Thursday, September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian knocks out 1,552 cell sites in Florida

As of 29-September-2022, the FCC reports that 1,552 cell sites were out of service in Florida, approximately 11% of the 14,188 cell sites in the state. 

Of these, the FCC lists 180 cell sites as damaged/destroyed by the storm, while 795 cell sites are offline due to power issues, while 527 are on backup power.

The number of cell site outages in a specific area does not necessarily correspond to the availability of wireless service to consumers in that area. 

Cable and wireline companies reported 525,966 subscribers out of service in the disaster area for Hurricane Ian; this includes the loss of telephone, television, and/or Internet services.

ADVA launches pluggable 10G edge demarcation device

ADVA introduced a pluggable 10Gbit/s demarcation SFP+ device specifically designed for space-constrained environments. 

The ADVA NIDPlug+ device consumes less than 2.5 watts and provides enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs) with the comprehensive management capabilities needed to deliver strict SLA-based Carrier Ethernet. With standards-compliant performance assurance and service activation testing, it integrates seamlessly into existing networks and enables MEF 3.0-compliant mobile and business services.

“Today’s launch answers the urgent need of network operators to deliver high-speed Carrier Ethernet in environments where standalone demarcation solutions can’t be deployed. With its low-power consumption, our NIDPlug+™ offers a highly cost-effective route to getting more from existing infrastructure,” said Eli Angel, VP of product line management at ADVA. “CSPs throughout the world trust our demarcation products to provide assured bandwidth services. Now, they can easily plug this technology into an existing switch, router or other customer premises device that requires network connectivity. We’re empowering operators to scale up their network capabilities while ensuring lower cost per bit and reducing the expense of ongoing operations.”

ECOC22 Update: ADVA's Optical Engines optical engines!Here is an overview from Saeid Aramideh, VP of Business Development, Optical Engines Business Unit, ADVA.Learn more about the Consortium for Onboard Optics and why your company should join:https://www.onboardoptics....

ADVA launches AccesWave25 optical transceiver

ADVA launched its AccessWave25 pluggable optical transceiver for mobile X-Haul, cable access and wholesale networks.The SFP28 transceiver offers 25 Gbps connectivity and a reach of 40km and features G.metro auto-tuning technology to reduce provisioning efforts and simplify operations. It uses less than 3 watts and has an I-temp hardened design.“Our AccessWave25 is the key to unlocking more bandwidth at the edge. Now network operators have an easy,...

ADVA introduces new 10G edge device

ADVA introduced an outdoor 10G Carrier Ethernet edge demarcation device that complies with MEF 3.0 specificationsThe ADVA FSP 150-XO106 is compact and temperature-hardened, making it ideal for deployment in space-restricted locations and harsh outdoor conditions. Requiring no cabinet or cooling, it can be easily deployed on walls, poles and cell towers. The feature-rich solution includes advanced OAM capabilities, supports precise synchronization...

Qualcomm advances its 5G RAN chips

Qualcomm confirmed that its upcoming X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card and QRU100 5G RAN platform are now sampling with first customers. Commercial deployments from OEMs are now expected in 2023.

  • Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card -- can be used for offloading server CPUs from compute-intensive 5G baseband processing. It supports a range of baseband function split options which spans support of all 7.x split functions providing OEMs and operators with deployment flexibility and facilitates scalable, cost-effective 5G RAN networks spanning mmWave and Sub-6 GHz. The accelerator card is positioned as a customizable turnkey solution for O-RAN fronthaul and 5G NR layer 1 High (L1 High) processing including beamforming processing and support for simultaneous massive MIMO 64T64R sectors.
  • Qualcomm QRU100 5G RAN Platform -- a Modem-RF base station chipset supporting Massive MIMO and O-RAN architectures. Advanced features include Multi-operator RAN sharing, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), and digital beamforming as well as 64T64R, 32T32R and non-Massive MIMO solutions. Qualcomm says its solution supports all split options providing OEMs and operators with tremendous flexibility to deploy unprecedented peak speeds with available spectrum resources and facilitates scalable, cost-effective 5G RAN networks spanning mmWave and Sub-6 GHz

“Network operators understand the importance of deploying 5G network infrastructure that can support the demands of next-generation networks, enhance consumer experiences, and unlock new use cases. They require a scalable solution with high capacity and low latency,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, cellular modems and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies.

