital Infrastructure Vehicle (DIV). 

Deutsche Telekom will receive a EUR 250 million cash payment out of the transaction and a shareholding in DIV in exchange for the T-Mobile Infra business. This translates into a capital commitment of Deutsche Telekom of ca. EUR 400 million to the fund. Cellnex has also agreed, as part of the transaction, to commit EUR 200 million of capital to DIV.

In a second step, DIV will contribute the received T-Mobile Infra business to Cellnex NL. In return, DIV receives approximately 38 percent economic interest in Cellnex NL.

In addition to the anchor investors Deutsche Telekom and Cellnex, DIV will be open to institutional investors. Deutsche Telekom intends to hold a limited partner stake of around 25 percent in the fund after the envisaged third-party investments.

Intel eyes automotive silicon expansion

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts the “digitization of everything” will push the share of semiconductors in the total new premium vehicle bill of materials (BOM) to more than 20% by 2030 – up more than 5X from 4% in 2019. The company forecasts the total addressable market (TAM) for automotive silicon will more than double by the end of the decade to $115 billion – approximately 11% of the entire silicon market.2

In pursuit of this opportunity, Intel announced plans to build new chip manufacturing facilities in Europe, establish committed foundry capacity at its Ireland site, and launch the Intel Foundry Services Accelerator to help foundry customers move automotive designs to advanced nodes.

In addition, Intel's Mobileye division unveiled the first production AV equipped with the Mobileye Drive self-driving system and bearing the MoovitAV services branding. Mobileye is working with Sixt to bring autonomous ride-hailing into operation with Munich-based Sixt SE starting in 2022. 


https://www.intel.com/

Nokia deploys IP/optical for NorthC data centers in Netherlands

Nokia and Infradata will deploy an integrated IP/optical data center interconnect solution for NorthC Datacenters (NorthC), the largest regional data center provider in the Netherlands. The high-speed Region Connect Ring will connect 10 NorthC data centers across the country. 

Nokia’s integrated IP/optical solution combines its 7750 Service Routers with its 1830 Photonic Service Switches and network automation. The solution enables NorthC to offer Layer 2 IP/MPLS interconnection services between its data centers to meet their bandwidth, latency, and performance needs.


Already deployed is the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP), a software-defined network automation solution that allows full management of NorthC’s customer connections and data center interconnection. 

Mario Hangjas, Senior Director Information Technology for NorthC, said: “Nokia and its partner Infradata have enabled us to implement the best solution for our Region Connect Ring. The digital transformation of the Netherlands economy and the growing role of regions within it means there is a growing demand for local data centers and for high speed, reliable connectivity between regions. The Region Connect Ring allows customers to directly access network and cloud services that are not available in their own region.”

OneWeb tests Kymeta's LEO satellite terminal

OneWeb completed pilot testing of Kymeta's u8 based LEO terminal with OneWeb’s LEO satellite constellation.

Kymeta and OneWeb performed a series of LEO satellite acquisition, tracking and throughput measurements in Toulouse, France. Kymeta plans to leverage these results in the definition of future-proof solutions that are fully integrated and compatible with the rapidly expanding OneWeb system.

The demonstrations in Toulouse showed full-duplex communications between the Kymeta u8 and OneWeb’s satellites. The single aperture antenna achieved downlink and uplink speeds of more than 200 Mbps down and more than 40Mbps up respectively over repeated testing.

The u8 is the first commercially available flat panel antenna to interoperate with the OneWeb satellite constellation. OneWeb is working with several new user terminal integrators like Kymeta to explore solutions that meet the needs of Government, Military, Enterprise, Maritime and first responder customers. The commercially available Kymeta u8 supports fixed and mobile services enabling choice and redundancy for satellite users, and has demonstrated interoperability with low Earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) satellite constellations.

“We are excited about the performance demonstrated in these early pilot test results and pleased to work with Kymeta as a trusted and knowledgeable partner,” said Valery Gineste Senior Director of Technology at OneWeb. “The u8 will offer another great choice for OneWeb’s end-customers, particularly those with constrained space requirements or who need communications on the move when OneWeb mobility services start to become available from the end of 2022.”

