Tuesday, May 10, 2022

II‐VI unveils optical access node-on-a-blade

II‐VI unveiled a node-on-a-blade platform featuring WSS technology, high-power pump lasers, and ultrahigh-resolution wavelength telemetry. It operates as a multi-degree reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) system for enterprise access networks. 

II-VI’s node-on-a-blade benefits

  • More efficient to deploy: With the industry’s most compact WSS technology, the system saves cost by significantly reducing facility expenses.
  • More efficient to operate: The system seamlessly supports route-and-select nodes, which are highly desirable for their operational simplicity and flexible add-drop configurations.
  • More efficient to scale: With its ultrahigh-resolution embedded telemetry, the system can manage a high mix of wavelength services at different baud rates.

“Our broad portfolio of optical technologies for ROADM networks is the most complete, highly differentiated, and often the first on the market,” said Dr. Richard Smart, Senior Vice President, ROADM Business Unit. “This enables us to form close relationships with customers who are looking to deploy disruptive optical networking solutions.”


Zayo outlines priorities: fiber expansion, 400G upgrades, subsea routes

Zayo outlined a number of priorities for its fiber network, including expansion of its long-haul dark fiber, 400 Gbps (400G) upgrades and subsea routes across the globe. This effort represents an investment totaling nearly a quarter of a billion dollars that will continue to yield new and upgraded routes globally over the next 18 months.

New builds of long-haul dark fiber routes include: 

  • Cleveland-Columbus
  • Dallas- Atlanta
  • Denver- Salt Lake City
  • Las Vegas- Phoenix
400G upgrades

So far, nearly half of Zayo’s 75,000-mile backbone network is 400G enabled, and a majority is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022. Recently, Zayo completed a successful subsea 400G trial with Equinix in the UK, helping the data center provider prepare for the growing need to move increasingly greater volumes of data faster than ever before. Zayo’s key new 400G routes include:

  • Dallas- Atlanta (creating the company’s third major East-West route)
  • Chicago- New York
  • Denver- Chicago
  • Denver- Salt Lake City (which completed the shortest route from San Francisco to New York, via Chicago)
  • Los Angeles- Phoenix- Dallas
  • Salt Lake City- San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area- Los Angeles

Recently Zayo set a record for the world’s longest known terrestrial 800G optical wavelength in a commercial network, toaling 1,044.51 km.

Continued Subsea Investment

Zayo continues to invest in highly-scalable transatlantic routes, giving customers a one-stop-shop for a subsea network that connects North America and Europe without a single point of failure. Zayo’s previously-announced ZEUS cable, which is near completion, will be the deepest and most reliable connection between London and Amsterdam. Zayo’s subsea routes provide seamless access between the U.S. and Canada to Zayo’s dense European fiber network spanning eight countries with over 17,000 route miles.

“Enterprises of all sizes are entering a transformational, yet highly-complex time as they face a convergence of factors ranging from digital-first implementation and the future of work to rapid cloudification and edge computing. At Zayo, we recognize that each of these advancements is only as successful as the connectivity empowering it,” said Andrés Irlando, President, Zayo. “We are committed to continuous expansion and advancing our network and capabilities, and we remain focused on exceeding customer expectations now while positioning them for a future they are just now imagining.”


Asia-Africa-Europe-1 upgrades with Infinera

The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) Consortium has selected Infinera’s ICE6 coherent 800G solution to increase its submarine network capacity and provide diverse, resilient connectivity across European, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern markets. 

AAE-1’s submarine upgrade will more than double the current capacity, providing in excess of 100 Tb/s, resulting in the largest-scale submarine upgrade in history.

AAE-1’s cable system spans 25,000 kilometers of submarine and terrestrial networks, connecting 19 countries led by a consortium of 19 leading operators. Unlike any other cable system in the world, AAE-1 terminates at two points of presence in Singapore for enhanced route diversity and is the only next-generation cable that extends farther into Asia via diverse terrestrial routes across Thailand to provide connectivity to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong. 

