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To: FUBHO who wrote (3230)9/22/2017 11:31:13 AM
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Seaborn tests technology to boost Seabras-1 by 50%


capacitymedia.com
22 September 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Seaborn Networks says it could increase capacity of its new Seabras-1 subsea cable by 50% using new optical technology.

The cable company and its technology vendor, Infinera, say they have completed a trial on the newly opened cable that demonstrates much higher efficiency.

Larry Schwartz, chairman and CEO of Seaborn Networks, said: "The capacity upgrade maximises our return on investment and further underscores the uniqueness of Seaborn’s capacity on Seabras-1."

The trial "demonstrated 4.5 bits per second per hertz on the Seabras-1 cable", said Seaborn, over a distance of more than 10,500km. Seabras-1, which went into service earlier this month, links Brazil and the US.

Dave Welch, president and co-founder of Infinera, said the technology used "delivers industry-leading capacity-reach performance for our subsea customers where spectral efficiency is paramount and bandwidth demand is growing at more than 45% per year".

The technology supports "up to 18.2Tbps per fibre for distances over 10,000km", said Seaborn.

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From: FUBHO9/24/2017 9:26:11 PM
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Andy Bax Talks About Turning Up Seabras-1

September 21, 2017

infinera.com

By Scott Jackson
Vice President, Subsea Business Group

Andy Bax, COO at Seaborn NetworksRecently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Bax, Chief Operating Officer of Seaborn Networks. Our discussion is captured below.

Scott: Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Andy. Can you start by telling us a bit about Seaborn Networks?

Andy: We are the only truly independent developer-owner-operator of submarine cable systems, which enables us to be flexible in both our architecture and business approach to building and operating subsea cable systems. Everything we do is in house, and from our design and engineering teams to our fully operational network operations centers (NOCs), sales and finance teams, our entire organization is solely focused on subsea.



Scott: What is Seaborn’s business model and what makes you different?

Andy: We’re changing the way submarine cable capacity is bought and sold by introducing the industry’s first carrier-neutral business model. We combine innovative pricing and agreements that are only possible with the flexibility of an independent cable operator. We’re using a “pay-as-you-grow” model for content providers, carriers, governments and internet service providers (ISPs).

Scott: What can you tell us about Seabras-1?

Andy: It’s our subsea cable from New York City to São Paulo. The system is the culmination of more than five years of hard work and more than $520 million USD of project financing. It’s owned by the Seabras Group, a combination of Seaborn and our equity investor Partners Group, and provides an exciting platform for future systems. With a projected build time of 18 months, Seabras-1 was ready for operation on time and on budget!

Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1 Subsea CableScott: That’s a great story! What are the reach and capacity of Seabras-1?

Andy: Seabras-1 is a combination of over 10,600 kilometers (km) of submarine fiber, more than 750 km of terrestrial fiber, and 13 points of presence (POPs) spread across São Paulo, New York, New Jersey and two cable stations. As the longest in-service, fully coherent subsea system designed specifically for 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) technology from day one, until a little while ago it was expected to support 12 terabits per second (Tb/s) per fiber pair of capacity. However, we were very pleased to recently set an industry benchmark for capacity-reach performance by verifying up to 18.2 Tb/s for one of our Seaborn fiber pairs using 8QAM with the Infinera XTS-3300.

Scott: Thank you. We were very pleased and excited as well about this achievement. Besides the wet plant or government approvals, what was your biggest concern over getting Seabras-1 into service on time?

Andy: The list of potential challenges in building a cable system of this magnitude, together with the enhanced terrestrial networks across so many different POP locations, is way too long to write down, but as a seasoned project team we focused heavily on ensuring that we not only picked the best construction and permitting/licensing partners possible, but also worked closely with them to maintain the timelines we had set ourselves. Front of our minds at all times was making sure we did not make the same mistakes that are often made on projects like this, so we made sure, for example, that our cable stations, backhaul fiber networks and POP locations were secured and in place well before the subsea cable was ready to be lit. I think for many people in our sector, the fact that our cable station and terrestrial network in Brazil were ready well ahead of the date we needed them was a major accomplishment for Seaborn. That’s not to say we didn’t run into challenges along the way, but they were nothing that we didn’t expect and that we had plans for how to address ahead of time.

Scott: Did it take longer than expected to get the initial link results once the subsea fibers were available?

Andy: I have to say that we were both amazed and delighted with how quickly the initial link results from Infinera were available. In less than 30 minutes, Seabras-1 was active and performance expectations were exceeded. Of course, we just shrugged as if we’d expected that to be the case all along, but the Infinera project folks knew we were delighted.

