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UK might use Huawei’s equipment after all

Written on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 07:19

British intelligence has concluded that security risks posed by using equipment made by Chinese telecom giant Huawei can be managed, the Financial Times (FT) reported.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) sees ways of limiting risks from using Huawei in future 5G networks, according to two unnamed sources cited by the FT.

The firm is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks that will bring near-instantaneous connectivity for smartphones, but some Western nations have barred it amid fears Beijing could gain access to sensitive communications and critical infrastructure.

The United States has been leading a campaign to persuade allies to blacklist Huawei equipment, and a decision by Britain, a key intelligence gathering partner, could undermine its effort.

“Other nations can make the argument that if the British are confident of mitigation against national security threats then they can also reassure their publics and the US administration that they are acting in a prudent manner in continuing to allow their telecommunications service providers to use Chinese components,” one source was quoted by the FT as saying.

Responding to the report, a NCSC spokesperson said that “the National Cyber Security Centre is committed to the security of UK networks”, adding that it has "a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security".

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China expects Britain “to maintain its open nature and make wise choices based on its own interests.”

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Nokia selected to build new mobile network in Japan

Written on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 12:33

Nokia announced today it is working with Rakuten to build a new mobile network in Japan. Nokia will provide full turnkey services to plan, manage, deploy and integrate cloud RAN, AirGile cloud-native core network technology and several Nokia software functions.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the Rakuten Group offers more than 70 services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1.2 billion members across the globe. Rakuten will leverage its experience as an IT company and its membership base of more than 100 million users in Japan as it enters the market as a Greenfield mobile operator and digital service provider.

Rakuten's distributed cloud network, along with Nokia and Rakuten's work to automate the network build and deployment process, will help reduce network operation costs and enhance operational efficiencies.

Nokia will provide turnkey deployment and integration of the new radio network leveraging a 'zero footprint' site approach with remote radio heads connected to cloud RAN software on the edge cloud, to speed deployment and network scalability.

Nokia is working with Rakuten on several underlying core functions to maximize automation, AI and machine learning to reduce the cost of operations to a fraction of legacy networks.

The network will be deployed across Japan - including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya - and use Nokia Cloud RAN, AirScale radios (remote radio heads) and the Nokia AirGile cloud-native core, incorporating technologies such as Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem, Session Border Controller and Telco Application Server for the fast roll-out of services such as Voice over LTE.

Rakuten and Nokia are completely aligned on the Future X network vision and it is being implemented in Rakuten's brand new mobile network operation in Japan. The building of the network is underway and user trials in Tokyo have already begun.

Yoshihisa Yamada, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Mobile Network, Inc. said: "We are delighted to work with Nokia on co-creating and deploying an open virtualized radio access network. Together, we have managed to disaggregate the current RAN platform by separating hardware and software, and implementing the Radio software as a Virtual Network Function running on Rakuten Cloud Platform (RCP)."

John Harrington, head of Nokia Japan, said: "This is a groundbreaking deployment that is at the forefront of cloud native technology and digital transformation in Japan. By combining the latest technology in cloud and automation with Nokia's hardware, software and services, Rakuten will emerge as the first Japanese service provider to use a full cloud-based service model."

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Telia taps Nokia to manage mobile network data demand

Written on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:39

Swedish operator Telia Company has chosen Nokia's cloud packet core solution to profitably deliver enhanced mobile broadband, and to provide the massively scalable platform required as part of Telia's Next Generation Core.

Nokia's AirGile cloud-native design will enable Telia to benefit from a full cloud architecture, allowing it to streamline engineering and operations to run on a common infrastructure across all six countries in which it operates.

This will contribute to Telia's ambition for competitive operations, lowering the cost of introducing and operating data services, substantially accelerating time-to-market for differentiated services and expanding business productivity.

“There is tremendous potential with the continued growth of mobile broadband, and with new services and 5G in the near future. To take advantage of these opportunities, Telia must deploy a new generation cloud-native packet core that is able to connect to a greater variety of devices and deliver a broader range of services over multiple access technologies,” said Sri Reddy, senior vice-president of Nokia's IP and Optical business.

