Items filtered by date: June 2018

Huawei's newly released Intent-Driven IP WAN solution powered by an Agile Controller-based network-wide intelligent control is designed to support efficient operations and bandwidth evolution of enterprise cloud services. 

The Agile Controller can quickly bring services online and optimize network-wide traffic in real time, improving bandwidth utilization from 30% to 80% and effectively lowering OPEX, claims Huawei

According to Huawei, the solution uses intent-driven policies instead of passive-response policies. It collects service and network information in real time and automatically delivers configurations and paths to optimize service traffic. In this solution, the WAN transforms from passive response to intelligent adjustment according to customer intents. 

Ma Ye, VP of HuaweiRouter & Carrier Ethernet Product Line
All-cloud services are gaining increasing momentum among enterprises. To cope with the exponential traffic growth in the future, WANs must adopt an ultra-broadband and simplified architecture. Huawei’s Intent-Driven IP WAN solution can help enterprises and service providers achieve business success through service innovation and fast cloud-based transformation.

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Huawei announced that it has recently tested and verified in Huairou Beijing, a series of new enhancements that will be introduced in 5G Phase 2 3GPP R16 standards.

In one of the test, Huawei demonstrated the use case of Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) in 5G New Radio (NR) for Vehicle to Everything (V2X). For this test, Huawei used an end-to-end (E2E) solution that featured Cellular V2X(C-V2X) communication and mobile edge computing (MEC) as well as a roadside unit (RSU).

Another new enhancement for R16 showcased by Huawei is the Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) that can be applied to NR uplink video transmission. Huawei used 5G NR for uplink in this test to have video services run on 5G networks and demonstrated 5G-enabled AI on university campuses. 

The Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), another feature to be included in the R16 is also highlighted. Huawei said that applications for this feature based on R15 standards have been widely used throughout the industry, however R16-based applications are still at the exploratory stage of development. 

Last week, 3GPP together with a large group of mobile operators, vendors and other industry bodies announced the official approval for the standalone(SA) version of 5G Phase 1 standards, marking an important step towards the commercialization of mobile 5G.

The full set of 5G Phase 1 (R15) standards are expected to be completed by December 2019, while the 5G Phase 2 (R16) standards are expected to be completed by December 2020.

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Entel, a major Bolivian telecom company, and Huawei jointly completed commercial deployment of all-in-one small footprint urban macro site solution, TubeStar.

TubeStar breaks the boundaries of traditional base station products by allowing RF, baseband, transmission, and battery units to accommodate in a tiny vertical space, making it ideally suited for deployment urban areas.

The solution helps Entel solve most critical problems as the site acquisition and high TCO in the cities, said Huawei.

Bolivia consists of a quite complex urban landscape. With a high land privatization rate of 75%, site acquisition has long been considered a serious challenge for site construction. In general, it can take up to six months to acquire a site, on condition that a traditional on-tower macro base station deployment involves towers, equipment rooms, and fences, requires a floor area of up to 40m2.

By adapting TubeStar solution, Entel saves around 60% of site area, claims Huawei. As the equipment and cables are pre-installed in the tube segments, Entel only needs to ship the tube segments to the site, shortening the deployment time from 30 days to 11 days.

Cao Ming, VP of Huawei's Wireless Network Product Line
TubeStar helps operators address the challenges of high deployment costs, difficult site acquisition, and low site construction efficiency of urban macro networks.

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BT announced that it has built the UK’s first practical quantum-secured high-speed fibre network between Cambridge and the BT Labs in Adastral Park, Ipswich.

Constructed by researchers from BT, the University of York and the University of Cambridge over the past two years, the “ultra-secure” connection, secured by the laws of physics, was built as part of a project co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and will connect to the Cambridge Metropolitan QKD Network being launched tomorrow in Cambridge.

The quantum-secured link runs across a standard fibre connection through multiple BT exchanges over a distance of 120km, making it the first high-speed ‘real-world’ deployment of quantum-based network security in the UK. The network link, which is capable of transferring 500Gbps of data, will explore and validate use cases for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technologies. This will include how the technology can be deployed to secure critical national infrastructure, as well as to protect the transfer of critical data, such as sensitive medical and financial information.

The quantum link itself is said to be virtually “un-hackable” because it relies on the use of single particles of light (photons), to transmit data encryption ‘keys’ across the fibre. Should this communication be intercepted, the sender will be able to tell that the link has been tampered with and the stolen photons cannot then be used as part of the key, rendering the data stream incomprehensible to the hacker.

The link is a joint initiative of BT and the Quantum Communications Hub, led by the University of York - one of four Hubs in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

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Telco Systems has signed a joint development agreement with Arm, the industry's leading supplier of semiconductor IP, for new uCPE and NFV Edge solutions based on Arm architecture.

Telco Systems will lead a multiyear development program that will include the productization of existing prototypes for uCPE devices, specifically those based on NXP and Marvell system-on-chips (SoCs), and advanced, service-ready uCPE and NFV Edge solutions.

Telco Systems will focus on the development of performance acceleration solutions that utilize Arm and its SoC vendors' competitive edge, containerization of VNFs and cybersecurity solutions based on Arm TrustZone.

