Wednesday, October 20, 2021

ADVA's Q3 revenues up 3.5% year-over-year to EUR 151.8 million


Citing growth in demand from communication service providers (CSPs), ADVA reported quarterly revenues of EUR 151.8 million, up 3.5% year-over-year to EUR 146.7 million in Q3 2020. 

Pro forma gross profit in Q3 2021 decreased by 8.9%, reaching EUR 52.2 million (34.4% of revenues) compared to EUR 57.3 million (38.3% of revenues) in Q2 2021 and increased by 0.4% compared to EUR 51.9 million (35.4% of revenues) reported in Q3 2020. The reduction in gross profit compared to the previous quarter is mainly attributable to the semiconductor crisis, which led to increased purchasing costs.

Pro forma operating income for Q3 2021 was EUR 13.0 million (8.6% of revenues) and decreased by 9.7% compared to EUR 14.4 million (9.7% of revenues) reported in Q2 2021. Compared to Q3 2020, pro forma operating income improved substantially by 17.7% from EUR 11.1 million (7.5% of revenues).

Operating income for Q3 2021 of EUR 9.5 million decreased substantially by 27.2% from EUR 13.0 million reported for Q2 2021 and slightly decreased by 2.8% from EUR 9.8 million in Q3 2020. Operating income for Q3 2021 was impacted by extraordinary expenses in connection with the announced merger with ADTRAN amounting to EUR 2.1 million.

Net income reached EUR 18.5 million in Q3 2021, substantially up by 54.0% from EUR 12.0 million in Q2 2021, and significantly up by 177.0% from EUR 6.7 million in Q3 2020. The significant increase in net income is mainly due to a tax benefit of EUR 8.8 million resulting from increased deferred tax assets.

The company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled EUR 100.5 million, representing an increase of EUR 15.5 million compared to EUR 85.0 million at the end of Q2 2021. Year-over-year cash and cash equivalents substantially increased by EUR 32.2 million from EUR 68.3 million at the end of Q3 2020.

Net cash at the end of Q3 2021 stood at EUR 20.6 million compared to a net cash position of EUR 3.9 million at the end of Q2 2021 or a net debt position of EUR 35.0 million at the end of Q3 2020.

“Customer demand for our solutions remains strong and we’re fighting hard to overcome the current supply chain challenges,” said Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA. “We’re also looking forward to the planned business combination with ADTRAN. Our industry is in the early stages of an unprecedented investment cycle in fiber expansion propelled by the goal of delivering high-speed connectivity to all homes, businesses and the future 5G infrastructure. This expansion of the digital infrastructure requires new, innovative solutions and drives convergence at the network edge. Together with ADTRAN, we’re creating a market and innovation leader in this space that offers the industry’s most comprehensive and unique portfolio of solutions based on openness, scalability, security and software-controlled automation.”

“In view of the global semiconductor crisis, the third quarter was definitely challenging. Nevertheless, we managed to grow and generate solid margins. In addition, we were able to generate cash, and with more than EUR 100 million cash and a net cash position of around EUR 21 million, we further improved our level of financial flexibility,” said Uli Dopfer, CFO, ADVA. “The semiconductor crisis will last longer than we originally assumed, and the coming weeks and months will certainly be demanding again. Nevertheless, we are confident that with these strong numbers and order books at a record level, we will be able to overcome these supply challenges and close the year with good results within our outlook.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20211021-adva-manages-supply-constraints-and-grows-revenues-and-profitability-in-q-3-2021

ADTRAN + ADVA merger targets fiber broadband opportunities

ADTRAN and ADVA announced a merger focused on end-to-end fiber networking solutions for communications service providers, enterprise and government customers. The deal combines ADTRAN’s market presence in fiber access, fiber extension and subscriber connectivity solutions with ADVA’s position in metro wavelength division multiplexing, data center interconnect, business ethernet and network synchronization solutions. The new company, which will...


