Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Broadband Forum advances Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA)

The Broadband Forum published Release 5.0 of its Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) open-source project.

The OB-BAA specifies Northbound Interfaces (NBI), Core Components and Southbound Adaptation Interfaces (SAI) for functions associated with access network devices that have been virtualized, facilitating co-existence and seamless migration.

Release 5.0 offers new functionality to identify and authenticate Optical Network Units (ONUs) - that exist in an end-user’s home or office - using policy based authentication within the operator's cloud network, which is critical if operators seek to deliver a seamless customer experience.

“Operators continue to integrate their processes with cloud-native ecosystems and embrace virtualization to build and scale their networks while making sure that these new network architectures are compatible with their existing infrastructure,” said Craig Thomas, Vice President Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Broadband Forum. “This news will deliver on the promise of next-generation broadband, while reducing service providers’ costs and protecting their investments at the same time. It is a major step in the deployment of cloud-native networks.”

Operators’ costs for on-boarding and deploying new ONU brands and models are also significantly reduced thanks to the disaggregation of the ONU function embedded within the Optical Line Terminal (OLT). This additional flexibility addresses the big engineering and operations problem of having embedded functions in both ONUs and OLTs and continues to allow operators to migrate their existing access networks toward cloud-native SDN automated networks.

The policy based approach gives the operator the flexibility to identify and/or authenticate the ONU anywhere within the operator's network - from the OLT to operator's OSS or BSS systems. Release 5.0 also enhances the functionality for disaggregating the management of ONUs from the OLT into the operator's network with new features to handle ONU alarms.

With the ability for the OB-BAA platform to utilize functionality that has been disaggregated from the traditional access node and virtualized within the operator's cloud-native network, Release 5.0 integrates with cloud-native ecosystems such as Kubernetes to monitor the virtualized functions. This also helps identify the topologies of the virtualized functions that can be used by the OB-BAA platform in managing the access network.

Broadband Forum and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) will be hosting a Plugfest in the future for vendors to certify their products and make sure they are compliant with Release 5.0 of the OB-BAA open-source project.


Alibaba Cloud opens data center in Frankfurt - its 3rd in Germany

Alibaba Cloud opened its third data center in Germany.

The new facility, which is located in Frankfurt, offers a range of cloud computing products ranging from storage, network to database. It also features free cooling operation via dry coolers - using naturally cool ambient air instead of mechanical refrigeration. In addition, the datacenter is committed to using 100% green electricity to power its operation.

Alibaba said adheres to the highest security standards and the strict compliance regulations set out in the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalog (C5) in Germany. 

Alibaba Cloud now boasts a network of 84 availability zones in 27 regions across the globe.

“The third datacentre launch underscores our continuous commitment to serving the local German and European markets,” said Raymond Ma, General Manager of Europe, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. With our proven innovations and competitive solutions that meet strict security and compliance requirements, we are determined in our mission to support our customers with their digital transformation demands.”


SEA H2X cable to link Hong Kong and Singapore with 8 fiber pairs

The SEA-H2X Consortium, which consists of China Mobile International, China Unicom Global, Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, and PPTEL SEA H2X Sdn. Bhd, announced plans for a new submarine cable system that will connect Hong Kong SAR China, Hainan China, Philippines, Thailand, East Malaysia and Singapore, with options to extend to Vietnam, Cambodia, West Malaysia and Indonesia. 

The parties to the SEA-H2X Project have appointed HMN Technologies Cto build the cable in a fully funded project. 

At approximately 5,000 kilometers in length, the SEA-H2X cable will consist of at least 8-fiber pairs between Hong Kong SAR and Singapore, with a design capacity of 160 Tbps to meet the growing bandwidth requirement in the region. The system is targeted to be ready-for-service in 2024 which help businesses and consumers benefit from increasing digital ties.

Notably, the SEA-H2X cable will connect Hainan (China), Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysia) and La Union (the Philippines), in addition to its trunk connecting the Hong Kong-Singapore corridor.

The SEA-H2X cable system will offer a diverse subsea cable connections to the Hainan Free Trade Zone, in addition to current Hainan to Hong Kong Express (H2HE) privately owned by China Mobile.


Ericsson and Intel open Tech Hub in Silicon Valley

Ericsson and Intel are opening a tech hub in Silicon Valley to focus on the benefits that Ericsson Cloud RAN and Intel technology can bring to improving energy efficiency and network performance, reducing time to market, and monetizing new business opportunities such as enterprise applications.

