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Enea, a leading provider of open-source based NFVI platforms and embedded DPI software, has signed an agreement to acquire Openwave Mobility for $90 million.

Headquartered in California, Openwave Mobility's solutions for mobile traffic management empowers mobile operators to manage and monetize encrypted and unencrypted traffic.

The solutions are in part based on technology that Enea acquired through the Qosmos acquisition one year ago, and it is currently deployed by 7 of the top 20 mobile operators worldwide. Openwave Mobility has also an extensive portfolio of cloud-native solutions for subscriber data management. The subscriber relationship is one of the key assets of mobile operators today, and Openwave Mobility's solution helps tier one operators worldwide to monetize subscriber data.

Openwave Mobility's management and founders will continue to work in the combined business going forward.

Anders Lidbeck, President and CEO, Enea
We are acquiring yet another very successful company and with the addition of Openwave Mobility, Enea will move up the value chain and establish a strong direct relationship with the network operators. 

John Giere, CEO of Openwave Mobility 
The combination of Openwave Mobility and Enea provides an exciting evolution and reflects a change in the overall value chain, where independent software vendors will play a bigger and more significant role moving forward.

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Openwave Mobility announced that ten operators have deployed its NFV-based solutions in the past 12 months. 

This includes customers from North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Far East, bringing an additional 380 million end-users to Openwave Mobility’s subscriber base. The NFV deployments were primarily based on GiLAN, claims the Company.

To manage the demand for mobile video and boost Quality of Experience (QoE), most of these operators deployed Openwave Mobility’s Virtualized Network Function (VNF) for real-time encrypted video traffic management.

The momentum with Tier 1 operators in particular has been significant with Orange, Vodafone, and Zain all publicly announcing deployments of Openwave Mobility’s VNF for Video Traffic Management. One tier-one Middle Eastern operator that deployed this VNF has dramatically cut video stall times by over 30 percent.

John Giere, President and CEO, Openwave Mobility
We recently conducted a detailed study on the practical considerations for successful deployment of NFV architecture. The positive news from the study is that VNFs with very specific use cases are providing the early ROI from NFV deployments. 

Dimitris Mavrakis, REsearch Director, Strategic Technology, ABI Research 
Some are dipping their toes with an appliance approach with VNFs before they take the full NFV plunge while others adopt a platform strategy that addresses the long term evolution of the network.

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Ooredoo Group announced at MWC that its first 5G New Radio (NR) network has gone live in Doha, Qatar with speeds of 2.3 Gbps with 3.5 ms latency.

With the rollout, Ooredoo Group claims to be the world's first operator to launch 5G network. Designed for business customers, Ooredoo will continue to expand the footprint of 5G network by using the 3.5 GHz band

The 5G network will double the speed of current 4G network. 5G will transform daily lives, organisations, and industry verticals benefiting the speed and ultra-low latency, said Ooredoo. Applications of 5G could include autonomous vehicles, robotic surgery, and augmented and virtual reality sports.

At the same time, the Operator announced that it will collaborate with Nokia for the 5G deployments this year in Qatar. Ooredoowill be using Nokia's commercially available 5G-ready products, such as the AirScale radio platform and 5G Adaptive Antenna System based on 3GPP Rel. 15 New Radio.

Waleed Al-Sayed, Deputy Group CEO, Ooredoo Group and CEO, Ooredoo Qatar
By providing superior speeds, we will enable organisations, cities, and countries to fully digitally transform in the era of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. This is a major milestone in delivering on our promise to enrich people's digital lives and allow them to enjoy and benefit from the extraordinary benefits of the internet.

Aricent announced the launch of its Highly Automated Vulnerability Assessment Orchestration Containers (HAVOC) framework that manages cyber risk by catching significant security vulnerabilities before they are exploited.

Companies are under pressure to launch products and services faster without exposing themselves to cyber risk. However, shorter time to market lifecycles and latent vulnerabilities raises the likelihood of more successful denial of service attacks and data breaches.

Aricent said its HAVOC solution addresses the need to understand the nature of vulnerability risk through a combination of precision coverage, superior probability and statistics, and speed of decision making.

According to researchers, the costs of ransomware in 2015 was $325m and rose to $5bn in 2017. In the next five years, the cost could reach $8 trillion. Conventional security management of products is based upon monolithic risk models with infrequent pre-release tests and random post-deployment assessments.

These methods are unable to keep up with the advancing threat levels to product security and are not evolved to accommodate the speed and rigor of Agile or DevOps processes.

While latent software defects will always exist, the challenge is remediating vulnerabilities that can be readily exploited. Through a high-performance graph database, the tool reduces the time to prioritize and correlate thousands of findings that can span software source code, run-times, protocols stack, application interfaces and cloud-native implementations. HAVOC increases speed, verification and frequency of build, test and deployments lifecycles. This results in safer, more secure applications and safeguards businesses from legal, business and economic problems.

Walid Negm, CTO, Aricent
For example, we worked with a large cloud provider to shift security testing of OpenStack services much earlier in the lifecycle. We orchestrated best of breed vulnerability scanners from static code analysis, penetrating testing and quality assurance, to generate detained findings to fix what matters most.

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VodafoneZiggo has signed a new multi-year agreement with NETSCOUT to support its Network Function Virtualization (NFV) transformation.

NETSCOUT will deliver end-to-end visibility and analytics into VodafoneZiggo’s converged, hybrid network to ensure the seamless delivery of services.

