Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Equinix tests 400G to link Paris-London data centers over Zayo

 Equinix is testing a 400G connection between its data centers in London (Slough) and Paris on Zayo’s subsea fiber network. 

As part of the trial, Zayo deployed a 500G optical channel on its 800G-enabled, DWDM network. The company used the additional bandwidth to deploy an extra 100G wave for enhanced monitoring capabilities, creating increased visibility to ensure the consistent viability of the network. The connection was able to withstand full-load testing without any traffic loss.

Zayo said the 400G technology produced many benefits by reducing hardware from four separate 100G optical cards to just one 400G card. This resulted in a simple application with fewer handoffs between the customer and Zayo, reducing the potential points of failure. Equinix streamlined operations by having fewer circuits to manage and operate its network while reducing costs. These achievements mark key differentiators for customers who build their networks around high bandwidth capacity.

As part of the trial, Zayo also reduced power consumption per gigabit by 40% compared to prior generation hardware. In addition to reducing energy costs for customers, the achievement aligns with commitments by both Zayo and Equinix to sustainable business practices and efforts to reduce environmental impacts. Zayo has also achieved efficiencies in hardware and equipment usage.

Zayo also confirmed that it is working to deliver 400G wavelength services across the majority of its U.S. and European routes by the end of 2022.

“As the first global data center platform to trial 400G, we see tremendous potential in how it will help power our next generation of services,” said Muhammad Durrani, Senior Director, Global Network Architecture, Equinix. “Our success in this trial is about more than faster speeds; it’s about the outcomes it will enable for our customers, such as achieving the low-latency requirements of critical devices transforming everything from transportation to healthcare.”

“At Zayo, not only are we focused on our customers’ connectivity needs today, we are preparing for their speed, latency, and capacity needs of tomorrow while simultaneously driving efficiencies and simplifying the overall network design,” said Yannick Leboyer, Zayo’s COO, Europe. “Equinix is sitting at the epicenter of several trends that are reshaping the industry – from digital transformation and big data to IoT and AI. Together, we’re future-proofing the ecosystem to help companies grow and innovate.”

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...

Zayo expands fiber network in Seattle-Tacoma area

Zayo announced an expansion of its network infrastructure in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington.As part of the expansion, 400G wavelength capacity will be available between Seattle and Spokane by the end of June 2022, adding crucial IT bandwidth to a key route between two major Washington cities.Zayo is also rolling out a new product offer to new and existing customers in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. The offer, called Shielded Internet Access,...

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...

Zayo deploys Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 between Dublin and Amsterdam

 Zayo announced the deployment of Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) technology between Dublin, Ireland and Amsterdam, Netherlands.“This deployment demonstrates Zayo’s commitment to adopting innovative technologies that allow us to provide customized, state-of-the art network solutions to our customers,” said Jesper Aagaard, Managing Director of Zayo Europe. “This collaboration with Ciena enhances Zayo’s already extensive coverage throughout...

DISH Wireless picks Samsung for 5G Open RAN rollout

DISH Network has selected Samsung Networks for the deployment of 5G O-RAN-compliant virtualized RAN (vRAN) solutions and radio units in markets across the U.S. Financial terms of the multi-year contract were not disclosed.

Specifically, Samsung Networks will supply its 5G and RAN solutions, vRAN software and a variety of O-RAN compliant radio units, including Massive MIMO radios.

Samsung’s vRAN can operate on any commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server, while still delivering performance on par with traditional hardware-based equipment. With its cloud-native architecture, DISH Wireless’ Open RAN deployment is based on open interfaces, allowing for multi-vendor interoperability and various deployment scenarios. The Samsung radios will also support all of DISH’s Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum bands (including n71, n29, n66, n70, n48 and n77).

In addition, DISH and Samsung’s collaboration will extend to retail 5G devices.

“Samsung’s 5G solutions will play an integral role in our network expansion, giving us the flexibility to deploy our cloud-native network with software-based solutions that support advanced services and operational scalability,” said John Swieringa, president and chief operating officer, DISH Wireless. “We look forward to working with Samsung, whose industry leadership in vRAN and O-RAN innovation will help support our vision of delivering open, interoperable cloud-based 5G services to consumers and enterprises across the U.S.”