DOCOMO and NEC cut 5G SA power consumption with AWS Graviton2

 NTT DOCOMO and NEC demonstrated an average of a 72% reduction in power consumption against incumbent x86 processors using NEC's 5GC software running on AWS Graviton2. The trial tested performance within a 5GC hybrid cloud environment leveraging AWS Graviton2 and DOCOMO's on-premises Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure.

Following the completion of this first phase trial, the companies will now conduct a second phase trial to test the 5GC network function on AWS Outposts equipped with Graviton2 processors on DOCOMO's premises.

"We are delighted to announce that we achieved significant reduction of power consumption of 5GC thanks to NEC's advanced, cloud-native 5GC software and AWS's innovative and highly efficient Graviton2," said Naoki Tani, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Executive General Manager of the R&D Innovation Division of NTT DOCOMO. "We will continue the collaboration on the PoC with NEC and AWS for future delivery of environmentally friendly and disaster-resilient 5G network service to our customers."

"The significant power reduction achieved through this trial indicates a big step forward in commercializing environmentally friendly, sustainable, next-generation mobile infrastructure. NEC will continue adopting cutting-edge, low-power technologies, such as Graviton2, for its UPF and vRAN domains. Our aim is to further contribute to building a sustainable society through provision of sustainable virtual networks and the realization of next-generation, low-power mobile infrastructure," said Atsuo Kawamura, Executive Vice President, NEC.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Japan's SINET6 academic net upgrades to 400G with Juniper

Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII), the inter-university research institute in-charge of Japan’s nationwide academic information infrastructure, has selected Juniper Networks' to upgrade its SINET6 academic information network.

NII engaged Juniper for SINET6 with the goal of improving its services by implementing advanced technologies such as 400G optical transmission, 5G mobile and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). To scale SINET6’s reach and performance to 400G, NII selected Juniper’s MX Series Universal Routing Platforms and ACX Series Cloud Metro Routers for router network.

SINET6's supported POPs have now seen a 1.5x increase to 70 sites, improving connectivity experiences for the country's research institutions. SINET6 also utilizes Juniper’s PseudoWire Headend Termination (PWHT) capability provided by Junos OS, directly connecting sites using the ACX Cloud Metro Routers, lowering connectivity costs and simplifying the network. To safeguard against cyberattacks, the Juniper and Corero Joint DDoS Protection Solution was integrated with the MX Routing Platforms to enable high-speed, low-load and accurate attack traffic detection and defense.

“It is an honor to once again be chosen by NII to provide our experience-first solutions to power SINET6, which supports cutting-edge research and education in Japan. Building on our long-standing partnership, NII has built a cost-effective and highly reliable network that takes advantage of all the capabilities of 400G. We are excited to continue contributing to SINET's evolution and are committed to powering the best research and education experiences in the country,” stated Tomohiro Furuya, VP & Country Manager, Japan, Juniper Networks.

NEC adopts Red Hat OpenShift

NEC has adopted Red Hat OpenShift as its preferred Kubernetes container platform. The companies are looking to develop DX, global 5G,digital finance and digital government applications. 

NEC and Red Hat will organize a joint technical support system (collaborative Center of Excellence) consisting of more than 100 personnel from both companies, mainly architects who are familiar with container technology and Red Hat products, so that customers can use NEC's solutions together with Red Hat OpenShift with confidence. 

Ciena to manufacture routing and switching products in India

Ciena is working with Flex, its existing electronics manufacturing services partner, to add additional manufacturing capacity for its Routing and Switching portfolio. Ciena expects to deliver the first of these India-made products to customers early in 2023.

