Thursday, May 2, 2024

O2 Telefónica activates O-RAN with Samsung in Germany

Samsung Electronics and O2 Telefónica launched their first virtualized RAN (vRAN) and Open RAN commercial site in Germany. This marks the first commercial deployment of Samsung’s 5G vRAN solution in Germany. The site is now operating in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, providing high-performance and reliable 4G and 5G services to customers. The companies expect to expand the vRAN and Open RAN network to seven additional sites in the region in the coming months.

For the initial deployments, Samsung’s offering includes its market-leading 4G and 5G vRAN 3.0 solution and O-RAN compliant radios supporting low- and mid-bands (700MHz, 800MHz, 1.8GHz 2.1GHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz), including 64T64R Massive MIMO radios. Samsung’s advanced vRAN 3.0 features enhanced capabilities for improved energy efficiency, optimized performance and intelligent automation.

"As the next step, the companies will introduce Samsung’s intelligent network automation solutions to control life cycle management — from deployment and operation to maintenance. This O-RAN compliant automation solution offers the ability to accelerate innovative software-based network rollouts by enabling automated deployment of thousands of network sites simultaneously.

"We are taking another big step in our Open RAN journey. Together with Samsung, we are utilizing the latest Open RAN technologies in our mobile network. On the way to the network of the future, we are integrating new network solutions to provide our customers with outstanding connectivity. Open RAN is a building block that can help us to automate our network, deploy new updates faster and use network components more flexibly,” said Mallik Rao, Chief Technology & Information Officer of O2 Telefónica.

BT connects first EV charger to outdoor cabin

BT  has installed its first EV charge point powered from a street cabinet. The charger, which is powered by a BT Group owned cabinet traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling, forms part of a nationwide pilot by the business’ start-up incubation hub Etc., designed to address the shortfall in public EV charging infrastructure.

BT said the pilot installation, which is installed in East Lothian, Scotland, could lead to the wider upgrade of cabinet units across the UK. 

The pilot will focus next on West Yorkshire, with ambitions to scale up to 600 trial sites across the UK. EV drivers can use the charge point  by downloading the trial app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Cloudflare posts Q1 sales of $379M, up 30% yoy

Cloudflare reported Q1 total revenue of $378.6 million, representing an increase of 30% year-over-year. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.16, compared to $0.08 in the first quarter of 2023.

“The first quarter marked a strong start to the year, as we grew revenue 30% year-over-year to $378.6 million—fueled by a record number of net-new customers year-over-year spending more than $100,000, $500,000, and $1 million with Cloudflare on an annualized basis. I'm incredibly proud of the fact that our team has been able to continue to build our network, service larger and larger customers, and launch entirely new categories of products—including in the AI space—while also remaining disciplined with our gross and operating margins and our free cash flow,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder & CEO of Cloudflare.

Photonic Inc builds its Quantum team

Photonic Inc., a start-up based in Vancouver that is advancing distributed quantum computing in silicon, announced key additions to its research team:

  • Dr. Chantal Arena joins as vice president of research, development, and production – devices. Arena has 35 years' experience in business strategy, materials science, and semiconductor devices fabrication, most recently as co-chief executive and technical officer at Lawrence Semiconductors. She holds a doctorate in material science-physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France.
  • Dr. Klaus Schuegraf joins as vice president of research, development, and production – systems. Schuegraf brings over 30 years of experience driving innovation in semiconductor technology development, and leading large technical teams at companies including PsiQuantum, Intel, SanDisk, Applied Materials, and Cymer/ASML. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Quantum networking pioneer Dr. Thomas Jennewein serves as one of Photonic’s scientific fellows. As a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC), and scientific lead for the Quantum EncrYption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) – Canada’s first quantum communication satellite – Jennewein informs the company’s quantum networking strategy. He is a professor at Simon Fraser University and the Institute for Quantum Computing. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Dr. Michael Thewalt also serves as a scientific fellow at Photonic; he is the world expert on the optical properties of isotopically enriched silicon-28, the material forming Photonic’s scalable quantum technologies architecture. Thewalt, an emeritus professor at Simon Fraser University, cofounded Photonic – along with Stephanie Simmons – and held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair for over 10 years. Thewalt has a doctorate in physics from the University of British Columbia.
  • Also onboard as a scientific fellow at Photonic is Dr. Artem (Art) Cherkasov, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design, senior scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Center and professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Cherkasov provides expertise to Photonic in computer-aided drug discovery (CADD) and new cancer therapeutics discovery—with a focus on how quantum technologies will provide value in these areas. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from Kazan State University.

“Photonic has searched extensively for the right talent to help us achieve our ambitious goals. We are confident that, with these roles filled by such high-caliber people, and our ongoing scientific advisory team, we will further accelerate progress on our path to make distributed quantum computing a commercial reality,” said Dr. Paul Terry, Photonic chief executive officer.

“The quantum industry is starting to recognize the need for distributed quantum capabilities. Photonic’s architecture is unique on this front, and it is exciting to have industry veterans and innovators recognize this potential and join the relentless pursuit of scalable, distributed, and fault-tolerant commercial quantum computing,” said Dr. Stephanie Simmons, founder and chief quantum officer of Photonic and co-chair of Canada’s National Quantum Strategy Advisory Board.

