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Spirent Launches Benchmarking Solution For Cloud Infrastructure

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Spirent Communications Monday announced of its new benchmarking solution for any kind of virtualized or cloud infrastructure named Spirent CloudScore.

By performing a series of selection-based tests on the Virtualized infrastructure, CloudScore generates a scorecard, indicating the health of your infrastructure across various components – Compute, Network, Storage, Applications, and Services. CloudScore also provides a granular report with recommendations on how to optimize the infrastructure thereby helping the user make those changes and improve the ultimate performance of the infrastructure under test, by improving the score each time tests are re-run.

“Spirent has released this new solution as a direct response to our customer’s requests for a deeper analysis and reporting of their Cloud Infrastructure that includes the ability to compare the health of multiple cloud instances, make changes, and iteratively compare results with a scorecard,” said Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager for Cloud and IP at Spirent. “This capability provides network builders and architects key tools and solutions to perform comprehensive analysis and create a baseline benchmark of their cloud deployments.”

Spirent CloudScore can automatically run tests and save them at periodic intervals on a defined schedule without changing the original network setup or parameters. “We have found this feature is extremely helpful when comparing with the original baseline analysis of the infrastructure after making even the most minor of changes, whether due to planned or unplanned events to see the results of those alternative configurations,” continued Kastuar.

In addition, CloudScore can alert the user to anomalies or deviations in the cloud metrics, either from VNF counters or from cloud/infra monitoring, thus triggering the need for re-verification. Integrating these capabilities into existing management systems directly helps address robustness, SLAs and upstream business continuity concerns from growing adoption of public, hybrid or even private Cloud-based services.

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Zyxel launches multi service Wireless router for service providers

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Zyxel, has launched PMG2006-T20A Wireless router which is GPON HGU embedded with a 4-port GbE Switch enabling it to connect to peripherals such as IP cameras, Network Data Storage, computer servers and Wi-Fi access points to share data in high speeds.

The switch furnishes numerous integrated services via a single optical fiber to support existing deployments of triple-play services such as data, video/ HDTV, VoIP as well as interactive games.

The Zyxel PMG2006-T20A can be connected to the GPON OLT to offer network operators with management and provision features that support ONT Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and TR-069 management functions as well.

As higher bandwidth and greater efficiency of Ethernet cannot guarantee delivery of high-quality voice, data and video across a GPON network, service providers can freely design their Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) policies and prioritize mission-critical services such as IPTV and VoIP based on their service plan offerings.

This switch is aimed at service providers who want to offer a multi-play solution that truly meets of residential user needs. This switch supports DS/US transmission rate to 2.488 Gbps/1.244 Gbps and can be installed up to 20KMs away from consumer premises.
PMG2006-T20A Wireless Router is available exclusively at Zyxel website at a price of INR 13,000.

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Nokia and WorldLink build Nepal’s first 100G optical network

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Nokia and WorldLink have announced that they are upgrading 650-km-long backbone network with Nokia’s 1830 PSS (Photonic Service Switch) DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology this will provide high speed international connectivity between Nepal and other countries including India.

This new network will support bandwidth-hungry entertainment and enterprise services across the country. The intercity network stretches from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and Birgunj.

WorldLink, is the largest fixed broadband operator in the Himalayan country, has 120,000 residential broadband subscribers and 5,000 enterprise broadband circuits. It is now connecting 10,000 residential Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service subscribers every month.

Nokia claims that its optical network technology will allow WorldLink to flexibly increase its network capacity, reach and density as the technology is powered by the industry’s most programmable chipset, Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine-2 with super coherent technology (PSE-2s).

Samit Jana, CTO, WorldLink, said: “WorldLink has a commitment to Nepal to transform the communications landscape so that our people and enterprises thrive. This is our largest project to date and it will allow us to provide ultra-fast broadband services for our mobile and fixed network subscribers in cities as well as rural areas across the country.”
Sanjay Malik, head of India Market, at Nokia, said: “We are proud to be part of WorldLink’s vision to transform Nepal’s communications architecture by providing the first 100G transport network. Nokia’s highly scalable optical platform will ensure low latency and high resiliency, and allow WorldLink to cost-effectively increase network capacity as needed.”

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TRAI plans Nationwide WiFi hotspot network

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TRAI, Telecom regulatory body of India, has invited businesses both small and big to become part of Pilot of what it calls PDO (Public Data Office), Network. PDO is essentially WiFi hotspot, but these will part of a wider network which will take care of authentication and payment, this will allow users to make single payment and authentication to use a network of WiFi hotspots.

