Huawei upgrades SingleFAN Pro Solution to boost gigabit full-fiber broadband development

lightreading | February 26, 2020

At the Huawei products and solutions launch event in London, Huawei announced it had upgraded the Huawei SingleFAN Pro solution. The solution provides a series of sub-solutions, including AirPON, BusinessPON, CurbPON, Digital QuickODN (DQ ODN), embedded AI (eAI) ONT, and Flex-PON (A-B-C-D-E-F), to help global operators deploy gigabit full-fiber access networks in various scenarios. Fiber broadband is critical for operators to succeed in the future. Global operators are actively investing in fiber broadband infrastructure. China, Japan, South Korea, Spain, France, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have launched a series of strategic initiatives to accelerate fiber broadband construction. Leading operators in both developed and emerging markets are actively seeking the most efficient fiber broadband construction mode to gain a competitive edge in the next decade.

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Today the need to geographically distribute multiple data centers in various locations is very common to many organizations for a number of good reasons: higher service availability, performance and scale, disaster recovery, operational efficiency, local country regulations, etc. Data Center Interconnect (DCI) is the process of connecting two or more such locations. It is employed to ensure that data is exchanged consistently and in a timely manner amongst different locations for redundancy, high availability and load sharing purposes.

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ARK Multicasting Launches Nation’s Largest Broadcast Internet Network

