Monday, December 13, 2021

TIP demos Phoenix open and disaggregated transponder

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) demonstrated its Phoenix open and disaggregated transponder for the first time at the NTT R&D Forum 2021 last month.

TIP's Phoenix, which a Layer 0/Layer 1 white box transponder supporting 400 Gbps/lambda, is being developed by TIP's Open Optical & Packet Transport’s (OOPT) Disaggregated Optical Systems (DOS) subgroup. This Phoenix prototype is built over a beta version of the Wistron Galileo Flex-T hardware platform and the Goldstone network operating system (NOS), developed as an Open Source Software (OSS) within TIP’s OOPT NOS subgroup, through the open hardware interface Transponder Abstraction Interface (TAI).

In this demonstration, Wistron’s Galileo Flex T, which can be equipped with four 400 Gbps CFP2-DCOs with a maximum throughput of 1.6 Tbps. For the coherent modules, Fujitsu’s Optical Components (FOC) 400G CFP2-DCO and Lumentum’s 400G CFP2-DCO were used. Both modules contain a 400 Gbit/s low power coherent DSP developed by NTT Network Innovation Laboratories and commercialized by NTT Electronics.

NEC joins TIP's Phoenix initiative for Optical/Packet transport

NEC has joined the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Phoenix initiative under the Open Optical and Packet Transport (OOPT) Project Group. The goal is to develop a 400G transponder for open and disaggregated high-capacity DWDM networks.

NEC will serve as a system integrator within the OOPT Project Group and the Phoenix initiative to realize a fully disaggregated architecture.

The company plans to release its TIP-compliant 400G transponder solution to the market globally along with NEC's ecosystem partners in 2022.

NEC, which has been actively promoting the Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) field, said that by participating in this project it will also promote openness in the optical transmission area and contribute to the acceleration of innovation in this area.

"Today's network operators need improved speed and agility to provide better connectivity for communities worldwide," said David Hutton, TIP's Chief Engineer. "NEC participating in TIP's OOPT Project Group is welcome support for critical interoperability to prove that Phoenix use cases can be achieved with open disaggregated optical network architectures. We are excited to see NEC products compliant with TIP's Phoenix requirements as well as their capabilities as a system integrator."

Atsuo Kawamura, Executive VP, Network Service Business Unit, NEC, said, "I believe NEC can provide flexible and optimal solutions that support the delivery of a variety of services provided by operators. Through the development of optical transmission systems that conform to open interfaces, we will keep working to enhance and expand optical networks worldwide."

ONF and TIP collaborating on Open Optical Transport 

The ONF and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) agreed to collaborate on optical transport solutions that increase openness, SDN programmability, and disaggregation. The collaboration combines the ONF's Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) project and TIP’s­­­ Open Optical & Packet Transport(OOPT) group. Both groups are leveraging open software and hardware, common APIs and community collaboration. The groups said their existing work as...

Russia's Rostelecom plans new Transit Europe – Asia backbone

Rostelecom plans to begin construction of a new fiber backbone linking Russia's western and eastern borders with the countries largest cities and connecting the major European traffic exchanges with Mongolia and China. The TEA NEXT (Transit Europe – Asia) system will also link Vladivostok to Busan, Tokyo and Hong Kong via subsea cables.

Rostelecom announced a parity agreement with VEB Ventures (VEB. RF’s venture fund) each invest around RUB 6 billion in Atlas, an operating company formed for the construction. The total investment is expected to reach around USD 650 million in the next few years with a view to finance the project up until 2025.

As noted by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Chernyshenko, TEA NEXT will be instrumental in shaping the national digital economy and boosting innovation.

Construction on the first segment TEA NEXT started in the summer of 2020 running from Moscow via Saint-Petersburg through to the Latvian border.

Mikhail Oseevskiy, President of Rostelecom: “TEA NEXT will be instrumental in delivering our ambition to become the leader across all segments of the telecom ecosystem. With its technically advanced new generation features, the project will provide the critical foundation for the national backbone fiber optic infrastructure in the next thirty years. Atlas, in turn, is set to become the leader in fiber optic services for national companies, as well as the largest international operators and OTT players. The main feature of the project is the brand new advantageous route from West to East of Russia with stations in key cities along the way.”

Ericsson Routes is Waze for connectivity for autonomous vehicles

 Ericsson has begun beta testing a new service in San Francisco that helps autonomous vehicles, drones, and other unmanned vehicles to predict wireless connectivity from multiple operators across a planned route.

The new Ericsson Routes service is described as "Waze" for wireless cellular quality. Ericsson Routes provides a single integration point and a consistent prediction engine for autonomous vehicles across all their wireless service providers.

The beta program is the first step in a journey that will see the Basic Service reaching commercial limited availability in April 2022. During the second half of 2022, Ericsson will launch the Premium Service in partnership with wireless service providers.

The Basic Service provides connectivity awareness along a path from point A to point B with its uplink blind spot detector (available with the beta program) and the uplink throughput prediction (available at the time of commercial limited availability).

The upcoming Ericsson Routes Premium Service, to be launched in partnership with wireless service providers, will provide a finer, real-time granularity that addresses critical connectivity requirements along the trip from point A to point B.

The beta program is first available in San Francisco, California, while the commercial limited availability release will expand the service to Houston, Texas. Additional markets may be added based on customer feedback. The Premium Service is expected to initially cover the same areas as the Basic Service plus Las Vegas, Nevada.

AWS Region opens in Jakarta

Amazon Web Services has activated AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, providing its cloud services from data centers located in Indonesia. 