Telenor deploys 5G xHaul transport with Cisco and NEC

Telenor has selected NEC and Cisco to deploy 5G xHaul transport networks in Norway and Denmark.

Cisco will supply its NCS 540 series as the cell site router and NEC will provide value added services to implement an architecture that enables flexible and highly scalable end-to-end IP/MPLS networks with bandwidth that can support the high-capacity and low-latency communication required by 5G. 

“As a One-stop Network Integrator, NEC takes a customer-first approach, providing optimal solutions that match individual requirements based on our best-of-breed ecosystem, consisting of NEC's own products and those from industry-leading partners such as Cisco. We are excited to contribute to the advancement of Telenor's 5G network evolution,” said Mayuko Tatewaki, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.

NEC and Cisco partner on 5G IP transport

NEC and Cisco announced a Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) to expand their partnership for accelerating the deployment of innovative 5G IP transport network solutions worldwide.

NEC has been a Cisco Gold Partner for over two decades.

Under the agreement, the companies will jointly drive new business opportunities for 5G. NEC group companies will work closely with Cisco to complement NEC’s ecosystem with optimized IP metro/access transport and edge cloud computing solutions. Cisco will support NEC’s customer engagements by offering best-in-class products, proposals and execution support.

The companies said they will strive to further enhance their joint solution portfolio and to optimize regional activities for advancing the digital transformation of customers across the globe.

"We believe 5G is fueling the internet for the future, and accelerating our customers’ digital transformations," said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. "Together with NEC, we are creating a powerful force to drive the critical changes needed in networking infrastructure to carry the internet into the next decade."

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Aruba's new category of data center switch powered by Broadcom + Pensando

Aruba unveiled a new category of spine-leaf data center switch powered by Broadcom's Trident 3 switching silicon and Pensando Elba (7nm) DPU processors, which extend intelligent services into the data center network fabric.

Aruba's CX 10000 Series Distributed Services Switch leverages the Broadcom silicon for data center L2/3 switching and the Pensando programmable DPU silicon to deliver software-defined stateful services inline and at scale. Advanced services enabled by the DPU include distributed stateful segmentation, east-west firewalling, NAT, encryption, and telemetry services. 



The Aruba CX 10000 will be generally available in January 2022 with pricing starting at $45,000 USD which will include accelerated Stateful Firewall, Zero Trust Segmentation, ERSPAN, Telemetry, and DDoS protection.

Aruba said its new switch enables the advanced networking and security services where it is impractical and costly to force traffic back and forth across the network to a centralized policy enforcement point. Instead, enterprises can now simply apply these services at the network access layer edge where the applications are running. Key initial use cases include:

  • On-premises Enterprise Data Centers and Private Cloud - optimizes network bandwidth and performance by not having to hair-pin local traffic to a centralized chokepoint, helping improve security posture while limiting appliance sprawl, complexity and cost.
  • Co-location Edge – Securely Interconnecting Cloud Providers -  edge routing, line-rate encryption, firewall and NAT, with end-to-end telemetry for public cloud dedicated connections from either on-premises or co-location data centers. This solution radically lowers the total cost of ownership, provides an optimized security architecture​ and reduces an organization’s IT blast radius and risk.

“Markets in transition create new opportunities for disruption. As the Cloud moves to the Edge, distributed services are disrupting everything from AI/ML, to 5G and virtualization,” said John Chambers, chairman of Pensando, CEO of JC2 Ventures, and former CEO of Cisco Systems. “This new category – the Distributed Services Switch, enabled by Pensando software-in-silicon, makes the process of deploying distributed services, previously only available to hyperscalers like AWS, in the enterprise both simple and more cost-effective. By eliminating legacy appliances and host software, enterprises can deliver 100x the scale and 10x the performance at 1/3 the TCO of traditional approaches.”

Aruba also notes that the new switch complements the previously announced Pensando Distributed Services Platform (DSP) for HPE Servers, delivered as a factory option in HPE ProLiant servers, HPE Apollo systems, and HPE Edgeline Converged Edge systems.