ARK Multicasting, Inc. | December 10, 2021

ARK Multicasting, a low power television broadcaster and nationwide leader in Broadcast Internet technology, has deployed its first ten stations with ATSC 3.0 technology to enable Broadcast Internet connectivity. The new ATSC 3.0 TV standard enables broadcasters like ARK the opportunity to convert traditional television signals into wirelessly delivered IP content, dubbed Broadcast Internet. ARK is leading the transformation from a traditional TV broadcaster to a wireless data delivery platform that offers streaming services, distance learning, gaming, and cloud services.With 283 lower power television licenses and construction permits throughout the United States, ARK Multicasting is ideally positioned to offer Broadcast Internet services to millions of households utilizing ATSC 3.0 technology. "Broadcast Internet – because of its one-to-many architecture - is ideally suited to move large amounts of data to tens of thousands of consumers at the same time. Our network has the potential to increase the efficiency of 5G wireless networks, enable autonomous vehicles and provide farmers with precision agriculture technologies" -ARK CEO, Josh Weiss The first two stations will be completed in December in Dallas, Texas and Panama City, Florida. The remaining 8 stations will begin broadcasting in ATSC 3.0 by the end of the first quarter in 2022. These stations include College Station, Texas, Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Pensacola, Destin, a second station in Panama City, Jacksonville, and Melbourne, Florida. ARK has partnered with leading cloud computing and broadcast equipment suppliers to bring its Broadcast Internet technology online. Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides infrastructure, software and services that together make up the edge-to-cloud platform for ARK’s Broadcast Internet service. “We see ARK as a pioneer in the broadcast internet business and laud their approach for delivering content to homes that lack sufficient connectivity. Thanks to our best in class ATSC 3.0 compliant blueprint, we can help them deliver the broadcast core network controlling all stations, and orchestration services, as well as enabling the introduction of additional compelling use cases,” said Paolo Ceccherini, worldwide business lead, digital video solutions, at HPE Communications Technology Group. “Comark Digital Services and Transmission teams are very happy to be part of helping ARK bring a new business model through the development of ATSC 3.0 to the market, ARK is unique among broadcasters as it is one of the only companies in the industry devoting substantially all of its spectrum to broadcast Internet and we are excited for the future opportunities this can bring,” -Jason Fiore, Director of Sales and Business Development. Staging, burn-in, and deployment services will be completed by General DataTech, Inc. “GDT is proud to be a part of the ARK Multicasting family as we partner to bring ATSC 3.0 to the market. With our partnership, ARK be one of the largest broadcasters in the United States focused on helping bring highspeed internet and distance learning capabilities to rural America,” said Thomas Ducatelli, CEO of GDT. ARK has also selected GDT for operation services going forward and through these services, ARK will be able to manage the entire end-to-end environment. ARK Multicasting is deploying an open, standards-based solution from Triveni Digital that will include the SkyScraper® XM ATSC 3.0 Datacasting System, along with ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway scheduler, GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 Transport Encoder, and StreamScope® XM Analyzer. The Triveni Digital solution will run in a virtualized environment to ensure high scalability for ATSC 3.0 service delivery. We are excited to help ARK Multicasting explore the treasure trove of datacasting applications available in the ATSC 3.0 environment with our field-proven SkyScraper XM datacasting system In the decades of experience Triveni Digital has in both traditional broadcast and datacasting, there are few things that compare to the excitement I feel about what ARK is deploying. They are true pioneers in this space and Triveni Digital is pleased to be right alongside them,-Ralph Bachofen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Triveni Digital. Since initially working with the team at ARK Multicasting in the early days several years ago, Ateme has focused efforts around expanding the ATSC 3.0 markets with our compression solutions and knowledge throughout this industry, becoming a leading voice for ATSC 3.0, and working with key partners to grow this space,” said Dave Brass, Vice President of Strategy and Market Development for Ateme. “We’re highly motivated to work with the visionaries at ARK and all the partners on this project. “Most people don’t think of broadcast television as a wireless service provider, but that is about to change and ARK is at the forefront,” said Mark O’Brien, President of SpectraRep, the distance learning provider being deployed on the first 10 stations. “Remote learning, public safety, and other datacasting mainstays are taken to a whole new level, and new services that we have not even imagined are now possible. SpectraRep is proud to share ARK’s vision and be part of this historic NextGenTV deployment.” ARK has selected Digital Alert Systems for emergency alerting. “It’s so gratifying to be part of ARK Multicasting’s unique business model, which transforms a traditional low power broadcaster into a key component of the internet ecosystem,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development for Digital Alert Systems. “There’s almost no better company to showcase all of DASDEC’s capabilities. And with 300 stations around the country, ARK Multicasting represents a big opportunity for Digital Alert Systems as they convert more and more of those stations to ATSC 3.0 and meet their EAS obligations while also improving the efficiency of the internet. ARK Multicasting’s first 10 deployment of ATSC 3.0 are just the start of an ambitious buildout schedule for the low power broadcaster. Pending supply chain availability, ARK intends to deploy ATSC 3.0 to its entire footprint in the next 18 months bringing Broadcast Internet connectivity to more than 100 million Americans. About ARK Multicasting, Inc. ARK Multicasting, a leading-edge Next Gen TV company is based in Dallas. ARK is leveraging the power of TV broadcasting adding an IP multicast extension to the unicast Internet. ARK is on the forefront of Broadcast Internet Service development with solutions to relieve congestion for Internet Service Providers and provide datacasting services for many verticals including distance learning, the connected car market, smart agriculture, telehealth, and over the top video streaming providers. ARK’s footprint of ~300 broadcast assets covering 1/3rd of the United States and ~100 million people is leading the industry in Next Gen TV ATSC 3.0. Further information visit www.ARKMulticasting.com.

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AirHop Communications Brings Real-Time Network Intelligence Solution to Google Cloud for 5G Networks

