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Xilinx Ships Multi-Function Telco Accelerator Card for Growing 5G O-RAN Virtual Baseband Unit Markets

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Xilinx ships T1 multi-function Telco Accelerator Card for growing 5G O-RAN virtual baseband unit markets
Xilinx ships T1 multi-function Telco Accelerator Card for growing 5G O-RAN virtual baseband unit markets

T1 Telco Accelerator Card delivers increased network performance while dramatically reducing CPU core count, cost, and power, enabling a simplified, efficient 5G virtualized infrastructure

SAN JOSE, Calif., 15 September, 2020 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced the T1 Telco Accelerator Card for O-RAN distributed units (O-DUs) and virtual baseband units (vBBUs) in 5G networks. Built using the same field-proven Xilinx silicon and IP already being deployed in 5G networks, the T1 card is the only multi-function PCIe form factor card which performs both O-RAN fronthaul protocols and layer 1 offload.  With its advanced offload capabilities, the T1 card provides a dramatic reduction in the number of CPU cores required in a system. The T1 card also enables the O-DU to deliver greater 5G performance and services while reducing overall system power consumption and cost compared to competitive offerings.

The demand for O-DU and vBBU solutions is rapidly increasing because they provide an open and standard platform for a wide range of 5G virtualized services. The T1 card is a small form factor, single-slot card that can be plugged into standard x86 or non-x86 servers to achieve the real-time protocol processing performance required for 5G virtualized O-DU platforms. In addition, it offloads line-rate and compute-intensive functions including: channel encoding/decoding using hardened LDPC and Turbo codecs, rate matching/de-matching, HARQ buffer management, and more, freeing the processor cores for running other services – the true promise of virtualization. The T1 card simplifies 5G deployments by offering a turnkey solution through ecosystem partners that includes both O-RAN fronthaul and 5G NR layer 1 reference designs, as well as pre-validated software to enable operators, system integrators, and OEMs to get to market quickly.

The offloading of critical channel coding functions from the CPU to the T1 card delivers up to 45x encoding and 23x decoding throughput improvement relative to the same server without acceleration. The T1 card enables the use of fewer CPU cores, driving down system cost and overall power consumption. Additionally, for O-RAN fronthaul termination, it can process multiple sectors of 5G NR 4TRX at 100 MHz OBW with its 50 Gbps of optical ports.  The Fronthaul and L1 bandwidths are matched for optimal scalability; the more towers you want, the more cards you add to the server. 

“The trend toward network virtualization and O-RAN has given us an opportunity with the Xilinx T1 Telco Accelerator Card to drive the next steps of disaggregation of standard networks, enabling our expansion into every corner of the 5G market,” said Dan Mansur, vice president of marketing, Wired and Wireless Group, Xilinx. “Working closely with our ecosystem partners, Xilinx hardware, IP and software are leading the innovation and realization of 5G O-RAN networks.”

“As 5G infrastructure investments continue to grow to support new and higher bandwidth services, providing solutions that can offer greater system acceleration to meet growing scale and bandwidth requirements is critical,” said Daryl Schoolar, practice leader for Fixed and Mobile Infrastructure, OMDIA. “With growing operator interest in O-RAN and virtualization, the Xilinx T1 Telco Accelerator Card is a compelling solution that is well-timed to serve this need while also enabling important areas such as software and services at the edge.”

Industry Support

“We’re proud to have worked closely with Xilinx on the development of its T1 Telco Accelerator Card,” said Saurav Gupta, vice president – sales (North America), VVDN. “Xilinx has the premier adaptable silicon in the industry which provides the best foundation for which VVDN can build its industry-leading 5G IPs for fronthaul and L1 offload solutions.”

“Open RAN is the new way forward in telecom with a diversity of companies and solutions which offers real innovation,” said Mikael Rylander, senior vice president & general manager of the Radio Access Business Unit, Mavenir. “This series of Telco accelerators from Xilinx represents a powerful addition to 5G Open RAN which provides the hardware adaptability to interoperate with a wide variety of O-RAN equipment.”

