Thursday, September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian knocks out 1,552 cell sites in Florida

As of 29-September-2022, the FCC reports that 1,552 cell sites were out of service in Florida, approximately 11% of the 14,188 cell sites in the state. 

Of these, the FCC lists 180 cell sites as damaged/destroyed by the storm, while 795 cell sites are offline due to power issues, while 527 are on backup power.

The number of cell site outages in a specific area does not necessarily correspond to the availability of wireless service to consumers in that area. 

Cable and wireline companies reported 525,966 subscribers out of service in the disaster area for Hurricane Ian; this includes the loss of telephone, television, and/or Internet services.

ADVA launches pluggable 10G edge demarcation device

ADVA introduced a pluggable 10Gbit/s demarcation SFP+ device specifically designed for space-constrained environments. 

The ADVA NIDPlug+ device consumes less than 2.5 watts and provides enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs) with the comprehensive management capabilities needed to deliver strict SLA-based Carrier Ethernet. With standards-compliant performance assurance and service activation testing, it integrates seamlessly into existing networks and enables MEF 3.0-compliant mobile and business services.

“Today’s launch answers the urgent need of network operators to deliver high-speed Carrier Ethernet in environments where standalone demarcation solutions can’t be deployed. With its low-power consumption, our NIDPlug+™ offers a highly cost-effective route to getting more from existing infrastructure,” said Eli Angel, VP of product line management at ADVA. “CSPs throughout the world trust our demarcation products to provide assured bandwidth services. Now, they can easily plug this technology into an existing switch, router or other customer premises device that requires network connectivity. We’re empowering operators to scale up their network capabilities while ensuring lower cost per bit and reducing the expense of ongoing operations.”

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ADVA launches AccesWave25 optical transceiver

ADVA launched its AccessWave25 pluggable optical transceiver for mobile X-Haul, cable access and wholesale networks.The SFP28 transceiver offers 25 Gbps connectivity and a reach of 40km and features G.metro auto-tuning technology to reduce provisioning efforts and simplify operations. It uses less than 3 watts and has an I-temp hardened design.“Our AccessWave25 is the key to unlocking more bandwidth at the edge. Now network operators have an easy,...

ADVA introduces new 10G edge device

ADVA introduced an outdoor 10G Carrier Ethernet edge demarcation device that complies with MEF 3.0 specificationsThe ADVA FSP 150-XO106 is compact and temperature-hardened, making it ideal for deployment in space-restricted locations and harsh outdoor conditions. Requiring no cabinet or cooling, it can be easily deployed on walls, poles and cell towers. The feature-rich solution includes advanced OAM capabilities, supports precise synchronization...

Qualcomm advances its 5G RAN chips

Qualcomm confirmed that its upcoming X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card and QRU100 5G RAN platform are now sampling with first customers. Commercial deployments from OEMs are now expected in 2023.

  • Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card -- can be used for offloading server CPUs from compute-intensive 5G baseband processing. It supports a range of baseband function split options which spans support of all 7.x split functions providing OEMs and operators with deployment flexibility and facilitates scalable, cost-effective 5G RAN networks spanning mmWave and Sub-6 GHz. The accelerator card is positioned as a customizable turnkey solution for O-RAN fronthaul and 5G NR layer 1 High (L1 High) processing including beamforming processing and support for simultaneous massive MIMO 64T64R sectors.
  • Qualcomm QRU100 5G RAN Platform -- a Modem-RF base station chipset supporting Massive MIMO and O-RAN architectures. Advanced features include Multi-operator RAN sharing, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), and digital beamforming as well as 64T64R, 32T32R and non-Massive MIMO solutions. Qualcomm says its solution supports all split options providing OEMs and operators with tremendous flexibility to deploy unprecedented peak speeds with available spectrum resources and facilitates scalable, cost-effective 5G RAN networks spanning mmWave and Sub-6 GHz

“Network operators understand the importance of deploying 5G network infrastructure that can support the demands of next-generation networks, enhance consumer experiences, and unlock new use cases. They require a scalable solution with high capacity and low latency,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, cellular modems and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies.

DOCOMO and NEC cut 5G SA power consumption with AWS Graviton2

 NTT DOCOMO and NEC demonstrated an average of a 72% reduction in power consumption against incumbent x86 processors using NEC's 5GC software running on AWS Graviton2. The trial tested performance within a 5GC hybrid cloud environment leveraging AWS Graviton2 and DOCOMO's on-premises Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure.

Following the completion of this first phase trial, the companies will now conduct a second phase trial to test the 5GC network function on AWS Outposts equipped with Graviton2 processors on DOCOMO's premises.

"We are delighted to announce that we achieved significant reduction of power consumption of 5GC thanks to NEC's advanced, cloud-native 5GC software and AWS's innovative and highly efficient Graviton2," said Naoki Tani, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Executive General Manager of the R&D Innovation Division of NTT DOCOMO. "We will continue the collaboration on the PoC with NEC and AWS for future delivery of environmentally friendly and disaster-resilient 5G network service to our customers."

"The significant power reduction achieved through this trial indicates a big step forward in commercializing environmentally friendly, sustainable, next-generation mobile infrastructure. NEC will continue adopting cutting-edge, low-power technologies, such as Graviton2, for its UPF and vRAN domains. Our aim is to further contribute to building a sustainable society through provision of sustainable virtual networks and the realization of next-generation, low-power mobile infrastructure," said Atsuo Kawamura, Executive Vice President, NEC.