Successful first test of terabit-speed university research network in Mississippi

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The engineers and campus IT staff used fiber optic connections, specialty gear and electronics and test measuring equipment from Nokia and EXFO to complete the trial, which successfully downloaded data 1,000 times faster than current 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) services on the market today.

Terabit speed research networks promise to dramatically lower data transport times, allowing the download of 125 gigabytes every single second, the equivalent of an entire season of HBO’s popular Game of Thrones series, 25 full-length movies in high definition, 2,083 hours of streaming music, 62,500 photos and 695,000 web pages.

The R&D arms at Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi State, Jackson State, the University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ Engineering Research and Development Center and the national Internet 2 consortium are all part of the consortium.

C Spire was chosen to overhaul the MissiON network under a new state telecommunications contract awarded to the company last year by the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS). The firm finished the upgrade in record time and tripled capacity, cut overall costs and added four regional universities to the consortium.

Leveraging its 8,800 route miles of high-capacity fiber optic infrastructure, C Spire has designed the network to support direct collaboration for the first time among the state’s research universities and regional institutions as well as access to resources in the ITS State Data Center and C Spire data centers in Jackson and Starkville.

“We’re excited to be a part of this proof-of-concept trial, and we look forward to continuing our work with C Spire to make this vital infrastructure second to none,” said Dr. David Shaw, vice president for Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University and chairman of the MissiON Network Advisory Council.

Shaw said the MissiON network plays an essential role in Mississippi’s economic development and business expansion initiatives. “Bolstering this network is critical in order to enhance our research institutions’ capacity to continue competing successfully for science and technology grants and funding from federal agencies, business and industry, foundations and private endowments. We’re operating in an increasingly competitive environment, and MissiON is an indispensable resource in our efforts,” he added.

C Spire, Nokia and EXFO also emphasized the importance of “future-proofing” the research network infrastructure to enable Mississippi research institutions and businesses to compete on a global scale in the future.

“As Mississippi’s leading broadband communications provider, C Spire is proud to provide innovative, leading-edge technology and the latest fiber optic infrastructure to help power the important work of the MissiON network and enable researchers to pursue comprehensive solutions to 21st century challenges,” said Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of Network and Service Delivery. “We are committed to helping the consortium continue to build this world-class network.”

Hollingsworth said that while the terabit speeds are not part of the MissiON network upgrade, it is important to continue to work with consortium members to perform trials and tests to plan for future improvements. “We need to offer a robust network capable of helping researchers stay on the cutting-edge of technology,” he added.

“We work with partners like C Spire to design optical networks to meet future demands,” said Sam Bucci, head of Nokia’s Optical business. “MissiON and other higher education research networks must continue to push the limits of communications to adapt to changing conditions and future unforeseen applications.”

EXFO played a key role in the ground-breaking trial, generating Terabit ethernet speeds with five combined 100 Gigabit dual-port test modules. The high-speed traffic was injected into the network and then returned to EXFO’s test platform to validate data transport and other critical performance measurements.

“As a leading pioneer in test, monitoring and analytics, EXFO is pleased to bring its high-speed transport test expertise to such a forward-looking project,” said Stephane Chabot, vice president of Test and Measurement. “Future-proofing tomorrow’s network infrastructure and supporting research leaders such as the MissiON partners is core to EXFO’s vision and values.”

As part of a comprehensive upgrade announced last September, C Spire boosted bandwidth speeds up to 10 times faster for consortium partners, lowered overall latency, added a new interconnection with Internet 2, built new route diversity and redundancy to ensure optimal MissiON network uptime and eliminated a single point of failure from the previous network.

C Spire launched its ground-breaking Tech Movement initiative in 2017 to encourage innovation, promote education and improve access to broadband internet through technology leadership and investments that transform its service areas and by helping more consumers, businesses and schools grow the state’s economy, create more jobs and improve the quality of life for everyone.

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Marek’s Take: Is Intel’s CEO search nearly over?

It’s been seven months since former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was ousted from his job for violating the company’s non-fraternization policy by having a …
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Hello again Fierce readers, it has been awhile. After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from Fierce to work for a startup, I’m currently taking some time off to travel the world and see some sights other than trade show convention halls. However, I’ll be checking in every now and then to provide you with my latest insights and observations on the telecom world.

It’s been seven months since former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was ousted from his job for violating the company’s non-fraternization policy by having a past consensual relationship with an employee. And during the intervening months we’ve heard many rumors about potential successors including former Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, and former Intel executive Anand Chandrasekher, who most recently headed up Qualcomm’s data center chip business. Another rumored candidate is former Intel President Renee James, who is now CEO of Amphere, a startup semiconductor company.

The company also is said to be evaluating various internal candidates, including Murthy Renduchintala, president of Intel’s Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group and chief engineering officer at Intel.


