Wednesday, May 1, 2024

SEA-ME-WE-6 subsea cable lands in Marseille

The SEA-ME-WE 6 (Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 6) submarine cable system has landed in Marseille 

The  21,700 km cable, which will link France to Singapore, boasts 10 fiber pairs and the latest SDM technology for a design capacity of 130 Tbps.

Work will begin on the installation of more than 3,000 kilometers of cable to bring the system to Egypt. 

Orange is responsible as "landing party" in France and is hosting the cable in Marseillein its secure infrastructure, providing neutral access to all the city's data centres via a state-of-the-art urban fibre optic ring.

"We are delighted with the arrival of this new route, which will allow us to offer a new solution for high-speed, high-performance "express" connectivity between France and Asia as well as improved speeds to our sites in the Indian Ocean.  Moreover, this new cable will enable us to meet the growing needs of our customers on this strategic route over the long term. Our network will also allow our wholesale customers to join many international networks to Asia, as well as Africa and the Americas. The arrival of this new cable in Marseille once again places France at the heart of the European hub, with direct access to major European cities." says Jean-Louis Le Roux, Director of International Networks at Orange.

Intel cites advancement in silicon-based Quantum Processors

 Quantum hardware researchers at Intel have unveiled a revolutionary 300-millimeter cryogenic probing process. This process is designed to gather vast amounts of data on the performance of spin qubit devices across entire wafers using complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) manufacturing techniques.

Key points:

Enhanced Data Collection: The new probing process, combined with improved qubit device yield, has significantly increased the volume of data available for analyzing uniformity. This is a crucial step in the journey to scale up quantum computers.

High Gate Fidelity: Researchers discovered that single-electron devices on these wafers excel as spin qubits, achieving an impressive gate fidelity of 99.9%. This fidelity level sets a new benchmark for qubits manufactured using CMOS techniques.

Compact and Denser Qubits: Spin qubits, measuring approximately 100 nanometers across, are denser compared to other qubit types like superconducting qubits. This density enables the creation of more complex quantum computers on a single chip of the same size.

Cutting-Edge Fabrication: Leveraging extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, Intel managed to achieve these tight dimensions while ensuring high-volume manufacturing capability.

Looking ahead, Intel aims to further enhance these techniques by:

  • Adding more interconnect layers to create 2D arrays with increased qubit count and connectivity.
  • Demonstrating high-fidelity two-qubit gates on its industry manufacturing process.
  • Continuing efforts to scale quantum devices and improve performance with its next-generation quantum chip, prioritizing the development of fault-tolerant quantum computers with millions of uniform qubits.

An Intel paper on this topic has been published in the journal Nature.


SES + Intelsat merger to create stronger multi-orbit operator

SES agreed to acquire Intelsat for $3.1 billion (€2.8 billion) in cash in a move that will create a stronger multi-orbit operator with greater coverage, improved resiliency, expanded suite of solutions, and enhanced resources to profitably invest in innovation.

With a combined fleet of more than 100 Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 26 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, the combined SES will benefit from enhanced coverage, greater network resiliency, complementary spectrum (C-, Ku-, Ka-, Military Ka-, X-band, and Ultra High Frequency) rights, and improved service delivery utilising an expanded network of ground segment assets. 

By end-2026, 8 new GEO (including 6 software-defined) satellites and 7 new MEO (O3b mPOWER) satellites are expected to be launched adding further redundancy and additional growth capacity.  

Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of SES, commented: "This important, transformational agreement strengthens our business, enhances our ability to deliver world-class customer solutions, and generates significant value for our shareholders in a value accretive acquisition which is underpinned by sizeable and readily executable synergies. In a fast-moving and competitive satellite communication industry, this transaction expands our multi-orbit space network, spectrum portfolio, ground infrastructure around the world, go-to-market capabilities, managed service solutions, and financial profile. I am excited by the opportunity to bring together our two companies and augment SES’s own knowledge base with the added experience, expertise, and customer focus of the Intelsat colleagues."  


•    Delivers €2.4 billion (NPV) of synergies (85% of equity consideration) with 70% executed within 3 years after closing.

•    Expands multi-orbit satellite-based capabilities, spectrum portfolio, and global ground network to serve customers.

•    Increases revenue in high demand and growing Networks segments representing ~60% of expanded revenue base.

•    Combines complementary investment in space, ground, and network innovation to unlock future value and opportunity.

•    Brings together a wealth of collective talent, expertise, engineering knowledge, and go-to-market capabilities.

