Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Credo intros 112G Retimer DSP with 1.6 Tbps capacity

Credo introduced a 112G LR (Long Reach) DSP  with 1.6 Tbps of retiming capacity for supporting port speeds of 1.6T, 800G, 400G, 100G and down to 10G.

The new "Screaming Eagle" DSP is a third generation Credo 112G retimer and supports LR+ channels of 40dB+, enabling up to 1.6Tbps throughput in a single package. It adds a programmable MR (medium reach) mode to reduce SerDes power by 20% for C2M (chip-to-module) and VSR (very short reach) applications. Screaming Eagle 1.6T ships in a 23x23mm package, the industry’s smallest form factor for line card applications.

“Bandwidth is the catalyst for the digital economy and our end customers need increasing amounts of network speed to support the broad range of data hungry, vertical markets,” said Scott Feller, Vice President of Marketing at Credo. “Credo’s unique SerDes design approach enables us to deliver industry-leading performance, energy efficiency, and a cost advantage to our customers – such as the Hyperscalers – who are managing petabytes of information. Delivering 1.6 Tbps capacity is a necessity as this appetite for networking speeds continues to grow.”

Saudi Arabia's stc forms a new infrastructure company

Saudi Arabia's stc Group launched Center3 Company, a new company that will be the owner of the digital infrastructure assets owned by stc Group, including data centers, submarine cables, international points of presence, and internet exchange points.

Center3 Company aims to be the digital regional center for the Middle East and North Africa, operating a group of carrier-neutral data centers and a provider of international communication for the telecommunications sector through a submarine fiber-optic network. It aims to develop digital businesses and enhance investment opportunities in international communication services and data centers by providing the latest communication, hosting technologies and raising the capacity of data centers to meet the needs of the Asian, European, and African markets, and the rest of the world.

The inauguration took place in the presence of H.R.H Prince Mohammad bin Khalid Al Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of stc Group, His Excellency the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah Alswaha, and a number of excellencies and senior executives of stc Group.

"The stc Group launched Center3 to enhance the digital system, to contribute to enhancing the KSA's position as a regional digital center, and it’s in line with our strategy to expand the scope and markets to achieve digital empowerment," said Eng. Olayan Alwetaid, stc Group CEO.

"At Cnter3, we aim to build an integrated ecosystem of cables and data centers to attract Hyper-scalers, big data, local and international service providers,” said Fahad Alhajeri, Center3 CEO.

Previously at LEAP, the International Conference, stc Group announced the launch of an initiative to establish a main digital center for MENA region with an investment of $1 billion, with the aim of enabling growth in KSA's economy and GDP. This comes in cooperation with regional and international partners. Furthermore, the group had recently inaugurated the submarine cable "Saudi Vision Cable,” a high-speed submarine cable in the Red Sea, through its first landing station in Jeddah, which extends for a distance of 1,160,000 meters, and provides high-speed access across the KSA’s borders through four landing stations: Jeddah, Yanbu, Dhaba, and Haql.

stc plans high-capacity Red Sea cable

Saudi Arabia's stc Group has unveiled plans for a wholly-owned subsea cable in the Red Sea with four landings in Jeddah, Yanbu, Duba, and Haql.The project has a design of 16 fiber pairs at 18 Tbps per fiber pair.Olayan bin Mohammed Alwetaid, group CEO of stc, said: “This achievement reflects our comprehensive strategy that aims to diversify the group’s investment opportunities and support digital transformation in the Kingdom by boosting the digital...

Orange outlines energy saving plan in France

Orange outlined the following energy to reduce electricity consumption in France:

  • During peak consumption, Orange will cut 5 to 10% of its instantaneous electricity consumption for one hour per day. Switching to electric battery for several thousand fixed network installations will help save up to 20 MW, i.e. the instantaneous consumption of a medium-sized city with 40,000 inhabitants. These energy efficiency measures will have no negative impact on users. 
  • The temperature in offices is now set at 19°C. On days when there are few visitors, Orange proposes closing some quieter work spaces to reduce their electricity and heating consumption.
  • Since September 1, 2022, window lighting at all Orange stores in France is switched off 30 minutes after closing at the latest.
  • During peak consumption, SMS will be sent to Orange employees and customers to raise awareness of environmentally-friendly actions, like switching off their boxes when not in use; switching to Wi-Fi at home, or enabling standby mode for their Livebox and TV set-top box. Extended standby mode on the Livebox 6 can reduce energy consumption by 95%.
  • As a signatory of the Ecowatt charter, Orange will also display an electricity status report on the Orange TV home page, allowing every TV viewer to see the amount of electricity available in France.

Christel Heydemann, Orange CEO, explains: “In an uncertain geopolitical and economic context, we share the French government's concerns and we have developed a concrete plan to support the national energy saving initiative. By offering to cut consumption at several thousand technical sites for one hour, we will reduce our instantaneous power requirements by up to 10%, without impacting the service offered to users. But I must point out that networks are crucial for an effective society. We must work together to avoid load shedding measures this winter”.

Qunnect raises $8M for quantum-secure networking

Qunnect, a start-up based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City, announced its Series A financing of over $8 million for development of quantum-secure networking technology.

Spearheaded by CEO Dr. Noel Goddard and founders Dr. Mehdi Namazi and Mael Flament, Qunnect is developing quantum-secure networking technology designed for scalable deployment on existing telecom fiber infrastructure. 

