Thursday, January 12, 2023

Asia Direct Cable lands in Hong Kong

China Telecom Global Limited (CTG)confirmed that the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) has officially landed its Hong Kong segment at SUNeVision's HKIS-1 located at Chung Hom Kok. SUNeVision is the number one data centre provider and connectivity hub in Hong Kong.

With multiple fiber pairs, the ADC subsea cable system has a design capacity of over 140 Tbps. The  system serves as a significant infrastructure linkage for Hong Kong, mainland China to/from key information hubs along the East and Southeast Asia. 

SUNeVision's carrier-neutral cable landing station HKIS-1 was built with data centre capabilities certified by ANSI/TIA-942 and direct backhaul access to MEGA Campus including MEGA-i. Interconnecting with MEGA-i, which is home to around 15,000 cross-connects and 9 out of 11 City PoPs of international subsea cables in Hong Kong, users of ADC Hong Kong segment either via CLS or City PoP at MEGA Plus can enjoy one-stop-shop connectivity and interconnect with hundreds of providers through SUNeVision's rich data centre ecosystem with high reliability and efficiency. 

Xiaolei Wu, Executive Vice President of CTG said, "In a rising era of digital business, we are witnessing exponential urgency from organisations in Asia-Pacific looking to proactively fast-track their journey of digital transformation to ensure leading positions in their respective industries. This has led to a massive flow of new data that has been generated across the region as a direct result of a rapid race towards digitalisation. "

Raymond Tong, Chief Executive Officer of SUNeVision said, "Hong Kong maintains as a strategic connectivity hub intersecting with international submarine cable system and domestic land cables in mainland China. Landing ADC Hong Kong segment at the only carrier and cloud-neutral cable landing station in Hong Kong, SUNeVisions's HKIS-1, plus a new City PoP at MEGA Plus, would provide unique neutrality and true connectivity advantages that no other facilities in the region can. We are glad to jointly announce this with CTG and look forward to more win-win collaboration to foster digital business for joint customers in Hong Kong, mainland China to other markets rapidly growing in Asia and the globe."

Asia Direct Cable Consortium plans 140 Tbps system

The Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium has selected NEC to build a submarine cable connecting China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The 9,400-kilometer long ADC cable, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022, will offer multiple pairs of high capacity optical fibers and is designed to carry more than 140 Tbps of traffic, enabling high capacity transmission of...

Arelion adds PoP at Equinix in Osaka, Japan

Arelion announced a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Equinix’s carrier-neutral data center in Osaka, Japan. The PoP will provide high-speed IP Transit, Cloud Connect, DDoS Mitigation, and Internet Exchange (IX) Connect services to content providers and enterprises across Osaka’s metropolitan area. 

Arelion recently announced global 40G Ethernet Virtual Circuit (VC) availability and will offer this key product in its new PoP to facilitate digital transformation in Asian markets.

Arelion said its new facility will provide customers with the option of a low-latency route towards Europe and the United States on its global IP backbone, AS1299, which is ranked the #1 backbone in Asia by Kentik for its reliability, performance and customer support. Kentik's report also found that AS1299 is the most popular backbone among Japanese businesses.

“The new PoP in Osaka is another important step in our global expansion strategy,” said Wee Kwan Ee, Head of Sales APAC, Arelion.“By bringing our diverse services closer to cloud providers and enterprises in Japan, we can help these companies provide an improved online experience for their customers and help local businesses connect to the global market.”

Vapor IO expands Its Edge Computing Grid to Europe

Vapor IO has teamed up with Cellnex Telecom to extend its Kinetic Grid network for delivering edge and grid services to Europe. 

Cellnex is making available a portfolio of small edge data centers and tower ground space for hosting the necessary equipment for edge computing. In addition, several fiber routes, provided by Cellnex and/or Cellnex´s mobile network operator customers, will interconnect these edge data centers creating a "grid" of edge nodes.

Vapor IO's global Kinetic Grid platform delivers next generation internet and communications capabilities to metropolitan regions by bringing networking and automation software that enables micro modular data centers, software defined networks and hyperscale backbones to operate autonomously in highly-distributed edge locations, such as cell tower sites and edge data centers.

The first joint deployment for Vapor IO and Cellnex will be in Barcelona and will add to the 36 cities already served by Vapor IO in the United States. This edge grid is expected to expand over the next couple of years throughout Europe thanks to the vast infrastructure for digital services that Cellnex currently operates.

Eduardo Fichmann, Global Director of Innovation and Product Strategy at Cellnex, said: "Cellnex is delighted to enable Vapor IO's neutral host Kinetic Grid to Europe, starting in Barcelona. We invite our anchor tenants and global telecom service providers to leverage this partnership to virtualize the computing infrastructure in such a way that it will allow the federation and optimization of the use of computing resources and of the network itself by third-party applications on a neutral host model.”