“AAE1 is a significant cable system. As international connections become increasingly important and capacity demand continues to rise, it is vital that we upgrade our system with the industry’s most innovative, advanced optical transmission technology,” said Giuseppe Sini, Chairman of AAE-1 Management Committee.“The deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution will mark a historic milestone as the largest submarine upgrade in history.”

“AAE-1’s deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution across its 25,000-km network is a huge undertaking and accomplishment not many technology companies could achieve,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “Infinera is proud to deliver innovative solutions that offer seamless integration, scalable capacity, and value to network operators like AAE-1, and to help our customers deliver vital services to their customers with scale and efficiency.”


AAE-1 subsea cable doubles capacity with Infinera

The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium (AAE-1), which operates one of the largest subsea cable systems in the world, recently completed a significant upgrade with Infinera.  The upgrade, which is based on Infinera’s fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) technology and Instant Bandwidth capability, enabled AAE-1 to double the capacity on its intercontinental network while reducing total cost of ownership and increasing service agility...

GTT targets 400G upgrade of Global IP Network

GTT Communications confirmed plans to investin a 400G upgrade to its global Tier 1 IP network. Juniper Netwoks has been selected for the IP upgrade.

The phased rollout will begin with global metropolitan city locations in the initial phase, eventually spanning GTT’s core IP switching and routing fabric connecting more than 260 cities on six continents. The initial phase of deployment is expected to complete in the second half of 2023. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The network augmentation to 400G will be implemented at multiple network layers that include the core IP backbone and metro extensions as well as customer service nodes where demand dictates. 

“The scalability and performance advantages of GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network is a cornerstone to what makes GTT stand out from the other managed network service providers,” commented Don MacNeil, GTT COO. “This comprehensive network upgrade to 400G demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with the most advanced internet networking platform so that they can realize maximum business benefits from managed SD-WAN as well as the full array of enhanced internet services that GTT offers, and it is among a number of key initiatives on our transformation roadmap that leverage the latest AI and digital technologies.”


AT&T activates location-based routing for Wireless 9-1-1 calls

AT&T has activated new “Locate Before Route” feature from Intrado to automatically transmit wireless 9-1-1 calls to the appropriate 9-1-1 call centers .  This helps to accurately identify where a wireless 9-1-1 call is coming from using device GPS and hybrid information to route the call to the correct 9-1-1 call center, also known as public safety answering point or PSAP.

With location-based routing, a device can be located and routed within 50 meters of the device location. Prior to this launch, wireless 9-1-1 calls were routed based on the location of cell towers, which can cover up to a 10-mile radius. This can cause delays in emergency response, especially when a call is made within PSAP border areas where state, county or city boundaries overlap.

The nationwide rollout has started and is available in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Guam. Additional regions will be rolled out over the next several weeks. The nationwide rollout is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.


Telstra confirms SX NEXT cable service in July

Telstra expects ready for service status on the Southern Cross NEXT cable (SX NEXT) in July 2022, providing an additional route that connects Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the U.S.

The new single span subsea cable is the industry’s first direct link between Sydney and Los Angeles, offering low latency and a massive 72Tbps of capacity.

Telstra is a 25 percent shareholder of the Southern Cross Cables Network (SCCN), the owner of SX NEXT.

Telstra noted that there are 12 international submarine cables connecting Australia to the rest of the world, and the SX NEXT cable will be the third cable in the SCCN ecosystem. 

Oliver Camplin-Warner, Telstra International CEO, states: “The SX NEXT cable will strengthen Telstra’s existing subsea network infrastructure – one of the largest in the Asia-Pacific region – and solidify our commitment to connecting people and communities from Australia and the Pacific Islands to the U.S. and around the world.”


Monday, May 9, 2022

Marvell to acquire Tanzanite for Compute Express Link (CXL)

Marvell agreed to acquire privately-held Tanzanite Silicon Solutions, a start-up based in Milpitas, California that is developing advanced Compute Express Link (CXL) technologies. Terms of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed. 

