Thursday, June 29, 2023

Nokia extends mmWave 5G at 2 Gbps over 11 km

Nokia achieved sustained average downlink speeds of over 2 Gbps using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), over a distance of 10.86 kilometers. 

The test, which was carried out at the OuluZone test facility in Oulu, Finland, used Nokia’s AirScale baseband and AirScale 24GHz (n258 band) mmWave radio and a Nokia FastMile 5G PoC CPE (customer premises equipment). Testing involved eight component carriers (8CC) in the downlink, aggregating 800MHz of mmWave spectrum. This enabled a top downlink speed of 2.1 Gbps, and an uplink speed of 57.2 Mbps.

Ari Kynäslahti, Head of Strategy and Technology at Nokia Mobile Networks, said: “We just set a new speed record for extended range 5G mmWave. This demonstrates that mmWave solutions will be an essential building block for operators to efficiently deliver widespread, multi-gigabit 5G broadband coverage to their customers in urban, suburban, and rural areas, complementing sub-6 GHz spectrum assets. This is a substantial achievement that reflects how we are constantly innovating and evolving our 5G services and solutions.”

Nokia to adopt Red Hat as primary cloud for core apps

Nokia will tightly integrate its core network applications with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift. 

Under a new partnership, the companies agreed to jointly support and evolve existing Nokia Container Services (NCS) and Nokia CloudBand Infrastructure Software (CBIS) customers while developing a path for customers to migrate to Red Hat’s platforms over time. Additionally, Nokia will leverage Red Hat’s infrastructure platforms to enable faster development and testing of Nokia’s extensive core network portfolio.

Nokia Container Services (NCS) is ready to use, pre-integrated, and based on open source toolsets and software services, including Kubernetes. Designed for communication service providers (CSPs), it enables deploying and managing cloud-native applications, whether inside a virtual machine (VM) or bare metal (BM).
CloudBand Infrastructure Software (CBIS) is a ready-to-use, open source-based virtual infrastructure that provides serviceability, operability and universal applicability for OpenStack virtual machines, with a highly available, more secure and protected solution that is designed to be simple to use and easily upgradeable.

Highlights of the agreement:

  • Nokia will adopt Red Hat as its primary cloud infrastructure platform to develop, test and deliver Nokia’s core network applications;
  • Nokia will continue to support its core network applications on the Nokia NCS and CBIS platform offerings;
  • Nokia’s core network applications will be tightly integrated with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, the leading hybrid cloud application platform powered by Kubernetes;
  • Nokia will certify Nokia’s core network cloud-native network functions (CNFs) and virtualized network functions (VNFs) on Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack Platform with customer deployment options on bare-metal, virtualized and public cloud telco infrastructure offerings, including those from Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and others.
  • Nokia cloud infrastructure platform customers will have the full service and support of Red Hat’s open source ecosystem and access to Red Hat’s transformative 4G and 5G technologies and use cases. By combining Nokia’s 5G expertise with Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud vision, customers will be able to transform their core network infrastructure and applications to be fully cloud-native and future-ready with service and support from Red Hat as the industry accelerates to the edge.

“This agreement further demonstrates Nokia Cloud and Network Services’ continued momentum to rebalance its portfolio. It will allow us to provide customers with our best-in-class core network applications, together with best-in-class cloud infrastructure from Red Hat, a global leader in open source infrastructure technology,” stated by Fran Heeran, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia.

“Red Hat recognizes the explosive impact of 5G — not only for service providers, but across all industries — with the most exciting developments still to come. 5G is revolutionizing how businesses and people interact with the development of next-generation applications, services and use cases. As part of this partnership, Nokia is offering our multicloud, cloud native infrastructure together with their core networks applications, enabling service providers to capitalize on the 5G opportunity by deploying their 5G networks using Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift,” commented Darrell Jordan-Smith, Senior Vice President, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment & Edge, Red Hat.

Adtran S-Flex 400G muxponder carries 64G Fibre Channel over DWDM

Adtran introduced its FSP 3000 S-Flex DWDM muxponder able to support 64 Gbit/s Fibre Channel services and designed for next-generation storage area networks (SAN) and critical infrastructure. 

With a total capacity of 400Gbit/s and a compact design, S-Flex supports stringent DCI requirements in terms of speed and footprint. Its extensive feature set also addresses all SAN and DWDM network operation demands, including ultra-low latency, Fibre Channel performance monitoring, and seamless integration with Fibre Channel trunking technology. The highly secure variant of S-Flex is protected by powerful quantum-safe ConnectGuard encryption, which complies with governmental and industrial standards for classified and sensitive data.

“We’ve always led the way with SAN innovation and our solutions have supported every generation of Fibre Channel. Now we’re empowering a new breed of disaster recovery and business continuity implementations by enabling the leap to 64Gbit/s Fibre Channel transmission, while at the same time taking speed, security and crypto-agility to the next level,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO of Adtran. 

“The FSP 3000 S-Flex is the ultimate one-card solution. It enables enterprises to dramatically increase transport capacity and reduce operational complexity while seamlessly supporting a variety of DCI technologies, including Ethernet, IBM mainframe, Fibre Channel and more. S-Flex will also be a vital asset in the ever-evolving battle to guarantee the integrity and privacy of our most valuable information.”

“In today’s era of digital transformation, organizations are facing new performance requirements and surging application workloads. They need a way to prevent traffic bottlenecks, reduce complexity and unleash the full potential of their data center infrastructure. Now Adtran’s customers have a way to address these urgent requirements with a secure, long-distance transport solution that interoperates seamlessly with our Gen 7 Fibre Channel technology,” commented Martin Skagen, VP of architecture and technology, Brocade Storage Networking Division, Broadcom.

Huawei looks to 5.5G commercialization in 2024

At this week's MWC Shanghai 2023, Huawei announced plans to launch commercial 5.5G network equipment in 2024, supporting downlinks for 10G.

Huawei said its new 5.5G gear will protect operators' previous investment in 5G, while also improving network performance by 10 times. 

