Wi-Fi 6E and 5G will share 6GHz spectrum to supercharge wireless data

Venturebeat | April 02, 2020

At one point, some observers believed that cellular and Wi-Fi technologies were locked in a zero-sum game, such that higher-speed 4G or 5G networks would eventually eliminate the need for Wi-Fi in transmitting data wirelessly. But as 5G transitioned from concept to reality, a more nuanced relationship became apparent: Wi-Fi would continue to have an important role, evolving alongside 5G, and possibly even intertwining with it. This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set an important date for the future of Wi-Fi, announcing that its five commissioners will vote on April 23 to permit or disallow “unlicensed” use of the 6GHz radio band. It’s important to understand what that actually means, so let’s break it down.

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Today’s networks use multiple hierarchies and technologies requiring multiple protocol adaptations and encapsulations to map Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet traffic (at Layers 2 and 3 [L2 and L3]) to the physical optical transport network. Therefore, to create an IP/ Ethernet mesh between switches/routers requires mapping multiple physical interfaces to a connection-oriented transport network...


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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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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Telefonica Selects Mavenir for Cloud-native IMS Core

Mavenir | June 06, 2022

Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today confirms its selection by Telefónica Hispam (Hispanoamérica) to supply cloud-native IMS Core for fixed and mobile networks across Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. As mobile networks continue to evolve, and to handle growing data and device needs, Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS platform serves as the foundational technology for 5G networks. The transition to automated, cloud-native IMS, will allow Telefónica Hispam to evolve all fixed and mobile voice services and modernize operations. The solution will be deployed on TCloud, Telefónica’s private telco cloud infrastructure. Mavenir’s IMS is purpose-built for fully automated cloud environments, allowing Telefónica to operate with web-scale agility, ensuring 5G transformation is layered on existing 4G networks using a microservice-based architecture. Deploying zero-touch Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), containerized environments increase productivity and leverage current network investment with a 5G-ready, cloud-native IMS core platform. Alejandro Ghianni, Planification and Engineering Director at Telefónica Hispam said, “At Telefónica, we appreciate that core network functions must be modernized to support network evolution, and virtualized architectures will need software that supports both VoLTE and 5G Voice. We are very excited to embark on this network transformation journey with Mavenir.” “Only a cloud-native network, evolved into a fully web-scale platform, can meet the requirements for a successful 5G transformation. Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS Core can be deployed on any cloud eliminating legacy hardware platforms. This mobile-first architecture has been deployed in a variety of large multivendor environments including O2 Telefónica in Germany and Virgin Mobile O2 in the UK. We are very pleased to have been awarded this important project by Telefónica Hispam. Javier Gavilan, Mavenir’s Chief Technical Officer CALA region “Mavenir is the global leader in cloud-native mobile network software applications, supporting over 3 billion subscribers worldwide. Mavenir’s modernized, software-based approach transforms mobile communications networks, to operate in a fully virtualized environment, where devices, applications, and services can run on an automated network utilizing open architectures, containers, and artificial intelligence,” concluded Gavilan. About Mavenir: Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers and Enterprises in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. About Telefónica Hispam: Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Spanish America. The company operates under the Movistar trademark and offers fixed broadband connectivity services -with FTTH solutions- and mobile with 4G networks, as well as a wide range of digital services for more than 109 million residential and business customers in the region. Telefónica Hispam offers its services in: Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Sandvine's Application and Network Intelligence Helps Fuel SK Telecom's 5G Private Enterprise Network Service

Sandvine | January 15, 2022

SK Telecom is fueling its pioneering 5G Private Enterprise Network Service using Sandvine's Application and Network Intelligence portfolio on private cloud. The solution is helping SK Telecom accelerate business expansion in verticals such as manufacturing, energy transmission and government. The service is expected to open the door to future network slicing and mobile edge computing (MEC) services. John Abraham, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason, said: Enterprises represent a massive opportunity for service providers in the 5G era, and network slicing and mobile edge computing will be central for businesses to accelerate the development of new services and capitalize on the promise of ultra-low latency apps and services. To successfully deliver the performance and reliability enterprises demand from 5G private networks, service providers will need in-depth analysis and insight about what's happening across their networks, apps, devices, and customer experiences. "When talking about 5G innovations like self-driving cars and smart factories, it's important that service providers have deep time-place-occasion application intelligence including analytics, optimization, security, and usage-based plans to meet the needs of enterprise customers. As SK Telecom builds momentum around its cloud-based 5G Standalone Private Enterprise Network Service, Sandvine is excited to contribute to services that provide superior application quality of experience for emerging real-time applications in IoT, AR/VR, and at the mobile edge." -Lyn Cantor, CEO, Sandvine About Sandvine Sandvine's cloud-based Application and Network Intelligence portfolio helps customers deliver high quality, optimized experiences to consumers and enterprises. Customers use our solutions to analyze, optimize, and monetize application experiences using contextual machine learning-based insights and real-time actions. Market-leading classification of more than 95% of traffic across mobile and fixed networks by user, application, device, and location creates uniquely rich, real-time data that significantly enhances interactions between users and applications and drives revenues. For more visit http://www.sandvine.com or follow Sandvine on Twitter @Sandvine.

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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

STS GLOBAL INC. JOINS NETWORK INNOVATIONS, ENHANCING THE DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF CUSTOMIZED CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL CLIENTS

STS GLOBAL INC | January 25, 2022

Network Innovations (NI) announces the acquisition of STS Global Inc., one of the satellite industry's most experienced global ground systems integrators, offering turnkey network systems and engineering design. Over the years, STS Global has provided services to connect clients in remote locations, transmit crucial data, provide secure networks, and more, ensuring reliable services anywhere on earth. Network Innovations will complement STS Global's capabilities in integration and engineering design, as they continue to operate under their existing management team. By leveraging the combined expertise of each company, this partnership will enhance the creation and delivery of reliable communication to our media, enterprise, government, and other markets."Network Innovations proudly welcomes STS Global, including its CEO Mr. David Hershberg, current management, and the entire team, to Network Innovations. This acquisition offers great potential in the markets we serve and I'm confident that STS Global will find benefits from the additional capabilities and resources NI can offer, says Derek Dawson, President, Network Innovations. "We are glad to be part of the Network Innovations team. This new venture will enable our customers to leverage the expertise of both companies to receive more customized services and solutions with a focus on the customer's mission." -David Hershberg, CEO of STS Global For Network Innovations, the decision to acquire STS Global completes a critical part of its strategy in strengthening partnerships and enabling clients to operate anywhere. Hermes Capital Advisors, Securities Offered through Arcadia Securities, LLC, acted as financial advisor to STS Global in connection with this transaction. ABOUT NETWORK INNOVATIONS Since 1989, Network Innovations has grown to be a global leader in connecting people, places, and things with always available solutions. Our dedicated specialists have the depth of training and experience to design, build, and execute the most successful technology solutions for the unique needs of government and defense, public safety, oil and gas, media, mining, utilities, maritime and recreation and leisure. ABOUT STS GLOBAL INC STS Global Inc. is a telecom, satellite, and media solutions company, bringing a knowledge-based value proposition to a global set of clients. Our experience gained from completing hundreds of systems integration projects and developing pre-engineered products has enabled us to refine our designs, add features and improve performance.

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Today’s networks use multiple hierarchies and technologies requiring multiple protocol adaptations and encapsulations to map Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet traffic (at Layers 2 and 3 [L2 and L3]) to the physical optical transport network. Therefore, to create an IP/ Ethernet mesh between switches/routers requires mapping multiple physical interfaces to a connection-oriented transport network...

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