Marvell said the future cloud data center will be built on fully disaggregated architecture utilizing CXL technology, requiring greater high-speed interconnectivity than ever combined with optimized compute, networking, memory, security and storage chipset solutions. Tanzanite has developed extensive expertise in CXL technology that will help further accelerate Marvell’s vision of fully composable cloud infrastructure. The benefits of CXL include infrastructure agility to instantly allocate resources tailored to workload requirements. The acquisition expands its CXL development initiatives. 

In March, Tanzanite unveiled its architectural vision and product roadmap with an SoC mapped to FPGA Proof-Of-Concept vehicle demonstrating Memory Expansion and Memory Pooling, with multi-host CXL based connectivity.

The architecture and “Smart Logic Interface Connector” SoC enables independent scaling and sharing of memory and compute in a pool with low latency within and across server racks. The Tanzanite solution provides a highly scalable architecture for exa-scale level memory capacity and compute acceleration, supporting multiple industry standard form-factors, ranging from E1.S, E3.S, memory expansion board, and memory appliance.

Tanzanite’s scalable, low latency CXL optimized fabric with caching, advanced security and RAS targets use cases:

  • Advanced Memory Expansion with optional persistency support
  • Memory Pooling and Tiering
  • CXL Switch
  • Near Memory Compute

The first generation TanzanoidTZ tiered memory appliance enables multiple CPUs to access up to 80 TB of memory capacity with 16 DDR5/32 DDR4 channel equivalent bandwidth per host, with latencies lower than dual socket servers.

“We believe that CXL will be a significant game-changer in enabling optimal resource utilization in next generation data centers, and the acquisition of Tanzanite advances our abilities to address our customers’ most challenging issues,” said Dan Christman, executive vice president, Storage Products Group, Marvell. “Marvell’s investment underscores our commitment to deliver on the promise of CXL across our industry-leading cloud portfolio spanning compute, electro-optics, networking, security and storage.”

“We are excited to see our vision for CXL leadership take a leap forward as part of Marvell, a company that is renowned for its customer-focused innovation,” said Shalesh Thusoo, CEO, Tanzanite. “CXL technologies offer a unique value proposition for a multitude of use cases and are helping shape the next generation composable data center. I’d like to thank our industry partners for their unwavering support and the entire Tanzanite team for their dedication and commitment in pioneering this technology and enabling us to achieve this milestone today.”

“The CXL standard will play a significant role in helping the industry deliver fully composable infrastructure for the cloud,” said Noam Mizrahi, corporate chief technology officer, Marvell. “The integration of CXL across our end-to-end, cloud-optimized silicon portfolio will bring new levels of data center efficiency, scalability and flexibility to power emerging metaverse and next generation AI applications.”

Marvell’s  portfolio of cloud offerings includes high-speed Alaska active electrical cable (AEC) PAM4 DSPs and Ethernet PHYs; Bravera SSD and HDD controllers; Inphi PAM4 electro-optics; COLORZ data center interconnects (DCIs); OCTEON data processor units (DPUs) for security, offload, and acceleration; Teralynx Ethernet switches; custom Arm-based server CPUs; and full custom ASICs.



OMERS acquires TPG Telecom's 1,230 towers in Australia

OMERS Infrastructure agreed to acquire over 1,230 mobile towers and rooftop sites from TPG Telecom Limited for an enterprise value of A$950 million. 

Once the deal is complete, OMERS Infrastructure will become the largest independent tower company in Australia. 

Under the terms of the acquisition, TPG has entered into a 20-year contract to use the Tower Assets, with options to extend. TPG has also committed to building additional towers to further expand the network over the coming years. The transaction will be OMERS Infrastructure’s first 100% owned investment in Australia and its first investment in the digital infrastructure sector in the Asia-Pacific region.