Photonic Inc. unveils its quantum in silicon, $140m in funding

Photonic Inc., a start-up based in Vancouver, unveiled its architecture for scalable, fault-tolerant, and unified quantum computing and networking platforms based on photonically linked silicon spin qubits. The company specializes in spin-photon interfaces in silicon, silicon integrated photonics, and quantum optics. 

Photonic's technology provides computing (with spin qubits), networking (via photons), and memory. Photonic links in silicon deliver quantum entanglement not only between qubits on the same chip but also among multiple quantum chips. 

The company says silicon-based qubits enjoy substantially greater microelectronic-style scalability than other types of qubits. Indeed, Photonic’s architecture achieves horizontal scaling. Photonic's highly connected qubit architecture also enables use of efficient quantum error correction codes, such as quantum LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) codes. These codes are known for extremely low physical to logical qubit overheads and fast and efficient hardware implementation.

“Quantum computing is real, and we believe that—within five years, significantly sooner than the widely accepted timeframe—we will be the first quantum computing company to offer a scalable, distributed, and fault-tolerant solution,” said Dr. Stephanie Simmons, Founder and Chief Quantum Officer of Photonic and Co-chair of Canada’s National Quantum Strategy Advisory Board. “These are the capabilities that must be delivered for quantum computing to be a relied upon across industries, and we believe that we have correctly identified the silicon T centre as the missing component needed to finally unlock the first credible path to impactful commercial quantum computing.”

“Ultimately, the breadth of problems to which quantum computing can offer a solution means it will have a tangible, meaningful impact on people all around the world,” said Dr. Paul Terry, Photonic Chief Executive Officer. “We’re moving to large-scale, accessible quantum computers networked together to provide access to quantum services that will enable companies and governments to suddenly tackle problems that are, right now, beyond our capabilities because of the inescapable constraints of classical computing. It’s incredibly thrilling to be on the cusp of this inflection point in quantum computing and, more broadly, physics history.”

Photonic has raised an investment round of US$100 million from organizations including British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), Microsoft Corporation, the UK government’s National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF), Inovia Capital, and Amadeus Capital Partners. This brings the company’s total funding raised to date to US$140 million.

In addition, Photonic announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft under which the companies will provide an integrated roadmap of technologies and products that can enable reliable quantum communications over long distances, as well as access to Photonic’s quantum computing offering via Microsoft Azure Quantum Elements. 

TIM to integrate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in Italy

 TIM Enterprise, will integrate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) into its portfolio. 

In addition, TIM will become the host partner for Oracle’s second planned cloud region in Italy, which will be located in Turin and hosted in TIM Group’s next-generation datacenter. The upcoming Oracle Cloud Turin Region will provide public and private sector organizations access to a wide range of cloud services to migrate all types of workloads from their data centers to OCI, modernize their applications, and innovate with data, analytics, and AI. 

Oracle says that the new cloud region in Turin and the existing Oracle Cloud Milan Region, its customers in Italy will be able to replicated workloads to distributed locations, while helping address their digital sovereignty and compliance requirements by keeping replicated data in Italy.

“We are pleased to be working with Italy’s leading telecommunications provider to bring OCI to public and private sector organizations and support their migration to the cloud,” said Richard Smith, executive vice president and general manager, EMEA Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle. “By adding OCI to its robust cloud service offerings, TIM Enterprise will be able to provide a cloud platform used by customers all over the world to run their most mission-critical workloads in the cloud. In addition, with the upcoming second cloud region in Italy, we are reaffirming our commitment to helping Italian organizations of all sizes and industries accelerate the adoption of AI and other innovative technologies.”

VIAVI posts revenue of $246 million

Citing a challenging market, VIAVI reported quarterly revenue of $246.0 million, down $1.8 million or 0.7% year-over-year. GAAP net loss was $(24.6) million, or $(0.11) per share. Non-GAAP net income was $13.2 million, or $0.06 per share.

"VIAVI end markets spend environment continues to be challenging, particularly the service providers and enterprise customer segments.  In view of these continued headwinds, our revenue came in at the lower end of our guidance, with stronger OSP demand partially offsetting weaker than expected NSE demand. Our EPS came in at the lower half of our guidance range, driven by lower NSE volume and less favorable product mix" said Oleg Khaykin, VIAVI's President and Chief Executive Officer.

  • Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA customers represented 35.9%, 36.5% and 27.6%, respectively, of total net revenue for the quarter ended March 30, 2024.
  • As of March 30, 2024, the Company held $486.1 million in total cash, short-term investments and short-term restricted cash.
  • As of March 30, 2024, the Company had $250 million aggregate principal amount of 1.625% Senior Convertible Notes and $400 million aggregate principal amount of 3.75% Senior Notes with a total net carrying value of $634.4 million.
  • During the fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2024, the Company generated $19.5 million of cash flows from operations.

Orange brand marks 30th anniversary

Orange was launched as a telecom brand on April 28, 1994 with the renaming of the Rabbit mobile network, then part of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa.

In 2000, the France Télécom group bought Orange, evolving its brand positioning, and taking advantage of its strong appeal to expand internationally. In France, Wanadoo and Ma Ligne TV became Orange in 2006 and, in 2013, the entire Group changed its name to Orange.