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InfiNet Wireless provides reliable connectivity across 75 sq km for the largest coal producer in Kazakhstan
InfiNet Wireless, the leading global manufacturer of carrier-grade broadband wireless solutions, has successfully deployed a high-performance wireless infrastructure for Shubarkol Komir JSC, the largest coal producer in Kazakhstan. This new network effectively represents a major upgrade to the IT infrastructure and the mission-critical video-surveillance platform previously used by this energy company. The project, implemented in conjunction with InfiNet’s regional partner Informsvyaz Kazakhstan LLP (Almaty), consisted of various InfiNet Wireless solutions deployed to successfully provide connectivity between 35 distant facilities which cover an area of more than 75 sq km within the territory of the Centralny and Zapadny open-pit coal mines. InfiNet's record-breaking Point-to-Point solution, the InfiLINK 2x2, provided data transfer rates of up to 70 Mbps, as well as rates of up to 35 Mbps for Point-to-Multipoint subscriber units from the InfiMAN 2x2 portfolio, with significant room to deliver even higher capacities well into the future using the same platform. All the wireless units deployed are guaranteed to remain fully operational even during extreme temperature ranges between -55 and +60°C. The added challenge of high levels of humidity and the presence of solid dust particles that are commonly found in the air at open-pit coal mines has been eliminated thanks to InfiNet's robust units and the use of a IP66-rated cameras for the CCTV element. Resistance to extreme environmental factors was crucial in the selection of InfiNet as the preferred technological partner for this project. The current applications deployed by Shubarkol Komir are VoIP services, reliable internet access, a corporate information network as well as a robust and secure CCTV for monitoring field industrial facilities, thus protecting the company's valuable assets even when deployed in remote locations. "Mining companies rely heavily on good technological platforms to ensure flawless operation and high productivity in all their sites, wherever they are located. We are always ready to implement the most complex of solutions in order to enable connectivity for hard-to-access areas and where deployment of a fiber-optic solution is too costly or simple not technically feasible. Deploying a wireless access network, with the added benefit of including a brand-new video surveillance system for all our quarries, has allowed us to significantly increase the amount of data, and its reliability. gathered from all our extraction sites. This has improved our productivity and our business processes," said Аrgyn Agzamov, deputy CIO at EurasiaTeleCom LLP (“Eurasian Group”, ERG).
Better wearable interface needed to futureproof 5G mobile devices
Mobile technology manufacturers promise that 5G will enable new, increased interaction between devices and the world around us. However, according to WITgrip, a patented solution to change the way technology is worn on the wrist, the impact of 5G will be limited unless users also have new, smart interfaces with their devices. “Major players are investing in 5G-ready hardware, with a focus on greater speed and connectivity,” says Dr Raj Partheban, founder of start-up WITgrip (Wearable Interactive Technology grip). “However, to benefit from these new technologies people will need a new and different way to use, and interact, with their mobile devices.” “5G devices will need to become wearable in a more practical, comfortable way,” says Partheban, whose WITgrip solution covers methods of wearing devices like smartphones, of any size and from any manufacturer, on the inside of the wrist. “But so far, manufacturers have overlooked the need for a suitable interface that connects users with the new opportunities that 5G offers.” Revolutionising video calling Smartphones have made video calling easier than ever. With 5G able to support live video streaming more effectively, there is great potential for lengthy, reliable video conferencing for business. However, holding on to a smartphone for the duration is not a comfortable or consistent option. The WITgrip solution, developed with professional product designers and intellectual property specialists, will support this next generation of technology by providing a natural, wearable, interface with the user. “Holding a smartphone out in front of you for long periods of time is impractical, so the interface usually considered is mounting a phone on the back of the wrist,” says Partheban. “However, this makes the device glanceable at best - try it yourself.” “Look at the back of the wrist and in under a minute you’ll start to feel strain, perhaps in your neck, your forearm and your shoulder. This position puts stress on the muscles and tendons and causes fatigue and discomfort.” Partheban continues By contrast, the WITgrip solution of wearing the device on the side of the wrist places the wearer in an anatomical ‘neutral’ viewing position. “Relax, start again and look at the side of your wrist where the device would be, you’ll experience that there is no strain on the arm, shoulder or neck,” Partheban says. “This position enables prolonged interaction and ensures you can see the screen comfortably.” This will allow business users, for example, to take better advantage of 5G enabled live video calls and participate in long conference calls in comfort. In addition, this wrist position increases the professional appearance of video calling by reducing camera shake because the arm acts as a natural gimble to increase steadiness. Enabling flexible smartphones In a bid to increase wearability and connectivity, some companies are developing flexible ‘wrap-around’ smartphones. The current proposed designs curve around the wrist like a bangle and may slip into the wrong position. No matter how fast or reliable the 5G connection, this makes the device impractical and difficult to use. With the WITgrip solution, the wrap-around device will be partly worn over the side of the wrist and comfortably and securely held in place. Even when touching the screen, the device will not slide around, making it possible to use it fully without taking it off. “WITgrip will support new flexible screen technologies by overcoming the key issues around the interface between the smartphone and the human body,” Partheban says. “Our approach can help users interact fully with their device, enabling it to truly become part of the wearer.” WITgrip is now seeking strategic partnerships in order to develop solutions for futureproof 5G technologies. “5G is smarter, so devices will become smarter too, but this means little if the way we wear and interact with our devices doesn’t change,” says Partheban. “WITgrip aims to educate manufacturers about the many benefits of wearing devices in the neutral position, as this will be critical for ensuring that mobile devices are genuinely 5G ready.”