Cole Crawford, Vapor IO´s Founder and CEO, noted: "Vapor IO and Cellnex share a common commitment to neutral host infrastructure. Vapor IO's Kinetic Grid is both cloud-neutral and carrier-neutral, meaning it is one of the few locations at the edge where both carriers and clouds can meet on equal terms. We invite cloud and technology providers to leverage our edge and grid computing infrastructure to deploy new classes of high-performance applications that cannot be serviced by today's cloud infrastructure.”

Verizon signs an additional 410 MW of renewable energy contracts

Verizon signed four new long-term renewable energy purchase agreements (REPAs) for an aggregate of up to 410 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity. This brings Verizon to over 3.0 gigawatts (GW) of total projected renewable energy capacity. The deals include:

  • Two REPAs with Invenergy for an aggregate of up to 240 MW of renewable energy capacity. The projects include a facility in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) regional market that became operational in 2022; and a facility in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional market.
  • A 12-year REPA with Enel North America for an aggregate of up to 100 MW of anticipated renewable energy capacity. The wind facility, located in the SPP regional market, became operational in December 2022.
  • A REPA for an aggregate of up to 70 MW of anticipated renewable energy capacity. The facility is located in the Pennsylvania Jersey Maryland (PJM) Interconnection regional market.
  • To date, seven renewable energy facilities relating to Verizon's REPAs for an aggregate of more than 800 MW of capacity are operational. This includes the wind facility relating to Verizon’s previously announced REPA with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, which recently became fully operational.

Verizon said it is on track to meet its goal to source or generate renewable energy equivalent to 50 percent of its total annual electricity consumption by 2025.

"We are proud to be among the leading corporations in the U.S. in buying renewable energy," said Matt Ellis, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Verizon. "We are also a leader in green financing, issuing four green bonds totaling $4 billion in as many years, allowing us to further support and invest in renewable energy to deliver on our goal to be net zero in our operational emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 2035.”

Prisma Photonics to monitor 1,000 km of Israel's electric grid

Prisma Photonics, which has been using optical fibers to monitor Israel's national transmission electrical grid since 2020, was awarded a contract by Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) to extend coverage to 1,000 km (over 620 miles), which is 20% of the transmission grid. 

Prisma Photonics said its solution will monitor events threatening the regular operation of the power network and alert on faults with exact geographical locations. Its solution uses the existing optical fiber network to monitor hundreds and even thousands of kilometers on the grid. It measures weather conditions around the electrical lines, locating faults and vandalism. The information and alerts pinpoint the location of the closest power tower, enabling quick response to restore service to normal. PrismaPower also uncovers slow processes such as partial discharges, which can harm the network, thus allowing preventive maintenance and increasing the power network's resiliency.

"We're happy to expand our collaboration with Prisma Photonics and believe in the power of advanced technology to address environmental and climate challenges, taking the energy ecosystem forward," says Amir Livne, Senior VP of Strategy and Innovation,  IEC. "Prisma Photonics adds an important aspect to Israel Electric Corporation's commitment to innovation, developing and improving our existing grid while facing the growth in power demand and realizing our long-term net zero and renewable energy visions. A reliable, valuable, and accessible electric supply for Israel must be maintained."

"We are extending our coverage to 1,000 km using new technology to a span no one has attempted before. It is an impressive and trustful step by IEC, following our initial collaboration", says Dr. Eran Inbar, Prisma Photonics CEO. "The extension could improve the Israeli power ecosystem, presenting an innovative solution to market obstacles here, in Israel, and abroad. Adding Dynamic Line Rating to assess transmission line capacity will enhance power delivery over existing lines during peak demand. Without installing additional sensors on the wires, all this will be accomplished over IEC's existing optical fiber network."

Ericsson sets aside US$220 million for potential DOJ fine

Ericsson has set aside SEK 2.3 billion (approx. US$220 million) in relation to a potential resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding previously announced irregularities in Iraq. Ericsson described the allegations as "non-criminal, alleged breaches under its 2019 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA)." The company said it has not reached a resolution with the DOJ regarding these alleged breaches but believes the sum of $220 million to be a sufficiently reliable estimate of the financial penalty associated with any potential breach resolution.

Ericsson confirms SEC investigation

Ericsson confirmed that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has notified the company that it has opened an investigation concerning the matters described in the company’s 2019 Iraq investigation report.Ericsson said it is too early to determine or predict the outcome of the investigation, and that it is fully cooperating with the SEC.'s...

Ericsson may have bribed ISIS in Iraq

An internal investigation at Ericsson has found unusual expense claims in Iraq, dating back to 2018 with evidence of corruption-related misconduct. Regarding the situation, Ericsson issued this statement (in part):"The investigation included the conduct of Ericsson employees, vendors and suppliers in Iraq during the period 2011-2019. It found serious breaches of compliance rules and the Code of Business Ethics. It identified evidence of corruption-related...