“We see growing interest in our lean, automation-centric routing and switching products because of the rise in 5G use cases and applications that enable video streaming, mobile gaming, and augmented reality. By manufacturing locally, Ciena is bringing these products and supply chain closer to the customers in India, potentially accelerating delivery schedules,” said Steve Haley, Global Supply Chain Leader, Ciena.

Ciena has had a presence in India for more than 15 years, including a Research & Development center of excellence with critical intellectual property being developed in India and a growing customer base, including all the local Tier 1 service providers.

NTT to build 30 MW data center in Kyoto prefecture

NTT is to invest approximately 40 billion yen to to build a new "Keihanna Data Center" in Kyoto Prefecture.

NTT Communications plans to start providing services in the second half of fiscal year 2025.

The building will be a four-story, seismic-isolated structure that will stably supply a total of 30 MW for IT load (starting at 6 MW and gradually expanding) to a server room space of 10,900 sqm (equivalent to 4,800 racks). In addition to providing a redundant power supply, air conditioning, and communication equipment meeting the international Tier III standards for data centers, disaster countermeasures, and enhanced security, sustainable and safe services through enhancing energy-saving equipment.

VMware Telco Cloud now supports 275+ VNFs and CNFs

VMware outlined significant progress with its Telco Cloud and automation platform, which now support over 275 virtual network functions (VNFs). The latest release of VMware Telco Cloud Platform adds the capability to:

  • Upgrade control plane and worker node pools separately, amid management of cluster failures.
  • Protect and better secure 5G networks from sophisticated security attacks with intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS) for east-west network traffic.
  • Accelerate the deployment of network services with an expanding partner ecosystem of over 275 virtualized and containerized network functions (VNFs and CNFs) including Mavenir’s Converged Packet Core.

“The success of 5G rollouts hinges on the ability to disaggregate networks and roll out new services at a faster pace and larger scale,” said Ashok Khuntia, Mavenir’s President, Core Networks. “With Mavenir’s 5G Converged Packet Core certified through the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program, we were able to quickly validate our CSAR package conformity as well as the steps for onboarding and lifecycle management of our network functions. As a result, VMware and Mavenir will enable CSPs to quickly onboard and deploy network functions resulting in time, money and integration savings.”

The latest release of VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance 2.0 enables new use cases for mobile service assurance, including CaaS, 4G and 5G mobile cores, network slicing, and RAN.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Intel's Pat Gelsinger shows Co-Package Optics connector

In a keynote address at the Intel Innovation event in San Jose, California, Pat Gelsinger demonstrated a pluggable co-package photonics solution -- a detachable, optical-in-package connector.  Intel describes it as a a high-yielding, glass-based solution with a pluggable connector that simplifies manufacturing and lowers costs, opening possibilities for new system and chip package architectures in the future.

Gelsinger also previewed future high-volume system-in-package capabilities that will enable pluggable co-package photonics for a variety of applications.

Some other highlights:

  • UCIe: there are now over 80 member companies in the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) initiative, include rival foundries TSMC and Samsung. Intel will serve as a systems foundry, combining wafer manufacturing, packaging, software and the chiplet ecosystem.
  • Data Center GPUs: Intel revealed major milestones across its line of data center GPUs, in addition to pricing and availability for the first Intel Arc GPUs for gaming.
  • CPUs: 13th Gen Intel Core processors were introduced. The newest flagship Intel Core i9-13900K promises up to 15% better single-threaded performance and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance gen-over-gen.

“In the next decade, we will see the continued digitization of everything. Five foundational technology superpowers — compute, connectivity, infrastructure, AI and sensing — will profoundly shape how we experience the world,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “Developers, both software and hardware focused, will build this future. They are the true magicians that advance what’s possible. Fostering this open ecosystem is at the center of our transformation and the developer community is essential to our success.”

