Thursday, February 4, 2021

ADVA adds MicroMux Nano and MicroMux Quattro pluggables

ADVA expanded its MicroMux series of pluggable devices with two new models for increasing the capacity of transport and DCI networks by upgrading existing aggregation devices with plug-and-play simplicity.

  • The ADVA MicroMux Nano fits into 10GbE sockets and fans out ten 1GbE interfaces, bringing new levels of flexibility and efficiency to the network edge. 
  • The ADVA MicroMux Quattro converts a QSFP-DD 400GbE client port into four 100GbE ports, reducing cost and complexity at the core. 

“Our comprehensive portfolio of multiplexers in a plug enables a fresh approach to expanding infrastructure. It empowers operators to balance current requirements with tomorrow’s demands, protecting previous investments while ensuring future-proof growth. With our MicroMux series, there’s no need to replace entire systems or add expensive and bulky equipment. Operators are free to easily convert 10Gbit/s, 100Gbit/s or 400Gbit/s interfaces into multiple lower-speed interfaces with zero footprint increase,” said Stephan Rettenberger, SVP, marketing and investor relations, ADVA. 

“Our MicroMux range is the result of close collaboration with leading transport network and DCI operator customers looking to meet both legacy needs and future demands. With more than 10,000 of our original MicroMux modules already deployed, our pluggable muxponders are right now helping operators across the globe to tackle the most urgent challenges around cost and scale while supporting a true pay-as-you-grow model of network expansion,” commented Ross Saunders, GM, Optical Engines, ADVA.

Nokia sees growth in 5G partially offset by decreases in legacy radio

Nokia reported Q4 2020 sales of EUR 6.568 billion, down 5% from EUR 6.903 billion a year earlier. For full year 2020, Nokia's sales down 6% on a reported basis and down 4% in constant currency. For Q4 2020, there was a loss of EUR 2.608 billion. Reported diluted EPS in Q4 2020 was negative EUR 0.46, compared to EUR 0.10 in Q4 2019. The change was primarily driven by a net negative fluctuation in income taxes related to the EUR 2.9 billion derecognition of Finnish deferred tax assets and, to a lesser extent, lower operating profit, partially offset by a net positive fluctuation in financial income and expenses. 

Nokia attributed the dip in revenues primarily to Mobile Access, where a decline in network deployment and planning services was partially offset by growth in 5G radio access products. 

Reported gross margin in Q4 2020 was 39.2%, compared to 38.5% in Q4 2019. 

Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO of Nokia, commented:

"Financial improvement in Mobile Access was clear in both Q4 and full year 2020 results, reflecting our ongoing efforts to strengthen the competitiveness and cost position of our mobile radio products. Overall, we saw growth in radio access products in Q4 and full year 2020, with growth in 5G partially offset by decreases in legacy radio access products."

"5G gross margin increased due to product cost reduction, partly helped by higher ReefShark shipment volumes. Our aim was to be above 35% for our KPI on shipments of our “5G Powered by ReefShark” portfolio; we ended the year at 43% and we remain on track to realize 70% by the end of 2021. This underlines the ongoing progress with our Mobile Networks turnaround and, as I said in Q3, we will invest whatever it takes to win in 5G.  Completing the turnaround in Mobile Networks remains our top priority for 2021, and these visible signs of progress give me confidence that we are on the right track but there is still work to be done."

"Our Enterprise business delivered another good set of results giving a solid foundation to build on. Q4 Enterprise net sales were up 1% in reported and 5% in constant currency. For full year 2020, they were up 11% in reported and 14% in constant currency, reflecting our leadership position in many areas, including in private wireless. We announced key partnerships with AT&T and Verizon for private wireless and won 79 new customers in Q4. We now have 260 private wireless customers. Public sector demand remains robust and we announced a US federal government cyber deal after the quarter end in mid-January."

650 Group: Multi-Cloud to Drive Significant Workload Growth

The worldwide number of workloads being deployed will increase nearly 500% by 2025, according to a new report published this week by 650 Group titled Workloads and Multi-Cloud Forecast 2020-2025

Workloads continue to evolve for both search and social clouds, as well as IaaS and SaaS providers. The report discusses the impact of the changes to component suppliers, end-users, system vendors, and is targeted for system vendors, ASIC suppliers, and component suppliers in the cloud infrastructure market.

Workload definitions evolve as technology expands. Historically, the context of a workload tied it directly to the number of servers, and later, it was the number of virtual machines (VMs) or applications that spanned machines. Today, the context evolves to the number of containers or individual serverless code-snippets. The compute, storage, and networking infrastructure had to evolve to support how the application changes.