Ovum: “Tunable optics are key for NG-PON2 success”
The success of NG-PON 2 will depend on the availability of low cost, reliable, tunable optics, especially as Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and Optical Network Terminal (ONT) shipments begin to increase, according to Ovum analyst Julie Kunstler. This is the message Kunstler will deliver at the Broadband Forum’s BASE San Diego event, which will be held during the OFC Conference in San Diego on Thursday, March 15 from 8.30am to 3.30pm. The workshop will provide an update from the Forum’s NG-PON2 Council on the technology’s development, advantages, standardization and readiness to be used in the deployment of next-generation access networks. “Low cost, reliable, tunable optics are a key piece of the NG-PON2 ecosystem,” said Kunstler. “These optics are available today and the vendor supplier base is growing alongside announcements of NG-PON2 equipment deployments. Ovum has been following the development of the NG-PON2 market with initial coverage on its ability to support both residential and non-residential customers and applications.” Kunstler will also tell delegates at the BASE event that OLT and ONT shipments will begin to ramp up this year, with Ovum’s PON equipment forecast for 2018 to 2023 showing significant Compound Annual Growth Rates (CAGRs). Operators, service providers and vendors will join Kunstler to present at the event, with the full line-up of companies taking part as follows: Accelink Technologies Adtran Athens Information Technology Center Bifrost Communications Calix CommScope Corning Fiber Broadband Association Hisense-Ligent Lightron NTT Ovum Picadvanced/UA Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Tibit Communications Verizon The BASE workshop aims to educate the broadband industry as operators look to move to next-generation PON infrastructures. Key topics which will be covered include the forces driving all-fiber deployments, the components market, standardization, optics and photonic integration approaches, and the latest developments in wavelength flexibility. Bernd Hesse, Chairman of BASE and the Broadband Forum’s NG-PON2 Council, and Sen. Director Technology Development at Calix, said: “As NG-PON2 has achieved several industry milestones in recent months, BASE San Diego will provide an update on the technology’s growing maturity, including insights on the applications and use cases driving the market. This event not only provides a great opportunity for education and collaboration among the leading operators and NG-PON2 technology providers, but it also plays an incredibly important role in furthering the development of the standards-based approach of NG-PON2 as mass deployments begin this year.”
Focus on next-generation networks fuels Broadband Forum membership growth
Pioneering development work in 5G, CloudCO and network virtualization was today cited by Kevin Foster, Chairman of the Broadband Forum as one of the key reasons for its growth in 2017, with the announcement of a further 14 new members. Operators and vendors, as well as fellow industry bodies and national associations, are among the new sign-ups, demonstrating the breadth and relevance of the Forum’s work across the whole broadband industry. “This year has seen a significant increase in membership which reflects the growing role of fixed networks in emerging technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things, leading to a movement towards a more holistic converged network,” said Foster. “These are key areas of focus for us, along with bringing greater efficiency to operators’ networks through virtualization technologies which can also enable new business opportunities.” Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, said: “With further work planned for 5G, Cloud CO, Smart Home (including In-home networking), new access technologies, and plugfests in areas including Gfast and NG-PON and the continuation of our hugely successful Broadband Access Summit Events, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Forum.” The list of new members joining the Broadband Forum recently is as follows: Bifrost Communications, The Broadband Communications Chamber of Ghana, Casa Systems, Chengdu Superxon Communication Technology, Dual Beam Merger Ingenieros, Hisense Broadband, InCoax Networks AB, Kurth Electronics, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®), Octoscope, Outsys, PIC Advanced SA, Samsung Electronics and Telkom Indonesia. “We see joining the Broadband Forum as a critical move in our quest to increase broadband penetration in Ghana,” said Gustav Tamakloe, Chief Executive Officer of the Broadband Communications Chamber of Ghana. “Membership of the Forum puts us at the cutting edge of technological innovation and development and ensures we are in the best possible position to help deliver fast, affordable broadband for Ghana.” MoCA opted to join the Forum to utilize its data modelling and management standards for integration into its fiber extension technology, MoCA Access™. “Building strong partnerships with other organizations is a key part of MoCA’s strategy, enabling it to share available resources and subject matter expertise in the pursuit of open standards,” said Charles Cerino, President of MoCA. “The Broadband Forum’s reputation for technology development and innovative specifications meshes perfectly with our goals and we anticipate a productive collaboration.”
