Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Cisco tunes its predictive analytics engine

Cisco is bringing together new predictive technologies with its broad portfolio of observability, visibility and intelligence technologies to improve reliability and performance across all operational scenarios. 

The idea is to offer a predictive analytics engine that leverages telemetry data with predictive models developed with customers across a variety of industry segments to predict user experience issues, providing problem solving options. 

“The future of connectivity will rely on self-healing networks that can learn, predict and plan,” said Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO, Cisco. “Our research for predictive networks has been tested and developed with customers, and early adopters are seeing major benefits saving them time and money. The industry has been waiting for secure, proactive networking and only Cisco can do it right.”

T-Mobile US pushes 5G Home Internet

One year after launching its fixed 5G Home Internet service, T-Mobile unveiled a number of incentives to accelerate the business under the slogan "Internet Freedom":

  • Free Test Drive. Customers can try Home Internet for 15 days, worry-free. If they like it, great! If not, return the gateway and owe nothing. It’s 100% On Us. Because it’s wireless, they can keep their old provider while testing the T-Mobile service.
  • T-Mobile will cover break-up fees with the old broadband provider. T-Mobile will cover all early termination fees up to $500.
  • Price Lock. A customer’s price is locked in at just $50 per month, with no monthly taxes or fees, for as long as they are a customer. 

Some additional notes from the company's online event:

  •  The T-Mobile 5G Home Internet service is now available to approximately 40 million homes and businesses across the country.
  • T-Mobile's 5G network currently has 110 MHz of nationwide spectrum available in the sub 6-GHz bands.
  • The average downlink speed on the 5G Home service is 140 Mbps.
  • Average usage is 300~400 GB per month. About 10% of customers use 1 TB per month

“The Un-carrier was created to fix a stupid, broken wireless industry, and while we aren’t done, we’ve undoubtedly changed it for good. Now, with Internet Freedom, we’re taking on Big Internet and bringing the Un-carrier movement to broadband,” said Sievert. “Broadband customers are the least satisfied in America – the fees, the contracts, the price hikes, the terrible customer service. It’s ridiculous, and it looks a lot like the wireless industry a decade ago. Today, that all starts to change because the Un-carrier is here to disrupt broadband for good.”

T-Mobile US expands its Fixed Wireless Access service

T-Mobile expanded the footprint of its Mobile Home Internet service to nearly 3 million more homes in 54 cities across four states: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. “We launched T-Mobile Home Internet just a year ago, and already, we’ve disrupted the home broadband industry for good. We’re making fast, reliable, 5G Home Internet available to more than 30 million households across the country. And in Q4 of last year, we were the...

The need for agility in today's enterprise networks

The rate of change in enterprise networks continues to accelerate. Business are facing great amounts of stress to adapt to changing customer patterns, changing employee patterns, and all while managing security threats. Donna Johnson, SVP of Marketing at Cradlepoint, shares insights from ONUG Spring 2022.

Cradlepoint expands 5G enterprise portfolio

Cradlepoint, now a division of Ericsson, introduced its second-generation 5G product portfolio featuring low-band to millimeter-wave solutions. external adapters and integrated 5G routers. Some highlights:R1900 Ruggedized 5G Mobile Router: a built-for-5G mobile router optimized for in-vehicle networks.E3000 5G Enterprise SD-WAN Router:  5G-optimized with a choice of high-speed fiber and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet WAN ports. It has an expansion slot for...

AT&T ties in with Ericsson's Cradlepoint for 5G SD-WAN

AT&T and Cradlepoint, which is now a division of Ericsson, are expanding their joint 5G offerings for businesses.The new solutions combine clean-slate-designed Cradlepoint 5G wideband adapters and routers, and its NetCloud Service, with AT&T’s nationwide wireless broadband network, data plans, and an AT&T management option for Cradlepoint devices. Cradlepoint's  W-Series Wideband Adapters provide a cloud-managed 5G modem for...

Cradlepoint offers Ruggedized 5G Edge Router

Cradlepoint introduced its new R1900 Ruggedized 5G Edge Router, powered by a Cradlepoint NetCloud subscription service that includes cloud-delivered software, endpoints, training, and support. The R1900 router, which is optimized for in-vehicle networks, is the first product to utilize Cradlepoint's second-generation 5G architecture. It supports nationwide coverage (low-band) and capacity (mid-band) networks at speeds up to 1Gbps as well as gigabit...

