Monday, October 23, 2023

#OCPSummit23: 800ZR/ZR+ OSFP for Regional Data Center Interconnects

 A new class of 800 Gbps ZR/ZR+ coherent pluggable optical modules are about to arrive on the scene for connecting data centers across metro and regional distances. Radha Nagarajan, SVP and CTO, Optical and Cloud from Marvell, gives us the run down:

  • These new pluggable modules are designed to convert a switch or a router into a transport platform, capable of connecting data centers with a single hop up to 120 km or multiple hops up to several hundred kilometers.
  • The significance of increasing data rates inside data centers, enabling a single fiber capacity of 25.6 terabits between data centers, allowing for larger aggregation of data to pass between data centers.
  • The success of 800G depends on multiple factors including Marvell's new Orion DSP, which was released in the middle of this year, high-speed TIAs, drivers, and silicon photonics

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#OCPSummit23: Future Tech Symposium - AI, Quantum, Sustainability

 Wondering how to get involved in the future of technology and showcase your innovative ideas to a global audience? Lesya Dymyd, OCP Future Tech Symposium Chair from Open Compute Project, explains:

  • The Future Technology Symposium is a global forum that invites industry professionals, researchers, and startups to submit papers, attend, and present their work to a global audience. The symposium covers five technological tracks including data center sustainability, Network AI HPC, Quantum, and server power.
  • The submission process involves submitting a two-page paper in the IE format. Selected authors get the opportunity to present at the global or regional summit. The symposium also includes poster sessions and tech demos, providing a platform to visually represent and demonstrate your R&D projects.
  • The Future Technology Symposium is an excellent opportunity for individuals from various backgrounds - professors, research assistants, students, and startup entrepreneurs - to find the right audience and get feedback on their research. The next Future Technology Symposium will take place on April 24 and 25th in Lisbon, Portugal.

Join us in shaping the future of technology and submit your papers for the upcoming symposium. Stay tuned for the call for papers!

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SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom develop LLM for telcos

SK Telecom (SKT) and Deutsche Telekom will jointly develop an industry-specific language model (LLM) to serve as a digital assistant in customer service.

SKT and Deutsche Telekom plan to collaborate with AI companies such as Anthropic (Claude 2) and Meta (LLaMa2) to co-develop a multilingual – i.e, German, English, Korean, etc. - large language model (LLM) tailored to the needs of telcos. They plan to unveil the first version of the telco-specific LLM in the first quarter of 2024.  The aim is to support telecommunications companies, e.g. in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in setting up their own digital assistants based on generative AI. 

“AI shows impressive potential to significantly enhance human problem-solving capabilities. To maximize its use especially in customer service, we need to adapt existing large language models and train them with our unique data. This will elevate our generative AI tools," says Claudia Nemat, Member of the Board of Management for Technology and Innovation at Deutsche Telekom.

“Through our partnership with Deutsche Telekom, we have secured a strong opportunity and momentum to gain global AI leadership and drive new growth,” said Ryu Young-sang, CEO of SKT. “By combining the strengths and capabilities of the two companies in AI technology, platform and infrastructure, we expect to empower enterprises in many different industries to deliver new and higher value to their customers.” 

This marks the start of the "Global Telco AI Alliance" of Deutsche Telekom, e&, Singtel and SK Telecom, which was announced in the summer. 

Deutsche Telekom's "Ask Magenta Voice" is now available on the mobile phone hotline. Customers are no longer asked to present their concerns in several levels in keywords, but can speak it freely in natural language, as was already the case in the chat.

Global Telco AI Alliance gets underway

A new Global Telco AI Alliance backed by SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, e& and Singtel aims to transform the existing telco business and create new business opportunities with AI services.Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in Seoul, the four carriers agreed to jointly develop a Telco AI Platform to serve as the core foundation for new AI services, including those designed to improve the existing telco services, digital assistants,...

Telefónica Tech opens Virtual Data Center in Barcelona

Telefónica Tech is expanding its global Virtual Data Center (VDC) service with the launch of a new node in Catalonia in the Terrassa (Barcelona) data center. Telefónica Tech will now be able to offer companies and local administrations a cloud service, managed or self-managed, integrated with communications, security, hosting and housing solutions in the same data center.

The ‘Virtual Data Center’ service, based on technology from multiple leading manufacturers such as VMware or Zeto and its own innovations, allows companies to host applications in a secure environment and create hybrid environments from private clouds hosted in the customer’s own facilities or from Nabiax data centers, from which Telefónica provides its services.

The deployment of this new node will facilitate the digital transformation of catalan companies by offering them a flexible, elastic and customisable virtual platform to migrate their systems to the cloud. With the ‘Virtual Data Center’ service deployed in Catalonia, Telefónica Tech brings the cloud to Catalan customers who need geographic proximity and minimum computation and processing latencies. In addition, the service allows companies to avoid making investments in equipment and pay only for usage, allocating resources according to business needs.

