Qualcomm’s GigaDSL and new Wi-Fi chips aim to push broadband network capacity

| May 30, 2016

Qualcomm’s GigaDSL and new Wi-Fi chips aim to push broadband network capacity
Qualcomm is launching a couple of chips that are aimed at expanding broadband communications network capacity for connected land lines as well as for wireless Wi-Fi networks. San Diego, Calif.-based Qualcomm said its Qualcomm Atheros business has introduced GigaDSL chips that enable broadband operators to move from older VDSL technology to faster wired Gigabit access technologies. And Qualcomm is also introducing a three-way radio chip to handle a variety of flavors of Wi-Fi wireless data networking.

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For over 2 years now, since the ETSI NFV ISG inception in Darmstadt October 20121, NFV has been capturing the Telco industry imagination, its promises and benefits are clear and well understood. Since its inception, the industry has seen huge improvements in base technology layers, including server’s (Intel), hypervisor technology (Red Hat), and software libraries (Intel® DPDK), enabling the design of telco-grade Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) (such as Brocade’s VRouter 5600*), which have proliferated and evolved extensively during this period. As a direct result, a new and open ecosystem of VNF providers is beginning to flourish. However, this is only part of the industry issue. These VNFs designed for carrier-class scalability, in order to behave as expected, need to be properly deployed in the underlying infrastructure allowing them to leverage all those new technology advances. NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) and the associated information models, describing both the infrastructure and VNF requirements, are key to achieve this goal effectively and in a cost efficient manner for the service provider. Hence, legacy cloud management systems (CMS) will simply not suffice for true NFV deployments. Cyan, Brocade, Intel, and Red Hat have combined with the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab at their GCTO Unit in Madrid to showcase how a realistic network scenario can be designed modelled and deployed via NFV Orchestration (Cyan Blue Planet) onto an NFV-ready infrastructure through the Telefónica design VIM (Virtual Infrastructure Manager). This new and correctly optimized NFV delivery stack is compared to what can be achieved with a typical cloud deployment model as exists today. The results show the phenomenal benefits achievable through end to end system NFV awareness. The service scenario deployed in Telefónica’s NFV Labs in Madrid shows up to a 100x improvement in throughput for a typical routing scenario with respect to the same scenario as deployed in a typical enterprise cloud.

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For over 2 years now, since the ETSI NFV ISG inception in Darmstadt October 20121, NFV has been capturing the Telco industry imagination, its promises and benefits are clear and well understood. Since its inception, the industry has seen huge improvements in base technology layers, including server’s (Intel), hypervisor technology (Red Hat), and software libraries (Intel® DPDK), enabling the design of telco-grade Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) (such as Brocade’s VRouter 5600*), which have proliferated and evolved extensively during this period. As a direct result, a new and open ecosystem of VNF providers is beginning to flourish. However, this is only part of the industry issue. These VNFs designed for carrier-class scalability, in order to behave as expected, need to be properly deployed in the underlying infrastructure allowing them to leverage all those new technology advances. NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) and the associated information models, describing both the infrastructure and VNF requirements, are key to achieve this goal effectively and in a cost efficient manner for the service provider. Hence, legacy cloud management systems (CMS) will simply not suffice for true NFV deployments. Cyan, Brocade, Intel, and Red Hat have combined with the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab at their GCTO Unit in Madrid to showcase how a realistic network scenario can be designed modelled and deployed via NFV Orchestration (Cyan Blue Planet) onto an NFV-ready infrastructure through the Telefónica design VIM (Virtual Infrastructure Manager). This new and correctly optimized NFV delivery stack is compared to what can be achieved with a typical cloud deployment model as exists today. The results show the phenomenal benefits achievable through end to end system NFV awareness. The service scenario deployed in Telefónica’s NFV Labs in Madrid shows up to a 100x improvement in throughput for a typical routing scenario with respect to the same scenario as deployed in a typical enterprise cloud.

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