“With Xilinx’s experience in the data accelerator market, we are excited to now see their expansion into 5G Telco accelerator cards,” said Pasi Toivonen, head of the Edge Computing Platform, Nokia. “Our Airframe design team at Nokia looks forward to continuing to work with Xilinx to see these exciting new options and capabilities for the growing 5G market.”

Availability

The T1 card is available and sampling now to customers worldwide. Volume production is expected by the beginning of 2021.

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Keysight presents new high performance 5G base station test solution

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Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced a new high-performance 5G base station test solution, based on Keysight’s S9130A 5G Performance Multi-Band Vector Transceiver (VXT), that enables network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and small cell vendors to accelerate validation of mmWave products according to the latest 3GPP specifications.

Mobile operators are deploying 5G new radio (NR) in frequency range 2 (FR2) to deliver enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) connectivity in metropolitan areas and indoor environments such as stadiums and airports.

Rapid deployment of a heterogenous network, consisting of macro base stations, small cell infrastructure, radio units (RUs) and distributed antenna systems (DAS), depends on streamlined testing across the workflow. Keysight has extended the company’s suite of 5G base station test solutions, initially launched in 2018, to meet a growing need for cost-effective 5G mmWave test and validation.

“Keysight’s new 5G base station test solution allows NEMs to validate 5G high performance macro base stations in manufacturing, and vendors of 5G small cells to validate mmWave products in R&D and design validation,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general Manager for Keysight’s network access group. “The solution combines the new 5G performance multi-band VXT with Keysight’s internal common interface unit (CIU) and mmWave remote radio head (RRH) to deliver high performance over-the-air (OTA) testing in a compact form factor.”

Keysight’s high performance 5G base station test solution leverages the company’s new PXIe based vector transceiver (VXT) to deliver market-leading adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) and error vector magnitude (EVM) measurements. The superior performance of the next generation VXT and RRH brings the measurement plane closer to the device under test (DUT). This means that the DUT can receive high power levels across a wide dynamic power range, resulting in exceedingly accurate and reliable measurement results.

Keysight’s S9100 suite of solutions supports multiple channels for testing several base stations in parallel and leverage the company’s cloud-ready suite of PathWave software solutions to simplify and speed testing as vendors scale from design validation to volume test. Supported PathWave solutions include:

  • X-Series Measurement Applications for basic measurements such as EVM and ACLR.
  • 5G NR Signal Creation and Playback for characterizing power and modulation performance of components and transmitters.
  • 89600 Vector Signal Analysis for advanced demodulation and vector signal analysis.

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Streamr signs pilot agreement with GSMA

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Deal allow telcos to monetize user data, ethically.

Swiss real-time data experts, Streamr, today partnered with GSMA, the industry body for mobile telecom communications, to allow three mobile network operators (MNOs) to monetize their user data ethically. 

GSMA and Streamr will work together to deliver a technological accelerator programme to selected MNOs. The initiative aims to fast-track potential adoption of new technologies that permit users to share and monetize data from their mobile devices in partnership with operators.  

MNOs have tried for over a decade to find a way to monetize the data their network users generate. This has proven to be difficult, particularly in light of the widespread reforms and improvements to international data protection, and information security legislation, in the 2010s.

The pilot is designed to allow telcos to realize this long-held ambition in a fully compliant manner. End-users will be asked outright if they want to join the Data Union to ‘sell’ their data on Streamr’s marketplace, or opt out, using a smartphone app. Also, no data will actually be traded as part of the study.

“Given regulatory changes, and rapidly changing consumer attitudes to both privacy and the value of their data, the only sustainable way for MNOs to monetize mobile data, is by gaining overt consent from their users. 

“We also know that the consumer insights industry is desperately underserved when it comes to data from mobiles. We are confident that Streamr’s revolutionary Data Union framework allows them to capture and record this consent dynamically and securely,” said Shiv Malik, Head of Growth at Streamr.  

Streamr co-founder Henri Pihkala added, “It’s very exciting to consider the potential for this pilot. MNOs are ideally positioned to unlock the rich customer insights that their subscribers create on their devices each day. Privacy focused data monetization that works with those users, presents a significant new income stream, as the industry faces multiple pressures on existing revenues”.

