China Unicom has signed an agreement with Semtech to leverage its LoRa Technology to increase and drive more awareness of the LoRaWAN ecosystem in China.
The LoRaWAN network is being deployed around the globe by key operators in major markets, enabling a connected world for IoT communications.
China Unicom and Semtech will collaborate to standardize wireless network gateway interfaces and network communication protocol, jointly develop IoT ecosystem partners, and optimize important Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.
Semtech said its LoRa devices and wireless RF technology has proven itself to be a very efficient and effective connectivity technology in IoT applications.
Sprint announced the appointment of Andrew Davies as the company’s new CFO, reporting to CEO Michel Combes, effectively from 2nd of July.
Davies most recently served as Group CFO for Amsterdam-based VEON before stepping down from that role in November 2017. Immediately preceding his role with VEON, Davies spent over a decade with Vodafone Group holding various financial leadership positions in Japan, Turkey, India, and finally as CFO of Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
Prior to joining Vodafone Group, Davies started his career with KPMG in Cardiff, Wales before serving in progressively senior finance roles with GE, Honeywell, and the Caudwell Group in both the U.K. and the U.S.
Davies graduated with an honors degree in Mathematics from London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, is an Associate of the Royal College of Science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
NTT Com expands cloud partnership with VMware to offer its hybrid cloud solution, Enterprise Cloud (ECL) to enterprises in the U.S., UK, Germany and Japan.
This new service will deliver advanced hybrid cloud environments consisting of VMware’s full software-defined data center stack, and enable a frictionless path to the hybrid cloud through the inclusion of VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension.
By combining ECL powered by VMware Cloud Foundation with NTT Com’s global MPLS service, Arcstar Universal One (UNO) and Nexcenter data centers, the new service will enable enterprises to securely and easily transit to the cloud, or provide a consistent hybrid cloud infrastructure across on-premises data centers and the cloud.
Secure and easy transition from on-premises to cloudECL powered by VMware Cloud Foundation will enable customers to move their on-premises VMware workloads to ECL without changing existing security policies or setting designs.
As part of this announcement, NTT Com will also become a VMware Cloud Verified Partner and will display the VMware Cloud Verified logo as proof that its services are compatible with VMware cloud infrastructure.
Ribbon Communications announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Edgewater Networks, a market leader in Network Edge Orchestration for the SME and Unified Communications (UC) market, for $110 million.
This acquisition will allow Ribbon to offer its global customer base a complete core-to-edge product portfolio, unrivaled end-to-end service assurance and analytics solutions, and a fully integrated SD-WAN service.
"With Edgewater Networks strong, sustained growth in recent years and their complementary solutions set, this acquisition makes sense on a number of fronts for Ribbon, allowing them to strengthen their position in enterprise SBCs,” said Diane Myers, senior research director for IHS Markit.
The combined portfolio is expected to further strengthen the new Ribbon Protect UC security offering with voice and data intelligence from the enterprise edge and customer premises. With the ability to serve the core to the edge of the network, Ribbon will be equipped to provide an end-to-end connection to the enterprise and deliver unparalleled service assurance, security and monitoring capabilities.
Upon completion of the transaction, the Kandy Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) offering will also be enhanced with the ability to provide analytics and service assurance capabilities across the enterprise network edge. In addition, Ribbon’s Microsoft Skype for Business and Teams offerings will be expanded by Edgewater Networks Intelligent Edge solutions.
Samsung announced a new Wi-Fi solution for brick-and-mortar businesses in the U.S. that combines wireless connectivity with analysis to deliver a new level of customer insight and service.
Designed for businesses with guest interactions – including theaters, arenas, hotels, outdoor entertainment districts and retailers – Samsung Guest Analytics provides a reliable Wi-Fi platform that enhances customer satisfaction and data analysis opportunities.
The solution helps businesses gain access to key factors – such as foot traffic patterns, dwell time in specific areas and guest behavior in a store – while providing fast Wi-Fi connectivity for visitors. Guests ‘opt-in’ to Wi-Fi service at an establishment, and that business uses the data to understand trends, craft a better journey throughout the establishment, and offer services tailored to the customer.
In addition to offering complimentary Wi-Fi, Samsung Guest Analytics can extend content marketing initiatives – such as coupons and special offers – and create a consistent look for a Welcome Portal across all locations through centralized management of guest Wi-Fi.
