Monday, November 14, 2022

Gold Data plans subsea cable across Gulf of Mexico

Gold Data announced plans for a major subsea cable connecting Miami with multiple landing stations in Mexico.

The 10-fiber pair cable system will offer more than 250 Tbps of capacity.

Gold Data is working with Orange for the technical design; Orange Marine cable ship and Alcatel Submarine Networks for deployment; and Ciena for providing the GeoMesh Extreme SLTE and transport technology. Additionally, both Orange have signed agreements to acquire fiber pairs in Gold Data 1's system.

Gold Data said the US$150 million investment represents the third and final phase of its Mexico network expansion. Gold Data's network already reaches major data centers across the country.

"Our state-of-the-art topology network is revolutionizing Mexico's connectivity by reducing latency by up to 35%, something that is key for enterprises and content providers which are hungry for reliable, low latency, high quality connectivity. In addition, the expansion of this network to the US will be a game changer for Mexico's fast-growing innovators looking for a fresh alternative to Silicon Valley," says Renato Tradardi, CEO of Gold Data.

Cloudbrink introduces Hybrid-Access-as-a-Service

Cloudbrink, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its hybrid access as a service (HAaaS), promising enterprise-grade network performance, reliability and security for the hybrid workforce.

Cloudbrink's software-only solution transforms any home Internet or cellular connection. The 100% software-only solution operates without any gateway, hardware or appliance management. The company claims its software can reduce the effects of packet loss on latency from 300 msec on a video conference to less than 10 msec.

Cloudbrink has three components:

  • The Brink App installed on end-user devices leverages the power of AI to overcome any network challenges and guarantees an excellent quality of experience for the end-user, regardless of the network.
  • Enterprise access edges called Fast Edges automatically created close to the end user enable Cloudbrink to react rapidly to changes in demand, guaranteeing the highest possible performance.
  • Cloudbrink software deployed in the customer’s cloud environment or data center provides a secure end-to-end connection built on dark network and zero trust principles from the end user to their applications.

Cloudbrink also announced $25 million in venture funding led by Highland Capital Partners and The Fabric.

Prakash Mana, co-founder and chief executive officer of Cloudbrink, said: “We’ve spoken to hundreds of CIOs and CISOs who are struggling to resolve the twin problems of performance and security for the hybrid workforce. They have found no existing solution that adequately addresses the performance issues."

“Cloudbrink’s HAaaS replaces legacy VPN and SD-WAN architectures and enables employees to work from anywhere in the world. We’re seeing an order-of-magnitude reduction in file transfer times and a terrific audio/video quality improvement. The business cares about that because when you transform the quality of experience for the user you don’t just increase productivity, you transform morale.”

T-Mobile activates mid-band spectrum on its 5G SA network

T-Mobile US activated mid-band spectrum on its nationwide 5G standalone (5G SA) network.

T-Mobile said this upgrade opens new possibilities for 5G carrier aggregation (NR CA) – which means combining different layers of 5G spectrum together for greater speed and capacity. T-Mobile will begin combining three channels of Ultra Capacity 5G, which in tests produced peak speeds topping 3 Gbps. 

“5G is making a meaningful impact today – changing the way people use their smartphones, bringing choice and competition to home broadband, improving disaster response and so much more … but we’re only scratching the surface on what 5G can do,” said Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile. “Transformative 5G networks are here, and T-Mobile is leading the charge with not just the largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network, but the most advanced as well. We’re driving the industry forward with 5G standalone and delivering a level of performance for customers that can’t be achieved otherwise.”

T-Mobile US begins lighting up 5G with 2.5 GHz spectrum

T-Mobile started lighting up its mid-band 5G spectrum (2.5 GHz) in more than 80 new cities and towns across the United States. The service is delivering peak download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and average speeds of around 300 Mbps - about 7.5x faster than today’s average LTE speeds. “T-Mobile has the competition in the rear-view mirror on 5G, and they’re only getting farther behind. While the other guys are playing catch-up, we’ve had nationwide...

T-Mobile US pleased with its spectrum position

T-Mobile US confirmed that it invested just over $9.3 billion in the FCC’s C-Band auction, selectively acquiring additional mid-band spectrum, even s its competitors spent record-breaking amounts in the auction. T-Mobile won an average of 40 MHz of C-Band in key areas home to nearly 225 million people, which it will deploy to add additional depth to its already strong Ultra Capacity 5G, bringing even greater speed and performance. In the mid-band...