Qunnect's products include an entangled photon source with compatibility to atomic-based devices and a high fidelity quantum memory, are key enablers for applications in quantum sensing and computing.  The company said the new funding will be used to further develop their product suite, scale manufacturing, and launch a multi-node R&D quantum network testbed to demonstrate entanglement distribution protocols. This network, connected to existing fiber optic cable in New York City, will be the first of its kind in the US.

"We are very proud to announce the establishment of our state-of-the-art testbed in the US, especially significant news, given the announcement of the Nobel Prize for the elegant physics enabling quantum communication. This testbed will open the door for customers in financial services, critical infrastructure, and telecom to test our technologies in the New York metropolitan area," explains CEO Dr. Noel Goddard. "This project allows us to showcase our first-of-their-kind quantum memory and entanglement sources, as well as our quantum network support hardware for precise timing and qubit stabilization. On this journey, we are thrilled to have the support of Airbus Ventures, a leading quantum investor who shares our vision of developing quantum technologies to lead the next wave of ultra-secure communications."

"At Airbus Ventures, we are particularly interested in investing in enabling technologies that make quantum practically usable, out of the lab environment and into the real world, where these portfolio companies can aid in tangibly addressing major security challenges being faced today," notes Airbus Ventures Partner Nicole Conner. "We were immediately drawn to Noel and her leadership, quickly paving the way as the leading voice in quantum internet technology, and we are confident that the team's breakthrough testbed at Brooklyn Navy Yard is just the beginning of a sequence of transformative work. We are proud to back such an exceptional team and to be joined by such an incredible investor syndicate."

Broadband Forum posts 5G Transport Architecture report

Broadband Forum has released its technical report 5G Transport Architecture and Requirements (TR-521), offering recommendations for architecture and equipment requirements to provide transport networks suitable for supporting 5G mobile radio access network (RAN).

“5G cannot perform without the support of well founded transport networks. These transport networks must be prepared to support the vast number of use cases and services that can be realized with 5G with features including higher capacity, enhanced performance, and high reliability,” said David Sinicrope, Broadband Forum’s Access and Transport Architecture (ATA) Work Area Director. “The publication of TR-521 provides a functional reference architecture, and equipment requirements for transport networks supporting 5G fronthaul and backhaul. It benefits both operators in specifying what is expected of the transport equipment they procure and transport equipment vendors in deciding what to implement and how it will be used.”

Broadband Forum has also released the specification, Mobile – Transport Network Slice Instance Management Interfaces (MMI) (TR-522) to address, as the name suggests, transport network slice management interfaces.

5G end-to-end slicing facilitates multiple logical self-contained networks on top of a common physical infrastructure platform. In realizing a 5G end-to-end slice, the 3GPP management system needs to be aligned with the corresponding transport network management to ensure that the desired performance, functionality and connectivity is fulfilled.

TR-522 addresses the interfaces between 3GPP Management System and the Transport Network Managers helping to provide this alignment. Specifically, the work defines interfaces to support the configuration, assurance, monitoring and reconfiguration of 5G network slices in 5G networks.

Both specifications, along with accompanying Market Reports (MR-521.1 and MR-522) which explain the motivation for the work, have been completed by Broadband Forum’s Mobile Transport and Routing Project Stream within the Access & Transport Architecture (ATA) Work Area. The Mobile Transport and Routing Project Stream is responsible for the Forum’s mobile transport and routing architectural work, including the control, management, and data planes. These architectures leverage new industry technology and practices, while protecting the investment in deployed networks.

Verizon lands $1.58B contract to update U.S. embassies

Verizon has been awarded a new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract to modernize the global communications infrastructure and provide IT services for each of the Department of State’s (DOS) U.S. embassies, consulars, and other key locations around the globe.

The contract, worth $1.58 billion over the next 10 years, includes implementation and management of network solutions for the Department’s non-domestic footprint, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. This includes technology and network infrastructure for embassies in nearly 260 locations across the globe.

“We are uniquely qualified to provide the Department of State with powerful solutions to their global network consolidation and management needs,” said Maggie Hallbach, Senior Vice President, Public Sector at Verizon. “We have supported the Department of Defense and other national security and civilian customers with global critical infrastructure and communications for more than three decades.”

The contract includes a proven management approach using experienced Verizon Public Sector teams, clear processes and technology-enabled tools to deliver all service on time and according to service performance standards.

ASN expands manufacturing site in Calais

ASN inaugurated ambitious expansion at its manufacturing site in Calais, France, which produces cable and equipment for subsea networks. 

The expansion project increases the production, storage and assembly capacities of the site by 25%.

ITU elects Doreen Bogdan-Martin as Secretary-General

Member states of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have elected Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States to serve as the organization's next Secretary-General for a four year term. She replaces Houlin Zhao of China in the ITU's top leadership role. She will begin her term on 1 January 2023.

Bogdan-Martin will be the first woman to lead ITU, which was established in 1865 and became a United Nations specialized agency in 1947.

Ms Bogdan-Martin has held leadership positions in international telecommunications policy for over two decades, including the last three years as Director of the ITU's Telecommunications Development Bureau. In her candidate statements, said she would work to achieve "digital connectivity that is safe, inclusive, and affordable."

Taiwan's AIROHA ships XGS-PON chip

AIROHA, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based MediaTek,confirmed that is XGS-PON chips are now being used in customer premise equipment (CPE) by a U.S. broadband provider.

AIROHA says its XGS-PON ICs enable symmetric 8 Gbps upload and download speeds with 3ms low latency.

AIROHA has more than 1,100 staff coming from MediaTek's former IoT department and a number of IC design houses merged or purchased by MediaTek.