ProLabs urges service providers to utilise 100G long reach to achieve their full advantage
As LINX100 takes place in London, Anthony Clarkson, Technologist at optical transceiver specialist ProLabs, is addressing why it is integral for 100G long reach products to be utilised as the demand for speed overtakes technology. Highlighting the struggle that service providers face as network demands continue to become even more complex, Clarkson stated: “The need for speed is increasing every day, and demand is now overtaking technology. Websites and critical applications require more stability and higher connectivity than ever before, and the pressure is more immense than ever to gain increase in higher bandwidth speeds. The main problem is that long distance communication, as used at slower speeds such as 1G and 10G, is difficult to provide at 100G.” Longer reach 100G products from optical transceiver specialists like ProLabs allow service providers to utilise their existing fibre networks to increase their data throughput speeds. Maturing at a rapid pace, advances in transceiver technology are producing lower priced network gear such as 100G long reach solutions, at price points that make sense for today’s tight capital budgets. “Time never stands still with technology and staying ahead of demand is important for us at ProLabs. Our 100G long reach transceivers increase density, decrease power consumption and decrease your price per bit, so long distance communication doesn’t mean you’re going to suffer from a slow connection,” he continued. ProLabs QSFP28 transceiver is designed for 100G speeds and makes deploying 100GbE networks as easy as 10GbE networks, with lower power consumption compared to other 100G transceivers, a compact form factor which increases port density. “At ProLabs, we are constantly investing into research and development to make sure we are on top of the latest market trends and evolving with the industry. Shows like LINX100 give us the opportunity to highlight our thoughts and ideas, and it is a great way to interact with a large selection of the service provider community in the UK, as well as meet with both existing and potential customers. We chose to sponsor LINX100 as it is a great social event, in an informal setting that is ideal for networking,” concluded Clarkson. To arrange a briefing with Anthony Clarkson or another ProLabs representative, please contact Rebecca.Peel@proactive-pr.com For further information about ProLabs, please visit http://www.prolabs.com/
Speakers announced for the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit 2018 as Europe prepares for 5G trials
As a plethora of 5G network trials are being announced across Europe, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has released the preliminary agenda and speakers list for its Sixth Annual Global Summit (May 1-3, 2018). Held in Europe for the first time since its inception, the Summit will explore a range of topics from universal affordable connectivity to 6GHz for broadband services, and millimetre wave bands. The Global Summit agenda will feature high-profile speakers, including recent announcements: Lisa Roper, Head of Spectrum Sales, UK Ministry of Defence Mario Mankiewicz, Deputy Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Dr. William Webb, CEO, Weightless SIG Mark Wheeler, Director and Founder, Whitespace UK Preston Marshall, Principle Wireless Architecture, Google Chris Weasler, Director of Global Connectivity, Facebook Frank McCosker, General Manager Affordable Access and Smart Financing, 4Afrika - Microsoft Debates on the challenges with the current spectrum approach and whether technology is the best manager of spectrum will come from key industry figures who are leading innovations in spectrum management across the world, including speakers representing ATDI, Broadway Partners, C3, Mimosa and Ruckus Networks. “Ruckus Networks is excited to see the DSA Global Summit being held in London this May,” said Dave Wright, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Network Standards at Ruckus Networks. “It’s excellent timing given the recent developments and discussions around both license exempt and license by rule regimes in the EU, the imminent launch of CBRS in the US, and the broad discussions of how to meet the investment and densification challenges of 5G. We look forward to addressing some of these items and hearing from the other government and industry leaders who will be participating.” DSA President, Kalpak Gude, who will provide a keynote address at the Summit, commented: “5G will require significantly more spectrum for broadband than is currently available. The only realistic way to achieve this is by using dynamic access, which enables an efficient use of spectrum through spectrum sharing, allowing for both licensed and unlicensed opportunities. The Summit will explore how various spectrum sharing regulatory regimes across a variety of complementary spectrum bands can be coordinated to lower the cost of broadband to allow 5G and Internet of Things deployments across the globe and connect the remaining 4 billion to the digital economy.” The Global Summit is shaped to be the premier event for policy makers, regulators, academia and private sector leaders. It will be held May 1-3, 2018 at Hilton London Wembley. To register, please visit http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/global-summit/
