Monday, January 16, 2023

Zayo adds fiber routes connecting Paris and Marseille

Zayo has activated a new 400G enabled fiber route connecting Paris and Marseille.

The new Paris-to-Marseille route 24 Tbps of expected capacity per fiber pair and offers critical path diversity options.

Zayo notes that its new route will also provide direct access to Bordeaux—the landing city for AmitiĆ©, a new private transatlantic cable that will connect the U.S. with the UK and France. Once ready for service, the connection will enable direct access to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

“We are continuously expanding, improving and diversifying our network in order to support our customers with their increasing bandwidth,” said Yannick Leboyer, Europe Chief Operating Officer at Zayo. “With several new subsea cable projects set to deploy in the coming years, Marseille is on its way to becoming one of the top five internet connectivity hubs globally, and Zayo is uniquely positioned to provide the necessary infrastructure to support this growth. The Paris-to-Marseille route is built to support and transport the fast-paced bandwidth growth and increasingly high demand for connectivity in these markets, giving customers a more reliable, scalable and secure way to share data to the rest of Europe and the U.S.”

SES demos satellite-enabled 5G backhaul

SES demonstrated its current generation O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites for 5G backhaul .

The proof-of-concept, which was held with du from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), saw numerous tests conducted over an SES’s O3b satellite, including voice and data scenarios to measure quality of service performance and stress test load capacity. The low latency and high throughput 5G backhaul link showed O3b is an ideal solution for 5G satellite-enabled networks with Quality of Experience (QoE) at par with terrestrial backhauling technologies.

“du has vast experience using satellites for its own cellular backhaul, as well as for delivering satellite-enabled data communications services to our enterprise customers, but we need much better throughputs and low-latency performance to support our enterprise, cloud, and data growth applications. O3b mPOWER promises to provide the dedicated multi-gigabit per connection scale with cloud-optimised and low-latency performance to provide the required Quality of Experience (QoE) with the flexibility of satellite,” said Saleem AlBlooshi, Chief Technology Officer, du.

John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Strategy & Product Officer of SES, said, “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with du on this demonstration of high-performance MEO services and how we can jointly deploy the Middle East’s first satellite-enabled 5G backhaul network. du can leverage more guaranteed-SLA bandwidth, with greater flexibility, via O3b mPOWER to rapidly generate new revenue streams by expanding high-quality 4G/5G to remote areas and by cost effectively connecting its enterprise customers.”

SES opens new era with O3b mPOWER MEO constellation

SES heralded the first launch for O3b mPOWER, its second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation poised to enable tens of thousands of multi-gigabit class spotbeams across the planet. 

SpaceX succesfully orbited the first two satellites, which a software-defined capability to deliver more than 5,000 steerable beams that can be repositioned based on real-time data from SES customers’ terminals. The satellites were launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. 

The satellites are based on Boeing’s 702 platform use Spectrolab’s custom-designed solar arrays built to withstand harsh MEO radiation.

SES contracted with Boeing to deliver 11 O3b mPOWER satellites to SES, Boeing continues production, integration and testing of the remaining nine spacecraft. The O3b mPOWER satellites are also flexible in their launch configuration, with the ability to launch two or three satellites at a time.

SES said its new MEO satellites will be able to deliver roundtrip latency of less than 150 milliseconds. The company is also partnering with Microsoft to bring one-hop connectivity from the satellites into Microsoft Azure data centers. The terabit-scale capacity of the new O3b mPOWER constellation, the automated and software-defined steerable beams of the satellites, upgraded customer terminals and telco/cloud partnerships are expected many new use cases and deployment sites.

“Much more than just another launch, today marks the next milestone of our MEO journey. Since starting this journey, we have gone on to positively impact millions around the world. Today, with our second-generation O3b mPOWER, we are bringing game-changing technology that delivers a unique combination of multiple gigabits per second of throughput at any location, guaranteed reliability and service flexibility that is a first in the industry,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “Whether we are enabling governments to carry out critical missions securely, cruise operators to provide high-speed broadband access to passengers at all times, or mobile network operators to deploy 4G/5G networks in underconnected areas or restore communications networks in down time, O3b mPOWER is the satellite system of choice for applications where performance matters most.”

Transpacific “Unity” cable doubles capacity with Infinera’s ICE6

The transpacific Unity Submarine Cable System, which spans 9,620 kilometers between Japan and the U.S., will double its capacity by upgrading to Infinera’s ICE6 solution. The upgrade is expected to increase the life span of the cable by nearly 25% and deliver up to 7.4 Tbps per fiber pair.

The Unity Submarine Cable System is a subsea consortium representing Bharti Airtel Limited, Global Transit Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of TIME), Google, KDDI Corp., Telstra and Singtel.

“Infinera’s innovative ICE6 technology was selected to upgrade our system because it enables us to extend the life of the Unity Submarine Cable System while providing the highest level of quality for our customers,” said the Unity consortium. “The Unity Submarine Cable System is a critical connection between two continents with the fastest growing bandwidth needs. We needed an industry-leading solution that would enable us to be competitive now and in the future.” 

“The Unity Submarine Cable System is one of the highest capacity underwater fiber optic cables ever built between Asia and North America, and Infinera is proud to power it with our latest optical engine technology,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “The increased capacity will help operators in Asia and the U.S. meet the increasing bandwidth demands on both sides of the Pacific.”

IDC: Spending continues at fast clip for cloud infrastructure

 Spending on compute and storage infrastructure products for cloud deployments, including dedicated and shared IT environments, increased 24.7% year over year in the third quarter of 2022 (3Q22) to $23.9 billion, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker: Buyer and Cloud Deployment report.