The company says it has made significant progress 5.5G verification process, specifically for extremely large antenna array (ELAA) which underpins 10 Gbps downlinks, flexible spectrum access which helps realize gigabit uplink, and passive IoT which can enable 100 billion IoT connections. 50G PON is another key technology that can enable 10 gigabit speeds for F5.5G ultra-broadband networks, and is expected to be extensively used in homes, campuses, and productions in the future. Huawei has worked with over 30 operators around the world on technological verification and application pilots for these technologies.

Huawei's Director and President of ICT Products & Solutions Yang Chaobin states "With a clearly defined standardization schedule, the 5.5G Era is already poised for technological and commercial verification. In 2024, Huawei will launch a complete set of commercial 5.5G network equipment to be prepared for the commercial deployment of 5.5G. We look forward to working with all industry players to embark on the new journey towards the 5.5G era."

In addition to the development of key technologies for 5.5G wireless and optical access networks, Yang announced that the company has been working on applying AI-native technologies to 5.5G core networks to continuously enhance network capabilities and availability. This would allow AI capabilities to be delivered to the very ends of networks, so that they can better serve numerous industries. Net5.5G promises 10 gigabit access, ultra-broadband transport, and microsecond-level latency over AI networks, allowing it to serve as a next-generation network foundation for industrial digitalization by providing high-quality network access.

Nokia intros 5G FWA receiver for subscriber homes

Nokia introduced a Fixed Wireless Access receiver for the North American market that uses a high gain antenna to deliver high speeds over long distances. The FastMile 5G receiver, which mounts to the outside of a subscriber's home, supports a broad range of 4G and 5G bands including CBRS in either 4G or 5G as well as c-band. It also supports up to 4CA NR carrier aggregation meaning operators can bundle bands for higher throughput. The outside receiver is teamed with an inside Wi-Fi router, such as Nokia’s Beacon G6.2 which has managed mesh Wi-Fi capability to deliver strong signals throughout the home.

Design features:

  • Directional antenna design, up to 18dBi gain for sparsely populated areas
  • 3GPP release 16 compliant
  • Supports all North American 5G mid and low-bands and 4G bands
  • Supports NSA and SA
  • B48/n48 band for unlicensed CBRS application
  • Support for Wall and Pole Mount Options
  • Includes modem and high gain antennas in one hardened IP66 compliant outdoor receiver
  • 2.5Gbps Ethernet connection the home network includes PoE to power the outdoor device
  • The solution is complimented by Nokia Beacon G6.2 as the indoor router providing mesh Wi-Fi 6 and integrated PoE.

Keysight supports O-RAN Spring 2023 Global PlugFest

Keysight Technologies collaborated with 14 industry partners to demonstrate Open RAN deployment readiness testing at the O-RAN Spring 2023 Global PlugFest organized by the O-RAN ALLIANCE.

During PlugFest, Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) solutions were used with Keysight co-developed O-RAN test specifications across these focus areas:

  • Open RAN Radio Unit (O-RU) Fronthaul Conformance / Performance – Conducted automated testing of O-RU compliance to WG4 fronthaul technical specifications using the Keysight O-RU test suite, including control, user, synchronization and management (CUSM) planes and performance across the radio frequency (RF) and protocol measurements domains. Test collaborators included Compal, ETRI, Inventec, Pegatron, and SOLiD.
  • RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) Conformance – Used the cloud-native Keysight RIC Test Suite to test and validate near-real-time RIC and non-real-time RIC compliance to the WG2 A1, WG3 E2, and O1 technical specifications by emulating E2 nodes, near-real-time RIC, and user equipment (UE). Test collaborators included Compal, ITRI, LITEON, and Pegatron.
  • End-to-End (E2E) Network Performance – Provided E2E testing and assessment of small cells, macro cells, and gNodeBs (gNB) for performance, security, latency under, load and stress test conditions using the Keysight E2E test suite. An over-the-air (OTA) monitor was used to extend real-time visibility to disaggregated radio access, correlation, and interaction between O-RAN protocol and 3GPP physical layers in wireless transmissions. Test collaborators included Askey, Compal, LIONS Technology, Pegatron, SageRAN, SOLiD, and Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT).
  • 5G and O-RAN Security – Validated the design and implementation of security for O-RAN gNBs with simultaneous operations of emulated UEs and security attack modules (3GPP SCAS automated testing, DDoS, Fuzzing) using the Keysight 5G and O-RAN security test suite. Tests ensured that the experience of emulated subscribers and network performance were not adversely impacted during simulated attacks. Test collaborators included LITEON and Pegatron.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

MEF to host Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Global Summit

MEF will host its first-ever Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Global Summit, an innovative event that will bring together leading service and technology providers from across the global automation ecosystem for the benefit of companies implementing or evaluating automation APIs.

The LSO Global Summit takes place October 2, 2023, in Dallas, Texas at MEF’s Global Network-as-a-Service Event (GNE).

Key focus areas that play a crucial role in shaping the future of automated business and operational service functions include:

  • LSO vision, releases, and roadmap provides attendees with an in-depth overview of MEF’s LSO API and LSO Blockchain strategy and adoption, showcasing how it supports the roadmap for secure NaaS implementations. MEF-TMF collaboration, the latest LSO Fergie release and planned releases will be reviewed, as well as pioneering service offerings from MEF based on the latest industry advances.
  • LSO solutions and support showcases the complete LSO Solution Provider ecosystem, sharing details on the range of commercial solutions, resources, and tools available to accelerate LSO implementation including a new LSO Consultancy category.
  • LSO user stories features compelling case studies, implementation success stories, and ROI considerations, providing tangible examples of how organizations have achieved business outcomes through LSO adoption. Attendees will gain practical knowledge and guidance on leveraging LSO solutions to transform their service delivery models.

The LSO Global Summit offers exceptional networking opportunities, allowing participants to connect with commercial solution providers, and global and regional Tier 1, 2 and 3 buyers and sellers. These interactions will not only facilitate new and impactful business relationships but also provide a unique platform to gain insights into current procurement intentions and industry trends.

“Market momentum for LSO APIs is strong and growing rapidly with more than 135 service providers in some stage of the adoption lifecycle – from interest through to production. We are thrilled to bring together this group of global innovators for our inaugural LSO Global Summit,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “MEF has a rich history of fostering collaboration and addressing the opportunities and challenges faced by all ecosystem members. As the kick-off to GNE, the LSO Global Summit is an essential event for organizations embarking on this transformative journey, and we invite everyone to join us in shaping the future of open, interoperable standards-based automation.”