Tupl Deploys AI Technology with T-Mobile US
Tupl, a market leader in automating wireless network operations, announced today that T-Mobile has deployed its Automated Customer Care Resolution (ACCR) tool. Tupl’s platform uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to resolve technically complex and time-consuming issues. The ACCR tool provides T-Mobile’s customer care reps with detailed and easy to understand cause reports and technical resolutions, so they can more quickly serve customers. The ACCR tool is 100 times faster and up to 4 times more accurate than legacy resolution methodologies, providing automation levels around 90%. . Brian King, T-Mobile’s SVP of Technology Service Delivery & Operations, said: “At T-Mobile, we’re obsessed with the customer experience, and Tupl’s tool has enabled us to respond to our customers much faster on technical issues. Solutions like this help make T-Mobile #1 in customer satisfaction in US wireless.” Petri Hautakangas, Tupl CEO, said: “Our ACCR tool has enabled T-Mobile US to tackle the most complex technical issues through automation by AI. Benefits include a very high automation level, 100 times faster speed to response, and improved accuracy. Additionally, the results are 100% consistent, which would be otherwise impossible to achieve without our ACCR solution. Working with T-Mobile US has been a privilege, and we look forward to providing additional AI-based solutions that simplify the operations of the T-Mobile network.” Tupl offers AI solutions that dramatically reduce operational costs through efficiencies in network issue detection and resolution. Tupl’s AI Engine, TuplOS, turns the telecom operator’s engineering experience into a digital knowledge base that is leveraged to build use-cases that can then be the basis to automate and improve existing processes.
Co-existence is key to a cost-effective next-gen PON migration, says Iskratel
Operators looking to unleash the full potential of next-generation PON technologies such as XGS-PON and NG-PON2 should wisely consider a period of co-existence between PON generations to ensure a gradual migration with minimum service disruption, Iskratel’s CTO said today. Speaking on the opening day of FTTH Conference, Damjan Slapar highlighted how operators could miss out on introducing revenue-generating applications if they don’t upgrade their networks and take advantage of next-generation PON capabilities, including increased symmetrical bandwidth and flexible wavelength plans. But, he warned, operators should consider their migration path carefully in order to protect past investments, minimise service disruption and prolong the investment cycle. “With component prices dropping and the pressure on operators to increase their service offering rising, operators should look to introduce new PON flavours over the existing optical distribution network,” said Slapar. “A two-phase process is best, with the first phase introducing XGS-PON and the second, NG-PON2. This approach means that the Optical Distribution Network (ODN) remains largely unaffected, except for the introduction of co-existence elements, and that service disruption is kept to a minimum further down the track.” Slapar went on to explain how XGS-PON and NG-PON2 customer-premises equipment allows end-users to simply connect to the ODN. However, he stressed the importance of using existing PON shelves to host new XGS-PON/NG-PON2 blades to allow a pay-as-you-grow, gradual expansion as different business and market needs develop. “Solving several challenges that weren’t addressed by previous PON generations, operators cannot afford to ignore next-generation PON,” continued Slapar. “But, of course, any upgrade needs to be cost-efficient which is why coexistence is key – it prolongs the equipment lifecycle to the maximum and arms the operators for any migration scenario, business need or service type.” Iskratel’s own solutions for a lucrative and controlled migration will be showcased at the FTTH Conference, in Valencia, Spain, at booth S09 from Tuesday, February 13 to Thursday, February 15. The company’s offering includes two new-to-market solutions supporting NG-PON2 and XGS-PON technologies, without the need to replace current PON infrastructure.