VodafoneZiggo is a joint venture of Liberty Global, the largest international TV and broadband internet company, and Vodafone Group, one of the world's largest telecommunication companies. VodafoneZiggo provides fixed, mobile, and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and businesses in the Netherlands.

Designed specifically for service providers seeking to embrace NFV transformation by deploying virtual network functions with little to no disruption to business practices or the customers they serve.

NETSCOUT offers appliances, commercial-off-the-shelf-based software and virtual appliances – to cost-effectively monitor critical business services, mobile, fixed-line voice, residential triple-play, satellite, and cable/MSO networks.

The platform provides end-to-end visibility across physical and virtual network environments and enables real-time and historical traffic analysis in a single platform.

Matthias Sauder, Director of Mobile Networks, VodafoneZiggo
A single platform with multiple deployment options, NETSCOUT’s solution is designed specifically for mixed environments like ours. As VodafoneZiggo heads toward an NFV future, it is critical that our customers continue to enjoy a high-quality, seamless experience with our services.

Anil Singhal, Co-Founder, President and CEO, NETSCOUT 
The same NFV and virtualization technologies that drive service agility also bring significant challenges to identifying network and service performance. NFV networks do not usually operate in isolation, but rather work alongside existing physical network functions.

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TIM and Ericsson have started to digitalize TIM’s nationwide radio access network in Italy starting in the city of Turin, where the first virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) platform in a live advanced LTE network has been successfully deployed.

The partnership with Ericsson boosts TIM’s transformation project DigiTIM, which aims at superior customer experience and increased operational efficiency through virtualization and automation of network systems.

This deployment marks a new milestone in the collaboration between Ericsson and TIM towards 5G early adoption. The vRAN technology supports the transformation of the network into a flexible cloud platform that enables the management of innovative services and automation to optimize processes and reduce associated costs.

The companies are collaborating on the development of Self Organizing Network (SON) solutions, that have already increased automation with significant customer experience improvements, especially for VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) services, said Ericsson.

Giovanni Ferigo, CTO, TIM
The virtualization and automation of the access network, of which TIM is a pioneer, starting from 4.5G represents a key evolutionary challenge in the smooth migration path towards 5G, which is much more than just a set of new network technologies.

Fredrik Jejdling, EVP, Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson 
Our vRAN partnership with TIM shows that the evolution towards 5G through the virtualization, automation and digitalization of radio access networks is not just a talking point but an action point, as seen by the successful deployment in Turin. 

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Sprint targets to deliver the 5G mobile network in six US cities - Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Houston - in the first half of 2019.

Just last week, AT&T, the second largest wireless carrier in the US announced its plans to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018.

Sprint is also working with Qualcomm Technologies and device manufacturers to launch 5G mobile devices in the first half of 2019. The recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem supports 5G NR for Sprint’s 2.5 GHz (n41) spectrum band.

Starting in April, Sprint will start rolling out advanced network technology called Massive MIMO in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles to allow customers to begin experiencing 5G-like capabilities, including significant increases in data speed and capacity.

Sprint will aggressively expand to additional markets including Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C. later this year. In 2018 and 2019 Sprint expects to deploy thousands of Massive MIMO radios, significantly increasing network capacity for millions of customers across the country.

Massive MIMO is a key part of Sprint’s Next-Gen Network strategy. Sprint is significantly increasing its investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and launch the first 5G mobile network in the U.S in the first half of 2019. The Next-Gen Network build includes upgrading cell sites to triband service using 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz, and 2.5 GHz, adding thousands of new cell sites to expand coverage, and densifying the network with more small cells to increase capacity and speed.

According to Sprint, its first 5G-ready Massive MIMO cell sites are capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems, significantly increasing data speeds for more customers in high-traffic locations.

Sprint will deploy 64T64R (64 transmit, 64 receive) Massive MIMO radios using 128 antennas working with technology leaders Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung Electronics. 

Dr John Saw, CTO, Sprint
Massive MIMO is a game-changer for TDD-LTE networks that’s being used by leading operators around the world to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G.

Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Network Infrastructure, Ericsson 
Our 5G-ready Massive MIMO technology helps ensure a smooth network evolution for Sprint with its easy-to-adopt and install features. Sprint can get the most out of its vast 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings, boost the capacity of its LTE network, and deliver top-quality and high-speed data services to its customers.

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CommScope has collaborated with Nokia to develop a Massive MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) integrated antenna solution that enables network densification in support of mobile data traffic growth and the evolution to 5G.

The Massive MIMO beamforming antenna solution consists of a CommScope dual-band, FDD-LTE antenna integrated with two Nokia AirScale radios to deliver 16T16R Massive MIMO in two bands simultaneously. This integrated antenna solution will add capacity in both uplink and downlink and provide coverage enhancement for 4.9G networks, said CommScope.

Antenna technology is evolving with deployments today of 4xMIMO with four streams of data transmitted and received. Massive MIMO is an evolutionary leap forward that uses more elements to support multi-user MIMO, beamforming and typically 8 or 16 streams to enable a major boost in network capabilities. Massive MIMO substantially increases spectral efficiency to deliver more network capacity and wider coverage and takes LTE network performance to near 5G levels.

This new Massive MIMO beamforming antenna solution will be available in mid-2018 for commercial deployment.

Ben Cardwell, SVP, CommScope Mobility Solutions
The path to 5G includes evolving the current 4G network through densification, virtualization and optimization to deliver an enhanced mobile broadband experience. The new Massive MIMO solution showcases the synergies of combining Nokia’s radio expertise with CommScope’s advanced antenna technology.

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