Tuesday, December 15, 2020

SD-WAN: Branch of One - for the Secure Office Anywhere

In the age of SASE, enterprises are looking for services that will evolve with their networking needs. Employees are transforming the way they operate by re-thinking the concept of work from being at the office to an office anywhere experience. 

In this video, Mick Higgins, SVP of Product at Asavie, now part of Akamai, talks about the growing demand for remote access solutions and how Asavie helps carriers and MSPs deliver a secure office-anywhere service.



Brazil's Oi mobile acquired in auction by Telefónica, TIM, Claro

Telefónica, TIM, Claro have teamed up to acquire the mobile operations of Brazil’s Oi SA for 16.5 billion reais (US$3.23 billion). 

Oi, which is the largest fixed operator and the fourth largest mobile operator in Brazil, auctioned off its mobile assets as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

Telefónica Brasil, which currently serves 77 million customers, will pay roughly 5.57 billion reais. TIM will pay approximately 7.7 billion reais. Claro will pay 3.6 billion reais.

Oi has previously disclosed plans to accelerate its fiber broadband strategy.


Zayo completes sale of US and UK data centers

Zayo Group Holdings completed the previously announced sale of the its zColo data center assets in the U.S. and U.K. to DataBank. A second closing for zColo’s data centers in France is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

“With the close of the zColo-DataBank transaction, Zayo is able to focus 100% of its attention on its core Network business and customers,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Zayo. “Today, Zayo has an unparalleled depth and breadth of fiber assets across the U.S., Canada and Western Europe through which it serves many of the world’s most impactful companies. The close of this transaction will allow us to take Zayo to the next level - better aligning our resources around network quality, customer service, innovative solutions and expanded reach.”


DataBank to acquire Zayo's zColo data centers

DataBank agreed to acquire Zayo Group's zColo business, including 44 data centers across 23 markets in the U.S. and Europe. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal will make DataBank one of the largest privately-held data center operators in the U.S. and a leading provider of edge colocation and connectivity solutions to hyperscale, technology, and content customers across the U.S. Zayo Group will become a significant customer and continue to be an anchor tenant within the zColo facilities. Following completion of the deal, DataBank's assets will include:

  • 64 data centers in 29 markets (up from 20 data centers and 9 markets)
  • Over 3,000 customers including many Fortune 100 and leading cloud and content providers
  • Pro forma annual revenue of over $450M
  • 1.1M raised square feet of data center space
  • 141 MW of installed UPS capacity
  • Over 30,000 network cross connects
  • 18 major network interconnection points
  • 12 cloud nodes

DataBank said the acquisition also significantly accelerates its edge and hybrid cloud strategies. The expanded data center footprint provides DataBank’s customers with new geographic options for colocating their mission-critical content, data, and workloads closer to end-user populations in key markets like Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Boston, and New York City. With double the number of private cloud nodes and public-cloud on-ramps, DataBank customers will have more flexibility to design hybrid IT solutions that adapt as their infrastructure needs evolve.

MWC Shanghai will be in person, 23 to 25 February 2021

 The GSMA confirmed that MWC Shanghai will be an in-person event, taking place 23 to 25 February 2021 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

Keynotes include:

  • Dr Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Director General, AMPT
  • Yang Jie, Chairman, China Mobile
  • Ke Ruiwen, Chairman, China Telecom
  • Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman, Huawei
  • Yang Yuanqing, Chairman & CEO, Lenovo
  • Xu Chi, Founder & CEO, Nreal
  • Xu Ziyang, CEO, ZTE

“MWC21 Shanghai is far more than just an event,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “It’s a celebration of the power of intelligent connectivity and provides a platform for people to come together and push the industry and society forward. Bringing the MWC series of events back for 2021 has taken a superhuman effort, and we are looking forward to welcoming the mobile ecosystem back to Shanghai in February.”

GSMA also notes that China has now installed 150,000 5G base stations and more that 150 million 5G handsets have been sold in the country.


ADVA launches edge and access clocks for 5G

ADVA launched its latest Oscilloquartz edge and access network synchronization devices with enhanced capabilities for next-generation applications such as 5G. 

The new OSA 5412 and 5422 offer precise phase, frequency and time-of-day synchronization and can be used for time-as-a-service applications. 