"Multi-Cloud and new AI /ML workloads are driving significant investment in data centers with new compute and networking infrastructures emerging to address new workloads," said Alan Weckel, Technology Analyst at 650 Group. “The time has passed for an application and its data to reside in one data center. There is a tremendous opportunity for new vendors in multi-cloud, as well as co-location, to address evolving enterprise needs.”

T-Mobile US now has 102.1 million customers

T-Mobile US reported that its total revenues increased year-over-year to $20.3 billion in Q4 2020 and $68.4 billion in full-year 2020, and total service revenues increased year-over-year to $14.2 billion in Q4 2020 and $50.4 billion in full-year 2020, driven by the Sprint merger and continued customer growth. Net income was essentially flat year-over-year at $750 million in Q4 2020 and decreased year-over-year to $3.1 billion in full-year 2020, as expense increases as a result of the Sprint merger, including merger-related costs, were partially offset by higher revenues.

“These results show that we’re pulling way ahead of the pack on what matters - overall 5G network performance - and executing to stay ahead,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “And customers are noticing. 2020 was quite simply our best year yet, with our highest EVER total postpaid net additions of 5.5 million. Our team delivered – leading the industry on customer growth, while being the ONLY major player to grow profitability as well, with our synergy-backed business model. "

Some highlights:

  • Net customer additions were 1.7 million in Q4 2020, the 24th consecutive quarter of industry-leading performance in this category. Net customer additions were 5.6 million in full-year 2020, the best in the industry and highest in four years. The total customer count increased to a record-high of 102.1 million.
  • Postpaid net customer additions were 1.6 million in Q4 2020, the 12th consecutive quarter of industry-leading performance in this category. Postpaid net customer additions were 5.5 million in full-year 2020, the best in the industry and the most in company history.
  • Postpaid phone net customer additions were 824 thousand in Q4 2020, best in the industry and the 28th consecutive quarter of leading the national carriers, and 2.2 million in full-year 2020. Postpaid phone churn was 1.03% in Q4 2020 and 0.90% in full-year 2020.
  • Postpaid other net customer additionswere 794 thousand in Q4 2020, leading the industry for the 3rd consecutive quarter. Postpaid other net customer additions were 3.3 million in full-year 2020, best in the industry and the most in company history.
  • Prepaid net customer additions were 84 thousand in Q4 2020, leading the national carriers, and 145 thousand in full-year 2020. Prepaid churn was 2.92% in Q4 2020 and 3.03% in full-year 2020.


CoreSite posts Q4 revenue of $155 million, up 6% yoy

CoreSite Realty reported Q4 2020 revenue of $154.9 million, an increase of 6.1% year over year. Net income of $0.46 per common diluted share, a decrease of $0.05 year over year.

CoreSite achieved new and expansion sales of almost $9.7 million of annualized GAAP rent for the quarter, which included $4.4 million of annualized GAAP rent from retail colocation leases, $3.7 million of annualized GAAP rent from small scale leases, and $1.5 million from large scale leases.

“We executed well on each of our 2020 priorities amidst the backdrop of the global pandemic,” said Paul Szurek, CoreSite’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The pandemic created a challenging environment that forced the team to rethink prior practices, and I’m proud of our ability to adapt quickly while continuing to execute on each priority.”

Some key data center trends for CoreSite in Q4

  • Commenced 147 new and expansion leases for 109,154 NRSF, representing $20.4 million of annualized GAAP rent, for an average rate of $187 per square foot
  • Signed 151 new and expansion leases for 53,953 NRSF and $9.7 million of annualized GAAP rent, for an average rate of $180 per square foot
  • Renewed 260 leases for 121,420 NRSF and $15.8 million of annualized GAAP rent, for an average rate of $130 per square foot
  • Renewed leases reflected an increase of 1.0% in cash rent and 4.4% in GAAP rent, and churn was 5.4%

NTT opens fifth data center in Malaysia

NTT Ltd. inaugurated its fifth data center in Malaysia. The new facility, known as Cyberjaya 5 (CBJ5), is located within NTT Cyberjaya Campus and measures 107,000 square feet. The data center is designed to meet the requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises. It also aims to support the growing digital economy in Malaysia.

CBJ5 has 6.5MW of critical IT load and it boasts a Tier IV1 ready, compact and modular design, to provide clients with a flexible and scalable power, and cooling solution of up to 15kW/rack. In addition, CBJ5 has a cooling wall system that is the first of its kind, offering optimum power efficiency and cost-effective cooling system to support high density hyperscalers as well as heavy corporate users in Malaysia.

