Thursday, November 9, 2023

Nokia powers SCinet with 1.6 Tbps optical backbone

Nokia will deploy its IP and optical networking gear to support SCinet, the multi-vendor network created to support the SC 2023 conference, which is slated for next week in Denver.

As part of the network, Nokia will deploy its:

  • Nokia 1830 PSI-M compact modular optical transport platform, which will deliver 1.6Tb/s of capacity to support distribution of live customer traffic on the SC23 show floor.  
  • Nokia 7750 SR-1x FP5-based routers, which will provide layer 3 network services and border router capabilities with port speeds ranging from 10GE to 800GE, and a system capacity of 6.0Tb/s full duplex.  
  • Nokia Data Center Fabric solution, consisting of 7220 IXR data center switches running on SR Linux, an open, extensible and programmable NOS, which will provide L2 access to exhibitor booths. 

Vach Kompella, Head of Nokia’s IP business, said: “We are excited to be part of SC 2023, the world’s most important supercomputing event, and contribute our high-performance portfolio to SCinet, the world’s fastest, most powerful and advanced live network. Our IP routing and optical transport equipment provides the capacity, resiliency, security and flexibility that this community requires to conduct projects and collaborate on a global scale – especially as the data sets involved grow ever larger and security remains a paramount concern.”

Adtran opens Terafactory in Germany

Adtran opened a new "Terafactory" in Meiningen, Germany.  

The company says the new facility brings production back to Central Europe, fortifies supply chain resilience, and creating local jobs.  The Terafactory also streamlines workflows and reduces resource consumption by harnessing advanced automation technologies. The move towards supply chain autonomy for Adtran’s core European market echoes a similar strategy in the US, where the company has recently expanded its manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

As part of the BMBF-sponsored 6G-Terafactory project, Adtran will deploy an Open-RAN based private mobile network across the campus, enabling automated processes, making the production of hardware, such as the company’s flagship FSP 3000 open optical transport platform, more efficient. Quality control is also simplified, as this can now be conducted by experts at the Meiningen site prior to distribution. And with its photovoltaic solar power system, Adtran is further reducing its carbon footprint as it moves towards energy self-sufficiency throughout the Terafactory. This significant initiative has been bolstered by a substantial investment from the Thuringian government.

“Our new Terafactory helps us mitigate against supply chain challenges like those we experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. By enhancing the production and logistics side of our business, we’re not just reducing our dependency on third parties but also putting us in control of our own destiny. This strategic move makes us more responsive and resilient to shifting supply chain pressures,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO of Adtran. “Our new Terafactory generates a significant portion of the power it needs, making day-to-day operations more energy efficient. And by bringing the production of our world-leading optical transport technology back to Germany, we can more easily ensure precision and quality. What’s more, it will strengthen Europe’s position in optical transport technology, fostering regional innovation and setting new benchmarks for the industry worldwide.”

Arista unveils Zero Trust Networking Vision with Open API

Arista announced an expanded zero trust networking architecture that uses the underlying network infrastructure to break down security silos, streamline workflows and enable an integrated zero trust program. 

Arista’s strategy combines in-house developed technologies and strategic alliances with key partners to compensate for harder-to-implement zero trust controls across the domains of devices, workloads, identity, and data.

 The key components of this integrated security solution are:

  • Arista CloudVision AGNI greatly simplifies the secure onboarding and troubleshooting for users and devices, as well as ongoing posture analysis and network access control.
  • Arista Macro Segmentation Service (MSS) enables the creation and enforcement of microperimeters through edge switches that can protect or isolate each asset without requiring the deployment of firewalls all across the enterprise network. Segmentation policies can be defined once in Arista CloudVision and enforced dynamically based on real-time network, application, device, or user identity information.
  • Arista NDR autonomously discovers, profiles, and classifies every device, user, and application across the distributed network. Based on this deep understanding of the attack surface, the platform detects threats to and from these entities while providing the context necessary to respond rapidly.
  • Arista natively supports encryption capabilities such as MACsec and Tunnelsec, enabling organizations to encrypt data to and from legacy applications and workloads without changing those systems but instead relying on the network to protect data from unauthorized access, interception, and tampering.

The Arista zero trust architecture is designed to be open and API-friendly. 

Partners within the Arista zero trust ecosystem include Microsoft, CrowdStrike, and our newest partner Zscaler. Arista is a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), having integrated with Microsoft’s security technology offerings.

Cirion installs Ciena Waveserver 5 for DCI in Bogotá

Cirion Technologies recently deployed Ciena’s Waveserver 5 platform to expand connectivity and increase resiliency between data centers in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Scaling up to 800 Gbps, this upgrade greatly increases Cirion’s network capacity and helps meet the growing needs of its local and multinational customers, including enterprises, government agencies, and cloud service providers. Cirion is also using Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller and Liquid Spectrum advanced software applications for rapid planning, provisioning, and assurance of network services across its optical infrastructure. 

