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Nokia is working with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to test applications using a 5G base station and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device. This demonstrates the potential of Nokia 5G FIRST to deliver enhanced broadband at vastly greater scale. A showcase at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017 will signal the start of 5G trials in the Tokyo area.

Nokia will develop the 5G ecosystem with leading Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan to prepare for the upcoming introduction of the next generation wireless network. The collaboration - which uses the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform - will commence with the key interoperability testing of multi-vendor technology using the 4.5GHz frequency band.

"This trial is an important milestone for the development of 5G in Japan, which will be one of the first countries in the world to adopt the technology,” said Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan. “Furthermore, the initiative is an important step forward in our collaboration with NTT DOCOMO, as well as other key technology partners, as we develop a technology that will meet the ever-growing demands of huge numbers of people living in megacities."

5G will deliver high speeds and low latency in support of a new generation of broadband applications, meeting new requirements for connecting people and devices, especially in megacities such as Tokyo. Nokia will conduct trials of 5G technology with DOCOMO in the Tokyo metropolitan area throughout 2017, with particular focus on busy tourist, shopping and business locations as well as at key public events hosted by the operator.

"This is a vital first step to allow us to ensure that we have the 5G network infrastructure available for when we commercially introduce the technology, with an ecosystem of device vendors to offer our subscribers the best possible choice and highest quality,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO.

The tests will use the Nokia 5G FIRST solution, incorporating the Nokia AirScale base station transmitting over a 5G radio interface to the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform. The companies will test end-to-end applications over the air between the base station and the device on the 4.5GHz frequency band, which is one of the candidate bands for 5G in Japan. The Nokia 5G FIRST solution is based on early-adopters radio specifications that define a common interface to allow equipment from multiple vendors to connect over a 5G radio network.

"Intel believes key collaborations such as this one driving ecosystem partner trials and early deployments are critical to building successful 5G technologies and accelerating the vast benefits they will bring to users,” said Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation and Standards in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel. “We are excited to be part of this interoperability testing in Japan using the 4.5GHz radio spectrum as part of the 5G end-to-end solution."

 Nokia is working with industry leaders around the globe to deliver a 5G infrastructure that will meet the massive broadband needs of a variety of industries and applications. 

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SoftBank announced on March 15 that it was granted an experimental license to conduct tests on the 28GHz frequency band, a candidate for 5G in Japan. SoftBank will commence indoor and outdoor trials in Tokyo Waterfront City (Daiba District) using the 28GHz band with a view to future commercial deployment.

SoftBank has already acquired experimental licenses to test on both the 4GHz and 4.5GHz bands, which are also frequency band candidates for 5G, and it began conducting 5G field trials in August 2016. By proceeding with trials on these candidate bands and on the newly added 28GHz candidate band, and through the accumulation of know-how to implement 5G, SoftBank aims to launch 5G commercial services around 2020.

In anticipation of future 5G deployment, SoftBank kicked off its 5G Project in September 2016 to be the first to bring the latest technologies to its customers, starting with the world's first commercial service using Massive MIMO technology, a key element for 5G. By utilizing insights gained from commercial services and conducting 5G trials, SoftBank aims to realize stable services in real commercial environments in time for its 5G commercial rollout planned for around 2020.

The trials will evaluate the characteristics of radio wave propagation on the 4GHz, 4.5GHz and 28GHz bands respectively. They will be conducted in indoor and outdoor environments using trial equipment mounted with 5G technology elements to verify Massive MIMO, new air interfaces and other aspects, with a view to testing for 5G specification targets: ultra-speed broadband communications exceeding 10Gbps, ultra-low latency communications under 1ms, among others.

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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and NEC complete Massive MIMO test

Written on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:58

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has completed joint verification trials of Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology with Japanese ICT company NEC, for future 5G base stations. The trials took place in central Tokyo and the Kangaawa Prefecture of Japan, using NEC’s massive-element active antenna system (AAS), achieving spectral efficiency eight times higher than LTE.

The low super high frequency (Low-SHF) radio band is supported by NEC’s AAS. The SHF band encompasses centimeter-wave spectrum in the 3-GHz to 30-GHz band, and Low-SHF refers to spectrum in the 3-GHz to 6-GHz frequencies. AAS, according to NEC, adopts a fully-digitized antenna beam control technology to better the precision of beamforming.

In addition, the technology is able to form beams to counteract interfering signals, and also beams that improve communication quality by combing the multi-path of its own signals with direct waves.

“Thanks to NEC’s contribution on the massive-element AAS supporting the Low-SHF band, we were able to achieve highly successful outcomes from the trials,” said Takehiro Nakamura, managing director of NTT DoCoMo’s 5G Laboratory. “We expect NEC to continue pursuing high-speed, large-capacity communication using the Low-SHF band and contributing to our commercialization of 5G.”

