Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tata selects Juniper for 400G Cloud Metro upgrade

Tata Play Fiber, an internet service provider in India, selected Juniper for upgrades to its regional network. 

Tata Play Fiber is implementing a 400G-capable network powered by Juniper’s Cloud Metro solutions, including ACX7100 Cloud Metro Routers and the ACX710 for the access layer. 

In addition, Juniper's Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) subscriber management solution simplifies the delivery of bundled services such as internet connectivity, entertainment content and home security. 

“It is an honor to play a role in Tata Play Fiber's mission to bring blazing internet speeds with unparalleled resiliency to more homes in India. Our experience-first approach and Cloud Metro innovations have laid the foundation for Tata Play Fiber to deliver unparalleled network experiences for its customers. We look forward to supporting Tata Play Fiber with their growth plans and are confident that they will be able to provide game-changing internet experiences for many years to come,” states Sajan Paul, Managing Director & Country Manager, India & SAARC, Juniper Networks.

5G subscriptions top 813 million as of 30-June-2022

There were 813 million 5G subscriptions worldwide by the end of the second quarter of 2022, according to data from Omdia and 5G Americas. The report predicts that global 5G connections will reach 1.1 billion by the end of this year.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, said, “The progress of 5G continues throughout the Americas with more spectrum, coverage, and usage. We are entering an era of innovation with an expanding 5G ecosystem that is learning how to take advantage of the technical capabilities of this great technology.”

Some additional observations from Omdia:

  • 430 million global 5G connections were added from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022, representing a 1121.1 percent increase from 383 million to 813 million. Those figures represent 16 percent sequential quarterly growth from 703 million in Q1 2022 to 813 million in Q2 2022. 
  • Global 5G connections are forecast to again accelerate in 2023, approaching 2 billion and reaching 5.9 billion by the end of 2027.
  • By region, North America had a total of 99 million 5G and 502 million LTE connections by the end of Q2 2022. This translates into an addition of 17 million 5G connections for the quarter – a gain of 20.7 percent over Q1 2022. Additionally, CTIA notes fast growth in 5G uptake in the United States, which now identifies 315 million Americans covered by 5G and one-third of American adults having an active 5G device. Overall, a total of 137 million 5G connections is projected to come from North America by the end of 2022.
  • In comparison, 4G LTE is expected to remain strong in Latin America and the Caribbean through the end of 2022. In Q2 2022, there were 540 million 4G LTE connections, representing 6.9 percent quarterly growth with the addition of 34.7 million new LTE subscriptions, a number expected to reach 541 million by year end. Latin America and the Caribbean is projected to have 22 million 5G connections by year end of 2022, and 398 million by 2027. 

Orange and Netskope Partner on Carrier-class Connectivity and SSE

Orange Business Services and Orange Cyberdefense are collaborating with Netskope, a leader in secure access service edge (SASE) to deliver a new SSE (Security Service Edge) solution embedded into the Orange Telco Cloud Platform. 

The co-managed solution will reduce complexity for enterprises, providing continuously updated cloud security via the Orange Business Services Telco Cloud Platform. Telco Cloud Platform is a revolution in the way networks are built, run, and managed with enhanced performance. The software-defined approach optimized for telco workloads allows for greater agility and cost reduction.

“Cloud transformation and hybrid work models mean that traditional security architectures are no longer effective or efficient. Plugging our market leading platform into Orange’s network will enable Orange to significantly increase its offering to enterprises looking to secure data without limiting business productivity,” explains Sanjay Beri, CEO, Netskope.

“This innovative partnership is an important part of our Evolution Platform concept designed to simplify connectivity, cloud, and security and support business outcomes from end-to-end, providing real-time protection for our users, their applications, and data, wherever they are. It underscores our position as a trailblazer in SSE and managed services, providing the right balance of performance, speed, and protection to our customers,” adds Aliette Mousnier-Lompré, CEO, Orange Business Services.

ColorChip rolls out 800G optical transceivers and copper cables

ColorChip unveiled 100G PAM4 400G & 800G optical transceiver and copper cable solutions at last week’s ECOC22 in Basel, Switzerland.

ColorChip will also introduced AV hybrid and pure fiber USB/HDMI/DisplayPort optical cable product lines for high-performance Audio/Video, AR/VR devices, and medical market where longer reach, minimum RFI/EMI impact, and higher bandwidth is highly preferred. A live demo of the 100G PAM4 technology in the form factors of QSFP112, QSFP-DD800, and OSFP will be shown at Booth 129. 

"The introduction of these products places ColorChip as a front runner in data center transceivers" said Yigal Erza, ColorChip CEO. "ColorChip's advanced technology and world class manufacturing enabled the company to deliver volume production with the capability to expand and scale our offering to partners who are looking for a company with the right capability and global operation scale to strengthen their supply chain security moving forward in the post-pandemic globalization."

Marvell and OE Solutions offer 100G QSFP-DD modules for industrial temperature

Marvell and OE Solutions collaborated to develop a 100G QSFP-DD optical modules supporting industrial temperature (I-Temp) for 5G backhaul and aggregation applications. 

