DATA CENTER NETWORKING

Resound Networks and Globtel Holding Successfully Perform Fixed Wireless Access Test With 1 Gbps Downlink And 500 Mbps Uplink Throughput at 7 Miles

Globtel Holding | June 30, 2022

Globtel Holding
Resound Networks and Globtel Holding announced the results of testing in the fixed wireless gigabit tier. Globtel`s flagship product AIR Gigaray 70E achieved the RDOF gigabit throughput milestone at 7 miles utilizing unlicensed and license-exempt spectrum. The achieved distances are arguably the furthest at which any fixed wireless technology has met the FCC gigabit tier requirements.

AIR Gigaray 70E supports up to 10 Gbps downlink capacity per one 90-degree sector and can serve several hundred subscribers at a single base station location with 360-degree coverage. Capacities like these provide the tools needed for WISPs to successfully compete with fiber providers.

"The performance of the technology in the field was extraordinary and exceeded our expectations. Globtel`s AIR Gigaray will help us in our commitment to expand our gigabit network throughout rural America and will easily fulfill our RDOF obligations as we plan to use Globtel`s technology in our RDOF build-out."

Resound's CEO, Tyson Curtis

"We are excited to partner with Resound Networks, one of the pioneering wireless internet service providers. Globtel Holding is focused on supporting WISPs in providing state-of-the-art technology easily achieving gigabit speeds at significant distances which enables WISPs to comfortably compete with fiber in terms of service quality but at a much lower cost. Additionally, as FWA buildouts are faster, customers will get their service quicker while the ROI period for the service provider begins almost immediately," added Pavle Mikuz, VP of Sales at Globtel Holding.

About Resound Networks
Resound Networks was founded in 2015 as a rural-focused ISP determined to close the digital divide. The company is based in Pampa, Texas, and its carrier-class network provides coverage to over 400,000 homes throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Resound plans to expand its network coverage to multiple neighboring states beginning in 2022, funded in part by the $311M awarded to the company in the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction.

About Globtel
Globtel Holding enables Cable companies, WISPs and Fiber based companies to deliver high speed broadband and services related to it like IPTV, DVB, VoIP via fixed wireless access. Globtel has developed a revolutionary fixed wireless access platform based on the DOCSIS standard which allows operators to provide triple-play services and gigabit access to residential and enterprise users in a flexible and efficient manner at a fraction of the time it would take to deploy a wired network and as such monetize the network virtually immediately.

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Nokia Networks recently closed on its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which bolstered its equipment and services portfolio as it competes against fellow telecom vendors Ericsson and Huawei. The purchase also included Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive virtualization and cloud work, some of which was under the CloudBand banner. That program was rolled out in 2013, with a focus on creating an open ecosystem for service providers, developers and vendors interested in adopting virtualized platforms. The CloudBand business quickly garnered dozens of partners, including telecom operators Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica. Nokia for its part has also been working on cloud and virtualization platforms, including the launch in 2014 of what it said was the first commercial carrier-grade telecom cloud deployment that used network functions virtualization to enable voice-over-LTE services. With the once rivals now one, Nokia said it’s looking to accelerate progress in terms of supporting the growing need for NFV and cloud platform from telecom operators. This includes support for the Nokia cloud services and positioning of a standalone NFV platform designed to support carrier needs regardless of VNF or hardware provider.


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MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

