Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Verizon Builds Cat1 LTE network for IoT

Verizon is rolling out the world's first Cat1 LTE network features for IoT – ideal for use cases that were previously developed for 2G. V

Chipset platforms currently certified on Verizon's LTE network include Sequans and Altair. Earlier this year, Encore networks certified the world's first Cat1 IoT router solution on Verizon's LTE network.

Verizon said its goal is to make the value proposition for connecting Cat1 IoT applications on LTE in the U.S. as affordable as alternative technologies, while leveraging LTE's reliability.

The company also announced additional tools on its ThingSpace platform, including an expanded set of application program interfaces (APIs) and application enablement platforms (AEPs).  ThingSpace now integrates Bug Labs' dweet APIs and freeboard visualization engine. These new tools enable developers to connect their devices to the Internet, publish the data and create real-time interactive dashboards and control panels visualizing that device data.

"Our goal is to help accelerate market adoption for IoT by making the ecosystem as accessible as possible for developers to bring their solutions to market," said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president, IoT Connected Solutions at Verizon.  "Between our ThingSpace APIs and an expanded set of Cat1 devices deployed on our LTE network we are providing this largely underserved market with the tools needed for endless IoT solutions to be deployed at scale."


Verizon's ThingSpace Ties IoT with Data Analytics and Cloud

Verizon launched ThingSpace, a new IoT platform allowing developers to create applications, customers to manage devices, partners to market their services, and Verizon to launch integrated vertical solutions in an open environment.

Thingspace, which will leverage an existing ecosystem of more than 1,000 channel partners and revenue from the company's IoT and telematics business, promises to accelerate innovation and adoption of IoT devices.  At a press event in San Francisco, Verizon's executives said the industry is poised to move from millions to billions of connected devices and sensors in the coming years. To achieve this, Verizon is creating a new dedicated network core and new connectivity options for the next-generation of IoT use cases in verticals such as agriculture, healthcare, the consumer electronics evolution and the sharing economy.

Verizon has created a core IoT network within its LTE architecture optimized for Cat1 devices.  The company is also working with partners to embed LTE chipsets in a wide-range of connected machines to automate the provisioning process and make it faster to deploy IoT devices on its wide-area network

Significantly, Verizon will offer a big data analytics engine tied into its IoT deployments. ThingSpace will provide end-to-end management of IoT environments and related data, from device to network to application. The goal is to offer hundreds of APIs via the Thingspace environment. The data and analytics engine is being developed at the Verizon labs in Palo Alto, California.

Challenge Up! IoT Start-ups

Cisco, Intel and Deutsche Telekom presented the results from Challenge Up!, the European acceleration and incubation programme for start-ups, which aims to bring promising Internet of Things services and solutions to market at a faster pace.

Twelve IoT start-ups from Europe were selected to showcase their solutions at the "unBound Digital" event this week in London. This follows a six-month acceleration and incubation programme that brought together resources from the three companies to champion and develop IoT innovation among European entrepreneurs, working with start-ups that are transformative in their industries.

Some highlights:

N-joins offers a data analytics solution that makes manufacturing facilities more flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly. N-Join developed the software, while Cisco provides the hardware and Deutsche Telekom the cloud infrastructure. Intel will help to ensure the solution is market-ready, by demonstrating a Proof of Concept with N-Join in factories.

Senic started a joint smart office project by integrating their smart controller into Intel chip-based computers and in the Cisco Telepresence System. Deutsche Telekom will have Senic’s product integrated in their Smart Home platform Qivicon.

ProGlove, a company producing smart gloves for factory workers, is creating a smart supply chain through seamless integration of ProGlove into Supply Chain Monitoring solutions of for example warehouses, logistic and transportation companies. This will be demonstrated through proof of concepts with selected customers from Cisco, Intel and DTAG.

SEMSEYE, dubbed Google Analytics for retailers and shopping malls, runs a pilot with Intel in the Dublin Croke Park Sports stadium and also in Dublin’s museums and libraries, where SEMSEYE is used to monitor visitor flows. Alongside this, Deutsche Telekom installed SEMSEYE in five flagship stores in Romania and two in Poland.