Semtech acquires Sierra Wireless: LoRa + Cellular IoT

Semtech completed its previously-announced acquisition of Sierra Wireless in an all-cash transaction representing a total enterprise value of approximately US$1.2 billion. This transaction nearly doubles Semtech’s annual revenue and adds approximately US$100 million of high-margin IoT Cloud services recurring revenues. Semtech expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to non-GAAP EPS and to generate US$40 million of run rate operational synergies within 12-18 months post close.

“Sierra Wireless brings nearly 30 years of leadership in cellular IoT and a strong and diverse device-to-Cloud IoT solutions portfolio. Combined with Semtech’s LoRa-enabled end nodes, we believe we are very well positioned to deliver a highly differentiated, end-to-end platform to enable the transformation to a smarter, more sustainable planet,” said Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s president and chief executive officer. “Our combined company will have strong expertise in high bandwidth cellular connectivity, ultra-low power LoRa connectivity, IoT software and services, and extensive knowledge of IoT hardware and software channels and vertical markets. We believe that Semtech is uniquely positioned to deliver a strong product portfolio and service model to customers across high growth IoT segments.”

Ekinops posts record 2022 revenue of €127.6 million, up 23%

Ekinops ended FY 2022 with consolidated revenue of €127.6m, up 23% from the previous year (+19% at constant exchange rates).

Q4 2022 revenue totaled €31.5m versus €28.7 million a year earlier, representing an increase of 10% (+6% at constant exchange rates) despite the particularly strong pressure on the supply chain at year-end. The difficulties in delivering some orders at the end of the year resulted in a shortfall of a few million euros of revenue in Q4 2022 which will be shipped in early 2023 without causing major disruption to customers.

Ekinops said business activity and order intake remained vigorous.

The Group’s brisk growth in 2022 was fueled by strong demand for all its product lines, particularly for Optical Transport solutions (up 29% in 2022) which was boosted by the success of 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s WDM systems, notably in North America.

Access solutions reported annual growth of 20%, mainly driven by the sharp rebound in business in France.

The share of Software & Services continued to grow, representing 15% of Group revenue in 2022. Full-year revenue generated by Software & Services rose by over 38%, driven by sales of software which facilitates network functions’ virtualization and by a company focus on providing more services.

Q4 2022 revenue totaled €31.5m versus €28.7 million a year earlier, representing an increase of 10% (+6% at constant exchange rates) despite the particularly strong pressure on the supply chain at year-end. The difficulties in delivering some orders at the end of the year resulted in a shortfall of a few million euros of revenue in Q4 2022 which will be shipped in early 2023 without causing major disruption to customers.

HPE acquires Pachyderm for automated ML/AI pipelines

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired Pachyderm, a start-up offering open source software for automating reproducible machine learning pipelines that target large-scale AI applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HPE will integrate Pachyderm’s reproducible AI capabilities in one integrated platform to deliver an advanced data-driven pipeline that automatically refines, prepares, tracks, and manages repeatable machine learning processes used throughout the development and training environment.

“As AI projects become larger and increasingly involve complex data sets, data scientists will need reproducible AI solutions to efficiently maximize their machine learning initiatives, optimize their infrastructure cost, and ensure data is reliable and safe no matter where they are in their AI journey,” said Justin Hotard, executive vice president and general manager, HPC and AI, at HPE. “Pachyderm’s unique reproducible AI software augments HPE’s existing AI-at-scale offerings to automate and accelerate AI and unlock greater opportunities in image, video, and text analysis, generative AI, and other emerging large-language-model needs to realize transformative outcomes.”

Alphawave IP adds to executive team

Alphawave IP Group announce four appointments to its executive team:

  • Mohit Gupta, Senior Vice President & General Manager, leads Alphawave's IP and custom silicon business. Mohit joined Alphawave in September 2022 as part of the OpenFive acquisition, where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the IP and custom SoC business units. Mohit brings more than two decades of business and engineering management experience in semiconductor IP and custom silicon.
  • Babak Samimi, Senior Vice President & General Manager, leads the new connectivity products business. Babak joined Alphawave in November 2022 and has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Babak was most recently Corporate VP for Microchip Technology, Communications Networking Business, focused on enterprise, telecom, and cloud service providers.
  • Saeid Ghafouri, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, leads the global sales organization, driving design wins across the Alphawave product portfolio. Saeid joined Alphawave in February 2021 and is an experienced sales executive with a track record of accelerating revenue growth at early-stage and established semiconductor EDA and IP companies.
  • Sudhir Mallya, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, leads our newly formed Corporate Marketing Group. Sudhir joined Alphawave in September 2022 as part of the OpenFive acquisition, where he was Vice President for corporate and custom silicon product marketing. Sudhir brings a breadth of semiconductor industry experience spanning custom silicon and application-specific products across multiple application domains.