Thursday, January 28, 2021

Telia Carrier opens POP near MAREA’s cable landing station in Bilbao

Telia Carrier launched a new Point-of-Presence at Telxius’ interconnection rich Derio Communications Hub located near Bilbao, Spain, only a few kilometers from MAREA’s submarine cable landing station.

The Derio Communications Hub is a  combination of an expanded cable landing station and a fully-fledged PoP, the first of its kind in EMEA.  The 2,000 sqm carrier-neutral TIER III facility offers up to 4 MW of power and is specially designed to leverage the full potential of MAREA. It features an open architecture, offering high interconnection capacity as well as IP, Capacity, Colocation and Security services. It was designed using environmentally friendly standards and runs on 100 percent renewable energy with free cooling.

Telia Carrier said the new facility enhances its fiber connectivity for customers seeking gateway access to a completely new and diverse path from the Americas to Europe with low latency and high capacity between the two continents. Customers in the region can now take advantage of Telia Carrier’s number one ranked global backbone, AS1299, as well as the local availability of high-speed IP Transit, Cloud Connect, DDoS Mitigation, Ethernet and Internet Exchange (IX) Connect for operators, content providers and enterprises alike. The new expansion seamlessly connects to Telia Carrier’s terabit scale DWDM networks extending throughout Europe and the Americas.

“We see this as a very strategic route that complements Telia Carrier’s number one global backbone,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Business and Network Development, Telia Carrier. “By bringing our two networks together, we are creating a fully integrated carrier-class route that can handle capacity at scale to drive new edge activities in the region while supporting customers from international and local markets seeking to diversify their network and reduce latency.”

“The combination of Telia Carrier’s extensive global network and our Derio Communications Hub is a win-win for the world’s largest operators, content providers and enterprises,” said Enrique Vald├ęs, Sales VP Northern Region, Telxius Cable. “Colocating in Derio opens up a world of interconnection opportunities with the US via MAREA and with the main European hubs. We believe this will benefit large and small customers looking for flexible and innovative solutions that will adapt to the future demand of data services.”

  • MAREA, which means “tide” in Spanish, is one of the highest capacity transatlantic submarine cables to date. It connects Virginia Beach in the US, with Sopelana, in Northern Spain, providing an alternative path to the main communication hub routes to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. 

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Halo acquires Skylane Optics for its transceivers

Halo Technology Group has acquired Skylane Optics, a leading provider of transceivers for optical communications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Skylane offers a range of optical solutions including optical and copper transceivers, DACs, AOCs, multiplexers, and coding boxes (TCS) for a broad range of applications. The company has offices in Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, and the U.S.

Halo said the acquisition adds improved technical reach and enhanced operational power to its portfolio, including Skylane's CFP-DCO coherent products. Operationally there will be a benefit of improved production capacity, automation and manufacturing efficiencies with Skylane's patented Anaconda production system. 

Halo Group, which is based in Irvine, California, develops and markets optical networking solutions including optical transceivers, multiplexers, ROADMs, EDFAs, high-speed optical cabling, in addition to other supporting optical connectivity products. With manufacturing and distribution centers in the US, UK, and India, Halo serves the networking needs of a broad spectrum of enterprise, service provider and telecommunications customers globally.

"We are incredibly excited about adding Skylane's cutting-edge product offering and their very talented team to our group," said Matt McCormick, Chief Executive Officer of Halo. "Halo is committed to growing the Skylane business and to continue to meet the demands of its sophisticated and diverse customer base. With the added strength and capabilities derived from our platform, we expect Skylane to thrive as part of the Halo Group."

"Halo has become the global market leader in compatible optics with the expertise to meet the needs of virtually any network architecture requirements, whether enterprise, hyperscale data center or multinational telco," said Al Aguirre, Chairman of the Halo Technology Board of Directors. "The Skylane transaction enhances the group's abilities and further proves the value of the platform as a global growth vehicle."

Seoul Viosys delivers 25Gbps VCSELs for 5G

Seoul Viosys has developed a 25Gbps transceiver based on vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) technology and designed for 5G transport networks. The company has started mass production and says its has three initial customers.

The 25Gbps VCSEL developed by Seoul Viosys is a high-performance laser diode technology that emits light vertically from semiconductor substrates to enable fast communication. C

Seoul Viosys’ VCSEL can be implemented in a single channel or four-channel configurations, depending on its intended use, and the four-channel implementation features 100Gbps (4x) of high-capacity and high-quality data reception and transmission. 