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Popular instant messaging app Line will list its shares in Tokyo and New York according to reports on Friday, June 10, in what could be one of the year's biggest initial public offerings. Japanese media, including the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo news agency, said the Tokyo-based firm was set to win approval from regulators Friday to go public as early as next month.

Japanese reports said Line, which is owned by South Korean internet provider Naver, plans to raise about 100 billion yen ($933 million) in a sale that would value the company at around 600 billion yen.

Bloomberg cited unnamed sources as saying the sale could rise between $1 billion and $2 billion, in what it said could be the world's biggest tech IPO this year. Neither Line nor the Tokyo Stock Exchange would confirm the reports, but a source close to the situation told AFP that a deal was likely to be announced later on Friday.

"It's true that a board meeting about Line's IPO is happening (in Tokyo)," said an anonymous source. "Naver wants to push through with the IPO so the chances of the board not approving the sale are quite low."

Line has already confirmed it has submitted listing documents to Japanese and U.S. market regulators. The reported sale comes two years after Line initially announced plans to list its shares. The sale was later shelved. The offering would be the biggest in Tokyo since Japan Post made its long-awaited trading debut in November with an IPO that topped $11.5 billion.

The popular app lets users make free calls, send instant messages, and post photos or short videos, along with a host of other paid-services. It combines attributes from Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp. The firm's messaging service was launched in 2011 after the quake-tsunami tragedy damaged telecoms infrastructure throughout Japan, forcing staff to resort to online resources to communicate.

Best known for letting users send each other cute cartoon "stickers", Line is hugely popular in Japan, particularly among teenagers. The app -- which claims to have more than 200 million monthly active users – also has a strong presence in Asian markets such as Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia, as well as some Spanish-speaking areas, including Spain and Mexico.
But the company has been looking to expand in bigger markets, such as the United States.

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OpenStack reaches new heights in Tokyo

Written on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 13:36

The OpenStack Tokyo Summit held at the Grand Prince Hotel in Shinagawa was a sellout with 5000 attendees, testimony to the growing popularity in Asia of the OpenStack open source cloud software.

The 5,000+ summit attendees came from 56 countries and represented 736 different companies, including 86 sponsoring companies. For 50 percent of attendees it was their first summit. The top 10 countries represented, in descending order were: United States; Japan; China; India; Korea; Canada; Israel; France; Australia; Germany.

Regionally the breakdown was: Asia Pacific (46 percent); North America (38 percent); Europe 13 percent; Middle East (two percent); Latin America (one percent). Twenty eight percent of attendees were developers, 25 percent operators /users/ operations/ sysadmin. CEOs, CIOs and IT managers accounted for 10 percent.

Presenters revealed the very large scale of some regional OpenStack rollouts, particularly the four finalists for the SuperUser award. Hironobu Saitoh, technical evangelist of GMO Internet Group a global Internet services provider based in Tokyo, told the summit that GMO had four OpenStack-based cloud/hosting products, running on over 1,400 compute nodes, available in four global geographies and used by over 15,000 customers.

Japan based smartphone game developer, Aiming, supports its games on GMO Internet's OpenStack Cloud, and some of its most popular games have been downloaded several million times.

Project Navigator to smooth the OpenStack journey

At the Summit the OpenStack Foundation launched a new tool, Project Navigator, designed to give users easy-to-understand information to help them make informed decisions about how to consume the software. The Foundation also made updates to and added products to the OpenStack Marketplace. These are designed to help users more easily adopt the software.

The Foundation explained Project Navigator by saying: "With more than 25 cloud-related services or projects now under the OpenStack umbrella, one challenge for OpenStack users has been understanding the breadth of functionality available and maturity of each of these services. Project Navigator helps solve this by aggregating important information about each project - such as maturity, release schedule, packaging and documentation support - into an easy-to-navigate interface."

OpenStack Foundation COO, Mark Collier, explained: "One of the primary reasons that the community reorganized the project into core and optional services was to simplify the process of architecting and deploying OpenStack-powered clouds. Project Navigator takes this a step further by giving users new to our community a simple, graphical presentation of core and optional project information to help them quickly make informed decisions about the components they need in their own deployments."

Project Navigator helps new users easily differentiate between core services - the six projects most commonly deployed across every OpenStack cloud - and optional services they may or may not elect to deploy, depending on their use case. Data used to power the Project Navigator website is provided by the OpenStack Technical and User Committees.

