Items filtered by date: June 2018

Senet announced network server enhancements for its cloud-based, LoRaWAN connectivity platforms.

Senet says the new features simplify the deployment, management and monetization of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) and applications.

New Network Operator features include:

 - Customer onboarding and service provisioning capabilities to streamline the implementation and delivery of multi-tenant connectivity services.

 - Gateway provisioning and application monitoring capabilities for enhanced quality-of-service and end-customer application support.

 - Advanced network planning such as mapping service addresses related to device and gateway locations, gateway viewsheds and computed path quality of devices, to increase the accuracy and reliability of service delivery.

Facilitated by its Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network (LVN), Senet claims the LoRaWAN is now in over 80 countries globally. Senet LVN is an incentive-based ‘Connectivity Marketplace’ in which operators, IoT infrastructure providers, solution providers and system integrators can immediately benefit from revenue-share models based on their contribution to the network buildout.

Bruce Chatterley, CEO, Senet
Companies cannot afford to defer their IoT investment until 5G arrives or delay business growth opportunities based on the promise of NB-IoT or LTE Category M1 coverage at a future date to be determined. With these new platform enhancements and our partner-centric engagement models, we’ve effectively broken the mold for reliable, secure and cost-effective IoT connectivity and application deployment at massive scale.

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Claro is working with fonYou to deliver AI-powered, personalized offerings to its customers, resulting in increased revenues in Ecuador and Central America.

Claro Central America covers Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, which combined with Claro Ecuador adds up to 24 million customers.

According to fonYou, mobile customers in Ecuador and Central America largely rely on prepaid voice and data bundles, leading to millions of failed attempted voice or data sessions when their credit has run out. fonYou’s iCarrier identifies customer-originated calls with insufficient credit to deliver an optimal offer in real-time. This means that customers can complete calls by means of collect calls, financed micro-bundles, or credit card top-ups, which leads to increased customer satisfaction while securing revenue continuity for Claro.

fonYou’s iCarrier platform uses proprietary machine learning algorithms and utilizes Google Cloud infrastructure for implementation. This makes it a smart solution that minimizes carrier investment and operational cost as there is no need for on-site hardware deployment. The platform employs tools for voice recognition and big data processing, which is used to transform raw customer data into real business opportunities that make a positive impact on the bottom line of the operator.

With fonYou’s iCarrier, Claro is seeing several thousand additional paid calls each day, which would otherwise have resulted in zero revenue for the carrier, claims fonYou.

Fernando Nunez Mendoza, CEO, fonYou
Our iCarrier platform combines advanced analytics, machine learning and state-of-the-art Cloud tools that allow Claro to deliver the right offer to the right customer at the right time.

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Vasona Networks announced a partnership with F5 to work together to power virtual multi-access edge computing (MEC) deployments for mobile operators at scale.

The collaboration between Vasona Networks and F5 comes as operators globally are investing in intelligent edge capabilities to offer differentiated and agile low-latency services on the path to 5G.

F5’s advanced load balancing and load sharing redundancy combined with Vasona’s SmartAIR Virtual Edge Services Platform (vESP) in-line traffic monitoring and management can be deployed quickly to deliver health monitoring and high-availability across applications and MEC platform functions, said Vasona Networks.

According to Vasona Networks, this is especially important in emerging industries such as industrial IoT, autonomous vehicles and smart cities, where redundancy and uninterrupted service is critical to ongoing operation.  

Damir Vrankic, Senior Director, Product Management, F5
5G is just around the corner and MEC represents the start of a new era of evolved technology implementations from the RAN to the network edge to the cloud.

John Reister, SVP of Marketing and Product, Vasona Networks
Vasona’s MEC software platform delivers increased capital efficiency and network agility to support new business cases. Our work with F5 extends these capabilities to virtualized networks, where we can ensure uninterrupted services for a range of new industries.

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Vodafone India has leveraged Amdocs Intelligent Operations to automate its billing operations, enhancing the experience of customers. 

The Amdocs software is also enabling Vodafone India to roll out new services, offers and service plans for its post-paid consumers and enterprise customers faster. Amdocs implemented its Service Monetization suite at Vodafone India in 2015, and subsequently, in 2016, signed a multi-year services contract to manage and automate operations.

According to Amdocs, the transformation has enabled Vodafone India to reduce the duration of billing cycles and deliver accurate bills to all its post-paid customers faster. This has resulted in a better customer experience and improved revenue realization. Amdocs services also enables Vodafone India to launch new offers and plans in record time, enabling them to be more agile in responding to market situations.

Vishant Vora, CTO, Vodafone India
We have successfully improved the customer experience in the areas of bill delivery and accuracy. The transformation also enabled us to significantly improve our digital offerings to customers enabling them to get their account information and services through digital channels such as the My Vodafone APP and Vodafone websites on a real-time basis.

Gary Miles, CMO, Amdocs
Our products provide the agility needed to quickly innovate and respond to consumer demands in a disruptive market, while enabling a variety of service plans for different segments of consumers. 

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China Unicom Shandong and Huawei launched China's first low-latency trial project for mobile gaming in Jinan, with the latest LTE low-latency solution put into use.

Huawei claims a decrease in latency for mobile gaming by up to 50% was achieved in the trial, which solves the problem of frame freezing and delay in hot spot locations.

