Sunday, December 9, 2018

Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 rethinks broadband access

Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 program rethinks broadband access in the context of the ONF's SEBA project, edge clouds, and FTTH/B. Presented by Robert Soukup, Program Manager.

The project aims to lower OPEX by reaping the benefits of automation, breaking vendor lock-in, and accelerating time to market. 2019 will be decisive for Access 4.0, as the company plans limited field trials.

Dell'Oro: Huawei represents 28% of global telecom equipment market

Huawei captured a 28 percent share of the telecom equipment market in 3Q18, according to Dell'Oro Group. This represents a 4 percent gain market share since 2015. During this period, Ericsson’s and Nokia’s market share declined one and three percentage points, respectively.

Some highlights from Dell'Oro:

  • For the first nine months of 2018, the top five equipment manufacturers were Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco, and ZTE. Combined these five companies accounted for about 75% of the worldwide service provider equipment market revenue.
  • The overall telecom equipment market declined 2 percent year-over-year for the 1Q 2018 through 3Q18 period. Robust demand for Optical Transport and Microwave Transmission equipment was not enough to offset declining Core and Service Provider Router revenues.
  • Huawei’s telecom equipment revenue is nearly as large as Nokia and Ericsson combined.
  • Huawei’s revenue share gains over the past four years have been most pronounced in the Core, Router, and Optical Transport Markets.

Updates on the U.S. vs Huawei case

U.S. officials are seeking the extradition of Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the U.S. based on allegations of fraud and of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. At an extradition hearing on Friday in Vancouver, Crown prosecutors said the allegations concern a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom Tech and its activities doing business with Iran firms between 2009 and 2014. Prosecutors said Meng had direct involvement in the matter. The hearing will continue on Monday and is expected to address the question of bail. U.S. officials may have up to 60 days to present their case for extradition.

Some other developments:

  • China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canada's ambassador to Beijing to warn of severe consequences if Meng Wanzhou is not released.
  • China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing urging that all charges be dropped.
  • On Friday, social media reports cited an unconfirmed email from Cisco advising its U.S.-based employees to restrict travel to China. The company later told the media that this did not reflect company policy.

Qualcomm shows 7nm Snapdragon 8cx for Windows laptops

Qualcomm demonstrated fanless PC systems based on its new, 7nm Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform. Commercial shipment based on the chip are expected to hit the market in Q3 2019.

Key features:

  • New octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU, the fastest Kryo CPU ever designed and built by Qualcomm 
  • New Qualcomm Adreno 680 GPU -- its most powerful GPU to date
  • 128-bit wide memory interface
  • Support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology
  • Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology, which is a suite of technologies that includes advanced audio codecs, smart power amplifiers and a suite of advanced audio and voice software technologies supporting HD Bluetooth wireless. 
  • Support for second-generation USB 3.1 over Type C and third generation PCI-E
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem

“With performance and battery life as our design tenets, we’re bringing 7nm innovations to the PC space, allowing for smartphone-like capabilities to transform the computing experience,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies. “As the fastest Snapdragon platform ever, the Snapdragon 8cx will allow our customers to offer a powerful computing experience of multi-day battery life and multi-gigabit connectivity, in new thin, light and fanless design for consumers and the enterprise.”