Christopher Curtain, Senior Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for OMERS Infrastructure, said: “Australia and Asia-Pacific more broadly are priority markets for OMERS Infrastructure, where we continue to see significant investment opportunities. We are excited to have the investment in TPG’s Tower Assets join our portfolio of high-quality Australian infrastructure investments, alongside Port of Melbourne, Transgrid and renewable energy developer FRV Australia. In the transaction, we see an excellent opportunity to realize our digital infrastructure thesis in the region. We look forward to working with the TPG team to first transition the business and then support its growth as it provides critical telecommunications infrastructure services to its customers.”

Following the closing of the transaction, the company will become the third global investment for OMERS Infrastructure in digital infrastructure. OMERS has completed investments in two other digital infrastructure transactions in Europe over the last three years – Deutsche Glasfaser in Germany in 2020, and XP Fibre in France in 2019.

Australia's TPG Telecom halts network rollout after Huawei ban

TPG Telecom will cease the rollout its mobile network following the decision of the Australian federal government to ban the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks due to national security concerns. TPG Telecom made the announcement in a regulatory filing to the Australian Securities Exchange. TPG said it had selected Huawei as its principal supplier of 5G equipment because of the clear upgrade path for its current infrastructure, which also uses...

TPG Telecom and Telstra reach network sharing deal in Australia

Telstra and TPG Telecom announced a ten-year regional network sharing agreement covering Telstra's Radio Access Network in defined territory.The deal provides TPG Telecom with access to around 3,700 of Telstra’s mobile network assets, increasing TPG Telecom’s current 4G coverage from around 96 per cent to 98.8 per cent of the population.Both carriers will continue to operate their own core network. Telstra will also obtain access to and deploy infrastructure...

Juniper revamps Contrail SDN with cloud-native capabilities

Juniper has revamped its Contrail Networking with a Kubernetes-native architecture that provides an automated, high performance and scalable cloud-native networking solution.

Juniper Cloud-Native Contrail Networking (CN2) supports Kubernetes and OpenShift use cases. 

CN2 integrates as a foundational piece of cluster infrastructure by employing the Kubernetes extension framework of custom resources. 

Juniper has also extended Lens, the popular Kubernetes GUI, with a Contrail plug-in. 

Unlike previous versions of Contrail, CN2 was built privately as closed source. 


Juniper offers Contrail SD-WAN as a service 

Juniper Networks introduced a cloud-delivered version of its SD-WAN solution. Juniper’s new Contrail SD-WAN as a service manages and secures WAN infrastructure, as well as branch LAN and Wi-Fi networks typically deployed alongside it. Juniper said this new SD-WAN solution pairs the simplicity of a cloud-delivered model with Contrail’s central orchestration of network infrastructure, delivering automated networking, security, analytics and artificial...

Juniper expands 5G portfolio with new routers, line cards, silicon

Juniper Networks unveiled a major refresh to its metro, edge and core solutions to accelerate service providers’ 5G transformation. The rollout builds on Juniper's introduction last year of an MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform powered by a new generation of its custom ASICs promising extensive programmability and performance improvements for supporting resource-intensive applications like 5G and secure SD-WAN-based managed services. The company...

Juniper Launches Contrail SDN

Juniper Networks announced the commercial launch of its Contrail software-defined networking (SDN) solution for enterprise data centers and Service Provider networks. The company said the primary benefit of Contrail is that it provides a simple way to connect physical networks with a virtual environment and provision underlying services, reducing the time, cost and risk for customers when configuring the network. In addition to virtualizing network...

U.S. kicks off Affordable Connectivity Program

The U.S. federal government kicked off  the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which allows tens of millions of American households to reduce or elimiate their Internet service costs based on income. 

Under the terms of the ACP, an eligible household that signs up for the program will receive a discount of up to $30/month on any internet service plan a participating provider offers. Households on Tribal Lands are eligible for a discount of up to $75/month. Mmore than 11.5 million households have already signed up to receive the ACP benefit.

