Sunday, September 27, 2020

GSA: Over 5.5 billion LTE subscriptions in service

 As the end of Q2 2020 there were 5.55 billion LTE subscriptions worldwide, according to the latest data from Omdia and the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), accounting for 60.4% of all global mobile subscriptions.

Nearly 800 million LTE subscriptions were added in the preceding 12 months, representing a 16.7% YoY growth.

Some additional highlights from GSA:

  • 5G subscriptions doubled in the second quarter of 2020 to reach at least 137.7 million globally (representing 1.5% of the entire global mobile market).
  • There will be nearly 10.30 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2025.
  • LTE is expected to reach its peak point in terms of technology market share at the end of 2021 (at 63.3%), and to reach its peak point in terms of subscriber numbers at the end of 2022 (at 6.07 billion subscribers).
  • From 2023 the LTE market is forecast to start to decline slowly, as customers migrate to 5G.
  • Between end 2020 and end 2025, the share of the market represented by GSM subscriptions will fall from 15.1% to 5.6%, and the share represented by W-CDMA will decline from 19.4% to 11.3%.
  • By the end of 2025, 5G will account for nearly 30% of the global market (at 3.03 billion subscriptions), although LTE will still be dominant at 53.5% of all global mobile subscriptions.

NYU: Colloids in a diamond lattice offer potential for photonic circuits

Researchers at NYU have devised a new process for the reliable self-assembly of colloids in a diamond formation. The technique potentially could be used to develop highly efficient optical circuits for use in optical computing. Other potential applications include more reliable and cheaper light filters.

The research, which was led by David Pine, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and professor of physics at NYU, was detailed in an article appearing in the September 24 issue of Nature.

The technique involves the use of DNA to connect colloids in a diamond formation that results in a band gap for visible light.

“Dr. Pine’s long-sought demonstration of the first self-assembled colloidal diamond lattices will unlock new research and development opportunities for important Department of Defense technologies which could benefit from 3D photonic crystals,” said Dr. Evan Runnerstrom, program manager, Army Research Office (ARO), an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

Samsung intros 5G mmWave indoor small cell based on Qualcomm

Samsung Electronics introduced 5G mmWave small cell for indoor use within enterprises, including manufacturing or distribution facilities, corporate offices, and entertainment or public venues (such as shopping centers, stadiums or hotels). Samsung’s Link Cell is powered by the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform.

The first version of Samsung’s Link Cell will support 28GHz and has the capability to combine four 100MHz bandwidth of frequencies.

Verizon will be the first U.S. wireless operator to commercially deploy Samsung’s new Link Cell.

“Verizon continues to rapidly advance our 5G deployment, and the addition of indoor cell sites will extend the availability of the fastest 5G service in the U.S. This is a key step in providing industry-changing, scalable, latency-sensitive, robust 5G solutions for enterprises,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Development at Verizon.

“Today, we are excited to unveil Samsung Link for wireless operators to expand the capabilities of 5G networks and seamlessly link together outdoor and indoor 5G experiences,” said Jaeho Jeon, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “As one of the first commercial 5G mmWave indoor small cells, Link Cell will enable wireless operators and enterprises to bring 5G services to various offices, facilities and venue locations.”

TikTok deal unlikely to proceed

An editorial column published by China's influential Global Times says the TikTok will be blocked by China to prevent ByteDance technologies from falling into the US' hands to protect its national security and the interests of Chinese enterprises. 

On Sunday evening, a U.S. district court granted a last minute reprieve to TikTok just hours before Apple and Google were poised to block any further downloads of TikTok from their app stores. The court left standing restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce set to come into effect on November 12th that could terminate TikTok service in the United States after that date.

Regardless of the U.S. court decision, China's Global Times said the proposed deal with Oracle and Walmart will be blocked in Beijing.

TikTok Global to be secured in Oracle's cloud data centers

 President Trump announced his preliminary support for a deal for ByteDance to establish a new company in the United States to run TikTok operations. Under the new deal, Oracle and Walmart together will 20% of the newly formed TikTok Global business, which is later expected to complete an IPO on a U.S. exchange.

Highlights of the deal:

  • TikTok Global will be responsible for providing all TikTok services to users in United States and most of the users in the rest of the world.
  • Oracle qill serve TikTok’s secure cloud provider.
  • TikTok Global will be majority owned by American investors, including Oracle and Walmart. 
  • TikTok Global's Board of Diretors will consist of five people, four of whom must be Americans.
  • All the TikTok technology will be in possession of TikTok Global, and comply with U.S. laws and privacy regulations. 
  • All American data on TikTok must be quickly moved to Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud data centers.
  • Walmart will bring its omni-channel retail capabilities including its assortment, eCommerce marketplace, fulfillment, payment and measurement-as-a-service advertising service.
  • TikTok Global will pay more than 5 billion in new tax dollars to the U.S. Treasury.
  • TikTok Global, together with Oracle, SIG, General Atlantic, Sequoia, Walmart and Coatue will create an educational initiative to develop and deliver an AI-driven online video curriculum to teach children from inner cities to the suburbs, a variety of courses from basic reading and math to science, history and computer engineering.

It is believed the deal requires clearance from the government of China.

Spectra Logic's tape library stores one Exabyte uncompressed

 Spectra Logic's ninth-generation LTO tape library is now able to store an industry-first exabyte (one million terabytes) of uncompressed data in a single 45-frame system.

The company said its latest LTO technology surpasses the per-cartridge capacity of LTO-8 by 50 percent to 18TB native, and advances full height LTO-9 drive performance by 15 percent to 400 MB/s native. 

Extending to Generation 12, the new LTO roadmap outlines future per-cartridge capacities of LTO technology, with LTO-10 achieving up to 36TB native; LTO-11 up to 72TB native, and LTO-12 up to 144TB native. This progression provides tape users with the assurance that their investment in tape is secure and that they will benefit from the best cost per gigabyte to store their data over its lifespan.

“We’re pleased to have the increased capacity and performance of LTO-9 tape technology, as well as the roadmap to LTO-12,” said Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic. “The native 400MB/second transfer rate of the LTO-9 full height drive now matches the high performance Enterprise tape drive. We’re gratified to be the first in the industry to deliver a tape library that can store an astounding exabyte of native data with LTO-9 drives and media – and are pleased with the long-term roadmap of LTO.”

Highlights of TFinity include:

  • Tri-Media – The only tape library to support three tape technologies in the same library (LTO, IBM’s TS 11xx and Oracle’s T10000)
  • Scalable from 3 to 45 frames, over 56,000 slots, with bulk load capability
  • Advanced robotics for higher performance and greater reliability
  • Only tape library with isolation service frames for high availability robotic serviceability
  • Modern linear design fits in standard rack-row data center environment
  • Enhanced management controls with user-friendly interface for greater productivity
  • Modular design that allows for easy service and upgradeability
  • Maximum compatibility to work with any third-party software package

Advantech's uCPE certified on Verizon

 Advantech certified its FWA-1012VC customer premise equipment for use on Verizon Wireless in SDN and NFV deployments.

Advantech’s white box solution FWA-1012VC is available with a single 2, 4 or 8 or 16 core Intel Atom Processor C3000 offering a choice of performance levels to match the required workload. Support for the data plane development kit (DPDK) on all network interfaces provides an increase of up to 10x in packet throughput. Support for Intel Quickassist Technology (QAT) offers crypto and compression acceleration which offloads compute-intensive security and compression operations, freeing up CPU cores.

uCPE is a general purpose platform that integrates compute, storage and networking on a commodity, off-the-shelf server, allowing it to provide network services such as SD WAN and firewall, as virtual functions to any site on a network.