Wednesday, March 16, 2022

OIF advances 224G CEI

OIF launched four new CEI projects during its recent Q122 Technical and MA&E Committees meeting, which was held virtually in mid-February. These include:

  • CEI-224G-Extra Short Reach (XSR) Common Electrical On-Package Interface Project, 
  • CEI-224G-Very Short Reach (VSR) Common Electrical Chip-to-Module Interface Project, 
  • CEI-224G-Medium Reach (MR) Common Electrical Chip-to-Chip Interface Project, 
  • CEI-224G-Long Reach (LR) Common Electrical Backplane and Copper Cable Interface Project.

 These projects are the first set to target the 224G generation of electrical interfaces.

In addition to these 224G project launches, OIF membership approved publishing the 224G Framework Project white paper that was kicked off in August 2020. 

“OIF’s CEI-224G framework project white paper provides a roadmap for the applications, challenges and projects needed to support new specifications and technologies – these four new projects will develop the Implementation Agreements (IAs) to address that roadmap,” said Dave Stauffer, Kandou Bus and Chair, OIF Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group.

The OIF also launched two new Common Management Interface Specification projects: 

  • CMIS: Form-Factor Specific Hardware Management -- OIF initiated a new project to create supplemental specifications to CMIS for Form-factor Specific Hardware Management (FSHM). CMIS has been adopted to manage future generation of small form-factor pluggable (SFP) 112, SFP-DD/SFP-DD112, and quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP) 112. Currently, CMIS does not provide hardware management control for these form-factors. FSHM will define form-factor specific module hardware management registers in CMIS.
  • CMIS Support for Host-Module Link Training -- OIF started another new project that will add CMIS Support for Host-Module Link Training. This project will provide an optional out-of-band, protocol agnostic, management mechanism for optimizing link tuning and training.

Zayo carries 800G wavelength over 1,044km

Zayo has deployed the world’s longest known terrestrial 800G optical wavelength in a commercial network — 1,044.51 km along a fiber route stretching from Springville, Utah to Reno, Nevada. The transmission is powered by Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology.

In recent months, Zayo has been making major investments in the company’s fiber network throughout North America and Western Europe, including 31 high-capacity, 400G-enabled long-haul routes and its first production interstate 800G wave in the United States. 

“Zayo continues to achieve what wasn’t previously possible as part of our efforts to provide best-in-class connectivity services and enable our customers’ growth,” said Aaron Werley, Vice President of Lit Networks at Zayo. “We look to the goals of our customers to inform our evolution, and the demand for 800G is being driven by a need for more bandwidth at higher line rates, all while leveraging the cost-effectiveness of high-capacity wavelengths covering longer distances. We are grateful to both our partners at Infinera, whose hardware solutions pushed the limits, and our outstanding Zayo team members who helped make this accomplishment possible.”

“At Infinera, our vision is a connected world with unlimited bandwidth for everyone — everywhere, always, and instantly,” said Tom Burns, General Manager of Infinera’s Optical Modules & Coherent Solutions Group. “We have built our company on a history of challenging conventional thinking and reimagining the telecommunications industry to power the modern enterprise. There’s no better way to demonstrate a commitment to innovation than chasing and breaking world records in network connectivity. This is a groundbreaking moment and we are proud to have partnered with Zayo to make history.”

Zayo lays out its 400G upgrade plan

Zayo announced the planned deployment of thirty-one high capacity, 400G-enabled long haul routes across North America and Western Europe. The significant network update is expected through Q1 of 2022. Up to 800G transmission will be available in select areas as Zayo deploys significant speed enhancements in anticipation of future network needs.“400G is rapidly becoming the prevailing requirement for networks and Zayo is breaking new ground with its...

OE Solutions announces 100G digital coherent optical modules

OE Solutions announced new 100G Digital Coherent Optical (DCO) transceiver modules targeted at access network applications. The C-band tunable DWDM modules, which will be available in both QSFP-DD and QSFP28 form factors to match typical slot configurations for high-capacity access network equipment, support both unamplified applications as well as amplified network applications.

The current transition to next generation edge network technology with 5G for wireless networks and Distributed Access Architectures (DAA) for multi-system operator networks has created an urgency for introducing coherent transceiver solutions in access networks for connecting hubs with distribution locations across both large metropolitan areas as well as less densely populated suburban and rural areas. DCO transceivers are attractive as they allow longer reach and are more accommodating of fiber characteristics than intensity modulated transceivers, such as those using NRZ and PAM4. Ease of network engineering and deployment are also desired features of DCO modules in access network applications.