“Samsung is excited to join this 5G journey with DISH, a pioneer in bringing new experiences to households and businesses around the country, leveraging openness and virtualization that sit at the heart of network evolution,” said Mark Louison, executive vice president and head of the Networks Business, Samsung Electronics America. “Our advanced 5G vRAN and radio solutions bring telco-grade quality and cloud-based agility together, building on these benefits to enable more customers to experience the full value of commercial 5G Open RAN.”


KT activates 5G Standalone (SA) service with Samsung

KT activated Korea’s first commercial 5G SA network in collaboration with Samsung.For this commercial launch, Samsung provided KT its end-to-end 5G network solutions from Radio Access Network (RAN) to Core. KT facilitated a smooth transition to 5G SA by using Samsung’s 5G RAN and Core, which can support 5G SA and NSA simultaneously. “Samsung is proud to play a leading role in placing Korea at the forefront of network technology innovation,”...

NTT DOCOMO selects Samsung as 5G supplier

NTT DOCOMO has selected Samsung Electronics as a 5G network solution provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.Samsung's range of solutions will include O-RAN-compliant solutions.“As a leading mobile operator, our goal is to provide our customers the best possible services for creating innovative, fun and exciting experiences and finding solutions to social issues,” said Sadayuki Abeta, General Manager of the Radio Access Network Development Department...

Samsung wins huge 5G contract with Verizon

Samsung Electronics America has won a contract valued at approximately US$6.6 billion (7.9 trillion won) to supply network infrastructure to Verizon. The announcement was made in a financial disclosure posted by Samsung in Korea. The contract runs through 2025. The contract is likely the largest 5G infrastructure deal to date for Samsung and likely comes as a loss to one of Verizon's European suppliers. http://dart.fss.or.kr/dsaf001/main.do?rcpNo=20200907800091 Samsung...

Samsung claims biggest share of Korea's 5G rollout

Equipment from Samsung Electronics Co. represents the largest share the recent 5G network rollouts from all three mobile operates in Korea. Korean operators have been transmitting 5G signals in Seoul and metropolitan areas since December 1, 2018 using 5G base station radios and 5G core solutions from Samsung’s Networks Business unit. Specifically, Samsung has supplied 5G core solutions and more than 53,000 5G radio base stations to Korea’s three...

Marvell and Samsung collaborate on Massive MIMO chip

Samsung Electronics and Marvell have  jointly developed a new System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to power Samsung’s Massive MIMO and other advanced radios.The new SoC supports 5G and 4G networks simultaneously, and it can also save up to 70 percent in chipset power consumption compared to previous solutions.“We are excited to extend our collaboration with Marvell to unveil a new SoC that will combine both companies’ strengths in innovation to advance 5G...

Where did the concept of SmartNICs originate?


The concept of SmartNICs can be traced back a long way to networking company called FORE Systems and subsequently to the founding of Netronome, says Niel Viljoen, CEO of Netronome.

The follow-up question: "is DPU just another name for network flow processor?"

Download the 2022 SmartNICs and Infrastructure Acceleration Report: https://ngi.how/ia-2022

Experience-driven NetOps from the end-user perspective


End user metrics should be used for understanding network performance, says Jeremy Rossbach, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Broadcom, speaking at ONUG Spring 2022. Broadcom's solution builds on its recent acquisition of AppNeta.

Broadcom to buy AppNeta for SaaS network performance monitoring

Broadcom agreed to acquire privately held AppNeta Inc., which provides a SaaS-based network performance monitoring solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AppNeta, which is headquartered in Boston, delivers visibility into the end user experience of any application, from any location. AppNeta's SaaS-based solution can quickly pinpoint issues that affect network and business-critical cloud application performance, regardless of where they occur.

"We are excited about the new Digital Experience Management (DEM) capabilities AppNeta will add to our DX NetOps network monitoring solutions.  Hybrid cloud deployments, work from home and prevalence of SaaS-based applications have made enterprises incredibly reliant on the Internet to deliver business-critical applications to employees and customers," said Serge Lucio, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Software Division, Broadcom. "Visibility and control for most performance management teams ends at corporate network boundaries. With AppNeta, DX NetOps solutions by Broadcom Software have visibility into Internet connections and can monitor and manage digital experiences for any user across any cloud, mobile, SaaS or remote work scenario."


