NEXCOM's Network and Communication Solutions Group Gears Up for 5G's Challenges with Fresh Technology

NEXCOM's | September 08, 2020

NEXCOM's Network and Communication Solutions Group (NCS), leading supplier of network appliances, is ready to take on the challenges of 5G technology with its newest uCPE (Universal Customer Premise Equipment) solutions. Under development the past three years, these solutions were developed through NCS' active participation in early access programs of strategic partners in networking technology. These efforts finally materialized this quarter in several 5G proof-of-concept (POC) deployments across different regions of the world.

Spotlight

The 5G vision, outlined in successive NGMN White Papers [1,2] sets out a framework for
enabling digital transformation for society and across industry, with a wide range of use cases
and associated requirements.
Commercial deployments of 5G are now progressing around the globe, delivering new
capabilities and improved performance for customers. For Mobile Network Operators (MNOs),
a set of features that underpin 5G, including disaggregation, softwarization, cloud-native
design and operation, autonomous and distributed computing and intelligence, and a multiaccess composable core, are enabling new technologies and business models.


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Garland Technology | February 03, 2022

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Ekinops Introduces Compact OTN Solution

Ekinops | February 09, 2022

Ekinops (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI), a leading supplier of optical transport systems and access network solutions, has delivered its first Ekinops360 ETSc, a new compact Optical Transport Networking (OTN) platform that enables a new Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS) model for service providers.The optical wavelength services market is expected to nearly double by 2028 with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) expected to provide a majority of that growth with sub-10G services making up over half of a $7 billion market*. OTN is the enabling technology to make this happen because it allows service providers to partition the capacity of a single optical carrier and sell it in sub-rate increments rather than requiring a customer to purchase an entire wavelength. OTN also allows the service provider to increase revenue by offering a premium, customized service level agreement (SLA) using secure, dedicated bandwidth and performance monitoring for each individual sub-rate service. The Ekinops ETSc leverages this field proven technology using the latest advances in network processor chipsets to enable a new 'Transport-as-a-Service' (TaaS) model for service providers with the performance requirements that today's high capacity, high value services demand. OTN makes TaaS possible by allowing it to match the amount of bandwidth used to the client data rate for any size service from Gigabit Ethernet (1.25 Gbps) to 400GbE with dedicated resources end-to-end and rapid provisioning capability. The Ekinops360 ETSc provides full OTN switch capability with scalability from 100Gbps to 6 Tbps to address the requirements of any network node from access to the core. As small as 1RU and with low power consumption, it can even be used as customer premises equipment (CPE) for Layer 1 services. Highly agile and flexible, the ETSc can be used for both new and existing infrastructure deployments as well as for service delivery. Initial interest came from a new North American Tier 1 customer and the ETSc is currently undergoing full field validation and integration into an open, multi-vendor SDN-controlled environment. The new OTN platform can also be managed by Celestis NMS, Ekinops' converged network management system that provides a single tool for end-to-end management of both Ekinops360 OTN and WDM networks. "We designed the ETSc to be a flexible scalable, future-proof system using state-of-the-art technologies that can operate in open network environments, It will allow Ekinops to address new customers and applications that we couldn't with our WDM portfolio alone helping Ekinops achieve its stated goal of tripling transport revenue by the end of 2024." -Vincent Munière, Group Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research & Development at Ekinops

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Casa Systems joins LOT Network in a proactive measure against the threat of patent trolls

Casa Systems | June 15, 2022

Casa Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASA), a leading provider of cloud-native software and physical technology solutions for wireless, cable and fixed broadband networks, today announced it has joined LOT Network, the international community of the world’s leading high-tech companies committed to protecting its members from costly litigation from patent assertion entities (PAEs, also known as “patent trolls”). An industry innovator for nearly 20 years, Casa Systems recognizes the threat that patent trolls can have on technology companies – where legal fees for taking a patent case through trial can cost millions of dollars, diverting valuable company resources away from core functions like R&D and product development. The company believes that a more cost-effective approach – like membership in LOT Network – will allow its team to focus on what matters most – building a culture of constant exploration and pioneering new paths forward in the industry. “We recognize that an ounce of prevention in these cases is worth millions of dollars,” said Timothy Rodenberger, General Counsel at Casa Systems. “LOT Network is a cost-effective way to protect our business from the high cost of PAE litigation. We’re pleased to join a community of leading technology companies in building a safer ecosystem for the telecommunications community through our efforts, and we appreciate the work that LOT Network is doing within the 5G community to reduce confusion around standard essential patents in that space.” LOT Network members agree that if, and only if, any member’s patent assets fall into the hands of a PAE, all the other members of the community receive a free license, thereby immunizing them against PAE litigation from those assets. At the same time, members retain all traditional uses of patents – including selling them or using them to sue other companies – including other LOT Network members. “Casa Systems is sending a strong signal to their customers and their business partners by joining LOT Network,” “By being proactive in reducing litigation threats, Casa Systems is also protecting others with whom they do business.” Ken Seddon, CEO at LOT Network About Casa Systems, Inc. Casa Systems, Inc. delivers the core-to-customer building blocks to speed 5G transformation with future-proof solutions and cutting-edge bandwidth for all access types. In today’s increasingly personalized world, we create disruptive architectures built specifically to meet the needs of service provider networks. Our suite of open, cloud-native network solutions unlocks new ways for service providers to build networks without boundaries and maximize revenue-generating capabilities. Commercially deployed in more than 70 countries, Casa Systems serves over 475 Tier 1 and regional service providers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.casa-systems.com. About LOT Network LOT Network is an international community of the world’s leading high-tech companies committed to protecting its members from costly litigation from patent assertion entities (PAEs). LOT Network currently protects more than 2,150 members in 54 countries from litigation from over 3.4 million worldwide patent assets and counting. Members include market leaders such as IBM, Red Hat, Verizon, T-Mobile, Comcast, Cisco, Google, Tesla, Microsoft, as well as innovative companies like Waymo, Uber, Mediacom Communication Corporation among others.