InfiNet Wireless to Showcase Its Latest Technologies and Developments for Mobile and Nomadic Connectivity at MWC 2018
InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband connectivity, today announced that it will be showcasing its latest solutions for uncompromised connectivity at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The InfiNet product portfolio showcased at MWC includes the InfiMAN 2x2, the unrivalled Point-to-Multipoint solution which performs equally well in near-LOS and non-LOS conditions, and is designed for applications where remote locations can be a challenge to connect using standard wireless solutions, such as in remote suburbs and the countryside, whilst guaranteeing high quality connectivity with guaranteed SLA criteria. In addition to its proven solutions for extended geographical coverage, InfiNet Wireless will also be showcasing solutions which are able to achieve higher throughputs even when deployed in existing urban environments. The company’s record breaking Point-to-Point solution, the InfiLINK XG 1000, was designed for high-performance backhauling applications and for providing reliable coverage over long distances of more than 60 km when used with external high gain antennas. These solutions operate with the highest spectral efficiency of 14 bps/Hz available in today’s marketplace. “In the year since the InfiLINK XG 1000 was first launched at MWC, it has maintained its success as a record-breaking Point-to-Point solution for high-performance backhauls,” said Kamal Mokrani, Global Vice President at InfiNet Wireless. “The ideal choice for a range of PTP applications, this family of solutions has been successfully implemented in various scenarios and truly ruggedized environments across the world, proving our success as the go-to providers of wireless solutions that literally go the distance.” Along with its Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint solutions, the R5000-Qmxb will also be on display to the MWC visitors. This next-generation beamforming base station sector is able to significantly reduce levels of interference and deliver two-fold capacity increase, thanks to its built-in directional electrically-steerable antenna patterns. This base station is easy to deploy and ideally suited for various applications in mobile and nomadic scenarios, video surveillance and public safety networks. “Every year, the MWC event is highly anticipated by all our partners and customers, and we take great pride in interest and feedback we receive throughout the event. As the demand for high-bandwidth connectivity and performance continues to grow year on year, we are working very hard to provide new solutions in 2018, and beyond, that will allow our end users to reap the benefits we can provide them with,” added Mokrani. InfiNet Wireless can be found at Stand 1D80.
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance urges the FCC to re-evaluate changes to the CBRS band rules
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has expressed concern to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that changes to the Priority Access License (PAL) and other rules, first requested by petitioners and now proposed by the Commission, are both unnecessary and counterproductive to enabling the fullest use of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. Replying to the FCC’s request for petitions for rulemaking on the CBRS rules, the DSA urged that the proposed changes will harm the significant effort and investment that has been made by the industry and government over the last few years, which we are now at the cusp of seeing the results from. The DSA believes the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will have significant negative impact on the opportunities of many new players that are planning to deploy infrastructure and that it serves only the interests of a few large wireless carriers. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed changes which included increasing the length of licence terms from three years to ten years. In response to this, the DSA urged the FCC to retain the current three-year term for PALs as longer terms will front load and increase spectrum access costs to create a barrier to entry for many of the new and innovative investment opportunities that the CBRS band has created. “We need a balanced approach to how we manage spectrum. We must recognise that spectrum in most places is unused most of the time, just by the very nature of how spectrum is utilized. There may be certain locations in dense urban areas with much higher utilization of individual bands, but even there, most spectrum is not being used all the time, so it creates a real opportunity for sharing that spectrum in a new way,” said Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. “In reaching its conclusion, the Commission recognized that due to the unique requirements to protect incumbent users, and the propagation characteristics of the 3.5GHz frequency band, deployment in CBRS - and thus the size and length of licenses - would by necessity be different than in traditional cellular bands. The proposed rules did not enable fast or increased deployment of infrastructure, they merely enabled the PAL spectrum licenses to be used to exclude deployment by new infrastructure investors.” When the Commission approved the existing CBRS rules, there was significant excitement regarding the possibilities of using the dynamic access structure to unlock previously untapped spectrum in ways that have not been possible. DSA believes that the fundamental structure of the CBRS band that the Commission created remains the best path forward for achieving the goals of innovation, the broadest delivery of service, including to those that currently do not have adequate broadband services, and the most efficient use of spectrum. “The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is committed to supporting innovative solutions that will expand broadband solutions for consumers and businesses alike. The DSA is open to changes to improve the CBRS rules and opportunities for new entrants and new infrastructure investment. It does not believe, however, that the proposed modifications generally further those goals. The weight of the evidence and the majority of comments in this proceeding demonstrate what the DSA has maintained from the beginning: The current CBRS rules are a fair and appropriate balance between the requirements of diverse types of service providers and the requirements of traditional mobile applications. We therefore agree that the FCC should allow the existing work in the CBRS band to move forward without significant changes to the rules and allow for the abundant spectrum future the Commission envisioned, which is close at hand,” concluded Gude.
