Monday, January 30, 2023

Frontier rolls with 5 Gbps fiber residential service

Frontier is launching a 5 Gig residential Internet service across its fiber network.

The 5 Gig offer starts at $154.99 a month with autopay and includes uncapped data + Wi-Fi router + free installation + premium tech support.

“We set a standard with network-wide 2 Gig internet last year, and now we’ve done it again,” said John Harrobin, Frontier’s Executive Vice President of Consumer. “Our 5 Gig offer meets the growing demand for multi-gig speeds and delivers the ‘un-cable’ experience by making the fastest upload and download speeds available throughout our fiber network.”

NTT deploys Liquid Immersion Cooling at its new Mumbai data center

NTT Ltd., e of the world’s top 3 data center service providers, is deploying Liquid Immersion Cooling (LIC) and Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies at its Navi Mumbai Data Center. India becomes the first country across NTT’s global data center platform to deploy these alternative cooling technologies.

The one-of-its-kind facility is part of its Mahape campus, which has a capacity of 4.8 MW spread over 13,740 square feet area built. The campus is planned with the capacity for up to 4 data centers, reaching up to 150 MW of IT load. 

Speaking about this, Mr Sharad Sanghi, Managing Director of NTT Ltd. in India & Acting Senior Executive Vice President, Data Center and Marine Cable, NTT Ltd. said, “At NTT, we are guided by the principle of universal wellness, a people-first approach for our own personnel, the communities we operate in, and the overall global environment. The deployment of green data center technologies as demonstrated by this facility is going to be a tremendous validation for alternative cooling technologies. As India’s largest data center operator, we recognize the impact that DCLC and LIC cooling can have in significantly reducing the power consumption in future data centers. By successfully integrating these advanced processes, we have taken another step in building a connected future in a sustainable and responsible manner on a global scale.”

NTT Ltd. expands its global data center ambitions

NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division is preparing to launch new data center capacity in India, the UK, Japan, USA, Germany, Malaysia and Indonesia.  When fully complete, these data centers will provide over 400 megawatts (MW) of IT load across these markets. Plans include:a Mumbai, India – NTT Ltd. will go live with its new Mumbai 7 Data Center by Q3 2020 in its Chandivali campus. The Mumbai 7 Data Center will offer 25 MW of IT load....

NTT DOCOMO demos indoor 5G base station with multisector antenna

NTT DOCOMO, Nihon Dengyo Kosaku, and Fujitsu Ltd.  demonstrated a 5G indoor base station incorporating a multisector antenna using the 28GHz band.

The prototype device incorporates circuitry just 1/10th the size of a conventional indoor base station,.

The demonstration, in which a conventional 5G base station control unit communicated with the new device via a 28GHz signal, confirmed that a single multisector antenna can receive radio waves in all directions using radio beam control. DOCOMO previously measured the directivity of a single element in a multisector antenna in 2022, but the DOCOMO believes that this was the world's first demonstration to use a multisector antenna in a 5G base station equipped for radio beam control.

A multisector antenna divides its surrounding 360-degree space into multiple areas (sectors) for transmitting and receiving radio waves simultaneously and independently in each sector. The antenna used in the demonstration contained 12 directional elements arranged in a radial pattern, each of which effectively transmitted and received radio waves in a specific direction.

Antel tests VMware's Telco Cloud Platform

Antel, the leading Mobile Operator in Uruguay, is testing the VMware Telco Cloud Platform to support a Proof of Concept (PoC).

VMware says its cloud native architecture will help Antel gain operational efficiencies and bring services and innovation to market faster. Using this integrated platform will allow Antel to deploy new network functions on the same Telco Cloud architecture from core to RAN to edge, enabling the scale and agility needed to deliver services on the 5G network.

This PoC between Antel and VMware was made possible with the help of AT Innovando Juntos, a local partner; the three companies are working together to help Antel build a world class 5G network to support the growing demands of the consumer and enterprise customers in Uruguay.

Video: Multi-Cloud Flexibility for Telco Cloud and Edge (VMware)

 -- Check out our 2023 Telco Cloud and Edge Site --Download latest report on Telco Cloud at NextGenInfraThe advent of 5G is driving deep changes in the way that telcos deploy and manage their networks. Telco Cloud infrastructure must adopt a distributed, multi-cloud architecture. It must also be ready to leverage public cloud capabilities to benefit from new business opportunities.Here are the insider views of Ram Venketaramani, Senior Director,...

LightRiver signs with Brazil's Precision Solutions

LightRiver, an optical network integration solution provider, announced a partnership with Brazil-based Precision Solutions to transform how organizations in South America can manage and view their optical network hardware regardless of their current vendor(s). 

LightRiver's netFLEX Transport Domain Orchestration and Control Software solution is a network automation platform designed to address the complexities of disparate optical transport networks, suppliers, and technologies.

"Precision Solutions is well known as a high-quality, cost-effective integrator in the South American market, and LightRiver's netFLEX is an essential addition to our product portfolio as it helps our customers to manage their networks effectively," comments Eduardo Ken, CEO of Precision Solutions. "The South American market, specifically Brazil, has several customer tiers. From big international players to small ISPs, all of them will benefit from the operational capacity and simplicity that only netFLEX can offer."