“The collaboration with OneWeb supports Kymeta’s priority mobile markets, and our solution is a natural fit for OneWeb customer needs,” said Neville Meijers, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Kymeta. “Military, government, enterprise, and first responder markets require demanding, mission critical communications, and we can deliver seamless mobile connectivity to those customers wherever they are in the world.”


Digital Realty opens its 12th data center in the Paris region

Interxion: A Digital Realty Company has inaugurated its latest European data center in Ferri√®res-en-Brie (30 km east of Paris) -- its 12th data center in the Ile-de-France capital region. 

The new facility is expected to provide up to 12 megawatts of IT load capacity and eight data halls providing over 690m2 of new colocation facilities. The new development is the third hub in the Paris region designed to meet the growing needs of cloud service providers seeking to improve the resilience of their services.  It complements the two existing data centre hubs in the north and south of Paris.  In addition, the new data center will allow enterprise customers to deploy disaster recovery scenarios from Paris and the east of France using the available low latency networks deployed along the A4 motorway. 


"This new strategic location meets the strong demand from content and cloud providers, who are interested in a third hub in the Paris region," said Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director, Interxion France.  "It will also allow companies in the east of France to improve the resilience of their infrastructure by being located close to Paris while being connected to a high-performance low latency network.  It marks a new chapter in Interxion's development in France to continue to meet customers' demand."  

http://www.interxion.com

Ericsson claims 43% drop in energy consumption for 5G radio

Ericsson says its antenna-integrated radio solution (AIR 3227) deployed at Vodafone UK’s central London office has delivered a daily network energy consumption decrease of 43 percent in direct comparison to previous generations of radio technology, and as much as 55 percent at off-peak times.

Ericsson’s new radio is also 51 percent lighter in comparison, and its more compact design and improved energy management features will help to optimize overall site footprint, making 5G rollout and 4G upgrades faster and easier.

1500 of the new radios will now be deployed across Vodafone’s network by April 2022, helping to reduce Vodafone’s forecasted energy consumption of its future 5G network and support a sustainable and responsible 5G rollout.

Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, says: “Our strategy is simple; turn off anything we don’t need, replace legacy equipment with up-to-date alternatives and use the most energy efficient options available. The success of this trial allows us to explore new ways we can more effectively manage the energy consumption of our network with our partner Ericsson. There is no silver bullet to manage our network energy consumption - it is about putting sustainability at the heart of every decision and adding up all the small gains to make a material difference.”

https://www.ericsson.com/en/news/3/2021/ericsson-and-vodafone-halve-network-energy-consumption-in-breakthrough-5g-trial

Cincinnati Bell acquired by private equity firm for $2.9 billion

Cincinnati Bell, which provides residential and business services over its fiber and copper networks in areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Hawai’i, has been acquired by  Macquarie Infrastructure Partners V, an Americas-focused unlisted infrastructure fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management for $2.9 billion.

Cincinnati Bell says the transaction will accelerate its fiber build across its operating footprint, and support strategic investments in the company’s IT Services businesses throughout North America.

Anton Moldan, Senior Managing Director with MAM, said that Cincinnati Bell’s expansion plans will play an essential role in building digital equity within their service territories.

"We are incredibly excited to partner with the experienced management team at Cincinnati Bell to continue to build out a high bandwidth fiber to the premise network for consumers, enterprises, and carriers, as well as to support the growth of their market leading IT services platform,” Moldan said. “Cincinnati Bell provides the communities they serve with vital network connectivity, and we’re looking forward to supporting their expansion plans to bring fiber throughout their market.”

Thursday, September 2, 2021

AT&T: SD-WAN and SASE for the New Hybrid Work

https://youtu.be/7FDUemYIqY0

There’s a lot of discussion around the digital acceleration and transformation to new work environments. In this video, Rupesh Chokshi, Vice President of AT&T Cybersecurity, discusses how SASE as a framework helps customers with their transformation to the work-from-anywhere and hybrid work environments.