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But so far none of those candidates have been confirmed and some, like VMware’s Gelsinger, have been upfront about their lack of interest in the role.

Although her name wasn’t mentioned much, I was hopeful that perhaps the board would select Aicha Evans, formerly Intel’s chief strategy officer and a 12-year veteran of the company. Evans was a big champion of Intel’s 5G business and a frequent speaker at wireless industry events. But earlier this month autonomous vehicle startup Zoox appointed Evans as its new CEO and gave her the task of reinventing the struggling car company.

Interestingly, Evans isn’t the only former Intel executive to make the move to the automotive industry. In November CDK Global, which makes software for the automotive industry, hired Krzanich to be its CEO.

I guess it’s not that surprising that Krzanich ended up at the helm of an automotive-related firm. While he was Intel’s CEO the company purchased Mobileye, a maker of driver assistance technology, for $15.3 billion. And it also introduced Intel GO, an autonomous car platform.

Who’s Left?

Intel’s CFO Robert Swan has been acting as interim CEO since Krzanich left abruptly in June but most insiders say he is not interested in becoming the permanent leader.

And even though seven months seems like a long time without a permanent replacement, it’s actually not that unusual for a CEO search to take many months. Ericsson took six months to appoint Borje Ekholm to CEO after it fired Hans Vestberg (Vestberg, of course, went on to secure the top spot at Verizon). And Microsoft took five months to replace long-time CEO Steve Ballmer with new CEO Satya Nadella.

But in Intel’s case, investors are likely antsy for a solution. The company’s stock has taken a bit of a hit. Since Krzanich’s departure in June Intel’s stock has been trading down 12 percent.

Plus, the company’s competition is coming on strong. At CES 2019 earlier this month, AMD CEO Lisa Su impressed attendees with her keynote speech touting AMD’s latest innovations in CPUs and GPUs. Interestingly, there’s even some speculation that Su’s leadership of AMD is so impressive that Intel may be itching to lure her away. However, most believe that’s unlikely as Su seems very committed to AMD’s long-term success.

On January 15 Axios reported that Johny Srouji, Apple’s SVP of hardware technologies, is the latest executive to be considered for Intel’s top job, but so far Intel has remained mum on Srouji.

But the speculation over Intel’s CEO search may be wrapping up soon. A new Bloomberg report indicates that the Intel board is hoping to announce its new CEO before it reports its earnings on January 24.

Will the new Intel leader be Apple’s Srouji? AMD’s Su? Or an Intel insider? I think Intel will play it safe and pick an internal candidate rather than an outsider who might shake things up. If all goes to Intel’s plan, we may learn the answer this week. — Sue

Sue Marek has been reporting on the telecom and tech industries for more than 25 years. Most recently, she was editor in chief at SDxCentral, where she oversaw all of that site’s editorial content. Prior to that she was editor in chief of FierceMarkets’ Telecom Group, where she managed a team of editors and was responsible for the content for several of the company’s web sites, newsletters and live events. Sue is a frequent speaker at industry events and has moderated panels for the Consumer Electronics Show, the Competitive Carriers’ Show, The Wireless Infrastructure Show, 5G North America, DC 5G, Interop, and more. Follow @SueMarek on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

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Global 5G Infrastructure Market Analysis 2018 – Qualcomm, Intel, Ericsson, Samsung, NEC …

… Market by type – Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), Fog Computing (FC)

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3 Chip Companies Set to Profit From 5G

Broadcom, unlike Qualcomm, doesn’t sell mobile applications processors or even standalone cellular modems. It does, however, sell a wide variety of …

5G wireless has been getting a lot of talk lately. While we’ve seen 4G LTE technology evolve rapidly over the past several years, with peak theoretical speeds surging from about 100 megabits per second to north of 1 gigabit per second, 5G promises another quantum leap in transfer speeds. Consider, for example, that wireless chip specialist Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) says its first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, can handle “multi-gigabit” download speeds.

While tech specs are cool, you’re probably wondering which companies can capitalize on the industrywide transition to 5G wireless. Three of them are Qualcomm, Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).

Intel data center chief with a 5G base station on stage.

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1. Qualcomm

Wireless giant Qualcomm makes its money in two key ways: selling chips — primarily applications processors to smartphone makers — and licensing its vast portfolio of wireless patents to companies that sell cellular-capable devices.

On the company’s most recent earnings conference call, CEO Steve Mollenkopf highlighted the importance of the move to 5G, claiming that markets “are unforgiving to companies and competitors that are late to these transitions, especially in the initial ramp years.” He added (emphasis mine): “Our focus and investment priorities over the last couple of years have enabled us to successfully establish a strong technology position and lead the 5G industry transition, which will represent a significant opportunity for Qualcomm to expand revenue and earnings as we exit fiscal 2019.

