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netElastic, a leading innovator of NFV software for carriers, has recently launched an integrated suite of NFV software solutions - SD-WAN/vCPE, vBNG, vRouter and vPE.

netElastic said it has developed NFV software from the ground up to provide carrier-grade scalability. Using network disaggregation and horizontal scaling, netElastic gives carriers the ability to quickly scale control planes and data planes independently. With this massively scalable architecture, carriers can handle network traffic in the terabits, said netElastic.

netElastic's NFV products include:

 - SD-WAN/vCPE – specifically built for carriers to provide faster time-to-market, market leading scalability and performance, and significantly lower costs. The end result is increased revenue, and greater customer satisfaction and retention.

 - vBNG - delivers market-leading performance and scalability with advanced subscriber management. vBNG incorporates the capabilities and features of a traditional BNG solution along with the next-generation flexibility and cost benefits of an innovative virtualized solution.

 - vRouter - netElastic vRouter's scalability, high-performance, and easy implementation make it an ideal choice to replace or augment hardware-based CE and CPE routers, core MPLS P routers, and Internet peering routers. By providing carrier-class performance and significant cost benefits, vRouter is helping to change the economics of networking.

 - vPE - is the industry's first virtual MPLS Provider Edge router (vPE) at scale. vPE enables carriers to extend their MPLS capabilities using commercial x86 hardware that can easily and cost-effectively scale.

netElastic's vBNG is currently being trialed by CenturyLink as it upgrades the network to deploy more fiber to the home.

David Williams, SVP of Sales and Marketing, netElastic
Based on input from carriers throughout the world, netElastic's NFV products were built specifically to meet the needs of carriers and include market-leading scalability and performance, massive multi-tenancy, core network integration, and always-on high availability clusters.

Bill Walker, Director of Network Architecture and Innovation, CenturyLink 
Our initial lab trials with netElastic have been impressive. We look forward to evaluating their solutions further.

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Metaswitch announced a collaboration with Dell EMC, who will resell its Composable Network Protocols (CNP).

Introduced this week, the Metaswitch CNP enables networking teams to create the next generation of white box routing platforms with fully-decoupled control plane components and open management interfaces.

Dell EMC will combine Metaswitch’s CNP IP routing and MPLS networking stacks, with its own EMC OS10 Open Edition on ONIE-enabled platforms. The combination of these well-established, time-tested technologies separates this from alternative offerings and enables true software disaggregation.

Dell EMC OS10 Open Edition combines the best of Linux, open computing and networking to advance open networking disaggregation. OS10 Open Edition embodies the evolution of networking software and was designed to introduce new levels of software flexibility and programmability in large-scale data center environments for cloud and communications services providers (CSPs).

It easily integrates with DevOps tools and serves as a foundation for the OpenSwitch project within The Linux Foundation.

Metaswitch CNP provides completely disaggregated network software solutions for deployments ranging from Layer 2 to Layer 3 fabrics, VPN interconnect and carrier-grade MPLS infrastructures. Running stand-alone or combined with third-party commercial or open source stacks, Metaswitch routing and control plane protocols install and operate as binary applications on top of network operating systems including OpenSwitch.

Drew Schulke, VP of Networking, Dell EMC 
The combination of Metaswitch CNP and Dell EMC OS10 Open Edition significantly raises the viability of software disaggregation in production deployments. With this comprehensive portfolio of hardened network protocol stacks, we’ll work closely on addressing the complexities of data center interconnect and wide-area IP/MPLS routing at scale.

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Turkcell’s subsidiary lifecell has launched 4.5G high-speed network in 24 cities in Ukraine that is based on LTE Advanced Pro technology. 

For lifecell subscribers, it means even faster data transfers, experiencing the best digital services, access to financial services, watching HD video with no delay, playing online games of any complexity, and more convenient remote work for business users. 