“NTT in Malaysia has been successfully operating the Cyberjaya campus data center for over 24 years. Its expansion and growth are testimonies to Malaysia’s success in becoming the regional data center hub in ASEAN. I believe the launch of CBJ5 is timely and it will certainly attract more international investors and enterprises to Malaysia as a business and economic hub due to its strong digitalization efforts and strategic location within Southeast Asia. This will be instrumental in making Malaysia the ‘Heart of Digital ASEAN’ by 2025 as outlined by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC),” said Hiroshi Oka, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia.

“NTT places Asia Pacific as a tactical key region, and Malaysia – a strategic hub for the submarine cables operated by NTT such as the new MIST3 cable system, as well as the existing Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and Asia Pacific Gateway (APG). Furthermore, CBJ5 will drive business opportunities in Asia through the upcoming MIST cable system which will link all our large-scale data centers in the region. Our continued commitment to Malaysia will help position NTT as a technologically innovative leader to address the industries of the future,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division.

NTT Ltd. said its data center footprint expansion in Malaysia is part of an ongoing growth strategy by NTT’s Global Data Centers division, which operates the third-largest data center platform in the world across 20 countries and regions. Malaysia is one of the prime data center markets in the region due to the abundant availability of resources and favorable government policies concerning data center infrastructure.

Fujitu leverages Xilinx for O-RAN 5G radios

Xilinx is supplying its  UltraScale+ technology to Fujitsu Limited for its O-RAN 5G radio units (O-RUs), which will be deployed in the first O-RAN-compliant 5G greenfield networks in the U.S. Fujitsu is also evaluating Xilinx RFSoC technology to further reduce cost and power consumption for additional future site deployments.

"We are proud to collaborate with Fujitsu in the development of their multi-generation 5G radio units using our industry-leading UltraScale+ solutions, which will be deployed in a major greenfield 5G network,” said Liam Madden, executive vice president and general manager, Wired and Wireless Group at Xilinx. “As the market needs for 5G continue to evolve, Fujitsu also recognized the importance of integrating Xilinx adaptable RFSoCs to address the evolution of standards for next-generation radio deployments.”

“Our Fujitsu design team worked closely with Xilinx on our O-RAN radio units to enable greater flexibility and cost savings while also delivering greater innovation as well as new capabilities for 5G networks,” said Masaki Taniguchi, senior vice president and head of the Mobile System Business Unit at Fujitsu.

Telia Carrier opens PoP at MDC Data Centers in El Paso

Telia Carrier launched a new PoP at MDC Data Centers' (Formerly McAllen Data Center) El Paso facility. The new PoP in El Paso provides scalable multi-terabit capacity and connectivity, enhancing the local availability of high-speed IP Transit, Cloud Connect, Ethernet and IPX services for operators, content providers and enterprises alike.

With data centers in McAllen, Laredo, Nogales and El Paso; MDC focuses on interconnecting the world with Mexico by providing carrier-neutral colocation and international fiber crossings in strategic hubs along the U.S. border with Mexico. MDC’s data center in McAllen boasts the largest concentration of Mexican operators in one place, and it is home to the MEX-IX, now the largest and only peering exchange focused on servicing Mexico.

“Our continued partnership with MDC, and investment in the Southwest and Mexico market is a testament to our customer-driven approach, adding additional diversity and capacity as we expand our global IP backbone,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Business and Network Development, Telia Carrier. “The demand for IP and other big bandwidth services in El Paso is growing at an incredible rate as more businesses enter the market and leverage capability at the edge.”

Renesas Electronics intros CK440 Clock Generator

Renesas Electronics introduced a low-jitter 9SQ440 clock generator IC designed for next-generation Intel platforms used in high-performance computing and data center applications. 

The new device is a CK440Q-compliant server clock generator that provides a high-performance synthesizer to address PCIe Gen5 design challenges.

Key features

  1. PCIe Gen5 and UPI v2.0-compliant clocks for 32GT/s SerDes
  2. PCIe Gen5 with <50fs RMS phase jitter, below specification requirements, to deliver better design margin
  3. 7 dedicated 100MHz outputs w/7 OE# pins
  4. 3 dedicated 25MHz platform time outputs
  5. 1 dedicated 25MHz platform time daisy chain output
  6. 9 mux outputs selectable between 100MHz or 25MHz