POET to use Lumentum’s DMLs for400G, 800G and 1.6T transceivers

POET Technologies confirmed that it will use high-speed directly modulated laser (DML) technology from Lumentum in its own transmit optical engines to enable high volume, low power, and cost-efficient 400G, 800G, and 1.6T pluggable transceivers for hyperscale data centers.

POET expects to start sampling the 400G FR4 transmit optical engines with integrated drivers in the first half of 2023 and production by the second half of 2023. The 400G FR4 optical engines are architected as photonic chiplets and will be the industry’s first implementation of DMLs with flip-chip integration on an optical interposer at these data rates. With the small size and elegant design of POET’s optical engines, customers will have the flexibility to design 400G, 800G, and 1.6T pluggable transceivers using the same 400G FR4 chiplets.

“The majority of the 400G transceivers in the market today use either externally modulated lasers or silicon photonics combined with external lasers. These solutions require multiple components and involve several cumbersome and costly active alignments,” said Suresh Venkatesan, Chairman & CEO of POET. “POET has a significant opportunity to disrupt the market with a highly integrated solution with all passive alignments and monolithically integrated waveguides and multiplexers, which translates to lower cost, power, and size benefits to our customers.”

“With the continued deployment of 400G, plus 800G on the horizon in hyperscale data centers, there is a need for laser technologies that lower power consumption and cost and are easier to scale to high volumes,” said Wupen Yuen, Lumentum’s senior vice president and general manager of the Datacom Business Unit. “Lumentum’s high-performance 100G DML provides customers with an additional laser technology choice to help them optimize their transceiver solutions to best meet the needs of hyperscale data center operators while leveraging Lumentum’s proven high-speed laser manufacturing scale and quality.”

POET samples 200G FR4 optical engines

POET Technologies has begun sampling its 200G FR4 Transmit (TX) and Receive (RX) Optical Engines through Super Photonics, its joint venture with Sanan IC. Commercial production is expected by the end of the year.The Optical Engines are based on the POET Optical Interposer packaging platform. The 200G FR4 Transmit Optical Engine integrates four high-speed directly modulated lasers (DMLs) each operating at 50 Gbps with a low-loss AWG (Arrayed Waveguide...

DC BLOX deploys OFS fiber for CLS network extension

DC BLOX, a provider of multi-tenant data centers, dark fiber, and connectivity solutions, is using fiber optic cable from OFS for its Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Cable Landing Station (CLS) and terrestrial network extension. The project connects the Myrtle Beach CLS, through Charleston, Augusta, and Atlanta landing in Lithia Springs, Georgia with eight strategically located network aggregation facilities.

Through DC BLOX's acquisition of Light Source Communications' fiber assets in South Carolina and Georgia, the long-standing direct relationship ensures projects are supported from concept through completion, with direct access for technical support on all planning, deployment, and operational matters. 

DC BLOX celebrated the groundbreaking of the new CLS on October 4, 2022. The 15-megawatt CLS is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2023, while the fiber route will be completed in the first quarter of 2024. DC BLOX's nearly 500-mile dark fiber route will be the first, high-capacity East-to-West fiber path from South Carolina through Georgia. "With a relationship that spans more than seven years, we are proud to know that OFS' local facilities are manufacturing our fiber optic cabling. DC BLOX is committed to serving locally and connecting globally and bringing business opportunities to regional communities is important to us," adds Debra Freitas.

DC BLOX breaks ground on Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station

DC BLOX has commenced construction on its 15 megawatt  international subsea cable landing station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, along with a new dark fiber route linking Myrtle Beach with the connectivity hub of the southeast in Atlanta. The CLS is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2023, while the fiber route will be completed in the first quarter 2024.“We are celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Myrtle Beach cable...

DC BLOX buys dark fiber assets from Light Source and Ascendent

DC BLOX, which operates data centers across the southeastern U.S.,  has acquired the southeastern fiber assets from Light Source Communications and Ascendant Capital Fiber, including a unique dark fiber network connecting South Carolina to Georgia that is currently in development.DC BLOX recently unveiled plans for a new Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The  acquisition positions DC BLOX as a premier vertically...

Canada's NRC funds photonic chip-based satellite project

Researchers in Spain and Canada have demonstrated large-aperture light emitters directly implemented onto a photonic integrated chip.

The research, which is targets optical links for satellites, is a collaboration between the University of Málaga in Spain and Carleton University in Ottawa, and supported by the National Research Council of Canada.