In addition, MEF recently released its State of the Industry Report: Paradigm Shift – Automating Business Functions Between Service Providers that explains why using standardized business and operational APIs is critically important for unlocking market opportunities for NaaS and other next-generation services. This report aligns with the focus of the LSO Global Summit, providing attendees with up-to-date insights into the latest developments in the industry. Download the report here

Windstream Wholesale rapidly activates 400G waves for cable customer

Windstream Wholesale reported a new benchmark for speed and efficiency in delivering multiple 400G wave orders to a large cable company. The team successfully completed service deployment to the customer in just 16 business days.

The company credits its “one team” approach, emphasizing seamless collaboration and alignment between engineering, service delivery, product, and sales teams. The Wholesale group's unified structure fostered open communication and facilitated close teamwork throughout the entire process, from initial service conceptualization to post-delivery support. 

Leveraging their readily available inventory of 400G equipment and the capabilities of Windstream's Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON) line system, the company enabled swift provisioning and activation, with a delivery interval far surpassing the customer’s expectations.

“We’re not only the tech leader with our next generation 400G service but we’re also the leader in flexible partnerships,” said Monther Hammoudeh, Windstream’s senior vice president of Transport Engineering and Operations. “I’m proud of our experienced team and their relentless pursuit to provide first-in-class service and customer satisfaction. Turning up 2.4 TB of capacity in 16 days requires a lot of collaborative teamwork.”

Joe Scattareggia, Windstream Wholesale’s chief revenue officer, emphasized the significance of the achievement. “What’s truly exciting and humbling to me is that we pioneered the 400G deployment in 2020 and now we’re introducing the industry’s newest Regional Rapid Fiber 400G in 2023, and our team is also the fastest,” Scattareggia said. “Turning up multiple 400G waves in the same month that the customer ordered the service is unheard of in the market. Others are just now moving to build a network that supports this technology while we are on the next generation and turning it up at record speeds.”

Tech Update: Doubling Optical Transmission Capacity with C+ L-band

How can network operators increase the capacity of the optical transport network? 

There are 2 ways: increase the bits-per-hertz or increase the amount of spectrum.  This video explores the second option -- how operators can leverage an additional 4.8 THz spectrum in the L-band to double the capacity of the network.

Infinera's Robert Shore and Arelion's Mattias Fridström discuss how the upgrade of an existing Infinera FlexILS flexible-grid line system to support the L-band on Arelion's high-traffic route from Ashburn to Atlanta. 

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Prosimo debuts free Multi-Cloud Networking tools

Prosimo, a start-up based in San Jose, California offering distributed enterprise connectivity services, introduced a free Multi-Cloud Networking solution powered by its Cloud-Native Full Stack Platform.

Prosimo's Multi-Cloud Networking (MCN) Foundation delivers VPC/VNet connectivity with route visibility and troubleshooting between cloud resources. The company provides a visual onboarding tool for cloud resource discovery and end-to-end traceability. Network policy controls, diagnostic tools and troubleshooting are also provided. MCN is free as an on-ramp to Prosimo's onramp to Prosimo’s Full Stack Cloud Networking platform.

Prosimo said it has set its sights on elevating the operating paradigm to the application layer and transitioning to a Service Networking environment. This transition enables seamless interconnectivity between applications and PaaS, addressing complex challenges like policy governance, segmentation, expediting app modernization, and optimizing cloud cost control.

"Enterprises are unfortunately stuck today in stage-1 of cloud networking - building network highways and cannot focus on real value - applications, services, and users. The customers who have adopted Prosimo have moved past the initial stages quickly and can rapidly innovate using cloud-native networking," said Ramesh Prabagaran, Co-founder and CEO at Prosimo. "30-50% savings is not something enterprises can ignore. Value is moving up the stack in cloud networking, and by democratizing MCN, we want to lead the charge to help enterprises get there quickly. Expect a lot of disruption in the market that is suppressed today by traditional approaches to cloud networking."

Tech Update: Democratizing Multi-Cloud Networking

Prosimo is introducing a free Multi-Cloud Networking solution powered by its Cloud-Native Full Stack Platform.

Ramesh Prabagaran, Co-founder and CEO of Prosimo, describes the key stages in an enterprise cloud migration journey, and how the focus must turn to applications, services, and users. Cost control can be a deciding factor. Stay tuned for our upcoming Enterprise Edge and Cloud Networking showcase series. In the meantime, check out other Tech Updates on our YouTube Channel (subscribe today): and check out our latest reports at: Have a tech update that you want to brief us on? Contact

Plans for digital twin of UK's Spherical Tokamak project

Intel and Dell Technologies, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Cambridge Open Zettascale Lab plan to build a “digital twin” of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant. 

The UKAEA will utilize the lab’s supercomputer based on Intel technologies, including 4th Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable processors, distributed asynchronous object storage (DAOS) and oneAPI tools to streamline the development and delivery of fusion energy to the grid in the 2040s.

Intel notes that engineering a new breed of power plant requires a lot of advanced tools and massive amounts of modeling and simulations. The digital twin of the STEP machine design will accelerate engineering on the project. The technical challenge involves large simulations running across thousands of graphics processing unit nodes and then transferring a huge amount of data for fast post-simulation analysis. A single plasma turbulence simulation can output hundreds of petabytes of data in a very short window. Intel DAOS is an open source, software-defined, scale-out object store that provides high bandwidth, low latency and high I/O operations per second (IOPS) storage containers for high performance computing (HPC) applications. For fusion research, it offers a fast and frictionless pathway for analysis and calculations that need to happen in an incredibly small window of time.

“Planning for the commercialization of fusion power requires organizations like UKAEA to utilize extreme amounts of computational resources and artificial intelligence for simulations. These HPC workloads may be performed using a variety of different architectures, which is why open software solutions that optimize performance needs can lend portability to code that isn’t available in closed, proprietary systems. Overall, advanced hardware and software can make the journey to commercial fusion power lower risk and accelerated – a key benefit on the path to sustainable energy," states Adam Roe, Intel EMEA HPC technical director

“I firmly believe the future of sustainable energy will rely upon supercomputing,” said Rob Akers, director of Computing Programmes, UKAEA. “The world has an urgent need to provide energy security and combat climate change. This is a journey we must embark upon together, delivering access and capability to all those who will be instrumental in delivering commercial fusion energy.”