Twenty leading Internet providers — covering more than 80% of the U.S. population across urban, suburban, and rural areas — have commited to either increase speeds or cut prices for ACP-eligible households.

In addition, the Biden Administration asked providers to offer such plans with no fees and no data caps.



U.S. Infrastructure bill directs $65 billion for broadband and middle mile

The U.S. House of Representative passed and President Biden signed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which includes $65 billion to expand high-speed broadband across the country.The funding will be directed at areas that are unserved or underserved in broadband availability. Grants will also be available for connectivity projects in tribal areas, and for enabling middle mile broadband infrastructure."Unserved" is currently defined...

Vívaro Telecom picks Fujitsu for optical network in Texas

Vívaro Telecom (formerly Marcatel) has selected Fujitsu Network Communications' 1FINITY platform for a greenfield, DWDM network deployment in Texas to enhance high-speed data services between the U.S. and Mexico. The new network, which will operate between Dallas and McAllen, Texas, is the latest Vívaro Telecom network to be deployed in the U.S.

The next-generation ROADM network will include 1FINITY Lambda blades, as well as 1INITY T700 transport blades, the newest addition to the 1FINITY platform capable of delivering up to 1.6 Tbps capacity per blade. 

Fujitsu's 1FINITY platform features colorless, directionless ROADM technology and Flex-grid functionality. Vívaro Telecom can manage both the new network and their existing infrastructure with the Virtuoso NC software-defined network (SDN) solution.

“As we strive to connect our carrier and business customers to the most important data centers in the U.S., this new deployment will ensure that our network delivers optimal performance today, and well into the future,” said Gustavo M. de la Garza Flores, chief executive officer, Vívaro. “Working with Fujitsu provides the peace of mind that we are making a smart investment.”

“Based on our history of successful deployments and fast product lead times from Fujitsu, we know that the 1FINITY platform is the best choice for our network, delivering performance, scalability and efficiency in a small footprint,” said Isaías Alegría, director of technology, Vívaro Telecom.

“Innovation is essential to enabling the digital transformation that better connects people, organizations and data,” said Annie Bogue, chief operating officer and head of sales and marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “With the high-performance, scalable 1FINITY platform, Vívaro Telecom is well-positioned to offer the speed, security and agility to meet their customers’ communications needs.”


ADVA brings ultra-precise timing software to open servers

ADVA launched OSA SoftSync, a software PTP client for delivering ultra-precise and robust time for server-hosted applications. It utilizes ADVA Oscilloquartz Precision Time Protocol (PTP) technology, clock recovery algorithms, and Sync jack performance monitoring and assurance capabilities. 

ADVA said its OSA SoftSync helps network operators and enterprises to migrate to precise and resilient packet timing that can run on any Linux machine.

OSA SoftSync can utilize NIC hardware-based timestamping to achieve nanosecond level accuracy. It mitigates timing source outages or loss of quality by dynamically selecting the most accurate synchronization source based on the best master clock algorithm. Customers can purchase OSA SoftSync through a simple annual subscription model.

“A key step in the digitization of IT systems and enterprises is the transition from NTP to PTP timing. Our OSA SoftSync™ makes that possible by filling in the synchronization gap at the edge of the network. At the click of a button, it gives operators the power of highly accurate PTP timestamping,” said Gil Biran, GM of Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “An entirely new set of customers can now harness the benefits of our extensive and proven synchronization portfolio without hassle or major investment. Whether it’s 5G O-RAN or advanced data center applications, our software solution opens up new possibilities for network operators across many different fields.”

“Applications running on open servers require timing with new levels of accuracy and resilience. Today’s current raft of software clocks are simply not up to the sync challenges of new use cases. Our OSA SoftSync™ is the answer. For a low total cost of ownership, it creates an end-to-end synchronization architecture able to meet the needs of advanced time-critical services. What’s more, OSA SoftSync™ is fully interoperable with a wide range of PTP grandmasters,” commented Nir Laufer, VP of product line management at Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “From data centers to financial institutions, customers can now address industry regulations, including MiFID II and CAT NMS, and meet the demands of next-generation applications without the risk of major investment.”