Regulator has devised a framework under which these PDOs will operate, it is called WiFi Access Network Interface (WANI). This interface will allow business to easily setup public WiFi hotspots without bothering about setting up payment and authentication systems and allow users one click payment and authentication and usage of one or more hotspot in a single session.

TRAI wants prices to be available in small sachet of Rs 2 to Rs 20 per session, it also wants the Public Wi-Fi Hotspots to store community interest data locally, and allow access to it through negligible costs.

In this WiFi Hotspot Network three entities will be involved, first being Public Data Office Provider/Aggregator, it will provide one or more WiFi hotspots to the public on free or paid model, second will be App provider whose role will be to manage user’s KYC (mobile or Aadhaar) backed profile, allow all digital payment methods, and allow users to easily connect to hotspots. and Third and final part will be played by Hardware, software and service provider they will form the back end of the network.

TRAI will release WANI technology Architecture Document in next couple of days for the entities which wants to participate in the Pilot project.

TRAI has said “This Pilot aims to demonstrate that un-bundling of services reduces rework, speeds up development and hence is the most effective way to tackle this complex problem”.

It goes on to add “PDOs will be akin to the PCOs that connected all of India, even when tele-density was less than 7 telephones per 100 people. It is also suggested that the Public Wi-Fi Hotspots store community interest data locally, and allow access to it through negligible costs. Overall, these suggestions encourage the PDOs to become bustling centers of economic activity, where consumption of data for the average Indian becomes as common as consuming a cup of hot chai”.

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Spirent Boasts Of Testing Largest 100G Ethernet Switch

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Spirent Communications Monday said it has successfully conducted a test involving world’s highest density 100G data center switch. The test was done using Spirent’s test solution on the New H3C Group switch hving 768 ports and moderated by independent test lab Network Test. The partners tested the line-rate forwarding capacity and hyper-scale IP route announcement capacity of the H3C S12500X-AF chassis full of 100G ports with a density of 768 100G ports per chassis.

According to David Newman of Network Test, “With 768 ports, this is the largest 100G Ethernet switch test successfully completed in the industry so far. The stress tests we conducted involved nearly 1 million unique BGP routes as well as 768 concurrent EVPN instances within a single chassis. These benchmarks, based on open testing standards, successfully verified New H3C data center core switches, with Spirent TestCenter providing the high density, high performance, and high flexibility required for this record-breaking project.”

The test was conducted using Spirent TestCenter and the N11U chassis, the T&M player’s  flagship network performance test solution. The Spirent N11U chassis included the high density dX3 12-port 100G test modules capable of verifying next-generation data center architectures and routers.

Spirent TestCenter generated 100G line-rate transaction traffic of various frame lengths, and provided packet loss, latency, jitter, frame sequence, code errors and FCS error analytics to reflect the quality of transmission in real time.

“The S12500X-AF series of switches provide a maximum of 48 100G QSFP28 pluggable optical modules per slot, which is the highest density in the world, with New H3C being the only vendor in the industry to provide full line-rate 768 100G ports for datacenter core switches,” said Steven Yoe, Senior Vice President and CTO of the New H3C Group.

“Generation after generation of Spirent Ethernet testing technologies have helped our customers take advantage of market opportunities. We appreciate New H3C Group for selecting Spirent as a trusted testing partner for verifying the performance of its S12500X-AF series of switches” said Eric Hutchinson, CEO of Spirent Communications.

The Spirent dX3 quint-speed test module supports twelve 100G or 40G ports per slot, or twenty five 50G ports, or forty eight 25G or 10G ports per slot. It also supports key interface features such as FEC, Auto-negotiation and Link Training. It can be used to verify data plane Quality of Service (QoS) for hyper-dense network devices at line-rate, and to test complex routing, data center and access protocols on switches and routers.

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Spirent Launches Ethernet Testing Solution For Automotive Industry

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Spirent Communications has announced the launch of first Automotive Ethernet Protocol Conformance & Performance Test System with the new 1000BASE-T1 physical layer standard. This solution enables automobile manufacturers and suppliers to determine if their data traffic is transmitted correctly and on-time over the market’s highest in-vehicle connectivity bandwidth.

The 1000BASE-T1 standard allows high speed and simultaneous bi-directional data traffic over lightweight, single-pair cable harnesses. This results in reduced weight and increased reliability due to the need for fewer cables and connectors in automotive applications.

