Sunday, March 26, 2023

NTT and KDDI envision the All-Photonics Network

NTT and KDDI agreed to collaborate on high-capacity optical network research and standardization in the spirit of open innovation.

NTT and KDDI will promote standardization activities to achieve an all-photonics network, its expansion, and the interoperability among carriers for interconnection based on their experience in the research, development and the actual implementation of optical networks all over the world.

The vision is an All-Photonics Network featuring low power consumption and low latency by transparently transmitting optical wavelength signals without electrical processing. Compared to traditional optical networks, the number of optical wavelength signals should be carefully assigned to multiple services following the design rule of an All-Photonics Network, and their transmission characteristics should be well maintained with a certain quality level by minimizing degradation due to optical fibers' nonlinearity and optical amplifiers noise.

In the era of Beyond 5G/6G, there will also be other mechanisms in mobile network infrastructure that effectively accommodate a greater number of base stations and provide customers with a new service experience. While standardizing technologies to apply an All-Photonics Network to mobile networks, NTT and KDDI will contribute to enhancing mobile network and their services, connecting edge and cloud data centers or inter-core networks with an All-Photonics Network.

NTT and KDDI will utilize the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) Global Forum1 as one of the places to promote open innovation and utilize the outcome for the global standardization of all-photonics networks at ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union-Telecommunication Standardization Sector) and other standardization organizations.

T-Systems to provide access to IBM Quantum Network

Deutsche Telekom's IT subsidiary will provide its customers with cloud access to IBM’s quantum systems, including multiple quantum computers powered by the 127-qubit IBM Eagle processor. 

T-Systems quantum services will offer customizable packages ranging from one-day introductory sessions, through to business case proofs-of-concept over several months. The use of IBM Quantum computational resources over the cloud — including Qiskit Runtime, which allows for the optimization and efficient execution of workloads on quantum systems at scale — together with T-Systems’ services, will lower the barrier to quantum computing. This will allow T-Systems to develop and test customers’ use-cases and prepare them for a future with quantum computing. T-Systems aims to host its own quantum infrastructure in the future, assisted by IBM.

“Quantum computing will be central to tomorrow’s IT landscape. We are combining quantum and classical computing in a seamless and scalable customer experience.” states Adel Al-Saleh, Deutsche Telekom board member and Chief Executive of T-Systems. “Taking these first decisive steps will lower the access barrier to quantum computing.” IBM has an established track record in quantum computing leadership. The company offers the world’s largest fleet of quantum computers, accessible over the cloud. Al-Saleh continues: “In IBM, we have a trusted partner to deliver this future technology. It is a perfect match for our industry focus and expertise.”

OneWeb’s constellation reaches full 618 satellites in orbit

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) successfully launched 36 of OneWeb's low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC-SHAR) in Sriharikota, India. 

OneWeb’s satellites separated successfully from the rocket and were dispensed in nine phases over a period of 1 hour and 14 minutes, with signal acquisition on all 36 satellites confirmed.

This is OneWeb’s 18th launch, its third this year, bringing the total of OneWeb’s constellation to 618 satellites. 

The OneWeb constellation design calls for 588 satellites for global coverage and additional satellites are planned for resiliency and redundancy. 

OneWeb said it plans to launch global coverage services soon, with full global coverage by the end of the year.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Executive Chairman of OneWeb, said: “In my work I have seen the power of connectivity to bring benefits to all, wherever they are. Yet half the world’s population does not have access to fast, reliable connectivity. Today’s launch represents a major step towards closing the digital divide. OneWeb’s global constellation will play a pivotal role in realising this dream.

“I am particularly proud that OneWeb has crossed the threshold to be able to provide its global coverage in India, a country whose ambitions in enhancing Space-based connectivity are being driven by New Space India and ISRO. Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India’s target to significantly expand access to high-speed internet connectivity is vital, and OneWeb is grateful for all the support and is delighted to be playing its part. Overall, this is an incredibly exciting time for the satellite connectivity industry, and I am delighted that the UK and India are at the forefront of developments."

Shri. Somanath S, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO, commented: “This launch is very important milestone for ISRO as we demonstrated the successful launch of second consecutive commercial payload of OneWeb.  This valued customer trusted our capability and we have proved it in a very short span of time. This launch has created a new record in the Indian space history. With this launch of LVM3, through the New Space India Ltd, ISRO is confident of handling many more such launches on demand for both LEO and GEO mission in the future. I wish OneWeb a great success in globalizing the completed constellation.

Dell'Oro intros Data Center IT Semiconductors report

Dell’Oro Group introduced a new Data Center IT Semiconductors and Components advanced research report providing an in-depth analysis of the supply and demand of semiconductors and components relative to system deployments, as well as the consumption of data center semiconductors and components for each of the Top 8 Cloud service providers and the rest of the market. The report will address key topics, including:

  • What is the demand outlook for semiconductors and components for cloud hyperscalers and other data center customers?
  • Are semiconductors and components inventories rising or falling with system deployments by data center customers?
  • What is the product mix of semiconductors and components for servers, and how that is changing over time with new data center architectures?
  • How is the server CPU vendor landscape shifting among the major Cloud SPs (SPs) and the overall market?

“While data center equipment such as servers have become commoditized in recent years, the server CPU landscape is becoming more diverse with compelling solutions based on x86 and ARM architectures,” said Baron Fung, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Furthermore, data center infrastructure is becoming specialized, with accelerators such as GPUs and Smart NICs targeted at specific workloads to optimize efficiency. While memory and storage components are commoditized, it is crucial for vendors to ensure supplies are aligned to demand. In this advanced research, we will assess the vendor landscape for the key server semiconductor and components, and how the near-term and long-term demand unfolds,” said Fung.

The first report will be released in April 2023.