In addition to providing data about each project, the Project Navigator shows sample configurations based on real-world user case studies and white papers. These include big data, web hosting, eCommerce, high-throughput computing, public cloud and video processing and content delivery.

OpenStack foundation introduces certification

The OpenStack Foundation also announced a new professional certification program designed to provide a baseline assessment of knowledge and be accessible to OpenStack professionals around the world, as part of its strategic efforts to grow the OpenStack talent pool and global community. OpenStack Foundation executive director, Jonathan Bryce, said the first certification, Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA), would be available in 2016.

"The Certified OpenStack Administrator is a professional typically with at least six months OpenStack experience and has the skills required to provide day-to-day operation and management of an OpenStack cloud," Bryce said.

According to the Foundation, "There are dozens of companies around the world that currently offer OpenStack training and representatives from that ecosystem across 10 countries have been involved in a community working group to help define skills and capabilities of a Certified OpenStack Administrator. In addition to helping create the test curriculum and questions for the COA program, these companies will provide training and preparation for the COA test once it becomes available."

Certification testing will be administered with the help of the Linux Foundation, which has created a virtual testing platform, making it possible to access the COA test anywhere in the world at an affordable cost. Testing for COA is expected to be available in Q2 2016."

"This OpenStack professional certification program addresses the need for well-trained and highly qualified OpenStack administrators," said Bryce. "We expect COA certification to become a valuable credential that any hiring manager would want to see on the resume of viable candidate. Further, it is our hope that the OpenStack professional certification program will encourage new entrants into the OpenStack community and expand the talent pool within the industry."

The organisation has also just released its latest version of the software, Liberty. Bryce said: "It was our 12th release and our biggest yet. Over 2000 developers contributed and it had over four million lines of code."

Taiwan's inwinSTACK the latest Gold Member
The Foundation's board, meeting at the summit, approved inwinSTACK as a Gold Member of the Foundation. Announcing the move, the Foundation said: "Although a startup, inwinSTACK is already the largest OpenStack service integration provider in Taiwan. It serves clients in manufacturing, finance, telco, public and education markets. The company employs the largest OpenStack R&D team in Taiwan and was an early leader and organizer in the Taiwanese OpenStack community. "

It added: "inwinSTACK has organized and sponsored OpenStack Taiwan Day twice, put together the OpenStack Programming Contest with HP, trained hundreds of people on OpenStack skills, and contributed to the upstream code base, ranking among the top 12 in bug fixes, the top 10 in lines of code, and the top 18 in code commits.

OpenStack Foundation COO, Mark Collier, said: "inwinSTACK has already been an active and engaged member of the OpenStack community in Taiwan. Their team has made a big commitment to the project by organizing events and hosting training sessions, in addition to their upstream work. The board's decision to elect them our newest Gold Member reflects their community leadership and commercial success."

inwinSTACK's general manager and CTO, Minolu Chung, said: "As a Gold Member, our goal now is to lead more vendors in Taiwan to join the OpenStack ecosystem while we introduce OpenStack to more enterprises in the APAC region."

Foundation membership is limited to 24 Gold Members. The other current Gold members are: Aptira, CCAT, Cisco, Dell, DreamHost, EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, Odin, Symantec and Yahoo!.

Mirantis, UCloud push OpenStack in China
Mirantis, the provider of a distribution of the OpenStack open cloud infrastructure software, and UCloud, China's largest independent public cloud provider, announced at the summit that they had  formed a joint venture, UMCloud, to accelerate uptake of OpenStack by finance, telecom, state­owned enterprises and large internet businesses in China.

UCloud CEO and founder, Xinhua Ji will lead the joint venture, which will be headquartered in Shanghai. He said: "Mirantis is the open cloud technology leader with deep and rich OpenStack deployment success over many years in many different enterprise production environments. As the largest independent public cloud service provider in China, UCloud deeply understands customer requirements for cloud computing in China. Our combined strength will allow UMCloud to become the foundational technology provider for China's Internet Plus Initiative, providing the most reliable, secured, and stable OpenStack­powered cloud service to China enterprises."

Mirantis claims to have delivered successful OpenStack implementations to some of the world's largest cloud customers, including AT&T, Ericsson, Walmart and Wells Fargo. The company is one of the top two open source software code contributors to OpenStack and has raised nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in private investment since 2012.

The Shenzhen Stock Exchange, one of China's three main public stock exchanges, is among a half dozen early Mirantis customers deploying OpenStack clouds in China. Other recent Mirantis customer wins in China include Jigsaw, a provider of telecommunications hardware and software; Huawei and ZTE.

UCloud was founded in 2012 by former Tencent executives. It operates data centers in China, Hong Kong and the United States. The company announced a $100 million Series C financing round earlier this year and has raised $160 million to date.