Start-ups that are interested in applying for the next round of Challenge Up! can pre-register on the website: http://challengeup.eu/

Clouditalia Picks Coriant's Universal Transport Platform

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has selected Coriant's mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) for its nationwide cloud services infrastructure. Clouditalia will deploy the multi-terabit, universal switching solution at major network sites to create a service-agnostic architecture capable of cost-effectively integrating diverse traffic types and accelerating the deployment of end-user services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"As more and more small, medium, and large enterprises throughout Italy rely on cloud services to support their critical business needs, the underlying broadband infrastructure needs to not only scale as traffic demands increase, but also become more adaptable and reliable," said Marco Iannucci, Chief Executive Officer, Clouditalia. "The Coriant mTera® UTP solution enables us to efficiently scale to multi-terabit levels while bringing more dynamic capabilities to our cloud infrastructure network. This powerful combination will help us enhance the highly tailored cloud and data services we offer our customers.”


  • Last year, Coriant introducted its mTera Universal Transport Platform designed to serve a variety of roles in next-gen packet optical networks, including metro-to-LH gateway applications and on-demand data center connectivity. The Coriant mTera platform, which is the first product to come to market since the merging of Coriant and Tellabs, brings together compact, simplified and efficient traffic grooming from Tellabs and photonic-layer technology and system performance from Coriant.

Clouditalia Deploys Coriant for Packet/Optical

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform to enhance service delivery to its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers.

The Coriant Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution, which includes support for MPLS-TP, enables Clouditalia to cost-effectively deliver flexible Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services directly to end-user business customers, while expanding support for growing cloud and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications. With the ability to efficiently support diverse traffic types on the same platform, the Coriant solution also enables Clouditalia to enhance customer value by seamlessly migrating legacy services such as E1, SDH, and lower bit rate Ethernet.


Seagate and Newisys Demo Flash Storage Architecture Capable of 1TB/s

Seagate Technology and Newisys, which is a division of Sanmina, announced the industry’s fastest flash storage design: 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives.  The drives and storage modules can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s.

“This solution takes advantage of what high-performance SSDs can offer without sacrificing space, power, cooling or redundancy,” said Eugene McCabe, EVP of the Newisys product division at Sanmina. “Crossing the 1TB/s threshold in a single rack while leveraging industry standard products is a major milestone.”


Tata Communications and Net Insight Eliminate Streaming Lag for Live Events

Tata Communications has joined forces with Net Insight, a specialist in the transport of live, interactive and on-demand content, to enable media organisations to manage and deliver live OTT content globally, in complete sync across all devices, for the first time.

The combination of Tata Communications’ Media Ecosystem, including its Video Connect service, and Net Insight’s OTT solution, enables media organisations to manage and distribute a video feed from any location globally to any device, without any delay, for a truly real-time, interactive and social TV experience, and to better monetise high-value live sports and music events. The companies said this solution marks a significant improvement over conventional OTT content delivery, where typically there is a lag of several seconds to even minutes between the live TV broadcast and the online feed.

“The OTT market is growing rapidly, driven by people’s hunger to watch their favourite shows, anytime, anywhere, on any device, but to-date, the time lag with OTT content delivery has prevented its widespread use with live events,” says Brian Morris, Vice President & General Manager, Global Media and Entertainment services, Tata Communications.


Nokia Networks and Telecom Italia Look to Start-ups

Nokia Networks and Telecom Italia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technology scouting of innovative startups to identify prospective partners in mutually agreed areas such as NFV, SDN, RAN Evolution and next generation SON. The two companies will collaborate on proof-of-Concept deployments of systems, solutions and services.

Sandro Dionisi, Executive Vice President and Director of Global Advisory Services at Telecom Italia, said: "Collaborating with Nokia Networks on this scouting program will open up the opportunity to introduce new network technologies in strategic areas, faster than before, guaranteeing the support of a leading OEM like Nokia Networks. The initiative will give us access to innovators, mainly but not only in Silicon Valley, speed up and improve technical development, leading to newer and better services for our consumers."


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6WIND Announces NFV Certification Program

6WIND, which supplies high-performance networking software, is launchin its 6WIND Speed Certification Program, which is an ecosystem of software alternatives for high performance virtual networking.

