Nokia Offers 5G Automation With Next Gen OSS

Nokia | February 03, 2020

Nokia steamed into MWC month with the launch of a next generation OSS system that runs on cloud platforms and promises to provide telcos with "highly-automated and scalable software" for managing their 4G and 5G networks. The Nokia Network Operations Master software is, according to Nokia, based on a vendor agnostic, cloud native architecture (Nokia's Common Software Foundation) and aims to help operators manage 4G and 5G networks with "extreme automation" (which presumably must differ from regular automation). It's designed to tackle the increased complexity of 5G networks through the use of machine learning and automated techniques. As pointed out in Nokia's press release by Dana Cooperson, research director at Analysys Mason, 5G networks "will require significantly more operations automation than past networks in order to achieve promised levels of efficiency and new service support."

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Skyworks’ Advanced Synchronization Solutions Support Next-Generation 5G Deployments

Skyworks | September 05, 2022

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. today announced the launch of its new portfolio of network synchronization solutions, which includes the Si551x and Si540x families of NetSync™ clock integrated circuit devices and Skyworks’ AccuTime™ IEEE 1588 software. Each product family is engineered to meet the requirements of mobile operators and equipment vendors for 5G fronthaul networks. Precise and accurate time synchronization is critical to ultra-reliable network operation and is paving the way for future enhancements, including Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) and Coordinated Multipoint Access (CoMP) that empower 5G to support autonomous vehicles, factory automation, telemedicine and other emerging applications. “Skyworks’ decades of expertise and patented timing technology enable the company to offer best-in-class performance, integration and reliability, featuring its ultra-low jitter DSPLL architecture with MultiSynth™ ‘any-frequency’ clock synthesis, This technology allows multiple clock and synchronization functions to be combined into a single device, reducing power consumption and printed circuit board space, while simplifying high-frequency design. Skyworks has been collaborating with partners such as NXP Semiconductors and AMD to drive 5G solutions for both the public and private wireless network markets.” Mark Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of the mixed signal solutions business at Skyworks “Focused on enabling an ecosystem to support O-RAN 5G solutions that allows customers to quickly bring products to market, NXP leverages the hardware capabilities of its Layerscape multicore processors and Layerscape Access programmable-based processors for 1588 timing synchronization and combines it with ecosystem solutions like those provided by Skyworks,” said Tareq Bustami, senior vice president and general manager, Network Edge at NXP Semiconductors. “Our collaboration with Skyworks delivers robust ecosystem solutions that meet the stringent requirements of evolving 5G networks.” “Skyworks Si551x and Si540x products are ideal companions to our system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, including our RFSoC DFE and Versal™ platforms targeted at 5G RRU, Beamforming fronthaul and vDU,” said Mike Wissolik, director of marketing, Data Center and Communications Group at AMD. “The AccuTime software runs on our in-built ARM processor subsystem and utilizes on-chip IP allowing customers to have a truly integrated synchronization solution.” Additional Product Information: Skyworks’ Si551x and Si540x timing solutions comply with all relevant telecom standards, including ITU-T G.826x/G.827x, IEEE 1588-2008/2019 and O-RAN WG4, enabling robust and reliable synchronization across networks. These new products are in production, and samples and evaluation kits are available now. Si551x: Optimized for air-interface equipment including radio units (RUs) and integrated small cells, the Si5518 and Si5512 products combine the functions of network synchronization, jitter attenuation and JESD204B/C clocking into a single device. Si540x: Optimized for equipment within the fronthaul network, such as distribution units (DUs) and fronthaul switches and gateways, the Si5401, Si5402 and Si5403 products provide network synchronization and synchronous Ethernet/SDH clock wander filtering. AccuTime™ IEEE 1588 Software: Designed to provide a comprehensive and flexible PTP solution, and highly integrated with the Si551x and Si540x devices, AccuTime IEEE 1588 software supports time recovery performance to meet the requirements of real-world fronthaul network deployments using full (FTS), partial (PTS) or assisted partial (APTS) timing support. About Skyworks Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Our highly innovative analog and mixed signal semiconductors are connecting people, places and things spanning a number of new and previously unimagined applications within the aerospace, automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, entertainment and gaming, industrial, medical, defense, smartphone, tablet and wearable markets. Skyworks is a global company with engineering, marketing, operations, sales and support facilities located throughout Asia, Europe and North America and is a member of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 market indices.