AirHop Communications | June 19, 2021

AirHop Communications, a pioneer in 4G and 5G Network Intelligence solutions, today announced joining Google Cloud 5G ISV ecosystem. The integration of AirHop’s O-RAN compliant eSON solutions with Google Cloud accelerates and simplifies 5G network deployments and operations by leveraging AirHop’s commercially deployed and field-hardened near real-time and non real-time Radio Access Networks (RAN) automation and optimization capabilities. AirHop will be working with Google Cloud to ensure seamless integration and operation of eSON as a Cloud Native Function (CNF) on Google Cloud. The addition of eSON extends 4G/5G solutions with near real-time and non real-time autonomous optimization applications, deployed as xApps and rApps in an O-RAN architecture, delivering better spectral efficiency, improved end-user quality of experience and significant reduction of OpEx. “As they roll out new 5G networks and cloud-native 5G, communications service providers have an opportunity to support enterprises with the delivery of applications and services to the network edge,” said Tanuj Raja, Global Head, Strategic Partnerships at Google Cloud. “We’re excited that AirHop will make its capabilities in network analytics and intelligence available on Google Cloud, helping these customers address the enterprise 5G opportunity quickly and cost-effectively.” About AirHop Communications AirHop Communications is a leading network intelligence software company based in San Diego, California. AirHop’s flagship eSON near real-time Self-Organizing Network (SON) system delivers coordinated optimization of network performance and end-user experience for 4G & 5G radio access networks. eSON is a fully virtualized cloud-native, massively scalable, high availability and commercially hardened platform supporting both traditional network architectures and Open RAN architectures and open interfaces. AirHop’s eSON360 Analytics solution is delivering ML and AI based network optimization applications that leverage data sources across the RAN and eSON platform.

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Guavus Introduces 5G Core Network Analytics to Assist Operators in Addressing 5G Complexity and Delivering New 5G Services

Guavus | June 14, 2021

Guavus announced a new 5G network data analytics product designed to enable mobile operators to overcome the challenges of operating complex, multi-vendor 5G networks at scale and deliver new revenue-generating 5G services. Guavus 5G-IQ NWDAF is a vendor-agnostic, 3GPP-compliant NWDAF implementation that embodies an open approach to streaming analytics, machine learning. It AI generates the real-time operational intelligence needed to drive service orchestration and network automation in the 5G Core. The new product will interoperate with all 3GPP-standard components in a 5G System – independent of supplier – while supporting the wide range of analytics-driven use cases critical to the diverse functional and operational requirements of 5G Standalone networks. 5G’s virtualized, disaggregated, cloud-native infrastructure will foster the growth of a more diverse supplier ecosystem than 4G/LTE. This will place a premium on multi-vendor interoperability in the 5G RAN and Core, extending to the data analytics functions that drive network automation. Guavus 5G-IQ NWDAF takes an “Open NWDAF” approach, providing operators multi-vendor analytics interoperability from the 5G network edge to the network core to the cloud. With the new 5G-IQ NWDAF product, Guavus is building on more than a decade of experience successfully deploying carrier-grade analytics solutions – at scale – for some of the world’s largest communications service providers. Open NWDAF: From Edge to Core to Cloud Guavus 5G-IQ NWDAF’s open NWDAF implementation provides operators the: Flexibility to deploy the product in a cloud-native microservices environment or as a cloud-based containerized offering at the right points in the network. Scalability for high-performance data collection, aggregation, and scoring at the 5G edge, as well as advanced AI/ML analytics in the 5G Core or the cloud. Extensibility to plug in non-Guavus analytics algorithms and to ingest and process non-standard data types from sources outside the 5G Core. In addition, the product features a highly efficient, compact streaming analytics engine that is up to 31 times faster than typical open-source software solutions and is capable of processing non-standard data types from distributed sources beyond the 5G Core, allowing operators to reduce latency, data volume, and cost. About Guavus For more than a decade, Guavus has been at the forefront of applying Big Data, streaming analytics, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) to developing solutions that have enabled operators of the world’s leading service provider networks to overcome critical operational and business challenges impacting customer experience, service revenue, and profitability. Guavus is an expert in developing ML/AI-driven analytics solutions that are fundamental to enabling the transformation of operational and business processes for a new generation of digital service providers, empowering front-line teams in network operations, service operations, network engineering, field operations, and customer care, and key stakeholders in marketing, sales, and finance. Guavus solutions have been successfully deployed by operators of some of the world’s largest fixed-line and mobile networks. In addition, the company is spearheading the development of analytics products for 5G network operators, mobile IoT applications, and cloud-based digital services.

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