Monday, February 27, 2023

O2 Telefonica Germany selects Nokia AVA for Energy Saas

O2 Telef√≥nica Germany will employ Nokia’s AVA for Energy SaaS solution to strengthen the energy efficiency efforts across its Nokia radio access network.

Nokia AVA for Energy SaaS automatically monitors network traffic patterns to allow operators to throttle back connectivity resources, like base stations, during low usage periods, enabling reductions in power usage.

Monetizing 5G with open APIs linking network resources to applications, such as Zoom

At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Orange, Telef√≥nica, and Vodafone, in collaboration with Ericsson and Vonage, are demonstrating an API that exposes 5G network resources for application developers. 

The idea in exposing advanced network functionalities for app-developers is enable a better user experience for applications such as Blacknut, Zoom, and Vonage while providing a monetization pathway for mobile operators.

The ambition is for all three operators to use the same QoD API, defined, developed and documented in CAMARA, the open source project driven by Linux Foundation in collaboration with GSMA, which is available for all operators to implement thereby maximizing the potential benefits for the developer community.

Intel brings vRAN Boost to its Xeon processors

At #MWC23, Intel introduced a vRAN Boost capability for its 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

The capability brings Layer 1 acceleration into the Xeon SoC and eliminates the need for external accelerator cards. Intel says its vRAN Boost has the support of Advantech, Capgemini, Canonical, Dell Technologies, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mavenir, Quanta Cloud Technology, Rakuten Mobile, Red Hat, SuperMicro, Telefonica, Verizon, VMware, Vodafone and Wind River, among others.

Intel claims 2x the capacity gains gen over gen within the same power envelope and up to an additional 20% power savings with integrated acceleration, which is above and beyond the 4th Gen Intel Xeon platform’s already outstanding performance-per-watt gain. Intel expects 4th Gen Xeon Scalable processors with Intel vRAN Boost will match or better the performance-per-watt of the best Layer 1 SoC accelerator cards in the market today6, while delivering the benefits of software-defined, virtualized networks.

“Intel powers the world’s clouds, networks and enterprises, giving us unique insight on where to place compute and acceleration along the entire cloud-to-edge continuum and helping our customers scale to meet user demands,” said Sachin Katti, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Network and Edge Group. “The advancements we’ve made in our 4th Gen Intel Xeon platforms to double vRAN performance1 while staying within the same power envelope, to nearly doubling the 5G core UPF throughput5, and to speed the deployment of a wide range of network, security and enterprise edge services, makes Intel the platform for our customers to modernize and monetize their networks of the future, today.”

Some other highlights from Barcelona

  • Intel demonstrated 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors now enable the industry’s first 1 Tbps of performance for the 5G UPF workload within a single dual-socket server, further validated by Samsung.
  • New Intel Infrastructure Power Manager for 5G Core reference software dynamically matches run-time server power consumption with data traffic without compromising key performance indicators such as throughput, latency and packet drop. The software, in tests with Casa Systems, NEC and Nokia, significantly reduces time-to-market for ISVs and operators by simplifying access to key capabilities in Intel’s 3rd and 4th Gen Xeon Scalable processors, including power telemetry, granular power control states and low-latency frequency change. Operators can use the reference software to reduce network TCO and accelerate progress toward net zero emissions goals, realizing millions of dollars in potential savings and a significant amount of CO2 emissions offset.
  • Intel is expanding its Agilex 7 FPGAs and eASIC N5X structure ASIC devices for cloud, communications and embedded applications. As cloud service providers (CSPs) begin transitioning from 200G to 400G networks in 2023, with CoSPs to follow suit in 2024, Intel Agilex 7 FPGA AGI 041 devices will enable next-generation 400G infrastructure acceleration solutions. AGI 041 devices deliver the right balance of capacity, power efficiency and performance for the 400G Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) and networking solutions.

AT&T and ServiceNow present a joint global telco solution

AT&T and ServiceNow unveiled a global telecom product to help communications service providers (CSPs) manage 5G and fiber network inventory. 

AT&T provided strategic design and technical guidance for the development of ServiceNow Telecom Network Inventory, which is built on the ServiceNow Platform and available for telcos globally today.

“Working with ServiceNow to develop Telecom Network Inventory was a great collaboration to create a tool that could help us address an industry-wide challenge,” said Jon Summers, senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer, AT&T. “As we approach our internal deployment, we also look forward to seeing how other operators around the globe might take advantage of it.”

“ServiceNow is committed to delivering products that are purpose-built for the telecom industry,” said Rohit Batra, vice president and head of telecommunications, media, and technology products at ServiceNow. “Together, ServiceNow and AT&T will work to redefine network inventory, and we will continue to innovate to address the challenges communications service providers face now and in the future. This is only the beginning.”

Terabit BiDi MSA posts specs for 800G and 1.6T interfaces

The Terabit BiDi Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) group releases version 1.0 of its optical specifications for 800 Gb/s and 1.6 Tb/s optical interfaces over 70 meters of OM4 multimode fiber (MMF). 

The MSA's specifications utilize the widely adopted dual wavelength bidirectional transmission technology. This provides an upgrade path to the large scale deployed parallel MMF cabling infrastructure. The specifications are built on the 100 Gb/s Ethernet MMF specifications.

The members of the Terabit BiDi MSA include Alibaba, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Cisco, Coherent, CommScope, Corning Incorporated, Dell Technologies, HGGenuine, Hisense Broadband, Lumentum, MACOM, Marvell, OFS, Panduit and Tencent.

"The transition to 100 Gb/s per lane signaling is rapidly underway, and the release of the Terabit BiDi specifications is just in time for the industry to adopt cost-effective and fast interfaces with VCSEL based solutions," said Tzu Hao Chow, MSA co-chair.

"Multimode bidirectional optical transceivers have been crucial for preserving the usefulness of already existing fiber cables in data centers as technology has progressed from 10 to 25 to 50 Gb/s per lane. The Terabit BiDi specification is a roadmap to continue this trend," said David Piehler, MSA co-chair.

Mavenir cites Open RAN deployment with Deutsche Telekom

 Mavenir confirmed its selection in an Open RAN deployment in Deutsche Telekom’s European footprint. Mavenir will be delivering its OpenBeam massive MIMO radios as well as 3rd party O-RAN based Radio Units (O-RU) for open Fronthaul. In addition, Mavenir will also act as end-to-end system integrator for that deployment.

Mavenir’s Open cloud-native RAN solution is based on fully containerized microservices allowing it to be deployed easily on any cloud infrastructure. Mavenir’s Open RAN compliant solution works on open interfaces, and it further disaggregates the RAN architecture into Distributed Unit (DU) and Centralized Unit (CU). These containerized network functions are running on Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) hardware and are designed to support multiple Fronthaul splits simultaneously – making the Open RAN solution an ideal choice for a vendor-agnostic and future-proof Radio network architecture strategy.

Abdu Mudesir, Chief Technology Officer at Deutsche Telekom, said: “Deutsche Telekom is actively driving network disaggregation based on multi-vendor Open RAN architecture to provide customer focused innovation in the RAN. We will continue our partnership with Mavenir to accelerate Open RAN development and create a path to deployment at scale.”

Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO at Mavenir, said: “Mavenir’s market leading cloud-native Open RAN product presents the way forward to introduce automation and intelligence to radio networks, in order to deliver on the use cases and manage complexity and data demands of future network elasticity, flexibility and best-in-class automation and quality. The Mavenir OpenBeam radio portfolio fully compliments Deutsche Telekom’s spectrum and RAN requirements, and we look forward to playing an active role in introducing radio network automation and driving openness in the RAN.”