Southern Cross NEXT system nears RFS status

 The final submarine segments have been completed on the Southern Cross NEXT system, which will provide 72 Tbps of capacity between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. After six years of planning and development, the Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable project has been granted Provisional Acceptance. 

The Southern Cross NEXT system includes 12 cable stations and eight major datacenter hubs in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The Southern Cross network spans six countries and eight time zones, connected by over 45,000 km (28,000 mile) of cable – greater than the Earth’s circumference.

The installation of the submarine cable system was performed by Alcatel Submarine Networks, who additionally designed and manufactured the cable, repeaters, and branching units. The system is expected to initiate commercial service on July 7th, 2022.

Pioneer Consulting oversaw and handled the dynamic elements of the project, including market and business case analysis, procurement and contracting, project implementation, quality assurance, and shipboard representation, ensuring the successful commissioning of the subsea system between each cable station. Granting Provisional Acceptance for the subsea system, which includes the trunk cable between Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles along with branches to Fiji, Tokelau, and Kiribati, represents the material completion of the Southern Cross NEXT system marine program.

"This has been a truly incredible project that allowed us to demonstrate the full breadth of our submarine telecom consulting services," said Gavin Tully, Managing Partner of Pioneer Consulting. “We're proud to have supported taking what was once an idea and helping make it a reality. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Southern Cross and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) during each crucial stage of NEXT's development, and we eagerly look forward to the cable's forthcoming entry into commercial service."

"We are tremendously proud to have completed this critical phase of NEXT's development in partnership with Pioneer Consulting," said Laurie Miller, CEO of Southern Cross Cable Network. "Once activated, this high-capacity route will provide enhanced reliability and network efficiency from Los Angeles to Sydney, and all points between."

Alain Biston, President of Alcatel Submarine Networks, said: “ASN is very proud of achieving, in spite of very difficult conditions resulting from the global pandemic, the crucial milestone of Provisional Acceptance for Southern Cross NEXT, which concludes another chapter of our long-standing partnership with Southern Cross. After building the original Southern Cross cable network more than twenty years ago, we are honored to have been cooperating again to provide more broadband connectivity to the South Pacific region, bringing into the fold several previously underserved communities.”



Nokia opens cybersecurity 5G testing lab in Dallas


Nokia has opened an Advanced Security Testing and Research (ASTaR) lab in Dallas, Texas. It will be staffed by U.S.-based specialists in cybersecurity and leverage the security research capabilities of Nokia Bell Labs. Nokia’s Dallas office also features the Executive Experience Center, Energy Innovation Center, O-RAN Collaboration and Testing Center, Cloud Collaboration Hub and Nokia Services Lab, making it a convenient destination for customers seeking a broad view of Nokia’s entire portfolio and capabilities. 

As the central lab dedicated solely to security forensics and research, ASTaR will use and develop cutting-edge tools and techniques to assess the security resilience of 5G networks, as well as their associated software, hardware and applications. ASTaR will then use these assessments to address emerging security threats, and lab researchers will engage with the cybersecurity community to identify emerging threat vectors and potential vulnerabilities.

The lab will serve as a central repository for cybersecurity knowledge that will be shared across Nokia and with its operator, enterprise and government customers. In addition, Nokia will partner with customers to consider attack scenarios against networks and observe how security measures will fare against real security incursions.

Nishant Batra, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Nokia, said: “5G will enable countless new services for consumers, government and businesses, and the industry must be hyper-vigilant in ensuring these 5G ecosystems are secure. To demonstrate our leadership and commitment to security, Nokia will be the first to inaugurate a lab in the U.S. with the singular mission of identifying and preventing cybersecurity attacks. ASTaR lab will be an ideal testing ground to assess security in the larger context of network use and abuse scenarios.”



