Thursday, March 16, 2023

NTT doubles down with optical research lab in Silicon Valley

NTT Research is expanding its OneVision facility in Sunnyvale, California. 

Kazuhiro Gomi, CEO of NTT Research, discusses optical research underway at the lab and potential applications in the quantum realm.

Lumen launches 400G wavelength service in Europe

Lumen Technologies launched 400 Gbps (400G) wavelength services on key routes across Europe. The company reports significant demand for 400G wavelength services from enterprises, government agencies, hyperscalers and wholesale customers seeking high-bandwidth interconnections between their data centres and public cloud.

Lumen has deployed its intercity 400G wavelength network in Europe across 50 markets. In EMEA, the Lumen network spans approximately 42,000 (67,000 kilometres) route miles of fibre and seamlessly connects to more than 2,500 on-net buildings and 540 public and private third-party data centres. 

Currently, Lumen has enabled more than half of its intercity network footprint in Europe to support 400G wavelength services, as well as 70 data centres and two transatlantic routes on subsea cable systems Grace Hopper and Dunant.The intercity expansion will continue throughout 2023 and beyond, extending this network and pushing it deeper into the metro edge.

Globally, the Lumen network spans approximately 400,000 (643,000 kilometres) global route miles of fibre.

"We are continually innovating our network infrastructure solutions to support our customers' business growth," said Annette Murphy, President, Lumen EMEA and APAC. "In an era of digital acceleration, our next-generation wavelength network supports businesses' rapidly increasing high-bandwidth needs. This enhanced capacity helps customers scale quickly and securely, to enable a digital journey that can take them well into the future."

MEF to Host its First Annual Network-as-a-Service Event

MEF announced its first annual Global Network-as-a-Service Event (GNE) designed to showcase the latest developments and roadmaps for secure network-as-a-service (NaaS) offerings for enterprises and businesses. The event will attract senior executives and decision makers from retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers, data center providers, cloud service providers, enterprises, technology solution providers and the press and analyst community. GNE takes place October 2-4, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

STACK Infrastructure closes $250 million for data centers

STACK Infrastructure, a leading global developer and operator of data centers, announced the issuance of $250 million in securitized notes  priced at a fixed rate coupon of 5.900%. 

Cumulatively, STACK has raised a total of $2.1 billion in Notes, rated “A-” by Standard & Poor’s, via its master trust program.

STACK’s growth continues to outpace the industry with a portfolio of more than 1GW of built and under development capacity, 2+GW of future development capacity planned across the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA, and has more than 4 million square feet currently under development. STACK most recently announced the expansion of a Northern Virginia campus to 250MW, the groundbreaking for another 100MW campus in NoVA’s Prince William County, the expansion of the 200MW flagship Portland campus, a 72MW data center campus in Osaka, an 80MW hyperscale data center campus in Frankfurt, and the continued expansion of the Milan campus to over 50MW. STACK’s rapidly growing offerings and expanding global footprint make it one of the largest global private data center operators worldwide.

STACK breaks ground on 7th Northern Virginia data center campus 

STACK Infrastructure commenced construction on its latest hyperscale campus in the center of Prince William County in Northern Virginia. Delivery of the first building on the campus is targeted for Q1 2024. The project is STACK's seventh data center campuses in Northern Virginia.The new 40-acre site will add nearly 100MW of committed and scalable power from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). Construction will begin with a 36MW facility,...

STACK Infrastructure builds data center capacity in Australia

STACK Infrastructure announced a partnership with Hickory, a leading Australian commercial real estate developer, to develop data center capacity in three Australian markets: Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth. STACK Australia is currently constructing a 72MW campus in the high growth hyperscale corridor of Truganina in Melbourne’s western suburbs. The facility is expected to be delivered early in 2023 and will include two 36MW buildings (currently...

Dell'Oro: Global Data Center Capex up 15% in 2022

Global data center capex grew 15 percent to $241 billion in 2022, according to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group. However, Dell'Oro is forecasting that cloud and enterprise data center spending will decelerate to single-digit growth in 2023.

“The hyperscale cloud service providers have undergone a robust expansion cycle for three straight years while navigating through a supply constraint environment,” said Baron Fung, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Enterprises also increased their IT spending from digital transformation initiatives. However, the market is due for a pullback as the hyperscalers are at the end of their expansion cycle and seek to improve efficiencies, and the enterprises will scrutinize expenditures more carefully in an uncertain economic environment. Thus, shifting from a supply-constrained environment to one that is oversupplied as demand softens in certain sectors,” explained Fung.

Additional highlights from the 4Q 2022 Data Center IT Capex Quarterly Report:

  • The Top 10 Cloud SPs comprised 48 percent of global data center capex in 2022.
  • The leading server vendors by revenue in 2022 were Dell, followed by HPE and Inspur.
  • Upcoming server architectural changes and accelerated computing will contribute to long-term data center investments.

Ericsson and Mediatek test 4X carrier aggregation

Ericsson and MediaTek have successfully merged four channels – one FDD (frequency division duplex) and three TDD (time division duplex)– to deliver a downlink speed of 4.36 Gbps, the highest known speed based on this band combination. This four-component carrier (4CC) aggregation combination will increase the 5G deployment options for communications service providers by blending different frequency bands.

The downlink peak rate of nearly 4.4 Gbps was reached by combining 20MHz of AWS (Advanced Wireless Service) band, 80MHz of CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) band and 200MHz of C-band spectrum. The test was carried out using MediaTek M80 5G modem, Ericsson’s Baseband 6648, TDD Massive MIMO radios AIR3268, AIR3239, and TDD Radio 4426.

Sibel Tombaz, Head of Product Line 5G RAN at Ericsson Networks, says: “Carrier Aggregation is crucial to getting the best possible 5G performance out of scattered spectrum assets. At Ericsson, we are persistently exploring all possible frequency band combinations to boost capacity and coverage. We have also shown that Carrier Aggregation is a game changer when it comes to optimizing the combined bandwidth of allocated spectrum assets to deliver higher date rates for a greater number of users.”

Cisco and Telenor test as-a-service business models

Cisco and the Telenor agreed to explore an everything as-a-service (XaaS) flexible and scalable model to reach a broader partner ecosystem and customer base.

The companies seek to accelerate the flexibility, scalability, and availability of cybersecurity solutions as-a-service for both business and consumer customers. The companies will also work to design and demonstrate how multi-cloud as-a-service can help business customers use multiple clouds more effectively and efficiently through end-to-end orchestration, maximized observability and cybersecurity, cloud cost efficiency, and cloud resource optimization.

“We made this collaboration extension with Cisco almost a tradition,” said Sigve Brekke, President CEO, Telenor. “That is because we did great things together in the past, and we are continuously able to raise the bar of our collaboration. I am excited we are jointly transforming offerings to an as-a-service model that will enable the broadest base of our customers by using the most advanced, flexible, and simple-to-use cybersecurity and multi-cloud as-a-service.”

“As Cisco and Telenor continue our work together, we can truly power an inclusive future for all by leveraging our shared values and innovation to accomplish even more in the markets we jointly serve,” said Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO, Cisco.