Monday, April 25, 2022

NTT and SKY Perfect to build space computing network

NTT Corporation and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation agreed to establish a 50-50 joint venture company that will launch a novel integrated space computing network for optical data relay service.

The new company, called Space Compass, will build stratospheric and near-Earth space for ICT infrastructures to support a number of fields, including energy, environment and climate change, disaster prevention, marine infrastructure, and security

In FY2024, Space Compass will launch an optical data relay service for high-speed transmission to the ground via a geostationary orbit (GEO) satellite. This will carry a vast amount of diverse data collected in space by observation satellites. Existing services, which transmit data directly to ground stations, have communication capacity limits imposed by the use of radio waves as well as limits on the time at which ground stations can communicate with observation satellites. In contrast, optical transmission via a GEO will enable high-capacity, quasi-real-time data transmission.

IOWN Global Forum accelerates growth, elects directors

The Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Global Forum (IOWN Global Forum) has nearly doubled in membership over the past year, adding 44 new organizations and bringing its roster to 95 organizations.

At last week's Annual Member Meeting, five recently elected Directors were introduced: Brad Booth of Microsoft, Chris Wright of Red Hat, Hey-Chyi Young of Chunghwa Telecom, Per Beming of Ericsson, and Dr. Ulrich Dropmann of Nokia Corporation.

Upon his election, Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Red Hat said, "Developing next generation networking technology to infuse data with compute is the foundation for a smarter and more sustainable future. As the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, Red Hat shares this vision with the IOWN Global Forum and looks forward to collaborating with industry and open source communities to bring it to life."

Per Beming of Ericsson on his re-election noted that the “IOWN Global Forum will shape the future of communication networks and how they will support a more sustainable society for all.”

Dr. Ulrich Dropmann from Nokia on the election and direction of the Forum said, “at Nokia, we believe IOWN Global Forum will play a key role in shaping the future of communication and Infrastructure technology. As a market leader in optical networking, we believe innovation in optical networking such as all-photonic networks, data-centric infrastructure will provide the backbone of the future. On that backbone the Information society will continue to strive, with particular emphasis on the sustainable support of wireless technology such as 5G-Advanced and 6G. By joining the IOWN GF Board, we will drive the IOWN GF mission to realize a smarter future for the world.”

On the election of Brad Booth, a Microsoft spokesperson said “Microsoft is a world leader in artificial intelligence and high speed computing that is accessible globally through our highly innovative WAN, Metro and Datacenter networks. The next 10 years will require many innovations to provide every person on our planet with limitless access to personalized and highly intelligent services that will help us navigate our daily lives. Microsoft shares IOWN’s vision to break free from today’s power and technology challenges and to navigate the next wave of innovations that our future will be built upon. Today we are pleased that Brad Booth, Principal Network Hardware Architect in Azure’s Hardware Architecture team, will be returning to the board of directors to ensure active participation of the cloud and networking community. Together as a community of innovators, we will meet the challenges of the next decade to build a new and better digital world.”

IOWN Global Forum's Vision 2030 Roadmap 

The IOWN Global Forum, which is pursuing the vision of an Innovative Optical and Wireless Network based on next generation photonics-based technologies, published its Vision 2030 Roadmap. The consortium said has completed Phase 1 of its mission and is now moving onto Phase 2, which includes designing Proof of Concepts for some of the world’s most advanced communications technologies.“We are progressing steadily towards achieving our 2030 goals for...

IOWN advances All-Photonics Data and Communications Architecture

 The Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Global Forum (IOWN Global Forum) has released six technology reference documents in support of its goal to provide reliable, high-speed, low-latency data and communications paths using an all-optical data transport architecture.The reference documents focus on methodologies for the provisioning of data and communications paths along with computing improvements which are designed to deliver more energy-efficient...

Ericsson's factory in Poland hits 5G milestone

Ericsson has produced one million 5G radio products at the Flex Tczew factory in Poland. 

The main products manufactured in the Tczew factory are basebands and radio modules, which combine to form the 5G base station.

In April this year, Ericsson will also start production of the latest generation of radio, the dual-band Radio 4490, which consumes 25% less power and is lighter than the current product.

"Nearly three years ago we decided to expand the production of 5G radios with our production partner Flex in their Tczew factory. Today we have reached a significant milestone with the millionth 5G radio product rolling off the production line” says Martin Mellor, Head of Ericsson in Poland. “This is a proud moment for us, and I would like to thank our hardworking team and our partner Flex for making it happen. In a very short time Tczew has become one of the company's main production operations, supporting our customers with 5G network rollouts across Europe."

