Tuesday, May 16, 2023

EllaLink and EXA Infrastructure offer diverse transatlantic capacity

EllaLink and EXA Infrastructure announced a joint transatlantic service connecting South America with the heart of Europe’s main business centres

EllaLink operates a high-capacity fibre-optic submarine cable directly connecting Europe with South America. EXA Infrastructure owns 125,000 kilometres of fibre network across 34 countries. EXA’s network connects 300 cities and offers 13Tier 3-equivalent data centres, with sub-sea routes that include three transatlantic cables, one the lowest latency link between Europe and North America. EXA is wholly owned by I Squared Capital.

The 9,120 kilometres route, which will enable Internet traffic to bypass North America, will deliver a 50 per cent increase in network performance between data centres in Brazil, Portugal, and Spain. Once landed, EllaLink’s customers will also benefit from optical connectivity to and from Sines in Portugal, thanks to the direct interconnect with EXA’s extensive pan-European network.

Nick Collins, CCO at EXA Infrastructure, statesÑ “The partnership with EllaLink testifies to EXA’s ambition to become the leading data centre to data centre connectivity provider in Europe and beyond. We have committed €39 million of network investments to date in Portugal and Spain and this partnership enables us to interconnect with South America, closing the connectivity gap for companies in this fast-growing, bandwidth-demanding environment.”

EllaLink and EXA are also collaborating on the Olisipo project, a unique cable system connecting the main data centres and all the landing stations in Portugal. 

“We understand the importance of securing diversity as an alternative to the north transatlantic routes. Combining EllaLink’s low latency network with EXA Infrastructure’s extensive and advanced footprint enhances both our portfolios and the value proposition we can offer to the market. This is a strong partnership for EllaLink, that will significantly benefit our customers,” says Vincent Gatineau, CSMO at EllaLink. 


Vantage eyes massive, US$3 billion, 256MW data center in Cyberjaya

Vantage Data centers, which already operates an existing campus in Malaysias Cyberjaya, unveiled plans for a massive, hyperscale data center complex on an adjacent 35 acre plot of land. The vision is to build up 10 facilities across 256,000 square meters (2.75 million square feet). 

Cyberjaya is geographically positioned to deliver low-latency connectivity to major cities in the region, including Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta, the state-of-the-art mega campus could open its first facility in the fourth quarter of 2025. 

In addition, Vantage is expanding its KUL1 campus with a fourth 16MW facility that is currently under development. Combined, both campuses will deliver a total of 287MW of IT capacity to meet the demands of hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises. 

"Vantage has been expanding our footprint in Malaysia since we entered the dynamic Asia-Pacific market. Our positive experience in Cyberjaya has encouraged us to take further steps to advance the city's digital infrastructure by building our largest hyperscale campus in the region," said Giles Proctor, chief operating officer of Vantage's APAC business. 

Vantage has signed an agreement with Cyberview, the tech hub developer of Cyberjaya, to move towards implementation of this investment. The event took place at the Cyberview Hari Raya Open House and Cyberjaya 26th Anniversary Celebration, officiated by YB Fahmi Fadzil, Minister for Communications and Digital of Malaysia and Brian D. McFeeters, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia. 

"With Vantage Data Centers' investment in Malaysia, we are one step closer towards our goal of firmly establishing Malaysia as the digital hub of ASEAN. The Malaysia Digital (MD) national strategic initiative aims to transform the nation's digital capabilities, enhancing our value proposition to attract digital investments and boost the digital economy," said Mahadhir Aziz, chief executive officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). "We are committed to supporting Vantage's presence here and the growth of the nation's data center industry via various PEMANGKIN initiatives. Vantage's new data center campus not only strengthens Malaysia's digital infrastructure but also accelerates our ongoing digital transformation. This move signifies continued confidence in Malaysia's robust and enabling data center ecosystem, digitally skilled talent and world-class infrastructure." 

Vantage Data Centers currently has seven campuses across the region that are either operational or under development. 


Liberty Networks deploys Infinera’s ICE6 800G on Florida routes

Liberty Networks is using Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent solution to upgrade and expand the capacity of its Florida Transport Network (FTN). This network enhancement enables Liberty Networks to offer new and efficient high-speed 400 GbE client services to its end-user customers.

Infinera said its ICE6 technology will also provide Liberty Networks with C+L-band capabilities, enabling Liberty Networks to increase its initial design capacity, offering an extremely scalable and robust network.

A longtime Infinera customer, Liberty Networks owns and operates the largest state-of-the-art subsea multi-ring fiber optic network in Latin America and the Caribbean, with nearly 50,000 kilometers. Coupled with its 17,000 kilometers of terrestrial fiber, Liberty Networks connects approximately 40 countries. The upgrade with Infinera’s industry leading ICE6 technology enables Liberty Networks to provide consumers, businesses, and wholesale operators with faster speed, more capacity, and innovative products and services.