Some highlights from IDC:

Spending on cloud infrastructure continues to outgrow the non-cloud segment although the latter had strong growth in 3Q22 as well, increasing at 16.5% year over year to $16.8 billion. The market continues to benefit from high demand and large backlogs, coupled with an improving infrastructure supply chain.

Spending on shared cloud infrastructure reached $16.8 billion in the quarter, increasing 24.4% compared to a year ago. IDC expects to see continuous strong demand for shared cloud infrastructure with spending expected to surpass non-cloud infrastructure spending in 2023. The dedicated cloud infrastructure segment grew 25.3% year over year in 3Q22 to $7.1 billion. Of the total dedicated cloud infrastructure, 45.2% was deployed on customer premises.

For the full year 2022, IDC is forecasting cloud infrastructure spending to grow 19.6% year over year to $88.1 billion – a noticeable increase from 8.6% annual growth in 2021. 

Non-cloud infrastructure is expected to grow 10.7% to $64.7 billion. Shared cloud infrastructure is expected to grow 19.0% year over year to $60.9 billion for the full year while spending on dedicated cloud infrastructure is expected to grow 21.2% to $27.3 billion for the full year.

IDC tracks various categories of service providers and how much compute and storage infrastructure these service providers purchase, including both cloud and non-cloud infrastructure. The service provider category includes cloud service providers, digital service providers, communications service providers, and managed service providers. In 3Q22, service providers as a group spent $23.9 billion on compute and storage infrastructure, up 22.5% from the prior year. This spending accounted for 58.7% of the total market. Non-service providers (e.g., enterprises, government, etc.) increased their spending at a similarly high rate, 19.3% year over year. IDC expects compute and storage spending by service providers to reach $87.8 billion in 2022, growing at 17.5% year over year.

On a geographic basis, year-over-year spending on cloud infrastructure in 3Q22 increased in all regions except Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which is impacted by the Russia-Ukraine war. Spending in CEE declined 35.1% year over year in the quarter. The Middle East and Africa (MEA), the United States, and Western Europe grew the most at 65.8%, 32.1%, and 31.3% year over year, respectively. All other regions demonstrated growth in the teens and twenties percentage range. 

For the full year 2022, cloud infrastructure spending is expected to grow in all regions except CEE, with four regions – Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China), MEA, USA, and Western Europe – expecting to post annual growth in the 20-35% range.

Long term, IDC predicts spending on cloud infrastructure to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9% over the 2021-2026 forecast period, reaching $135.1 billion in 2026 and accounting for 67.3% of total compute and storage infrastructure spend. Shared cloud infrastructure will account for 72.3% of the total cloud amount, growing at a 13.8% CAGR. Spending on dedicated cloud infrastructure will grow at a CAGR of 10.7% to $37.4 billion. Spending on non-cloud infrastructure will have a CAGR of 2.3%, reaching $65.6 billion in 2026. 

Spending by service providers on compute and storage infrastructure is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1%, reaching $131.9 billion in 2026.

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PacketFabric and Unitas Global to merge

PacketFabric and Unitas Global have agreed to merge to become a larger Network as a Service (NaaS) platform. 

PacketFabric helps businesses build new secure, private network fabrics to connect their core sites, cloud assets and manage shifts in data gravity with their unique fabric integrated storage. PacketFabric Converge orchestrates on-demand connectivity across colocation facilities, cloud providers, and private network interconnection across the globe.

Unitas Global offers intelligent automation for business internet connectivity, providing end-to-end network design, pricing, ordering and visibility across more than one thousand first/middle/last mile networks, accessing more than 50 million fiber lit buildings.

The companies said their merger will create a company that is changing the business internet architecture to one that is finally software-defined and fully programmable, versus legacy systems that are rigid and struggle to meet the price, performance, and flexibility needs of today’s enterprise customers. The combined platform assets and automation capabilities of the two companies will deliver real-time, on-demand control to our customers from The Edge to Everywhere.

“We are the only company that helps businesses shift from being reactive to proactive when it comes to the constant change of digitized operations,” said PacketFabric CEO Dave Ward. “Our platforms enable a fundamental shift in the way to architect and operationalize a modern business. We enable a reimagination of simplified operations with real-time, on-demand automation, self-service, complete telemetry and flexible consumption, applied to every aspect of business connectivity. We do this by fulfilling the promise of software-defined-networking and AIOps via our cloud native platforms. Not one other NaaS offer enables Edge to Everywhere through their platform, we believe this makes us the one true NaaS.”

Deutsche Telekom cloudifies its Next Gen IMS platform

Deutsche Telekom announced some major deployment milestones with its NIMS (Next Generation IP Multimedia Subsystem) project to ‘cloudify’ and automate the core of its IP-based voice telephony platform. 

More than ten million voice subscribers have successfully been migrated. 

In addition, billions of interconnect voice minutes with approximately 100 Interconnect partners are now completely processed via NIMS.

“With the launch of our NIMS platform, we have implemented a game-changing level of lifecycle automation for all telco cloud and payload components. This enables Deutsche Telekom to validate and deploy new software for our customers in a few days, or soon even minutes, instead of weeks – thanks to our great team and ambitious partners,” says Abdu Mudesir, CTO of Telekom Deutschland.

DT said the most fundamental innovation is the automation of the platform from end-to-end. 

In addition, Telekom has created an innovative and highly-collaborative multi-vendor ecosystem to deliver on the vision of this highly-automated, cloud-based architecture. Current partners are Juniper Networks (Cloud Infrastructure & Prime Integrator), Mavenir, Metaswitch, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo und Red Hat. Due to the high level of disaggregation and the horizontal cloud approach, more technology partners can easily be added as the demand for services grows.

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