Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Talen builds data center campus adjacent to Susquehanna nuclear station

Cumulus Data completed construction of the powered shell for its first 48-megawatt, 300,000 square foot data center located next to Talen Energy's Susquehanna nuclear station in northeast Pennsylvania. Cumulus Data is a subsidiary of Talen Energy.

Cumulus said its 1,200-acre campus will provide zero-carbon, low-cost, reliable energy thanks to nuclear power generation. The Cumulus data centers will be directly connected to the 2.5-gigawatt Susquehanna power stations, without intermediation by legacy electric transmission and distribution utilities, providing data center customers significant value and competitive advantages.

"Our flagship Cumulus Susquehanna data center campus is positioned to welcome its first tenant and commence commercial operations this year," said CEO Alejandro "Alex" Hernandez. "We look forward to advancing our mission to solve the energy 'trilemma' which we define as the rapidly increasing consumer demand for zero-carbon, low-cost, and reliable electricity by data center customers, beginning with our first Cumulus Susquehanna data center campus." 

Scott Hanna, Cumulus Chief Revenue Officer, added, "There are currently few options that fulfill all three requirements at once - at massive scale, while offering data center customers an industry-leading TCO.  As a member of the iMasons Climate Accord, Talen and Cumulus will support our customers in achieving carbon neutrality by uniting together to adopt a common standard enabled by solutions such as the Cumulus carbon-free data center platform."

Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure upgrades with Infinera

 Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure (LONI), which as the state's research network connects 38 university campuses and data centers and provides connectivity to additional research and education networks in other states, has deployed Infinera’s advanced coherent optical networking solutions. The initial deployment includes four 400G optical channels along a 220-mile intrastate route in Louisiana.

The solution, which increases LONI’s network capacity by a factor of 10, comprises Infinera’s XTM Series open line system and GX Series transponders. 

Infinera’s XTM Series line system coupled with GX Series high-performance transponders equips LONI with a 200G/400G/600G solution that offers unmatched high-bandwidth services to its customers today and is scalable to 800G in the future. Infinera’s combined solution delivers superior performance, increasing LONI’s service offering with more bandwidth, greater flexibility, and faster data transfer capabilities.

“A high-capacity state-of-the-art network is critical to enabling breakthrough discoveries that can only be achieved through multi-site collaboration and cloud connectivity,” said Lonnie Leger, LONI’s Executive Director. “We are committed to offering our members up to 100G and deploying Infinera’s innovative solutions, which exceeded both our expectations and commitment, enabling us to exceed what other state universities can offer.”

“LONI operates with a small staff, which requires a highly automated network and cost-effective solution that enables them to meet their bandwidth growth requirements,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “The Infinera team worked closely with LONI to deliver a solution that met their needs now and positions them to meet future bandwidth needs with minimal maintenance and manpower to operate.”


Netcracker delivers charging gateway for DOCOMO's 5G core


Netcracker, an NEC subsidiary, has provided a Charging Gateway Function (CGF) for high- performance processing of billing information for NTT DOCOMO.

The CGF began operating in December 2022 as a gateway-packaged product that connects DOCOMO's existing standalone 5G mobile core network (SA 5GC), which was provided by NEC, to its business support system (BSS) for customer administration and billing. 

Netcracker built the solution using DigitalRoute's product for high traffic processing to achieve efficient billing. DigitalRoute's CGF packaged products have been deployed at more than 400 businesses around the world and comply with international standards (3GPP). The CGF can organize large amounts of billing information generated for each service, such as packet communications and voice calls, and link it to the BSS for efficient billing processing. Netcracker has extensive global experience implementing solutions based on the DigitalRoute product suite and was instrumental in its implementation at NTT DOCOMO, working closely with NEC as the system integrator and DigitalRoute as the product vendor.

"NEC is proud to have provided DOCOMO with this total 5GC system featuring CGF. We have a long history of collaboration with DOCOMO spanning a wide variety of solutions, and we look forward to continuing the provision of high-quality, highly reliable end-to-end networking solutions in the future," said Michio Kiuchi, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation.


Mavenir intros Fixed Wireless Access solution

Mavenir introduced its Fixed Wireless Access solution (FWA) combining its Open Virtualized RAN, Converged Packet Core and OpenBeam portfolio of radio units. 