Equinix completes acquisition of Data Centers from Entel Chile

Equinix completed its previously announced acquisition of four data centers in Chile from Empresa Nacional De Telecomunicaciones S.A. (Entel) in Chile. 

Equinix also announced it has signed an agreement to acquire one additional data center in Peru, also from Entel, subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions. The enterprise value for the five data centers is approximately US$735 million at current exchange rates in effect on the dates of signing.

The four data centers in the Santiago metro include:

  • The Ciudad de los Valles location, which features two data centers with approximately 170,000 gross square feet combined, and is the largest multitenant data center site in Santiago, with ample expansion opportunities.
  • The downtown Santiago site, which features approximately 46,000 gross square feet. It is a network-dense facility adjacent to the Entel Tower, a key internet exchange facility in the market that is close to the city government center.
  • The approximately 31,000 gross square foot facility in Longovilo, which is strategically located away from the city center to meet the backup and disaster recovery needs of customers, including financial institutions.

The data center in Peru is approximately 16,000 gross square feet and is a well-established site located in Lima.

Approximately 100 Entel employees and contractors are expected to become Equinix employees or contractors under the terms of the agreement.


Optus tests 3CC Carrier Aggregation 5G with Nokia and Samsung

Nokia, Optus and Samsung Electronics Australia achieved a data session using 3 Components (3CC) Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology over a 5G Standalone (SA) network in Australia, the first time this has been done using a commercial smartphone.

Nokia supplied its latest commercial AirScale Baseband and radio portfolio powered by its Reefshark chipset over Optus’ commercial network. The trial combined the FDD band (2100MHz) with the TDD band (2300 MHz + 3500 MHz) using CA technology.

5G Carrier Aggregation allows compatible 5G smartphones to receive multiple 5G frequency bands in parallel, enabling higher data rates, increased coverage and superior network capacity while maximising the spectral efficiency of 5G networks. 

Dr Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia Oceania, said: “Nokia is delighted to bring our market-leading 5G technology to Australia to deliver yet another 5G world first with Optus. This market-leading 5G network enhancement provided by Nokia will allow Optus to continue to deliver superior network performance to its customers.”

Lambo Kanagaratnam, Vice President of Networks at Optus, said: “We’re always looking at ways that we can further optimize our network performance to benefit our customers. Once available commercially, this 3 NR Carrier operation will enable customers to achieve a higher 5G download speed at more places improving their overall 5G experience. Our Samsung Galaxy S22 customers will1 soon be the first to benefit from this technology enhancement with other handsets to follow shortly after.”

team.blue Denmark deploys Nokia's data center edge routers

team.blue Denmark, a leading provider of hosting and cloud services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Europe, has deployed Nokia’s 7750 SR-1s edge routers to provide high capacity, reliable 100G IP transport links for data center interconnection. 

Michael Munk Lassen, Head of Technology, Infrastructure, for team.blue Denmark, said: “team.blue is expanding rapidly in Denmark. We needed an interconnection platform with the headroom to support the future growth of our hosting and cloud services. Nokia’s solution gives us a scalable, reliable data center interconnection solution that will grow with our business. It gives us a market-leading edge routing capability that provides the functionality we need in a compact, cost-effective platform that will easily meet our future interconnection needs.”


Infinera posts Q1 revenue of $338.9 million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue for Q1 2022 of $338.9 million compared to $400.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $330.9 million in the first quarter of 2021. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 32.9% compared to 35.6% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 35.4% in the first quarter of 2021. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (10.8)% compared to (2.5)% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and (7.0)% in the first quarter of 2021. Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(14.0) million, or $(0.07) per share, compared to net income of $5.7 million, or $0.03 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2021, and $(5.5) million, or $(0.03) per share, in the first quarter of 2021.

Infinera CEO David Heard said, “Demand in our fiscal first quarter was quite strong, with double digit year-over-year growth in bookings and record backlog. We won multiple new customer deals at a faster pace and of a larger magnitude than originally expected. However, the suspension of our operations in Russia late in the quarter and the supply chain impact from delayed customer project completions and elevated costs each muted our revenue and margin.”

