Thursday, September 1, 2022

Ericsson intros triple-band, tri-sector 5G radio

Ericsson introduced a triple-band, tri-sector radio that cuts energy consumption by 40 percent compared to triple-band single-sector radios and, with reduced weight – including use of aluminum – by 60 percent, minimizes site footprint as well.

The new Ericsson Radio 6646 combines 900, 800, and 700MHz frequency bands into one compact 2G to 5G-capable radio. 

The 700MHz capabilities will significantly boost indoor coverage.  It will also increase the capacity of 5G networks, especially when combined with mid-band TDD over Carrier Aggregation and 5G Standalone (5G SA).

Radio 6646 follows the 2021 launch of the dual-band, tri-sector Radio 6626, which is commercially available across global markets.

David Hammarwall, Head of Product Area Networks at Ericsson, says: “Our new energy-efficient radio uniquely combines spectrum capabilities in an easy-to-install form factor. This will simplify deployments and extend 5G coverage, starting in Europe. With this latest innovation, service providers can scale up 5G Standalone deployments with new applications for consumers, enterprises, and mission-critical communications.”

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....

Ciena's revenue dips 12% to $868m due to supply constraints

Ciena reported revenue of $868.0 million for its fiscal third quarter ended July 30, 2022, down 12.2% from $988.1 million for the same period a year earlier.

Ciena's GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter 2022 was $10.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $238.2 million, or $1.52 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2021. Ciena's GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter of 2021 benefited from the recording $124.2 million tax benefit related to an internal transfer of non-U.S. intangible assets. Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal third quarter 2022 was $49.0 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $144.9 million, or $0.92 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2021.

"Despite continued strong customer demand, our fiscal third quarter financial results were negatively impacted by late delivery and substantially lower-than-committed volume from a small number of suppliers for specific components that are essential for delivering finished goods to our customers," said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "While these dynamics will continue in our fiscal fourth quarter, we expect improvement as we move into fiscal 2023, providing us increased ability to service this unprecedented demand and continue to gain market share.

Some highlights

  • Two 10%-plus customers represented a total of 24.1% of revenue
  • Non-telco represented approximately 38% of total revenue
  • APAC region represented 15% of total revenue
  • Routing and Switching revenue increased 45% YoY, in part reflecting strong contribution from the recently added Vyatta platform
  • Platform Software and Services increased 11% YoY, representing 7% of total revenue
  • Adjusted operating margin was 40.0% compared with 48.5% a year earlier.

USB4 Version 2.0 promises up to 80 Gbps over USB Type-C

The upcoming USB4 Version 2.0 specification promises to deliver up to 80 Gbps over the USB Type-C cable and connector. 

The USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specifications will also be updated to enable this higher level of data performance. 

Key characteristics of the updated USB4 solution include:

  • Up to 80 Gbps operation, based on a new physical layer architecture, using existing 40 Gbps USB Type-C passive cables and newly-defined 80 Gbps USB Type-C active cables.
  • Updates to data and display protocols to better use the increase in available bandwidth.
  • USB data architecture updates now enable USB 3.2 data tunneling to exceed 20 Gbps.
  • Updated to align with the latest versions of the DisplayPort and PCIe specifications.
  • Backward compatibility with USB4 Version 1.0, USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3.

“Once again following USB tradition, this updated USB4 specification doubles data performance to deliver higher levels of functionality to the USB Type-C ecosystem,” said Brad Saunders, USB Promoter Group Chairman. “Solutions seeing the most benefit from this speed enhancement include higher-performance displays, storage, and USB-based hubs and docks.”

USB4 delivers 40Gbps bi-directionally

The new USB4 spec was officially published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). The USB4 architecture is based on the Thunderbolt protocol specification recently contributed by Intel Corporation to the USB Promoter Group. It doubles the maximum aggregate bandwidth of USB and enables multiple simultaneous data and display protocols. It also maintains compatibility with existing USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3 hosts and devices is supported;...

AT&T boosts mid-band spectrum and adds resiliency with FirstNet

AT&T is furthering expanding 5G on FirstNet by boosting dedicated in-building connectivity and enhancing 9-1-1 resiliency across Tennessee with FirstNet as a wireless backup, a first.

Public safety in more than 40 cities – including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Seattle and St. Louis – can access AT&T mid-band 5G+ spectrum. This provides first responders in about 100 markets across the country with access to at least 1 of the 3 flavors of 5G (using low-, mid- and high-band spectrum).

Qualified first responder agencies on FirstNet can now get Cell Booster Pros for use in areas where they've previously experienced connectivity challenges at no cost to them. The Cell Booster Pro is an enterprise-grade mini cell site that provides reliable connectivity for public safety on FirstNet, as well as employees and visitors on the AT&T commercial network. The Cell Booster Pro transmits public safety's high-quality Band 14 spectrum as well as AT&T commercial LTE. 

In addition, AT&T will equip 9-1-1 call centers, or public safety answering points (PSAPs), and first responders in Tennessee with an integrated infrastructure that allows them to be more flexible, resilient and agile. AT&T ESInet has been integrated with the FirstNet network to extend network connectivity to remote PSAPs that are either hard to reach or experiencing an outage. The State of Tennessee is leading the country in deploying this innovative solution at every PSAP across the state. 

AT&T said this interoperability with FirstNet enables redundancy, resiliency and agility with AT&T ESInet so that PSAPs can focus on keeping their communities safe. If AT&T ESInet detects a disruption to the primary connection of a 9-1-1 call center, it will automatically route 9-1-1 calls over the FirstNet network to a remote PSAP. This integration strengthens PSAPs to maintain operations and creates a path for future Next Generation 9-1-1 technologies, including videos and images. These technologies allow PSAPs to coordinate with first responders more efficiently, improve situational awareness and reduce response times.

Telstra implements Ericsson's network slicing for enterprise services

 Telstra is deploying  an automated standards-based network slicing service orchestration capability in the commercial network using Ericsson Orchestration and Ericsson Inventory. These capabilities, in combination with the network's 5G RAN and dual-mode 5G Core, enable Telstra to provide enterprise customers with new differentiated services that have the potential ability to deliver assured network characteristics such as throughput, latency and resilience.

Telstra has also successfully deployed the Ericsson Local Packet Gateway in Telstra’s commercial 5G network.

Shailin Sehgal, Executive, Product Enablement Technology, Telstra said: “In the past it took a long time to deploy and scale new service constructs in our network. Now, with 5G’s service-based architecture combined with automation via network orchestration, we are able to work with our customers to imagine and deploy new differentiated services quickly and scale them economically. We have been working with Ericsson to bring these new innovations to our enterprise customers for several years and these latest World and Australian first capabilities are another example of this collaboration.”

Emilio Romeo, Head of Ericsson, Australia and New Zealand, says: “Ericsson has developed its Orchestration and Local Packet Gateway solutions to help forward looking customers such as Telstra deliver sought-after enterprise services via automated network slicing and edge use cases. With many decades of close strategic partnership between Ericsson and Telstra, we are proud to have helped deliver these capabilities into Telstra’s commercial 5G network to achieve leading 5G service creation capabilities.”