AT&T begins offering fixed 5G for businesses

AT&T is adding fixed 5G wireless solutions for business customers.AT&T will offer new fixed wireless router options from Sierra Wireless and Cradlepoint.“It is now almost a full year since the global pandemic accelerated remote work adoption by almost a decade – and throughout the rapid evolution of related business needs, AT&T has been there to enable continued success,” said Mo Katibeh, Chief Product and Platform Officer, AT&T Business....

Ericsson completes Cradlepoint acquisition

Ericsson completed its previously-announced acquisition of Cradlepoint for approximately US$1 billion.Cradlepoint will operate as a stand-alone subsidiary within Ericsson and continue to build on the current market momentum as 5G is speeding up digital transformation and increasing the need for advanced connectivity services for enterprises. Cradlepoint will be part of Ericsson’s Business Area Technologies & New Businesses.Ericsson acquires Cradlepoint...

T-Mobile US offers Cradlepoint's E320 5G router and NetCloud Service

 T-Mobile US is partnering with Cradlepoint, part of Ericsson, to deliver an enterprise-grade custom-designed all-in-one 5G router for T-Mobile Business Internet customers. 

The new solution combines Cradlepoint’s custom-designed E320 5G router and NetCloud Service with T-Mobile's nationwide 5G footprint and managed services capabilities. Security management features include firewall and intrusion prevention. 

“5G offers incredible opportunities for businesses and governments to drive innovation, reinvent their operations, and transform how they serve their customers. Until now, they have been stuck with other internet provider offerings and technology that are low on satisfaction,” said Callie Field, President, T-Mobile Business Group. “T-Mobile is the only provider with a network large enough and fast enough to meet the needs of diverse organizations. The Un-carrier is the first and only provider that can offer enterprise-grade 5G fixed wireless from coast to coast, and together with another proven 5G technology leader in Cradlepoint, businesses can expect a powerhouse solution.”

Google acquires Raxium for MicroLED display technologies

Google has acquired Raxium, a start-up based in Fremont, California developing single panel MicroLED display technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

On its website, Raxium claims to have developed the world’s highest performance ultra-high density
monolithic RGB µLED displays measuring ~3.5 um per pixel, as compared with Super AMOLED displays at ~50 um per pixel.

Reducing time to root cause detection

At the ONUG Spring 2022 event, a key topic of discussion was the critical staff shortages faced by IT departments. Optimizing network operations has become a priority. 

 John Heinz, Director of Sales Engineering at Augtera, discusses how machine learning and automation can reduce time to root cause detection and thus help alleviate the staffing shortage.

3 forces driving innovation in enterprise Networks

What are the 3 biggest forces driving innovation in enterprise networks today? Cost, Cloud, and Connectivity, answered Shekar Ayar, CEO of Arrcus. 

Here’s a perspective from ONUG Spring 2022 on how a modernized routing stacking can drive transformation across all three of these forces.

Arrcus cites 80% growth in bookings in Q1

Arrcus, a privately-held company that develops networking software for core-to-edge network infrastructure, reported an 80% YoY growth in books for Q1 2022.The company cited its largest seven-figure recurring revenue software subscription transaction with a leading financial services company.In addition, Arrcus announced two new executive appointments. Sanjay Kumar has been appointed vice president of marketing and product management and Sreekanth...

Arrcus develops Virtualized Distributed Routing 

Arrcus has been awarded a U.S. patent in support of its VDR (Virtualized Distributed Routing) solution. Specifically, the patent addresses the punt path between the control plane and line card and creating a virtual VLAN tag for each front panel interface. Previous patents awarded to Arrcus in VDR cover topics such as router state database for distributing routes to line cards, handling punt path using VXLAN, and using BGP-SPF as an underlay instead...

Arrcus awarded 10th networking patent for Segment Routing

Privately-held Arrcus, which offers hyperscale networking software for core-to-edge infrastructure, announced continuing momentum and strong business growth, closing 2021 with a tripling of its year-over-year bookings from 2020 to 2021. Arrcus also announced its 10th US patent in the area of hyperscale networking, this one for speeding up Segment ID allocation – a critical factor in accelerating internet traffic and content delivery over the...

2022 Predictions from Thought Leaders

The following media comprises interviews and other content related to 2022 industry predictions. Views expressed are those of the presenting individuals and companies and may not necessarily represent views of Converge! Network Digest or AvidThink.

GlobalConnect Carrier deploys Infinera’s ICE6 optical engine over 3rd party line system

GlobalConnect Carrier has deployed Infinera’s ICE6 technology across its live international long-haul network using GlobalConnect’s existing third-party line system.