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s TV White Space Framework
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has congratulated the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for publishing the Authorisation Framework for the Accommodation of White Space Radiocommunications Devices. After receiving expressions of interest for the use of White Space devices across the country, the Authority has outlined the technical and operational rules for their deployment. This marks a huge step forward for Trinidad and Tobago and will enable its people to benefit from White Space technology to provide broadband connectivity and other innovative solutions, such as machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, to underserved areas. The framework protects incumbent services operating in bands that will be made available for White Space device operations and reassures potential users that a carefully planned and regulated environment has been created before deployment begins. Using dynamic spectrum access approaches, White Space devices access spectrum that may be available at a particular location or at a particular time, in bands currently allocated to other radiocommunications services. “TV White Space technology can play a key part of an overall communications solutions set, largely because of its ability to inexpensively deliver broadband and other forms of connectivity over large geographical areas. It has already been deployed in several projects all over the world, growing in recognition every year. We congratulate the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for recognising TV White Space technology as being an alternative to mainstream technologies to meet the demand for broadband connectivity, connect the unconnected and provide ubiquitous mobility.” The framework is a subset of the Authority’s National Spectrum Plan, which provides a structure to regulate the efficient use of spectrum, in an orderly manner, in accordance with the Authority’s mandate. The framework’s objectives include: identifying the frequency bands that can accommodate White Space devices; establish rules for the operation of White Space devices in Trinidad and Tobago; setting rules for the approval of database administrators to operate in Trinidad and Tobago and establish a regulatory framework for licensing White Space devices.
Iskratel announces next-gen PON solutions for a cost-effective migration
Iskratel, the leading European provider of communications solutions for the digital transformation of telecommunications, today announced two new universal next-generation PON solutions – the 8-port multi-PON blade and the 16-port GPON blade – designed to enable a lucrative and controlled upgrade to next-generation networks, such as NG-PON2 and XGS-PON. The 8-port multi-PON blade demonstrates Iskratel’s latest breakthrough in the market, simultaneously supporting NG-PON2 and XGS-PON technologies, without the need to replace current PON infrastructure. The innovative NG-PON blade is flexible enough for operators to build on their existing GPON shelves, providing a pay-as-you-grow, gradual expansion to next-generation networks. “Operators are looking to upgrade their networks to be able to offer competitive broadband services which keep up with growing bandwidth demands, without the hassle of replacing their current optical infrastructure – and this is exactly what our latest advancements in our PON solutions enable,” said Damjan Slapar, CTO at Iskratel. “Our solutions ensure complete reuse of existing infrastructure and coexist with previously employed PON technologies, empowering operators to remain ahead of user demands, as needs develop and use cases dictate.” Both the 8-port multi-PON blade and the 16-port GPON blade will be unveiled for the first time at the FTTH Conference in Valencia, Spain. During the event, Iskratel will also reveal its new Innbox G108 home gateways, which complement access to gigabit, ultra-broadband services over NG-PON by providing the experience of supreme Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the premises. The new-to-market solutions protect operators’ past investments by maximising the life cycle of existing PON equipment in the network, while arming operators for any migration scenario, business need and service type. Iskratel will showcase its two-new solutions alongside its comprehensive portfolio of next-generation fibre-based broadband solutions at the FTTH Conference, at stand S09, which takes place in Valencia, Spain, from Tuesday, February 13 to Thursday, February 15. For more information about Iskratel, please visit www.iskratel.com
Calix and Verizon Achieve Major Industry Milestone with the First Large-scale Deployments of AXOS and NG-PON2
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), today announced that Verizon has selected the AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System to begin large-scale NG-PON2 deployments in the first quarter of 2018. These deployments will include the AXOS RPm (Routing Protocol module for Layer 3) and the AXOS SMm (Subscriber Management module for disaggregated Broadband Network Gateway). By leveraging an always-on, converged services platform, Verizon will deploy a single access network for residential, business, and mobile services. This industry-first use of NG-PON2 technology will help Verizon realize a radical reduction in network operating complexity and costs while enabling the Company to deploy new services with unprecedented speed. “Several years ago, we determined that we were going to need a better network to meet our growing customers’ demands for bandwidth and higher throughput. We saw that the single wavelength systems (e.g., 10G EPON and XGS-PON) were only possible interim solutions and that we needed a longer term solution. NG-PON2 is a platform that will meet the customers’ envisioned needs for the next decade or more given its many evolution paths as well as bringing many operational benefits to simplify the network. It represents a paradigm shift in the design of access networks,” said Vincent O’Byrne, director of technology planning at Verizon. “NG-PON2, allows us to converge our many service networks into a single unified intelligent network, and simplify our operating model by integrating the OLT and subscriber management system.” “We also need to drastically shorten the time it takes to deploy new services,” added Lee Hicks, vice-president of technology at Verizon. “The best way to achieve these goals is through leveraging breakthrough technologies like NG-PON2 and the automation of manual functions across the network. Innovative partners like Calix are enabling us to leap frog the competition and consolidate multiple network elements into one platform and automate many of our most critical network functions. We are excited to now begin this transformation, starting in Tampa, Florida and expanding into other markets.” With the inclusion of the industry’s first compliant NG-PON2 optics, the AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System now delivers on the promise of software defined, converged networks. By consolidating the subscriber management, aggregation, and optical line terminal (OLT) functions into a single point in the network that is closer to the subscriber, Verizon will realize significant operations expense reductions with fewer network elements while dramatically improving their ability to automate the network. “Calix has pursued the vision of a unified access network for a decade, and through the AXOS software platform the vision is now a reality,” said Carl Russo, president and CEO of Calix. “AXOS allows a service provider to deliver all services on a single, elastic, converged access network that is always on. AXOS provides the flexibility to move intelligence deep into the access network, close to the subscriber where it makes architectural and financial sense. Quite simply, no other offering in the industry can match this value proposition. Over the last decade, we have made a significant investment in software development and built the world’s only Software Defined Access network, while Verizon has pioneered fiber everywhere. Culturally, our teams are a perfect match, and we are very excited to partner with Verizon as AXOS-enabled NG-PON2 enters production and reshapes how service providers architect their networks forever.” Listen to Carl Russo discuss the imperative to transform the access network at the Calix ConneXions Innovation and User Conference.
