Thursday, May 4, 2023

ESnet activates 100 Gbps links to CENIC and Pacific Wave

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has activated 100 Gbps connections in Los Angeles to the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives (CENIC) as well as to the Pacific Wave international distributed peering facility for research and education (R&E) networks.

CENIC says these two 100 Gbps peering connections now function alongside ESnet’s existing 100 Gbps connections to Pacific Wave in Sunnyvale, CA and Seattle, WA. 

“The new peering with CENIC and Pacific Wave enables science researchers to have improved performance to Department of Energy user facilities, datasets, and collaborators. Together with CENIC, we are excited to provide this high-speed access to benefit California’s research and education community as well as science collaborators in Asia and on the west coast who are connected by Pacific Wave,” said Inder Monga, Executive Director of ESnet.

The new peering links will also benefit the Global Network Advancement Group (GNA-G)—a community of network professionals from national R&E networking (NREN) organizations all over the world.

Harvey Newman, Professor of Physics at Caltech and Chair of this working group, said, “The new peerings and 100 Gbps connections between CENIC and ESnet in Los Angeles represent another major step forward in the multifaceted collaboration with Caltech, UCSD, the National Research Platform, Internet2, and many US and international partners in the GNA-G, who are working to meet the needs of the Large Hadron Collider and other data-intensive science programs.”

Adtran launches 10G symmetric XGS-PON ONTs

Adtran introduced a new generation of 10G symmetric XGS-PON optical network terminals (ONTs) for residential and business customers.

The new SDX 630 Series ONTs support speeds up to 10 Gbps and feature zero-touch service provisioning capabilities. The ONTs can be coupled with Adtran service delivery gateways (SDGs) to meet the demand of current and future Wi-Fi standards and enable seamless integration with Adtran’s intelligent Mosaic One management system for enhanced control and monitoring.

The ONTs offer advanced operational monitoring features, such as Y.1731, continuity check and ONT-generated multigigabit speed tests. With 10GbE and 2.5GbE LAN interfaces, integrated voice ports, as well as outdoor ONT variants, service providers can offer any flavor of multigigabit service. 

Adtran is also introducing an XGS-PON SFP+ ONT in a small form factor pluggable package.

T-Mobile hits 5G uplink speeds of 200 Mbps

T-Mobile U.S., in collaboration with Nokia and Qualcomm, achieved uplink speeds topping 200 Mbps using uplink carrier aggregationover its live commercial 5G standalone network.

Working with Nokia and a test smartphone powered by Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System from Qualcomm Technologies hit a top UL speed of 207 Mbps in the test – the fastest ever recorded using sub-6 GHz spectrum. In this test, T-Mobile merged two 5G channels of mid-band spectrum – 2.5 GHz Ultra Capacity 5G and 1900 MHz. 

“T-Mobile has led the industry with 5G standalone since 2020, and we're continuing to drive breakthroughs that advance 5G technology around the globe,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, President of Technology at T-Mobile. “We’re building the most advanced 5G network in the world, opening the door for massive innovation and laying the foundation for new capabilities that will transform the world around us.”

What's next for private wireless?

Will it become as easy to add a cellular node to an enterprise network as it is to plug an access point into an Ethernet port? 

In this video, Stuart Strickland, Wireless CTO and Fellow, HPE Aruba Networking, discusses what's next for private networks and the vision for seamless connectivity between 5G, 6G, WiFi 6, 7, and 8.

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Raytheon develops tactical free-space optical comms

Raytheon Technologies introduced a tactical Free-Space Optical Communications system for high-speed, secure data transfer in challenging environments. The company said its laser-driven system provides greater bandwidths in a form factor that is smaller, weighs less, uses less power and costs less than conventional optical systems. The system is optimized for peer and near-peer operational environments and has been tested and approved during U.S. government exercises.

NexGen Optix was developed by Raytheon Blackbird Technologies. 

"NexGen Optix represents a significant advancement in secure communication and shared networking technology," said Troy Smith, director of Raytheon Blackbird Technologies. "We've developed a solution that enables organizations to communicate effectively in challenging environments where traditional communication systems may not be reliable."

NSF establishes 7 AI research insititutes

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will spend $140 million to establish seven new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes (AI Institutes) with the goal of promoting ethical and trustworthy AI systems and technologies, developing novel approaches to cybersecurity, contributing to innovative solutions to climate change, expanding our understanding of the brain, and leveraging AI capabilities to enhance education and public health. 

“The National AI Research Institutes are a critical component of our Nation’s AI innovation, infrastructure, technology, education, and partnerships ecosystem,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “These institutes are driving discoveries that will ensure our country is at the forefront of the global AI revolution.”

The new AI Institutes:

NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS)

Led by the University of Maryland, TRAILS aims to transform the practice of AI from one driven primarily by technological innovation to one driven with attention to ethics, human rights, and support for communities whose voices have been marginalized into mainstream AI. 

AI Institute for Agent-based Cyber Threat Intelligence and Operation (ACTION)

Led by the University of California, Santa Barbara, this Institute will develop novel approaches that leverage AI to anticipate and take corrective actions against cyberthreats that target the security and privacy of computer networks and their users. The team of researchers will work with experts in security operations to develop a revolutionary approach to cybersecurity, in which AI-enabled intelligent security agents cooperate with humans across the cyber-defense life cycle to jointly improve the resilience of security of computer systems over time. ACTION is funded by a partnership between NSF, DHS S&T, and IBM.