The Aruba CX 10000 extends the implementation of these intelligent services into the data center network fabric, addressing a wider range of use cases including brownfield deployments or infrastructure agnostic/heterogeneous environments to complement or augment SmartNIC deployments. As part of the joint relationship, Pensando also gains access to HPE’s patent portfolio through its Defensive Patent Purchase Program.

“Today’s announcement further extends the partnership between HPE and Pensando – by incorporating Distributed Services from Pensando into the industry-leading Aruba switching platform, the elimination of legacy technologies needed to build a zero-trust private cloud has never been easier or more cost-effective,” said Prem Jain, CEO at Pensando Systems. “I look forward to continuing our relationship and to bringing additional solutions to market.”

https://hpe.events.cube365.net/hpe/aruba-pensando

HPE CEO Antonio Neri and John Chambers discuss the announcement.

https://hpe.events.cube365.net/hpe/aruba-pensando

Are next-gen SmartNICs gaining traction with top cloud providers?

https://youtu.be/fEEFyIJYzXIIn this video, Prem Jain, co-founder and CEO of Pensando, discusses SmartNIC adoption trends by major cloud providers. Hot topics include bare-metal-as-a-service acceleration and virtualized storage. For more insights from industry thought leaders check out: https://nextgeninfra.io/VMware's Project Monterey for SmartNICs - Pensando's perspectiveWednesday, September 30, 2020  Pensando, SmartNICs  Pensando...

Pensado emerges from stealth, led by "MPLS" team from Cisco

Pensando Systems, a start-up based in San Jose, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its first product -- a software-defined edge services platform that was developed in collaboration with the world’s largest cloud, enterprise, storage, and telecommunications companies. Pensando ("thinking" in Spanish) is led by Cisco’s legendary “MPLS” team — Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, Soni Jiandani and Randy Pond. Hewlett Packard Enterprise...

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PEACE subsea cable lands in Marseille

The new PEACE (Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe) submarine cable has landed on the shores of Marseille. 

Orange, acting as the landing party for the PEACE cable in France has successfully completed the landing of the PEACE system in Marseille, will supply and operate the cable landing station. Orange is also responsible for extending the PEACE System to one of Marseille’s major data centers where the submarine line terminal equipment is located.

“We are glad to have successfully completed this operation with our affiliate Orange Marine today who managed the shore-end landing. For Orange, having capacity on PEACE will provide greater route diversity, improved connection security and guaranteed support for increased capacity across all regions in the Indian Ocean zone, particularly La Réunion and Mayotte, especially reducing its dependency on the EASSy cable which links Djibouti to South Africa” says Jean-Luc Vuillemin,  Executive Vice President of International Networks at Orange.


Orange and PCCW join PEACE subsea cable project

PCCW Global, Orange, and PEACE Cable International, a leading international submarine cable operator, reached agreement to deploy the Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system. PEACE will be a 12,000km ultra-low latency cable system connecting three of the largest and most populous continents in the world - Asia, Africa and Europe. The backbone of the project will interconnect Pakistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya and...

Infinera’s ICE6 selected for PEACE submarine cable system

Infinera's ICE6 optical engine solution will be deployed on the Mediterranean Segment of the Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system. Infinera said it was selected following extensive technology evaluation and application analysis of its ICE6 solution, including its combination of ultra-high baud rates and an advanced modulation technique known as long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping. Both capabilities...

Telecom Egypt signs PEACE subsea cable

Telecom Egypt entered agreements enabling the Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) subsea cable system to cross Egypt through new diversified terrestrial routes between the Zafarana and Abou Talat cable landing stations, where Telecom Egypt will provide PEACE with brand new state of the art landing facilities. The total value of the agreement amounts to US$45 million over the lifetime of the cable.  In addition,  PEACE...


Prosimo enhances App Transit for multi-cloud environments

 Prosimo, a start-up that offers an Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform for secure application delivery in multi-cloud environments, released new advanced App Transit features that builds on the platform's four core capabilities  — Transit, Application Performance, Secure Access, and Observability.