Ciena acquires Vyatta routing/switching AT&T

Ciena will acquire AT&T's Vyatta virtual routing and switching technology. In addition, Ciena has agreed to support the Vyatta routing platform in AT&T’s wireless network across multiple 5G use cases, enterprise business services and virtual networks with cloud scalability. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ciena said the acquisition reflects its continued investment in its Routing and Switching roadmap to address the growing market opportunity to transform the edge, including 5G networks and cloud environments. Ciena plans to integrate the team of engineering specialists into its Routing and Switching research and development (R&D) organization.


“The addition of the Vyatta talent and assets to our Routing and Switching business will extend Ciena’s success in helping customers create virtualized networks and deploy new features faster and cost effectively across 5G, enterprise and cloud use cases,” said Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Global Products and Services at Ciena.

“This agreement is a sign of the maturity of the ecosystem and encompasses years of innovation, collaboration and expertise,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chief Technology Officer of Network Services at AT&T. “Our acquisition of the Vyatta assets in 2017 helped us virtualize 75% of our network and led to the development of the first telco grade open-source network operating system. We’re looking forward to the continued use of Vyatta and the development of new use cases as a result of this transaction.”

AT&T to Acquire Vyatta from Brocade

AT&T agreed to acquire Vyatta network operating system and associated assets of Brocade Communications Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal is contingent on the completion of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade.

The Vyatta network operating system, including its virtual network functions (VNFs) and distributed services platform, software under development as part of its unreleased roadmap, existing software licenses, and related patents and patent applications. AT&T plans to hire certain Brocade employees associated with that business, who are located mainly in California and the UK.

AT&T said the Vyatta software bolstera its ability to deliver cloud or premises-based VNFs, starting with its previously announced SD-WAN cloud service with VeloCloud.

“Our network transformation effort lets us add new features quicker than ever before at a much lower cost,” said Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs. “Being able to design and build the tools we need to enable that transformation is a win for us and for our customers.”

Vyatta could also boost AT&T’s white box platform capabilities. In late March, AT&T completed a trial with a handful of companies and industry groups to design and build its own white box switches to manage data traffic more efficiently across our network.

http://www.att.com
http://www.broadcom.com

  • Brocade acquired Vyatta in 2012.

AT&T to power its network with Microsoft Azure for Operators

AT&T will power its mobile network on Microsoft's Azure for Operators cloud starting with the 5G and migrating existing and future workloads over time. Microsoft will assume responsibility for both software development and deployment of AT&T’s Network Cloud immediately and bring AT&T’s existing network cloud to Azure over the next three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.Under an expanded strategic alliance between the firms, AT&T...


Singtel ramps up 5G across Singapore

Singtel confirmed that its 5G network now covers over two-thirds of Singapore. New 5G sites have been added in densely populated areas like Choa Chu Kang, Punggol, Sembawang and Tampines. In addition, it has expanded its 5G indoor coverage to more major shopping malls island-wide such as Funan, West Mall, Tampines Mall, Northpoint City and Waterway Point.

Singtel highlighted new entertainment experiences powered by its 5G SA network:

  • 5G-powered Remote Racing: Partnering with Formula Square to deliver an immersive, lag-free experience racing remote-controlled cars powered by 5G at Southside, Sentosa;
  • 4K Live Streaming: Working with S.E.A. Aquarium to bring Singapore’s first underwater 5G livestream of the S.E.A. Aquarium to UNBOXED, Singtel’s unmanned pop-up retail store, where visitors can immerse themselves in the aquatic wonders of the aquarium, viewing manta rays, sharks and shoals of fishes in vivid 4K resolution;
  • Enhancing the Arts and Culture Experience: Collaborating with the National Gallery Singapore and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay to deliver cultural and art experiences over 5G, from the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery and the Singtel Waterfront Theatre when it opens officially next year. This will enable more people with opportunities to get up close and personal with local artists and performers amid prevailing safe distancing measures;
  • Co-creating the future of hybrid work: Teaming up with Samsung and Zoom to introduce a Productivity Data Pass plan offering data-free usage of Zoom, enabling customers to connect to family and colleagues seamlessly and lag-free. This, coupled with Samsung devices such as DeX, will enable customers to set up virtual workstations easily. 