US Space Force awards US$134 million to SES Space & Defense

SES Space & Defense will provide Global X-Band satellite capacity, teleport and network services over a highly secure global terrestrial network, and other ancillary services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

The contract was awarded under a five-year X-Band Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with an estimated value of US$134 million through Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) by the US Space Force.

To provide secure satellite communications service, SES Space & Defense will leverage the multi-mission GovSat-1 satellite, which features high-power X-band and Military Ka-band beams. GovSat-1 is a satellite operated by GovSat and is entirely dedicated to government and military missions.

“SES Space & Defense believes the BPA is one of the foundation blocks in accelerating MILSATCOM-COMSATCOM integration for the space enterprise. The US Space Force established this contract as a mechanism to enable access to commercial X-band capacity globally for the DoD,” said SES Space & Defense President and CEO David Fields. “We have partnered with industry-leading X-Band owners and operators as we understand the demand for secure, non-preemptible mission-assured capacity for critical operations. By combining satellite capacity, SATCOM services can achieve the highest availability with redundant X-Band coverage and diverse gateway connectivity within sovereign space.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Alkira debuts Extranet as-a-Service

Alkira introduced an Extranet as-a-Service (EaaS) offering that leverages its global hyperscale cloud networking infrastructure to allow customers to instantly connect a variety of enterprise-class B2B applications and resources.

Alkira's EaaS enables enterprises to connect their customers, partners, and third parties across highly distributed IT environments and multi-cloud networks.


  • Extranet at Hyperscale - Alkira leverages the hyperscale infrastructure of the public cloud – meaning your Extranet can extend to anywhere in the world.
  • Powerful Segmentation and Microsegmentation: Alkira EaaS gives customers new levels of insight, visibility, and end-to-end control over their Extranet environments with Alkira’s unmatched suite of segmentation features. Network segmentation and microsegmentation capabilities scale with an organization’s business needs and require no cloud-native networking knowledge or implementation.
  • Simple Connectivity: From network segmentation to complex shared services environments, Alkira EaaS provides the world’s most advanced B2B Extranet connectivity capabilities, all in one holistic solution.
  • 100% as a Service: There is no hardware to buy, no software to license, and no virtual agents to manage. Alkira delivers the industry’s leading Extranet as-a-Service, with turnkey business outcomes, on-demand resources, and flexible consumption.

"To support businesses today, IT has to ensure that resources are readily available to everyone that needs them, including end users, business partners, and third parties. This is difficult to do quickly and safely in sprawling, highly distributed, modern IT environments and multi-cloud networks,” said Atif Khan, CTO and co-Founder, Alkira. “Alkira EaaS delivers all the benefits of a robust Extranet while eliminating the challenges, limitations and risks of building one manually. The technology helps enterprises accelerate M&A integrations, manage complex partner ecosystems, connect B2B applications, and deploy industry-leading security solutions.”

Samsung Foundry targets first 2nm production in 2025

Samsung Foundry disclosed plans to begin 2nm process production for mobile applications in 2025, then expand to HPC in 2026 and automotive in 2027.

The company says its 2nm process (SF2) has shown a 12% increase in performance, a 25% increase in power efficiency and a 5% decrease in area, when compared to its 3nm process (SF3).

Some additional highlights from the 7th annual Samsung Foundry Forum (SFF) 2023 event in  San Jose:

  • Expanded production capacity at its Pyeongtaek fab Line 3 (P3)
  • Launched a new “Multi-Die Integration (MDI) Alliance” for next-generation packaging for 2.5D and 3D Heterogeneous Integration. 
  • Continued progress in the foundry ecosystem with Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem (SAFE™) partners. Samsung and its 23 EDA partners now offer over 80 design tools and is also collaborating with 10 OSAT partners to develop 2.5D/3D packaging design solutions.
  • Mass production of SF1.4 will begin in 2027 as planned.
  •  From 2025, Samsung will begin foundry services for 8-inch gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors targeting consumer, data center and automotive applications.
  •  To secure the most cutting-edge technology in 6G, the 5nm Radio Frequency (RF) is also under development and will be available in the first half of 2025. Samsung’s 5nm RF process shows a 40% increase in power efficiency and a 50% decrease in area compared to the previous 14nm process.
  • In addition, the company will add automotive applications to its 8nm and 14nm RF, expanding beyond the mobile applications currently under mass production.
  • Samsung has secured a portfolio of over 4,500 key IPs from 50 global IP partners. Samsung plans to secure additional next-generation high-speed interface IPs for SF2, including LPDDR5x, HBM3P, PCIe Gen6 and 112G SerDes.

Cisco to acquire SamKnow for broadband network monitoring

Cisco announced its intent to acquire SamKnows, a privately held broadband network monitoring company headquartered in London, England. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SamKnow offers a FaultFinder solution that monitors network performance from the perspective of the end user. It builds a dynamic model of normal performance, constantly learning and re-learning to adapt to trend shifts. It compares real-time measurements against these models. When an anomaly is detected it can trace the root cause and also measure the impact of the fault in terms of performance and the volume of customers affected.

Cisco said the acquisition will expand ThousandEyes’ view of global internet health. Currently, ThousandEyes has hundreds of thousands of vantage points across the Internet, in enterprise environments, and on user devices. With the addition of SamKnows’ millions of vantage points into the last mile, customers now have a single source of truth for how the Internet is performing across their entire infrastructure, including home and mobile device networks.

The SamKnows team will join the Network Assurance business led by Mohit Lad of ThousandEyes.

Cisco to acquire Accedian for Service Assurance

Cisco announced plans to acquire Accedian, a privately-held company based in Montreal that offers performance analytics and end user experience solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of Cisco’s FY24. Accedian's cloud-native Skylight service assurance solution provides granular, end-to-end visibility within “the massive multi” – multi-layer, multi-cloud, and multi-vendor networks....

AWS intros AppFabric to manage and secure applications

Amazon Web Services introduced a new AppFabric service that aggregates and normalizes log data from apps like Asana, Slack, and Zoom, as well as productivity suites such as Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace, to increase application observability and reduce operational costs associated with building and maintaining point-to-point integrations. 