Telstra appoints Noah Drake as President for the Americas

Telstra has named Noah Drake as President for the Americas, responsible for leading the company’s future direction within the region. Drake will oversee all sales and business operations, playing a key role in further expanding Telstra’s portfolio of technology solutions and continuing to accelerate strategic partnerships.

 Most recently, Drake led Telstra’s Customer Solutions and Architecture group, directing a specialized team of professionals working with customers to harness the full capabilities of Telstra’s products and services. Prior to joining Telstra, Drake was Vice President of Product Management at Boulder (CO)-based Zayo Group, responsible for the Fiber and Infrastructure portfolio of services. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Director of Global Reach where he was tasked with launching the company’s new market expansion team.

“Our customers are navigating a continually changing business landscape as they grow their operations and build toward long-term success,” said Drake. “Telstra is well-positioned to meet their evolving needs with a diverse range of solutions and services that can support any connectivity method required to successfully achieve an organization’s digital initiatives. This is an exciting time to be in telecommunications and I’m looking forward to leading this exceptional Americas team and driving our business forward.” 


France's SNCF picks Kontron and Ribbon for optical upgrade

Kontron Transportation has been awarded the Transilien SNCF Voyageurs Optical Transport Network (OTN) project to upgrade SNCF's communications network. The project involves replacing obsolete WDM  equipment in the Paris region with Ribbon's WDM, including OTN switching technology, part of its IP Wave portfolio.

The project includes:

  • A multi-tier core-aggregation-access OTN switching architecture, based on Ribbon's 9904X Metro OTN and 9901X Access OTN switches
  • A high availability network management system (NMS) with disaster recovery protection
  • Professional services support of Kontron deployments including training and skills transfer.

"We are delighted to extend our relationship with our longtime partner Kontron Transportation to help one of the largest and most important transportation companies in Europe upgrade their communications network to the latest in WDM including OTN switching technology," said Sam Bucci, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Ribbon's IP Optical Networks Business Unit. "As an integral part of our IP Wave portfolio, our Optical solutions support some of the world's most vital critical infrastructure sectors including large railway operators like SNCF Voyageurs, helping them dramatically improve their network performance, capacity and reliability."

"This is a significant milestone on the way to switching from conventional transmission to optical technology on mission-critical networks," said Richard Bussienne VP Mission Critical Networks Kontron Transportation Western Europe. "We are proud, that SNCF Voyageurs selected Kontron Transportation and our partner Ribbon for this important project."

Sunday, May 8, 2022

NTT realigns its global businesses

NTT Corporation announced a realignment of its global businesses to better focus its human resources and market potential.

Under the plan, NTT, Inc., a global holding company of the NTT group, and NTT Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT, Inc. will be combined with the global IT services and communications business, subsidiaries of NTT DATA Corporation/ 

NTT, Inc. was set-up in 2018 as an intermediary holding company that coordinates global businesses. In 2019, the global businesses operated respectively by NTT Communications group, Dimension Data group (as of 2019) and NTT Security group (as of 2019) were joined to become was NTT Ltd. 

By leveraging the combination of NTT DATA's capabilities such as consulting and application development and NTT Ltd.'s strength in high-value-added services such as data center, global networks, and managed infrastructure services, the NTT group will be able to provide clients with new value as a whole. Also, in the long term, the the NTTgroup will expand its innovative services utilizing NTT's IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network) technology in global markets.


FCC's RDOF program has committed over $5.2 billion to date

In its 9th round of program funding, the FCC is authorizing $199,336,695 through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) for new broadband deployments in 26 states and the Northern Mariana Islands bringing service to over 230,000 locations.  

To date, the RDOF program has committed over $5.2 billion for broadband deployment to 3 million locations in 47 states and the Northern Mariana Islands.

“We need to connect everyone, everywhere, and today’s announcement will open new opportunities to serve communities that need high-speed, reliable broadband service,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.  “We’re also working hard to make the best use of this funding to ensure that applicants meet their obligations and follow our rules.  With proper oversight, this program can advance our goal of closing the digital divide.”


