Sunday, September 19, 2021

Telxius launches transatlantic 400G, powered by Ciena and Infinera

Telxius confirmed that 400Gbps Ethernet has been deployed throughout its network and is now ready for service thanks to the technology provided by Ciena and Infinera.

“Telxius’ network is the first to have a 400Gbps Ethernet interface available in both the transatlantic and the LATAM-USA routes, including Marea, Dunant, Brusa, Junior, Tannat and Mistral subsea cables,” stated Guillermo CaƱete, VP Network Planning Telxius. “The collaboration with top-tier providers such as Infinera and Ciena opens up possibilities for Telxius to offer enhanced ethernet services to customers that seamlessly support the rapid bandwidth demands of today’s data-intensive cloud and network applications.”

“With cloud networking and data center connections exploding and fueling a huge demand for increased bandwidth and subsea capacity, Infinera delivers the flexibility, capacity, and reach to help ensure that subsea networks continue to stay ahead of bandwidth needs,” comments Ron Johnson, General Manager, Optical Systems and Network Solutions Group at Infinera. “Infinera’s new 800G ICE6 solution is the ideal fit for network operators like Telxius looking to flexibly and cost-effectively scale their networks to meet the rapid growth of bandwidth and deliver efficient support for 400G Ethernet services.”

Telxius has fully deployed Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine networking solution, which leverages WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics.

“We are pleased to continue evolving our partnership with Telxius to provide the best possible connectivity experience worldwide,” said Ian Clarke, Vice President of Global Submarine Solutions, Ciena.

Telxius operates two of the highest-capacity and lowest-latency transatlantic submarine cable routes. 

Marea connects the Virginia Beach Telxius CLS Campus in the U.S. to Sopelana, Spain, and on to the Derio Communications Hub, which in turn leverages the power of MAREA by connecting to major hubs across Europe. Dunant provides additional network diversity across the Atlantic, connecting further north to France from the Virginia Beach CLS. 

From the U.S., the 11,000-km Brusa subsea cable system connects Virginia Beach to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil) and San Juan (Puerto Rico) extending to the Tannat and Junior subsea cables for further connectivity across Latin America.

Telxius activates Mistral along Latin America's Pacific coast

Telxius' new Mistral submarine cable, which runs along the Latin American Pacific coast, is now ready for service between Puerto San Jose (Guatemala) with Valparaiso (Chile) with additional landing points in Salinas (Ecuador), Lurin (Peru) and Arica (Chile).Mistral spans approximately 7,300 km, and features six fibre pairs, 132 Tbps of potential capacity, and the lowest latency from Guatemala to Chile. It is the first subsea cable in the last 20...

Telxius announced that the new Tannat submarine cable, connecting Santos (Brazil) with Las Toninas (Argentina), is now open for service. Tannat is a 2,000 kilometer new generation system adds to the Brusa and Junior cables on the Atlantic coast of Latin America to deliver the most modern and diverse end-to-end connectivity between the U.S., Brazil and Argentina. The new cable completes a main connectivity route between the U.S. and key hubs...

Telstra’s T25 strategy targets 95% population coverage for 5G

In its annual Investor Day presentation, Telstra outlined its T25 strategy to achieve a 95% population coverage across Australia with its 5G network coverage while delivering mid-single digit underlying EBITDA and high-teens underlying EPS CAGR to FY25.

Telstra CEO, Andrew Penn, states: “T22 has been one of the largest, fastest and most ambitious transformations of a telco globally and today we are a vastly different company. This means we are poised for growth as our society and economy increasingly digitises and we all work, study, transact and get our entertainment online. These fundamental shifts, together with T25, will underpin our future growth and shareholder value. If T22 was a strategy of necessity, T25 is a strategy for growth."

Key points:

  • Telstra will use predictive analytics to enhance customer experiences for its telco, energy and tech products and services. This will be supported by one of the country’s largest retail footprints, Australian-based contact centres, and a 24/7 digital shop.
  • Telstra will expand its regional coverage by 100,000 sq km for 4G and 5G. Telstra expects 80% of all mobile traffic to be on 5G by FY25.
  • Telstra aims to deliver A$500 million of net cost reductions, cash conversion and generation, active portfolio management, and shareholder value through an updated capital management framework.

  • Telstra aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

Deutsche Telekom opens its Open Telekom Cloud

 Deutsche Telekom announced that companies from regulated industries can now host data covered by data privacy in the Open Telekom Cloud, which is provided from Telekom's data centers in Europe. 

All data remains in Europe. Deutche Telekom says these data centers are among the most secure and modern facilities of their kind in the world.

Deutsche Telekom has made a Group-wide commitment to maintain social secrecy in accordance with § 35 of the German Social Code I (SGB I). Social secrecy ensures that providers of social benefits do not process the data of their members without authorization. Among others, this affects statutory health insurance funds, pension insurance, employment services and employers' liability insurance associations.

DT expands its Open Telekom Cloud with Amsterdam data center

Deutsche Telekom is expanding the reach of its Open Telekom Cloud with the opening of a huge data center campus in Amsterdam.  The facility covers a total area of 21,000 square meters.  DT said its servers and storage will operate under the highest security standards, with electricity exclusively from renewable energy sources. The two facilities in Amsterdam target PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) values of 1.32 and 1.25, which is approximately 30 percent lower consumption than conventional data centers.