The new AWS AppFabric service automatically provides a standardized set of security and operational data for every connected app. AWS says this improves an organization’s security posture by connecting SaaS applications to security tools like, Netskope, Netwitness, Rapid7, and Splunk. AppFabric aggregates and normalizes security data using the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF).

AWS also unveiled a generative artificial intelligence (AI) feature that will use large language models (LLMs) and content from multiple SaaS applications from the common API layer to automatically make suggestions, execute tasks, or generate insights across applications, and return results within the user’s preferred application.

Spirent adds 400G testing and monitoring probe

Spirent Communications introduced a 400G probe for next-generation network testing and monitoring. 

The 400G 7574 Test Head is part of Spirent’s VisionWorks assurance solution, which enables service providers to address ever-increasing traffic speeds and density demands with test agents for physical and NFV-based networks. With VisionWorks, customers ensure that new services are provisioned correctly, tested for stressed scenarios during pre-deployment, and when faults do occur, they can be rapidly identified and corrected. The automated, always-on performance monitoring provides complete end-to-end transport network and service visibility, enabling network segmentation for fast and accurate troubleshooting.

“As the market evolves and we see the deployment of growing numbers of 5G networks, data rates will continue to increase. It’s vital to have assurance tools that can keep up with these ever-growing thresholds,” said Charles Thompson, vice president of Lifecycle Service Assurance product management at Spirent. “Our new 400G probe further demonstrates Spirent’s leadership in the assurance market with a solution that ensures performance criteria are met during pre-deployment testing and is ready for customers to utilize for performance monitoring, as new technology and higher speeds enter early adoption in live networks.”

Australian Competition Tribunal blocks Telstra and TPG network sharing

The Australian Competition Tribunal has denied authorisation for the proposed regional spectrum authorisation arrangements between Telstra nd TPG Telecom.

The Tribunal denied authorisation because it was not satisfied that the proposed arrangements were not likely to have the effect of a substantial lessening of competition or that the benefit to the public likely to result would outweigh the detriment. 

The Tribunal noted that the proposed arrangements would give Telstra substantial benefits and increase its market strength on the retail and wholesale mobile markets, and would undermine Optus’ incentives to invest in 5G technology. Over time, this would weaken the competitive constraint on Telstra, and lead to increased prices and margins.

TPG Telecom and Telstra reach network sharing deal in Australia

Telstra and TPG Telecom announced a ten-year regional network sharing agreement covering Telstra's Radio Access Network in defined territory.The deal provides TPG Telecom with access to around 3,700 of Telstra’s mobile network assets, increasing TPG Telecom’s current 4G coverage from around 96 per cent to 98.8 per cent of the population.Both carriers will continue to operate their own core network. Telstra will also obtain access to and deploy infrastructure...

MaxLinear achieves 32.44 Gbps in JESD204C interoperability testing

MaxLinear's MxL1550 RF transceiver and Intel's Agilex 7 FPGA F-series device achieved 32.44 Gbps data rates during JESD204C interoperability testing.

JESD204C is a multi-lane, multi-gigabit serial interface for high-throughput digital communications between RF transceivers and logic devices. 

MaxLinear said its JESD204C conforming implementation is based upon best-in-class SerDes innovations and delivers 32.44032 Gbps lane speeds. Such JESD204C interface speeds are required to support the development of new ultra-wideband radio units (RU) for the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN). According to 2023 research by Research and Markets, the global 5G RAN market was valued at $12.4B billion in 2022, and is projected to reach $57.1 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 21.1% from 2022 to 2030.

“Implementing high-speed JESD204C SerDes interconnect between RF transceivers and FPGAs is a significant new design challenge for RF engineers delivering next-generation 5G radios,” said Gerry Leavey, Senior Director in MaxLinear’s Wireless Infrastructure Group. “By achieving 32.44 Gbps JESD204C interoperability in advance with a leading FPGA product from Intel, MaxLinear is facilitating the rapid development of right-first-time 400 MHz RU designs based upon our MxL1550 Octal RF transceivers.”

The MxL1550 is a state-of-the-art, low power octal RF transceiver that supports up to 400MHz instantaneous bandwidth for next-generation 5G Macro, Massive MIMO, and Small Cell radio applications. Coupled with ultra-low power consumption, this multi-channel RF transceiver is a key component for meeting the power consumption, size, performance, and cost requirements of next generation 5G radios.

“Intel Agilex 7 SoC FPGAs deliver ~2x performance per watt compared to competing 7nm FPGAs1, making it an optimal and scalable product family for thermally constrained RU environments. Combined with MaxLinear’s RF transceivers, we unleash 400MHz instantaneous bandwidth efficiently supporting wideband/multi-band RU applications,” said Christian Lanzani, Director of the Wireless Business Division, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “This collaboration, along with Intel’s cutting-edge suite of radio IP and ORAN/Low-PHY enablement solutions, helps our wireless clients drastically reduce development time and costs while enhancing the feature sets and delivery of power-efficient RU solutions.”

Monday, June 26, 2023

Leading Chinese mobile operators join GSMA Open Gateway Initiative

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom have joined the GSMA Open Gateway Initiative, which helps developers and cloud providers collaborate with mobile operators through a framework of open network Application Programmable Interfaces (APIs),

The Open Gateway APIs aim to provide universal access to operator networks across all continents spanning from North America to Australia, Norway to Argentina. 

At a joint signing ceremony ahead of MWC Shanghai, the three operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom demonstrated their commitment to collaborate on the open network API framework, meaning the initiative is now supported by 29 mobile network operators, representing around 60% of mobile connections worldwide.

The global initiative, which launched with eight proofs of concept in February, has already grown to 23. The APIs developed through early adopter programmes cover everything from device location and SIM swap to combat online financial crime, through to Quality on Demand to deliver more immersive gaming experiences and enable drones to carry out data intensive missions safely.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, said, “Around the world, we’re gaining critical mass from east to west, north to south. China represents the largest 5G market in the world, so having China’s three largest operators committed to this initiative demonstrates its global significance and the strong business case it offers. In the same way we helped harmonise mobile voice services and enable roaming 35 years ago, I believe GSMA Open Gateway offers the potential to deliver similar levels of significant change for digital services.”