5G will come with its own problems when it comes to indoor coverage, says GlobalData.
The 4G LTE mobile service has had trouble penetrating some indoor office environments. Unfortunately, 5G comes along with its own complications to this coverage challenge, says the leading data and analytics company.
The challenges to good indoor cellular coverage are structural. Newer, more environmentally friendly window glass is hard for wireless signals to penetrate. But, the most important reasons are more financial than technological.
In big venues like sports stadiums and airports, mobile operators have commonly deployed distributed antenna systems (DAS), which contain radio equipment from multiple operators, but DAS are expensive to install and maintain. In big venues with big crowds, it is worth the expense for mobile operators. But for medium-sized venues such as an average office building with less than 20 floors, DAS is typically cost-prohibitive.
Ed Gubbins, Technology Analyst at GlobalData says: “Mobile network equipment vendors have, in the past five years, introduced low-power radio network solutions similar to DAS that they say are cost-effective for medium-sized venues. But these solutions (distributed small cells) have not been as good as DAS at providing support for multiple operators. That fact has impeded their adoption, since the people in any given office building usually get their mobile service from a mix of different providers.”
When 5G comes along, it will make greater use of high-frequency spectrum than 4G did. High-frequency spectrum does not penetrate walls as well as low- or mid-frequency spectrum, which could increase the need for indoor networks like DAS. However, some DAS cannot transmit over 5G’s high frequencies, and many DAS lack the ability to add antenna arrays needed for 5G.
Gubbins concludes: “DAS’ 5G hurdles put more pressure on distributed small-cell solutions to provide 5G. Yet, distributed small-cell solutions may not be cost-effective in very large venues, and they may not be as effective as DAS at supporting multiple operators. One of the primary drivers for enterprise networks will be machine-to-machine connections, adoption of which is likely to take time. What’s more, even when they’re adopted, they’re likely to be offered by a single provider – not helping multi-operator consumer service coverage much.”
TDC Group announced that it will establish two new business units in Denmark - NetCo and OpCo, effectively from the 1st of August.
The NetCo unit will focus on network and digital infrastructure, while the OpCo unit takes care of digital services and customer experiences.
The customer focused unit which will drive innovation, Digital Services and the best customer experiences will be headed by Jaap Postma, who has been Senior Executive Vice President and head of YouSee to date. This unit will comprise YouSee, the digital unit Digital, TDC Business, Online Brands with Telmore, Fullrate and Blockbuster.
The network unit will focus on further improving the Danish infrastructure and will be headed by Andreas Pfisterer, who has been Senior Executive Vice President and head of Operations to date. This unit will comprise Network, Wholesale, On-site technicians, Procurement & Logistics, Dansk Kabel TV and IT Operations.
In Norway, TDC Group will continue to run the fully owned Get and TDC Norway as independent units with no changes.
TDC Group’s new owners have set a clear strategic course for the company with the ambition of remaining market leader with the best infrastructure in Denmark and focus on the digital transformation journey which TDC has pursued in recent years.
Aricent said it is now supporting the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture for its software framework for developing 4G and 5G wireless network solutions.
Aricent's pre-integrated software framework reduces time-to-market with complete support for 5G, LTE-Advance, NB-IoT and eMTC technologies.
The 5G framework will be integrated with the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture, supporting features compliant to 3GPP specifications for non-standalone modes.
Aricent said its 4G LTE framework based on Cloud-RAN (C-RAN) architecture also supports FlexRAN, enabling Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) to seamlessly upgrade their existing solutions from 4G to 5G. NEPs can monetize the Aricent C-RAN solution which utilizes the Intel Xeon processor and integrates with radio functionality.
Aricent also provides NFV MANO (Management and Orchestration) for managing complex virtualized network functions which is a key element driving architecture evolution towards 5G.
To support 4G and 5G IoT use cases, the Aricent eNodeB framework with L1- L3 functionality is pre-integrated on the Intel Transcede chipset to provide LTE-Advance features for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and enhanced Machine Type Communications (eMTC). Aricent also offers a lightweight, cloud-native packet core framework including a Collapsed Signaling Gateway (CGSN) that can handle low-throughput communications with NB-IoT devices such as smart meters and a variety of sensors.
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