Juniper Networks has unveiled 5th generation of the MX platform, MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform along with several software innovations to cater for a new era of resource-intensive applications like 5G and secure SD-WAN-based managed services.
Juniper designed its MX Series 5G Universal Routing platform with new silicon for near-infinite feature programmability, as well as open hardware-accelerated 5G Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) for unparalleled performance, said Juniper Networks.
At the heart of the new MX Series 5G Platform is the new Juniper Penta Silicon, a next-generation 16nm service-optimized packet forwarding engine that delivers a 50 percent power efficiency gain (0.5 watts per gigabit) over the existing Junos Trio chipset, which leads to a 3x bandwidth increase for the MX960, MX480 and MX240.
Juniper said that the Penta Silicon enables end to end secure connectivity at scale with native support of both MACsec and an IPsec crypto engine that can originate and terminate thousands of IPsec sessions without sacrificing performance. Additionally, Juniper Penta supports flexible native Ethernet support (FlexE).
Juniper expects this will lower total cost of ownership by as much as three to four times over software-based user plane implementations for MXs deployed in the field.
Juniper is also introducing two new MX variants, MX10008 and MX10016 that will be available during the second half of 2018. Juniper Penta Silicon-powered line cards for the MX960, MX480 and MX240 will be available in Q1 2019. New CUPS support will be available in the first half of 2019.
KDDI, the second-largest mobile operator in Japan, and electronics giant Hitachi announced further collaboration in the development of their respective IoT platforms.
KDDI is leveraging Hitachi's IoT platform, Lumada to further enhance its own IoT platform known as the 'Global Communication Platform' that enables centralized IoT connection management across all global operators.
In May 2016, Hitachi began offering Lumada, an IoT platform created through a blending of Hitachi's accumulated operational technology in the manufacturing industry, along with its IT expertise which include AI, Big Data analysis and other state-of-the-art digital technologies.
Linking KDDI's Global Communication Platform with Hitachi's Lumada will enable KDDI to support clients in their worldwide IoT business expansion efforts, fully leveraging Hitachi's broad-ranging industrial capacity and proven performance.
At the same time, Hitachi will leverage KDDI IoT Worldwide Architecture that provides services ranging from IoT connectivity to data analysis, enabling worldwide connectivity that links vehicles, industrial machinery and a range of other 'things'.
KDDI and Hitachi plan to test out the management applications of the KDDI IoT Worldwide architecture to create new value from the vast and diverse data gleaned from plants and equipment in a wide range of fields such as construction machinery, manufacturing plants, energy, transportation and other forms of social infrastructures. This is a part of a broader effort by KDDI to accelerate the promotion of worldwide IoT business deployment.
Ericsson and Intel, together with China Mobile have successfully demonstrated the first 3GPP-compliant, multi-vendor Standalone (SA) 5G New Radio (NR) call – accelerating the commercial deployment of standard-based 5G networks.
The 3GPP Release 15 5G NR SA specifications were recently completed enabling Standalone 5G NR with user and control plane on a 5G next-generation core network. The Non-Standalone and SA releases share the same physical layer specifications. The successful interoperability test marks another milestone for the commercialization of the newly finalized 5G NR SA standards.
The partners have conducted live Interoperability Development Testing (IoDT) of 3GPP-compliant SA 5G NR technology at the Ericsson Lab in Beijing, China. The live IoDT operating at 100MHz on 3.5GHz mid-band used Ericsson’s 5G NR base stations and Intel’s 5G NR UE (Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform) prototypes.
Later this year, Ericsson and China Mobile will conduct a 5G field trial in Suzhou city of Jiangsu Province, where the demo system will also be deployed and tested. Ericsson and Intel have been collaborating on 5G and jointly conducting trials globally with communication service providers since 2017.
Orange Money Botswana and EcoCash launched a new partnership to enable better and more affordable access to digital money transfers between Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Powered by TransferTo’s global mobile payments network, this service now allows Zimbabwean diaspora, living in Botswana, to use their Orange Money digital wallet to send money back home to family and friends, in real-time, directly into an EcoCash mobile wallet.
With this partnership, the companies are taking the opportunity to help meet the growing demand for alternative digital financial solutions in Africa and offer a cheaper, secure and more convenient payment infrastructure through which digital transfers are performed.
Remittances represent a very important source of income for Zimbabwe, powering significant social and economic developments across the country. For the over 600,000 Orange Money subscribers, this convenient new service offers a unique payments experience enabling quick, simple and more affordable money transfers between digital wallets, providing an alternative option to traditional means of sending money across borders.
Vivo, the Telefónica Group's Brazilian subsidiary, has selected Netcracker to drive the large-scale B2B transformation associated with delivering a better customer experience and rapidly creating and delivering new enterprise services.
The multi-phased program is part of Vivo’s broader digitalization initiative and will begin with an evolution of Vivo’s lead-to-order technologies and processes. It will use Netcracker’s Configure Price Quote (CPQ), Telesales, E-Commerce, Product Catalog and Application Management offerings as well as a range of services.