Telefónica Tech’s Virtual Data Center service also has high security standards and contributes to guaranteeing data sovereignty. To this end, it has a data center designed to offer maximum levels of availability and various value-added services, such as GPUs, backup, disaster recovery, Kubernetes, multi-factor authentication and encryption of virtual machines. In addition, the Virtual Data Center service has all the operational procedures and controls aligned with ISO 27000, SOC 1/2 and the European Security Level Scheme (ENS) certifications.

NBN Co cuts wholesale prices despite inflation

NBN Co’s new wholesale prices, which come into effect on 1 December 2023, will see significant reductions in the prices of entry level and higher speed tiers.

  • The 12/1 Mbps Basic Bundle, which has been discounted by $10 to be available for a wholesale price of $12. 
  • The 25/5 Mbps product has been discounted by $9 and will be available for a wholesale price of $26.
  • The 50/20 Mbps product, will see a $5 wholesale price increase to $50, however, it includes a 40 per cent increase in included data. 

NBN Co will remove CVC (capacity) charges from  higher speed tier products from 1 December 2023 and reduce our wholesale prices. The 100/20 Mbps product will see a $3 price reduction to $55; the 250/25 Mbps will be reduced by $8 to $60, and the 1000/50 Mbps will be reduced by $10 to $70.

Batelco to provide 400G International Capacity Service

Bahrain-based Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, announced the launch of a new 400G wavelength service.

Batelco collaborated with Ciena to elevate its solutions capabilities and provide higher capacities to its customers which include wholesale providers, hyperscalers, enterprises, data center operators, and content providers. 

Commenting on the launch, Batelco Chief Global Business Officer, Hani Askar said, “We were pleased to attend Capacity Europe, and announce our latest service Bwave, which runs over the BGN, Batelco’s Gulf Network. We are continuously enhancing our existing capabilities whilst also investing in new infrastructure. By expanding our capabilities on the BGN and leveraging our strong partnership with Ciena, we are now the first provider in Bahrain to provide 400G capacity with “Bwave” service.” 

“Batelco is committed to staying at the forefront of technological advancements and meeting the evolving needs of its customers. This move reflects the company’s strategic plans to enhance its connectivity capabilities and offer the best-in-class customer experience, to empower individuals and businesses and help them thrive in an increasingly connected world,” he added. 

“The announcement builds on recent investments in the regional Sea-Me-We-6 and Al Khaleej subsea cables and the advanced Beyon Data Oasis data center, which help drive the acceleration of Bahrain’s digital transformation and the growth of the country’s digital economy,”   he concluded.

MaxLinear targets sub-5-watt home routers and gateways

MaxLinear has achieved substantial improvements for idle and active power modes using its Wi-Fi 7 XGS-PON reference platform, setting the stage for more environmentally sustainable home networking using sub-5-watt home routers and gateways using its Wi-Fi 7, tri-band 4+4+4, XGS-PON silicon. 

At its demonstration at this week's Network X event in Paris, MaxLinear will show how its Wi-Fi 7 platform consumes no more than 5.7 watts of power while idling and less than 7.4 to 9 watts in typical usage scenarios, such as video streaming over an XGS-PON fiber link to a Wi-Fi client. At these levels, power consumption is reduced by half of comparable products on the market. The reference platform used in this demonstration features the AnyWAN URX851 – MaxLinear’s universal, ultra-scalable broadband SoC - and the MXL31712 Wi-Fi 7 radio, which integrates the tri-band 4+4+4 MAC plus RF in a single chip.

“Power efficiency need not translate to lower SoC performance,” said Will Torgerson, VP/GM Broadband Group at MaxLinear. “Being able to offer high-performance technology with advanced power management is one of the most critical design factors for the new generation of home gateways. With the demonstrated power management on the MaxLinear Wi-Fi 7 reference platforms, we are paving the way for commercial sub-5 watt tri-band Wi-Fi 7 home gateways – taking energy efficiency to a new level to help our customers become carbon neutral.”

Gemtek supplies Wi-Fi 6 PON gateways based on MaxLinear

Gemtek introduced two new mid-market Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 PON Home Gateway Units (HGUs) – TB-362 and TB-380 - powered by MaxLinear's  G-PON and XGS-PON PRX chipsets.

Gemtek is also using MaxLinear’s advanced Wi-Fi solutions, which includes the world’s first single-chip, tri-band Wi-Fi 7 SoC. 

MaxLinear's Wi-Fi 7 SoCs offer a single chip solution that helps to reduce board complexity, size, and BOM cost. Further, the single chip affords a seamless, coordinated view of multiple bands for an optimal Multi-Link Operations experience.