“This is just the beginning, with operators already launching early adopter programmes, we will see more APIs in the coming year, creating new global markets, offering new services and new functionality. This will help unlock further value from 5G connectivity which will flow into the global economy and strengthen future investments, bringing transformational benefits of connectivity to all,” said Granryd.

NTIA announces state allocations for $42.45 billion in BEAD grants

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced how it has allocated funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories to deploy high-speed Internet to all addresses that are currently unserved.

The funding, a component of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, totals $42.5 billion in eligible grants.

The announcement was made at a White House ceremony attended by the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, along with other dignitaries.

"This is a watershed moment for millions of people across America who lack access to a high-speed Internet connection. Access to Internet service is necessary for work, education, healthcare, and more,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communication and Information Alan Davidson. “States can now plan their Internet access grant programs with confidence and engage with communities to ensure this money is spent where it is most needed.”

“Put simply, high-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. “Just like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Act made a historic investment in rural areas bringing electricity to nearly every home in America, President Biden and Vice President Harris are committed to leaving no community behind as we connect everyone in America to high-speed Internet.”

OFS optimizes TrueLase fiber for multi-kilowatt fiber lasers

OFS announced an improved performance TrueLase Yb 22/400-915-3kW, Ytterbium Doped Active Fiber developed for high-efficiency, reliable, multi-kilowatt fiber lasers. 

The TrueLase fiber family uses TrueClad Low Index Polymer Coating, which has been specially developed for high reliability and performance. 

OFS said its production processes at OFS, which are designed for long lengths, guarantee consistently high quality with the lowest tolerances and cost efficiency. Thanks to its compatibility with numerous fibers and components available on the market, the TrueLase Yb 22/400-915-3kW fiber allows laser manufacturers to build their own multi-kW fiber laser cavity's. 

Phil Familletti, OFS Fiber Laser Product Manager, stated, "With the new TrueLase Yb 22/400-915-3kW double clad fiber, a user pumping using 915nm will be able to achieve over 3KW in a single fiber laser cavity." Mr. Familletti continued, "This is an exciting development and ideal tool for integrated high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers."

Tech Update: Public Cloud experience for Private Clouds

Private clouds often prove to be difficult to maintain and upgrade, in part due to lack of qualified personnel. 

Bryan Thompson discusses new capabilities in HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Business Edition.

Recorded at HPE Discover 2023 in Las Vegas. 

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IBM expands cloud offerings with Apptio acquisition

IBM agreed to acquire Apptio, a start-up specializing in financial and operational IT management and optimization (FinOps) software, for $4.6 billion. 

IBM said the acquisition will accelerate the advancement of its IT automation capabilities and enable enterprise leaders to deliver enhanced business value across technology investments.

Apptio has three core SaaS offerings: 

  • ApptioOne: Hybrid cloud spend management and optimization capabilities to analyze, optimize and plan IT spend and value. ApptioOne is used to establish repeatable and accurate planning and financial management processes, delivering actionable insights around cost and utilization, while benchmarking against industry peers for continuous optimization.
  • Apptio Cloudability: Public cloud spend management visibility and optimization capabilities, connecting multi-cloud and SaaS infrastructure with cloud financial management best practices to maximize the value of clients' cloud strategy.
  • Apptio Targetprocess: Agile investment planning capabilities to align development resources to business outcomes, plan and track value delivery for projects or products.

Apptio claims over 1,500 clients and key partnerships and integrations with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Oracle and SAP.

"Technology is changing business at a rate and pace we've never seen before. To capitalize on these changes, it is essential to optimize investments which drive better business value, and Apptio does just that," said Arvind Krishna, CEO and chairman, IBM. "Apptio's offerings combined with IBM's IT automation software and watsonx AI platform, gives clients the most comprehensive approach to optimize and manage all of their technology investments."

Pliops appoints Ido Bukspan as its new CEO

Pliops, a start-up offering a high-performance data processor for cloud and enterprise data centers, appointed semiconductor industry veteran Ido Bukspan as its new CEO, replacing Pliops co-founder Uri Beitler, who will become chief strategy & business development officer.

Bukspan most recently served as SVP of Chip Design at NVIDIA, which went on to become NVIDIA's networking products. During his tenure with NVIDIA, Bukspan led Chip Design Networking, an organization with hundreds of employees worldwide, to impressive results. Bukspan was one of the leaders at Mellanox before it got acquired by NVIDIA for nearly $7 billion and whose products were trailblazers, particularly in the field of data centers, AI and high-performance computing. 

“I am very proud of Pliops’ achievements to date and am excited to work closely with Ido, who has an impressive track record,” stated Beitler. “I have no doubt that Ido will successfully lead Pliops forward and help implement our product roadmap and integrations with our customers.”

Added Aryeh Mergi, Pliops chairman, “In his position as CEO, Uri built and led Pliops from the day it was established to many outstanding achievements. Now, in bringing on Ido, we are adding someone with substantial experience in our target markets, and I have no doubt that the impressive career Ido built at NVIDIA and his leadership capabilities will help Pliops accelerate its current positive momentum to increase growth and expansion into additional markets.”

  • Pliops employs approximately 110 employees in Israel, the U.S and China – and has to date secured approximately $215 million from prominent investors, including Koch Disruptive Technologies, State of Mind Ventures Momentum, Intel Capital, Viola Ventures, SoftBank, NVIDIA, AMD, WD, and SK hynix. 

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Blueprint: You Can’t Find Flaws in 5G Apps if You Don’t Know What to Look For

 By Glenn Chagnot, Sr. Director of Product Management – Cloud, Spirent Communications

Imagine you oversee a Communication Service Provider (CSP) organization transitioning to a cloud-native 5G architecture. You’ve put in extensive work building up skills to deploy and manage Cloud-Native Network Functions (CNFs), and you’re excited for the new agility and scalability of your telco cloud. But there’s a problem: the performance of one of your 5G production applications keeps degrading, and no one can understand why. You’re at risk of violating enterprise service-level agreements (SLAs), and your new service has barely gotten off the ground. 