Later during the call, the head of Qualcomm’s chip business — known as Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, or QCT — expressed the company’s view that 5G will be “a significant expansion, even on existing units, both in revenue and earnings for QCT, but also likely to be an expansion of share.”

Investors should keep an eye on how the 5G transition affects the company’s chip business, as well as its licensing business, over the next couple of years.

2. Broadcom

Broadcom, unlike Qualcomm, doesn’t sell mobile applications processors or even standalone cellular modems. It does, however, sell a wide variety of chips that are key to enabling wireless capabilities in smartphones, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular. Like Qualcomm, it stands to benefit from the transition to 5G.

On Broadcom’s Sept. 6 earnings call, CEO Hock Tan cited the industrywide shift to 5G as something that will push its key customers — including Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which makes up north of 60% of Broadcom’s overall wireless revenue — to keep buying its more advanced cellular chips. Those chips tend to cost more, boosting the amount of revenue the chip giant generates from each iPhone sold.

Also worth noting is that the shift to 5G isn’t likely to be a one-time thing for the industry. Just as 4G LTE has become more complex over time — something Broadcom has profited handsomely from — the 5G standard is set to evolve, too. As long as Apple continues to endow its iPhones with increasingly capable cellular subsystems as 5G evolves, something it’s likely to do to keep up with the competition, Broadcom’s wireless business should continue to prosper.

3. Intel

Intel pitches itself as an “end-to-end” 5G solution provider. Apple is said to be planning to adopt Intel’s first commercially available modem, known as the XMM 8160, in the 2020 iPhones, and Intel is also set to power a large portion of the wireless infrastructure that will enable 5G networks. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, the company talked about an upcoming chip called Snow Ridge that was “developed specifically for 5G wireless access and edge computing.”

During the company’s CES keynote, Navin Shenoy, the head of Intel’s data-center group (DCG), the company’s second largest business by revenue and the heart of its long-term growth strategy, indicated that the company’s ambition is to, by 2022, grow the company’s market share in cellular base stations to more than 40%. During its Oct. 25 earnings report, the chip giant said DCG revenue from communications service providers rose 30% year over year in its third quarter.

So while current Intel CFO and interim CFO Bob Swan suggested last year that 5G modems will offer better profitability than current LTE products, the company also has a solid play on the infrastructure side of things.

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Why Banks Should Inject Bigger Cash Into Digital Transformation – Akano

Why Banks Should Inject Bigger Cash Into Digital Transformation – Akano … Analytics and Competitive Strategies; and Data Science & Big Data.

Mr. Tim Akano, founder/CEO New Horizons Nigeria, in this interview with CHIMA AKWAJA, looks at the technology space, how and where it will impact the broad-spectrum of the Nigerian economy.

What do you see as the intersection between technology and the future of job? Are we all going to become jobless at the rate at which robot and AI are replacing workers?

Yes and No. A friend of mine put it poetically in an article recently in the newspaper “how technology stole our breakfast and is about to eat our lunch.” But I disagree with his conclusion. Technology did not steal anybody’s breakfast rather technology changed our breakfast menu and gave us a new breakfast menu and technology has equally announced that a new lunch and dinner menu list is on the horizons.

It is by putting issues in the right perspective that we can take full benefits of what is and what is to come. My answer in this sector is relevant to anyone from the ages 10 to 69 and business organisations as well. The latest LinkedIn research on skill and employment shows that there are 50,000 professional skills in the world today. But most of these skills will be obsolete in a matter of three to five years. Most of the traditional skills will decline in value. Banking/Finance, architecture, accountant, etc will decline because of technology.

The 10 hottest skills that will grow in demand in 2019 and beyond are: Creativity, Innovation and Analytical Reasoning; Persuasion, Collaboration, and Adaptability; Cloud Computing; Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Cyber Security; People and Time Management; Mobile Application Development; Sales Leadership, Customer Service, Digital and Social Media Marketing; Animation, Video, Audio, and Game development; Business Analytics and Competitive Strategies; and Data Science & Big Data.

The demand of these 10 skill-sets by the industry will grow geometrically because we have shortages and businesses are developing along these lines exponentially. If you have children or cousin or brothers or sisters and you don’t want them to be hungry in the new tech kingdom- these are the skills that will be in the greatest demand.

Dr Robot will be a better surgeon than human doctors in few years’ time. AI will be a better pilot than human pilot, AI will replace drivers and cars will be electric without engine. AI will do some Accounting, Architectural, Journalism, Military, Teaching and Engineering jobs.

Everything we are doing will converge on mobility- our phone will become part of us in a new form. It will be engrained in our flesh- this will drive the demands for experts in mobility and Internet of Things.

Then when robot produces in the factory- Peter James and John have to sell to Steve and, Florence. A Buhari or an Atiku will always need the services of digital marketing professionals to sell their candidacy to the electorates: so selling skill, customer service, digital and social medial skills will be in hot demand.