As a next step towards harmonization for a more efficient packet core network, Telia Company will evolve their physical common multi-country evolved packet core to a common cloud native solution on a shared cloud infrastructure.

Nokia's cloud-native packet core, including its Cloud Mobility Manager and Cloud Mobile Gateway is a key enabler in this transformation. Nokia will begin the deployment of Telia's new core network in multiple data center locations across the company's operations.

“Nokia uniquely combines field-proven cloud-native software, cloud technologies and mobile and IP routing expertise to help Telia speed up service delivery, deliver greater scale and capacity and operate its network more efficiently,” Reddy added. “Plus, because our cloud packet core is built on our robust, field proven router software (SROS), it provides Telia with a solid foundational framework for the evolution of its 4G and the path forward to 5G.”

As part of its AirGile cloud-native core portfolio, Nokia's packet core design provides the reliability, scalability, flexibility and performance Telia needs to meet the networking requirements and economics for a diverse and demanding range of digital services and applications for consumers and enterprises.

The Nokia solution anchors multi-technology access across wireless licensed, shared, unlicensed spectrum and fixed network technologies, and delivers automated cloud networking with dynamic lifecycle management capabilities. These capabilities will help Telia improve service delivery, agility and operational efficiency for its mobile customers.

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Spark NZ expands capacity of nationwide mobile network

Written on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 13:31

New Zealand’s largest telecom provider, Spark, announced the addition of a third mobile node or Evolve Packet Core (EPC), adding additional capacity and resiliency to its nationwide mobile network.

Spark previously had two mobile EPC nodes handling large volumes of traffic, based in Auckland and Christchurch. The new third node, located in Porirua, gives the company additional resiliency and the flexibility to shift and re-route traffic around as required, particularly in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. 

Spark mobile customers have already devoured 34 Petabytes of data - (that’s over 34 Million Gigabytes of data or 4,886,819 hours streaming Ultra High Definition video) in the first eight months of 2017 compared to 6.89 Petabytes consumed in the same period last year.

This incremental increase in capacity means the Spark network is geared up to meet future technology requirements including the roll-out of 4.5G and the expansion of its wireless broadband service.

Spark’s General Manager of Networks, Colin Brown, says that the changing needs of customers is driving a focus to a wireless future.

“Rapid advances in wireless capability, together with the uptake of mobile apps and video streaming means we see people on the network for longer and downloading more data than ever before,” he said.

"We want to ensure we are giving our customers the best wireless experience possible. The installation of this third node is important because our customers expect an ‘always on’ service and so we need to ensure we have the capacity and resiliency to provide this,” Brown added.

"This demand for data means we need to evolve our network and our plans as we have done with the expansion of our 4.5G network and the introduction of our new unlimited mobile data plan.”

Spark is the only New Zealand mobile provider to have deployed next generation 4.5G technology as a pathway to 5G.

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Italian operator Telecom Italia has announced that the Republic of San Marino will become the first country in Europe to have a 5G mobile network. Telecom Italia made the prediction following the disclosure of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with government officials from San Marino.

In a statement issued to the press, Telecom Italia indicated that it plans to update mobile sites of its network with 4.5G in order to enable it to conduct trials on some features of 5G technology, such as evolved mast towers and carrier integration. The interim 3GPP standards for the revolutionary next-generation technology will be released in March 2018.

The Italian operator which is headquartered in Rome also disclosed its intentions to double the amount of existing mobile sites in San Marino, it also plans to install several dozen small cells in the innovative project which would make the microstate the first in Europe to have a 5G mobile network.

In a joint-statement in relation to the MOU between Telecom Italia and government representatives of San Marino, it said, “The particular geographical shape of this territory - and the distribution of its industries favor the use and development of innovative technologies. Thanks to this work, it will be possible to start the first testing of 5G technology on a national scale within the next year.”

San Marino is one of smallest countries in the world with a population of around 30,000 people. Some of the objectives of the project include a new mobile infrastructure with considerable transmission capacity that would be ten times that of 4G. The infrastructure would also be able to connect to large objects ahead of the 2020 deadline set by the EU.