App Transit’s latest features include:

  • Fastlane — dynamically optimizes performance for latency-sensitive and business-critical applications and lets teams deploy new Edge points of presence (PoPs) and apply optimization techniques for specific applications in minutes. 
  • Autonomous Transit — dynamically adapts to performance issues seen in app-to-app networks in your infrastructure and recommends infrastructure expansion, performance, or latency improvements, all driven through data.
  • Dynamic Compliance — automatically inserts additional user measures based on dynamic & behavioral risk profiles to ensure industry-specific, local, and international compliance requirements are met.
  • Seamless connectivity for cloud-native services — including AWS S3, RedShift, Azure blob, Google Big Query, and more, providing scalable, secure, and repeatable connectivity between workloads and cloud services. 

“The AXI Platform’s initial focus was to deliver the outcomes that enterprises care about by combining networking, performance, security, observability, and cost-management into a single integrated infrastructure stack. The latest release takes this strategy much further to include Fastlane and Autonomous decision-making, all driven by high-quality data. This enables our customers to accelerate their path towards fully achieving Autonomous Multi-Cloud Networking,” stated Ramesh Prabagaran, co-founder and CEO at Prosimo.

https://prosimo.io/

Prosimo enters partnership with Google Cloud

Prosimo, which offers an Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform for secure application delivery in multi-cloud environments, announced a partnership with Google Cloud.Specifically, Prosimo will deliver edge networking with built in Zero Trust Security and performance stack on Google Cloud with Anthos, and will leverage Google Cloud capabilities like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), as well as Google’s and its...

Video: The Importance of Application Experience

It’s all about the application experience. In this video, Mehul Patel, Head of Marketing at Prosimo, discusses the important factors in delivering application experience with today’s infrastructure, including application security, speed, and the overall cost.https://youtu.be/H8cuTyjI6KQ Prosimo targets secure app delivery with multi-cloud networkingTuesday, April 06, 2021  Prosimo, SD-WAN, Silicon Valley  Prosimo,...

Prosimo targets secure app delivery with multi-cloud networking

Prosimo, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform for secure application delivery in multi-cloud environments. The platform is positioned for multi-cloud networking, Zero Trust with Identity Aware Proxy, app micro-segmentation, access to lift-and-shift VMware on AWS, Azure or GCP, app-infrastructure modernization for Kubernetes and service mesh apps, and etc.  Promiso,...

Who is Prosimo? CTO presentation

https://youtu.be/58YMebmBJwMProsimo, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California,  has launched its Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform for ensuring secure application experiences across multi-cloud environments.In this 40-minute presentation, Nehal Bhau, Co-founder & CTO, Prosimo, shares his insights on the SD-WAN market, Prosimo's vertically integrated stack and its method to leverage the global infrastructure of the top...

Ericsson reports growing 5G sales except in China

Ericsson reported strong 5G sales overall for Q3 2021 and confirmed that it has now secured 5G contracts with all three tier-1 US carriers. Excluding the sales reduction in Mainland China, Ericsson reported +6% organic growth overall with bross margin 44.0%1 and EBIT margin 15.7% - both improvements quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.

Ericsson also said some sales were impacted in Q3 by supply chain issues.


Comments from Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson:

"We continue to win footprint across our business by leveraging our competitive 5G portfolio. The 5G contracts now awarded by all three tier-1 US carriers are the largest in Ericsson’s history. Gross margin[ was further strengthened, both sequentially and year over year and reached 44.0% (43.2%). EBIT margin reached 15.7%, and free cash flow before M&A was SEK 13.0 b. Through continuous measures for global supply chain resilience, we avoided customer impact during the first half of the year. However, late in Q3 we saw some impact on sales from disturbances in the supply chain, and such issues will continue to pose a risk. While we continued to gain share in a growing market, the expected sales reduction in Mainland China, lower variable sales in Managed Services and some supply chain disturbances, led to a negative organic sales development of -1%."