Tarana pushes its FWA platform to 1.6 Gbps aggregate links

Tarana previewed an upcoming software update and an expansion into the the 6 GHz unlicensed band in the U.S. and Canada that will enable its ngFWA platform to cross into gigabit performance.

The next release of Tarana's G1 radio platform will support operation in the 6 GHz unlicensed channels. A software update will add "G1x2" mode, doubling the current 80MHz bandwidth of the G1 platform to 160MHz, organized as four independent 40MHz carriers — in either 5 or 6 GHz or both — to deliver up to 1.6 Gbps in aggregate for each G1 link. 1 in 6 GHz and G1x2 mode for both 5 and 6 GHz are expected to be generally available in mid 2023.  Operation in G1x2 mode will also be an option available for currently shipping 5 GHz G1 BNs and RNs, with accommodations required for the new rate/reach metrics involved.

The capabilities were demonstrated at Tarana's Digital Multiply launch event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. 

“The gap between fiber economics and wireless performance has led many to believe that the world’s digital divide problem is economically unsolvable. Today we further revealed the trajectory of ngFWA technology and it clearly shows non-line-of-sight wireless, in both licensed and unlicensed bands, can deliver high performance 'end-game' broadband to homes and businesses alike. It’s another impressive case of technology and innovation creating all-new possibilities,” said Basil Alwan, Tarana's CEO.

Tarana, which is headquartered in Milpitas, California, notes that its G1 ngFWA platform has been embraced by more than 190 ISPs in 8 countries in its first year of commercial shipments. G1 base nodes sold to date are expected to cover 20 million households and will have the capacity to serve as many as 1 million subscribers when fully deployed in the coming months — an unprecedented inaugural achievement.

Nextlink picks Tarana for fixed wireless broadband

Nextlink Internet, a rural-focused provider of high-speed internet and phone services in 11 states, has selected Tarana's G1 fixed wireless platform to compete in local markets with fiber providers.The deployment will focus on under- and unserved communities and rural regions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. The team expects to expand service to hundreds of rural counties...

Tarana raises $170M for fixed wireless in unlicensed spectrum

Tarana Wireless, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced $170 million in new funding at a $1 billion valuation. The round was co-led by Axon Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Prime Movers Lab. Also participating were Michigan State Pension Fund, I Squared Capital, and two other large, industry-leading institutional investors.Tarana also announced that after commercial launch in late 2021 of its G1 platform, the company is on track to deliver...

Smart Way Comm. to deploy Tarana's gigabit fixed wireless in Ohio

Smart Way Communications and Tarana announced today their joint plan for the first deployment of Tarana’s unique Gigabit 1 (G1) next-generation fixed wireless platform in Ohio. The first phase of installation, which is set to occur over the next 9 weeks, will serve the Dover and New Philadelphia area of Ohio’s Tuscarawas County, covering 12,000 households in 12 square miles.Smart Way will leverage a combination of currently-owned and newly-acquired...

CoreSite to acquire data center in Miami

CoreSite announced its intention to acquire a purpose-built 103,000-square-foot data center (MI2) located at 2100 NW 84th Avenue in Doral, Florida. CoreSite also owns and operates a 43,000-square-foot data center (MI1) in downtown Miami located at 2115 NW 22nd Street.

The MI2 Miami data center is a freestanding facility in America’s Gateway Park built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with a 185-mph-gust-rated roof. As part of the integration process, CoreSite will be connecting MI2 to the company’s MI1 data center.

“Miami serves as a key conduit for businesses to manage and grow operations in both North and South America. This expansion in the CoreSite Miami data center campus will provide the hybrid IT solution enterprises turn to for secure and scalable connectivity to South America from the U.S,” said Juan Font, President and CEO of CoreSite and SVP of U.S. Tower. “We are excited to build on our proven record of operational excellence in the greater Miami area where we have been operating since 2006, offering optimal customer experience, critical security and business continuity support and access to cloud and network providers.”