Scott: Thanks for the compliment! What do you feel is the biggest differentiator that you have as a subsea cable operator?

Andy: Our innovation, focus on service and flexibility. As examples, our SeaCloud and on-demand services. In an industry where capacity can only be bought in set amounts and takes weeks if not months to deliver across what are fairly basic networks, we have taken the view that in today’s cloud environment that’s just not acceptable. We’re taking the pain out of international connectivity with flexible bandwidth offerings that grow as you do and that we deliver within two days. We’re also delivering SeaSpeed, providing the lowest latency link between the financial centers of Brazil and the U.S. When you take our enhanced level of service, SeaSpeed and the fact that Seabras-1 is the only direct cable system between the U.S. and Brazil, this is a game changer in our industry and a key factor in enabling a broader competitive landscape on key international routes.

Scott: How did Infinera help you realize SeaCloud?

Andy: It’s the cloud scale Instant Bandwidth solution that starts with the DTN-X XTS 3300. It’s a high-capacity 1 rack unit (1RU) rack-and-stack meshponder that fits into the data center but connects directly to the wet plant and delivers outstanding capacity-reach performance. With a click of a mouse we can turn up 100G instantly. Combined with Infinera’s bandwidth-on-demand service, we are able to add network capacity within minutes, as opposed to going through the traditional, and painful, upgrade path. This means we can deliver our SeaCloud service to anyone on any scale.

Scott: That’s the power of Instant Bandwidth. And may I ask why you chose Infinera?

Andy: We look for certain attributes in a partner and in any relationship that we commit to. In Infinera we have a partner that is leading the field in technology and deployment capabilities and has shown a commitment to our partnership that matches our own. Just as importantly for us, we see Infinera as being very much aligned with our thinking and approach with innovation, flexibility and a willingness to work with us, even on our craziest of ideas! At the end of the day it’s all about delivering on your promises, and they have not missed a beat.

Scott: We all agree with that! What’s next for Seaborn?

Andy: With Seabras-1 now ready for operations, we are excited about changing the landscape of subsea cable operations and leading the field in terms of service and delivery performance. And of course, there are more subsea cables to come. We’ll shortly be starting the build of Argentina’s first independent subsea cable system connecting it to Brazil (ARBR) and linking it with Seabras-1. There are plenty more subsea cable opportunities for us out there, and we’ll be making some exciting announcements in the coming months around what they are.

For more information on Infinera’s subsea solutions, please contact us.

Related links:

Press Release: Infinera and Seaborn Set Subsea Industry Benchmark for Capacity-Reach with XTS-3300 on Seabras-1Press Release: Seaborn Lights Seabras-1 Subsea Network to Offer Cloud Scale Services On Demand with Infinera XTS-3300 MeshpondersVideo: Seaborn Lights Subsea Cable in MinutesBlog: The Future of the Cloud Lies Under the SeaAndy Bax is Chief Operating Officer at Seaborn Networks. Infinera thanks him for his contribution.




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To: FUBHO who wrote (3232)9/24/2017 9:28:28 PM
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Should get some kind of announcement of a XTM II deal/customer in the next couple weeks as it supposed to be available around now, so they would probably want to alert the market/stakeholders/potential customers that it is shipping.

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From: FUBHO9/25/2017 11:45:50 AM
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2017 infinera.com
European Peering Forum
Lisbon, Portugal
Event website
09/18/2017 - 09/20/2017
Submarine Networks World 2017
Singapore
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
09/25/2017 - 09/27/2017
NFV & Carrier SDN
Denver, Colorado
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
09/26/2017 - 09/28/2017
2017 IEEE Photonics Conference
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
10/01/2017 - 10/05/2017
Futurecom 2017
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
10/02/2017 - 10/05/2017
5G Asia 2017
Singapore
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
10/02/2017 - 10/04/2017
SDN NFV World Congress 2017
The Hague, Netherlands
Event website
10/09/2017 - 10/13/2017
Data Centre World 2017
Singapore
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
10/11/2017 - 10/12/2017
Capacity Central America & Andean
Bogotá, Colombia
Event website
10/11/2017 - 10/12/2017
Internet 2 Technology Exchange
San Francisco, California
Event website
10/15/2017 - 10/18/2017

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To: Tartuffe who wrote (3206)9/26/2017 11:11:47 AM
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At the same time, businesses are less likely to accept prolonged outages, he adds. "You can't tell your customers, 'We are going to have an outage and it will take me two days to fix it,' because in some industries, that's a non-starter," he says.
http://www.lightreading.com/optical/subsea/2017-storms-may-mean-network-rethink/d/d-id/736566?