Thomas Schulze, Director of Marketing and Business Development of Spirent’s Automotive business unit explains, “Available on our Automotive C1 and C50 test appliances, we are now providing a new test card with 4 Small Form-factor Plugable (SFP) ports. At the same time, we are releasing the related 1000BASE-T1 1 Gigabit Ethernet on 2-wire unshielded twisted pair cable, SFP Transceiver from Technica Engineering. Customers of our Automotive C50 test system can now use up to 16 individual ports for testing different kinds of physical layer interfaces, copper and fiber,10-1000Mbit/s.”

“As the first 1000BASE-T1 Automotive test system available, Spirent enables manufacturers to deliver competitive, innovative features while minimizing costs“, continues Schulze. “After releasing the first BroadR-Reach® test system in 2014, we continue to provide state-of-the-art test solutions for the Automotive market. Strong partnerships worldwide enable Spirent to realize objectives, such as the cooperation with Technica Engineering, a leading product developer and service provider for testing on-board electronic components and networks.”

“OEMs and Tier 1s are facing huge bandwidth increases with applications like HD video cameras for autonomous driving” says Erick Parra, Business Development Manager at Technica. “These kinds of cameras are using up to 800Mbit/s for uncompressed high-definition video streaming. Therefore, most of the Automotive manufacturers are already working on a 1 Gbit/s in-vehicle network backbone for the next generation of their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. We are proud to help pave the way into autonomous driving by combining our companies’ expertise”.

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Viavi’s New RF Monitoring Solution Saves 50% Of Telcos Cost

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Test and measurement firm Viavi Solutions has launched a remote RF spectrum monitoring system, called CPRIAdvisor, that addresses a wide range of antenna deployment options in heterogeneous networks. Developed in partnership with tier one mobile service providers, it offers the ability to monitor and troubleshoot RF conditions around the clock for any cell site with fiber fronthaul.

CPRIAdvisor can support a macro cell with a smaller number of fronthaul fiber links; a large centralized radio access network (C-RAN) or distributed antenna system (DAS) with hundreds of fronthaul links. Depending on the network configuration, it can save mobile service providers up to 50% in terms of time and cost compared to current practices in place for monitoring and troubleshooting.

“Mobile service providers are facing ever increasing, ever complex challenges trying to assure quality of experience while keeping an eye on cost containment and workforce efficiency,” explained Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, Viavi Solutions.

“In order to address this, and support their diversifying RAN with a single solution, Viavi has partnered with Tier-1 mobile service providers worldwide to develop CPRIAdvisor. It’s a welcome addition to Viavi Solutions’ world class portfolio of RF test solutions, including CellAdvisor and InterferenceAdvisor,” he added.

To stay ahead of continually increasing mobile bandwidth demand while managing cost and efficiency, service providers are expanding and transitioning from a typical distributed radio access network (RAN) architecture to a C-RAN network topology. In C-RAN, base band units (BBUs) are co-located at a remote facility, and connected via fiber links – based on the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) or Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) standards – to a substantial number of remote radio heads (RRHs) spread around the network.

Where C-RAN offers network and operational efficiencies, it also creates an opportunity for mobile service providers to improve quality of experience by proactively monitoring the spectrum used by subscribers, and performing proactive maintenance and remote troubleshooting of service-affecting issues like RF interference in a more effective way.

“As service providers diversify their access networks to expand capacity and accommodate new services like IoT, they need scalable and flexible methods to monitor performance,” said Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director of Test & Measurement for Frost & Sullivan. “The ability to use RF over CPRI technology to monitor and troubleshoot the network, while increasing spectral efficiency with a C-RAN architecture, helps mobile operators keep costs in check and preserve QoE.”

In addition, CPRIAdvisor increases RF visibility by performing continuous monitoring of the mobile spectrum. This allows remote access to expedite maintenance and problem resolution.

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Plasma Antennas Joins Small Cell Forum On Commercial 5G

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Plasma Antennas, the inventors of plasma silicon technology, today announced that it has joined Small Cell Forum (SCF), the global industry body driving the wide-scale adoption of small cells and heterogeneous networks.

The new generation of 5G cellular networks will provide massive, instantly steerable bandwidth in mmWave frequencies, and will rely on a much denser network topology, where small cells will play a major part. But the drive to making 5G a commercial reality is being held back by today’s phased array antennas.

Once considered state of the art, phased array technology does not provide the required range and has not developed to the point that it makes a commercial mmWave 5G service viable. These shortcomings are exacerbated when miniaturising base stations into small cells.

