Saturday, July 2, 2022

KDDI hit by two day outage across Japan

KDDI, which serves over 31 million users across Japan, was hit by a widespread outage beginning on Saturday, July 2 at 01:35am local time.

KDDI attributed the initial fault to regular maintenance procedures involving the replacement of a router. Cascading errors led to disruption of other core elements, including its VoLTE platform. 

Rakuten Mobile users were also hit by the outage due to carriage agreements between the firms

As of Monday, July 4, the network had not yet fully recovered.


KDDI picks Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung for 5G

KDDI named Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung as its primary 5G vendors for next-generation network deployment in Japan. KDDI expects the first commercial live 5G services to be available from March 2020, with more than 93 percent coverage of 5G base station areas specified by Japan’s telecom regulation body by the end of March 2025. Ericsson confirmed that it will supply KDDI with Radio Access Network equipment, including products and solutions from...

Google Cloud region opens in Paris

A new Google Cloud region has opened in Paris, France.

The new France region (europe-west 9) launches with three cloud zones and Google Cloud's standard set of services including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Storage, Persistent Disk, CloudSQL, and Cloud Identity. In addition, it offers core controls to enable organizations to meet their unique compliance, privacy, and digital sovereignty needs.

Oracle inaugurates data center in Paris, now 38 cloud regionsworldwide

Oracle opened its second cloud region in France in La Courneuve, Paris.  All Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services are available in the Oracle Cloud Paris region to support regulatory compliance requirements, which are especially critical in banking and the public sector. Available services include Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. The company already operates a data center...

Telstra upgrades optical network to 400 GE

Telstra is upgrading its optical network interface for its IP routers and switches from 100 GE to a 400 GE.

The deployment on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform  will initially be used for Telstra’s Internet traffic and broadband connectivity.

Iskra Nikolova, Telstra Executive for Network and Infrastructure, says: “We’re seeing traffic demands for mobile and fixed growing at over 40 percent and around 25 percent per annum respectively, driven by more people working from home and higher bandwidth requirements. This is due to the rising demands of video streaming and online gaming, as well as increased requirements for cloud and data center connectivity.

Emilio Romeo, Head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand says: “This milestone achievement will ensure that Telstra’s Next Generation Optical Network has the capabilities to meet existing and future demands from its customers. Here at Ericsson, we are proud to work with Telstra and Ciena in providing network services that will benefit all Australians.”

Matthew Vesperman, Regional Managing Director for Ciena Australia and New Zealand says: “Innovative network providers like Telstra are constructing adaptive networks that can not only scale but also dynamically respond to unpredictable traffic requirements. Ciena’s 6500 platform powered by WaveLogic optics combines the required capabilities and software intelligence, providing optical network efficiencies while optimizing its footprint, power, and capacity.”

Telstra launches 400G service based on Ciena

 Telstra has launched commercial wavelength services based on 400G technology from Ciena. For the deployment, Ericsson delivered Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai and WaveLogic 5 Extreme solutions along with associated local professional services for optical transmission. The higher bandwidth services can now quickly be delivered with a single card, offering on-demand capacity, from 100G up to 400G. In a trial, Telstra also achieved 700G per wavelength...

Oxford Quantum Circuits raises £38 million

UK-based Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) announed £38 million (US $46.45 million) in Series A funding for its work in quantum computing.

The round was co-led by Lansdowne Partners, one of Europe’s leading investment firms, and The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners (UTEC), Japan’s largest deeptech VC fund. British Patient Capital and existing investors Oxford Science Enterprises (OSE) and Oxford Investment Consultants (OIC) also participated. This funding follows the February 2022 launch of OQC’s latest system, Lucy, on Amazon Braket - making it the first European quantum company on AWS. The company’s technology can be used by businesses in financial services, pharma and logistics to increase their competitive edge.

Ilana Wisby, CEO of OQC, said “This initial close is the UK’s largest ever Series A in quantum computing, demonstrating the confidence our investors have in our ability to lead the global quantum industry. It’s testament to the significant technological and commercial progress we have achieved in recent months, thanks to our world-class team. It is also the first step in our international expansion, bringing quantum to our customers’ fingertips – wherever they are in the world.”