Called Ericsson-Intel Tech Hub, the center is based in Ericsson’s D-15 facility in Santa Clara and is already operational. The current focus includes activities in power management and performance planned this year as well as joint work on Cloud RAN containerized network function (CNF) applications on upcoming generations of processing platforms.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “Cloud RAN technologies and virtualization have enormous potential to impact networks of the future. Through the Tech Hub, we will accelerate Cloud RAN technology in areas like energy efficiency and performance, while reducing time to market.”

Dan Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms Group at Intel, says: “The transformation to fully virtualized, cloud-native-based networks brings tremendous innovation and agility, and is now extending to the RAN. The Tech Hub will provide a venue for Ericsson and Intel to extend our collaboration and showcase how a virtualized RAN can deliver greater levels of automation, agility and sustainability.”


Ericsson demos 5G Dynamic Radio Resource Partitioning 

Ericsson demonstrated Dynamic Radio Resource Partitioning, a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) Slicing solution that will enable six mobile network operators (MNOs) to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance.Each MNO sharing DNB’s network has access to the full spectrum asset to achieve the best possible speed, while simultaneously ensuring the pooled spectrum is efficiently used and maximized among all other MNOs. The Ericsson solution...

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson demo 5G network slicing + SD-WAN

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson demonstrated 5G end-to-end network slicing for latency-critical enterprise applications with guaranteed Quality of Service. The 5G slicing trial includes SD-WAN and end-to-end service orchestration afor latency-critical applications in different countries. This approach will be especially beneficial for global enterprises who run latency-critical applications in different international subsidiaries. In this...

Ericsson refreshes its RAN portfolio

Ericsson announced a number of additions and enhancements o its radio access network (RAN) portfolioo, bringing sizable energy savings and up to ten-fold capacity increases – with minimal or no added footprint.  The new products are powered by next-generation Ericsson silicon.Leading the portfolio enhancements is Radio 4490, a dual-band radio that delivers 25 percent lower power consumption and lesser weight compared to the current product....

NASA awards $622.5M contract for Cybersecurity and Enterprise

NASA has awarded the Cybersecurity and Privacy Enterprise Solutions and Services (CyPrESS) contract to Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Virginia.

CyPrESS is a cost plus award fee core and hybrid indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a total potential value of $622.5 million. The period of performance includes a base period that begins May 31, 2022, and runs through Sept. 30, 2023, as well as four option periods that run through Sept. 30, 2030.

Under the terms of the contract, Booz Allen Hamilton will provide cybersecurity and privacy enterprise solutions and services, as well as related services, for the agency's Office of Chief Information Office. The CyPrESS contract is the first enterprise cybersecurity and privacy services contract and consolidates cybersecurity and privacy work from various center and enterprise information technology contracts.


Keysight sees revenue growth in 5G, O-RAN, 400G, 800G

Keysight Technologies, reported revenue of $1.35 billion for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2022, upt 11 percent compared with $1.22 billion last year, or 12 percent on a core basis, which excludes the impact of foreign currency changes and revenue associated with businesses acquired or divested within the last twelve months. GAAP net income was $258 million, or $1.41 per share, compared with $186 million, or $0.99 per share, in the second quarter of 2021.

Communications Solutions Group (CSG) revenue was $963 million in the second quarter, up 10 percent over last year, driven by continued investments in 5G R&D and O-RAN adoption, new communications technologies such as 400G, 800G and terabit R&D, and wireline applications, as well as signal monitoring, cyber, space and satellite solutions. CSG reported growth across all regions.

Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) revenue was $388 million in the second quarter, up 13 percent over last year, driven by next-generation automotive and energy technologies and semiconductor measurement solutions. EISG reported growth across all regions..


Eridan lands $46 million for direct polar transmitter in gallium nitride and silicon

Eridan, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $46 million in financing for its MIRACLE RF Front End Module. 

Eridan has built a direct polar transmitter in gallium nitride and silicon, which promises:

  • 10x less input power to provide the same coverage
  • 60-100x reduction in power consumption in sparsely-populated areas, due to improved spatial efficiency
  • Equipment that’s smaller, lighter, and less expensive to install, and doesn’t require specialized power sources or heavy heat sinks

The funding was led by Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund and Monta Vista Capital with additional participation from Social Capital, Diamond Edge Ventures and Pilot Grove Management.

The company anticipates initial stages of deployment in late 2023 in small cells and Massive MIMO systems for urban and suburban locations.

"Accessible, efficient and reliable wireless connectivity is critical to our future economic, environment and social well being. Achieving that reality, however, is impossible without a major technology breakthrough to reduce the spectrum and power needed. That’s how Eridan will provide improved and expanded connectivity for everyone, everywhere, using a fraction of the power," stated Doug Kirkpatrick, Eridan CEO and Co-founder.