American Tower completes $10B acquisition of CoreSite

American Tower completed its previously announced acquisition of CoreSite Realty Corporation. Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are thrilled to welcome CoreSite’s exceptional team to American Tower and are ready to work together to create long-term shareholder value. As 5G deployments and wireless and wireline convergence accelerate, we expect to leverage CoreSite’s highly interconnected data center facilities...

Vantage opens 2nd Kuala Lumpur data center, 3rd under construction

Vantage Data Centers is on-schedule to activate the second data center (KUL12) on its Cyberjaya campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition, the company is constructing a third facility (KUL13) on the growing campus to meet customer demand in the region.

“Vantage is actively investing in new developments in Malaysia to serve growing customer demand and support the country’s aspiration to become a digital economic hub,” said Brian Groen, president of Vantage’s APAC business. “We are excited to open the doors to this additional data center while continuing our expansion and investment in greater Kuala Lumpur.”

Located on a four-acre campus in the Malaysia Digital Districts, KUL12 is a four-story data center with a variety of sustainability features, including the use of a closed-loop chilling system that requires virtually no water for cooling. The project was completed in approximately 1 million working hours without any lost-time injuries since breaking ground in May 2021. KUL12 and the flagship KUL11 facility provide a combined 10MW of IT capacity across 194,000 square feet of space.

Vantage is also constructing KUL13, a third facility on the Cyberjaya campus. KUL13 will offer an additional 5MW of capacity to hyperscale customers and local enterprises and will open its doors to customers in the first half of 2023.

Kioxia announces first 2TB microSDXC card

Kioxia announced the industry's first 2 TB microSDXC memory card working prototypes. 

The KIOXIA 2TB microSDXC UHS-I memory card is based on the company's BiCS FLASHTM 3D flash memory and an in-house designed controller.

The SD Association’s SDXC specification has supported memory cards up to 2TB for more than a decade – but 2TB cards have not been successfully manufactured until now.

Mass production of the KIOXIA 2TB microSDXC memory cards is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Nokia appoints Shaun McCarthy as president of N. America sales

Nokia has appointed Shaun McCarthy as President of North America Sales, reporting directly to Chief Customer Experience Officer Ricky Corker.

McCarthy joins Nokia from Cisco where he was vice president of worldwide sales for the Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group. At Cisco, he was instrumental in building a world-class sales team, leading multiple strategic M&A activities, and incubating new solutions with lighthouse customers. He has also served in several leadership roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies, including Palo Alto Networks, Brocade, and Vyatta.

Monday, September 26, 2022

European operators seek cost sharing with Web companies

CEOs of Europe's leading telecom operators published an open statement calling on the European Commission to address their perceived imbalance in cost sharing for network infrastructure. The telecom CEOs argue that the largest generators of Internet traffic are not contributing enough to cover the costs of the networks needed to deliver their services.

"A fair contribution would benefit first and foremost consumers, as it would help enable faster and more inclusive roll-out, bringing more coverage, resilience and quality. It would also benefit SMEs, who recently voiced the need for tech companies to “adequately contribute” to roll-outvii: 5G and fibre are key to SMEs’ competitiveness. In addition, a fair contribution would send a clear financial signal for streamers in relation to the data growth associated with their use of scarce network resources. This could generate significant energy savings and help achieve net zero, both of which are so important at this time. Finally, we expect it also to benefit tech companies, who rely the most on massive network upgrades, as we move to an age of open and connectivity-enabled metaverses."