According to lifecell, 49% of smartphones in the lifecell network support the LTE technology. 4G mobile services will be provided using the LTE Advanced Pro (4.5G) technology, which offers up to five times faster download speed, up to 10 times faster upload speed, as well as the instant reaction of websites and applications, compared to the 3G technology.

New technology will continue to drive the development of IoT, M2M, Smart City, e-Government, m-Health, "smart" house, etc. For the launch, each lifecell subscriber will receive a gift of one free week of 4.5G traffic usage. 

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Deutsche Telekom this week began installing faster Internet connections on the mainland portion of north-east Germany's Western Pomerania/Rügen district. 

The initiative is currently Germany's largest FTTH project that involves laying of approximately 1,700 kilometers of optical fiber and installation of 1,000 fiber-optic street cabinets. The fiber-optic roll-out will benefit 40,000 households and businesses, said the Operator.

The first customers will enjoy connection speeds of up to 1Gbit/s and upload speeds of up to 500 Mbps by the end of 2018. 

As construction gets underway this week, the first customers will be able to use their new lines by the end of the year. However, the civil engineering works are so extensive that the roll-out will not be complete until the third quarter of 2019.

Ealier this month, ​​​Deutsche Telekom announced that more than 745,000 households in some 1,200 cities and communities in Germany can now surf much faster thanks to network transformation. In addition to the IP migration that has been well underway in 50 major German cities, Deutsche Telekom has also been driving forward the migration to the IP network in rural areas.

Timotheus Hottges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom
We are showing that rural areas and fast Internet needn't be a contradiction in terms. In just eighteen months, residents of the Western Pomerania/Rügen district will be able to surf the web at speeds of 1 gigabit. That will make this district the first in Germany to have world-beating digital infrastructure.

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Ecrio, the leading provider of LTE real-time communications client software, and Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets, announced their partnership to deliver VoLTE over Cat-M1.

Ecrio’s iota, anoptimized VoLTE software for IoT, will be embedded into Altair’s ALT1250 fully integrated Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) LTE solution.

Built on the FlexIMS architecture, Ecrio’s iota brings security, messaging and communication to the Internet of Things (IoT). iota is compliant with IMS/VoLTE standards targeting LTE Cat-M1 devices.

It is ideal for resource limited devices, such as wearables, PoS terminals, parking meters and alarm panels requiring voice calling capability. iota is optimized for Real-Time OS (RTOS) environments and fully leverages Ecrio’s deep expertise in IMS and VoLTE with over a decade of product deployments across device platforms.

The Altair ALT1250 is an LTE Release 13 Cat-M1 and NB1 IoT chipset, featuring ultra-low power consumption.

The ALT1250 is highly integrated, including an LTE baseband processor, RFIC, PMU, memory, Power Amplifiers, filters and antenna switch, as well as an integrated GNSS cellular-based location engine and MCU subsystem for customer developed applications. The ALT1250 is ideally suited for IoT applications, such as tracking, wearables, security and healthcare.

Last December, the two companies announced that Altair’s ALT1160 chipset – along with Ecrio’s MCCS VoLTE solution – have been certified for deployment on KDDI’s Japanese network.

Michel Gannage, Founder and CEO, Ecrio
Close on the heels of our mccs solution embedded in Altair’s Cat-1 devices, we look forward to enabling new and innovative voice services with iota on Altair’s Cat-M1 IoT devices targeting the ongoing evolution towards LPWA LTE networks.

Nohik Semel, VP Products and Engineering, Altair 
By adopting the iota solution, we are looking forward to seamlessly covering VoLTE for Cat-M1 devices as well, and are meeting the demand for mobile operators requiring voice services at ultra-low-power and cost.

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Amdocs has joined the LF Deep Learning Foundation as the founding member.

As part of the LF Deep Learning launch earlier this week, the Linux Foundation also announced the Acumos AI Project, a platform for the development, discovery, and sharing of artificial intelligence (AI) models and AI workflows.