In January, Rosenworcel established the Rural Broadband Accountability Plan, a new effort to monitor and ensure compliance for universal service high-cost programs, including the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction.  The Plan established new transparency and audit and verification procedures that are publicly available so the public can track progress in these programs, such as the new deployment data in the CAF Phase II auction that is available here: https://www.usac.org/highcost/funds/caf-phase-ii-auction/

The FCC also announced a number of defaulted bids, making the census blocks in those defaulted bids potentially eligible for other funding programs.  A list of the eligible census blocks previously covered by defaulted bids is available on the Auction 904 website under the “Results” tab, https://www.fcc.gov/auction/904/round-results.


Windstream receives RDOF authorization for gigabit expansions

Windstream received all of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund long-form authorizations from the FCC to support network upgrades to bring broadband to unserved rural areas that would have been cost-prohibitive without a public-private partnership. Windstream will receive $523 million over 10 years to help bring its Kinetic fiber-to-the-home internet service to approximately 193,000 locations in 18 states.Windstream has already announced public-private...

FCC to open $1.2 billion through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund 

The FCC announced e more than $1.2 billion through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 32 states.  In the largest funding round to date, 23 broadband providers will bring broadband service to over 1 million locations.  With this sixth funding wave, the FCC has now announced over $4 billion in funding to winning bidders for new deployments. “Today’s announcement means more connectivity is coming to...

FCC announces over $1 billion in rural broadband support to 32 states

The FCC is ready to authorize $1,041,074,000 over 10yrs in its 5th round of funding for new broadband deployments through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. 69 broadband providers will bring broadband service to 518,088 locations in 32 states."This latest round of funding will open up even more opportunities to connect hundreds of thousands of Americans to high-speed, reliable broadband service,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.  “Today’s...

Saturday, May 7, 2022

NIST probase 5G's security capabilities

by Jim Carroll

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a draft document concerning 5G cybersecurity capabilities.

The publication describes a standalone 5G network that NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is constructing, largely for the purpose of demonstrating 5G cybersecurity capabilities in different situations. The network, which the NCCoE team is constructing from off-the-shelf commercial technology, is currently being deployed, and the team is seeking comments on the publication in part to ensure the finished network will allow the researchers to develop practical guidance that the wireless security community will find useful.

The publication, titled 5G Cybersecurity Volume B: Approach, Architecture and Security Characteristics (NIST Special Publication 1800-33B), describes the cybersecurity capabilities that their example 5G network will enable. It also provides a risk analysis for the security capabilities that the network will demonstrate. Its authors, who characterize it as a preliminary draft, plan to develop it to include actionable guidance on using standards and recommended practices for multiple use case scenarios. 

“The information contained in the document highlights security features that 5G offers,” said Jeff Cichonski, a NIST information technology specialist and one of the publication’s authors. “Understanding what’s available can be critical to help operators and users of 5G understand and manage their cybersecurity risk when it comes to 5G.”


Accelerating Virtual 5G Distributed Unit Processing

LF Networking highlights progress with its 5G Super Blueprint

LF Networking cited progress with its 5G Super Blueprint,  a community-driven integration/illustration of multiple open source initiatives, projects, and vendors coming together to show use cases.The 5G Super Blueprint is now integrated across additional projects––including Magma (1.6), EMCO, and Anuket––building open source components applicable to a variety of industry use cases. Preliminary scoping for future integrations with the O-RAN Software...

O-RAN releases Minimum Viable Plan 002

The O-RAN ALLIANCE announced the second release of specifications encompassing an O-RAN Minimum Viable Plan for products that meet the highest priority needs of operators.O-RAN Release 001, released last year, focused on creating Open Interfaces that include Open Fronthaul, transport, hardware and cloud.The new O-RAN Release 002 focuses on enabling Open Intelligence. Features in Release 002 include specifications for Traffic Steering, Quality of...