Leveraging Infinera’s ICE6 optical engine technology on the GX Series Compact Modular Platform, GlobalConnect achieved error-free transmission at 800G over 770 km on its international backbone between Stockholm and Malmö.

Infinera notes that GlobalConnect has also leveraged ICE6 over its Swedish national backbone network, which uses Infinera’s XTM Series metro and regional packet optical platform.

“GlobalConnect continues its rapid acceleration of digitizing Northern Europe and selecting technology vendors with innovative advancements to help us meet the needs of our customers,” said Martin Højriis Kristensen, Market Director at GlobalConnect Carrier. “This achievement with Infinera marks a key milestone for us as we continue to upgrade our network. With technologies like ICE6, Infinera will continue to play a key role in our network evolution.”

“Delivering open optical solutions is a foundation of Infinera’s innovative technology, and we are pleased to demonstrate this on GlobalConnect’s live international and national backbone networks,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “Infinera’s industry-leading ICE6 technology is deployed worldwide over a variety of existing line systems to provide network operators like GlobalConnect open, scalable, and flexible services to meet growing bandwidth demands regardless of the installed optical line system.”

Ericsson opens Global Utilities Innovation Center in Texas

Ericsson opened a Global Utilities Innovation Center at its facility in Plano, Texas to engage with partners addressing real-world connectivity challenges for utility companies.

The Global Utilities Innovation Center is integrated with Ericsson’s state-of-the art device testing lab a short distance from the Plano site, where utilities and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) partners can test interoperability of their field and IoT devices over mission-critical networks in a safe and secure environment. As a fully functional end-to-end operational lab, the center contains a physical representation of a utility smart grid, enabling real-world demonstrations of end-to-end private networks operations across the power grid from generation and transmission to distribution to end users.

“Utilities require mission-critical networks that have to be secure, reliable, and increasingly sustainable,” says Per Wahlen, Head of Business Development at Ericsson North America. “This center is a state-of-the art facility where we can work closely with utility companies, exploring new 4G and 5G use cases and delivering end-to-end solutions. At each point, you can see the benefits of the latest generations of cellular wireless networks in enhancing security, resilience, and efficiency of the power infrastructure.”

Lumentum posts strong revenue of $395.4 million

Lumentum reported net revenue for its fiscal third quarter of 2022 of $395.4 million, with GAAP net income of $26.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. Net revenue for the fiscal second quarter of 2022 was $446.7 million, with GAAP net income of $56.7 million, or $0.75 per diluted share. Net revenue for the fiscal third quarter of 2021 was $419.5 million, with GAAP net income of $225.5 million, or $2.85 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 was $88.9 million, or $1.19 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal second quarter of 2022 was $120.2 million, or $1.60 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter of 2021 was $99.7 million, or $1.26 per diluted share.

"Our results were at the high end of our guidance on all metrics in the third quarter due to solid execution on a global basis," said Alan Lowe, President and CEO.  "Demand for our products continues to accelerate, and we now expect demand to outpace component supplies by more than $100 million in the fourth quarter.  Our fourth quarter revenue is expected to increase from the third quarter, primarily driven by Telecom product shipments."

Mr. Lowe added, "I am highly optimistic about our outlook and believe market inflections beneficial to Lumentum in our addressable markets will drive double-digit revenue growth in fiscal 2023 and beyond."


Fastly searches for a new CEO

 Fastly's Board of Directors has initiated a search to identify the next CEO to replace Joshua Bixby, who will step down as CEO and from the Fastly Board of Directors once the transition is complete.

“I am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time at Fastly. We’ve expanded our platform to capture current and future growth and built a world-class leadership team that can confidently take us into the future,” said Joshua Bixby, CEO of Fastly. 

Under Bixby’s leadership, Fastly’s revenue increased at a 33% CAGR from 2019 to 2021, with total customer count growing at a 27% CAGR and enterprise customer count at a 24% CAGR. Fastly has expanded its presence from 26 countries and 55 markets in Q1 2020 to 34 countries and 75 markets in Q1 2022.

Bixby has served as CEO since February 2020 and prior to that held the role of President from May 2017 to February 2020. He has been on the executive leadership team at Fastly since December 2015 and previously served in a part-time advisory role beginning in 2013. During his tenure as Fastly’s CEO, Bixby oversaw the successful acquisition of Signal Sciences and the launch of Fastly’s new Next-Gen WAF. He also recruited seasoned senior leadership team members including Fastly’s current CFO, CRO, CMO and CPO.