“As the paradigm shift has progressed in the recent noncontact era, interest in VCSEL technology is growing, since it is a critical technology for implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. Seoul Viosys will continue to research and develop the VCSEL technology to expand and apply our differentiated VCSELs to 5G communication-based smart cities, autonomous driving applications, AR/VR, and industrial IoT markets,” said an official at Seoul Viosys.

Juniper posts revenue of $1.2 billion, routing sales grow

Juniper Networks reported net revenues of $1,222.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, an increase of 1% year-over-year, and an increase of 7% sequentially. Non-GAAP net income was $181.8 million, a decrease of 9% year-over-year, and an increase of 26% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.55.

“We experienced better than expected Q4 demand and ended 2020 on a high note by delivering a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “Despite the various challenges presented by the pandemic, we achieved many of the objectives we laid out earlier in the year, which included growing our enterprise business for a fourth consecutive year, growing our cloud business for a second consecutive year and stabilizing our service provider business. We believe these outcomes are a direct result of the strategic actions we have taken, which should position us for sustainable full-year revenue growth starting this year.”

“We executed well in the December quarter and were able to exceed our revenue and non-GAAP EPS targets,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “We are entering the new year with strong backlog and healthy momentum across each of our core industry verticals. We believe the investments we have made in 2020 to strengthen our technology portfolio and go-to-market organization will not only position us to deliver long-term growth, but also improved profitability over time.”

Some highlights:

Routing product revenue: $462 million, up 9% year-over-year and up 7% sequentially. The year-over year increase was driven by Enterprise and Cloud, partially offset by a decline in Service Provider. The sequential increase was primarily driven by Enterprise, and to a lesser extent, Cloud, offset by a decline in Service Provider. Both MX and PTX product families grew year-over-year and sequentially.

Switching product revenue: $261 million, down 2% year-over-year and up 14% sequentially. The yea rover-year decrease was driven by Cloud, partially offset by growth in Enterprise and Service Provider. The sequential increase was driven by all verticals. The QFX product family decreased year-over-year and grew sequentially. The EX product family grew year-over-year and sequentially.

Security product revenue: $87 million, down 14% year-over-year and up 19% sequentially. The yearover-year decrease was primarily due to Service Provider, and to a lesser extent, Cloud and Enterprise. The sequential increase was primarily driven by Enterprise.

Service revenue: $412 million, down 1% year-over-year and up 2% sequentially. The year-over-year decline and sequential increase was primarily driven by timing of renewals.

By vertical

Cloud: $281 million, slightly up year-over-year and up 11% sequentially. The slight year-over-year increase was driven by Routing and to a lesser extent, Services, offset by a decline in Switching and

Security. The sequential increase was primarily driven by Switching, and to a lesser extent, Services and Routing, partially offset by a decline in Security.

Service Provider: $475 million, down 4% year-over-year and essentially flat sequentially. The year-over year decrease was primarily due to Services. The sequential change was primarily due to a decline in Services, partially offset by growth in Switching and Security.

Enterprise: $467 million, up 7% year-over-year and up 14% sequentially. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by Routing, and to a lesser extent, Switching and Services, partially offset by a decline in Security. The sequential increase was driven by all products and services.

Some other notes

  • Juniper cites progress on 400G, noting that it currently has more than 100 wins for 400G capable products.
  • Juniper said software accounted for 12% of total revenue in Q4, primarily driven by the adoption of Mist cloud and other software-based subscription offerings. The company expects software sales to continue to grow especially given its recent acquisitions of 128 Technology, Netrounds and Apstra.
  • In total, Mist wireless LAN, Wired Assurance, Marvis Virtual Network Assistant and Associated EX pull through generated over $150 million in 2020.'20-CFO-Commentary.pdf

DOCOMO trials 5G aboard Shinkansen test train running at 360km/h

NTT DOCOMO verified the stable operation of 5G, including handover between base stations and the transmission of high-definition video data, aboard JR East's ALFA-X1 Shinkansen test train running at 360km/h. The trials confirmed that it will be possible to ensure stable mobile communication environments on high-speed trains for the delivery of high-value mobile services.

In general, communication quality at high speed becomes unstable due to the influence of direct-path obstructions and the Doppler effect. This is especially true in the case of 5G, which uses relatively high frequency bands that are more sensitive to physical obstructions and the Doppler effect compared to lower frequency bands used in legacy mobile communication networks.

