Monday, July 17, 2023

Enterprise Networking Alphabet Soup: Navigating Multi-Cloud with Alkira

Struggling to navigate the complexities of multi-cloud networking

In this video, Amir Khan (CEO), Atif Khan (CTO) from Alkira explain:

- How their unique cloud-centric approach simplifies multi-cloud networking
- The importance of agility, on-demand elasticity, and end-to-end solutions
- How Alkira's solution integrates with existing services and spans all environments

Discover how Alkira is reinventing networking for the cloud era and transforming the way businesses approach multi-cloud networking.

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Semiconductor Industry Association calls for U.S. and China to ease tensions

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released the following statement regarding potential additional government restrictions on semiconductors.

“Recognizing that strong economic and national security require a strong U.S. semiconductor industry, leaders in Washington took bold and historic action last year to enact the CHIPS and Science Act to strengthen our industry’s global competitiveness and de-risk supply chains. Allowing the industry to have continued access to the China market, the world’s largest commercial market for commodity semiconductors, is important to avoid undermining the positive impact of this effort. Repeated steps, however, to impose overly broad, ambiguous, and at times unilateral restrictions risk diminishing the U.S. semiconductor industry’s competitiveness, disrupting supply chains, causing significant market uncertainty, and prompting continued escalatory retaliation by China.

“We call on both governments to ease tensions and seek solutions through dialogue, not further escalation. And we urge the administration to refrain from further restrictions until it engages more extensively with industry and experts to assess the impact of current and potential restrictions to determine whether they are narrow and clearly defined, consistently applied, and fully coordinated with allies.”

Heraeus Comvance acquires OFS line in Denmark for subsea fiber

Heraeus Comvance has acquired part of the OFS Fitel Denmark ApS plant in Brøndby (near Copenhagen), Denmark. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Heraeus said it plans to manufacture standard optical telecommunication fibers based on a European value chain and will provide these fibers to the EMEA market. 

OFS will continue providing its customers outside of EMEA as well as its cable factories a full range of fiber types from world-class draw towers in the US.  OFS will also continue to produce and market specialty fiber in Brøndby, Denmark for the global market, and Furukawa Electric, OFS' parent company, will continue serving the global market with a full portfolio of telecommunication fibers from state-of-the-art draw towers in Japan.

"The OFS focus at its Denmark site remains the production of world-class, unsurpassed attenuation sub-sea fibers and other specialty communications fibers," explains Holly Hulse, President and CEO of OFS.  "The divesture of telecommunications equipment and manufacturing space will not adversely impact OFS' production and supply of specialty fibers and is in line with the company's strategy for long-term growth and profitability."

"Heraeus Comvance is one of the largest manufacturers of synthetic quartz glass which will remain our main business focus globally. To cater specifically to the EMEA market, we have now taken the next step along the value chain with the production of bend insensitive and standard optical fibers at our facility in Denmark. They will be made in the European Union from glass to fiber. With this engagement we will better serve our global glass customers," explains Dr. Jan Vydra, President of Heraeus Comvance. 

PacketLight enhances its PL-4000M Muxponder/ADM

PacketLight Networks has upgraded its PL-4000M muxponder to support the transport of 600 Gbps in the current 1U device. 

This enables providers to increase network backbone capacity cost-effectively and speed the introduction of new services.
The PL-4000M aggregates a mix of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and OTN services into uplinks of 200/300/400 Gbps capacity. In addition, the device now also supports 25 GbE service type, leveraging existing 10 GbE fiber optic cables.
It delivers cost-effective, high-capacity transport of 10/25/100 GbE, 16G FC, and OTU2/2e/4 services over 200/300/400 Gbps wavelengths with enhanced spectral efficiency. The device expedites the implementation of new services and increases the capacity of existing DCI, metro, short-haul, and long-haul network backbones. It achieves this by utilizing alien wavelengths without requiring the replacement of existing infrastructure.
The PL-4000M supports 25 GbE client service over existing 10 GbE cables, using fewer optical modules to deliver double the density, and saving and simplifying network upgrades. The integrated 1U footprint saves rack space, and low power consumption per transmitted bit, all of which reduce the overall cost of the transport solution. It offers high levels of security with embedded Layer-1 GCM-AES-256 optical encryption using elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman key exchange, FIPS-140-3 level 2 compliant.
"This latest upgrade to the PL-4000M represents a leap forward in performance and functionality, and that benefits both current and future deployments, and 5G front-haul applications,” said Koby Reshef, CEO of PacketLight. “With this upgrade, we continue our commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology that exceeds our customers' expectations and sets new standards in the industry."