  • Christoph Aeschlimann, CEO, Swisscom
  • Thomas Arnoldner, CEO, A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Victoriya Boklag, CEO, United Group
  • Edward Bouygues, Chairman, Bouygues Telecom
  • Guillaume Boutin, CEO, Proximus Group
  • Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
  • Alberto Calcagno, CEO, Fastweb
  • Joost Farwerck, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, KPN
  • Ana Figueiredo, CEO, Altice Portugal
  • Christel Heydemann, CEO, Orange Group
  • Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom
  • Philip Jansen, CEO, BT Group
  • Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Telia Company
  • Pietro Labriola, CEO, TIM Group
  • José María Alvarez Pallete, Chairman and CEO, Telefónica
  • Nick Read, CEO, Vodafone Group

C&W Networks upgrades Caribbean cables with Ciena's GeoMesh

C&W Networks, a wholesale telecommunications service provider that is part of Cable & Wireless Communications and a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Latin America, is upgrading its CFX-1 (Colombia-Florida Express) and EWC (East West Cable) submarine cable networks with Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme. The upgrades will enable broadband and IP services of up to 400 Gbps.

C&W Networks operates the largest submarine multi-ring fiber-optic network in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean regions, providing reliable connectivity to approximately 40 countries. The 2400km CFX-1 express cable connects the United States, Jamaica and Colombia with less than 25ms latency, while the 1,700km EWC cable links the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

“Online content, especially streaming video, continues to drive robust demand for data and high-speed connectivity in the regions we serve. The additional capacity we’re turning up on CFX-1 and EWC with Ciena allows us to meet this demand head-on, enriching our service offerings for customers while sustainably and cost-effectively extending the lifespan of these cable systems,” stated Chris Coles, Vice President and General Manager, C&W Networks.

Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, which utilizes the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics, delivers C&W Networks’ new increased capacity with scalable service speeds on existing undersea systems. With Ciena’s latest technology, the CFX-1 cable connecting the U.S. with Colombia and Jamaica is transformed to provide a 10-fold capacity increase of over 32Tbps with 100Gbps–400Gbps services.

NTT develops graphene as a high-speed photodetector material

NTT and Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) achieved the world's fastest zero-bias operation1(220 GHz) of a graphene photodetector (PD). 

The research clarifies the optical-to-electrical (O-E) conversion process in graphene for the first time. Graphene has high sensitivity and high-speed electrical response to a wide range of electromagnetic waves, from terahertz (THz) to ultraviolet (UV). Thus, it is a promising photodetection material for enabling high-speed O-E conversion at wavelength ranges where existing semiconductor devices cannot operate. However, until now, the demonstrated zero-bias operating speed has been limited to 70 GHz due to conventional device structure and measurement equipment. For this reason, the challenge for graphene PDs is to demonstrate 200-GHz operation speeds and clarify graphene's inherent properties, such the process of optical-to-electrical conversion.

In this study, NTT and NIMS demonstrated high-speed operation with a 3dB bandwidth of 220 GHz by removing the current delay caused by the device structure by using zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film as the gate material and by using on-chip THz spectroscopy technology to read out the current at high speed. The research also found a trade-off between operating speed and sensitivity by comparing the characteristics of PDs fabricated with graphene of different qualities. The findings will enable graphene PDs to be optimized according to their intended use, such as in optical sensors prioritizing sensitivity or O-E signal converters prioritizing speed. 

The research was published online in the British scientific journal Nature Photonics on August 25th, 2022.

Stratus Networks selects Ekinops Ethernet Access Device for backhaul

Stratus Networks, a  provider of wholesale and private fiber network solutions based in Illinois, has selected the Ekinops 1651, a 10Gb/s Ethernet Access Device for wireless backhaul connectivity.

Stratus is now also using the Ekinops OneOS6-based 1651 10G Ethernet Access Device (EAD) to provide wholesale, MEF-compliant, EPL (E-Access Ethernet Private Line) services to a third-party wireless network operator for mobile backhaul connectivity.  Stratus chose the 1651 EAD primarily because of its support for wire-speed service activation testing (SAT) at 10Gbps (gigabit per second).  Using IETF RFC-2544 and ITU-T Y.1564 testing standards, the 1651 acts as both the SAT generator & reflector, saving the cost of a second testing device while also speeding the SAT process. 

