Monday, July 8, 2024

Google Fiber tests 50G PON with Nokia

Google Fiber has successfully tested 50 Gbps PON technology over its existing fiber network using Nokia's Lightspan MF fiber access platform. 

This is the first live network demonstration of 50G PON technology in the US and  builds on the 25G PON deployment GFiber Labs announced with Nokia last year. The test demonstrates how different PON technologies can be combined on the same fiber to evolve their broadband offerings. Leveraging Nokia’s fiber solution, Google Fiber was able to simultaneously run 10/25G PON along with 25/50G PON broadband service over its fiber network. 

  • Nokia says its platform provides a path to 50G PON upgrades and beyond, with support for  all next-generation PON options, including 100G PON as a technology demonstrator.
  • First Live Demonstration: GFiber Labs achieved the first live network demonstration of 50G PON technology in the US.
  • Nokia’s Lightspan MF Platform: The trial used Nokia’s platform to upgrade fiber networks, showcasing ease of deployment and enhanced connectivity.
  • Building on 25G PON: This 50G PON trial builds on last year’s 25G PON deployment, demonstrating the combination of different PON technologies on the same fiber.
  • Next-Generation PON Options: Nokia supports 10G, 25G, and 50G PON products, with 100G PON in development.

The PON Wars: Debunking the 25G vs. 50G Debate

by Maurizio Severi, Head of Fiber Business Line at Nokia Fixed NetworksWhen listening to the arguments in the telecom industry about 25G and 50G PON, you could get the impression that there’s some kind of PON war going on. Even though 25G PON is being deployed, fierce debate still surrounds it. However, the debate concerning 25G versus 50G PON is fruitless, and it detracts from what is important. It’s not about the technology; it is never about...

Google Fiber advances to 20G symmetrical residential service

Google Fiber is deploying Nokia’s 25G PON solution to enhance its existing fiber network and deliver a new 20 Gig broadband service to customers through GFiber Labs.Gfiber expects to be offering residential 20 Gig + Wi-Fi 7 an early access offering to a small group of GFiber customers in select areas by the end of the year.Nokia’s 25G PON solution enables GFiber to reuse its existing optical fiber cables and active equipment deployed in their network...

Nokia launches Generation 6 fiber access platform

Nokia launched its Generation 6 broadband platform for fiber access services, including 25G PON and future 50G and 100G PON.The new Lightspan MF-14 platform promises unmatched capacity, sub-millisecond latency, intelligence, six nines reliability and the highest power efficienc for an optical line terminal (OLT). The platform offers 4x higher capacity than Nokia's previous generation. The is no single point of failures, ensuring the highest availability...

Nokia, BT and Qualcomm test 5G Carrier Aggregation with 5 carriers

Nokia and BT conducted tests of aggregated 5G Standalone (SA) spectrum using 5CC Carrier Aggregation (5CC CA), making BT Group the first European operator to achieve this milestone. The achievement uses a device powered by a Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF system from Qualcomm Technologies.

The tests were conducted in the field on live network spectrum at Adastral Park, BT Group’s headquarters for R&D, using Nokia’s 5G AirScale portfolio and a device powered by a Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF system from Qualcomm Technologies. Downlink speeds of 1.85 Gbps were reached, using three FDD carriers NR2600 (30MHz), NR2100 (20MHz), NR1800 (20MHz) aggregated with two TDD carriers NR3600 (40+40MHz).

Nokia says 5CC CA will significantly boost the data rates available to customers in areas of high demand by combining all mid-band radio spectrum when the 5G SA device requires a high-speed connection. Set to launch later this year, EE’s 5G SA network will also have the capability to leverage a low frequency sixth carrier to provide a superior experience in more places, including indoors.

In 2023, BT Group and Nokia successfully demonstrated 4CC CA in 5G SA downlink with concurrent 2CC CA in 5G SA uplink. With today’s announcement, the companies reached the next milestone, achieving further performance uplift in connections from the device to the network by increasing throughput and capacity.

Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer at BT Group, said: “This latest milestone achieved with Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies enhances 5G SA performance as we work towards the launch of our network, building further on the benefits of carrier aggregation in delivering greater throughput and speeds to customers. This is particularly important as more and more devices come to market with 5CC CA capabilities. We are focused on maximising our spectrum assets to deliver the very best experience to our customers with that in mind.”

Mark Atkinson, SVP and Head of RAN at Nokia, said: “This successful trial with our long-standing partner, BT is another great example of Nokia’s clear leadership in 5G carrier aggregation technology. Multi-component carrier aggregation helps mobile operators to maximize their radio network assets and provide the highest 5G data rates at more locations to subscribers.”

SpaceX launches Turkey's first domestically produced comms satellite

SpaceX successfully launched TÜRKSAT 6A, a Turkish communications satellite, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida.

TÜRKSAT 6A,  is Turkey's first fully domestically produced communications satellite, built by Türksat A.Ş. in collaboration with TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), ASELSAN, and CTech Bilişim Teknolojileri A.Ş.

The satellite is designed to operate in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 42° East, providing data relay for civil and military communications across the Anatolian peninsula, most of Europe, the Middle East, and the westernmost part of the Russian federation.

TÜRKSAT 6A is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders and 2 X-band transponders, covering a wide range of coverage areas. It is expected to have a mission lifespan of 15 years.

This is the 15th flight of the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched CRS-26, OneWeb Launch 16, Intelsat IS-40e, O3b mPOWER, Ovzon 3, Eutelsat 36D, and eight Starlink missions. 

CyrusOne secures $7.9 billion credit for data center projects

CyrusOne, a global leader in data center ownership and development, has announced the closing of a $7.9 billion Warehouse Credit Facility. This transaction builds on the $1.8 billion Revolving Credit Facility secured in May, bringing the total additional debt capital raised to approximately $9.7 billion. The new funding will primarily support existing and future development projects in the United States, while the global Revolving Credit Facility will be utilized for working capital and general corporate purposes. Both facilities are sustainability-linked, with pricing adjusted based on meeting targeted reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the past year, CyrusOne has enhanced its services to meet the rising demand for AI applications while reinforcing its sustainability commitments. In 2023, the company introduced Intelliscale, an AI-specific data center solution designed to handle the growing needs of AI workloads. Furthermore, CyrusOne has accelerated its net-zero carbon pledge, aiming to achieve this goal by 2030, a decade ahead of its original schedule.

Key Points:

  • Closed $7.9 billion Warehouse Credit Facility for U.S. development projects.
  • ombined with May’s $1.8 billion Revolving Credit Facility, totaling $9.7 billion in additional debt capital.
  • Both facilities are sustainability-linked, with pricing based on greenhouse gas emission reductions.
  • Launched Intelliscale in 2023 to support AI workloads.
  • Accelerated net-zero carbon pledge to 2030.

CyrusOne, which was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, serves enterprise, hyperscale, and colocation customers.

CyrusOne's data centers are located in the following regions:

  • United States: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Jose, Silicon Valley, and Fort Lauderdale
  • United Kingdom: Manchester and London
  • Singapore

Aramco Digital and WWT Forge AI-Driven Partnership in Saudi Arabia

Aramco Digital has teamed up with World Wide Technology (WWT) to develop an AI-powered Digital Innovation Economy under Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030. This collaboration aims to revolutionize key sectors like energy and healthcare by integrating advanced AI solutions, thereby unlocking new opportunities and localizing cutting-edge technologies in the Kingdom.

  • Transforming Saudi industrial sectors, particularly energy and healthcare, with advanced AI solutions.
  • Accelerating the development of AI infrastructure to drive sustainable economic growth.
  • Enhancing local capabilities and creating new opportunities for technological innovation and growth.