Specifically, the trials confirmed the following three results aboard ALFA-X running at 360km/h:

Maximum data rates exceeding 500Mbps and 100Mbps in the downlink and uplink, respectively, were verified and highly stable communication at 100Mbps or higher was achieved over a distance of approximately 5km, confirming the possibility of practical, reliable communication.

Successful handover was confirmed while maintaining data rates at 100Mbps or higher.

Both 4K and 8K high-definition video data transmissions were achieved, confirming the possibility of stable, large-capacity data transmissions. 

CommScope's Wi-Fi gear clears NSA security vetting

CommScope announced that its RUCKUS SmartZone controllers and RUCKUS access points have cleared the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) vetting process and are now available on the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Programs list.

NSA/CSS's CSfC Program was established to enable commercial products to be used in layered solutions protecting classified National Security Systems (NSS) data. This gives the government the ability to securely communicate based on commercial standards. The evaluation was carried out in accordance with the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) requirements and guidance.

“The protection of government information – especially NSS data – is critical to the national security of the United States,” said Chris Collura, vice president, Federal business for CommScope. “CommScope’s wired and wireless networking products meet the stringent standards required to work within a government network. We made strategic investments in our wireless controllers and access points to meet the NSA/CSS’s CSfC Program requirements.”

Keysight offers Open RAN testing solution

Keysight Technologies introduced an Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) solution for verifying the interoperability, performance, conformance and security of multi-vendor 5G networks based on O-RAN standard interfaces.

Keysight’s Open RAN Architect (KORA) suite is tailored to the supply chain workflow consisting of chipset makers, network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), mobile operators and Open Test and Integration Centers (OTIC). Users can uniquely access a common set of solutions to simplify the sharing of results across the workflow from pre-silicon to cloud deployments.

Keysight’s Open RAN Architect (KORA) includes Open RAN Studio, UeSIM, RuSIM, CoreSIM, DuSIM, CuSIM, RIC Test, ATI Pentest, CyPerf, Breaking Point, Vision Edge, IxNetwork, CloudPeak, and Nemo Outdoor.

The portfolio covers both 3GPP and O-RAN testing and is segmented to support the following key stakeholders:

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – Chip Designer Suite

  • Enables chipset vendors to verify compliance of O-RAN designs to O-RAN specifications using O-RAN simulation tools prior to tape out, reducing development time.

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – NEM Suite

  • Enables open RAN hardware and software vendors to verify compliance to O-RAN specifications and interoperability, ensuring each function integrates as expected into a multi-vendor open RAN.

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – Operator Suite

  • Enables mobile operators to verify conformance, interoperability and performance of subsystems that drive new 5G service revenue opportunities.

Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) – OTIC Suite

  • Enables OTICs to validate conformance, interoperability and performance using tools that adhere to the O-RAN specifications with thorough, repeatable and automated processes.

“Vendors of radio units (O-RUs), distributed units (O-DUs), central units (O-CUs) and RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) need integrated, virtualized and cloud native solutions to validate performance, establish interoperability between network elements and ensure compliance to the latest O-RAN and 3GPP specifications,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s network access group. “Keysight’s end-to-end open RAN solution portfolio enables this ecosystem to verify components across every level of the protocol stack, ensuring that subsystems perform as expected and cohesively.”

Orange and Free call off network sharing talks

Orange and Free have ended discussions about possible a mobile network sharing agreement in France.

Orange said that, given a divergence in deployment strategy, Orange it has decided to end these discussions. The Group said it is also fully committed to the deployment of fibre in France, providing two-thirds of the 24 million connectable homes that have already been built.

Colorado's Eastern Slope deploys Ribbon's IP and optical transport

Eastern Slope Rural Telephone, a regional provider of high quality communications services to customers in eastern Colorado, has upgraded its network with Ribbon's IP and optical transport solutions. Ribbon's Neptune and Apollo platforms provide Eastern Slope with advanced Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation capabilities along with a next-generation DWDM network to deliver faster data speeds. 

"Eastern Slope is already leveraging our market-leading Call Control solutions, so we are delighted to help them expand the capacity of their network and increase customer broadband speeds with our IP and Optical Transport solutions," said Elizabeth Page, U.S. Rural Market Director for Ribbon. "This is another great example of how existing Ribbon Cloud and Edge customers can also leverage our IP and Optical Transport solutions to expand and help future-proof their broadband networks, while enhancing end-customer offerings."