According to Telecom Italia Mobile’s head of technology the scale of the project would see San Marino being established as the first 5G state in the world, which would place it ahead of technological superpowers such as South Korea and Japan. The race to deploy 5G continues to intensify between government bodies and operators.

Reports emerging from Italy suggest that the leading Italian operator has already begun installing 100 small cells in Turin as part of 5G network trials being led by the Italian government. However, it’s being suggested that it has more freedom to experiment in San Marino because there are fewer restrictions on the use of airwaves.

Earlier this month, a consortium of European operators including Telecom Italia expressed its desire to launch 5G services quickly. Industry analysts have predicted that the work currently underway in San Marino will be crucial to 5G in Europe.

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Ericsson and Cisco to strengthen Nextel IP network in Brazil

Written on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:01

The Ericsson and Cisco partnership has secured its first agreement in Brazil, with the two companies working together to supply and install IP routers for Nextel. The key components in the combined offering include a combination of hardware from Cisco, and services and project management from Ericsson.

Nextel's IP network in Brazil will be strengthened to support traffic growth and improve performance on the mobile network.

"Ericsson and Cisco are already long-term suppliers to Nextel, and their alliance makes them good partners to strengthen our IP network,” said Jorge Braga, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Nextel. “We needed a powerful and intelligent solution to improve our IP network in Brazil, and that's what we have secured with this deal."

Eduardo Ricotta, Vice President, Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean, says: "Our teams complemented each other with the right approach, from network analysis and planning to systems integration and customer support from Ericsson, to selecting the right routers from Cisco, and finally implementation with Ericsson services. The partnership has delivered real value to Nextel in terms of delivering end-to-end IP solution to meet the operator's needs."

The deal includes Cisco routers (ASR9010), supply and installation, overall project management, and customer support.

"Together, Cisco and Ericsson have the best mix of engagement required to support operators like Nextel address data traffic challenges,” said Yvette Kanouff, SVP and GM, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “Working together on this project, we will support Nextel's mobile broadband offering and help them deliver better network performance for customers."

Ericsson and Cisco - two industry leaders in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud - formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 to create the networks of the future. The partnership offers customers the best of both companies: routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities.

The next-generation strategic partnership will drive growth, accelerate innovation, and speed digital transformation demanded by customers across industries. To date, over 300 active customer engagements have now started to turn into won deals. More than 100 deals, spread around the world, are in IP (routing and transport) and services. The companies announced deals with 3 Italy, Vodafone Portugal, Aster Dominican Republic and Cable & Wireless in Caribbean in 2016 as well as with Telefónica Guatemala and Vodafone Hutchison Australia this year.

The Ericsson/Cisco partnership has been cleared by Brazilian regulatory authorities and will be implemented there under local agreements.

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SK Telekom and Nokia deploy first SDN based mobile network

Written on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 06:21

SK Telecom and Nokia claim to have deployed the world’s first cloud-based SDRAN (Software-Defined RAN) - also known as Cloud RAN - in a commercial network. They say that, by taking advantage of virtualized functions it is able to deliver new network scalability and elasticity, enhancing quality of service and network stability.

SDRAN enables key mobile communication network functions to be implemented in software applications running in a virtualized environment on general-purpose servers in a data centre.

This enables network capacity to be scaled more rapidly and for multiple connectivity scenarios to be efficiently deployed without immediate additional investments in transport or baseband capacity.

According to SK Telekom, by applying general IT technologies to an interface as well as base station processing, the new technology is expected to accelerate 5G network innovation that evolves beyond All IP toward All IT.

“SDRAN will be able to offer a variety of third party edge services in connection with MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) that provide localized communication services,” SK Telekom says. “And, since the network is implemented by software, it is easier and quicker to add new network functions. This would significantly shorten the time for delivering new technologies to customers.”

Frank Weyerich, head of Mobile Networks products at Nokia said: “This is a major milestone for Nokia; together with SK Telecom, we have for the first time implemented our AirScale Cloud RAN technology in a commercial network. We are paving the way towards 5G, and cloud-based radio networks delivering the scalability and flexibility required to allow operators such as SK Telecom to meet the future data demands of customers, enabling new levels of user experience at minimal cost and maximum operational efficiency.”

