Wednesday, July 20, 2022

NEC selected for Juno transpacific cable

NEC has been contracted to build the JUNO Cable System, which is slated to be the highest capacity transpacific cable when it comes online by the end of 2024.

The project is led by Seren Juno Network Co., Ltd., a company established by NTT Ltd Japan Corporation, PC Landing Corp. Mitsui & Co. and JA Mitsui Leasing.

The JUNO cable will span 10,000 km between Chiba prefecture and Mie prefecture in Japan to California.

NEC plans to deploy its newly developed energy efficient repeaters and leading-edge SDM (Space Division Multiplexing) technology. This system will be able to adapt as many as 20 fiber pairs for the first time in a trans-Pacific subsea fiber-optic cable. The cable is expected to provide a maximum capacity of 350 Tbps.

NEC notes that it has been a leading supplier of submarine cable systems for more than 50 years, and has built more than 300,000 km of cable, spanning the earth nearly 8 times. As a system integrator, it  provides all aspects of submarine cable operations, including the manufacture and installation of optical submarine cables and repeaters, provision of ocean surveys and route designs, training and delivery testing. NEC's subsidiary OCC Corporation manufactures subsea optical cables capable of withstanding water pressures at ocean depths beyond 8,000 meters.

Sparkle activates capacity on the Monet subsea cable

Sparkle has activated spectrum capacity on the Monet submarine cable system connecting Brazil to the United States. 

The addition enhances Sparkle's regional backbone for the Americas, which now encompasses five diversified routes between North and South America. Sparkle is also present on the Seabras-1 cable system in the Atlantic and the Curie cable system in the Pacific.

Sparkle now counts 56 Points of Presence across the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, a capillary presence in Brazil and a new open landing and connectivity hub in Panama.

SkyWater Tech plans a $1.8 billion semiconductor fab at Purdue

SkyWater Technology announced its plans to build a $1.8 billion U.S. semiconductor R&D and production facility in Indiana through a public-private partnership with the state and Purdue University

The partners will pursue funding through the CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) for America Act.

“This endeavor to bolster our chip fabrication facilities will rely on funding from the CHIPS Act. Federal investment will enable SkyWater to more quickly expand our efforts to address the need for strategic reshoring of semiconductor manufacturing,” said Thomas Sonderman, SkyWater president and CEO. “Through our alliance with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Purdue Research Foundation, we have a unique opportunity to increase domestic production, shore up our supply chains and lay the groundwork for manufacturing technologies that will support growing demand for microelectronics.”

“Today’s announcement marks a dramatic advance toward multiple strategic goals of Purdue’s last decade: enriched academic and career opportunities for our students; new research possibilities for our faculty; a transformed, more attractive environment on and adjacent to our campus; and the latest demonstration that Purdue and Greater Lafayette are now the hot new tech hub of a growing, diversifying Indiana economy,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Even for the place that specializes in them, this constitutes a genuine giant leap.”,-to-create-750-jobs-in-5-years.html

Quantum Loophole builds highest-density fiber route to Ashburn

Quantum Loophole broke ground on its massive QLoop network, a 43-mile fiber ring connecting the company’s 2,100+ acre Quantum Frederick data center development site in Maryland to the Ashburn, Virginia ecosystem. The network ring will offer capacity for more than 200,000 strands of fiber connecting to the Ashburn ecosystem in under one half millisecond Round Trip Time (RTT).

The QLoop fiber optic ring has received all governmental approvals for its two crossings of the Potomac River.

 Quantum Loophole will be constructing a network of conduits to connect Quantum Frederick’s two planned network centers on its Maryland data center campus where automatic, robotic cross connections powered by Telescent are planned to be installed.

 When complete, QLoop will contain in excess of thirty, 2-inch HDPE conduits placed at a depth designed to exceed security standards. When fully deployed, Telescent-enabled network centers will be capable of processing millions of cross connects from the QLoop to the on-campus conduits that deliver fiber to each data center site on the Quantum Frederick campus, thus expediting time-to-market for customers and creating a private metro system on the Quantum Frederick campus.

“We are building the largest medium haul fiber backbone that’s ever been created,” says Josh Snowhorn, Founder and CEO of Quantum Loophole. “And we are bolstering that with some pretty amazing cross-connect capabilities. Each property will have access to conduits and thousands of strands of fiber directly into the QLoop system to enable seamless, private and secure connectivity for all of our campus-wide customers.”

