Items filtered by date: June 2018

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has led a major project to upgrade two of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s legacy communications systems to Unified Communications(UC).

With the completion of the upgrade, DoD can now seamlessly integrate voice, video, instant messaging, presence and conferencing into a single platform.

Using Ribbon Communication’s JITC-certified Application Server for the deployment, the department was able to replace the core of its communications infrastructure while leveraging its existing endpoints and using standards-based technology going forward. The cost and time required to integrate this option were significantly less than implementing an entirely new solution.

Because the modernization solution was integrated using existing platforms, the agency could continue to use its more than 60,000 phones, said Verizon.

Sonya Cork, VP of Sales, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
The integration and migration of the entire system was a huge task, and it speaks to the tightly coordinated efforts of Verizon and its partners Ribbon, Black Box, and Visioneering, working closely with the agency’s leadership.

Steven Bruny, EVP of Global Operations, Ribbon Communications
It is very rewarding for our team and our partners to have successfully completed a migration of this magnitude. We believe it is a reflection of our commitment to standards and innovation and are pleased that we could provide DoD a path forward without having to start over.

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MTN South Africa and Ericsson showcased the first automotive use case demonstrating 5G mobility in Africa, achieving over 1.6Gbps throughput in 100MHz TDD spectrum in the 28GHz band with 5ms latency in a moving vehicle.

A live feed from a car on a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility in Pretoria, mounting terminals in a vehicle on a live 5G network trial, the audience was able to view the driver’s surroundings whilst moving around the track allowing them to experience what the driver was seeing, in real time.

The demonstration was then taken further by fully obscuring the driver’s windscreen, leaving him to navigate the track using the live feed from a 4K video camera to his VR headset.

The solution demonstrated, consisted of 4 radio units, baseband equipment, a 5G user equipment (UE) prototype with an external antenna, a vehicle with the UE installed, a 4K video camera and a VR Headset, demonstrating the performance of a low-latency network.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
The collaboration between MTN South Africa and Ericsson has led to an exploration of a variety of use cases and applications for digital transformation of industries. These include the automotive, mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and utilities sectors. 

Wanda Matandela, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, MTN SAe
Using pilots like this, we are not only assessing and preparing our network to roll out 5G in the future, but we are also future-proofing our infrastructure to enrich customer experience and take industries to the next level.

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5G networks may be as much as 10 times more efficient than 4G networks. With this new level of network capability, CSPs can secure future market opportunities with manufacturers of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the fields of driver safety and data processing and management, according to Gartner.

AV systems and sensors will generate unprecedented amounts of data. This will allow automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to extract valuable data insights while limiting the associated provisioning costs. "CSPs have an opportunity to become strategic partners for OEMs by applying 5G capabilities to address AV OEM data growth," said Jonathan Davenport, senior research analyst at Gartner.

By 2025, AVs will upload over 1 terabyte (TB) of vehicle and sensor data per month to the cloud. This is up from from 30 gigabytes (GB) from advanced connected cars in 2018. "To seize the opportunity, CSPs need to make sure 5G is included in the design of future vehicles, in the fields of safety and connectivity, where the biggest chances lie," said Davenport.

5G will also provide passengers of AVs with high-quality infotainment services. "As a result, 5G networks make CSPs an important partner for enhanced vehicle systems, be it for safety, data analytics or entertainment," added Davenport.

5G is not a technology that can be fully deployed right now, and Gartner expects that it will generate only limited benefits for AVs in the next five years. "By design, AVs cannot rely on mobile networks such as 5G for core functionality, but must utilize multiple technologies to meet performance and safety design objectives," added Davenport. "Nevertheless, 5G networks will play a crucial role in handling the massive amounts of data generated by AVs and their users for all kinds of purposes, including safety, connectivity and entertainment."

According to Garner, CSPs must act now to secure future market opportunities by ensuring that 5G is part of the AV design process. OEMs will need comprehensive end-to-end data solutions to streamline their management of data connectivity, storage and analytics.

"In addition to offering solutions, CSPs have to build support for their 5G technologies and establish them as the de facto communication standard. This would be best achieved by supporting standards committees and working with local governments to facilitate the development of advanced use cases, such as metropolitan traffic management," concluded Davenport.

OTE Group, the largest telecom operator in Greece will upgrade Fixed Broadband networks using Huawei’s SuperVector solution, to deliver up to 200 Mbit/s broadband services in the Mediterranean nation.

OTE Group which is under the unified COSMOTE commercial brand, provides a full range of telecommunication services: fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband Internet access, TV services and integrated ICT solutions.

Huawei's SuperVector solution modernizes Fiber-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) network infrastructure, where fibers are extended to outdoor cabinets, and existing copper lines from outdoor cabinets to end users can be retained. The solution provides 384 subscriber lines per board, said Huawei.

The installation and interfaces of the SuperVector solution are compatible with DSL lines on the network, allowing it to be quickly upgraded and rebuilt. SuperVector boards are also compatible with DSL terminals on the network, allowing smooth upgrades without affecting user experience.

George Tsonis, Executive Director Network Planning & Devops, OTE Group
OTE Group invests intensively in new-generation networks and modern infrastructure as a prerequisite for the digital development of Greece.