You call a frantic all-hands meeting, and after hours of investigation, you finally pinpoint the issue: a new CNF isn’t getting the network performance it needs from the cloud. How did this happen? The Workload team points to the Cloud engineers. The Cloud team points back. Who is at fault —and more importantly, who’s responsible for making sure it doesn’t happen again? Unfortunately, you’ve just encountered one of the biggest blind spots causing headaches for CSPs around the globe. And the only one who can really fix this problem is you. 

In the dynamic cloud-native world we now live in, the performance of 5G applications depends directly on the performance of the underlying cloud. But if no one knows what each workload actually needs from that cloud, no one will be making sure they get it. That level of visibility wasn’t required before, so in many CSP organizations, these essential insights often fall through the cracks. But it doesn’t have to. You can take steps to shore up this oversight. When you do, you’ll find yourself with more stable, better-performing 5G services—and fewer sleepless nights. 

Navigating Complexity

To assure stable, performant 5G applications (such as firewall, 5G network functions, and so on), each CNF has specific requirements from the cloud infrastructure it runs on. If a workload doesn’t get what it needs in any of multiple dimensions (storage, memory, latency between CNFs or pods) its performance will degrade. Eventually, it will fail altogether. But exactly what a given workload needs—and who’s responsible for making sure it gets it—remains a gray area in most CSP organizations (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Who Fills the Gaps Between Cloud and CNF?

Cloud-native environments introduce enormous variability. A 5G workload might be deployed on multiple types of distributed Kubernetes pods, running on dozens of different physical or virtual hosts, across a variety of public and private clouds. A given CNF’s performance varies greatly depending on choices made at each of those layers, so there is no single answer for how the cloud should be configured. Even if there were, unexpected impairments will crop up in constantly changing cloud environments. If you don’t know a workload’s minimum requirements across all the different performance dimensions ahead of time, determining which one is impaired in production is like untangling a giant knot.

Compounding the problem, the nature of the data required—about the intersection of workload and cloud—falls precisely between the Application and Cloud team responsibilities that CSP organizations typically define. So, even if everyone agrees that this information is important, it’s not clear who’s responsible for providing it. 

There’s a clear solution to this challenge: thoroughly testing each 5G CNF, in the lab and preproduction, to characterize the performance it needs across every dimension of cloud. Once you have that data, you can then map it to specific cloud configurations, providing the critical context that’s been missing all this time. Now, Application teams can tell their Cloud colleagues exactly what they need for each workload. And Cloud teams know what to test for and monitor on an ongoing basis. 

Finding Answers

It sounds simple enough: You just need to test each CNF exhaustively in the lab (and then test again whenever something changes). Unfortunately, there’s no way to do that using current testing approaches. Even in the most sophisticated CSP labs, most testing infrastructure is still designed for traditional environments—not the dynamic, unpredictable conditions of real-world clouds. Indeed, this is one of the more common issues we see CSPs face. Legacy testing might show you how a 5G application performs in a cloud—an idealized, infinitely performant one. But it can’t predict how it will behave in your cloud, with its constant fluctuations and outright component failures. 

There are two approaches to address this problem, one short-term, one long:

Short-term: Work with an expert testing partner. The industry is developing new testing approaches for cloud-native 5G networks, but this effort is still very much in progress. It will be some time before productized solutions exist to simplify CNF-to-cloud testing. For now, the quickest, easiest way to resolve this disconnect is to work with one of the organizations currently inventing those tools and processes. 

Long-term: Start evolving teams and tooling for cloud-native testing. This problem isn’t getting easier; if anything, cloud environments will only get more complex and dynamic over time. There are no shortcuts, no vendor spec sheets coming that will make this go away. Eventually, you will need to build a CNF-to-cloud testing capability within your organization. Most likely, that will include expanding the charter of Application teams to collect this mapping data, and tasking Cloud teams with monitoring the production environment and regularly testing against those metrics. It will also require everyone to plan for closer collaboration in preproduction. You should be able to go CNF by CNF, identify those with issues, and make sure they’re addressed before promoting anything to production. 

The good news is that, once you know what to watch for, you can eliminate one of the biggest problems plaguing telco cloud organizations as they evolve to cloud-native architectures. Whether working with a partner or (eventually) testing yourself, you’ll be able to identify most issues that arise from CNF-to-cloud mismatches during testing and preproduction, when they’re far less expensive to fix. And when problems do arise in production, you’ll have meaningful baselines to measure against what you see in the environment, so you can quickly diagnose and correct them. Ultimately, you’ll find you can leave the fire drills and finger-pointing behind, and push ahead with new 5G services with confidence. 

Nokia boosts its AirScale baseband with latest ReefShark silicon

Nokia is boosting its AirScale baseband portfolio with greate performance, capacity, and improved energy efficiency thanks to the latest generation of its ReefShark System-on-Chip (SoC) silicon.

The rollout includes:

Introducing Levante and Lodos – Next-generation baseband capacity cards

  • Nokia introduces Levante, a 4G/5G capacity card that delivers ultra-performance. Levante doubles the number of supported Massive MIMO cells and yet reduces energy consumption by up to 60 percent. It also offers exponential scalability enabling up to three times larger site configurations. Nokia also adds Lodos to its baseband portfolio, a high-performance 4G/5G capacity card offering enhanced scalability and reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent.

Introducing Ponente – Ultra-performance baseband control card

  • Nokia has also launched Ponente, a 2G-5G control card for ultra-performance with extreme energy efficiency. It supports increased traffic growth with up to 100 percent higher throughput capacity offering high-speed site connectivity. Ponente also reduces energy consumption by up to 80 percent and provides future-proof site evolution to 5G Standalone and 5G-Advanced, as well as efficiency in spectrum refarming. The cards integrate Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology, which uses hardware-processed security keys that are more secure than software-processed keys.  

Introducing Pandion and Shikra – expansions to Nokia’s radio portfolio

  • Nokia further announced the expansion of its radio portfolio for O-RAN, Cloud RAN, and purpose-built scenarios with Pandion, Nokia’s latest generation of FDD remote radio heads, supporting up to three FDD bands in a single, optimized form factor. Nokia also announced Shikra, which complements Nokia’s comprehensive portfolio with leading-edge small cells for both outdoor and indoor scenarios.