FS Expands Its Portfolio with 25G, 40G, 100G, and 400G Data Center Switches

FS.COM | July 04, 2022

FS.COM, a high-speed communication solution provider for data centers, enterprises, and telecom networks, introduces a series of data center switches with speeds of 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G, and 400G, aiming to target data center networks with different sizes. With the quick evolution of data center networking over the past years, higher-performance 10/25/100/400G leaf-spine typologies are introduced to solve the volume and velocity of emerging application architectures. On such a basis, FS, one of the leading high-speed communication solution providers, expands a series of data center leaf and spine switches to meet the demand for 10/25/40/100G and 400G switching. These switch portfolios are high-performance leaf and spine switches designed for enterprise branch, campus, and data center networks. All the switches are equipped with the Broadcom chips and offer advanced features such as EVPN-VXLAN, MLAG, RoCE, and programmability, giving customers a tremendous amount of flexibility when building networks with speeds ranging from 10G all the way up to 400G. The details of the main switches are as follows: N9500-32D: offers 32 x 400G QSFP-DD ports that are compatible with multi-speed 25/40/100/200GbE, along with flexible L3 features and wire-speed performance. And it supports the installation of compatible network operating system software, such as SONiC, Open Network Linux (ONL), and Arrcus ArcOS. N8560 series delivers a flexible combination of 10G/25G/40G/100G ports with rich Layer 3 features and advanced data center functions such as low latency, and zero packet loss performance for data center connectivity. And they support ansible, OpenFlow, NETCONF, etc. configuration and automation tools. N8550 series brings flexible options of 10G/25G/40G/100Gb speed with advanced data center features such as EVPN-VXLAN, MLAG, and NETCONF. And these switches support various operating systems like SONiC, Open Network Linux (ONL), Pica8 Inc. PicOS™ OS, ideal for high availability data center network build. NC8200 series are modular switches that offer fixed-configuration line cards with 25G, 40G, and 100G ports. They support rich features for data center connectivity such as VXLAN, MLAG, and EVPN-VXLAN, making them flexible choices for data centers and large enterprise networks. As the volume of workloads and traffic continues to explode in data centers, it becomes more important for enterprises to build an extensible leaf-spine network capable of delivering terabits of capacity. FS data center switches are introduced to address such demands of users. Users can choose the most suitable switches and build a network any way they need. About FS.COM FS.COM is a high-speed communication product and solution provider for connecting and securing global data center, enterprise, and telecom networks. FS is dedicated to fulfilling product systems and tailoring project solutions for IT professionals with immediate services by developing its talents, labs and local service center. Through continuous technology upgrade and brand partnership, FS serves customers across 200 countries – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative solution portfolio.

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MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

T-Mobile and AAA Team Up to Keep Customers Safe and Connected on the Go

T-Mobile | June 20, 2022

AAA, one of North America’s largest and most trusted membership organizations, and T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS), America’s Un-carrier, today announced T-Mobile is AAA’s Official Wireless Partner just in time for summer road trip season. To kick things off, T-Mobile customers can get a FREE year of AAA Classic or Basic membership starting June 21. that means free 24-hour roadside assistance including towing, flat tire service, battery service and more for all T-Mobile Magenta, Magenta MAX and eligible small business customers. So say goodbye to road trip woes and hit Route 66 without worry. Four out of five Americans are expected to take a road trip this summer,1 but nothing will ruin a vacation faster than being lost with spotty service or stranded by a breakdown. With the most 5G coverage on U.S. highways and main roads – more than twice the next provider – and legendary, trusted 24-hour roadside assistance, it just makes sense these two marquee brands are joining forces. T-Mobile’s network is the one AAA can rely on to keep their members connected along miles of roads across America. And now, a fleet of AAA’s own tow trucks will be equipped with 5G-connected tablets and phones to connect AAA service drivers with consumers in need. "We know everyone is eager to travel — over 80% of consumers are planning to take a road trip this summer. So naturally, teaming up with widely trusted AAA was a no-brainer, This collaboration was built to help customers from both brands stay safer when they hit the road, and stay better connected with unbeatable 5G coverage across America’s highways.” Mike Sievert, CEO, T-Mobile Access to AAA’s renowned roadside assistance is just one of many benefits T-Mobile customers will enjoy when they become AAA members. For over 120 years, AAA has proudly served its members by offering a wide array of automotive and travel services, discounts and rewards to over 80,000 retailers across the country, options for home, auto and life insurance, free identity theft protection and best-in-class financial services. “Bringing the power of our two brands together is a game changer for consumers,” said Marshall Doney, President and CEO, AAA. “AAA’s unmatched suite of services and benefits paired with T-Mobile’s extraordinary 5G network will give travelers everything they need to keep their road trip on track this summer and beyond.” And of course, there’s more for AAA members. AAA members can now get up to $100 via virtual prepaid Mastercard for activating a new account and switching two lines to the Un-carrier. This can be combined with other offers, like a $200 rebate for each of up to five new lines brought over to T-Mobile on a qualifying rate plan. 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T-Mobile U.S. Inc. is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Metronet Begins Construction of 100 Percent Fiber Optic Network in Colorado Springs

