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Converge! Network Digest 10/16/2019 01:16
Intel agreed to acquire the Smart Edge intelligent-edge platform business from Pivot Technology Solutions Inc., an IT infrastructure and service provider. Financial terms were not disclosed. Smart Edge is a cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing (MEC). The Smart Edge platform is built to run on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and, going forward, Intel Optane memory, Intel FPGAs and other accelerators. Smart Edge’s software is also highly complementary with Intel’s OpenNESS (Open Network Edge Services Software) project. Approximately 25 Smart Edge employees will join Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG) when the transaction closes, which is expected in the coming weeks. Intel said the Smart Edge pl.
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 23:30
Internet2 will deploy a flexible grid open line system (OLS) from Ciena to transform its network to a more scalable, programmable and adaptive architecture. The upgraded network, which connects several hundred universities, government agencies, and community anchor institutions across the U.S., strengthens Internet2 and the wider R&E community’s ability to conduct scientific research, enhance collaboration, and improve operations. The OLS element will provide access to a highly reliable, contiguous coherent optical network that can facilitate wavelength delivery and efficient data transfer throughout the continental United States. The OLS also includes Ciena’s commitment to support wavelengths launched directly from Internet2’s member netwo.
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 16:30
At Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2019 this week in Amsterdam, the Broadband Forum is showcasing its Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiatives. The CloudCO demonstration leverages a combination of SDN automation and virtualization, open source innovation and Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Labs (OB-Labs) infrastructure. This will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal. It will also take advantage of major enhancements to Broadband Forum’s OB-BAA open source project and a soon-to-be-released new Application Note, APPN-446 – ONAP and Cloud.
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 12:00
Neat, a start-up based in Oslo, Norway, launched its portfolio of meeting room systems designed for Zoom Video Communications. Neat Bar has a dedicated controller and optional scheduling display and costs $2,500. "We've combined Zoom’s excellent software team with our world-class hardware design team to deliver meeting room systems that are so radically simple, they always work,” said OJ Winge, Neat Chairman. “What Zoom has done for meetings, Neat and Zoom together will do for meeting rooms. We will make video available everywhere.” Zoom has made a strategic investment in Neat. Through joint development and a shared roadmap, Neat has designed and developed the Neat Bar and Neat Board for Zoom. "Keeping our customers happy remains our number.
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 12:00
Tejas Networks introduced a disaggregated, multi-terabit packet-optical switch optimized for 5G, cloud and broadband networks. TJ1600S/I is the latest addition to Tejas’s TJ1600 series of carrier-class products for optical aggregation, metro and core networks. TJ1600S/I is a future-proof packet and optical switching product that enables service providers to efficiently The company says its platform can handle up to 48 terabits of data traffic while optimizing shelf space and power consumption. Mr. Arnob Roy, COO and President–Optical Products of Tejas Networks said, “TJ1600S/I adopts an innovative disaggregated architecture vis-a-vis the traditional industry approach of building large monolithic systems that are highly inefficient in terms
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 10:00
In enterprises today, too many tasks are manual, but as the network evolves from site-to-site to a user-to-app model this will change, says Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks. A key to this is network telemetry from wherever the user is located. This data will open new possibilities for (1) security/compliance and (2) automation/programmability. Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks, discusses market momentum with SD-Branch services. Versa recently surpassed 1,000 enterprise customers and 200,000 software licenses.
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 07:00
PCI-SIG posted a new PCI Express Base Specification Revision 6.0, Version 0.3 for review by its membership. PCI Express (PCIe) 6.0 technology will double the data rate to 64 GT/s while maintaining backwards compatibility with previous generations. PCI-SIG, which is the consortium that owns and manages PCI specification, said PCIe 6.0 is on target for release in 2021. PCIe 6.0 Specification Features. Delivers 64 GT/s raw bit rate and up to 256 GB/s via x16 configuration. Utilizes PAM-4 (Pulse Amplitude Modulation with 4 levels) encoding and leverages existing 56G PAM-4 in the industry. Includes low-latency Forward Error Correction (FEC) with additional mechanisms to improve bandwidth efficiency. Maintains backwards compatibility with all previou.