Brazil’s Solução Network lights up DWDM in three states with Padtec

Solução Network, a Brazilian telecommunications service provider, is expanding the coverage and transmission capacity of its DWDM networks in Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo using Padtec’s 800 Gbps transponders.

In total, there will be more than 3,000 kilometers of lit networks on three new routes. Two of them connect the municipality of Maringá, in Paraná, to the city of São Paulo, passing through the capital Curitiba and key cities in the interior of São Paulo. The third route also departs from Maringá and extends to Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul, passing through the cities of Bauru (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS).

Nokia and Brazil’s SC CapRock to implement LTE private with Starlink

SC CapRock, a Brazilian subsidiary of Speedcast, signed an agreement with Starlink to sell Starlink's corporate internet services.

SC CapRock has an existing agreement with Nokia to deploy Nokia's 4.9G/LTE and 5G private wireless network solutions.

The company said its new agreement with Starlink will enable an expansion of private wireless network coverage to remote areas using Starlink's satellite network as a backhaul link.

SC CapRock and Nokia have already deployed an LTE private network for a customer in Brazil using Nokia's solution. The Starlink integration will make it easier to extend coverage to remote sites without needing to deploy new infrastructure.

By integrating Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) with Starlink, the solution:

  • Offers up to 100ms latency possible between the 4G/LTE radio base stations and the private wireless core, significantly expanding coverage and creating 4G coverage bubbles in remote areas.
  • Provides high-speed, low-latency connectivity to enterprise customers with high levels of performance and operational efficiency.
  • Reduces complexity for small remote sites by eliminating the need for new private wireless cores, towers, and energy systems.

“There is growing demand from the agribusiness, energy and mining sectors for private wireless networks, and the recent global agreement with Starlink will help us provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity to these customers, with high levels of performance and operational efficiency,” said André Gustavo Sant’Anna, country manager for SC CapRock in Brazil.

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America at Nokia, said: “We’re happy to partner with SC CapRock in this initiative, providing Nokia’s leading-edge private wireless solutions to accelerate digital transformation throughout enterprises in Brazil, enhancing productivity, safety, and efficiency with secure and reliable connectivity.”

  • Nokia has deployed over 2,600 mission-critical networks globally.

Philippines’ InfiniVAN picks Ribbon for backbone

InfiniVAN, a leading provider of business Internet in the Philippines, selected Ribbon Communications to modernize its nationwide network backbone. using solutions from Ribbon.

The deployment will use Ribbon's NPT IP Routing and Apollo Optical Transport solutions, part of the company's comprehensive IP Wave portfolio. 

"Businesses turn to us for high availability, fully redundant, high-capacity connectivity that is on par with the highest global standards," said Mr. Koji Miyashita, Chairman, InfiniVAN. "Working with Ribbon enabled us to achieve the dual goal of upgrading our network to the newest standards of security, availability and capacity while also gaining a lower Total Cost of Ownership."

"InfiniVAN is a key leader in advancing the communications infrastructure throughout the Philippines. This high performance nationwide backbone will significantly improve connectivity and digitization in the region, and enable InfiniVAN to offer its customers access to the latest connectivity services," said Mickey Wilf, Managing Director APAC and Africa, Ribbon. 

RAD appoints Avi Levin as CFO

RAD announce the appointment of Avi Levin as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing Nitza Lifshitz, who has retired after serving as RAD’s CFO for 15 years. Levin took office during the first quarter of this year.


Levin started his career at PwC and then held corporate finance positions in New York at Broadridge (NYSE: BR), at International Seaways (NYSE: INSW), and at Credit Suisse as associate investment banker. Later, Levin served as CFO for both public and private companies.