Monday, September 5, 2022

NTT announces 1.2 Tbps coherent DSP

NTT announced a digital coherent signal processing circuit and optical device that achieves 1.2 Tbps optical transmission at 140 Giga baud.

NTT says its proprietary device utilizes a digital coherent detection scheme in which the polarization, amplitude, and phase of light are captured as digital data. The signal distortion that occurs in the optical fiber transmission channel and optoelectronic devices are compensated and equalized through advanced signal processing. 

Figure 1  (below) shows the configuration of an optical signal transceiver with a maximum transmission capacity of 1.2 Tbit/s. The transceiver consists of a cutting-edge digital coherent signal processing circuit (Fig. 1 upper right photo) and a 140-Giga baud class optical device with the world's widest-class opto-electrical response bandwidth (Fig. 1 upper left photo).

Eurofiber selects Nokia for DWDM

Eurofiber Group, the leading supplier and operator of Open Network infrastructure in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany selected Nokia for a multi-country DWDM roll out, datacenter switching and multiple other areas.

This agreement, covering all Eurofiber affiliates, underlines the mutual commitment of the two companies to develop superfast, high-capacity fiber optic networks in Europe with the highest service standards possible. Within Eurofiber France, first optical networks are already under deployment in the south and north of France. Next to France, Nokia is also deploying a DWDM city network in Germany for the Berlin based joint venture Vattenfall-Eurofiber. In Belgium, both companies agreed to renew the nationwide DWDM network. The Eurofiber Cloud Infra unit selected SR Linux from Nokia as their switching platform.

These networks will further enhance and expand the more than 60,000 km of Eurofiber fiber infrastructure.

Jan van Tetering, Senior Vice President Europe at Nokia, said: “Nokia is proud to add Eurofiber as a customer. We are determined to serve Eurofiber Group and its affiliates with our strong portfolio and presence in the four countries where they operate and help them expand their Open Networks’ footprint. This frame agreement is a solid foundation for our joint growth business ambition in Europe, sharing the same values to operate in an ethical, sustainable and secure way.”

Eric Kuisch, COO Eurofiber Group, said: “Eurofiber has an ambitious growth agenda in Western Europe. A fully integrated high capacity DWDM network, and future-proof, highly secure datacenter equipment are main technological enablers to realize these ambitions.We are looking forward to partner with Nokia in providing our customers with the highest quality available.”

Austria's Energie AG picks Nokia for optical transport

Austrian utility and infrastructure company, Energie AG Oberösterreich, has selected Nokia to build an optical transport network across 18 sites in Upper Austria to backhaul traffic from FTTH nodes to two central sites. Deployment is already underway.

Nokia’s broad portfolio of optical networking hardware and software will be used for the upgrade. This includes the Nokia 1830 PSS (Photonic Service Switch) platform, powered by its Photonic Service Engine (PSE) coherent technology, and the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) software automation suite.

Patrick Langelaan, vice president Nokia Enterprise CBT Europe South, said: “It has become very clear over the past two years that the scaling of fiber-based connectivity virtually everywhere is a key economic factor for any country. Local and regional communications service providers can play an important role in providing this ultra-fast connectivity. We are excited to support Energie AG on its journey to connect Upper Austria with high-speed fiber access.”

SK C&C deploy managed SD-WAN from Nuage

South Korea-based SK C&C has deployed the Nokia Cloud Managed SD-WAN Service, which provides network connectivity between branches and the cloud while delivering enhanced security, network visibility and significantly improved economics. 

The Nokia Cloud Managed SD-WAN Service removes the startup and operational costs of deployed SD-WAN via its cloud hosted, multi-tenancy deployment model that delivers SD-WAN as-a-Service. As a locally hosted solution, SK C&C benefits from a simplified deployment model that improves service deployment time and removes the need for capital expenditure through its as-a-Service subscription model. 

The deployment and maintenance services are provided by Nokia Cloud Managed SD-WAN Service distributor, Dongkuk Systems.

Saurabh Sandhir, Vice President and General Manager of Nuage Networks from Nokia, said: "All digital transformation projects require a strong network foundation that links the business application users in the branches to the business applications in the private and public cloud. Our Nuage Networks powered cloud hosted SD-WAN service is a perfect fit for SK C&C as they accelerate their cloud based IT projects. With Nokia Cloud Managed SD-WAN service, supported by our partner Dongkuk Systems, SK C&C will deliver an enhanced networking experience with embedded security and improved application visibility for all sites on the networks.”

3i Infrastructure acquires Global Cloud Xchange for $512M

3i Infrastructure plc completed its acquisition of Global Cloud Xchange, which operates a vast subsea network.  3i Infrastructure invested $512 million to acquire a 100% stake in GCX.

GCX provides high-bandwidth connectivity and global managed network services including managed ICT, cyber security, and UCaaS solutions, to a range of blue-chip customers inclusive of hyperscalers, telecommunications operators, new media providers and enterprises throughout the world. Its 66,000km of cables span 46 countries from North America to Asia, with a particularly strong position on the Europe-Asia and Intra-Asia routes. 

3i Infrastructure said it is partnering with GCX’s management team to invest in a leading platform for the sector, with the goal to increase the utilized capacity on GCX’s existing routes as well as to add new routes, services and customers.

“With 3i Infrastructure’s backing, GCX is well-positioned to support global growth and customer needs in key markets, including connectivity to India, across the Middle East, and enhanced managed services opportunities across Europe,” said Carl Grivner, GCX CEO. “Our global teams continue to create innovative solutions to help customers grow with us.”

“GCX represents a great addition to the 3i Infrastructure portfolio,” said Scott Moseley, 3i Managing Partner and Co-Head of European Infrastructure. “The company holds a valuable leadership position in an attractive and growing sector and we look forward to working with Carl Grivner and his experienced management team to continue GCX’s growth.”

Global Cloud Xchange appoints Carl Grivner as CEO

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Global Cloud Xchange emerges from Chapter 11

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SpaceX completes 59th Starlink mission

On Sunday, September 4, SpaceX launched 51 Starlink satellites and Spaceflight’s Sherpa-LTC, an orbital transfer vehicle, to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. 

This was the seventh flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Arabsat-6A, STP-2, COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2, KPLO, and now three Starlink missions.

The mission was SpaceX’s 59th Starlink mission to date. 

It was SpaceX's first Starlink mission in September and 26th Starlink mission this year.