The OE Solutions Coherent Transceiver, which is now in commercial production, leverages the Marvell Deneb Coherent DSP (CDSP).

"Through our strategic collaboration with OE Solutions, we have brought to market an optimized coherent pluggable DSP solution for carriers transitioning to 100G networks that scales with their emerging 5G infrastructure needs while also providing industrial temperature support," said Samuel Liu, Sr. Director, Product Line Management at Marvell. "Marvell's Deneb coherent DSP offers technology innovation to global carriers supported by a large ecosystem for flexibility and ease of implementation." 

"Global 5G momentum has accentuated the need for expanded fiber optic connectivity in the wireless infrastructure and the critical need for optical pluggable modules to operate reliably in outdoor conditions at fast data speeds," said Kyu Kim, CTO Coherent Technology at OE Solutions. "Through our collaboration with Marvell, we have provided the market with a new 100G coherent transceiver that addresses the fast growing access/aggregation network requirements."

Marvell and InnoLight develop 100G QSFP-DD modules

Marvell and InnoLight have collaborated to launch a 100G QSFP-DD optical module portfolio for 5G backhaul and aggregation applications. 

The InnoLight coherent module family is powered by the Marvell Deneb Coherent DSP (CDSP).

"InnoLight's Deneb-based module offers the ability for carrier customers to seamlessly upgrade their networks to meet increasing bandwidth requirements while expanding their market with minimal investment," said Samuel Liu, Sr. Director, Product Line Management at Marvell. "Through our strategic collaboration with InnoLight, this latest production milestone of the 100G QSFP-DD optical module is accelerating the 10G to 100G transition in aggregation networks to enable performance and flexibility advantages across the ecosystem."

"The launch of our 100G QSFP-DD coherent optics product line with Marvell's Deneb CDSP is exciting in that it will drive a whole new ecosystem of standards-based small form factor coherent pluggable modules," said Osa Mok, Chief Marketing Officer, InnoLight. "Our collaboration with Marvell will help enable massively scalable bandwidth for carriers transitioning to 100G networks."

Ethernity lands $4.6M follow-on contract for Fiber-to-the-Room devices

Ethernity Networks has signed a new $4.6 million follow-on contract with its existing customer, a Chinese broadband network OEM.

Under the contract, Ethernity will supply system-on-chip (SoC) devices with support for Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) Optical Line Termination (OLT), adapted to enable Fiber-to-the-Room (FTTR) deployments. The Ethernity solution offers GPON OLT over an extremely low-cost FPGA to serve residential and small-office Customer Premises Equipment for FTTR deployments.

Fiber-to-the-Room uses passive optical fiber to reach residential, retail, and enterprise deployments. Passive fiber-optic deployments provide greater reliability and performance than Wi-Fi and a greener and more power-efficient solution than traditional copper cabling. By bringing fiber into the individual rooms of an apartment or small office, end-users can benefit from higher throughput with an unmatched level of service to enable today's most data-hungry applications without experiencing lags.

This is the second major contract with this customer, following an original $3M GPON/XGS-PON OLT SoC order in October 2021. Given the success of that initial project, the customer proposed a follow-on project to address the larger FTTR market, targeting residential deployments and expanding Ethernity's reach into a new mass-volume market.  

This is the largest single FPGA volume-based contract that Ethernity has entered into to-date. With the device being a major enabler within a next-generation home gateway and considering the significant estimated volumes indicated by the customer beyond the committed volume per the contract, this may justify porting the design integrated on the FPGA to an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) to allow long-term competitive pricing.

David Levi, CEO, Ethernity Networks said: "This deal confirms our prior expectations that Ethernity's contract wins would lead to follow-on business. We are extremely pleased with the advances we have made on a deployable PON product with this OEM customer, and we are excited to begin work on this extended offering for the new FTTR market. This is a totally untapped market for Ethernity that utilizes our existing 5G infrastructure technology to serve a major connected residential market. I believe this is the tip of the iceberg in this growing market for Ethernity with further potential to generate significant additional revenue flows." 

Ethernity notes $3m order for FPGA-based 1G/10G PON OLT SoCs

Ethernity Networks reported a $3m order from a Chinese broadband network OEM for its ENET 4820 and ENET 5200 FPGA System-on-Chip (SoC) devices.Ethernity's SoC's support four GPON Optical Line Termination (OLT) ports and four 10Gbps XGS-PON OLT MAC ports, respectively, or for different combinations thereof. The SoCs will enable the two types of PON for use in the OEM's 5G fronthaul products, as well as other fiber access deployments.The total initial...

Jabil releases Coherent Optical based Nokia’s Silicon Photonics Optical Engine

Jabil announced sampling of its CFP2 DCO ECO coherent transceiver based on Nokia’s CSTAR200+ silicon photonics optical engine.

“We are pleased to integrate Nokia’s CSTAR-200+ optical engine as part of our complete coherent transceiver solution,” said KW Hoo, GM of Jabil Photonics. “Together, we can accelerate the pace of technology advancements while bringing industry-leading optical products to market faster on behalf of customers worldwide.”