•    Company( ) will benefit from gross backlog of €9 billion, revenue of €3.8 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA of €1.8 billion.

•    Medium-term Adjusted EBITDA growth driving future free cash flow (FCF) generation outlook.

CoreWeave adds $1.1 billion in funding, valuation tops $19 billion

CoreWeave, a start-up deploying cloud infrastructure optimized for large-scale GPU-accelerated workloads, secured $1.1 billion in new funding. 

The new funding round was led by Coatue, with participation from Magnetar who led the last primary round, as well as Altimeter Capital, Fidelity Management & Research Company, and Lykos Global Management. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that the new funding brings CoreWeave's valuation to $19 billion.

CoreWeave says the new funding will be used for expansion into new geographic regions to meet the explosive demand for GPU accelerated cloud infrastructure worldwide.

"CoreWeave continues to push forward as a provider of critical infrastructure in the development of AI, and the high caliber of investors who continue putting their trust in us validates the enormous opportunity we have to define the next generation of cloud computing," said Mike Intrator, co-founder and CEO of CoreWeave. "CoreWeave is designed specifically to tackle the most complex and pressing challenges in high performance compute. With this new round, we will continue investing in and working with the largest AI enterprises in the world."

LFEdge launches 4 New Edge Computing Projects

More open source activity is underway in the Edge Computing Domain.  Arpit Joshipura, GM Networking + Edge IOT from Linux Foundation, introduced  four new projects:

Project EDGELAKE - pioneers a decentralized network for edge computing. An EdgeLake Network makes distributed edge nodes operate as a single machine that seamlessly captures, stores, and manages data at its source (allowing data to remain in-place), while providing a complete and unified view of the data. EdgeLake transforms the distributed edge to a Virtual and Unified Data-Lake allowing companies to extract real-time insight from their edge data (using SQL).

Project INFIEDGEAI - will create a unified, open platform to simplify the deployment of efficient, low-latency AI models on resource-constrained edge devices. By optimizing AI models for edge devices, such as smartphones and smart speakers, AI Edge enables efficient real-time applications that operate independently of central servers.

Project OpenBao - an identity-based secrets and encryption management system. It exists to maintain and improve a software solution to manage, store, and distribute sensitive data including secrets, certificates, and keys. The OpenBao community will provide this software under an OSI-approved open-source license, led by a community run under open governance principles.

Project InstantX - with initial code seeded by Vodafone Business, this is a cloud and edge cloud platform to exchange and distribute data in real-time between users in a certain geography through "far-edge" computing power. It solves the problem of asynchronous and instant data exchange across clients in the same region while offering that data for off-line processing and self-learning to derive further added-values.

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Introducing Project Paraglider for Multicloud Networking

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Arpit Joshipura, GM Networking + Edge IOT from Linux Foundation introduces Project Paraglider for multi cloud networking:

- The Linux Foundation, one of the largest collaboration hubs for open source networking, is expanding its partnership with Open Air Interface to develop end-to-end 5G super blueprints, revolutionizing the way we approach networking.

- The introduction of a new project, Paraglider, aims to simplify networking within and across clouds, making multicloud networking more accessible and efficient. Paraglider, a new open source initiative to simplify the setup and management of networks both within a cloud and across multiple clouds. Paraglider differentiates itself by providing a unified, simplified API across clouds to directly specify network-level connectivity needs. By seamlessly creating the necessary networking infrastructure based on a tenant's high-level connectivity intent, users no longer have to worry about the 'how' of their networks and can instead focus on what they want those networks to achieve. Paraglider further enables users to operate across multiple clouds, choosing the right cloud service provider for each element of their workload, without worrying about complex details of Cloud inter-connectivity.  

- The rise of Network as a Service (NaaS) is transforming business operations, offering scalability, advanced security features, and AI management, leading to higher productivity and cost efficiency.

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Big themes in Open Source at #OneSummit 2024

Did you miss #OneSummit in San Jose, California? Arpit Joshipura, GM Networking + Edge IoT from Linux Foundation, provides overview of the big themes this year:

- He discusses the exponential growth of open source projects in the networking and Edge industry, highlighting their significant role in running some of the largest networks globally.

- Arpit shares insights on the transition from the hype of AI to its actual implementations within the network, citing examples from large carriers like China Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and D Telecom.

- He also talks about the evolution of Edge Computing from theoretical frameworks to actual deployment, with industrial IoT gaining significant traction in Edge Computing.

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