"We are extremely pleased by the operational efficiency that the 1651 remote SAT testing has provided.  Instead of rolling a truck to each site and using dedicated test equipment, we can use the built-in generator/reflector validate SLA on demand.  I anticipate future cost savings as we upgrade cellular backhaul to 10Gbps line-rate without deploying any additional equipment or field techs for manual SAT testing.," said Ben Russell, Chief Technology Officer, Stratus networks. Another reason for selecting the 1651 was Ekinops' ability to deliver within the required timeframe, the only vendor to make that commitment of those Stratus considered"

"The 1651 is ideal for what Stratus is doing," says Kevin Antill, Ekinops' group vice president of sales for North America. "10G is the new currency for these types of backhaul applications, especially with the far greater bandwidth 5G demands. The ability to test quickly and provide SLA reporting ensures Stratus customers that they have chosen the best partner."

T-Mobile US tests site inspection robot

T-Mobile is testing an inspection robot from InDro Robotics, the leading Canadian air and ground robotics research and development company. 

InDro Robotics’ Sentinel was chosen by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to evaluate ground-roving robotics based on its ability to provide 24-hour substation asset inspection and security monitoring. Sentinel was up to the task and ran constant surveillance while streaming all data back to maintenance teams in near real-time using a custom integrated 5G router connected to T-Mobile’s network. The rover was able to follow preset paths while running autonomously and was remotely controlled by operators over 5G. Thanks to its thermal camera, depth sensor and 30x zoom capabilities, InDro Robotics’ Sentinel rover can read and report on gauge levels while monitoring for abnormalities like fluctuating component temperatures, intruders, wildlife hazards, etc.

“Like most robotics, the Sentinel requires an ultra-reliable network with low latency, and T-Mobile 5G proves to be more than capable,” said John Saw, EVP of Advanced & Emerging Technologies at T-Mobile. “The possibilities to use 5G in ways that keep people safe, make life easier and help businesses save money are endless. And we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible.”

“The most important part of monitoring industrial complexes is being able to reliably capture and send data to customer maintenance teams in real-time, no matter where they are or how far away,” said Peter King, Head of Robotic Solutions at InDro Robotics. “Using T-Mobile’s 5G network in EPRI’s evaluation was a no-brainer, and thanks to its reach, we can carry out robot and drone operations in the U.S. nearly anywhere, anytime.”

Cloudflare announces Zero Trust SIM for mobile devices

Cloudflare is developing a Zero Trust SIM for mobile devices. This will allow organizations to quickly and securely connect employee devices to Cloudflare’s global network, directly integrate devices with Cloudflare’s Zero Trust platform, and protect their network and employees. Additionally, Cloudflare will be launching Zero Trust for Mobile Operators, a new wireless carrier partner program that will allow any carrier to seamlessly offer their own subscribers comprehensive mobile security tools by tapping into Cloudflare’s Zero Trust platform.

“When I speak to CISOs I hear, again and again, that effectively securing mobile devices at scale is one of their biggest headaches; it’s the flaw in everyone’s Zero Trust deployment,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “Effectively securing mobile devices is hard, and we have been working on this problem since we launched our WARP mobile app in 2019, now we plan on going even further. With Cloudflare Zero Trust SIM we will offer the only complete solution to secure all of a device’s traffic, helping our customers plug this hole in their Zero Trust security posture.”

Cloudflare Zero Trust SIM will integrate seamlessly with Cloudflare's entire Zero Trust stack, allowing security policies to be enforced for all traffic leaving the device. Further, with the Zero Trust SIM taking an eSIM (embedded SIM) first approach, SIMs can be automatically deployed to both iOS and Android devices and locked to a specific device, mitigating the risk of SIM-swapping attacks faced by existing solutions and saving security teams time.

ECOC22: Marvell's cloud-optimized optical solutions


What's next at ECOC for Marvell?

It's all about cloud-optimized cloud connectivity, says Josef Berger, AVP Marketing, Marvell.