Vivo, the leading communications service provider in Brazil, delivers fixed-line and mobile voice, television and internet broadband services to approximately 97.8 million points of access. Vivo’s B2B transformation using Netcracker offerings underscores their expanding partnership in today’s digital world.
The Netcracker CPQ platform will enable Vivo to set and manage product pricing, promotions and delivery strategies across its diverse enterprise lines of business, resulting in a better experience for its B2B customers.
Netcracker said its B2B solution will enable Vivo to improve business and operational agility. It will simplify, optimize and modernize core B2B processes by improving end-to-end visibility and control while minimizing dependency on multiple, disparate systems.
The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project's second release - ONAP Beijing - made available this week by the LF Networking team, brings the network automation and ochestration platform toward container-based implementations via the new ONAP Operations Manager (OOM).
OOM supports the migration to microservices-based deployments on Kubernetes.
The Beijing release accelerates ease of ONAP deployment for modern network operators and comes as more leading global service providers commit to enhancing open source networking.
In general for the latest release, the developer community has focused closely on new platform and process enhancements to ensure scalability, security, stability and performance in support of real-world deployments. It is also enhanced with robust documentation which includes new startup and operations guides for users and design guides and API and SDK documentation for service designers and VNF developers.
ONAP has collaborated with MEF and TMForum on external APIs, ensuring those frameworks and APIs can communicate seamlessly with the ONAP platform. It also worked closely with the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP), which simplifies adoption in commercial NFV products and establishes an industry threshold based on OPNFV capabilities and test cases, to coordinate integrations via the ONAP VNFSDK and ONAP VNF Validation Program (VVP) components.
The Beijing release code is being integrated into new and existing proofs of concept and production deployment plans for large global carriers like AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Orange, Reliance Jio, Verizon, Vodafone, Turk Telecom, among others.
ONAP claims that the platform now accounts for more than 65% of global subscriber participation through carriers creating a harmonized, de-facto open source platform.
3GPP together with a large group of mobile operators, vendors and other industry bodies on Thursday announced the official approval for the standalone(SA) version of 5G standard, marking an important step towards the commercialization of mobile 5G.
This follows the Non-Standalone (NSA) version released in December last year which allows 5G deployment to leverage 4G LTE infrastructure for non-data functions such as communication with the cell towers and servers, with 5G-enabled handsets connecting to 5G frequencies only for data throughput. This saw 4G LTE becoming a base for the deployment of 5G services.
The completion of SA specifications which complements the NSA specifications, not only gives 5G NR the ability of independent deployment, but also brings a brand new end-to-end network architecture. This provides a solid basis to introduce innovative new solutions based on reduced latency and Network Slicing which will bring the full benefits of 5G to our industrial customers, according to the announcement.
Alex Choi, SVP Research and Technology Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, wrote in a blog that, "With SA, we now look forward to continuing our cross-industry collaboration to accelerate the 5G ecosystem and solution development, and together with our vertical industry customers explore new business opportunities for automotive, energy, Industry 4.0 and other sectors."
Commercial rollouts of 5G and larger than previously forecasted deployments of cellular IoT are focal points in the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.
The forecast for cellular IoT connections has nearly doubled since November 2017. It is now expected to reach an estimated 3.5 billion in 2023, driven by ongoing large-scale deployments in China. New massive IoT cellular technologies such as NB-IoT and Cat-M1 are fueling this growth, giving service providers opportunities to improve efficiencies and enhance customer value, says Ericsson.
According to Ericsson, mobile operators have launched more than 60 cellular IoT networks worldwide using these technologies over the same underlying LTE network to support a diverse range of use cases. In North America, these cases are centered on logistics and fleet management while in China it is smart cities and smart agriculture.
First commercial launches of 5G this year
North America is expected to lead the 5G uptake, with all major U.S. operators planning to roll out 5G between late 2018 and mid-2019. By end of 2023, close to 50 percent of all mobile subscriptions in North America are forecast to be for 5G, followed by North East Asia at 34 percent, and Western Europe at 21 percent.
Globally, major 5G deployments are expected from 2020. Ericsson forecasts over 1 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2023, accounting for around 12 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
Mobile data traffic is estimated to surge by eight times during the forecast period to reach close to 107 exabytes (EB) per month – a figure that is equal to every mobile subscriber in the world streaming full HD video for 10 hours. By 2023, more than 20 percent of mobile data traffic worldwide is expected to be carried by 5G networks. This is 1.5 times more than the total 4G/3G/2G traffic today.
Like previous mobile access technologies, 5G is expected to be deployed first in dense urban areas with enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access as the first commercial use cases. Other use cases will come from industries such as automotive, manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare.
First-generation, 5G data-only devices are expected from the second half of 2018. The first commercial smartphones supporting 5G in the mid-bands are expected early next year, while support for very high spectrum bands is expected in early to mid-2019.
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