Metronet | August 02, 2022

Metronet today announced that construction of its ultra-high-speed 100 percent fiber optic network has officially begun in Colorado Springs. Metronet’s fully funded $130 million investment in Colorado Springs will provide residents and businesses throughout the city with access to Metronet’s future-proof fiber optic internet. Once the two-year construction process is complete, Colorado Springs will join the country’s internet elite as a Gigabit City. Construction has begun north of Dublin Blvd. and east of Union Blvd. which will expand rapidly throughout Colorado Springs with the first customers connected later this year. As construction continues throughout the city, customers may sign up for presale which will indicate their interest and prioritize service installation once available. Those interested in Metronet services may visit shop.metronet.com to be notified once their address is available for installation and to access presale. “With construction of our 100 percent fiber optic network beginning in Colorado Springs, residents and businesses are one step closer to having access to ultra-high-speed internet in a time when access to faster and more reliable service is critical, Just more than one year after we began conversations with the city, we are proud to officially begin building the network that will bring multi-gigabit speeds, including 5GB, through XGS PON technology directly to the homes and businesses of the first city we will serve in the Centennial State, Colorado Springs.” John Cinelli, Metronet CEO Colorado Springs residents will soon begin seeing Metronet trucks throughout the area as pre-construction activities begins. Residents will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to starting. Additional messaging, such as yard signs, will also be provided to notify residents of when construction is beginning in their neighborhood. Metronet crews are identified by ID tags and branded Metronet vehicles. Metronet plans to hire local market management positions, sales and customer service professionals and service technicians to support the Colorado Springs area. Those interested in joining the Metronet team can visit Metronet.com/careers to search available positions and to submit applications. About Metronet: Metronet is the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The customer-focused company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet and full-featured Fiber Phone. Metronet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serving and constructing networks in more than 250 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Metronet is committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to communities — services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. By offering XGS PON technology, Metronet can easily carry its communities into the future of 5GB service. Metronet has been recognized by PC Mag as one of the Top 10 Fastest ISPs in North Central United States in 2020 and Top 10 ISPs with Best Gaming Quality Index in 2021. Broadband Now has recognized Metronet as the Top 3 Fastest Internet Providers and Fastest Fiber Providers in the Nation in 2020, and #1 Fastest Mid-Sized Internet Provider in two states in 2020. In 2020, Metronet was awarded the Vectren Energy Safe Digging Partner Award from Vectren.

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WAN TECHNOLOGIES

Quickline uses ADVA 100G aggregation solution to expand ultra-fast broadband to rural and hard-to-reach communities

