OpenRAN, or disaggregation of radio hardware and software, is moving from concept to real-world use cases - and Vodafone is the latest operator to conduct large-scale trials, with the help of Mavenir equipment.
Layer123 is pleased to announce a series of webinars highlighting the work of the 5Growth consortium, a project dedicated to empowering industries with an end-to-end 5G solution that is AI-driven, automated and shareable. We will be collaborating with the consortium to bring you exclusive news and updates from the 5G project – with insights on new deliverables as soon as they are released.
Layer123 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Network Automation Awards, held as part of the virtual Network Automation Webinar on 22 April. There were winners in five categories, with Cisco victorious in two categories - one in partnership with Telia Carrier - and Huawei, Mavenir and Telefónica also scooping prizes.
Long-distance and high-capacity optical transportation took another step forward earlier this year, with Infinera announcing a successful 800g transmission over 950km in a live trial, on a live network – a first for the industry. The trial, carried out on a third-party line with live multi-vendor traffic alongside it, could be a milestone for driving down traffic costs for operators – but could it also serve as the catalyst for improvements at 400g level?
As a typical example of the vertical industry, smart grid poses new challenges to communications networks. The diversity of power grid services requires a flexible and orchestrated network, high reliability requires isolated networks, and millisecond-level ultra-low latency requires networks with optimal capabilities. 5G network slicing can address and meet all these diversified network connection requirements. The 5G SA networking slicing based smart grid innovation project has been proven as a valuable reference for the cooperation among global operators and enterprises in the 5G era.
Even though we spend our lives immersed in telecoms, we can still underestimate its importance in people’s lives – like oxygen or drinking water, it will be noticed as soon as it has gone.
Dutch carrier KPN is one of them. Having launched a carefully-planned SDN and NFV transformation programme in 2015, the past five years have seen great progress – and at the same time, highlighted the areas where a few calibrations may just be needed.
Network automation has many strings to its bow, and the array of standards, initiatives, software and ideas is vast. But everything going on in the space shares a common factor – reducing vendor lock-in, and ultimately making it easier for operators to expand, innovate and ultimately make money.
Ahead of the MEF and Layer123 webinar on secure access service edge (SASE) and SD-WAN security, we spoke to MEF’s CTO Pascal Menezes about MEF’s work in the space and what SASE could mean for organisations.
Software-defined networking has come a long way since the idea was floated at the turn of the decade.
As open networking has evolved, most of the focus has quite rightly been on delivering functionality at the technical level.
For many providers, business and production facilities, satellite connectivity has been the perfect backup – a high-quality, ultra-reliable connection that’s there when all else fails, or a solution for connecting ‘things that move’.
Since its foundation, Sweden’s Telia Carrier has developed a strong core competency of delivering internet and voice services in its home market of the Nordic countries and beyond, operating across industries, service types and locations.