"The opening of our cloud data center in Amsterdam strengthens Europe’s data sovereignty," said Adel al Saleh, member of the Telekom Board of Management and CEO T-Systems. "And companies improve their security, because European data protection rules apply.“ 

The new Amsterdam site "mirrors" the two core data centers of the Open Telekom Cloud in Biere and Magdeburg. The distance of around 500 kilometers is well above the critical infrastructure (KRITIS) recommendation of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Computing and storage power are still available even if there are outages - due to natural disasters, for example - at the various sites.

Capgemini and Orange to build "Cloud de Confiance" in France

Capgemini and Orange will establish a joint venture company called “Bleu” to provide a "Cloud de Confiance" to address the security requirements of the French State, public administrations and critical infrastructure companies across France. The idea is to build a French hyperscale cloud, fully under French and European jurisdictions.Bleu will provide its customers with an independent, trusted cloud platform with a broad catalog of digital solutions...

Planning begins for a European quantum communication network

The European Commission has selected Airbus to lead a consortium of companies and research institutes to study the design of the future European quantum communication network, EuroQCI, to enable ultra-secure communication between critical infrastructures and government institutions across the European Union. The 15-month study will set out the details of the end-to-end system and design. The European Commission's ambition is to run a EuroQCI demonstrator...

MACOM shows 112 Gbps TIA family

At last week's China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) 2021 in Shenzhen, China, MACOM showcased:

112 Gbps TIA Family for DR and FR Single Mode Applications

MACOM demonstrated a Gold Box evaluation board which includes MACOM’s 4x100 Gbps MATA-03819 transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and MACOM’s BSP56 photodetector (PD). The display will highlight the MATA-03819 TIA’s leading bit-error-performance.

10 Gbps Components for PON Applications

MACOM demonstrated its 10 Gbps passive optical network (PON) component solution for XGPON and XGSPON spanning its portfolio of TIAs, drivers, photodiodes and lasers. Displaying industry-leading performance, MACOM highlight the MALD-02186 multi-PON combo chip (OLT), MALD-02188 XGPON combo chip (OLT), MALD-02183 XGPON combo chip (ONU), MALD-02181 XGSPON combo chip (ONU), MATA-02239 10Gbps BM TIA (OLT), MATA-02240 10 Gbps TIA (ONU), MAOD-127D02IL1T0 – XGPON laser, MAOD-127D10I-LCT0 – XGSPON laser, MARP-FSAPD10A PD (ONU) and MARP-FSAPD10B/ 32445-02 PD (OLT).

200 Gbps and 400 Gbps Chip-Set for SR Multimode Applications

MACOM demonstrated a two-chip analog solution for short reach 200 Gbps QSFP and 400 Gbps OSFP, as well as QSFP-DD modules and AOC data center applications. The first chip is a 4x53 Gbps PAM-4 CDR and TIA, and the second is a 4x53 Gbps PAM-4 CDR and VCSEL driver. The chipset offers IEEE standard-compliant bit error rate (BER) performance and Open Eye MSA transmit eye compliance, while displaying interoperability with an Ethernet switch.

50 Gbps Reference Design for 5G Wireless Mid Haul Applications

MACOM demonstrated its 50 Gbps reference design for 5G wireless mid-haul applications. This demonstration will feature a complete 50 Gbps PAM-4 QSFP28 reference design, using all MACOM components. The demo platform is a 20-kilometer optical link with single-mode fiber using a 1310 nanometer wavelength. The reference design showcases MACOM’s new PRISM-50D DSP with integrated DML driver, a 26 GBaud 1310 I-temp laser, a 26 GBaud PIN photodiode, and a 26 GBaud PAM-4 TIA.

MaxLinear demos 400G transceivers

At the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE, September 16-18), MaxLinear demonstrated Molex LLC’s 400G-DR4 optical modules based on MaxLinear’s Telluride (MxL9354x) pulse-amplitude-modulation (PAM4) digital signal processors (DSPs). 

MaxLinear’s MxL9354x Telluride family of SoCs are key components in the deployment of hyper-scale data centers based on 100Gbps single lambda optical interconnects. They enabled Molex to build their high-performance 400Gbps optical modules in a compact QSFP-DD form factor for intra-datacenter applications and meet the strict performance and interoperability requirements of next-generation hyperscale data centers.

The Telluride family of high-performance PAM4 DSP SoCs enable 400Gbps optical modules using a 4x100Gbps optics interface. These SoCs are suitable for use within QSFP-DD and OSFP module form factors. The MxL9354x 400G PAM4 DSP integrates an optional EA-EML driver with 1.8V PP SE swing. Asynchronous breakout mode clocking is an essential feature for hyperscale data center customers initiating 400G DR4 deployments. MaxLinear’s 400G Telluride DSPs (MxL9354x) integrate this clocking requirement.

The devices feature a comprehensive digital pre-distortion (DPD) engine in the transmit direction to compensate for laser non-linearity and to cancel packaging limitations that cause reflections and bandwidth degradation at these extremely high signal frequencies. On the receive path, the DSP includes an auto-adaptive signal enhancement engine, which integrates a continuous time linear equalizer (CTLE), automatic gain control (AGC), a feed forward equalizer (FFE), and a decision feedback equalizer (DFE).

“With the exponential growth of data traffic within hyperscale cloud networks driving demand for ever-increasing volumes of high-speed interconnects, 400Gbps Telluride-based transceiver modules are key enablers for current and next-generation hyperscale data centers,” said Drew Guckenberger, Vice President of MaxLinear’s Optical Interconnect Group. “Through our partnership with Molex, the demonstrated Telluride-based optical modules meet all of the stringent link performance metrics demanded by our key hyperscale customers, enabling high-volume deployments and meeting their growing network expansion needs.”