“In the quarter, we achieved additional success milestones in our 8x4x1 strategy as we ramped ICE6 and began producing key elements of our pluggables ahead of schedule, which is critical to the future expansion of our addressable market and margins. We feel confident that our recent wins, record backlog and focused execution set us up for achieving improved revenue growth and margins in the second half of the year.”


A10 Networks posts strong Q1 security sales

Citing strong sales in North America, A10 Networks reported Q1 2022 revenue of $62.7 million, up 14.3% year-over-year. Non-GAAP net income was $10.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $9.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2021.

Security-led product revenue grew 20.1% year-over-year.

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on June 1st, 2022 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 16th, 2022.

“Our focus on security-led solutions, improved sales execution in North America, and diversity in terms of customers continues to drive consistent growth above our targets and strong profit margins, moving us closer to our Rule of 40 goal,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, President and Chief Executive Officer of A10 Networks. “Demand for cybersecurity and infrastructure solutions remains a catalyst for our growth despite headwinds in Asia, continued supply chain challenges and typical fluctuations in buying patterns. We continued our share buyback and dividend program in the quarter, while also investing in future growth.”

“We believe we are now well-positioned to achieve the high end of our full year targets around top line growth of 10 – 12% and expanding EBITDA in the range of 26 – 28%,“ continued Trivedi.


VIAVI posts sales of $315.5 million, up 4% yoy

VIAVI reported revenue of $315.5 million for its third fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2022, up from $303.4 million for the same period a year earlier. GAAP net income was $19.2 million, or $0.08 per share. Non-GAAP net income was $52.0 million, or $0.22 per share.

"In fiscal Q3, VIAVI achieved new highs in revenue and non-GAAP operating profit for a March quarter.  Business strength was led by Fiber and Wireless products with Anti-Counterfeiting and 3D Sensing products demand recovering from the December quarter," said Oleg Khaykin, VIAVI's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Revenue came in at $315.5 million, up 4.0% year-over-year, exceeding our guidance range of $301 to $315 million."

Khaykin added, "As we look ahead, we expect fiscal 2022 to be another record year for revenue and profitability. We also continue to execute well on our plan to improve our capital structure to enable us to achieve financial flexibility. During fiscal Q3, we redeemed an additional $50.0 million in convertible notes which brings us to a cumulative principal retirement of 54% in fiscal 2022."

  • Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA customers represented 34.5%, 36.3% and 29.2%, respectively, of total net revenue for the quarter ended April 2, 2022.
  • As of April 2, 2022, the company held $596.0 million in total cash, short-term restricted cash and short-term investments.
  • https://investor.viavisolutions.com/home/default.aspx

Charter picks Justin Colwell to head network architecture

Charter Communications announced the promotion of Justin Colwell to Executive Vice President, Connectivity Technology. 

In his new role, Colwell, a career mobile and access network engineer, will oversee the design and development of Charter's network architecture, including wired, WiFi and mobile networks, to deliver the company's converged connectivity vision. He will be based out of Charter's Technology and Engineering Center (CTEC) in Englewood, Colorado, and report to Rich DiGeronimo, Charter's Chief Product and Technology Officer.

Colwell most recently served as Senior Vice President, Wireless Products, responsible for Charter's mobile product and device strategy, WiFi offload, and developing the converged customer experience across Charter's internet, WiFi and mobile products. He joined Charter in 2015 and helped build Charter's mobile organization, oversaw the development of Charter's WiFi products and was instrumental in the launch of the Spectrum Mobile product, which is now the nation's fastest-growing mobile service and the mobile service with the fastest overall speeds. He also led the spectrum auction for Charter's CBRS licenses purchases. 

Prior to joining Charter, Colwell served as Vice President of Access Network Technologies at CableLabs, where his focus was DOCSIS research and development.

"Justin was one of Charter's earliest mobile-focused employees and his extensive engineering experience spans multiple connectivity network architectures including mobile generations 2G to 5G, DOCSIS, fiber and WiFi," said DiGeronimo. "Justin's deep expertise, creativity and relentless focus to leverage our continuously evolving superior networks for the most competitively differentiated experiences, uniquely position him to drive Charter's converged network strategy."