Amdocs said it has been making advances in the use of AI to enrich customer journeys for many years and is well positioned to deliver a valuable contextual understanding to the Acumos Project. 

This unique perspective comes from a combination of customer experience and network expertise, as well as from the entertainment and media segments through its media division that works with over one thousand content creators and distributors world-wide.  Amdocs brings an understanding from content consumers, distributors and carriers that work with Amdocs to deliver billions of customer journeys a day.

The Acumos project enables innovation in AI through open source and aims to make AI widely accessible to companies with an interest in AI and machine learning, while being customizable to meet specific needs.

The group of members will work to create a common platform and standard for the exchange of machine learning solutions allowing them to enhance their products with AI and transform the media and communications landscape.

Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President of Amdocs
By joining Acumos, Amdocs is able to both contribute to and leverage the unique code and open source tools made available by other collaborating, leading platform players. This means AI applications will be made more broadly accessible to service providers, content developers and industries charged with building enterprise applications that will run our increasingly digital society.

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Nokia has signed a five-year contract to deploy a nationwide turnkey GSM-R and mission-critical backhaul network for Poland's state-owned railway operator PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK).

This project, Nokia's largest-ever GSM-R contract, will provide PKP/PLK with one of the biggest state-of-the-art railway communications networks in Europe.

Once completed, the new network will enable the PLK railway company to fulfil European Union requirements for ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System), the bloc's European-wide standard for railway signaling. The project is majority funded by the EU, and complemented by Polish State funds.

GSM-R is a mandatory part of the ERTMS, which is under deployment across Europe to help rail operators like PKP PLK seamlessly manage and control trains in combination with the European Train Control System. The solution will help PKP PLK increase train traffic reliability and safety, ultimately improving passenger satisfaction, said Nokia.

Nokia will provide installation, commissioning, third-party integration, first-line care and maintenance for 13,800 km of the GSM-R network, plus more than 11 000 km of optical fiber-based backhaul network infrastructure with IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical network equipment.

It includes an end-to-end GSM-R solution (radio and core network including NetAct, Messaging and diverse third-party products), an IP-MPLS core network, security, and DWDM technology for the fiber-optic network. 

Matthieu Bourguignon, SVP Europe, Global Enterprise & Public Sector, Nokia
Based on our expertise as market leader in GSM-R and critical communications networks, our unparalleled experience in turnkey projects and our successful long-term history in large-scale network deployments in Poland, Nokia is a natural choice for this kind of ambitious rollout.

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Telstra said it has turned on 'the first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in the world', allowing Gold Coast locals and visitors to enjoy free broadband while Telstra evaluates 5G technology.

Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks Mike Wright said Telstra is using the connectivity via its recently opened 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast to power a series of Wi-Fi hotspots on Scarborough and Nerang Streets in Southport as well as a 5G powered Connected Car.

“Taking 5G technology out of a lab and into the hands of consumers is another key milestone on Telstra’s roadmap to offering 5G services in 2019.”

There are no 5G compatible commercial smartphones or tablets available today. By connecting 5G backhaul and infrastructure in the Southport Exchange, to a standard Wi-Fi access point then people can use the technology on their existing device. 

Using Wi-Fi access as part of Telstra’s 5G technical program is an innovative way to show the benefits of 5G capability in real world conditions. The 5G hotspots will be open to anyone in the area and are free with a download limit of 10 GB per day per device.

“Our 5G backhaul is capable of delivering download speeds of more than 3 Gbps, which is capable of supporting around 1,000 HD movies being streamed simultaneously.”

Telstra is also using mmWave spectrum and its 5G Innovation Centre to put a Connected Car on the road with the Intel 5G Automotive Trial Platform, one of the most advanced 5G prototype devices available in the world today.

The Connected Car will help Telstra to start getting real results on mobile performance over mmWave and ensure 5G network readiness.  These advances are part of a series of 5G related activities that Telstra, Ericsson, Intel and other technology companies will undertake on the Gold Coast in 2018.

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