Chen Le, CEO, Huawei Greece Rep. Office
OTE Group chose Huawei's state-of-the-art solution to upgrade the existing network, improving network capabilities as well as user experience. This demonstrates that the upgrade of existing network infrastructures with SuperVector is a cost-effective solution.

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Syniverse announced the launch of Syniverse Secure Global Access, a private, secure, global network for IoT connectivity that provides privacy and security that are not available through the public internet.

By directly connecting enterprises to the Syniverse Secure Global Access, it provides those businesses with secure connectivity to mobile operators across nearly 200 countries and territories.

Syniverse said the new private network uniquely reduces a business’s exposure to vulnerability of the public internet by operating independently from the public internet to provide a private, global network with the scale necessary for businesses to keep pace with the explosive IoT growth.

At the time of launch, more than five multinational businesses are already using Syniverse Secure Global Access to securely connect to the evolving mobile ecosystem and to safeguard vital business transactions like those needed to support the internet of things (IoT), claims Syniverse.

Dean Douglas, President and CEO, Syniverse
The reality is that the internet was not designed to be a secure environment, with malware and ransomware, data thefts and breaches, and hacks and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks representing just some of the serious rising threats that undermine the public internet backbone.

John Wick, VP and GM, Connectivity and Mobility Services, Syniverse
Processing more than 4 billion transactions per day for more than 1,500 businesses around the globe, Syniverse has a history of securely supporting the volumes of high-speed, low-latency transactions that IoT will demand going forward.

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AT&T announced that it will launch the NarrowBand IoT(NB-IoT) network in the U.S. and Mexico to complement its existing LTE-M network.

The Operator plans to launch NB-IoT in the U.S. early next year, followed by Mexico by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT and LTE-M offer longer battery life, coverage extension, and lower costs than traditional cellular LTE connectivity. NB-IoT is ideally suited to meet basic data requirements, while LTE-M provides more robust capabilities including bandwidth for firmware and software updates, mobility and VoLTE services. The NB-IoT and LTE-M make up the cellular technologies under the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) segment, complementing non-cellular LPWA technologies such as LoRA and Sigfox.

The adoption of LPWA is critical in the age of the Internet-of-Things, where alternative technologies are required for connecting millions of devices and transporting massive data between them and the Internet. According to AT&T, the key to increasing the adoption of LPWA is building a broad base of ecosystem partners, devices and applications for global markets, and the introduction of NB-IoT and LTE-M dual-mode chipsets and modules for example will mean that customers can support a wide range of applications globally.

Like LTE-M, NB-IoT technology will be deployed through software upgrades at cell sites across the U.S. and Mexico. Both will operate alongside AT&T's 4G LTE network and within its mobile 5G network. The Operator's 5G network is scheduled to launch in parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year.

Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T
We’ve seen global momentum for LPWA since launching our North American LTE-M network last year. Adding NB-IoT to our portfolio will expand our LPWA capabilities, help drive investment in our evolution to 5G and support our customers as they deploy IoT solutions across the U.S. and Mexico.

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Nokia said it has completed a Cloud RAN trial in operational LTE network using Orange's own cloud infrastructure platform in Poland.

The two companies trialed Cloud RAN technology to prepare for the eventual introduction of a distributed cloud architecture for 5G by Orange. A distributed, cloud-based radio access network architecture like Nokia's AirScale Cloud RAN provides capacity where needed and prepares the network for the deployment of new 5G access technology as part of a multi-layered architecture, says Nokia.

The trial took place from March to the beginning of May in Poland, with radio sites in the city of Chelm and the virtualized part of the baseband running in a data center in Lublin, around 70 km away. As a result, Nokia's AirScale Cloud Base Station provided equally strong network performance on both Nokia's reference cloud infrastructure and on Orange's own cloud environment.

Nokia's architecture splits baseband processing functionality across the radio cell sites and data center using its AirScale Cloud Base Station. Time-critical functions are performed at the cell site and connected via Ethernet fronthaul - allowing the operator to use its existing transport network - while centralized software hosted at the data center cost-efficiently performs non real-time functions.

Nokia said its AirScale Cloud RAN provides the flexibility needed for future services and requirements for 5G, Internet of Things, low latency services and end-to-end slicing.

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Guavus announced that one of the largest North America cable operators has deployed the Guavus Reflex® solution with Guavus Live Ops customer care operations analytics. 

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Guavus provides big data analytics applications for planning, operations, and IOT.

The leading cable operator which provides content, TV and Internet services to millions of subscribers, uses Guavus solution to bring together data from separate portions of within the company to allow their care ops teams to quickly discover previously overlooked issues common across micro-populations of subscribers.

Using advanced analytics, the solution automatically determines the normal rate of care events specific to that micro-population and recognizes anomalies in these rates in real-time, avoiding the use of “one-size-fits-all” thresholds.

Using the advanced analytics solution, the operator has been able to substantially improve customer satisfaction, attract new customers, accelerate operations, and reduce costs by more than $102M annually, claims Guavus.

Stephen Spellicy, VP of Marketing and Products, Guavus
Consumers don’t have the time or patience to wait, you’ve got to give them great service and new product experiences.  We’re working with leading service providers, like this cable operator, to help transform their customer experience and business – to not only react to but anticipate customer needs, reduce costs and grow revenue – using real-time analytics and AI.

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