Converge! Network Digest 10/15/2019 01:01
The Broadband Forum (BBF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced an agreement that sets forth how operators seeking to effectively use virtualization and open source to increase agility can leverage open source and standardization projects side-by-side to ease their migrations to automated access networks and enable seamless co-existence.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 23:55
ONUG will demonstrate a multi-domain data virtualization framework at its conference later this week in New York City. The framework, which was developed by ONUG's AIOps for Hybrid Multi-Cloud Working Group, addresses the fundamental challenge of gathering disparate state data spread across multiple domains and providing unified access to normalized data by machine learning and AI tools. The idea is to apply AI to automate performance monitoring to aggregate, normalize and enrich select state data that is sourced from many points across multiple independent domains. “Just like a great wine starts with great grapes, great AIOps starts with great data,” says Nick Lippis, ONUG Co-Chair and Co-Founder. “The ONUG AIOps Working Group is addressin.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 23:30
Broadcom began sampling a new family of optical line termination (OLT) PON MAC devices with up to sixteen XGS-PON, NGPON-2, or 10GEPON interfaces. Broadcom said its BCM68650 is the first commercially available merchant silicon solution optimized for the highest density 10G PON OLTs. Also shipping with the BCM68650 is Broadcom’s latest OLT line card development suite, the Broadband Adaptation Layer (BAL). BCM68650 Product Highlights. Up to 16 ports of XGS-PON, NG-PON2 or 10G EPON interfaces. Extensive support for multi-PON co-existence allowing operators to seamlessly introduce 10G PON on top of their existing PON services. Comprehensive line card software development environment via the Broadband Adaptation Layer, speeding time to market with
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 14:08
Mr. Li Yue resigned from his positions as CEO and Executive Director of China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator. In a press statement, China Mobile said there "no disagreement with the Board and there is no matter relating to his resignation that needs to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the Company." A replacement has not yet been named. Thursday, August 08, 2019. China Mobile was serving 935 million mobile lines as of 30-June-2019, up 3.2% from 906 million a year earlier. Of these, 734 million lines were served on the 4G network, up 8.4% compared to mid-2018. China Mobile reported a 10.1% decline in Mobile ARPU to RMB 52.2 (US$7.40) from RMB 58.1 (US$8.24) a year earlier. In the first half of 2019, China Mobile
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 13:00
Broadcom began sampling a 3x3 Wi-Fi 6 chip designed for WLAN applications including Wi-Fi routers, residential gateways, wireless range extenders, and set-top boxes. The device is the first 3x3 Wi-Fi 6 solution supporting three transmit and three receive streams in 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz and future 6-GHz bands. With the 6-GHz Wi-Fi capability, the chip paves the way for high-bandwidth, low-latency applications, such as 4K UHD video streaming, real-time immersive gaming, and augmented reality (AR). BCM6710 Product Highlights. Full compliance to IEEE and WFA 802.11ax specifications. 3 Tx and 3 Rx chains. Selective 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, or 6-GHz band operation. 1024 QAM modulation. Uplink & downlink OFDMA. MU-MIMO. “A year ago Broadcom announced the production lau.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 13:00
KKR, a leading global investment firm, has acquired a majority stake in Hyperoptic Ltd, a residential gigabit broadband provider in the UK, from funds managed by Newlight Partners LP (“Newlight”) and Mubadala Investment Company. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hyperoptic was founded in 2011. Its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) passes 400,000 homes and businesses. It delivers the nation’s fastest broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000 megabits per second), which is over 18x faster than the UK average. Hyperoptic will continue to be led by Chief Executive Officer Dana Tobak, CBE and Executive Chairman Boris Ivanovic. Dana Tobak stated, “We are incredibly grateful to Newlight and Mubadala for their unwavering support and significant contribut.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 12:30
Metanoia Communications, a subsidiary of Elan Microelectonics based in Taiwan and developer of high-speed xDSL and Gfast PHY chipsets for wireline broadband applications, introduced its latest family of chipsets that supports all the ITU-T Gfast (212MHz profile) and VDSL2 (35MHz profile) standards and builds on Metanoia’s existing Gfast, VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+ technology.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 11:00
CoreSite improved its 2018 Power Utilization Effectiveness by about 7% on a same-store basis compared to 2017. Some additional highlights from the newly-released Corporate Sustainability Report:. completed a chiller project for more than 9,800 MW of energy savings achieved in 2018 at its LA2 data center and being awarded nearly $3 million by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for this project and its savings. achieved “Seven 9s” of reliability across its platform of data center facilities, resulting in high customer satisfaction, and. women represented 41% of CoreSite’s headquarters workforce and 20% of its Board of Directors. minorities and veterans represented 42.3% and 14.5%, respectively, of its total workforce, and. an average wo.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 07:40
CommScope agreed to a technology transfer agreement as a result of a settlement with Fractus S.A., a Spanish company that developed key antenna technology for use in wireless base station antennas. Fractus S.A., a leading developer of antenna technology, licenses its antenna and base station patents to some of the largest handset and base station antenna manufacturers in the world. The settlement includes a technology transfer of Fractus’s entire worldwide portfolio of base station antenna patents to CommScope, adding to an already impressive 15,000 patents worldwide, including more than 700 related to base station antenna technology. As a result of the technology transfer to CommScope, the pending dispute between the parties has been dismi.
Converge! Network Digest 10/14/2019 07:30
CommScope has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against Rosenberger, several of Rosenberger’s legal entities and two former CommScope employees now employed by Rosenberger. In its complaint, CommScope asserts, among other things, that Rosenberger misappropriated CommScope’s trade secrets related to base station antennas, including trade secrets related to CommScope’s proprietary software programs and CommScope’s base station antenna hardware. CommScope also asserts that the former CommScope employees breached their post-employment legal obligations owed to CommScope. “CommScope innovates, designs, manufactures, and sells best-in-class telecommunications products and equipment around the world.
Converge! Network Digest 10/11/2019 01:39
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has deployed Pluribus Networks’ Netvisor ONE operating system and Adaptive Cloud Fabric, along with Dell EMC Open Networking hardware, as part of a multi-site network modernization project. The installation creates an SDN-controlled network fabric that federates together a large number of geographically distributed switches to appear as one logical switch, radically simplifying network operations. Pluribus said its controllerless architecture leverages the processing power inside the switches that are already deployed, distributing intelligence to every switch in the network. This distributed approach to automation lowers costs by eliminating the expense of multiple controllers while improving perfor.

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