Ericsson & AT&T virtualize telco network functions
Ericsson and AT&T demonstrated the deployment of a telco virtualized network function (VNF) in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment integrated with OpenStack.

According to Ericsson, the proof of concept (PoC) showcased a fast and secure deployment of the virtualized Web Communication Gateway (vWCG) - a Telco VNF - in Apcera's container-based, policy-driven PaaS environment that is fully integrated with OpenStack. It showed audio and video communications between multiple web browsers using the vWCG deployed in an OpenStack-integrated PaaS environment.

Magnus Arildsson, Ericsson's head of IaaS and PaaS, said Ericsson was leading the development of both Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and PaaS environments integrated with OpenStack for deploying VNFs on telco networks. "This demonstration showed how a complex VNF such as vWCG can be deployed using Apcera's PaaS technology with a few clicks of a mouse," he said, adding: "This is an important step toward fast, secure and policy-integrated deployment of Telco VNFs on micro-services-based containers."

Derek Collison, CEO and founder, Apcera, said the PoC would pave  the way for cost-effective, efficient deployment of VNFs and further collaboration with telco operators to integrate carrier-grade requirements with Apcera's cloud platform.

NTT Com, NTT Resonant score superUser award
NTT Communications (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications arm of NTT, and its subsidiary, NTT Resonant, scored the OpenStack Superuser Award at the Summit, becoming the Asia-Pacific's first recipient of the award.

NTT Com's cloud service became the first public cloud in Japan to use OpenStack as its core software and NTT Resonant is using OpenStack to strengthen the operational infrastructure of its ‘goo' web portal, which boasts some one billion page views per month and 1.7 billion unique browsers per month. NTT Com and NTT Resonant are also using OpenStack for the introduction of distributed storage and integrated management of networking equipment, bare-metal servers and virtual servers.

NTT Com says it will apply know-how gained through these initiatives in its Enterprise Cloud, now under development. By so doing, the company expects to realize more flexible and secure on-premises cloud systems for enterprise users by means of SDN-connected hosted private (eg bare metal) and multi-tenant environments. It will also deploy OpenStack to manage multi-tenant environments, and NTT Com will provide OpenStack APIs to establish an ecosystem in which various third-party products are connected together.

NTT Com and NTT Resonant says they are committed to accelerating their contributions to the OpenStack Foundation and promoting wider use of the OpenStack cloud-computing software platform.

FalconStor brings software defined storage to OpenStack
Software defined storage company, FalconStor debuted the Cinder Integration for its FreeStor intelligent software-defined platform at the Summit. It claimed that the combination of FreeStor and OpenStack would enable organizations to move data management operations to the cloud to deliver efficient replication, protection, disaster recovery and optimization across their infrastructure.

"Cinder virtualizes pools of block storage devices while allowing end users to utilize this storage pool without the need for actually knowing where or on what type of device this storage resides," FalconStor said. "By providing an integration driver to Cinder, FreeStor's seamless unified data services, such as deduplication and compression, replication, application-aware snapshots and mirroring, can be converged and virtualized across all storage environments utilized within the OpenStack framework."

FalconStor's Cinder driver enables access to FreeStor's data services including support for application-aware snapshots, sync mirroring and replication and will be submitted to OpenStack for ratification as part of the March Mitaka OpenStack release.

HP upgrades Helion
HP announced the availability of HP Helion OpenStack 2.0, based on the OpenStack Kilo release of October 15, describing it as "a production ready, open source based cloud platform designed to meet enterprise requirements."

HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 includes a number of new features:
Easy provisioning of new infrastructure and the ability to repurpose existing infrastructure to meet scalability needs without impacting availability;
Rolling upgrades which facilitate entire cloud environment software upgrades without requiring planned or unplanned downtime;

Continuous patch management allowing security patches and updates without application interruption;
Easy to use administrator interface, centralized logging and monitoring at scale across a cloud environment;

Network configuration flexibility to enable connectivity with existing IT environments;
Strict OpenStack API adherence to enable cross-cloud compatibility and ability to leverage the upstream ecosystem of third party plug-ins.

It also enables customers to create and manage software defined networks (SDN) in a distributed, multi-data center environment through integration with HP Distributed Cloud Networking (DCN) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform. According to HP, this removes the boundaries of traditional networking, unlocking the full automation and agility needed for hybrid cloud.

According to Aman Dokania, vice president and general manager, HP Cloud Division, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific and Japan: "The configuration, security and scalability advances in HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 enable organizations to deploy OpenStack technology into production with the confidence that they are backed by the experience and support of a trusted end-to-end technology partner."

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