In addition, Singtel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ericsson and global industry partners to collaborate on the development and deployment of advanced 5G enterprise solutions in Singapore.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Group CEO of Singtel said, “With the maturing of 5G technology, we’re excited to unlock the benefits of a 5G-enabled reality for consumers and enterprises. Its potential to transform business models and deliver enhanced products and services on a scale like never before, will spur Singapore’s digital economy as the country moves into post-COVID recovery. As part of our strategic reset to focus on 5G, we are accelerating our roll-out and the creation of new services. We’re proud to be leading the 5G charge and forging the next chapter of this digital era.”                                  

Ciena reports sales of $988.1 million, up 1.2%

 Ciena reported revenue of $988.1 million for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2021, up 1.2% compared to same period last year. Ciena's GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter 2021 was $238.2 million, or $1.52 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $142.3 million, or $0.91 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2020. Ciena's GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2021 benefited from the recording of a $124.2 million tax benefit related to an internal transfer of non-U.S. intangible assets.


“We delivered outstanding fiscal third quarter results that reflect continued momentum in our business as well as our differentiated position in the market,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. “These results combined with a robust demand environment give us confidence that we will deliver our expected strong second half performance.”

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Non-telco represented 42% of total revenue, with direct web-scale increased 24% sequentially, representing 25% of total revenue
  • EMEA revenue increased 16% YoY, representing 19% of total revenue
  • Blue Planet revenue increased 47%YoY
  • added 11 customers for WaveLogic 5 Extreme, bringing the total count to 106 customers. 
  • the 400 ZR WaveLogic 5 Nano product is now generally available


https://investor.ciena.com/events-and-presentations/default.aspx

Broadcom posts sales of $6.7 billion, up 16%

Citing demand from hyperscale data centers and telecom operators, Broadcom reported quarterly revenue of $6.778 billion, up 16% from $5.821 billion for the same period last year. 


"Broadcom delivered record revenues in the third quarter reflecting our product and technology leadership across multiple secular growth markets in cloud, 5G infrastructure, broadband, and wireless," said Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom Inc. "We are projecting the momentum to continue in the fourth quarter."

"Our business model continues to perform. Consolidated revenue grew 16% year-over-year to $6.8 billion and operating profit increased 24% with adjusted EBITDA margin a record 61%," said Kirsten Spears, CFO of Broadcom Inc. "We generated $3.4 billion in free cash flow or 51% of revenue in the quarter, and we expect free cash flow to remain strong in the fourth quarter."


GTT enters debt restructuring agreement

GTT Communications has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement with key stakeholders, including holders of a majority of its secured and unsecured debt and I Squared Capital, to implement a comprehensive restructuring of the company’s remaining balance sheet following completion of the pending sale of its infrastructure division.


GTT said it expects to expeditiously close the previously announced sale of its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital in the coming weeks, allowing the company to repay a significant portion of its secured debt.

Following the close of the sale of the infrastructure division, GTT and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries intend to commence prepackaged chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to effectuate a deleveraging of GTT’s post-sale capital structure. GTT’s foreign businesses and operations outside of the U.S. are not included in the contemplated filing and will be unaffected by the chapter 11 cases. The  company expects to emerge from this process after obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals for the restructuring.

GTT is operating and serving its customers in the U.S. and globally without interruption. 

Ernie Ortega, Chief Executive Officer of GTT, stated, “This global agreement among each of our creditor constituencies resulted from extensive negotiations and reflects the ongoing commitment of our debtholders to the business. Our performance has been strong year-to-date, and we have a very competitive product portfolio in growing segments of the market, such as SD-WAN. To continue this momentum, we are working together with our debtholders to improve GTT’s financial health and this is a major milestone to accomplish this goal.” 

https://www.gtt.net/us-en

GTT sells infrastructure division for $2.15 billion

GTT Communications will sell its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment firm, for $2.15 billion.

  • The infrastructure division sale consists of selected network and data center assets accumulated from several GTT acquisitions, including Interoute, Hibernia, and KPN International, that comprise:
  • A 103,000 route kilometer fiber network with over 400 points of presence, spanning 31 metro areas and interconnecting 103 cities across Europe and North America.
  • Three transatlantic subsea cables, including GTT Express, the lowest latency route between Europe and North America.
  • Fourteen Tier 3 data centers and over 100 colocation facilities.
  • Offering a full suite of telecom and data infrastructure solutions to marquee clients.

