Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Meta's next data center will be in Kansas City

Meta plans to build its newest data center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Meta’s data center will be located in Kansas City’s Golden Plains Technology Park, a 5.5 million-square-foot data center campus. The site will be supported by 100 percent renewable energy. 

The company said it chose Kansas City for its accessible infrastructure and fiber, the deep well of local talent for operations and construction, and collaborative community partners who helped move the project forward quickly.  The data center will represent an investment of more than $800 million and will support approximately 100 jobs.

“Meta is excited to call Kansas City our new home. It stands out with so much to offer - good access to infrastructure and fiber, a strong pool of talent for both construction and operations, and more than anything, great community partners,” said Darcy Nothnagle, director of community and economic development, Meta. “Meta is committed to being a good neighbor and investing in the long-term vitality of the region for years to come.”  

“It’s an exciting day in Kansas City as we celebrate Meta’s investment in our community — yet another example of Kansas City’s growing influence in the technology sector. We look forward to growing this partnership and creating new jobs,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.


Vocus’ Australian backbone connects NEXTDC’s data centre in Darwin

Vocus will connect Darwin’s first data centre, NEXTDC’s D1, on its high-capacity ‘Terabit Territory’ fibre infrastructure with backhaul rates at the same price structure offered on the most popular intercapital routes along Australia’s east coast..

Vocus completed the Terabit Territory network upgrade in August 2021, bolstering the capacity of its fibre infrastructure into Darwin from 10 Gbps to 200 Gbps technology. Terabit Territory, delivered in partnership with the NT Government, provided a 25-times increase in capacity into Darwin – and is scalable to deliver up to 480 Tbps of total capacity in future.

The fibre connection to NEXTDC’s D1 follows Vocus’ announcement of the first international submarine cable connection into Darwin. Vocus has commenced construction activity for a new $100 million, 1,000km cable linking the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) to the North West Cable System (NWCS) in Port Hedland – providing the final piece of the DJSC, a $500 million ecosystem of high-capacity cables connecting Perth, Darwin, Port Hedland, Christmas Island, Indonesia, and Singapore. The completed system is expected to be online by mid-2023.

The DJSC will deliver 40Tbps of internet capacity between Australia and Asia – unlocking Darwin as a major new data hub for the Asia-Pacific and opening up the Pilbara mining region for low-latency connectivity into Singapore.

The new system will also interconnect with Vocus’ in-progress Project Horizon fibre from Perth to Port Hedland and onto Darwin, with the completed network providing unparalleled redundancy and reliability for Vocus customers in Australia’s North and West.


Vocus plans Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore cable

Vocus unveiled plans for the Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore Cable (DJSC), the first international submarine cable connection into Darwin, establishing the Northern Territory capital as Australia’s newest entry point for international data connectivity.Vocus has now signed construction contracts for a new $100 million, 1,000km cable linking the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) to the North West Cable System (NWCS) in Port Hedland – providing the final piece...

Vocus to launch 200G optical network in Australia with Nokia

Vocus has deployed Nokia’s optical transport solution to enable 200G links covering more than 4,100 km between Brisbane and Darwin. Nokia’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) is used to upgrade Vocus’ optical network between Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin to deliver 200G with the capability to easily provide 300G and 400G in the near future. With this initiative, the Vocus capacity upgrade covers more than 7,100 km of fibre. Nokia’s solution...

Telehouse opens 5th data centre at London Docklands campus

Telehouse International opened its fifth data centre in London, Telehouse South.  

Located in Europe’s iconic and most connected data centre campus in London Docklands, Blackwall Yard, Telehouse South is the provider’s largest facility. The new data centre offers access to more than 800 connectivity partners.

The first floor of colocation space at Telehouse South, which has come online today, provides the capacity for up to 668 racks and 2MW of power, with a further upgrade to 2.7MW for an additional data hall scheduled for the end of 2023. At full buildout, the 31,000 sqm facility will provide 12,000 sqm of colocation space and a total power capacity of 18MW.

The ten-story data centre is Telehouse’s most ambitious infrastructural and aesthetic refurbishment to-date, with the first phase of the project completed in less than 12 months from acquisition. At full capacity, Telehouse will have invested £223 million into its development.

Commenting on the Telehouse South opening, Seigo Fukuhara, European Bloc Chief and Managing Director, KDDI Europe and Telehouse Europe says: “London Docklands remains an important strategic location for us and one of the most critical interconnection points in the world. As businesses continue to accelerate their digital transformation post-pandemic and demand for digital services grows, Telehouse South offers enterprises greater efficiency through scalable hybrid cloud infrastructure, with faster access to data and applications and the flexibility to grow.”


Aruba expands its management and security for network fabrics

Aruba is rolling out significant advancements to its ESP (Edge Services Platform), including a new Aruba Central NetConductor that allows enterprises to centralize the management of distributed networks with cloud-native services.

Aruba Central NetConductor simplifies policy provisioning and automates network configurations in wired, wireless, and WAN infrastructures, while enforcing Zero Trust and SASE security policies. The solution creates a network “overlay” that stitches together existing VLAN segments with cloud-native policy and configuration services.