AWS estimates spending on the construction and operation of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will create 24,700 direct and indirect jobs with an estimated $5 billion (IDR$71 trillion) in planned investment in the local economy. The Region will also add an estimated $10.9 billion (IDR$155 trillion) over the next 15 years to Indonesia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, AWS has 84 Availability Zones across 26 geographic regions globally, with announced plans to launch 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. Availability Zones are located far enough from each other to support customers’ business continuity but near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. 

“The cloud provides organizations of all types and sizes—from businesses to educational institutions to government agencies—opportunities to transform their operations and reinvent experiences for their customers and end users,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “AWS is excited to announce our new Region in Asia Pacific and help Indonesian institutions, innovative startups, and world-leading companies deliver cloud-powered applications to fuel economic development across the country. Organizations across industries in Indonesia can now take advantage of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region to lower costs, increase agility, and drive innovation.”

“Infrastructure from the world’s leading cloud provider plays a critical role in accelerating our digital economy,” said Perry Warjiyo, Governor of Bank Indonesia, the nation’s central bank. “We expect that AWS’s cloud technology will help us achieve our vision and goals outlined in the Indonesia Payment Systems 2045 blueprint, fully digitalizing the nation’s payment systems and integrating a multitude of stakeholders and economic activities under the guiding principles of security and data protection.”

Australia's NBN Co targets 100% Renewable Electricity

Australia's NBN Co outlined the following initial three-year roadmap Towards-Zero Carbon Ambition:

  • Reducing its annual energy use by 25GWh by December 2025 
  • Purchasing 100 per cent renewable electricity from December 2025 
  • Using electric or hybrid vehicles, where suitably available, by 2030

NBN Co is committed to delivering a more energy-efficient network, with over 8.3 million premises currently connected to the nbn network, and it will seek to maintain more efficient use of energy as data demand and the number of connected premises continues to grow.

In addition NBN Co has recently entered into a renewable power purchasing agreement that is intended to deliver almost 20 per cent renewable energy to the network by FY23. The company has plans to source 100 per cent of its power purchases from renewable energy sources through further power purchase agreements and contracts for renewables.

Fiber Broadband Association elects 2022 Board of Directors

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today announced it has elected its 2022 Board of Directors. Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer at Clearfield, was elected as the new Chair of the Board for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2022.

“The FBA Board of Directors plays a critical role in our effort to advance fiber deployment so that every community across North America can access high-speed reliable broadband. In 2021, our Board helped guide us through the momentous passing of the Infrastructure Bill that awarded $65 billion for broadband investment,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the FBA. “As we look towards 2022, there is a huge opportunity for our industry to close the digital equity gap for good, and our newly elected Board has the expertise to help our members navigate this opportunity successfully. I congratulate our newest directors and officers, while also extending gratitude to those that served in 2021.”

Elections for the Board of Directors were held at FBA’s 2021 Premier Members Meeting in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, Board officers were elected at the Board meeting. The full 2022 Board of Directors includes:

  • Chair: Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield
  • Vice Chair: Joseph “JJ” Jones, Executive Vice President, On Trac, Inc.
  • Secretary: Jimmy Todd, CEO and General Manager, Nex-Tech
  • Treasurer: Joe Jensen, Director, Americas Market Development, Corning
  • Immediate Past Chair: Katie Espeseth, Vice President of New Products, EPB
  • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy
  • Mark Boxer, Technical Manager – Solutions and Applications Engineering, OFS
  • Scott Jackson, National Market Manager – Broadband, Graybar
  • Ben Moncrief, Sr. VP – Strategic Relations and Managing Director - Alabama, C Spire

FBA perspective: America's $65 billion broadband investment

America's new infrastructure package is the single, largest investment in broadband deployment in history and represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get fiber out to every American, says Gary Bolton, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. Here is a one-minute perspective.

Ericsson joins Vodafone 5G Lab

Ericsson has partnered with the new Vodafone 5G Lab in Madrid, Spain.

The Vodafone 5G Lab is powered by the new Ericsson Cloud Native 5G Core. Running independently of the existing 4G network, the latency of Ericsson’s 5G Core enables network slicing, and improves the stability of the network and its performance.

The companies describe the partnership as a fundamental step towards further elevating the quality of 5G in the Spanish market and creating a solid 5G ecosystem that ensures the entire chain of project development – from design to execution – has access to the best connectivity and 5G devices.

Marta de Pablos, Head of Strategic Marketing for 5G, Vodafone Spain, says: “Vodafone 5G Lab aims to become a fundamental co-creation space to develop a new generation of services and applications that our customers will be able to access in the near future. It is a very important step forward in our strategy to continue being pioneers and a reference in the deployment and use of 5G networks and services in Spain.”

Windstream Wholesale lights new route from LA to Las Vegas

Windstream Wholesale turned up a direct route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas via its Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON) architecture.

This new route offers a more direct, lower latency path for the Asia PAC (APAC) subsea cables landing in Los Angeles to access the growing Las Vegas data center ecosystem. With this addition, Windstream now has three routes connecting Los Angeles to data center facilities in the Las Vegas area including Databank, Switch, Cyxtera and Flexential, among others.

“As more subsea cables land into Los Angeles, there is a tremendous need for the kind of diverse, low-latency connections to domestic data centers that Windstream Wholesale’s expanding network is intentionally designed to deliver,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Windstream Wholesale. “Windstream is APAC’s gateway to North America and our ICON network is built to meet this burgeoning demand.”

Windstream’s ICON architecture provides open and disaggregated networking infrastructure for wholesale and enterprise technology customers, that features:

  • Flexible design options, alien wave support and multi-vendor interoperability;
  • More bandwidth, customer-centric design options, and multi-vendor interop support;
  • Layer Zero analytics and Layer One analytics that enable Network Health monitoring through Windstream’s carrier portal as a single pane of glass network management tool; and
  • Faster provisioning via SDN orchestration for both design-based and intent-based provisioning of wave and Ethernet solutions.