What do you say about Fintech in 2019?

Obviously, banking and financial industry are the biggest consumers of technology. Therefore, using past years as a guide, Fintech will continue to dictate the speed of innovation in technology. The top 10 variables for the financial industry in 2019 and beyond are that: Digital-only bank will grow faster than the legacy brick and wall, High street banks.

Secondly, there is bound to be bigger cash injection by banks into digital transformation in order to reduce overhead cost ultimately.

Thirdly, massive deployment of Artificial Intelligence in customer profiling for credit transaction will happen in 2019 in the banking industry. Due to the stringent and thick regulatory requirement and compliance for the financial sector, more banks will make use of AI technologies for compliance purposes.

2019 is the year of surgically implanted Near Field Communication (NFC) devices.

This year, Blockchain and crypto currencies diversification will be massive consequent upon the rise and fall of Bitcoin- we have not seen the end of crypto.

The seventh variable is that Quantum Computing will become mainstream because of Big Data and Internet of Things; while General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and digital marketing for banks will drive the Opt-In data mining sales model as a way to reach customers.

Also, online payment using decentralised apps will grow because of their relative security vis-à-vis the legacy payment model. The last variable is on Cyber security. When Marriott Hotel lost 500 million vital data to cyber thieves towards the end of 2018 that was a passing shot to all the financial institutions that cyber security will become their centre of gravity in 2019 and beyond.

What have you got to say on telecommunications industry in 2019 and beyond?

My top 10 game-changing variables for telecoms is that 2019 is the 5G year. The massive deployment in advanced countries of extra supper fast internet is this year. Towards the end of 2018 a few smart nations tested the 5G technology and the outcome was awesome.

On cybersecurity, 43 per cent of telecoms was attacked in 2018 and it took an average of three months to detect. There will be IoT explosion. We are going to witness connection of devices running into billions or even trillions which will require gargantuan data consumption. Once Africa telcos get to 70 per cent penetration they will need to search for growth elsewhere such as content provision because of saturation.

There will be Over- The- Top (OTT) services fuelled by video streaming and high demand for non-linear media consumption which will grow exponentially in 2019. Also, cross industry alliance between telecoms and broadcasting companies: Telecoms would begin to acquire companies that are producing entertaining content, for example, popular TV shows, and live sports games among others as a new growth path.

Telecoms with a view to differentiating their products and services will begin to use Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) on smartphones to empower digital visualizations on real images and enhances customer experience. Regulations for Telecoms: GDPR, e-privacy regulations among others will drain some cash from the pocket of Telecoms in 2019. Machine Learning and AI will help in automating and bettering many back-office operations and sundry customer experiences including customer predictive maintenance services. Finally, safe and affordable In-flight Connectivity System (IFCS) will be a game-changer in 2019.

What trends do you see merging in the education sector in 2019?

Technology has entered into classrooms and it will revolutionise the way we teach and learn. For me, AI in education will impact speech recognition, problem-solving, and planning. AI will also drives automation of administrative tasks like students’ grading, creation of smart content in the curriculum, and customisation of the teaching process.

Medical students can now watch live simulated surgeries using VR technology. Bringing education video games into classrooms will make learning more fun and engaging while Learning Analytics will enhance better monitoring of student behaviour and absorption level by utilizing effectively the existing data.

The need to make education cheap and accessible will continue to drive the demand for Open Education at the Higher Education level. On the other hand, IoT learning will enhance personalisation, drive better engagement and skill acquisition. Also, because the society is in transition to a technology kingdom the need for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education will increase in 2019.

Everything is going green from electric cars to green classroom. Education is no more going to be on the basis of one-cap-fits all. Game theory will allow instructors to choose the most appropriate method for student leaning in a giving situation. Finally, Brick and Mortal Education will witness slow growth compared with online /Anytime/Live education. Besides, the awareness to downplay paper qualification in favour of skilled-based education will increase.

How does all these add up to and where does it put you?

You will recall that we are the first company in Nigeria to introduce ICT certification- based training into the Nigeria education curriculum 13 years ago. As at today we produce about 50,000 students yearly under our certification programme. Our determination to add value to Nigerians has always been our driving force.

This is why we are the first company in IT training industry in 2018 to launch a Comprehensive Robotics Education in High Schools which includes curriculum on 3D printing technology, AI, IOT, Big Data, Cybersecurity and Graphics design, among others. This will help our children to acquire 2019 ICT skills that will make them to be competitive globally.

I can confidently tell you that the schools we partner in Nigeria receive the best of ICT education like their counterparts in Europe and America. For the rest of us, we definitely cannot beat technology or slow it down- our best option is to join technology and provides the skills it wants. This is the only way for prosperity in the new tech kingdom.