The solution is targeted at low-footprint deployments that leverages public and private cloud infrastructure. 

Mavenir’s FWA solution supports 4G, 5G NSA (non-standalone) and 5G SA deployments, supporting massive MIMO radio technology and 5G millimeter wave frequency bands to enable gigabit downlink speeds to multiple users in the same coverage area. 

“5G and Open RAN transform the Fixed Wireless Access space to make it easier and more feasible to connect the unconnected and foster much needed competition,” said BG Kumar, President of Access Networks and Platforms, Mavenir. “The combination of Mavenir’s award-winning Converged Packet Core and Open Virtualized RAN solutions, with the OpenBeam broad portfolio of radios enables mobile operators to position themselves as an affordable and reliable alternative to cable and fiber deployments in rural, suburban and even urban settings”.

Mavenir notes that itsFWA solution has been deployed by several customers, including 360 Communications, RINA Wireless, Triangle Communications, in the United States as well as Quickline in the United Kingdom.

Telefónica España tests 25G PON with Nokia

Telefónica España has demonstrated symmetric speeds of 20 Gbps using Nokia's 25G PON solution.

Telefonica, with almost 60 million FTTH homes passed already deployed in their multiple business units, has validated with this trial that current GPON and XGS-PON broadband technologies can co-exist seamlessly on the same fiber with the 25G PON. 

Gonzalo Garzón, Head of Fixed Access at Telefónica España at Telefonica, said: “Telefonica was the first operator in Spain to provide gigabit connectivity, but we are not stopping there. Consumer bandwidth demands never halts and exciting applications, like VR gaming, will always be evolved to make the most of available bandwidth. New FTTH technologies give us even more opportunities than home connectivity. With their massive uptick in capacity we’ll be able to offer new business services on the same network.”

Bjorn Capens, VP Europe, Nokia Fixed Networks, said: “Thanks to our Quillion chipset, this 25G PON proof of concept with Telefonica has demonstrated that the huge bandwidth-capacity can be easily added to their existing networks, co-existing with their existing PON technologies. This means customers on the same fiber line can be served with GPON, XGS-PON or 25G GPON, making it much easier to manage upgrade cycles.”

Microsoft releases Azure OpenAI

Microsoft announced general availability of Azure OpenAI Service in partnership with OpenAI.

Azure OpenAI Service now includes GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL•E 2, all backed by the enterprise-grade capabilities and AI-optimized infrastructure of Microsoft Azure.

Customers will also be able to access ChatGPT — a fine-tuned version of GPT-3.5 that has been trained and runs inference on Azure AI infrastructure.


Kuwait's Mada Comm deploys Nokia’s Wavence microwave backhaul

Mada Communications, a telecommunications service provider in Kuwait, will deploy Nokia's Wavence microwave solution to replace its existing transport network.

Nokia’s Wavence microwave portfolio includes its compact, high-capacity ultra-broadband transceivers.  Wavence products support the evolution of both backhaul and fronthaul with multi-gigabit capacity, low-latency characteristics and industry-leading RF output power for deployment flexibility.

Hamad Al Marzouq, Chief Executive Officer of Mada, said: "We are excited to work with global technology leader, Nokia, for the modernization of our transport network. Nokia's industry leading Wavence microwave solution will help us provide a truly differentiated service not possible with the existing transport network as well as reduce energy consumption.”

Rima Manna, VP, Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: “Nokia’s Wavence portfolio has emerged as a market leading transport solution, designed to help service providers improve performance and future-proof their investment. We look forward to helping Mada modernize its transport network to support advanced packet networking. We believe this project marks the beginning of a new and long-term association with Mada."

What’s next for networking in 2023?

How will supply chain challenges, the energy crisis, cybersecurity, and sustainability impact the networking sector in 2023?

Here are 3 predictions from Ekinops’ Sylvain Quartier.


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What's next for SD-WAN in 2023?

How is the market for SD-WAN and SASE likely to evolve in 2023?

Here are 3 predictions from Nuage Networks from Nokia’s Saurabh Sandhir.


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What's next for fiber rollouts in 2023?

 Can operators accelerate their fiber deployment? How can they overcome the obstacles holding back the rapid rollout of fiber broadband networks?

Here are 3 predictions from Clearfield’s Kevin Morgan.


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