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Juniper Networks Announces Additional Versatility and Flexibility for Data Center Operations with Expansion to Apstra Software

Juniper Networks | September 17, 2022

Juniper Networks a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced Apstra Freeform, the newest expansion to its multivendor data center automation and assurance platform. This capability allows Juniper’s enterprise, service provider and cloud provider customers to manage and automate their data center operations regardless of topology and protocols used. Network operations are rapidly evolving. Whether it’s managing the effects of a global supply chain crunch or coping with changes in the workforce spurred by the pandemic, organizations of all sizes and sectors face architectural questions that will shape how they build their data centers. Sole sourcing will become multivendor, configuration will become intent-driven and root-cause identification and remediation will become automated. Juniper Apstra was built from the ground up to address this new era of operations. Apstra Freeform aims to unify experiences across vendors and automate key data center workflows as the single source of truth for data center configuration. Freeform builds upon Apstra’s powerful intent-based networking capabilities for full lifecycle data center management across a range of data center topologies and vendors, enabling a reliable user experience that encompasses the following key features: New reference design covering any topology. With this new software release, Apstra simplifies IT operations by extending its intent-based networking capability to any protocol, any topology and any network domain. Customers can now choose the architecture that fits their business needs while taking advantage of Apstra capabilities. Reliable operations. Apstra’s role as the single source of truth enables data center designs to be applied consistently, every time. Closed-loop feedback provides IT professionals with reliable operations across disparate infrastructure. Value now accessible to more customers. As part of this new release, Juniper is introducing a new Apstra licensing model. Freeform extends Apstra capabilities to significantly more use cases. Customers can now choose from three licensing tiers with the option to seamlessly upgrade at any time as needed. “Apstra continues to emphasize the importance of reliable and consistent multivendor data center operations,” said Mike Bushong, Group VP of Data Center Product Management at Juniper Networks. “With the introduction of Freeform, we are expanding operational efficiency further into the market. Freeform brings full control of the network design into the hands of data center operators, giving them complete flexibility and versatility. Without topology constraints, we are truly democratizing intent-based networking and allowing everyone to benefit from the best operational practices in the cloud era.” To address ever-evolving business requirements, organizations must continue to focus on the speed and scale of their operations, all while maintaining reliability. Apstra delivers consistent, reliable data center operations through continuously validated, intent-driven blueprints across multiple vendors. By giving customers the freedom of choice and innovation through multivendor support, Juniper continues to take a fundamentally different approach to data center operations management. Juniper Networks Professional Services provides Apstra Automated Deployment and Migration Services for customers using validated data center reference designs, as well as flexible Freeform reference designs. Both Services are fully customizable and can be tailored to specific customer requirements or leveraged for any feature, protocol or architecture. Supporting Quotes: “Atos has enjoyed a partnership with Juniper for over ten years. As a global system integrator, we give our clients business plasticity to change, adapt and innovate with velocity, creating standard multi-partner, repeatable data center network architectures. Data center reference designs within Apstra allow us to deploy and operate partner agnostic data center network fabrics quickly, automatically and seamlessly. Atos supports customers in many verticals and, occasionally, requirements dictate different network architectures. With Apstra Freeform, we’re able to automatically build different architectures and still operate them using Apstra. Flexible vendor agnostic network architectures with Apstra’s reliability, simplicity, telemetry and intent networking are an excellent enhancement to the Apstra platform.” – Lee Wright, VP CTO Infrastructure, Atos “Apstra’s unique ability to manage multivendor environments gives our customers the strategic flexibility to use hardware from different vendors. Freeform introduces additional capabilities to employ Apstra over a range of different data center designs, all packaged with a licensing model built for scale.” – David Brady, EVP, Myriad360 “Data center operations teams are confronting challenges and complexity on multiple fronts: the pressure to make network operations simpler and more agile through extensive automation; supply chain disruptions that affect availability of infrastructure and timing of refresh schedules; the complexity of heterogenous application environments and infrastructure; and skills gaps that inhibit how quickly existing personnel can adapt to change. With the release of Freeform, Juniper Apstra is helping customers address these challenges by investing Apstra’s full-lifecycle intent-based network management with a greater degree of versatility to accommodate a broader array of protocols and topologies.” – Brad Casemore, Research Vice President, Datacenter and Multicloud Networks, IDC About Juniper Networks Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security, and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability, and equality. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Ookla Names Xfinity the Fastest Internet Provider in Illinois