CalChip Connect turns to Federated Wireless

CalChip Connect, a leading IoT distributor, has selected Federated Wireless as its preferred private wireless service delivery partner. 

As the first major achievement of the collaboration, Federated Wireless has completed the deployment of a private wireless network and innovation center to power CalChip Connect’s global IoT distribution center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This deployment will serve as a reference architecture and ecosystem for customers to easily design and deploy smart warehouse solutions with private wireless customized to their exact use case requirements. Customers will also benefit from the Federated Wireless Spectrum Access System (SAS) which monitors and manages CBRS spectrum throughout the United States to enable clean, high speed, low latency spectrum, perfect for industrial use cases.

“The ability to offer our customers secure, high-speed wireless connectivity right out of the box is a huge part of making IoT adoption easy for our customers,” said TJ Rancour, President and Co-Founder of CalChip Connect. “Federated Wireless is a great partner because not only is private 5G critical to delivering IoT connectivity, but they also share our obsession with providing a world-class customer experience and support model.”

“Connectivity has been a key challenge for scaling IoT deployments, so we’re excited to partner with a leader in IoT distribution to get our private wireless solution directly in the hands of the innovators who need a simple path to secure, reliable communications,” said Chris Swan, Chief Commercial Officer of Federated Wireless. “The real goal is about combining 5G private wireless with IoT solutions to simplify and accelerate the process for developers and technology professionals to digitally transform and modernize their operations.”

Mavenir establishes Open RAN Centre of Excellence in Germany

Mavenir has established an Open RAN Centre of Excellence centered in Bonn, with satellite teams in Düsseldorf and Munich to support European Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) engineering, planning, design, system integration and deployment.

Vishant Vora, President, Global Operations and Managed Services at Mavenir, said, “Mavenir’s Centre of Excellence in Germany is developing advanced Open RAN end-to-end skills, and supporting our German customers with localised support to accelerate Open RAN deployments.”

Puneet Sethi, Senior Vice President and General Manager of RAN Business at Mavenir, said, “This latest Centre of Excellence further extends access to Mavenir’s Open RAN expertise across Europe and complements existing R&D design centres of excellence in Sweden, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.”

  • Earlier in the year, Mavenir launched the comprehensive OpenBeam™ portfolio of O-RAN compliant radio products, which provide MNOs with Open RAN solutions spanning micro, macro, millimeter wave (mmWave), and massive MIMO (mMIMO) use cases.

eir’s 5G network now extends across 1,250 sites in Ireland

eir, Ireland’s leading telecommunications provider, reported that its 5G network now extends across 1,250 sites in 450 towns and cities in Ireland.

eir also announced that 5G roaming is now available for customers travelling within the UK and over 30 other countries, including Portugal, France, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, The Netherlands and Thailand.

Oliver Loomes, eir CEO commented “Travel demand has increased dramatically in recent weeks and so I am pleased to announce the expansion of eir’s 5G roaming network to include the UK and other highly popular travel destinations within Europe and Asia. Our 5G customers who plan to travel this year will have access to the fastest and strongest technology available, ensuring they can stay in touch with family and friends while travelling the world.”

China Mobile Sichuan tests triple band carrier aggregation with Huawei

China Mobile Sichuan achieved a physical-layer single-user peak rate to 4.52 Gbps in tests of Huawei's TDD+FDD and TDD+TDD 5G SA 3CC Carrier Aggregation solution.

The testing was performed on live networks in Chengdu. 

China Mobile Sichuan and Huawei performed 3CC CA verification in typical networking scenarios, with one of the three component carriers on the n79 band (4.9 GHz), having a bandwidth of 100 MHz, and the other two on the n41 band (2.6 GHz) and n28 band (700 MHz), having a bandwidth of 100 MHz and 30 MHz, respectively. The single-user-perceived rate can reach 4.12 Gbps at different test spots. In order to deliver better user experience, the 2.6 GHz band will first support 5G networks in hotspot areas. Therefore, the two parties also carried out verifications that combine n79 band (4.9 GHz) with a bandwidth of 100 MHz and n41 band (2.6 GHz) with a bandwidth of 100 MHz and 60 MHz. The actual rate can reach 4.52 Gbps. This can facilitate the development of emerging services (like AR/VR) that have high requirements on network performance.