The certification program unites application vendors, Service Providers and Integrators to enable virtual networking and performance for their Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.

Deployed transparently in the hypervisor domain, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is a software package that accelerates virtual networking infrastructure while reducing CPU resources necessary for packet processing so that more cores are available for applications.


Ooma 's Revenue Rises 28% YoY

Ooma, which provides Internet-based telephony services based on a proprietary CPE device and cloud platform, reported Q3 revenue of $23.5 million, up 28% year-over-year. Subscription and services revenue increased 36% to $19.5 million, and was 83% of total revenue. Product and other revenue increased 1% to $4.0 million, and was 17% of total revenue. There was a GAAP net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.72 per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

"I am pleased with our solid third quarter results, which demonstrate the strength and quality of our unique hybrid SaaS platform," said Eric Stang, chief executive officer of Ooma. "Looking forward, we anticipate continued strong customer adoption of both our Office and Residential communications services, the main drivers of our business. In addition, we will continue to invest in new innovative services for small business, home and mobile customers to capitalize further on the significant potential of the Ooma platform."


Zain Upgrades with Procera's Analytics

Procera Networks announced an extension of its partnership with Zain in Jordan, which has been using the company's PacketLogic products since 2012 to provide better quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers. The carrier will now expand the deployment to include Procera's analytics family of solutions to leverage the granular network analytics captured.

Zain is also deploying Procera's enforcement solutions with online charging integration (Gy). It enables monetization of over the top services by restricting and enhancing access depending on subscription type.

"Zain has used Procera for the past three years and the solutions have met the business requirements to help Zain in understanding the customers' behavior," said Yousef Al-Mutawe, COO at Zain. "We have decided to continue our partnership with Procera through upgrading the current platform to the new version and adding on top of the data inspection tool the insights analytics solutions. Insights and its Customer Care tools will enrich the customer experience and engagement and will provide us with a wider view about our user's behavior and deeper view about applications and user's preferences."


Monday, November 30, 2015

Telefónica Business and Huawei Reach Global Agreement on Cloud

Telefónica Business Solutions, which offers a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, announced a global collaboration agreement with Huawei to promote the migration of traditional IT services to the cloud.

The agreement is aimed at helping enterprises to migrate their servers to the cloud, allowing them to use computing, storage and backup services in Telefónica’s data centers with no infrastructure investment required and on a pay per use basis.

Huawei will deploy the Telefónica’s Open Cloud service based on OpenStack in eight Telefónica data centers. Telefónica will use Huawei’s knowledge and experience on its public cloud service in the Chinese market. The first countries where the service will be deployed are Brazil, Mexico and Chile during the first quarter of 2016 and in five additional locations later on also next year.

Telefónica said the deal provides it with access to the latest technology levering on the economies of scale enabled by a global provider such as Huawei, which together with competitive pricing will enhance Telefónica’s value proposition in the cloud services market while making easier for enterprise customers to securely move their data to the cloud. The services offered include virtual servers, storage and physical servers, also known as "baremetal".

"With this agreement Telefónica will be better positioned to serve the needs of thousands of enterprises that require an easily scalable platform in the cloud at a competitive cost and with full reliability and security. This is all possible thanks to Telefónica’s capabilities providing end-to-end service management including the network and data center. The smart combination and scale of Telefónica’s and Huawei’s capabilities reinforce both companies and furthermore represents the best guarantee for our customers" said Juan Carlos López-Vives, CEO Telefónica Business Solutions.

“This global collaboration agreement represents a unique milestone in our long successful partnership with Telefónica, and will certainly have a big impact in promoting the migration of enterprises to the cloud and the digital world in all Telefónica footprint. Joint innovation capabilities, customer focus, global scale will allow us to sustainably bring cutting-edge solutions and differentiated offers to our enterprise clients” said Ryan Ding, Huawei’s Executive Director of the Board and President of Products & Solutions.

Telefónica’s Strategic Plan: Onlife Telco by 2020

Telefónica presented its new strategic plan for coming years under the slogan “We choose it all”.