At ECOC22, Marvell showcased its Deneb and Canopus coherent digital signal processors (DSPs). The company demonstrated its 112G 5nm IP and its newest "Spica" DSP for 800G optics transceivers, its Atlas DSP for 50G in RAN applications. Marvell also demonstrated its 400ZR transceivers alongside its Teralynx data center switching silicon.

Learn more about the Consortium for Onboard Optics and why your company should join:

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Keysight and Nokia Bell Labs transmit at 260 GBaud over 100 km

Keysight Technologies and Nokia Bell Labs have successfully tested a 260 GBaud ultra-high-speed optical signal transmission over 100 km of standard single-mode fiber (SSMF), exceeding the previous record of 220 GBaud.

The companies combined expertise with other research partners to create the record-breaking demonstration of 260 GBaud Dual Polarization Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (DP-QPSK) coherent transmission over 100 km single mode Fiber. The demonstration consisted of Keysight's new 260 GSa/s arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) (M8199B), which delivers more than 75 GHz bandwidth and a thin-film lithium niobate I/Q modulator with 110 GHz bandwidth. This enables R&D of transmission systems operated with symbol rates up to 260 GBaud and achieving net bitrates greater than 2 Tbps in coherent optical communications.

“Keysight is honored to work with Nokia Bell Labs on achieving 260 GBaud,” said Dr. Joachim Peerlings, vice president of Network and Data Center Solutions at Keysight. “The continued proliferation of AI requires new levels of server and network performance that must scale computing resources within reasonable energy bounds. Higher data rates and new modulation formats will be among the enabling technologies for the industry.”

“We achieved this outstanding record of maximum symbol rate of 260 GBaud by leveraging enabling technologies and the expertise of several partners,” said Haïk Mardoyan, Senior Research Scientist, Nokia Bell Labs. “This result is a first milestone to scale long haul data transport systems beyond 2 Tbit/s per wavelength. Improving the energy efficiency of transponders is a permanent challenge for the industry.”

ECOC22: Keysight's waveform generator speeds well past 160 GBaud

Keysight Technologies introduced its M8199B arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), which provides R&D engineers a high-performance signal source for arbitrary signals that enables development of designs employing multi-level modulation formats (e.g. 64QAM) at well beyond 160 GBaud.Applications beyond 128 GBaud demand a new class of generators that provide high speed, precision and flexibility at the same time. Keysight addressed these challenges...

ECOC22: Keysight announces 224G BERT, paving way for 1.6 Tbps transceivers

Keysight Technologies announced a 224G Ethernet bit error rate test (BERT) solution to enable system-on-a-chip (SoC) makers to validate next generation electrical interface technology, accelerating 1.6 terabit per second (1.6T) transceiver design and pathfinding.“Keysight is pleased to collaborate with Synopsys, and other semiconductor makers, capture early market opportunities associated with the transition from 800 gigabit per second (800G) to...

Lumen acquires fiber pair on Google's Grace Hopper transatlantic cable

Lumen Technologies has acquired a fiber pair on Grace Hopper, a subsea cable system spearheaded by Google, between New York and Bude, Cornwall in the U.K. The Grace Hopper system will use Lumen landing station and infrastructure services at both locations.

Lumen is taking orders now on Grace Hopper which will be active and ready to deliver services in October.

"Data flow and capacity demands don't know boundaries. The bandwidth explosion across continents is real and we're meeting it head on by investing in new subsea cables," said Laurinda Pang, Lumen president of global customer success. "The Grace Hopper system is part of Lumen and Google's long history of collaboration. Together, we're building communications infrastructures for secure and reliable delivery of digital enterprise and consumer services around the world. We are pleased to be using our landing stations at these locations, and excited to add another end-to-end intercontinental connection to the Lumen network – one of the most deeply peered networks in the world."

Lumen now has a transatlantic subsea portfolio with six on-net diverse fiber routes, including Dunant, a Google subsea system. Dunant connects Virginia Beach in the U.S. with Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast. Lumen has an on-net route utilizing Dunant between Richmond, Virginia and Paris, France.

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