Dell'Oro: Campus switch sales to exceed $95B over the next 5 years

More than $95 B will be spent on campus switches over the next five years, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Multi-gigabit switches (2.5/5/10 Gbps) are expected to comprise 10 percent of the port shipments by 2026.

“Due to a number of unforeseen headwinds including lingering supply chain challenges, increased macro-economic uncertainties, higher inflation, and regional political conflict, we have lowered our forecast for 2022 and 2023 compared to our prior January report,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Director at Dell’Oro Group. “At the same time, while we made this downward adjustment to our short-term forecast, we have raised the forecast figures for the outer years as we believe spending over the five-year forecast period will not decline compared to our prior forecast, but rather shift from one year to the next, depending on the supply situation and macro environment. Our interviews with system and component vendors, as well as with some of the Value-Added Resellers (VARs) and System Integrators (SIs), revealed that the fundamental growth drivers remain in place and that there is a substantial technology debt urging customers to upgrade their networks in order to support their digital transformation initiatives.

“Nevertheless, while we have maintained our forecast for revenue as well as port shipments, we have changed our port speed mix and shifted some of the volumes from 2.5/5.0 Gbps to the benefit of 1 Gbps. This adjustment is the result of a combination of supply-and-demand-related issues as explained in our report,” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the Ethernet Switch – Campus 5-Year July 2022 Forecast Report:

  • Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) ports are forecast to comprise nearly half of the total campus port shipments by 2026.
  • China is expected to recover very quickly from the recent lockdown and comprise 25 percent of campus switch sales by 2026.
  • The introduction of new software features and Artificial Intelligence capabilities are expected to increase over our forecast horizon.
  • Interest in Network-As-a-Service (NaaS) offerings is expected to rise but adoption may take time.

Sabey breaks ground on 40-acre data center campus near Austin

Sabey Data Centers has begun construction on a new, 40-acre data center campus in Round Rock, Texas. 

The new campus will provide up to 72-megawatt (MW) power capacity and will accommodate requirements of all sizes, including hyperscale deployments. When complete, the campus will offer 430,000 square feet of reliable colocation supported by high-density cooling, low cost of power, eight layers of security, carrier-neutral options, etc.

The target Ready for Service date is Q2 2023.

"This new market expansion reinforces the continued demand for digital capacity and is an exciting time for the Sabey organization," said Jeffrey Kanne, President and CEO of National Real Estate Advisors and Vice Chairman of Sabey Data Centers. "We look forward to deploying additional capital to support Sabey's efforts in the booming Austin tech hub."

"Sabey is dedicated to meeting our customers' increased demand for digital infrastructure and thrilled that this market expansion will pave the way for future technology developments in the region," comments Rob Rockwood, President of Sabey Data Centers. " Planning with the City of Round Rock, Round Rock Chamber, and other valued partners has been a welcoming experience. "

  • Sabey's data center portfolio includes data center campuses in Austin, Ashburn, New York City, Seattle, and Central Washington. 

T-Mobile extends 5G Home Internet across California

T-Mobile has expanded the footprint of its 5G Home Internet across California.

The fixed 5G service is now available to over six million homes throughout the state.

With the expansion, T-Mobile said more than 40 million households – a third of them in rural America – are eligible for 5G Home Internet. 

T-Mobile's 5G Home Internet is priced at $50 a month with AutoPay and no annual contract.

Availability is based on network capacity.

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Keysight intros cloud-based Open RAN Architect Test

The Keysight Open Radio Access Network Architect (KORA) test solutions are moving to cloud-based deployment. In addition, the company’s LoadCore software for testing 5G Core (5GC), is now available as a metered, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solution in AWS Marketplace to allow customers to scale costs with usage.

KORA is Keysight’s suite of test solutions that verify the functionality and performance of end-to-end O-RAN wireless infrastructure. A component of KORA, Keysight's LoadCore 5GC testing software enables customers to perform network capacity tests, measure device data throughput and model a wide variety of end-user behavior and mobility scenarios. A scalable 5GC network performance validation solution, LoadCore can verify that delivered connectivity service remains stable under various demanding conditions such as sudden spikes in network usage caused by disasters or other major events.

“As a cloud-based pay-as-you-go offering, users can purchase and provision KORA test solutions immediately to fit their testing needs,” said Kalyan Sundhar, vice president and general manager of 5G Edge to Core Solutions at Keysight. “This is an exciting new delivery model that offers customers the flexibility and scalability to use Keysight’s test solutions in the environment they want, in the cloud.”