Being able to re-configure the network is not going to be optional going forward, and being able to add and drop capacity on a sub sea cable in real time will make that possible. Having a ceiling of unused capacity that can be turned on quickly could capture huge flows if only for for the short term while they get the power back- Re- routing around an entire city or region because of natural disaster is not an uncommon thing-Even special events produce large spike in flow traffic that need to be accomodated for short periods of time- The XTS-3300 can handle multiple types of flows and is the prescription for these situations-

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From: FUBHO9/26/2017 8:15:47 PM
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Windstream to demo SDN-enabled multi-vendor service orchestration at MEF17

lightwaveonline.com

September 26, 2017
Author Stephen Hardy
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher

Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN) will partner with Ciena, Coriant, and Infinera to participate in the MEF17 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase. Windstream and its collaborators will offer a demonstration of multi-vendor service orchestration enabled via software-defined networking (SDN). The PoC demonstration will show off the capabilities of Windstream's Software Defined Network Orchestrated Waves (SDNow) service (see " Windstream Wholesale offers SDN orchestrated wavelength services via SDNow").

The MEF PoC Showcase demonstration will see on-demand, end-to-end activation of SDNow 10-Gbps optical transport services on Windstream's 150,000-mile fiber-optic network. The multi-domain service orchestration will leverage SDN controller software provided by Windstream's vendor partners. The demonstration also will spotlight intent-based provisioning, data abstraction, and use of APIs for automated software-driven service design, provisioning, and delivery. The demonstration aligns with the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) standards and open-source projects (see, for example, " MEF increases focus on SD-WAN managed services").

"In line with MEF's focus on enabling dynamic Third Network solutions, Windstream's partnership with these three industry pioneers – Ciena, Coriant, and Infinera – highlights the benefits of our multi-vendor network ecosystem," said Joe Harding, executive vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer for Windstream Wholesale. "This collaborative effort -- using multiple hardware platforms orchestrated in real-time via multi-domain service orchestration with APIs to underlying domain controllers -- will demonstrate how end-users can take advantage of maximum network control and access to agile, on-demand bandwidth solutions, as well as simplified and accelerated service delivery using minimal human touchpoints."

Windstream currently provides SDNow to five third-party carrier-neutral data centers, one each in Chicago, Dallas, Ashburn, Miami, and Atlanta. The service provider reveals it has plans to add services and locations this year and next. Windstream explains its use of an SDN-enabled, DevOps-style approach to automation development in SDNow enables the abstraction of service delivery complexity as well as a simplified view of the multi-vendor optical layer.

MEF17 will take place in Orlando, FL, from November 13-16.


For related articles, visit the SDN/NFV Topic Center.

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From: FUBHO9/27/2017 10:50:53 AM
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Sprint launches US carrier hotel PoP strategy

capacitymedia.com

27 September 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

Sprint has announced that it is establishing new points of presence (PoP) in major carrier hotels as part of its plan to expand its network and provide access at the lowest cost.

The first of these is One Summer St. in the Boston area, which is New England’s largest multi-tenant mission-critical telecommunications and data centre facility. Sprint can now provide access to global MPLS and dedicate IP customers via a direct presence at One Summer.

The new PoP provides One Summer St.’s carrier and enterprise customers access to port speed up to 100Gbps. The facility serves more than 200 tenants including leading financial, healthcare, academic, government, entertainment, and science and technology firms.

“Markley’s flagship One Summer Street facility was a high priority for us when we decided to expand the number of carrier hotels where we have a PoP,” said Mike Fitz, president and general manager of the Sprint global wireline business unit.

“Sprint is aggressively expanding our network. Deploying in a major carrier hotel like One Summer allows us to provide access to our global all-IP network to a significant number of customers.”

Deploying in major carrier hotels is part of Sprint’s aggressive strategy to expand its IP network footprint. Accelerating adoption of cloud services, and an ever-growing mobile workforce are driving enterprises to new WAN solutions that meet their increasing need for flexibility, performance and security. Sprint’s presence in major carrier hotels makes it easier for customers to access its comprehensive portfolio of connectivity, cloud networking solutions and value added services, including SD-WAN.