“We are excited to announce our first pluggable coherent modules”, said Per Hansen, Vice President Marketing and Sales, and continued “OE Solutions has been a trusted supplier of transceivers to access network application both in the wireless and cable networks segments. We are happy to be able to support our customers worldwide as they embark of leveraging coherent technology for such applications as well”.

Variants of the pluggable 100G DCO transceiver products will be come available from Q3 of this year.

Verizon wins nearly $1 billion in new DoD contracts

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)  awarded Verizon Public Sector three Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) task order awards worth $966.5 million. 

  • Under the Pentagon task order valued at $515.3 million, Verizon will partner with the DOD to transition the entire Pentagon military and civilian population from copper-based telephony to IP-based services, providing a converged-enterprise environment for the Pentagon’s voice and data services. This includes converting more than 52,000 voice lines to an integrated IP environment with optimized voice and video services. Verizon professional services will provide the DOD with a dedicated support team to help plan, design and implement network upgrades and new equipment at the Pentagon.
  • The second award with DOD-NCR is a $432.9 million task order. Verizon will deliver core voice, transport, internet and professional services to over 370 locations within the DOD-NCR. DOD-NCR leads an interagency group responsible for the homeland security and defense of the Washington, D.C. area and surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland.
  • Finally, Verizon has been awarded an $18.3 million task order to provide communications technology infrastructure including core voice, transport, internet and managed services at Fort Belvoir. The U.S. Army garrison provides logistical, intelligence and administrative support to a diverse mix of commands, activities and agencies in the Washington, D.C. area.

“The U.S. Dept. of Defense is at the forefront of technology modernization, and we are proud that Verizon has been selected to grow our existing partnership and continue to serve as its digital transformation partner,” said Maggie Hallbach, Senior Vice President, Public Sector at Verizon. “Building on 5G and other professional services awards Verizon secured in 2021, our team of professional and managed services experts are in lock step with DOD’s strategic priorities and we stand ready to help their leadership adapt to the increasingly sophisticated requirements and growing network infrastructure demands.”

FCC revokes licenses of China-based Pacific Networks

 The FCC revoked the license of Pacific Networks Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ComNet (USA) LLC, to provide domestic interstate and international telecommunications services within the United States.  

The FCC order directs the companies to discontinue any domestic or international services that they provide pursuant to their section 214 authority within sixty days following the release of the Order.  

The FCC said the comaphies are U.S. subsidiaries of a Chinese state-owned entity, and therefore they are subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government and are highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight.  

  • In March 2021, the Commission found that Pacific Networks and ComNet had failed to dispel serious concerns regarding their retention of their authority to provide telecommunications services in the United States.  

Türkiye Wealth Fund acquires 55% stake in Türk Telekom

Türk Telekom announced the sale of the 55% stake owned by LYY Telekomünikasyon to Türkiye Wealth Fund (TVF), was signed between the parties (TVF and LYY). The deal was valued at US$1.65 billion.

In a statement on the subject, Arda Ermut, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of TWF stated: “As TWF we focus on creating value in line with our mission as an asset-based development fund. Our primary goals include maximizing the value of our assets and supporting the emergence of regional and global leading companies from Türkiye. Türk Telekom is such a company that aligns with our strategies and objectives with its potential and brand value. In this regard, we have signed a SPA to acquire 55% of the total capital of Türk Telekom, a brand not only renowned in Türkiye but also globally.”

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NTT and Schneider Electric partner on private 5G

NTT is collaborating with Schneider Electric on Private 5G (P5G) solutions for manufacturing applications.

In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider’s Lexington Smart Factory, the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site leveraging IoT connectivity, Edge analytics, and predictive analytics to drive energy efficiency and further sustainability goals. The P5G will power key use-cases that solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality. For example, the companies will integrate ‘machine vision’ capabilities (industrial cameras with specialized optics) into existing factory and warehouse automation systems, that identify faults as well as wear and tear for incident root cause in near real-time.

“With this strategic partnership, we are confident that NTT's P5G solution will support Schneider Electric business and service level objectives with a powerful machine vision solution that solves for operational continuity and performance throughout the Lexington and Lincoln plant facilities,” said Shahid Ahmed, EVP New Ventures and Innovation at NTT. “Our P5G platform brings full-stack managed services, process workflow and IoT application integration capabilities that both addresses strategic objectives towards factory high performance and net zero carbon emission goals.”

“In partnering with NTT, Schneider Electric further extends its manufacturing expertise along with data center and network solutions to drive innovations for self-contained Edge Private 5G use-cases,” said Luc Rémont, Executive Vice President International Operations at Schneider Electric.

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