Plasma Antennas has solved the 5G antenna challenge, and unlocked the 5G small cell potential at the same time. Proven for the UK defence industry, Plasma Antennas’ patented plasma beam-forming technology is a market-defining innovation for mmWave applications; transforming performance, costs and simplicity. It has very low loss, low power consumption, no moving parts, no power limits, it can switch direction in just a few hundred nanoseconds and costs a fraction of phased array technology.

Small Cell Forum supports, promotes and helps drive the development and adoption of small cell technologies to improve the coverage, capacity and services delivered by mobile networks.

By promoting their use in operator networks, the ever-increasing consumer requirement for using mobile devices wherever we are, with ubiquitous coverage and an uninterrupted service, can become a reality. In 5G, URLLC (Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications) over mmWave links present particular challenges. Innovation will be required to meet the cost and performance goals that will make 5G attractive, usable and affordable.

“As the industry moves towards the 5G era, small cells have been accepted as critical in building out next generation networks, and antenna technology is a core component in making this a practical reality,” said David Orloff, Chair of Small Cell Forum. “We are delighted to welcome Plasma Antennas to the Forum and look forward to their involvement and input.”

Paul Phillipson, CEO of Plasma Antennas, said “I come from a background of Small Cell technology with Ubiquisys, ipaccess and Lucent. I have known for a long time that Small Cells are the answer to coverage and performance. 5G presents challenges that demand innovation and new approaches. Plasma Antennas bring niche defence and security technology which elegantly switches sector and scales to deliver significant cost and performance advantages in mass market telecoms at mmWave frequencies.”

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Qualcomm Trials Wireless Charging Of Electric Vehicles On Renault Kangoo

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Qualcomm on Thursday demonstrated its wireless charging technology of electric vehicles on Renault Kangoo car on a test track which allows vehicles to charge while driving.

It demonstrated dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Based on the Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds.

Qualcomm Technologies also demonstrated simultaneous charging, in which two vehicles on the same track can charge dynamically at the same time. The vehicles can pick up charge in both directions along the track, and in reverse, further showcasing how the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging.

“We are inventors. We are WEVC. This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, wireless charging, Qualcomm Incorporated.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. The combination of a global team of expert engineers and Qualcomm Halo technology, which covers all aspects of WEVC systems, irrespective of the magnetics used, has enabled us to really push the boundaries of the possible and outline our vision for future urban mobility,” he added.

The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-meter FABRIC test track, which has been built by VEDECOM at Satory Versailles. Qualcomm Technologies and VEDECOM integrated the source part of the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system in the test track, while VEDECOM and Renault integrated the receiving part onto two Renault Kangoo vehicles.

Following the demonstration, the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system will be handed over to VEDECOM to perform tests for FABRIC. These tests will evaluate the operation, safety and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.

FABRIC is a Euro 9 million project, mostly funded by the European Commission, addressing the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC. The project began in January 2014 and will continue through December 2017, and is being undertaken by a consortium of 25 organizations from nine European countries, including automotive manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and research organizations from automotive, road and energy infrastructure domains.

VEDECOM is one of the FABRIC collaborators and responsible for providing the demonstration of the charging solution at Satory using the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system. FABRIC’s main goal is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.

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Viavi Expands Pune Facility, To Hire Local Talent

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T&M firm Viavi Solutions Thursday announced that the company has ramped up operations in its Pune facility to strengthen the company’s delivery capabilities in providing accelerated test solutions for clients across industries and geographies.

Besides, Viavi will be leveraging Pune’s vast pool of highly skilled engineering talent and the new location in Pune will accommodate the addition of professionals who will expedite product development.

“Viavi has followed a strategy of setting up world-class development centres in locations where there is rich local talent as well as the required infrastructure,” said Ranganathan Srinivasan, Sr. Director – IT Operations, Viavi Solutions India. “Pune continues to be a key source for technology innovation, outstanding professional talent and significant business potential,” he added.

The Pune development center is currently engaged in design, implementation, maintenance, support, enhancement of sophisticated database systems and enterprise application technologies.

The growth of Viavi’s presence in India reflects strong demand for the company’s global service and technology capabilities; from deployment and installation to monitoring and optimization and contributes to the success of a wide range of customers – from the world’s largest mobile operators and governmental entities to enterprise networks and application providers.

Viavi Solutions, the T&M firm spun out off JDSU, has some big names in the industry as its global clients. Some of them include AT&T Inc., Bharti Airtel, BT Openreach, Charter Communications, Comcast Corporation, Finisar, FLIR Systems, Integrated Device Technologies, KT, Lockheed Martin, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Oclaro, SICPA, ST Microelectronics, TDC and Verizon Communications Inc. to name a few.

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