Omar Mir, International Board Member at World Wide Technology, said, "Last we year announced our ambitious plans to expand into the Middle East region with the goal of establishing an US-Centric technology innovation hub. Today's partnership with Aramco Digital marks a significant chapter in our mission to provide cutting-edge technology solutions in the region. With our substantial one-of-a-kind Lab and AI Proving Ground R&D environment, we enhance our capability to help the Kingdom's economy experiment with and implement AI solutions tailored to their specific needs. Aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, it highlights our commitment to drive enterprise AI adoption at a global scale, further cementing our role as a key player in the Middle East's burgeoning technology landscape. We look forward to pushing the envelope of AI innovation for the benefit of the Kingdom as WWT expands across the Middle East, one of the world's most critical innovation proving grounds."

Aramco Digital's CEO, Tareq Amin, noted that the partnership reflects the Saudi Vision 2030's goals of digital transformation and economic diversification, "It is a significant step marking an important milestone towards positioning the Kingdom at the forefront of digital innovation. Together, Aramco Digital and WWT are pushing the boundaries of AI to enhance capabilities and create new opportunities by offering technology platforms and solutions that foster creativity, unlock value and promote sustainability."​

Nokia wins 5G RAN contract with MEO

Nokia was been awareded a multi-year contract to modernize MEO’s existing radio access network (RAN) infrastructure and enhance its 5G capabilities.

Under the contract, Nokia will supply equipment from its 5G AirScale portfolio powered by its energy-efficient ReefShark System-on-Chip technology, including Massive MIMO, baseband, and remote radio head solutions for both indoor and outdoor scenarios. MEO will also utilize Nokia’s MantaRay SON, the Self-Organizing Networks solution, for optimization and network assurance.

Furthermore, MEO will leverage Nokia's Global Delivery Center in Portugal for complete project delivery and support services. This collaboration will tap into a highly skilled talent pool, cutting-edge tools, and operational capabilities. Additionally, MEO will benefit from Nokia's 5G research and development center in Portugal, fostering innovation for 5G and future technologies.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: "MEO is a leading telecommunications operator in Portugal, known for delivering innovative solutions to its customers. We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with this important and long-standing customer through this significant agreement. Together, we aim to unlock the potential of 5G to support the digital transformation of industries and redefine customer experiences."

  • MEO is a telecommunications brand in Portugal. It operates primarily in Portugal, providing a range of services including mobile phone, internet, and television services. MEO is owned by Altice Portugal, which is part of the larger Altice Group. The company also operates in Brazil as an MVNO and also building its own network. MEO Brazil has partnerships with various infrastructure operators, including fiber-optic networks and cell towers, to provide its services to customers. The company has a presence in several Brazilian cities, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte.

Corning raises Q2 guidance

Corning now expects core sales of approximately $3.6 billion for Q2 2024,, compared with previous guidance of approximately $3.4 billion, with core EPS at the high end of or slightly above management’s guided range of $0.42 to $0.46.

Three Core Components of “Springboard” Framework:

  • Management believes that first-quarter 2024 will be the lowest quarter for the year.
  • The company expects to grow by more than $3 billion in annualized sales in the next three years, driven by a combination of cyclical factors and secular trends. The outlook in each of the company’s markets is positive, and its market positions are strong. Innovative products and deep customer relationships position Corning well to capitalize on these opportunities.
  • As Corning captures this growth, management expects to deliver powerful incremental profit and cash flow. The company already has the required production capacity and technical capabilities in place, and the cost and capital are already reflected in its financials.

Wendell Weeks, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We expect second-quarter core sales to exceed our previous guidance and mark a return to year-over-year growth. The outperformance was primarily driven by the strong adoption of our new optical connectivity products for Generative AI. These results reinforce our confidence in ‘Springboard’ – Corning’s plan to add more than $3 billion in annualized sales in the next three years as cyclical factors and secular trends combine.”