Networks sales were stable YoY, despite considerably lower volumes from Mainland China, reflecting market share gains in other markets. Excluding sales in Mainland China, Networks sales increased by 8% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. However, late in Q3 we experienced some impact on sales from disturbances in the supply chain, and such issues will continue to pose a risk. Gross margin improved to 47.8% (46.7%), driven by operational leverage and higher IPR revenues."

"Digital Services sales grew by 1% despite a stark sales reduction in Mainland China. Excluding sales in Mainland China, Digital Services sales increased by 6% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. We are starting to see initial revenues from 5G contracts, driving growth in our Core business. Gross margin was 42.3% (43.5%), impacted mainly by initial deployment costs in cloud native 5G Core projects. We continue to increase our R&D investments in the 5G portfolio, including Core and orchestration, further strengthening our competitive position. With increasing sales in combination with a higher share of software sales, we expect profitability to gradually improve and over time exceed our original target of EBIT margin of 10%-12%.

"As a consequence of the reduced market share in Mainland China we are planning to resize our sales and delivery organization in the country, starting in Q4, adding to our restructuring charges."



https://www.ericsson.com/4904ed/assets/local/investors/documents/financial-reports-and-filings/interim-reports-archive/2021/9month21-ceo-slides.pdf

GlobalFoundries announces IPO

GlobalFoundries (GF) announced of its initial public offering of 55,000,000 ordinary shares, 33,000,000 of which are being offered by GF and 22,000,000 of which are being offered by GF’s existing shareholder, Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). 

The initial public offering price is currently expected to be between $42.00 and $47.00 per share. In connection with the offering, Mubadala expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 8,250,000 ordinary shares at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. GF has applied to list its ordinary shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “GFS.”

GlobalFoundries announces 45nm Silicon Photonics platform

GlobalFoundries announced a  new Silicon Photonics 45nm platform for combining RF CMOS and optical components on the same chip.The monolithic platform includes an innovative new feature, the first micro ring resonator (MRR) optical component in 300 mm wafer technology.GF said the new platform has passed critical technology milestones and is on track for full technology qualification by Q1 2022. The company also confirms that it is engaged with...

GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm team on 5G RF front-end

GlobalFoundries (GF) and Qualcomm Global Trading PTE., are extending their RF collaboration on 5G multi-Gigabit speed RF front-end products for 5G-enabled products.“GlobalFoundries continues to lead in RF with feature-rich technology solutions for 5G,” said Dr. Bami Bastani, senior vice president and general manager, mobile and wireless infrastructure strategic business unit at GF. “Our strong collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies includes sub-6...

GlobalFoundries plans new $1 billion fab expansion in New York

GlobalFoundries (GF) announced its expansion plans for its most advanced manufacturing facility in upstate New York.GF will invest $1 billion to immediately add an additional 150,000 wafers per year within its existing Fab 8 to help address the global chip shortage. Following that, GF plans to construct a new fab that will create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs. GF recently announced new fab in Singapore and $1 billion planned investment...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and GlobalWafers increase 300mm wafer supply

GlobalFoundries announces 45nm Silicon Photonics platform

GlobalFoundries announced a  new Silicon Photonics 45nm platform for combining RF CMOS and optical components on the same chip.The monolithic platform includes an innovative new feature, the first micro ring resonator (MRR) optical component in 300 mm wafer technology.GF said the new platform has passed critical technology milestones and is on track for full technology qualification by Q1 2022. The company also confirms that it is engaged with...

GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm team on 5G RF front-end

GlobalFoundries (GF) and Qualcomm Global Trading PTE., are extending their RF collaboration on 5G multi-Gigabit speed RF front-end products for 5G-enabled products.“GlobalFoundries continues to lead in RF with feature-rich technology solutions for 5G,” said Dr. Bami Bastani, senior vice president and general manager, mobile and wireless infrastructure strategic business unit at GF. “Our strong collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies includes sub-6...