Media Conference for Ericsson Innovation Seminar ‘Innovation for Aging Society’
On October 31st, Ericsson-LG held a demonstration program for press conferences and media briefings before holding Ericsson Innovation Seminar on the theme of "Innovation for Aging Society" at the Meritz Tower in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. At the conference, various possibilities and examples of innovation that Ericsson brings together in the company-wide level of ICT competence, in preparation for the aging society that will face the world including Korea. Patrick Johansson, CEO of Ericsson-LG, said, “We expect ICT to play an important role in entering into an aging society that our society will soon face and solving the social and economic problems caused by it. Through today’s conference, I would like to promote the various innovative cases of Ericsson not only in Sweden but also in various countries. Also, we would like to make an opportunity to solve social problems through ICT in Korea.” He expected, “The introduction of 5G will be a platform for innovation that will lead to collaboration between government, academia, and various industries.” ▲ Patrick Johansson, CEO of Ericsson-LG ▲ Perter Marshall, Executive Chef of Ericsson King’s College 5G ▲ Erik Josefsson, Executive Chef of Ericsson IoT CEO Patrick Johansson has introduced key indicators of the Republic of Korea that is rapidly facing aging. Moreover, as a measure to solve this problem, he proposed various industrial collaboration and advanced model, which become possible by the spread of 5G mobile communication network. In addition to strengthening welfare services, employment stabilization through job retraining and productivity enhancement was covered as an important theme. Peter Marshall, Executive Chef of Ericsson King’s College 5G, Ericsson presented 'Intelligent Helper Service for the Elderly' to make the life of the elderly more secure by utilizing the IoT technology through a session to improve the quality of life of the elderly population. ‘Immersive five senses experience', which shows the possibility of realistic experience and comfortable lifelong learning with the five senses through realistic virtual reality, has been introduced to the elderly who are limited in moving or learning. An example of collaboration between industries in preparation for the aging of the working population is also presented. Erik Josefsson, Executive Chef of Ericsson IoT Innovation Business, introduced examples of smart factories based on 5G and IoT that enable robust and sophisticated work without the need for complex communication cables, through a more powerful production intelligence. Especially, in preparation for the decrease of rural labor, the case of using various agricultural robots in Tuscany region of Italy was introduced and attracted much attention of the participants. On the other hand, following a press conference, a public event held over 3 hours in the afternoon started with the potential of Swedish innovation represented by Ericsson and the introduction of the Nobel Prize dialogue, which was progressed on the previous day, on the theme of 'Age to Come' with the demonstration booth for the experience was run with the announcement. The event was attended by H.E. Anne Höglund, Ambassador of Sweden, and Laura Sprechmann, Deputy CEO of Nobel Media. ▲ Italy Tuscany is proposing a role model of industry innovation throughout the region with 5G-based ICT infrastructure. ▲ The 5G-based infrastructure, which is proud of its speed and latency, is a big contributor to the structure of Smart Factory.