Aruba said its solution enables fabric-based networks by mapping capabilities to three network modernization principles:

  • Automation: Intent-based workflows with “one-button” connectivity and security policy orchestration
  • Security: Pervasive role-based access control extends Dynamic Segmentation for built-in Zero Trust and SASE security policy enforcement
  • Agility: Cloud-native services for a single point of visibility and control. Standards-based for ease of migration and adoption to preserve existing investments

Aruba is also introducing self-locating indoor access points (APs) with built-in GPS receivers and Open Locate, a proposed new industry standard for sharing location information from an AP to a device.


Rogers launch Canada’s first commercial 5G standalone network

Rogers Communications a has launched the first commercial 5G standalone (SA) network in Canada, turning on the next-generation service after completing the rollout of Canada’s first national standalone 5G core and the country’s first 5G standalone device certification. 

Rogers said its 5G SA Core network has been built from the ground up based on the latest cloud native technologies, enabling more advanced wireless capabilities like ultra-low latency, network slicing and mobile edge computing and expanding Rogers 5G footprint. 

“We are thrilled to be the first in Canada to launch a commercial 5G standalone service,” said Jorge Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer at Rogers Communications. “This milestone underscores our ongoing leadership in 5G and will bring immediate benefits to customers by increasing coverage, scalability and availability, and improving network response times, enabling a world of new use cases and applications.”

“Today’s launch delivers exciting new opportunities and capabilities to industries, businesses and consumers across Canada,” said Yasir Hussain, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Canada. “Ericsson is collaborating with our partners at Rogers to deliver 5G advanced services and innovative network solutions to meet the growing demand from Canadian companies and consumers.”

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom extends 5G deal with Nokia

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) awarded a two-year deal to Nokia to enhance its 5G network across Taiwan’s central and southern regions. 

Under the deal, Nokia will provide equipment from its latest energy-efficient AirScale portfolio across 4,000 new sites to boost performance and capacity.

Nokia will supply CHT with solutions from its AirScale Single RAN equipment portfolio including macro base stations, small cells, 5G Massive MIMO antennas (64TRX and 32TRX), and passive RRH (8TRX and 4TRX) supporting different spectrum bands. These solutions will support CHT’s ongoing 5G coverage enhancement, network optimization, and ensure the best user experience for both outdoor and indoor enterprise use scenarios. The deal will also include network implementation and optimization services.

Nokia has been a long-term supplier to CHT, since the deployment of 2G networks. 

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Chunghwa Telecom. In particular, I am pleased that our energy-efficient AirScale portfolio will support its sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. Taiwan’s mobile market is highly competitive with customer expectations for innovation and quality, so I am delighted Chunghwa is also prioritizing making its network and footprint greener.”

Ericsson's Board of Directors comments on compliance issue

At Ericsson’s 2022 Annual General Meeting, shareholders representing at least one tenth of all of the shares in Ericsson voted against discharge from liability of the Board of Directors and the President for the financial year 2021.

Speaking after the general meeting, Ericsson’s Chief Executive Officer, Börje Ekholm said: “I understand the concerns raised by our shareholders and these are important matters. I want to state my commitment to continuing to lead Ericsson in the transformation of our company and its culture, executing on global 5G technology leadership, and strengthening our ethics and compliance performance to ensure lasting change.”

Ronnie Leten, Chair of Ericsson’s Board of Directors added: “Börje and the Executive Team have the full support of the Board. We have made good progress but there is much still to do. Conducting business responsibly and with integrity is essential to driving real and positive change. During five years at the helm, Börje has led the focus on ethics and compliance and executed the performance turnaround of Ericsson. He has made the company a leader in 5G globally and established a course for growing in wireless enterprise.”


Ericsson may have bribed ISIS in Iraq

An internal investigation at Ericsson has found unusual expense claims in Iraq, dating back to 2018 with evidence of corruption-related misconduct. 

Regarding the situation, Ericsson issued this statement (in part):

"The investigation included the conduct of Ericsson employees, vendors and suppliers in Iraq during the period 2011-2019. It found serious breaches of compliance rules and the Code of Business Ethics. It identified evidence of corruption-related misconduct, including: Making a monetary donation without a clear beneficiary; paying a supplier for work without a defined scope and documentation; using suppliers to make cash payments; funding inappropriate travel and expenses; and improper use of sales agents and consultants. In addition, it found violations of Ericsson’s internal financial controls; conflicts of interest; non-compliance with tax laws; and obstruction of the investigation."

"The investigating team also identified payments to intermediaries and the use of alternate transport routes in connection with circumventing Iraqi Customs, at a time when terrorist organizations, including ISIS, controlled some transport routes. Investigators could not determine the ultimate recipients of these payments. Payment schemes and cash transactions that potentially created the risk of money laundering were also identified. "

"Ericsson invested significant time and resources to understand these matters. The investigation could not identify that any Ericsson employee was directly involved in financing terrorist organizations."

In an interview with a Swedish newspaper cited by Bloomberg, Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm said the unusual payments may have been bribes to ISIS to secure contracts or operations in Iraq.

Ericsson said its has dismissed several employees, terminated a number of third-party relationships, and is working with external counsel to review other remediation measures,


Ericsson reaches settlement with US DoJ

Ericsson reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve criminal charges related to accounting violations in five countries, including in Djibouti where there is also a charge of bribery. Under the agreement, Ericsson will pay a fine of US$520,650,432.  Ericsson's Egyptian subsidiary has entered a guilty plea to the bribery charge in Djibouti. Ericsson will resolve civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange...