Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Lumen offers 8 Gbps residential service over XGS-PON

Lumen Technologies is now offering symmetrical 8 Gbps broadband over its Quantum Fiber residential and small business service. Lumen is using XGS-PON technology.

The 8 Gbps tier is available to select residents and small businesses in cities near Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle, with more cities to come.  

"Technology is evolving and so is Lumen as we tap into the power of our fiber network to give communities more bandwidth to excel at work, play and online life," said Andrew Dugan, chief technology officer at Lumen. "Lumen is strengthening its portfolio and increasing gigabit speeds to fuel consumer and small business broadband connections – and it's just the beginning. We're investing in technology and internet speeds that will continue to push families and businesses into the future."

"This is a game-changer for internet users who want to broaden their horizons with multi-gigabit connections," said Maxine Moreau, president of Lumen Mass Markets. "Quantum Fiber service delivers reliably fast internet for the increasing number of connected devices, virtual work environments, next-level gaming and the ability to upload extremely large files in a matter of seconds. We're so pleased to bring this industry-leading technology to our Quantum Fiber communities to help them thrive in a digital world."

Keysight and Nokia demo 800 Gigabit Ethernet

Keysight Technologies and Nokia demonstrate the first public 800GE test, validating the readiness of next-generation optics for service providers and network operators.

The readiness testing was conducted at Nokia’s private SReXperts customer event in Madrid in June 2022, and included Keysight’s AresONE 800GE Layer 1-3 800GE line rate test platform and the Nokia 7750 Service Routing platform. The AresONE was used to test and qualify Nokia’s FP5 network processor silicon along with 800GE pluggable optics. Specific Nokia platforms used in the validation were the FP5 based 7750 SR-1x-48D supporting 48 ports of 800GE and the 7750 SR-1se supporting 36 ports of 800GE.

Nokia’s FP5 silicon delivers 112G SerDes which enables 800GE support in hardware. FP5 enables networks to efficiently scale capacity and concurrently IP subscriber services while maintaining integrity, providing advanced protection against escalating network security threats, and lowering power consumption. Nokia is the first vendor to ship high-density 800GE systems this year with platforms supporting a range of 36 x 800GE in compact fixed platforms to 432 ports of 800GE in the flagship 7750 SR-14s.

Keysight says the move to the 800GE pluggable optics on front panel ports, interconnect and link reliability requires a new round of validation cycles to support carrier-class environments. 

“The move to 800GE presents service providers and vendors in the supply chain with new challenges to validate chips, optical transceivers, or networking equipment port electronics,” said Ram Periakaruppan, vice president and general manager, Keysight's Network Test and Security Solutions group. “The unique combination of the Keysight AresONE 800GE test system and Nokia's 7750 Service Router addresses the interoperability challenges in 112Gbps electrical lane signaling and supports the service provider community to accelerate validation of carrier-class 800GE devices and network infrastructure in a multi-service environment.”

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Keysight and showcase our FP5 silicon in this important, world’s first demonstration,” said Ken Kutzler, vice president of IP Routing Hardware at Nokia. “Nokia’s industry leading, innovative FP5 silicon is the first network processor silicon for high-performance routing to meet the demands of the 800GE network upgrade cycle. The combination of Keysight’s AresONE 800GE with Nokia’s FP5 and 7750 SR platform meets both the performance and verification needs of our 800GE IP routing interfaces.”

Keysight launches 800G test solutions

Keysight Technologies launched new 800G test solutions for validating electrical and optical interfaces to speed development of next generation data center technologies, including the first 100Gbps transmitter and receiver pre-conformance test solution.Keysight’s new portfolio of electrical and optical analysis solutions enable an 800G ecosystem, consisting of optical components, chipset, switch and semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) vendors,...

Samsung develops Memory-semantic SSD based on CXL

 At this week's Flash Memory Summit 2022, Samsung announced its 'Memory-semantic SSD', which combines the benefits of storage and DRAM memory. Leveraging Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect technology and a built-in DRAM cache, Memory-semantic SSDs can achieve up to a 20x improvement in both random read speed and latency when used in AI and ML applications. Samsung’s Memory-semantic SSDs will be optimized to read and write small-sized data chunks at dramatically faster speeds.

Samsung’s telemetry technology gathers human-readable metadata from key components inside customers’ SSDs such as NAND flash and DRAM as well as SSD controllers and firmware. Based on this broad set of telemetry information, data centers can detect and prevent any potential problems ahead of time, enabling a more reliable and efficient operation.

Additionally, Samsung confirmed that the first UFS 4.0 mobile storage is scheduled to enter mass production this month. The new UFS 4.0 will be a critical component in flagship smartphones that require large amounts of data processing for features like high-resolution images and graphics-heavy mobile games, and will later be used in mobility, VR and AR.

Samsung also announced market availability of two enterprise SSDs. Its PM1743 is the industry’s first PCIe 5.0 SSD, while the PM1653 is the first 24G SAS SSD, both now in mass production. The company further highlighted its paradigm-shifting SmartSSD and CXL DRAM, which have been designed to avoid bottlenecks in current memory and storage architectures.

"The IT industry is facing a new set of challenges brought on by the explosive growth in big data, and this underscores the importance of a robust, cross-industry ecosystem," said Jin-Hyeok Choi, keynote speaker and executive vice president of Memory Solution & Product Development at Samsung Electronics. "We are committed to developing transformative memory technologies that can bring far-reaching changes in how we move, store, process and manage data for future AI, ML and HPC applications, as we navigate these challenging tides together with industry partners."

Nokia wins 45% share of Bharti Airtel's 5G RAN

Bharti Airtel awarded a multi-year contract to Nokia for 5G radio access network (RAN) deployment.  The companies said the contract represents approximately a 45% share of Bharti's planned 5G RAN rollout.  Nokia has been a supplier to Bharti for the past 18 years.

Under this contract, Nokia will provide equipment from itsAirScale portfolio, including modular and scalable baseband as well as high-capacity 5G massive MIMO radios.

This multi-year deal follows the recently concluded 5G spectrum auctions and allocation of pan-India spectrum to Bharti Airtel, supporting their ambition to take India into the 5G era.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO of Bharti Airtel said, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Nokia and take India into the 5G era. Airtel has always believed that the real leverage of 5G technology will come from the capacity to build an ecosystem across devices, networks, applications, and services. As mobile penetration increases across India, mobile telecom services will have a transformative impact across all sectors of the economy. Airtel is investing in the right areas and working with the right partners to serve our customers even better.”

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia said, “This landmark deal reinforces our long-standing partnership with Bharti Airtel. We are delighted that they have chosen Nokia's best-in-class AirScale baseband and radio portfolio to deliver superior 5G performance in one of the world's largest networks. I look forward to our continued successful long-term collaboration in this vital and dynamic market.”

ADTRAN posts Q2 revenue of $172 million

ADTRAN reported Q2 revenue of $172.0 million, net income of $2.1 million and earnings per share of $0.04. Non-GAAP net income was $9.7 million and non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.19.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “We had a strong Q2 fueled by the growing demand for our fiber broadband platforms. Customer demand continues to grow at record levels. We increased revenue both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year in our domestic and international markets, and also throughout our customer segments. This provides continued momentum as we move forward with our integration of ADVA. The combination of these two companies will strengthen our overall solution portfolio and provide the resources necessary to maximize our success in this unprecedented investment cycle in fiber networks.”

The company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the second quarter of 2022. The quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per common share is to be paid to the Company’s stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 18, 2022. The ex-dividend date is August 17, 2022 and the payment date will be September 1, 2022.

A10 Networks posts revenue of $68.0 million, up 14.9% yoy

A10 Networks reported revenue of $68.0 million, up 14.9% year-over-year. GAAP gross margin was 80.2%. GAAP net income was $10.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $6.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2021.

Revenue growth was led by a 33.7% increase in the Americas year-over-year.

“Continued strong demand for our proprietary, security-led solutions, combined with sustained business execution, resulted in 14.9% top-line growth and overall performance that exceeded our ‘Rule of 40’ target,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, President and Chief Executive Officer of A10 Networks. “The increasing threat of cyberattacks, exacerbated by geopolitical events in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, make our security and infrastructure solutions a growing priority even as certain non-security investments are reprioritized due to macroeconomic concerns. We are capturing market share through better technology that helps our customers to achieve their business goals and we continue to invest in strategic growth opportunities. Simultaneously, our proven business model, including gross profit margins exceeding 80% and Adjusted EBITDA margins of 26% enable us to deliver consistent shareholder returns through share repurchases and a quarterly cash dividend.”

“We have been able to successfully navigate supply chain challenges and input cost pressures, as evidenced by our stable gross margins, and we expect these challenges will persist for some time,” continued Trivedi. “We reiterate our full year targets around top line growth of 10 – 12% and expanding EBITDA in the range of 26 – 28% of revenue.

DISH Network reports drop in revenues, wireless subscribers

DISH Network revenue of $523 million for the second quarter 2022, compared to $671 million for the year-ago quarter. Diluted earnings per share were $0.82 for the second quarter, compared to $1.06 per share during the same period in 2021. 

Some highlights:

  • Net pay-TV subscribers decreased approximately 257,000 in the second quarter, compared to a net decrease of approximately 67,000 in the year-ago quarter.
  • The company closed the quarter with 9.99 million pay-TV subscribers, including 7.79 million DISH TV subscribers and 2.20 million SLING TV subscribers.
  • Retail wireless net subscribers decreased by approximately 210,000 in the second quarter, compared to a net decrease of 201,000 in the year-ago quarter.
  • The company closed the quarter with 7.87 million retail wireless subscribers.

Dell'Oro: Rapid growth for 5G workloads on the public cloud

A new report by Dell'Oro Group predicts that 5G workloads on the public cloud will grow revenues at an 88 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) and cumulative revenues are estimated at $4.6 billion over the 5-year forecast period 2022-2026. The report finds that the vast majority of 5G SA networks will be in the Telco Cloud, limiting the short-term opportunity for the Public Cloud to host 5G workloads.

“At first glance, this may appear to be a very conservative forecast. Especially in view of Hyperscale Cloud Providers’ (HCPs) plethora of press releases that suggest there is greater traction in the marketplace than previously identified. The new report discovers that the opportunity for HCPs to penetrate the Telco Cloud market is very limited in the short-term, with the momentum already established by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) committing to the Telco Cloud,” stated Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Most of the HCP press releases are about HCPs adding network solutions for Enterprises that desire 5G device connectivity via a Hybrid Cloud at the edge location. Our projections are for Public Cloud revenues, not Hybrid Clouds at the edge of the networks.

“We found that 27 5G SA networks have been commercially deployed and only one MNO is running its 5G workloads in the Public Cloud. The balance chose to run their own Telco Clouds. Further findings show that another 130 MNOs have already cut contracts with 5G Core vendors to deploy their own Telco Clouds, and two MNOs have committed to run their networks in the Public Cloud.

“As a result, for the short-term, HCPs are focusing on the Enterprise opportunities extending their services to the network edge, either themselves or partnering with an MNO integrating their services inside the Telco Cloud. Longer term there is much more opportunity for the HCPs to host 5G workloads in their Public Clouds with 75 5G Non-Standalone (5G NSA) MNOs and another 600 LTE MNOs still to announce their 5G SA plans. The forecast exits 2026 with a higher year-over-year percentage growth rate for 5G workloads moving to the Public Cloud than for the growth rate of the Telco Cloud,” Bolan added.

Fastly names Todd Nightingale as CEO

Fastly, which operates a global edge cloud platform, appointed Todd Nightingale as the company’s next CEO, effective September 1, 2022. Nightingale will succeed Joshua Bixby, who, as previously announced, will step down as CEO and from Fastly’s Board of Directors. Bixby will remain with Fastly as an advisor.

Nightingale joins Fastly from Cisco, where he currently leads business strategy and development efforts for Cisco's multi-billion dollar networking portfolio as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Networking and Cloud. Previously, Nightingale was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Meraki business. 

"Fastly is extraordinary at the things that make us unique, including our incredibly powerful programmable edge cloud, innovative performance-focused product and engineering, and our unmatched support of customers as they build the next generation of globally performant, secure and reliable applications," said Artur Bergman, Fastly’s Founder, Chief Architect and Executive Chairperson. "I'm confident in Todd's ability to lead the company with the rigor and energy needed to elevate Fastly to its next level of extraordinary technology and product growth, including a strong go-to-market motion and operational strengths."

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,...

Fastly's global CDN suffers configuration error

 Fastly, which operates a global content delivery network, experienced service configuration issue that triggered disruptions across its POPs worldwide. Service disruptions continued for about three hours, impacting traffic from top websites such as CNN, NYTimes, Amazon, Reddit, and others.According to the company's website, the incident affected: Asia/Pacific (Auckland (AKL), Brisbane (BNE), Dubai (FJR), Hong Kong (HKG), Melbourne (MEL), Osaka...