GlobalFoundries plans new $1 billion fab expansion in New York

GlobalFoundries (GF) announced its expansion plans for its most advanced manufacturing facility in upstate New York.GF will invest $1 billion to immediately add an additional 150,000 wafers per year within its existing Fab 8 to help address the global chip shortage. Following that, GF plans to construct a new fab that will create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs. GF recently announced new fab in Singapore and $1 billion planned investment...

Ribbon supplies IP + DWDM to Colorado-based Viaero

Viaero Wireless and Viaero Fiber Networks, which serve communities in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming, selected Ribbon's  suite of integrated IP and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) solutions. The Ribbon solution deployed by Viaero supports 1 Gigabit (G) and 10G aggregation over 200G optical transport that is easily scalable to 400G. In addition to its advanced support of Layer 1 through Layer 3 transport, Ribbon IP Optical solutions also provide network performance monitoring; analytics; fiber health management with an automated (Optical Time Domain Reflectometry) OTDR; and service level agreement (SLA) management.

Ribbon's solution suite, which includes Neptune (MPLS transport), Apollo (DWDM transport), and Muse (Domain Control), provide Viaero with an optimized IP and optical solution that enables significant increased network capacity in an efficient manner. 


"We are committed to delivering reliable, affordable services that keep our customers connected regardless of where they are within the world," said Ron Christensen, President of Viaero Fiber Networks. "Enhancing our fiber transport with Ribbon allows us to dramatically increase our network capacity and expand our offerings and services. Ribbon was the clear choice for this upgrade and will provide Layer 1 through Layer 3 transport along with a single network management solution."

"We are extremely pleased to support Viaero and their rapidly expanding fiber network," said Sam Bucci, EVP & General Manager, IP Optical Networks Business Unit. "Our integrated IP Optical solutions have the multi-service edge capabilities required to support 5G X-haul and broadband backhaul, not only giving Viaero the improved speed and efficiency they need, but also the agility and performance required to capture and grow new revenue streams."


Cato Networks raises $200 million for its SASE

Cato Networks, a start-up based in Tel Aviv, Israel, raised $200 million in new funding at a market valuation of $2.5 billion for its SASE solutions. The Cato SASE Cloud is distributed across more than 65 PoPs worldwide.

The new funding round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with the participation of existing investors Greylock, Aspect Ventures / Acrew Capital, Coatue, Singtel Innov8, and Shlomo Kramer. 

“Cato is at the forefront of SASE transformation,” said Shlomo Kramer, CEO and co-founder of Cato Networks. “Large enterprises are deploying Cato as their global network to reap the operational and business benefits of Cato’s proven and mature SASE platform. Cato is rapidly expanding its service capabilities, global footprint, and sales and marketing teams, while preserving our unique DNA of agility, simplicity, and ease of doing business that is so valued by customers and partners.” 

https://www.catonetworks.com

Monday, October 18, 2021

EXA Infrastructure activates 400G linking Europe and North America

EXA Infrastructure, which is a new carrier that consists of the subsea European, and North American infrastructure and data centre assets previously owned by GTT Communications, introduced 400 Gbps transport services across its network.

EXA Infrastructure will initially enable 65,000km of its network footprint to support 400G, including two transatlantic cables, which equate to more than 3000 possible route combinations. 400G wavelengths are available from EXA with immediate effect, with further routes and POPs to be added over the coming 12 months..

“400G is the next step in high-capacity bandwidth technology, and by introducing it on our network we can now look to make a substantial leap forward in the bandwidth density and service speed we offer,” said Steve Roberts, Senior Vice President Product and Marketing.