ADVA | June 18, 2022

ADVA announced that Quickline has deployed its FSP 150 aggregation solution to offer high-speed residential and enterprise services across the hardest-to-reach areas in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The innovative new network utilizes 5G wireless and FTTP for the last mile. Combined with ADVA’s MEF 3.0-certified 100Gbit/s technology, this enables Quickline to rapidly expand the delivery of ultra-fast, highly available broadband to more remote locations across the region. Temperature-hardened and simple to deploy, ADVA’s compact edge solution provides pre-activation testing and features the highly accurate synchronization capabilities vital for 5G services. ADVA’s partner, Nomios, played a key role in the deployment, planning and designing of the new infrastructure as well as providing project management, network management services and ongoing support. “Our mission is to give customers access to gigabit-capable broadband in the hardest-to-reach rural areas of the UK. To do that, we’ve harnessed the most advanced aggregation device and taken an innovative approach to last-mile connectivity. By leveraging the flexibility and power of ADVA’s FSP 150 to link our 5G-based services to PoPs, we can deliver lightning-fast broadband to more rural communities than ever before, Working with trusted and proven partners such as ADVA and Nomios with their strong customer-first ethos was also important to us in our decision making.” Sean Royce, CEO of Quickline Supported by the Building Digital UK program, Quickline’s expanded network is helping to connect some of Britain’s hardest-to-reach places. Built on the high-density ADVA FSP 150-XG400 Series, the infrastructure enables 100Gbit/s connectivity in the national network as well as the distribution of the highly precise phase and frequency synchronization needed for 5G. For smaller nodes, Quickline has also deployed the FSP 150-XG100Pro Series. Both solutions bring together a rich set of programmability and security features contained within a compact and environmentally hardened case. What’s more, with 24/7 monitoring from Nomios, any faults can be proactively identified and rectified with minimal impact on end users. “We’re pleased to be supporting Quickline with its goal of offering high-speed internet to those living and working in underserved areas. With more people than ever working from home, it’s vital to close the digital divide and ensure that families and businesses can benefit from the same high-quality services as those in urban areas,” commented Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, SVP of sales, EMEA at ADVA. “Our FSP 150 family of carrier-class packet devices is the perfect fit for Quickline’s expanding network. Designed to deliver high-density transport, aggregation and demarcation of 5G and MEF 3.0 CE services, our solutions ensure fast and reliable fixed-line or wireless connectivity. We’re looking forward to helping Quickline continue to grow with support from us and our partner Nomios.” “Homes and businesses now expect and depend on fast, reliable broadband. That’s why Quickline is harnessing our expertise with ADVA’s packet edge technology to build a new high-speed residential and enterprise network. The opportunity for strategic growth is now firmly in place with the ability to scale services at the edge and extend reach to customers in hard-to-reach locations. This has been achieved in a highly reliable, time- and cost-efficient way,” said Richard Butcher, MD of UK&I at Nomios. “With our monitoring service, ongoing management, maintenance and training, Quickline is well prepared for the future. Working together, Nomios and ADVA helped Quickline to combine their 5G technologies and best-of-breed access solutions, creating an extremely innovative and efficient network architecture that will deliver on present day and future customer expectations across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and beyond.” About ADVA ADVA is a company founded on innovation and focused on helping our customers succeed. Our technology forms the building blocks of a shared digital future and empowers networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we’re building a truly connected and sustainable future. For more information on how we can help you, please visit us at www.adva.com. About Nomios Nomios are a cyber security and networking solutions provider for global enterprises, telecommunications operators and service providers. They combine technologies, processes and the best human expertise to create next generation services and solutions. Their service quality and operational excellence results in the highest customer satisfaction in the market. www.nomios.co.uk. About Quickline Quickline is focussed on delivering improved broadband connectivity in rural areas of the north of England and beyond where a significant digital divide remains and many hundreds of thousands of premises are in desperate need of increased broadband speeds. The East Yorkshire-based firm is an innovative forward-thinking Internet Service Provider (ISP) with its heritage in fixed wireless, but its network includes increasing amounts of full fibre connectivity, as well as rural-delivered 5G technology. 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Nokia Networks recently closed on its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which bolstered its equipment and services portfolio as it competes against fellow telecom vendors Ericsson and Huawei. The purchase also included Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive virtualization and cloud work, some of which was under the CloudBand banner. That program was rolled out in 2013, with a focus on creating an open ecosystem for service providers, developers and vendors interested in adopting virtualized platforms. The CloudBand business quickly garnered dozens of partners, including telecom operators Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica. Nokia for its part has also been working on cloud and virtualization platforms, including the launch in 2014 of what it said was the first commercial carrier-grade telecom cloud deployment that used network functions virtualization to enable voice-over-LTE services. With the once rivals now one, Nokia said it’s looking to accelerate progress in terms of supporting the growing need for NFV and cloud platform from telecom operators. This includes support for the Nokia cloud services and positioning of a standalone NFV platform designed to support carrier needs regardless of VNF or hardware provider.

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