These new solutions will also serve as the foundation for future Arm-based Edge compute, IoT and MEC solutions. In order to introduce and promote these uCPE and NFV edge solutions to the market, Telco Systems and Arm will work together to expand the technology partner ecosystem, customer pipeline and other go-to-market activities.

This technology partner ecosystem will include VNF and hardware vendors and will address the needs of Tier 1 service providers and network operators. This Arm-NFVTime ecosystem will also allow VNF and whitebox vendors to unlock new business opportunities, create competitive differentiators and demonstrate superior performance. 

Drew Henry, SVP and GM, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm
It's simple, the Arm architecture offers low operating costs with greater design flexibility and better security for uCPE and edge devices. 

Ariel Afrati, CEO, Telco Systems
After of successful collaboration with Arm, we are excited to now announce this significant investment and development deal to bring to market new uCPE and NFV Edge solution and drive the execution of Arm's strategy for the telecommunications networking infrastructure market.

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Telefónica, Huawei and UPM have performed a field trial, demonstrating the application of quantum cryptography on commercial optical networks.

The field trial relies on a novel “Continuous Variables” (CV) QKD(Quantum Key Distribution) technology. A particular feature of the tested devices is that they are flexible, software-controlled ones. The systems are optimally adapted to a seamless integration in the dynamical environment of SDN and NFV networks, where the creation and modification of the optical fiber paths and required encryption, follows commands received over software-based control interfaces. 

The field trial employs the optical infrastructure provided by Telefónica Spain, connecting three different sites within the Madrid metropolitan area where software-controlled CV-QKD devices, developed by the Huawei Research Lab in Munich in collaboration with UPM are installed, together with SDN-based management modules developed by Telefónica’s.

This technique, known as QKD, not only provides protection against the threat posed by quantum computation to current cryptographic algorithms, but it can also provide a much higher security level for any exchange of data. However, QKD requires a high-quality optical fiber physical infrastructure, and Telefónica is very well positioned to provide services based on this technology, said Telefonica.

Diego R. Lopez, Head of Technology Exploration & Standards, Telefonica's Global CTIO Unit
We have been working to develop a field trial that demonstrates the provision of secure communication services based on QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) using a commercial SDN-managed optical network infrastructure.

Maria Antonia Crespo, Director of Transport and IP Connectivity, Telefonica Spain
Telefónica Spain’s optical network, in combination with our high-capacity photonic transmission systems, offer the required performance to provide secure channels based on quantum communication. This enhanced security is a key enabler for next generation networks, flexible, virtualized and software-defined.

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Deutsche Telekom has signed a partnership to support SK Gaming, an international eSports organization based in Germany, with know-how in the areas of telecommunications and technology.

In addition, Deutsche Telekom will sponsor a new team that SK Gaming has founded, and thereby support its partner's return into League of Legends competition. The highly competitive, team-based strategy game gets a huge fan base and is one of the most successful eSports games in the world.

The reported six-figure sponsorship from Deutsche Telekom will support all SK teams throughout 2018, with discussions for a multi-year-partnership underway.

The SK League of Legends team that Deutsche Telekom is sponsoring will enter the Riot Games Premier Tour on June 17, 2018. The team comprises both proven veterans and rising new stars. 

Hiro Kishi, Head of Sports Sponsoring, Telekom Deutschland
In addition to carrying out communicative efforts focused on the team, we plan to use eSports as a vehicle for highlighting our network quality – and the added value it offers for demanding applications such as gaming – and our technological know-how.

Alexander T. Muller, Managing Director, SK Gaming
Deutsche Telekom has extensive experience with professional sports and live events of which we will benefit. The company will support us as we participate in League of Legends competition and support SK Gaming in the further expansion and upgrading of its technological infrastructure. We look exiting about the partnership.

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Swisscom has introduced 'Internet Guard', a new virtual bodyguard that makes it even safer for its customers to surf the Internet.

Swisscom blocks its customers’ access to unsafe websites and the new network-based security function has access to an inordinate number of extensive, constantly updated lists of dangerous websites.

If Swisscom customers visit a website of this nature or are linked to one via a fraudulent e-mail link, Internet Guard identifies the danger and warns the customer.

Swisscom is rolling out Internet Guard to its residential and SME customers with Internet access to better protect them in the web. All devices are protected when accessing the Internet via Swisscom at home or at work. Customers don't need to install anything on their devices, and it doesn't cost them anything, either.

In the upcoming weeks Internet Guard will be activated for all customers who use the Swisscom fixed network to surf the Internet. Over the coming months Internet Guard will also protect connections via Swisscom’s mobile network and hot spots.

An alert page warns customers when they are about to visit an unsafe website. It informs them that the connection might be dangerous. However, the alert page also lets customers visit the requested website at their own risk – something Swisscom strongly advises them not to do!

Swisscom offers its customers a wide selection of security solutions such as Swisscom’s Internet Security package and the free call filter for mobile phones that was launched a year ago to protect from unsolicited advertising calls.

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