“At Cirion, our main goal is to lead Latin America’s digital transformation. With Ciena’s 800Gb/s technology at the core, we are able to give our customers the connectivity and high-bandwidth services they need to support the ever-changing demands of today’s digital economy,” said Alejandro Girardotti, Senior Director of Product, Innovation, and Strategic Alliances, Cirion Technologies.

Nokia and Orange test 5G Standalone Core on Sylva cloud stack

Nokia completed interoperability tests of 5G Standalone (SA) Packet Core’s User Plane Function (UPF) in the Sylva open-source cloud software environment. The tests were conducted at the new Project Sylva Validation Center in France operated by Orange, a long-standing Nokia partner.

The broad goal of Project Sylva is to provide a reference open source cloud software framework, tailored for telco and edge requirements, that addresses the technical challenges of the industry. Sylva was launched at the end of 2022 under the Linux Foundation Europe and its supporters include Nokia and Orange.

Nokia said the test validation is a key step toward offering a flexible cloud-native solution that enables large scale deployments of 5G SA Core Network functions. For 5G private wireless enterprise customers, Project Sylva aims to provide an efficient way to deploy Industry 4.0, IoT and B2B2X use cases at the edge.

Fran Heeran, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services, at Nokia said: “Nokia’s fully cloud-native Core Network portfolio is designed to support the evolving telco cloud environment through open, flexible deployment options with greatly reduced integration and advanced automation capabilities. The successful completion of the interoperability tests of our 5G SA Core’s User Plane Function at Sylva Validation Center, hosted by Orange, underscores our commitment and the advances we are making.”

Laurent Leboucher, Group Chief Technology Officer at Orange, said: "This successful test made with Nokia constitutes an important step towards the adoption of Sylva as an industrial standard reference implementation for demanding telco workloads. More specifically, it addresses use cases (industrial campus, IoT, computer vision) where the traffic can be managed locally on a simple and open infrastructure and can still be controlled by the public network.

Boingo Wireless opens HQ in Frisco, Texas

Boingo Wireless officially opened its new headquarters in Frisco, Texas.

Boingo’s Frisco office is located close to many of the company’s key customers, high-tech talent, and technology partners throughout the state. 

Boingo welcomed regional leaders, community members, business partners and employees to an open house at its 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art office. The office is located at The Star in Frisco, a new 91-acre campus featuring corporate offices, dining, shopping and the new Omni Frisco Hotel.

“Boingo is proud to be a part of the growing Frisco community. We thank local leaders for their ongoing support as we grow our business and our team here,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley. “Texas is a thriving tech hub, and we look forward to doing business here alongside our partners and customers.”

Boingo will continue to maintain regional hubs in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Las Vegas.

Padtec’s Q3 revenue rises %6.8% yoy

Padtec posted 3Q23 net revenues of R$103.5 million in 3Q23, 6.8% above 2Q23. The company reported record gross profit of R$39.2 million in 3Q23, with a record gross margin of 37.9%. In 9M23, gross profit totaled R$102.6 million (gross margin of 36.7%). Record EBITDA was R$25.4 million in 3Q23 (EBITDA margin of 24.5%), nearly double 2Q23.

Some highlights:

  • Optical transport systems (DWDM equipment) - Brazil: R$65.5 million in net revenues in 3Q23 and
  • R$176.7 million in 9M23.
  • Optical transport systems (DWDM equipment) - foreign market: R$23.5 million in net revenues in 3Q23
  • and R$58.2 million in 9M23.
  • Services, Softwares and Platforms: R$14.6 million in net revenues in 3Q23 and R$44.7 million in 9M23.

France’s W3TEL picks Ribbon

W3TEL a French provider of communications services to enterprises, has selected Ribbon's solutions to support its growth, simplify its network operations and fulfill French government mandates around call security, STIR/SHAKEN solution, part of the Ribbon Call Trust portfolio, to meet requirements for caller identity authentication, signing, verification and certificate management as defined by French law as part of the MAN (Mécanisme d'Authentification des Numéros) Project conducted by French telecommunications regulator ARCEP. 

W3TEL is also leveraging Ribbon's SBC SWe for security and interworking, PSX, which delivers policy and routing for VoIP services, and RAMP for centralized management, enabling it to establish and manage its proprietary network configuration and call flows seamlessly.

"We're pleased to add W3TEL to our roster of clients leveraging our solutions to adapt to the regulatory demands of the French market and to enable them to further enhance their business customers' overall telephony experience by helping to power today's work modes," said Christian Erbe, Ribbon's Head of Europe Sales.