China Unicom Shandong is constantly dedicated to improving user experience through continuous innovation in LTE technology. The partnership with Huawei is an initiative designed to optimize the overall mobile gaming experience as it has become the third mainstream mobile service following voice and video. 

During peak hours when the number of online mobile gamers significantly increases, the average gaming latency exceeded 180 ms, which caused frame freezing and delay, said Huawei.

Against this backdrop, China Unicom Shandong partnered with Huawei to enable the advanced scheduling and acceleration solution for the LTE air interface. This solution improves scheduling priority for mobile games and flexibly configures power-saving sleep periods to cut the service scheduling wait time and retransmission latency. After this solution takes effect, the average gaming latency of assured users is reduced by a maximum of 50% (from 180 ms to 90 ms), claims Huawei.

Chen Chuanfei, VP of Huawei LTE Product Line
We will strengthen our cooperation with China Unicom Shandong in pursuing more innovative low-latency solutions in order to deliver an optimal user experience. It is hoped that together we can realize the healthy development of the low-latency industry chain, including the network, terminals, and chips.

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Nokia’s Nuage Networks has formed a technology partnership with e-Qual, a French hybrid network services provider, to provide SD-WAN services in over 60 countries worldwide.

This service is based on the Nuage Networks VNS solution and is managed independently of underlying enterprise WAN services. e-Qual’s enterprise customers will have a single consistent management interface for all their operations, with complete flexibility to manage their own connectivity, including branch access over the public internet.

According to Nuage Networks, over 75% of enterprises are moving their operations from private data centers to the cloud. Many of their branch operations now rely on the public internet for WAN connectivity. The Nuage Networks SD-WAN solution provides e-Qual’s customers with a managed service platform for unified control and management of their global network operations — cloud, headquarters, branch offices and remote users — independent of the WAN services used.

The Nokia Nuage Networks VNS will provide e-Qual with automation, improved flexibility, application-aware routing and per-application security. The solution provides e-Qual’s customers with a fully-managed SD-WAN service with a self-service VPN portal to quickly and securely connect branch employees with central cloud-based applications and services, worldwide. 

Phiippe de Lussy, CEO, e-Qual
We are excited to form this technology partnership with Nokia. The Nuage Networks SD-WAN solution provides us and our customers with openness, scalability and the agility that today’s market conditions demand.

Sunil Khandekar, CEo and founder of Nuage Networks, Nokia
As a pure managed services player, e-Qual is redefining the market for enterprise WAN services. Our technology provides a flexible and open SD-WAN infrastructure for e-Qual to deliver the business services that allow its enterprise customers to move to the cloud with the agility and visibility they need.

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Fastweb has deployed a protected 300Gbps connection spanning over more than 950 kilometers on its long haul backbone network using Coriant CloudWave Optics technology.

The 300 Gbps connectivity service connects Fastweb PoPs between Rome and Milan via Turin (more than 950 km) as the primary path and via Florence-Bologna (more than 800 km) as the protected path.

The long distance service has been implemented without special amplifiers, tuning or changes in field hardware, enabling the operator to provide ultra-high speed capacity to manage the increasing growth of data traffic. Fastweb's initial long haul backbone network was built in 2010 and already equipped with the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi Haul Transport Platform implementing 100 Gbps Coherent Technology regeneration-free connections in order to manage increasing data traffic. 

Real-time optical performance results for the service were enabled and validated by the software-enabled Coriant Aware Technology solution, providing Fastweb a precise view of key performance metrics including OSNR margins and channel EoL, said Coriant.

Andrea Lasagna, Technology Officer, Fastweb
A scalable and simple network approach is required to address the increasing demand of bandwidth. We have been confident in Coriant’s ability to meet our needs since the beginning and we have deployed a widespread and nationwide transport network with them.

Uwe Fischer, EVP, R&D and PLM, and CTO, Coriant
Our ability to provide 200G and 300G links helps our customers to upgrade their existing networks. With bandwidth requirements consistently increasing, the ability to extend networks to 200 Gbps and 300 Gbps capacities leads to seamless and powerful network designs. 

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Finnish-Estonian mobile operator Elisa has launched the world’s first commercial 5G networks in Tampere and Tallinn and has started offering '5G-ready' subscription plans.

Just a month back, Saudi Arabia's Ooredoo also claimed first to launch a live 5G network on the 3.5GHz spectrum band within the Doha city.

Elisa's 5G network operates on a temporary license in a 3.5GHz band and the Operator anticipates an official 5G spectrum allocation to be carried out in autumn. A Minister from Finland was the first person to use the new 5G network to make a video call to another Minister in Estonia. Elisa, in collaboration with Huawei, used the first commercial 5G terminal devices in the world to make the call.

The price of a worry-free 5G Ready tariff is 39.90 euros per month for the first 12 months and 49.90 euros for every subsequent month, according to mobiili fiThe subscription includes unlimited talk, text and multimedia messages as well as unlimited data usage within the Nordic and Baltic countries. 

Veli-Matti Mattila, CEO, Elisa
Elisa actively enables Finland to continue leadership in mobile data usage by opening commercial 5G network first in the world. With the help of 5G services, consumers as well as corporate and institutional customers will get lots of new value when modern applications can be used more efficiently and it becomes possible to develop new applications. 

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