Edge networks: ITU certifies ETSI non-cellular 5G standard; DE-CIX Dallas connections; 1623 Farnam unveils Omaha IX

Edge networks: ITU certifies ETSI non-cellular 5G standard; DE-CIX Dallas connections; 1623 Farnam unveils Omaha IX

In an eventful week for edge connectivity, ETSI confirming its non-cellular 5G technology DECT-2020 has received ITU-R approval, and DE-CIX Dallas announcing a new connection landmark. Also, 1623 Farnam rebranded its hosted peering exchange as Omaha IX.

ETSI DECT-2020 NR gets ITU-R approval

ETSI’s DECT-2020 NR is often referred to as the world’s first non-cellular 5G technology standard.

The technology supports efficient shared network operations by enabling access to free, international spectrums such as 1.9 GHz.

DECT-2020 is also built on a decentralized network model in which every device is a node (can act as a router), and where devices can automatically find the best route, thus effectively eliminating problems resulting from a single point of failure.

“There’s a lot of talk about private networks but this is the first 5G technology which can support shared spectrum operation and multiple local networks in mobile system frequencies,” said Jussi Numminen, Vice Chair of the ETSI Technical Committee DECT.

“We see this as a fundamental requirement for massive digitalization for everyone,” he said.

The solution has now been reportedly recognized by the WP5D of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).

“With our traditional DECT standard we already received IMT-2000 approval by ITU-R twenty-one years ago, but the requirements for 5G were so much higher, that we had to develop a completely new, but compatible, radio standard,” said Dr. Günter Kleindl, Chair of the ETSI Technical Committee at DECT.

In addition to the certification, DECT-2020 was also included as part of the 5G standards in the IMT-2020 technology recommendation.

DE-CIX Dallas surpasses 100 network connections

DE-CIX Dallas has recently announced that its platform in the U.S. city has exceeded 100 network connections, and now reportedly ranks among the top 15 Internet Exchanges (IXs) in the country.

According to the company, its success is connected to a neutral business model, which sees DE-CIX partnering with data center and transport operators to enable access to public peering.

This, in turn, enables companies to have greater control, as well as improve their network performance and reduce costs.

Thanks to this approach, DE-CIX is currently available in Dallas from more than ten colocation and data center facilities, just five years after its launch in the city.

“The success of DE-CIX Dallas has dramatically changed interconnection throughout the greater Dallas region,” said Ed d’Agostino, VP and General Manager of DE-CIX North America.

“Together with our partners, we have transformed connectivity, improving network performance and enabling access to public peering for more network operators, at a particularly important time.”

The network’s single port solutions include access to local peering, content and cloud providers, and private VLAN.

“Our neutrality, coupled with the ability to provide access from the most locations in the market, not only makes DE-CIX Dallas unique but is important for competition and enablement in a major North American interconnection hub,” d’Agostino concluded.

1623 Farnam completes rebranding operation

1623 Farnam has recently completed the rebrand of its hosted peering exchange Omaha IX.

The move is aimed at strengthening the collaboration between the exchange and the 1623 Farnam facility.

For context, Omaha IX  sits at the nexus of the country’s north/south and east/west fiber routes, allowing customers to connect to the far reaches of the country with lower latency.

As part of the rebranding operation, 1623 Farnam also created a new website, as well as updating Omaha IX with 100G ports.

“We are very excited to unveil this rebrand of Omaha IX,” commented 1623 Farnam President, Todd Cushing.

“Omaha IX is a really big differentiator for us at 1623 Farnam, and we are very proud to host it. It gives our customers a unique opportunity to peer without hassle, and does a great deal to strengthen and diversify our network ecosystem,” he added.

The company confirmed it is also planning to continue upgrading port speeds and capacities throughout the first quarter of 2022.

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