The OSA 5412 is a highly flexible access network synchronization solution that offers compact and cost-effective timing distribution and assurance. The OSA 5422 is engineered for the most extreme conditions. It meets stringent frequency and phase synchronization requirements, delivers the best holdover performance of any edge device on the market, and supports multiple legacy interfaces such BITS and IRIG. Both solutions address new ITU-T specifications, including for class A and B PRTCs, ePRTCs with strict holdover requirements, and the newly improved class C and D boundary clocks. They also feature onboard multi-band, multi-constellation GNSS receivers that overcome ionospheric delay variation far more cost-efficiently than rival solutions using high-end rubidium oscillators. The OSA 5412 and 5422 support multiple PTP profiles, NTP and SyncE with the highest number of 1/10GbE ports on the market. What’s more, both devices are engineered with optional OLED display and with hot-swappable modules and power supplies to be easily upgraded in the field.

“Our latest solutions build on the great success we’ve had with our access synchronization product line. Now operators can harness the power of multi-band GNSS receivers to deliver highly accurate, UTC-traceable timing at the network edge. That enables the availability and precision that will be essential for tomorrow’s services,” said Nir Laufer, senior director, product line management, Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “By extending the feature set of our edge technology, we’re empowering CSPs to smoothly transition to the reliability and accuracy required for 5G and, at the same time, enabling our unique innovation to be used across a wide range of verticals. With support for 10Gbit/s and 1Gbit/s interfaces as well as hardware timestamping, our access timing products are the ultimate in future-proof, space-efficient synchronization.”

“Access grandmaster clocks need to meet stricter demands for accuracy and reliability than ever before, and many industries have their own specific set of stringent timing requirements. That’s why we’ve evolved our portfolio of edge and access network synchronization solutions for the specific challenges of the 5G era,” commented Gil Biran, general manager, Oscilloquartz, ADVA. 


BroadBand Tower deploys Infinera for DCI

 BroadBand Tower, a Tokyo-based data center and cloud services provider, has deployed Infinera’s GX Series Compact Modular Platform to expand high-capacity, ultra-low-latency connectivity between its data centers across the Tokyo metropolitan area. 

Infinera said its GX solution enables BroadBand Tower to leverage a network transport solution that scales to terabit capacity in an easy-to-operate, highly compact form factor to deliver high optical performance on demand.

“Infinera’s GX solution has become a leading solution for data center interconnect around the world, and it continues to gain momentum as operators like BroadBand Tower look for ways to meet the increasing demands of their customers,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Sales at Infinera. “Infinera is delighted to support BroadBand Tower in its expansion and provide the company with a state-of-the-art optical transport solution that it can trust as it expands its network.”


Telefónica Germany tests Open RAN with NEC

NEC has been selected by Telefónica Germany / O2 as its favored full-service system integrator for the first Open RAN pilot system in Germany. The system has already completed a first call via Open RAN on a live O2 mobile network in the Bavarian city of Landsberg am Lech.

During the pilot, NEC will help to define a customized Open RAN architecture, optimized and adapted to the requirements of the mobile network of Telefónica Germany. As the system integrator for this pilot, NEC coordinates the overall design of the Open RAN system and ensures the delivery of a solid end-to-end solution. This is being carried out in collaboration with industry leaders that include ADVA, Altiostar, GigaTera Communications, Intel, Red Hat, Supermicro and Xilinx.

“The key to success in implementing a first Open RAN pilot lies in the knowledge of an experienced system integrator,” said Mallik Rao, CTIO of Telefónica Germany. “NEC and its subsidiary Netcracker have proven their expertise through multiple project engagements within the Telefónica Group. We believe NEC is a reliable partner that is capable of bringing together an innovative network that can dramatically improve customer experience and enable faster time to market in the future.”

Cosemi raises $8 million for its hybrid active optical interconnects

Cosemi Technologies, a developer of hybrid active optical interconnect solutions closed an $8 million strategic funding round led by Nitto Denko Corporation of Osaka, Japan.

Cosemi designs and develops high-volume, high-performance, plug-and-play HDMI, DisplayPort and USB active optical cables (AOCs) that provide the performance and speed of fiber optics, along with the legacy support of control and power delivery over copper wire, in cost-effective hybrid cable assemblies. Cosemi is a pioneer in the development of hybrid active cables that are suited for many market segments including 4K/8K displays, video collaboration platforms, machine vision, universal personal computing connectivity for enterprise and work-from-home applications, automotive, AR/VR, e-sport gaming and entertainment. 


CenturyLink to pay $500K for Dec 2018 outage

The FCC and CenturyLink agreed to settle a case involving a multistate outage on one of CenturyLink’s transport networks that occurred on December 27-28, 2018. The outage impacted CenturyLink’s delivery of some 911 calls.