To support the growing shift from legacy data networks to an all-IP environment, Sprint also added 52 US IP/MPLS nodes in 2016, and in 2017, will add more than 70 nodes, expanding to more than 220 US IP/MPLS nodes.

Additionally, Sprint has built hundreds of network-to-network interconnections (NNI) with more than 50 ILEC and cable providers, creating an Ethernet access footprint that blankets the United States.

John Fleming, VP of operations at Markley Group, added: “We are delighted to add Sprint to our list of carrier options here in Markley at 1 Summer St. Sprint is well known for having a high-performance, secure network. Being able to provide our clients access to networks of this quality with a global reach adds significant new options for our clients.”

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From: FUBHO9/27/2017 3:12:10 PM
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Stock got strong around the time Scott Jackson was due to speak at that subsea conference. He must have had good stuff to say.

EDIT: Maybe someone put out a positive note on the sector. I see all optical stocks are doing well.


Submarine Networks World 2017
Singapore
Event website
See confirmed speakers and topics
09/25/2017 - 09/27/2017
NFV & Carrier SDN
Denver, Colorado
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09/26/2017 - 09/28/2

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From: FUBHO9/27/2017 6:44:33 PM
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ON2020 Readout Identifies New Optical Challenges
( sounds like they are dreaming about Infinera's sweet spots )

lightreading.com

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The survey conducted by ON2020 during 2017 included substantial responses from individuals at 10 major global telecom and datacom network operators as well as a number of other industry experts. The survey covered four topic areas: capacity and granularity, connectivity and flexibility, management and operations, and open networking and disaggregation. The initial analysis by ON2020 suggests that many operators are not looking beyond the next network deployment and are not planning for continued network capacity growth in line with recent trends. This is a challenge that ON2020 hopes to help the industry overcome.

Webscale and large telecom carriers frequently need more than 10 Tbit/s per link today and will need 40 Tbit/s per link soon. Most carriers are planning for 30 to 50 percent annual traffic growth per year. This capacity growth will require more than a single C-band and many carriers are expecting to deploy both multiple C-bands and combined C+L-bands depending on the fibers available. Backbone granularity needs to be 100G, 200G, 400G with service granularity down to 10M, 100M or 1G for telecom operators and 25G for Web-scale operators. Super-channels are consistently favored for interface rates above 400G. Based on current capacity growth, a router blade in 2024 will need to support 20 Terabit Ethernet interfaces, which is considered to be a challenge for system developers. Respondents ranked reducing 100G cost and power consumption above cost-effective 400G and developing white-box optical modules.


The number of network nodes varies widely depending on the operator and subnetwork, with a desire to consolidate nodes where possible. For some nodes, the number of degrees needs to be more than six. The deployment of CDC ROADMs is being held up by cost, reliability and management concerns. Dynamic network reconfiguration is desired with changes completing within a few minutes. There was no desire expressed to transparently bridge domains other than submarine/terrestrial-LH and terrestrial-LH/metro-regional. In particular there was no desire to bridge metro-PON and inter-intra-DC. Respondents ranked reducing ROADM/OXC cost and power consumption ahead of improving fiber links and increasing system flexibility.

SDN is universally seen as an important ingredient in optical networking for faster service innovation and OAM. Respondents expressed frustration at SDN solutions requiring operators to partner with companies to develop their own SDN solution. Disaggregation and white boxes are seen as important developments to reduce cost and avoid vendor lock-in, but performance and reliability are major concerns; many are not willing to compromise on overall system reliability. Respondents ranked faster network deployments ahead of Transport SDN (T-SDN) interoperability and faster bandwidth-on-demand (BoD). Management, operations and disaggregation are overwhelming several telecom operators and presenting significant operational and organizational challenges.

Looking to the future, ON2020 is continuing to receive inputs from operators and industry experts, developing white papers and evaluating future projects for next-generation ROADM/OXC, transport SDN, 5G-oriented optical networks, and next-generation WDM and optical link technologies. ON2020 is working on a formal association with a standards organization and is planning an ON2020 Summit during OFC 2018 in San Diego.

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From: Tartuffe9/28/2017 9:09:27 AM
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After 3 consecutive hit-pieces, they offer up a positive one. INFN can not afford any delays with the rest of ICE4 as the spend cylcle approaches- Thankfully they have been on time with CX-2 and XTS 3300, 3600-


Meanwhile, Infinera shares are trading at attractive price-to-sales and price-to-book ratios, even in the context of other depressed optical networking stocks. Looking ahead, analysts have pinned a sector-leading earnings growth rate of 20% per year on the company for the next five years.


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