“There continues to be surging demand from our customers to carry more data, at greater speeds, and with greater efficiency, particularly for data centre-to-data centre connectivity. 400G interfaces answer this call, with a 75% reduction in patching costs and 75% fewer QSFP pluggable modules required, resulting in simplified service delivery and reduced power consumption. It is the first of many steps we intend to take to invest in further network capacity and reach,” he said.


http://www.exainfra.net

  • Earlier this year, I Squared Capital completed the purchase of Europe-wide, subsea and North American network infrastructure and data centre assets, previously owned by GTT Communications. The new company now serves customers across 103,000 route kilometres of fibre network that connects 300 cities. The network features more than 500 Points of Presence (POPs), spanning 31 countries, 14 Tier 3-equivalent data centres and 300 co-location facilities, as well as three wholly-owned transatlantic subsea cables including the lowest latency route between Europe and North America. EXA is headquartered in London.
  • EXA also announced the appointment of Martijn Blanken as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Blanken previously held various executive positions within Telstra Corporation, among others CEO of Telstra Global, and most recently served as Senior Advisor to I Squared Capital.


Verizon launches private mobile edge computing with AWS Outposts

Verizon announced the commercial launch if its private mobile edge compute solution with AWS Outposts in the U.S. 

Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts is a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises for real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, factory automation and robotics. For example, Corning is using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts and On Site 5G to enhance innovation at one of the world’s largest fiber-optic cable plants. Corning and Verizon are currently experimenting with high-speed, high-volume data collection on the factory floor, quality assurance, and on-premises inference using machine learning.

“By bringing compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises, we’re providing enterprises with the low lag and high bandwidth needed to process information in near real time so they can gain actionable data-driven insights and optimize their operations,” said Tami Erwin, Verizon Business CEO. “Through our partnership with AWS, we are helping customers unlock the true potential of 5G and edge computing which together will enable innovative applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning. We are just scraping the surface of the new experiences that will be enabled by having 5G and edge compute on site.”

“At Corning, we believe 5G will revolutionize the way people and companies interact with technology, and we’re excited to advance these developments in our own plant, where we manufacture the optical cable needed to support the networks,” said Michael A. Bell, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Communications. “Leveraging Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts, we can improve safety, precision and efficiency as we explore the potential of 5G and private mobile edge computing.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-private-mobile-edge-computing-enterprise-aws-outposts

TelcoDR announces $1 billion Telco Transformation Fund

TelcoDR  announced a $1 billion Telco Transformation Fund to support the strategic acquisition, development and cloudification of software products for the telco market. Acquired assets will be overseen and operated by 

Skyvera, a subsidiary of TelcoDR, will oversee and operate assets acquired by the fund. Industry veteran Matt Taylor will lead Skyvera.

In addition, TelcoDR has announced the acquisition of a number of assets from telco software company Zephyrtel. These assets will be integrated into TelcoDR’s growing portfolio of telco software products and will be operated by Skyvera. Skyvera will provide customers of acquired companies ongoing support, product innovation, and a path to leverage public cloud-native software, allowing them to unlock all the benefits that this revolutionary technology provides.

“With my Telco Transformation Fund, I’m building a library of software products purpose-built for the public cloud,” added Danielle Royston, TelcoDR founder and CEO, and telecom’s leading public cloud evangelist. “I’m thrilled to welcome the Zephyrtel customers to Skyvera, and I’m eager to continue to help accelerate CSPs’ move to the public cloud.”

https://www.telcodr.com/

Windstream teams with VMware on SASE


Windstream Enterprise (WE), a managed communications service provider, is working with VMware to bring Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to mutual customers faster. 

The solution combines Windstream Enterprise’s Cloud Core network and VMware SASE Points of Presence (PoPs) to deliver an optimal and more secure application experience to remote access users. This allows Windstream Enterprise to deliver a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) with optimum performance on its own cloud-based services such as Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), OfficeSuite UC and managed security in addition to native MPLS integrations. Windstream Enterprise’s Cloud Core architecture maximizes the reliability and performance of its cloud services while streamlining the extension of services to include VMware SASE cloud services, including VMware Cloud Web Security (CWS) and its Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution, VMware Secure Access.

“The integration of the Cloud Core and VMware SASE makes it easier for customers to transition from outdated legacy networks to the next era of networking and security,” said Mike Frane, vice president of product management, Windstream Enterprise. “This partnership gives us the ability to quickly expand our feature set as VMware develops additional innovative cloud-delivered features and functionality.”