Broadband Forum and NTT launch key 5G project
The Broadband Forum today announced it is working on a landmark project with NTT to standardize the virtualization of operators’ PON networks to support the delivery of Time Critical Applications (TCAs), such as 5G fronthaul. The project, which was initiated by Forum member NTT, one of the world’s largest service providers, looks to open up new business opportunities for operators and vendors by using network virtualization technologies such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) to cost-effectively upgrade their PON networks to enable the rapid introduction of new services. This includes the key issue of fronthaul for 5G services, adding to the Forum’s ongoing work on the convergence of fixed and mobile networks. “As users’ usage changes, both in regard to the different services required and the amount of data coursing through fiber networks, operators need to update their PON networks, including by adding TCAs,” said Akihiro Otaka, Executive Manager at NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories. “This used to require the remake of PON equipment for each service, but should be done via a software upgrade in the near future to improve cost-effectiveness. With demand for this increasing, it is important we ensure there are standards in place to achieve a vendor-agnostic system and ensure mass deployment of this new system architecture, which is essential if we are to deliver agile and flexible next-generation broadband networks for emerging services.” The project – PON Abstraction Interface for TCAs – looks at how SDN and NFV can be applied to Optical Line Terminals to disaggregate PON functions to functional modules with open interfaces. The first phase will define the disaggregation policy and functional requirements of interfaces to disaggregate PON functions which need time-critical processing, while the second phase will define the detailed specifications of the interfaces as Application Programming Interface (API) sets. The project has already attracted a number of new members to the Forum, as the industry becomes more focused on how the fixed network can help deliver 5G. “Delivering new services efficiently and cost-effectively is a priority for the whole industry and this project will play a key role in realizing this objective,” said Arief Mustain, Executive General Manager at Telkom Indonesia, one of the new members involved in the project. “This is particularly true as the industry moves towards 5G and standardization will play a big part in making this new mobile technology a success.” The project was just part of the activity at the Broadband Forum’s quarterly meeting taking place this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. “As we work to meet the demand for new services, faster connectivity and more bandwidth, our focus is shifting from the fixed network to a holistic broadband network,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum. “We know fiber will play a huge role in the delivery of 5G and this project looks to define that role and make it possible for operators to offer fronthaul services, among others, via their PON networks. This makes the work important not just for the broadband industry but the telecoms market as a whole and it can only be achieved on a wide scale through collaboration and standardization.” For more information on the Broadband Forum, visit the Broadband Forum website at broadband-forum.org
Broadband industry drops the Gfast dot
As momentum around Gfast grows and the speed of rollouts accelerates, the Broadband Forum, ITU and many media are referring to the technology as Gfast – not G.fast – and we would like you to do the same! This approach solves several critical technical issues with Google and Twitter (where breaking Gfast up with the dot doesn’t work). In addition, many industry luminaries are already publicly and frequently using the Gfast term. “As the number of Gfast certified devices continues to grow we have realized that the term with the inclusion of the dot is no longer effective,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “By removing the dot, we will be able to make the term much more accessible in a number of ways.”
XGS-PON interoperability advances after second Plugfest
Leading industry names from across the globe came together to accelerate the development of PON technology at the second XGS-PON Interoperability Plugfest. XGS-PON is based on the ITU-T’s latest Recommendation (ITU-T G.9807.1), providing a symmetrical 10Gbit/s capability over a fiber infrastructure that can co-exist with legacy 2.5Gbit/s G-PON. Organized by Laboratoire des Applications Numériques (LAN), in collaboration with the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group and the Broadband Forum, this year’s Plugfest focused on interoperability between XGS-PON Optical Line Terminations and Optical Network Units (ONUs), as well as the coexistence between various PON technologies, including G-PON and NG-PON2. Participating companies included ADTRAN, Broadcom, Calix, CommScope, Econet, Huawei, Intel, MT2, Nokia, Sagemcom, TiBit Communications and ZTE. “Since we held the first Plugfest last year, momentum around PON has been growing and this second event underpins the wider activities being carried out,” said Thierry Doligez, Director of LAN. “The industry is very much working together to ensure that when it comes to deploying PON technologies, operators have a wide choice of interoperable solutions and can deploy the technology cost-effectively.” All equipment vendors, FSAN and Broadband Forum members were able to improve the interoperability of their products by testing them against other solutions presented during the event. This was to the major satisfaction of the supporting operator members of these organizations, among which was Orange as a contributor to the test plan. “Efficient interoperability testing and its next step ONU certification process is essential to Orange before envisioning any significant deployment of a technology generation,” said Christian Gacon, Director of Wireline Network and Infrastructure at Orange Labs. “XG(S)-PON test events prove the basic standards sanity check and enable the next step consisting in common technical specifications amongst major operators worldwide to focus the industry towards a bulk first market for the technology.” For the Broadband Forum, the Plugfests are an extension of its PON interoperability activities, which include the BBF.247 G-PON and XG-PON1 ONU Certification program, which is being extended to include XGS-PON and NG-PON2. “The latest Plugfest further extended our work in the field of PON interoperability, addressing the need to secure both maturity of the ITU-T Recommendations and provide a migration path to operators,” said Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO. “The large number of engineers this Plugfest attracted, from an impressive breadth of companies, highlights that collaboration and standardization is incredibly important for the broadband industry as we move towards the next generation of fiber access.” For more information on the Broadband Forum’s testing and certification, visit the Broadband Forum website at www.broadband-forum.org