Thursday, June 9, 2022

ADVA debuts software-as-a-service MANO

ADVA launched the market’s first NFV management and orchestration (MANO) platform delivered through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. 

ADVA’s new Ensemble SaaS MANO supports the rollout of secure virtualized service at scale across multiple locations. 

ADVA said its subscription-based solution simplifies and accelerates uCPE deployments, ensuring faster time to revenue for communication service provider (CSP) and enterprise customers. Hosted in the public cloud and managed by ADVA or its partners, the offering provides access to critical management tools while delivering significant cost savings. It enables CSPs and enterprises to harness the opportunities of virtualization without major investment in resources or training.

“MANO is key to NFV and uCPE success. But for many operators, leveraging a solution that meets business and operational requirements without massive investment has been a real challenge. That all changes with the introduction of our Ensemble SaaS MANO. Now CSPs, integrators and enterprises can access a MANO platform built from the ground up for the NFV domain in an easy, affordable way,” said Mike Heffner, GM of Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Our Ensemble SaaS MANO takes the agility and cost-efficiency of cloud-based services to the next level. For many customers, it will unlock the door to the full benefits of network virtualization.”

“By making our Ensemble MANO solution available as a SaaS offering, we’re empowering many more customers to seize the advantages of uCPE. It unlocks a range of new applications for enterprises and gives CSPs instant access to new revenue streams. And for our technology partners, it offers a way to deliver turn-key solutions and drive higher-value services to end customers,” commented Prayson Pate, CTO of Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Ensemble SaaS MANO creates a risk-free path to uCPE success. It will be key to helping businesses across the world achieve their virtualization vision.”

O-RAN Alliance Summit set for June 29, 2022

The O-RAN ALLIANCE will host a virtual summit on June 29, 2022 to discuess the latest updates to its leadership, the ecosystem, and adoption trends. 

The summit will bring to a conclusion the global plugfests that have been progressing this year at 3 venues:

  • Auray OTIC and Security Lab is hosting 21 participants: Alpha Networks, Askey Computer, Calnex Solutions, Foxconn, Institute for Information Industry, Inventec, IP Infusion, ITRI, JPC connectivity, Keysight Technologies, Lions Technology, LITEON, MICAS, NKG, Pegatron, QCT, REIGN Technology, Rohde & Schwarz, Sageran, VIAVI Solutions and WNC.
  • Telefonica, at European OTIC in Madrid, is hosting 6 participants: ADVA Optical Networking, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Precision Optical Transceivers, Ribbon and VIAVI Solutions.
  • AT&T and DISH are hosting participants including Analog Devices, Anritsu, Calnex Solutions, Cisco, Fujitsu, HCL, IP Infusion, ITRI, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, META, NSF ARA: Living Wireless Lab, NSF PAWR: AERPAW, NSF PAWR: Colosseum, PHYTunes, Rohde & Schwarz, VIAVI Solutions, VMware and Wind River; with assistance from AT&T Lab, NSF PAWR: COSMOS Lab, NSF PAWR: POWDER Lab and University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab.

In addition, the O-RAN Virtual Exhibition will present 23 new demos of O-RAN technology. 

Details are posted here:

Dell'Oro: Fiber broadband spending remains resilient

Total global revenue for the Broadband Access equipment market increased to $4.4 B in 1Q 2022, up 14 percent year-over-year (Y/Y), according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Growth continues to come from PON equipment and fixed wireless CPE, as service providers expand their broadband availability and speeds.

"Despite all the challenges with supply chains, logistics, and labor, service providers continue to invest heavily to expand their fiber broadband networks, particularly in North America" noted Jeff Heynen, Vice President, Broadband Access and Home Networking at Dell'Oro Group. "Many of these deployments are to deliver multi-gig services, as operators look to stay one step ahead of their competitors" explained Heynen.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2022 Broadband Access and Home Networking quarterly report:

  • Total cable access concentrator revenue increased 5 percent Y/Y to just over $257 M. Solid growth in Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) deployments help offset declines in traditional CCAP licenses.
  • Total fixed wireless CPE unit shipments reached 3.8 M units in the quarter, with 5G Sub-6GHz units showing the fastest growth.

Minnesota's South Front Networks picks Padtec's 800G

South Front Networks, a broadband service provider based in Mankato, Minnesota, has selected Padtec’s 800 Gbps transponders , a disaggregated, high performance optical transport platform, to provide 400 Gbps wavelengths in its footprint. The operator’s objective is to increase the transmission capacity of its DWDM networks to offer a unique connectivity experience to the users of its services as it continues to grow.

“We are pleased with Padtec’s quick turn around and with the performance of the platform”, says Jay Hanke, President of South Front Networks. “Our customer base demands prompt response to their growing bandwidth needs and our team, with Padtec’s support, was able to bring up services in record time, from purchase order to passing traffic in less than 30 days”.

“Padtec is delighted to partner with South Front Networks. Our TM800 capabilities are aligned with South Front Network’s approach in building their network: cost-effective, prompt delivery, quick commissioning and above all outstanding optical performance”, says Manuel Andrade CEO Padtec NA. “We are committed to support South Front Networks in its growth journey”, he adds.

Padtec's 800 Gbps transponder product line (up to 400 Gbps per optical channel) combines high data transmission rates with lower cost per transmitted bit. “The TM800G is deployed worldwide both in terrestrial and submarine networks. One of the technical novelties of this generation of transponders, based on Acacia’s AC-1200 chipset, is the option to select among several modulation formats on the line side, making it easy to achieve the highest data rate possible in any given route” highlights Manuel.

SK hynix to supply first HBM3 DRAM to NVIDIA

SK hynix confirmed the initiation of mass production of HBM3 high bandwidth memory (HBM), which vertically interconnects multiple DRAM chips and dramatically increases data processing speed in comparison to traditional DRAM products. 

HBM3 DRAM is the 4th generation HBM product, succeeding HBM (1st generation), HBM2 (2nd generation) and HBM2E (3rd generation).60

NVIDIA has recently completed its performance evaluation of SK hynix's HBM3 samples. SK hynix will provide HBM3 for NVIDIA systems expected to ship starting in the third quarter of this year. SK hynix will expand HBM3 volume in the first half in accordance with NVIDIA's schedule.

The highly anticipated NVIDIA H100 is the world's largest and most powerful accelerator. SK hynix's HBM3 is expected to enhance accelerated computing performance with up to 819GB/s of memory bandwidth, equivalent to the transmission of 163 FHD (Full-HD) movies (5GB standard) every second.