"We are honored to work with Precision Solutions and expand our netFLEX offering on a greater global scale," states Mike Jonas, President, Global Customer Operations for LightRiver. "Our award-winning netFLEX serves as an essential tool for companies worldwide, ensuring customers' success with optical networking and management."

The partnership between LightRiver and Precision Solutions will cover the resale and first-tier local support for netFLEX in the region. It also gives existing netFLEX customers the advantage of having the first technical support tier in its native language.

Private investment firm acquires LightRiver

Grain Management, a leading private investment firm, has acquired LightRiver’s Technologies & Software entities from CVF Capital Partners and Plexus Capital. Financial terms were not disclosed.Since its establishment in 1998, LightRiver has delivered over $1 billion in carrier-grade transport network solutions, including certified design, professional staging services, deployment services, and network automation products to over 150 clients in...

Qwilt supplies its Open Caching for Japan's J:Com

J:COM, Japan’s leading cable broadband and multi-channel video provider, is now using  Qwilt’s Open Caching in its video delivery network.

The deployment brings streaming content closer to J:COM’s 5.62 million subscribing households than ever before, enabling a superior over-the-top (OTT) streaming experience for J:COM customers.

The solution is comprised of Qwilt’s Open Edge Cloud, which provides Quality-as-a-Service content delivery, pushing content caching and delivery far out to the edge of the carrier network.

J:COM, which initially deployed Qwilt’s first-generation caching product in 2016, now has Qwilt’s Open Edge Cloud solution deeply embedded within its network, moving content closer to J:COM subscribers than any other commercial or private CDN. Qwilt’s solution reduces the cost of building network capacity and substantially improves delivery quality to ensure J:COM can scale for less and serve media and applications at the highest quality.

J:COM has 28 Qwilt Open Caching nodes in Japan and content publishers are already delivering content on the Qwilt platform. For example, on April 9th, 2022, J:COM leveraged the platform to deliver live streams of Japan's highly anticipated middleweight unification boxing fight between Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata.

Qwilt notes that each low-cost edge server can be utilized by other virtual network function (VNF) based services making it cost-effective enough to distribute throughout the service provider’s access network. The partnership allows J:COM to rapidly scale up and creates a foundation for future use cases, including site delivery and edge computing.

Jiro Inoue, Network Operation at J:COM, said: “As demand for live video streaming increases, so too does our need to create a scalable network that equips us for the future of content delivery. Qwilt’s Open Edge Cloud solution significantly boosts our network capacity and accelerates our ability to deliver reliable, high-quality live and VoD streaming throughout Japan. We were delighted with the results of our use of Qwilt’s platform to stream the Golovkin vs. Murata fight. The outcome was a flawless streaming experience of the highest quality to our viewers across Japan.”

Samsung sets Life Cycle Assessment for semiconductor business

Samsung Electronics has established a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on the product carbon footprint of its semiconductor business and achieved verification from DNV, one of the world's leading independent certification bodies.

LCA is a methodology for assessing environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of commercial products, processes, or services, by quantifying the amount of energy, materials and waste discharge. In detail, on its semiconductors’ carbon footprint, Samsung's LCA covers raw material extraction to chip manufacturing, assembling, and testing. Its results are in accordance with ISO 14040, ISO 14044 and ISO 14067 to ensure credibility and transparency.

The carbon footprint is commonly used by Samsung and its customers to recognize the environmental impact across all phases of Samsung's semiconductor products, and can be used as a metric to track and reduce carbon emissions.

"Since 2019, we have been actively mobilizing efforts to measure and reduce the carbon emissions of our key memory and logic solutions," said Dooguen Song, Executive Vice President of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Center at Samsung Electronics. "By leveraging LCA, we will be able to support our customers to achieve their carbon neutrality, as well as becoming more transparent on the environmental impact of the semiconductors we produce worldwide."

T-Mobile US aims for net-zero emission by 2040

T-Mobile committed to achieve net-zero emissions across its entire carbon footprint by 2040. 

“As we know sustainability is important to our customers and stakeholders, T-Mobile has made great progress in reducing our environmental footprint – and now we're taking even bigger steps to reduce our carbon emissions with a commitment to meeting SBTi’s Net-Zero Standard,” said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CEO. “We are proud that we are doing our part to create a sustainable future for all – including becoming the first in U.S. wireless to set this bold target. And we hope companies like ours — and the partners and suppliers we work alongside — will join us in setting their own aggressive longer-term goals like these.”

T-Mobile has et a net-zero goal for all three emissions scopes that has been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) using their Net-Zero Standard – the world’s first framework for company targets that aligns with the latest climate science. This goal covers emission scopes 1 and 2, inclusive of direct emissions from T-Mobile’s operations and facilities, as well as indirect emissions from purchased electricity.

T-Mobile said all remaining indirect scope 3 emissions (the company’s entire footprint!) — including those produced by suppliers, customer device usage, materials and fuel required to ship products, employee travel, and more—which represents roughly two thirds of the company’s carbon footprint.

“While T-Mobile's net-zero goal is a decades-long endeavor, we know how important it is to take definitive actions now to reduce our environmental impact for future generations,” said Janice Kapner, chief communications and corporate responsibility officer at T-Mobile. “We’re committed to measurable progress and holding ourselves accountable with strong governance practices, consistent and transparent reporting, and ongoing collaboration with leading sustainability experts.”