“Liberty Networks’ selection of ICE6 will lay the foundation for upgrading its entire Latin American and Caribbean networks to meet growing customer demand and expectations,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “Infinera is proud to be a longstanding partner and the go-to solution for Liberty Networks, giving them a competitive advantage in this rapidly evolving industry.”


ETSI develops Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface for 5G-6G

ETSI is developing Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for 5G Advanced and 6G.

RIS is a new wireless technology for the control of the radio signals between a transmitter and a receiver in a dynamic and goal-oriented way. RIS can serve as a new low-cost energy-efficient deployment solution for enhancing coverage performance in 5G-Adv and future 6G systems, by intently reflecting signals to and from the end users. 

RIS corresponds to a planar surface composed of a certain arrangement of unit-cells, whose properties can be dynamically controlled to change its response in the electromagnetic domain. RIS can be controlled dynamically and/or semi-statically through control signalling such to tune the incident wireless signals through reflection, refraction, focusing, collimation, modulation, absorption or any combination of these.

RIS can be implemented using mostly passive components without requiring high-cost active components such as power amplifiers, resulting in low implementation cost and energy consumption. This allows flexible deployment of RIS, with the possibility of RIS taking any shape and to be integrated onto objects (e.g. walls, buildings, lamp posts, etc.).


Keysight posts strong Q2 drive by defense, satellite, 6G

 Keysight Technologies posted Q2 revenue of $1.39 billion, up 3% compared with $1.35 billion last year, or 5 percent on a core basis, which excludes the impact of foreign currency changes and revenue associated with businesses acquired or divested within the last twelve months. Non-GAAP net income was $380 million, or $2.12 per share, compared with $334 million, or $1.83 per share in the second quarter of 2022.

“Keysight delivered a strong quarter with record second quarter revenue, record gross margin, record free cash flow, and above guidance earnings per share demonstrating the resilience of our increasingly diversified business,” said Satish Dhanasekaran, Keysight’s President and CEO. “While navigating near-term macro dynamics, we continue to capitalize on growth opportunities and customer investments across multiple markets.”

  • Communications Solutions Group (CSG) revenue ws $937 million in the second quarter, down 3 percent over last year, reflecting a 7 percent decline in commercial communications, while aerospace, defense, and government increased 7 percent driven by radar, spectrum operations, space and satellite, and research in 5G and 6G technologies.
  • Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) revenue was $453 million in the second quarter, up 17 percent over last year, driven by growth across general electronics, semiconductor solutions, and next-generation automotive and energy technologies.

Adtran expands Oscilloquartz PNT platform

Adtran launched a major upgrade of its Oscilloquartz aPNT+ technology suite for network infrastructure that relies on position, navigation and timing (PNT) services. 

Adtran’s timing technology now leverages more sources of accurate and reliable timing and features new capabilities to detect disturbances and assure vital PNT services. Enhancements include improved jamming and spoofing detection using a unique, highly advanced, dedicated algorithm to ensure maximum resilience against any intentional or unintentional interference.

Adtran’s OSA 5401 and 5405 access network synchronization solutions now feature the same advanced jamming and spoofing detection capabilities as its core and edge products. Additionally, the OSA 5405-MB, a compact and integrated outdoor multi-band GNSS receiver and PTP grandmaster, has been upgraded with improved multi-band capabilities. As well as satellite constellations, including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and GALILEO, it now supports the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). This is critical for mobile network operators in the subcontinent, as the Indian government has ruled that smartphones must be compatible with the country’s home-grown GNSS system. Furthermore, the solution now utilizes a combination of L1 and L5 band signals to better mitigate disruption caused by environmental factors.

“Enhanced NTP functionality is another feature that makes our upgraded aPNT+ platform even more powerful. Our standalone NTP servers can now support up to 500,000 transactions per second, providing unique NTP performance. This level of transaction handling is a significant advantage against DDoS attacks,” commented Gil Biran, GM of Oscilloquartz, Adtran. 


Infineon acquires Tiny Machine Learning for embedded AI

Infineon has acquired Imagimob AB, a start-up based in Stockholm specializing in machine learning for edge devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Imagimob provides an end-to-end machine learning toolchain that is highly flexible and easy to use with a strong focus on delivering production-grade ML-models.  Imagimob’s platform enables a wide range of use cases, such as audio event detection, voice control, predictive maintenance, gesture recognition, signal classification as well as material detection, and will extend Infineon’s hardware/software ecosystem even further. 

“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning respectively are about to largely enter every embedded application and thus enable new functionalities. With Imagimob’s outstanding platform and its expertise in developing robust machine learning solutions for edge devices, we further strengthen our ability to enable new levels of control and energy efficiency on our products while preserving privacy,” said Thomas Rosteck, President of Infineon's Connected Secure Systems division. “We enable our customers to leverage the advantages from AI/ML and bring their products to market quickly by building on our advanced sensors and IoT solutions portfolio”.