Saturday, January 14, 2023

euNetworks deploys 40km hollowcore fibre system

euNetworks has deployed an additional 26km of hollowcore fibre cable between Basildon and London. This is connected to the 14km of hollowcore fibre cable deployed in September 2022. 

euNetworks now offers an end-to-end hollowcore fibre route from Basildon to The London Stock Exchange in London, delivering another global first with a 40km total system distance with no mid-span amplification. 

euNetworks has already successfully deployed three hollowcore fibre-based routes and is committed to augmenting its leading position across major trading routes, delivering the best available latencies in the market. Future deployments will target further ultra low latency metropolitan and long haul routes across Europe to support euNetworks’ high frequency trading (HFT) customers.

“We continue to be focused on delivering the best possible bandwidth solutions for our customers and look forward to deploying longer routes of hollowcore fibre in the coming quarters,” said Paula Cogan, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “We have great teams focused on deploying this product on our network to maintain market-leading latency margins in our euTrade services.”

Researchers develop photonic circuit in lithium niobate

Researchers led by Cristina Benea-Chelmus in the Laboratory of Hybrid Photonics (HYLAB) in EPFL’s School of Engineering, ETH Zurich and Harvard University are testing a new thin-film circuit that, when connected to a laser beam, produces finely tailorable terahertz-frequency waves.

The integrated photonic circuit chip is made of lithium niobate.

NTIA to allocate BEAD funding by June 30

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has set June 30 as the date by which it will allocate each state and territory’s BEAD Program funding for high-speed Internet service. 

NTIA said it has engaged with dozens of states and territories to assist them in the process of improving the FCC's National Broadband Map. 

The FCC already has received over 1 million challenges to provider reported availability data and has updated the map’s underlying Fabric to add more than 1 million additional locations. 

"We have heard concerns from some states and other stakeholders, and we have received requests to delay the timeline to give states more time to participate in the FCC’s processes for challenging and improving the National Broadband Map. Several other states have expressed to us that they want us to maintain this target so that they can begin developing quality plans and begin their subgrant programs as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, a delay in the timeline would mean a delay in providing funding to communities who desperately need it, and it will not address many of the process concerns we have heard."

Taiwan's Far EasTone delivers 5G slice to police cars

Far EasTone, a mobile operator in Taiwan, has delivered a 5G Smart Patrol Car solution for the Kaohsiung City police department to support license plate recognition for tracking stolen cars.

The solution leverages Ericsson’s end-to-end 5G network slicing technology, including 5G Core and RAN Slicing utilizing Dynamic Radio Resource Partitioning in a live 5G Standalone (SA) network. The pioneering use case demonstrates advanced 5G capability to enable mission-critical applications for the public sector, marking another milestone in the two companies’ 20 years of strategic partnership.

With high data throughput and low latency guaranteed by Ericsson’s end-to-end 5G network slicing technology, the data from moving patrol cars can be transmitted in real-time, allowing for the immediate recognition of these license plates being sighted by the device. 

As police patrol cars will be constantly on the move, Ericsson’s Dynamic Radio Resource Partitioning, a feature of 5G RAN Slicing, plays an essential role in the solution by optimizing radio resources, strengthening end-to-end slicing capabilities for dynamic resource management, and orchestration while securing required performance level for multiple services.

In addition, the 5G Smart Patrol Car solution uses Ericsson Local Packet Gateway, an edge user plane with small footprint, to connect each equipped car to a regional site for each city for data processing without installing a system on every single car. 

Chee Ching, President of Far EasTone Telecommunications, says: “We are thrilled to achieve another 5G milestone with Ericsson by creating the very first network slicing use case in a live 5G standalone network in Taiwan. The 5G Smart Patrol Car is made possible by our continuous investment in big data, AI and IoT, combining with Ericsson top-notch 5G technology and the great support from Kaohsiung City Police Department. ”

David Chou, President of Ericsson Taiwan, says: “Network slicing enables communications service providers to offer innovative services to enter new markets. By creating and operating end-to-end logical networks on top of a shared infrastructure, network slicing can provide tailored services with different requirements on speed, latency and reliability for various use cases, with its full potential only made possible through 5G Standalone. We expect this collaboration will simplify the 5G Smart Patrol Car setup and provide ease of maintenance and operations. Ericsson’s network slicing technology addresses further 5G business opportunities with full flexibility.”

Tech Mahindra open delivery center in Mexico for Google Cloud

Tech Mahindra has opened a delivery center for Google Cloud in Guadalajara, Mexico. The center will be dedicated to Google Cloud-centric solutions that enable customers to modernize infrastructure and manage workloads with differentiated accelerators, Cloud Native and Open-Source technologies.

The partnership will leverage the expertise of both organizations in the domains, including the Google Cloud Platform on Anthos, Data and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and more. The center will empower customers across the Americas to accelerate cloud adoption by leveraging hundreds of Google Cloud Certified engineers. 

Sudhir Nair, Chief Delivery Officer & Global Head – Infra & Cloud Business at Tech Mahindra, said, “Guadalajara has a booming technology ecosystem and produces most of the IT engineers in Mexico. Therefore, it is ideal for us to open our innovative delivery center for Google Cloud in the region. The new center is a strategic step forward in our partnership with Google to further enable our customers accelerate their digital transformation journey with faster migration, and optimized business outcomes. As part of Tech Mahindra’s CLOUDNXT.NOW™ framework, we are committed to providing our customers with modern IT infrastructure to adopt a ‘business first’ approach and be future ready.”

Victor Morales, Vice President, Global System Integrators Partnerships, Google Cloud, said, “We're proud to work in partnership with Tech Mahindra and help enable more customers with access to the technologies and expertise needed to simplify their migration to the cloud and unlock new opportunities for growth as they digitally transform for the future.”