Gautam Bhandari, managing partner at I Squared Capital stated, “Now more than ever, digital infrastructure is an essential asset class as societies across the globe rely heavily on high-speed digital bandwidth. This acquisition builds upon I Squared Capital’s overarching global digital infrastructure strategy and experience with complex carve-outs to expand the reach of our platforms across Asia, Europe and North America.”

 

indie Semi to acquire TeraXion

indie Semiconductor agreed to acquire TeraXion, a supplier of photonic components, including low noise lasers, Bragg gratings and integrated photonic elements to address high-performance applications, for approximately US$159 million, comprised of US$80 million in cash plus a fixed number of eight million indie Class A common shares, based on share prices on 30-Aug-2021. 

TeraXion is an optical sensing reference design partner of indie, supporting next-generation Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) systems for automotive light detection and ranging (LiDAR).  

indie said the acquisition will advance its vision of becoming a semiconductor and software level solutions provider for multiple sensor modalities spanning advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles.

“Given the critical role LiDAR plays in achieving maximum levels of safety for assisted and self-driving cars, we are excited to welcome TeraXion’s world class design team and integrate their differentiated IP and product portfolio,” said Donald McClymont, indie’s co-founder and chief executive officer.  “Specifically, TeraXion has developed leadership laser technologies that, when optimized together with our SoC solutions, enable order of magnitude improvements in both system performance and cost.  Accordingly, this highly synergistic combination built on a shared vision and strong cultural fit, positions indie to accelerate mass market deployments of LiDAR platforms.”   

“TeraXion is thrilled to be joining forces with indie to take our business to the next level,” said Ghislain Lafrance, TeraXion’s president and chief executive officer.  “By combining indie’s mixed-signal, DSP, software and power management experience with our laser and sensing technologies, together we intend to enable truly unparalleled solutions for ADAS and autonomous driving as well as adjacent high reliability applications.”  Mr. Lafrance plans to join indie’s senior management team and continue to lead TeraXion’s operations in Quebec.


Nokia to supply next-gen microwave network in Iraq

Asiacell Telecom, Iraq’s leading telecommunications services provider, selected Nokia to build its next-generation microwave network. 

For this project, Nokia will replace legacy microwave equipment by either modernizing or deploying approximately 3,000 network links across multiple locations in Iraq over the next five years. The network will use Nokia's Wavence microwave packet radio portfolio.


As part of this renewed partnership, Asiacell will leverage its existing Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) deployment for managing the complete set of Nokia transport equipment. This will enable automation for rapid equipment commissioning, optimizing network performance, and the automating of operational tasks, thus simplifying microwave integration into Asiacell’s existing network environment. By utilizing Nokia’s NSP, Asiacell will also be able to use the network automation capabilities to ensure maximum network service performance and reliability.

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2021/08/31/nokia-and-asiacell-to-boost-network-performance-with-next-gen-microwave-network-in-iraq/

STL appoints Paul Atkinson as CEO of its optical business

STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, has appointed Paul Atkinson as the Chief Executive Officer for its Optical Networking Business, replacing Ankit Agarwal, who has played a crucial role in STL's global expansion in the Optical business. Agarwal widened the portfolio with the acquisition of Optotec & Metallurgica Bresciana and increased STL's scale and presence in Italy, UK, US, Brazil and China. Agarwal will now focus on driving the strategy and growth across STL. 

Before STL,  Atkinson was the Managing Director and Group CEO at IXOM, Australia. Prior to IXOM, Paul was associated with the Prysmian Global for over 20 years as the CEO of affiliates and regions across the world. 


Commenting on this development, Dr. Anand Agarwal, Group CEO, STL, said: "Optical connectivity and networks have always been our core and with Ankit at the helm, we have passionately put this business on the global map. I look forward to partnering with Ankit in the strategic growth of the company. I welcome Paul and wish him the best. I am confident that with his exceptional global experience, he will take the Optical Networking business to the next level."