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Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia extend the terms of OSS agreement

Written on Thursday, 14 July 2016 12:52

Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia, dubbed the ‘Big 3’ have renewed and extended the terms of an operations support systems interoperability initiative (OSSii) agreement that is designed to simplify the integration of mobile network management systems. An MoU between the three vendors extends the scope of the OSSii into fields of management and orchestration interfaces, IP multimedia subsystems, and virtualized network functions.

According to Ericsson, the new MoU builds on the terms of the agreement signed by Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia in May 2013 that was initially designed to promote interoperability in OSS equipment produced by the Big 3 and other equipment manufacturers. Improved interoperability has the potential to deliver benefits to service providers including simpler network operations, lower overall integration costs, and faster time-to-market for new services.

The 3 vendors have expanded the scope of the OSSii “to new areas so our customers, who run multi-vendor markets, are able to easily introduce IMS services and virtualized functions in multi-vendor OSS environments,” says Nokia’s Applications and Analytics president, Bhaskar Gorti.

In a statement, Martin Sillen, head of Ericsson’s network analytics at its network management product line within its business unit Cloud and IP, also praised the initiative. He said that Ericsson is “committed to building on the success that the initiative has already achieved to help operators optimize their network operations and meet the demands of the networked society.”

Information on the OSSii website reveals that the original MoU signed by Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei was based on the principles of openness, fairness, reasonableness, and non-discriminatory treatment.

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Grameenphone 3G reaches 90 percent of Bangladeshis

Written on Sunday, 03 July 2016 06:23

Bangladesh mobile network operator, Grameenphone, says it has completed the installation of 10,000 3G cell sites and now provides 3G cellular coverage to 90 percent of the population.

In January this year Grameenphone CEO, Rajeev Sethi announced the goal to reach 10,000 3G sites by June. “This is one of the fastest as well as the largest 3G rollout in terms of population coverage in the region,” Grameenphone said. “This expansion will not only connect almost all the people of the country to 3G but will enable government and other organizations to take their digital services to the people more effectively.”

Grameenphone said its 3G rollout had delivered coverage of all 64 districts in six months, much less than the 36 months stipulated in the terms of its license. “The network expansion has not only involved adding new 3G sites and conversion of thousands of 2G sites to 3G sites, but also [upgrading] of existing 2G sites to further enhance 2G services for general customers,” the company said.

Grameenphone CTO Medhat ELHusseiny said the project had consumed 1.5 million man-hours with workers travelling 1.3 million kilometers and climbing a total of 680,000 meters, equivalent to 80 Mount Everests.

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Astellia joins HPE OpenNFV Partner Program

Written on Monday, 02 May 2016 12:36

Astellia announced it has joined the HPE OpenNFV Partner Program as an official Application Partner to help CSPs launch new services faster, easier and more cost-effectively through the virtualization of their mobile network functions.

The HPE OpenNFV Program provides an open standard–based network functions virtualization (NFV) reference architecture, offering CSPs ready-to-deploy solutions that can enable the transformation from legacy networks to NFV.

By joining this partner ecosystem, Astellia is able to validate the integration of its monitoring solution in a reference NFV environment and demonstrate the benefits of its new virtual probe. Astellia accompanies CSPs in their transformation journey and provides them monitoring solutions to support this new orchestrated network architecture, combining the monitoring of Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and legacy networks.

"We are delighted to join the HPE OpenNFV Program as an Application Partner, and look forward collaborating closely with the HPE OpenNFV community," said Julien Lecoeuvre, co-founder and chief technology officer at Astellia. "Astellia's monitoring solution for NFV will provide CSPs the service assurance solution needed for mastering QoE within this major network evolution."

"Astellia's vision for helping CSPs realize the potential of NFV environments aligns with the strategy of HPE's OpenNFV Partner Program. Our partnership with Astellia will help CSPs make their full transition to the telco cloud, and will add to our rich partner ecosystem," said Werner Schaefer, VP Sales & GTM, Communications Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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