To settle this matter, CenturyLink will pay $500,000.


SiTime's MEMS milestone: 2 billion units shipped

SiTime marked a big milestone: the cumulative shipment of 2 billion units of its silicon MEMS timing solutions.

“I’m very proud of the SiTime team that has dedicated years of focus, passion, and commitment to success to deliver this significant milestone,” said Rajesh Vashist, CEO of SiTime. “As the world becomes more connected, precision timing will play a critical role in 5G, cloud, automotive, and IoT applications. SiTime will continue to provide differentiated timing solutions for these applications and deliver value to our customers.”

The company also announced the following additions to its executive team:

  • Vince Pangrazio – EVP, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary. Previously, Pangrazio was an executive at Cavium, Inc., where he was responsible for the legal, compliance, IT, and facilities functions and was part of the senior management team that sold it to Marvell for $6 billion. 
  • Atul Shingal – EVP of Operations. Previously, Shingal joins SiTime from Qorvo and Cavendish Kinetics, where he was EVP of Operations since 2011. Prior to Qorvo, Atul was VP of Operations at Inphi Corporation.
  • Fari Assaderaghi – EVP, Technology and Engineering. Previously, Assaderaghi was Senior VP of Engineering and Operations from 2008 to 2012. Between 2012 and 2020, Fari was Vice President, Advanced Technology Development at TDK Invensense and SVP of Innovation and Advanced Technologies at NXP.


Frontier picks Nick Jeffery as new CEO

Frontier Communications named Nick Jeffery as the Company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2021, following the expiration of his notice period with Vodafone UK. Jeffery will succeed Bernie Han, who will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2021. Mr. Han will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) and guide the CEO transition until emergence from Chapter 11, at which point Mr. Jeffery will join the Board.

Jeffery was appointed CEO of Vodafone UK in September 2016 and has held numerous positions at Vodafone Group, the world’s second largest international cellular operator, the largest home broadband operator in Europe and the second largest TV distributor in Europe, since joining the company in 2004. Notably, Mr. Jeffery served on Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee since 2013, as CEO of Vodafone Group Enterprise from 2013 to 2016 and as CEO of Vodafone Group’s acquired Cable & Wireless Worldwide operations from 2012 to 2013.

MaxLinear supplies wireless transceiver chipsets to MTI

MaxLinear confirmed that its wireless transceiver chipsets to Taiwan-based Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) for use in Remote Radio Units (RRUs) targeting specific greenfield Open RAN deployments for 4G and 5G applications.

MTI’s Open RAN radios support new 5G Open RAN network deployments with the O-RAN 7.2x interface. These new 5G radios utilize MaxLinear RF transceiver chipsets. Additionally, MTI is delivering their MaxLinear-powered Evenstar Radio as part of the innovative OpenRAN ecosystem that fully supports the OpenRAN Reference Architecture including a fronthaul interface compliant with the O-RAN Alliance Split 7.2x.

“Mobile operators are pulling Open RAN into the market rapidly because the cost savings and flexibility of Open RAN enable them to address opportunities that were previously unaffordable,” said Joe Madden, Founder and President of Mobile Experts, a leading wireless technology market research firm. “By 2025, roughly 7 million radios will be sold annually, independent of the baseband processors. As a result, we expect the market share of smaller suppliers to quadruple over the next five years, opening up new opportunities for innovative semiconductor suppliers.”

Gigaphoton ships new light source for

Gigaphoton announced mass production and shipment of its ArF immersion "GT66A" light source, which is based on its state-of-the-art semiconductor lithography manufacturing.

The new ArF immersion "GT66A" light source is equipped with a newly developed optical module that  improves the beam uniformity on the exposed surface and reduces the roughness by increasing the temporal coherence length by at least 3 times that of the existing model. The maintenance cycle of the module has been extended by 30% with the introduction of the latest components with high durability.

GT66A is now certified as a light source for the latest ArF immersion lithography equipment NXT:2050i by ASML, the leading Dutch company, and mass production and shipment of the light source to end-users will now commence.

Katsumi Uranaka, President and CEO of GIGAPHOTON, said: "In recent years, semiconductor chips are required to support even faster communication speeds and process larger amounts of data. This is mainly supported by the miniaturization of logic and memory semiconductors and requires higher productivity through further innovation of lithography technology. GIGAPHOTON will continue its contribution to the development of the next generation of industries by improving the imaging performance through technological innovation and increasing the availability of light sources."