Vodafone completes European roll-out of VMware infra


Vodafone Group has completed the roll-out of network virtual infrastructure (NVI) across all of its European business and 21 markets using VMware technology.

Due in part to the recent Covid-19 crisis, having a reliable, agile network that can be efficiently upgraded to maintain the quality of coverage has become even more important at Vodafone.

Thanks to the completion of work in Albania, Vodafone now has a single digital network architecture across its European markets.

As such the company is able to design, build, test and deploy next-gen functions more securely and around 40% more quickly.

Source: Vodafone completes European roll-out of VMware infra

Fiber lit buildings blossom across the U.S. | FierceTelecom


There are more than one million commercial buildings and data centers across the U.S. that have on-net access to fiber-based network services, according to Emerging Networks Service (ENS) Fiber Plus research from Vertical Systems Group.

While fiber availability increased to 64% for medium and large buildings, small building fiber growth in 2019 accounted for two-thirds of the new fiber-lit sites.

ENS Fiber’s U.S. Fiber Lit landscape research defines the medium and large fiber-lit sector as companies that have 20 or more employees while the small business sector has 20 or fewer employees.

Source: Fiber lit buildings blossom across the U.S.—report | FierceTelecom

Windstream Wholesale, Infinera complete trial of 400GbE


Windstream Wholesale and Infinera have successfully demonstrated 400GbE client-side services with 400GbE-LR8 QSFP-DD compact pluggable interfaces.

Using two of Infinera’s 600G/Wavelength muxponder on its Groove G30 Compact Modular Platform with the CHM-2T sled enabled the customer facing 400GbE service to be transmitted using a single-carrier 600G wavelength.

Source: Windstream Wholesale, Infinera complete trial of 400GbE

Pandemic Renews Calls to Revive U.S. Manufacturing | EE Times

The pandemic that has crushed global supply chains is reviving efforts to begin the arduous and costly process of reviving U.S. manufacturing capacity through expanded access to capital for startups.

While the legislative proposal to jump-start manufacturing was welcomed by supply chain experts, they also note that scaling that effort will require years of “patient” investment along with the human capital currently in short supply in the West after four decades of Chinese manufacturing dominance.

Source: Pandemic Renews Calls to Revive U.S. Manufacturing | EE Times

US decision a ‘blow’ to HK’s status as telecom hub, says legislator | Light Reading

The US government decision to exclude Hong Kong from a trans-Pacific cable was “severe blow” to the city as a telecom hub, a key industry figure said Thursday.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it had approved an application from Google to operate the 13,000km Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) cable between Taiwan and the US West Coast.

But Google did not seek permission for the final leg between Hong Kong and Taiwan, even though it is ready for service.

The DOJ said “a direct connection between the US and Hong Kong would pose an unacceptable risk” to national security and law enforcement interests.

Source: US decision a ‘blow’ to HK’s status as telecom hub, says legislator | Light Reading

Nokia disses DSS naysayers | Light Reading

Nokia has upped its DSS game. As part of a 5G-led expansion to its AirScale radio-access portfolio, the Finnish vendor highlighted new Dynamic Spectrum Sharing capabilities stretching across multiple radio access technologies.

Through a software upgrade to existing AirScale basestations, Nokia says it won’t be confining DSS to the allocation of lowband LTE airwaves to bolster 5G coverage as and when needed.

Nokia’s bold DSS debut will see AirScale basestations being able to handle dynamic allocation of 2G and 3G spectrum to support rollout of the next-gen tech.

Source: Nokia disses DSS naysayers | Light Reading

Thales Alenia Space to Develop First Satellites for Omnispace Global Hybrid Network | Via Satellite


Omnispace has selected Thales Alenia Space, to develop two satellites as the initial component of its satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. Omnispace is working toward a global hybrid communications network based on 3GPP standards. Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, will begin working immediately, and the satellites are scheduled for launch in 2021.

These initial satellites will operate in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO). They will support the 3rd Generation Partnership Project telecommunications specifications for Narrow-Band IoT radio interface.

Source: Thales Alenia Space to Develop First Satellites for Omnispace Global Hybrid Network – Via Satellite –

Apollo 13 Movie Was Engineers’ “Failure is Not an Option” Moment in the Spotlight | Design News


The film scored nine Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, with Tom Hanks as Commander Jim Lovell, Kevin Bacon as Backup Lunar Module Pilot Jack Swigert, the late Bill Paxton as Command Module Pilot Fred Haise, Gary Sinise as grounded Prime Lunar Module Pilot Ken Mattingly and Ed Harris as Flight Director Gene Kranz.

It won two Academy Awards, for Best Sound and for Film Editing and grossed 174 million 1995 dollars at the box office.

Source: Apollo 13 Movie Was Engineers’ “Failure is Not an Option” Moment in the Spotlight | Design News

5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19 | Light Reading

.. one technology that has already caught an acute infection is 5G, and its status has not been helped by phony and outrageous claims that it’s the true cause of COVID-19. In parts of the world, it will suffer badly over the next few months as projects are delayed and spending is squeezed.

For some of the companies invested heavily in the new-generation network technology, the next few months will be ghastly.

Source: 5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19 | Light Reading

US agencies take aim at China Telecom | Light Reading

Several US agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense, State and Commerce, today asked the FCC to revoke and terminate China Telecom’s “authorizations to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.”

China Telecom is a Tier 1 carrier and has points of presence in several major US cities, connecting businesses to Asia and all over the world. The recommendation made to the FCC would strip the carrier of its ability to operate as a “common carrier” in the US, crippling its business here and disrupting US enterprise and carrier customers that depend on it for wholesale connectivity and other services.

Source: US agencies take aim at China Telecom | Light Reading