Comcast Corporation | September 13, 2022

Global network intelligence and connectivity insights leader, Ookla has named Xfinity the fastest Internet provider in Illinois. The recently published Speedtest Global Index rankings, based upon consumer testing of Internet services in the United States in Q2 2022 through Ookla’s speed test website, showed Xfinity coming out on top in 12 states across the country, more than any other provider by a wide margin. Xfinity’s median consumer tested download speeds of 184 megabits per second (Mbps) across Illinois were faster than competitor’s consumer speeds. Ookla’s report provides a real-time view into the Internet speeds that consumers are actually experiencing based on the service tiers they select. “Consumers are using more connected devices in their homes than ever before, We’ve invested billions into our network to deliver our fastest speeds throughout the Illinois and across the country. We are committed to delivering the best possible connectivity experience and will continue to exceed our customers’ growing demand for fast, reliable, and secure Internet connections.” Comcast Regional Senior Vice President John Crowley Xfinity Internet provides an unbeatable connectivity experience with the fastest download speeds, advanced cybersecurity protection, and total control over all the devices connected over WiFi in the home. Recently, Comcast began rolling out its Supersonic Gateway, capable of delivering speeds faster than a Gig and three times more capacity to connect hundreds of devices simultaneously. The new Supersonic WiFi gateway is WiFi 6E capable and is now available to Xfinity Internet Gigabit and Ultrafast customers across the U.S. Faster speeds will be just one of the consumer benefits made possible through Comcast’s continued efforts to evolve its entire network to 10G. 10G is a next-generation technology platform supported by a global collaboration of companies in the Internet industry focused on building networks that stay ahead of consumer demand for connectivity. In addition to enabling multi-gig symmetrical connections, 10G efforts will provide even greater network reliability, lower latency, faster troubleshooting, and increased energy efficiency. More information about the industry’s efforts toward a 10G future can be found here. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia.

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IQ Fiber Activates 100% Fiber-Optic Network

IQ Fiber | August 24, 2022

IQ Fiber, Northeast Florida’s only local residential fiber-optic internet service provider, has activated the first portion of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Jacksonville. The private infrastructure deployment launched earlier this year and is now serving its first customers. This network activation is the first of many, with construction also underway in San Marco and Atlantic Beach. IQ Fiber celebrated the lighting of the network with a cavalcade and community event in San Jose Forest. IQ Fiber has delivered the first-ever locally based high-speed internet service to the Jacksonville area. Customers now have access to a 100% fiber-optic 10-gig capable network that is far superior to telephone or cable-based internet. “Jacksonville residents deserve a better choice for broadband internet service, We are proud to deliver on our promise of a 100% fiber-optic network with a streamlined customer experience. Our first customers are enjoying the highest speeds available in this market on a network that is purpose-built for the modern internet.” Ted Schremp, CEO of IQ Fiber IQ Fiber’s network is capable of symmetrical speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. The network consists of underground conduit and fiber-optic cables extending from the core internet backbone directly into individual homes, allowing for the fastest internet speeds available while supporting the explosive growth in internet usage and demand. With average broadband usage increasing over 25% per year in the U.S., demand has increased for symmetrical speeds, reduced lag time and massive network capacity only fiber offers. IQ Fiber offers simple month-to-month rates with no hidden fees, surcharges or surprise price increases. IQ Fiber’s three service plans deliver symmetrical internet speeds between 250 and 1,000 Mbps, and whole-home Wi-Fi service with a simple app to manage connections and settings. IQ Fiber, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida and is bringing high-speed, state-of-the-art 100% fiber-optic internet to areas of Northeast Florida that do not currently have access to modern, symmetrical broadband services. The first phase of the network will deliver fiber-optic internet to 60,000 homes across Northeast Florida. IQ Fiber is privately funded and launched in August 2021. About IQ Fiber IQ Fiber is Northeast Florida's only local fiber-optic internet service provider. Headquartered in Jacksonville, IQ Fiber is transforming the residential broadband market by offering a 100% fiber-optic network with a stress-free guarantee: no contracts, hidden fees, or data caps. Its network is supported by live, local customer service. IQ Fiber is backed by strong capital funding partners focused on rapidly expanding its residential fiber network across Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties.

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