“The global footprint of VMware and our partner PoPs delivers cloud-based networking and security services that effortlessly scale with customers’ needs,” said Mark Vondemkamp, vice president of edge operations and services, VMware. “The services delivered through our PoPs will be quickly and seamlessly consumed by both Windstream Enterprise and our end users to deliver a leading-edge SASE solution.”

T-2 Slovenia names Nokia as sole 5G provider

T-2 Slovenia awarded a five-year deal to Nokia to supply equipment from its AirScale 5G portfolio. The new deal will see Nokia upgrade T-2’s existing Single RAN radio footprint as well as introduce enhanced 5G new radio (NR) services. The project includes 5G RAN, AirScale base stations, and Nokia AirScale radio access products including its Single RAN portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage. These solutions will offer faster speeds and wider mobile coverage. Nokia will also provide digital design and deployment for a faster time to market as well as optimization and technical support services.


T-2 is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Slovenia and recently secured frequencies in the 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands at Slovenia’s spectrum auction. Nokia is a long-standing provider and key strategic supplier to T-2. 

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are proud to expand our partnership with T-2 into the 5G era as their sole vendor. Our latest AirScale portfolio will help support T-2’s ambitious 5G roll-out plans and deliver incredible connectivity experiences across the country.”

DE-CIX Barcelona goes live

 DE-CIX Barcelona is now operational, offing interconnection services like peering and private interconnection, along with cloud exchange services through its Apollon platform, and additional access to top public clouds, including Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix and Oracle. Close to 30 network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and enterprise networks have already started to exchange traffic and make use of the company’s interconnection and cloud services in DE-CIX Barcelona. Among those are global players such as Google and Microsoft, as well as local entities such as the Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CTTI).

The company notes interconnection services to the bitNAP, Equinix and EdgeConneX data centers in Barcelona.


DE-CIX said it is establishing the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in Southern Europe, together with its further IXs in Lisbon, Madrid, Palermo, and Marseille. All DE-CIX IXs in Southern Europe serve domestic markets, as well as establishing new European gateways to South and North America, Africa, and Asia. On top, along with interconnecting to DE-CIX Madrid and Marseille, DE-CIX Barcelona is interconnected with one of the world’s largest IXs, DE-CIX Frankfurt, through which the company is opening up one of the largest cloud exchanges in the world to enterprises in the Catalonian region.


Ethernity notes $3m order for FPGA-based 1G/10G PON OLT SoCs

Ethernity Networks reported a $3m order from a Chinese broadband network OEM for its ENET 4820 and ENET 5200 FPGA System-on-Chip (SoC) devices.

Ethernity's SoC's support four GPON Optical Line Termination (OLT) ports and four 10Gbps XGS-PON OLT MAC ports, respectively, or for different combinations thereof. The SoCs will enable the two types of PON for use in the OEM's 5G fronthaul products, as well as other fiber access deployments.

The total initial committed order, valued at approximately $3,000,000 from a mix of the FPGA SoCs, accrues from 2022 into 2023 with additional orders anticipated thereafter.

Ethernity's ENET 5200 10G XGS-PON OLT SoC focuses on resolving major infrastructure issues related to the deployment of 5G cell towers, as detailed in a recent article in Lightwave Magazine by Ethernity's David Levi. The OEM will base its XGS-PON and GPON offerings on a unique architecture that utilizes a low-cost enterprise switch, as well as Ethernity's FPGA SoC with advanced traffic management, and the OLT PON MACs.

David Levi, CEO, Ethernity Networks said: "This is Ethernity's largest single contract since the company's IPO in 2017 and builds on the multiple new contract wins and orders over the last six months. We are immensely pleased to have converted our PON technology into a deployable product via this significant entry into the Chinese marketplace, and plan to extend this offering to other worldwide markets. The addition of PON to our global implementations is a validation of our statement that Ethernity's products cover network processing 'from the tower to the 5G core.'"

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