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Keysight’s Participation in O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 Enables Ecosystem to Speed Open RAN Technology Development and Specifications Maturity

Keysight | July 01, 2022

Keysight Technologies, Inc. a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, participated in the fourth global PlugFest event organized by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, accelerating development of Open RAN (O-RAN) technologies with open standard interfaces, intelligence and security. Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) solution portfolio enabled 15 vendors, 4 mobile operators and 2 Open Testing and Integration Centers (OTIC) at 3 PlugFest venues and 5 labs across Asia, Europe and North America to verify integration of multi-vendor network functions and compliance to O-RAN specifications. Keysight collaborated with leading vendors and mobile operators on industry first demonstrations in key areas of innovation including: Evaluation and assessment of energy savings features using live networks traffic profiles which have shown significant reduction in energy consumption for a multi-vendors cloud-native O-RAN system. Enablement of RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) assisted artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) optimization for energy savings and admission control use cases, as well as an orchestration framework that supports rapid deployment of test and validation for near-real time RICs and xApps. Pre-certification testing of the O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU), automated security testing for DevSecOps with 3GPP Security Assurance Specification (SCAS) test cases, Denial of Service (DoS) and fuzzing attacks simulations and performance testing of O-RAN Xhaul transport network elements’ fronthaul implementation under real-world conditions. “Keysight is pleased to collaborate with partners in the fourth O-RAN Global PlugFest during which we have successfully completed several industry-first demonstrations in key areas including energy savings, RIC-enabled AI/ML based optimization, test automation framework for RICs and applications, pre-certification testing, DevSecOps security with attacks simulation and transport network elements performance testing,” Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Network and Operators group Fourteen Keysight solutions were used to make progress in the development of technical and test specifications for open standard interfaces, Xhaul transportation, O-Cloud, RIC, and AI/ML that enabled use cases and O-RAN security requirements. Keysight worked with the global PlugFest hosts, sponsors and labs in: Europe with Telefonica (European OTIC in Madrid) Taiwan with Auray Technology Corp. (OTIC in Taiwan) United States with AT&T and DISH (co-sponsors) in the COSMOS Testbed sandbox at WINLAB, Rutgers University, POWDER Platform at the University of Utah and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory PlugFest participants seamlessly integrated KORA software and hardware platforms to test the following: O-RAN Energy Savings - Keysight’s O-RAN Energy Savings test solution was used to demonstrate reduction in power consumption for a multi-vendors O-RAN system that includes containerized O-DU and O-CU software, O-Cloud software and hardware including state of the art processors with telemetry and power management features and accelerators using live network traffic profiles. Collaborators: Intel, Radisys, Vodafone and Wind River This test solution consists of O-RU emulator with embedded UEE capabilities (RuSIM), core emulator (CoreSIM) and test automation framework (PathWave Test Automation) for stateful emulation of the network digital twin to test the O-RAN system. Keysight’s power analyzer (PA2203A IntegraVision) performed precise real-time measurements of the power consumption throughout the tests. The company’s Performance Benchmarking Solution (PBM) characterized the O-RAN system’s energy consumption/savings profiles and performed closed loop optimization of power savings parameters used in the O-RAN system modelled after energy savings rApps. O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU) – Keysight’s O-RAN O-RU test solution consisting of the company’s O-DU emulation (Open RAN Studio), radio frequency (RF) signal sources and analyzers (UXA signal analyzer, VXG signal generator), and test automation framework (PathWave Test Automation) provided pre-certification testing of the O-RUs including validation of 3GPP and O-RAN conformance and performance of the open fronthaul control, user, synchronization and management planes implementation across RF and protocol measurement domains. Collaborators: Foxconn, Kinpo Electronics and LITEON O-RAN End-to-End (E2E) – Keysight’s RAN test solution consisting of UEE capabilities (UeSIM) and CoreSIM assessed small cells E2E performance, security and latency under load and stress test conditions. Collaborators: LIONS Technology, LITEON, Pegatron Corp., SageRAN and WNC O-RAN Near and non-Real-Time RICs, xApps and rApps - Keysight’s RIC and xApps/rApps test solution (RICtest) was used for three scenarios: Energy savings use case for large scale O-RAN network simulation with Juniper Networks Energy Savings rApp leveraging the O-RAN compliant O1 interface for the collection of standards-compliant performance metrics and reconfiguration of Keysight RIC tester emulated E2 nodes. Collaborator: Juniper Networks 4G eNB Admission Control rApp and xApp, with Keysight’s RIC test solution providing O-RAN network simulation of 60 eNBs across several tracking areas and device emulation of hundreds of onboarding subscribers and Juniper Networks’ Non-RT RIC and Admission Control rApp providing the overall governance across multiple Near-RT RICs. 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The 5G vision, outlined in successive NGMN White Papers [1,2] sets out a framework for
enabling digital transformation for society and across industry, with a wide range of use cases
and associated requirements.
Commercial deployments of 5G are now progressing around the globe, delivering new
capabilities and improved performance for customers. For Mobile Network Operators (MNOs),
a set of features that underpin 5G, including disaggregation, softwarization, cloud-native
design and operation, autonomous and distributed computing and intelligence, and a multiaccess composable core, are enabling new technologies and business models.

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