The pilot will also include a significant research element, gathering user experiences around having the ability to control how, and with whom, their data is shared – as well as how they feel about receiving a share of its value in the future. Learnings will also inform network user retention strategies.

Streamr’s Data Union approach gives people the ability to crowdsell their data, and actively choose who can buy it. It also breaks down long-term data silos to help entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and SMEs by accessing data sets previously off-limits. Data Unions decentralize control over individuals’ data away from a handful of major corporations, serving as a means to crowdsource and share information.

Immediate use cases for the pilot’s data include consumer footfall and mobility intelligence for brands, retail operators and commercial landlords, as well as in events management and city planning applications.

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Equinox Partners with XConnect to Enhance Its Fraud Identification and Prevention Capabilities

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Tim Ward – SVP, Numbering Information Services at XConnect.

London, UK, 20 October 2020 – XConnect, a provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions, and Equinox Information Systems, a global provider of software solutions for the telecommunications industry, are working in partnership to reduce the impact of telecom fraud by blocking International Revenue Share Fraud (IRSF) attacks before they even start. The collaboration bolsters Equinox’s fraud management solution, Protector, with XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence, to provide carriers with the ability to monitor and filter fraudulent traffic in real-time. 

Equinox’s Protector, the most installed fraud management system in the U.S, is able to stop IRSF through identifying suspicious network activity. IRSF occurs when originating calls are directed to an ‘unallocated’ number and rely on an inside job where traffic is redirected to high-cost destinations. Adding XConnect to its portfolio will strengthen Equinox’s offering that helps customers distinguish communications fraud from legitimate customer usage, helping combat even the newest schemes.

“There are 250 country codes with millions of ranges that are inactive per country. Fraudsters have a lot of inventory for their man-in-the-middle attacks that cost carriers billions of dollars per year. We provide critical intelligence that enhances Equinox’s fraud management capabilities and helps its customers to stop IRSF losses,” said Tim Ward – SVP, Numbering Information Services at XConnect. “Together with Equinox, we are helping to fight telecom fraud in its various forms and enabling customers to react in real-time.”  

The Protector solution enables real-time data integration and analytics to proactively prevent fraud losses. It resolves cases intelligently with options ranging from automated disabling of the number to configuration changes.

“XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence adds unique data sets to our platform and expands our ability to identify and prevent IRSF. Globally, telecom fraud costs companies nearly $30 billion every year and highly curated number intelligence is a key weapon in the fight against it. Our customers benefit from real-time fraud prevention that stops fraud losses and increases profitability,” said David West – EVP at Equinox. “Working with XConnect enables us to differentiate our offering and deliver a data-rich solution for our carrier customers. As methods of telecoms fraud change and evolve, we’re advancing our platform through collaboration to deliver new ways to protect our customers’ revenue.”

XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence supports a simple and data-driven approach to mitigating the risk of fraud through prevention and detection. Equinox customers will gain access to XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence which provides up-to-date number information that is used to recognise fraudulent number ranges. XConnect continually updates, refines and optimises its telecoms data to maximise effectiveness for customers.   

About XConnect

XConnect consolidates, maintains and delivers trusted telephone number intelligence to world leading telecommunication service providers.  XConnect processes information from hundreds of different global datasets and ensures that customers solve routing, validation and fraud challenges in real time.

XConnect’s Information Services are used for voice and messaging routing, fraud protection and to identify and validate insights. They also support the deployment and evolution of next-generation communications, such as VoLTE and RCS. 

XConnect’s Number Information Services are accessed through its global distributed hybrid cloud platform using simple, secure, scalable real-time protocols and APIs. 

About Equinox

Since 1986, Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems has helped telecom customers around the world address profitability and network efficiency issues. Currently processing 2 billion customer records a day, Equinox has helped companies in all telecom sectors protect and optimize their revenue. 

Besides fraud management, Equinox also offers data mediation, usage analytics, revenue/ expense management, routing assurance, network analysis, and custom application development solutions. The company currently serves every sector of the telecom industry, including cable/MSOs, wireless, wireline, rural independent, CLEC, UCaaS/hosted VoIP, wholesale, and conference calling providers.

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