AI Institute for Climate-Land Interactions, Mitigation, Adaptation, Tradeoffs and Economy (AI-CLIMATE)

Led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, this Institute aims to advance foundational AI by incorporating knowledge from agriculture and forestry sciences and leveraging these unique, new AI methods to curb climate effects while lifting rural economies. 

AI Institute for Artificial and Natural Intelligence (ARNI)

Led by Columbia University, this Institute will draw together top researchers across the country to focus on a national priority: connecting the major progress made in AI systems to the revolution in our understanding of the brain. ARNI will meet the urgent need for new paradigms of interdisciplinary research between neuroscience, cognitive science, and AI. 

AI-Institute for Societal Decision Making (AI-SDM)

Led by Carnegie Mellon University, this Institute seeks to create human-centric AI for decision making to bolster effective response in uncertain, dynamic, and resource-constrained scenarios like disaster management and public health. 

AI Institute for Inclusive Intelligent Technologies for Education (INVITE)

Led by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, this Institute seeks to fundamentally reframe how educational technologies interact with learners by developing AI tools and approaches to support three crucial noncognitive skills known to underlie effective learning: persistence, academic resilience, and collaboration. 

AI Institute for Exceptional Education (AI4ExceptionalEd)

Led by the University at Buffalo, this Institute will work toward universal speech and language screening for children. The framework, the AI screener, will analyze video and audio streams of children during classroom interactions and assess the need for evidence-based interventions tailored to individual needs of students.

Cyxtera enters restructuring and considers strategic options

Cyxtera, which offers data center colocation and interconnection services, received $50 million in new financing from certain of its lenders holding over two-thirds of its outstanding term loan.

The company has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with the lenders as it continues to operate its global platform of highly interconnected data centers. The company is undertaking a process to pursue a potential sale of the business or a significant investment from a new investor. If this process does not result in an acceptable transaction with a third party, as defined by the RSA, the Company would implement a comprehensive financial restructuring and transition majority ownership of the business to the Lenders through an expedited, voluntary court-supervised process under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Cyxtera today also shared key financial highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, as follows:

  • Total revenue increased by $14.3 million, or 7.8% year over year, to $196.7 million in the first quarter.
  • Recurring revenue increased by $14.7 million, or 8.5% year over year, to $188.4 million in the first quarter.
  • Core revenue increased by $18.1 million, or 10.9% year over year, to $184.0 million in the first quarter.
  • Net Loss of $325.4 million in the quarter, including a non-cash Goodwill impairment charge of $278.2 million; Transaction Adjusted EBITDA1 increased by $4.7 million, or 8.0%, to $63.3 million in the first quarter.

“We have strong momentum in our business, and demand for our global data center platform remains high,” said Nelson Fonseca, Cyxtera’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the support of our Lenders, we are taking steps to strengthen our financial position and ensure that our business is best positioned for the long term. We are confident in our ability to continue growing our business and creating value for the customers and communities we serve as we work to implement the transactions contemplated by the agreement.”

Edgecore to offer Wedge Networks’ cloud-managed security

Edgecore Networks will offer Wedge Networks’ Wedge Cloud Network Defense cloud-managed security service as an add-on for the Edgecore’s Wi-Fi 6 series access points and ecCLOUD cloud controller. 

WedgeCND is a cloud-managed security service designed to protect cloud-managed computing devices. With the activation of WedgeCND’s security add-on on the ecCLOUD, all hosts and endpoints accessing the Internet through Edgecore Wi-Fi 6 access points registered to ecCLOUD will be automatically protected against all types of threats, including malware, ransomware, phishing, and malicious websites.

"We are thrilled to partner with Wedge Networks and offer WedgeCND to our ecCLOUD add-on family,” said TengTai Hsu, VP of Edgecore Networks. “With the growing use of intelligent endpoints, customers require a simple, fast, and effective network security solution. This integration provides a seamless and comprehensive security solution for Edgecore's customers, making network security protection simple and affordable for everyone.”

“ecCLOUD is one of the largest managed Wi-Fi network platforms in the world. The activation of WedgeCND represents an important milestone in Wedge’s collaboration with Edgecore, providing large scale, cost effective cyber security solutions for ecCLOUD customers,” said Dr. Hongwen Zhang, CEO & CTO (Co-founder) of Wedge. Furthermore, “As a leader in the global open networking ecosystem, Edgecore plays a crucial role in facilitating current and future digital transformation use cases. We are honored to work alongside Edgecore to safeguard the security and integrity of these critical applications.”

Roary Stasko appointed CEO of Telstra’s International business

Roary Stasko has been appointed as the new CEO of Telstra’s International business, starting 1 July, replacing Oliver Camplin-Warner, who will be moving to head up the Telstra Purple business in the new financial year. 

Stasko currently serves as Telstra’s Finance and Strategy Executive Director. Stasko will continue to hold his position on the Digicel Pacific Board, and will be based out of San Francisco.

“Roary is a proven leader within Telstra, having spent more than five years at the business in a variety of different roles including Head of Corporate Strategy as well as Head of Finance for Telstra’s Consumer and Small Business function,” states Telstra Enterprise Group Executive David Burns.