Introducing MantaRay – Nokia’s new network management and optimization solutions portfolio

  • Nokia has also announced the launch of MantaRay, which brings the power of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) to support intelligent, efficient, and cognitive RAN operations. The MantaRay portfolio includes MantaRay Network Management, Nokia’s future platform for Purpose-built RAN, Cloud RAN, and Core Network management, which can scale from a single server for small enterprises to large-scale implementations; MantaRay SON (Self-Organizing Networks) with advanced AI and cognitive capabilities to lead the transformation of mobile networks; and MantaRay RIC (Nokia’s O-RAN compliant near real-time RAN Intelligent Controller), which has the potential to become a key enabler for RAN programmability. Nokia also launches MantaRay Energy, which combines Nokia’s capabilities to optimize the energy consumption of radio access networks with AI and ML. 

Nokia’s AirScale baseband is O-RAN compliant and will be deployed with Nokia’s own, as well as third-party, radio products. It will also be operated in future hybrid networks with Cloud RAN. Levante, Lodos, and Ponente will be trialed later this year, with commercial shipments beginning in the first half of 2024.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to introduce our enhanced portfolio of next-generation Radio Access Network solutions. Our new baseband delivers twice the performance with just half the energy, helping our customers meet their ESG targets. Enabling ultra-high capacity, our future-ready AirScale baseband portfolio helps manage exponential increases in traffic growth. With our MantaRay solutions portfolio, our customers can leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence in their mobile networks. All of these solutions are O-RAN ready, and Cloud RAN compatible, supporting the long-term network evolution to 5G-Advanced and beyond.”

Tech Update: Preprovisioning Private Cloud Infrastructure at Equinix

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will pre-provision GreenLake private cloud resources at Equinix data centers to help customers accelerate their hybrid cloud deployments.

In this video, Vishall Lall walks us through the strategic reasoning behind this move. 

Recorded at HPE Discover 2023 in Las Vegas.

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Tech Update: SRv6 for Telco Clouds

In order to build clouds in a telecoms environment, you need to be able to (1) set-up the lifecycle of network functions, and (2) interconnect the network functions together. 

In this video, Martin Halstead explains how SRv6 can be used as a common management plane for telco clouds.

Recorded at HPE Discover 2023 in Las Vegas. 

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Aviatrix names Doug Merritt as CEO

Aviatrix appointed Doug Merritt as CEO and President, replacing Steve Mullaney.

 Merritt was previously CEO and President of Splunk. Under Merritt’s leadership, Splunk grew revenues from the equivalent of $100 million in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) to nearly $3 billion in 2022. 

“I’ve worked alongside Doug throughout much of his career and have watched him become one of the most successful and respected enterprise CEOs with an incredible reputation for driving growth by delivering customer value,” said Nick Sturiale, Aviatrix Board Member and Managing Partner at Ignition Partners.

“In my due diligence, it became evident that Aviatrix is leading the creation of a massive new category and that Fortune 500 companies already view Aviatrix as their trusted partner for secure cloud networking,” said Merritt. “I’m grateful to Steve for instituting a ‘customer for life’ mentality, backed by an incredible team, committed to driving innovation while putting customers first. I look forward to leading the next phase of what is emerging as an iconic enterprise infrastructure company.”

SpaceX completes 43rd launch of 2023

SpaceX launched 56 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The booster used for this mission had flown 8 previous times: CRS-24, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F, OneWeb 1, SES-18 and SES-19, and three Starlink missions.

The mission marks SpaceX’s 43rd launch of the year. The company has completed 242 Falcon 9 missions to date.

Starlink currently has 1.5 million subscribers globally.

EE brings temporary masts to major summer events

EE is deploying temporary 5G masts at major summer events across the UK.

More than 5 million people are expected to attend a UK music festival this summer, with more than 350,000 fans at the Isle of Wight Festival, Download, Parklife, and Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Scotland.  


Throughout the summer, temporary mobile masts are being installed at more music festivals across the UK, including:

  • Latitude Festival (20th – 23rd July)
  • Tartan Heart Festival (27th – 29th July)
  • Camp Bestival (27th-30th July)
  • Kendal Calling (27th – 30th July)
  • Boomtown (9th -13th August)
  • Creamfields North (24th – 27th August)
  • Reading & Leeds Festival (25th – 27th August)

Temporary masts are being deployed alongside EE’s permanent high-speed 4G and 5G mobile networks at iconic British sporting venues, including Silverstone, Cheltenham Racecourse, and Wembley Stadium.

This year will also see additional temporary installations at Royal Ascot, Boardmasters Festival, Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Goodwood Revival.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Arelion doubles capacity per fiber pair on long-haul route with L-band

Arelion has upgraded its existing Infinera FlexILS flexible-grid line system to support the L-band on a high-traffic route from Ashburn, VA to Atlanta. The upgrade doubles capacity per fiber pair, marking Arelion’s first route with active L-band capacity in service.

Arelion, which plans additional L-band deployments on high-traffic routes in North America, said this innovation enables it to bring more capacity to market on a continent where long-distance fiber is in short supply in many regions.

“We’re seeing significant demand for additional capacity from our customers along this high-traffic route as these tech hubs grow rapidly,” said Georgios Tologlou, Senior Network Architect, Arelion. “This innovation is a strong business case for us to optimize the cost per bit and minimize operational expenditures. Leveraging L-band, we can maximize the capacity per fiber pair to quickly serve our customers’ demands and supercharge our sales growth on one of the most popular routes in our North American network.”

Infinera FlexILS is the industry’s most widely deployed flexible grid-compliant open optical line system, featuring C+L-band support and colorless-directionless-contentionless ROADM. It seamlessly doubles fiber capacity through L-band expansion from the adjacent C-band without impacting service or operational quality.

Infinera said its system enhances flexibility by supporting programmable configuration that optimizes operation based on performance, spectral efficiency, long span reach, and fiber conditions.

“Our platforms are purpose-built to enable seamless upgrades to provide the greatest amount of investment protection and enable our customers to meet relentlessly growing bandwidth demand,” said Ron Johnson, Infinera’s General Manager, Optical Systems and Network Solutions Group. “Expanding the network to support L-band doubles the spectrum that can be used to transmit optical signals, hence enabling Arelion to double the amount of services they can provide per fiber while simultaneously achieving simplification of their network through automation and flexible operation.”