In a corporate event in Madrid, César Alierta, Executive Chairman of Telefónica, said his goal is to transform the company into an “Onlife Telco”, which he defines as "a company that promotes connections in life for people to choose a world of infinite possibilities." The event was streamed to the Group's 125,000 employees in 20 countries.

The new strategic plan is founded upon six key elements, three for value proposition –outstanding connectivity, integrated offering, and differential experience- and three facilitators, which will be Big Data and Innovation, end-to-end digitalisation, and capital allocation and simplification.<br /> <br />

 “We are experiencing an true revolution... This is not just another revolution. It is already being shown to be the revolution that will have the greatest impact of all of human history in terms of generation of wealth. The social development it brings will be more than exponential. And we are lucky enough to be at the centre of this revolution. The future will be a better one because we find ahead of us an era of exponential change and growth. A whole new world of opportunities is open to everyone, in any location, to create a better world”, stated Alierta.


Microsoft Adds Office 365 Enterprise Communications

Microsoft rolled out new capabilities in Office 365 that modernize the enterprise across meetings and voice, intelligence, and security and privacy. Some highlights:

  • Meeting and voice capabilities in Office 365 -- adds Skype Meeting Broadcast, Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) Conferencing, PSTN Calling and Cloud Private Branch Exchange -- making Office 365 one platform for calling, conferencing, video and sharing integrated with Office applications
  • Analytics and data visualization -- Delve Analytics provides interactive dashboards that surface insights into how users spend their time and who they spend it with, so they can focus on the tasks and people that matter most.
  • Advanced security and compliance -- Customer Lockbox offers customers control over access to their data in Office 365 by giving them ultimate approval rights in the rare instances when a Microsoft engineer must request access to the service. Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery brings machine learning and text analytics that reduce the costs and risks inherent in managing large quantities of data for e-discovery.
  • Dynamics CRM 2016 is now generally available for online and on-premises deployments. Dynamics CRM 2016 includes advancements in intelligence, mobility and service, with significant productivity enhancements to help businesses and customer-facing employees achieve more.


AppDynamics Builds Ecosystem, Raises $158 Million

AppDynamics, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced co-engineering, co-marketing, and co-sales agreements with Accenture, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Pivotal, Rackspace, and Red Hat.

AppDynamics offers an Application Intelligence Platform that helps businesses proactively monitor, manage, analyze and optimize complex software environments, providing real-time, actionable IT operational and business insights into application performance, user experience, and business outcomes — all in real time. AppDynamics and its partner ecosystem help ensure maximum application and business performance, greatly improved DevOps collaboration for faster delivery, and enhanced analytical insight leading to better decision-making.

At a company event in Las Vegas, AppDynamics also confirmed a $158 million funding round led by General Atlantic and Altimeter Capital. The company's other investors include Adage Capital, Cross Creek Advisors, Industry Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.


Orange Romania Updates Microwave Transport Network with ALU

Alcatel-Lucent is upgrading Orange Romania’s existing long-haul microwave transport network, allowing Orange to enhance its 4G network capacity and performance. Orange Romania’s 4G network covers 70 percent of the population and 96 percent of those in urban locations, with higher speeds of up to 300 Mbps now available in six major cities as well as throughout Bucharest’s metro rail network.

Under the project, which will be completed in 2016, Alcatel-Lucent will migrate its own microwave links to the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio technology across Romania, replacing existing Alcatel-Lucent microwave transport links. Network management will be provided by the 5620 Service Aware Manager. The 9500 MPR offers superior capacity for legacy TDM and new Ethernet traffic.


Iguaz.io Raises $15 Million for Big Data Storage

Iguaz.io, a start-up based in Israel, announced $15 million in Series A funding for its data management and storage solutions for Big Data, IoT and cloud applications.

The funding round was led by Magma Venture Partners, the funding includes additional investments from JVP and large strategic investors.

The iguaz.io founding team is comprised of a group of former executives from successful technology companies in the fields of storage, cloud computing, high-speed networking, analytics and cyber-security. These companies include XtremIO (acquired by EMC), XIV (acquired by IBM), Mellanox, Voltaire and Radvision (acquired by Avaya).

"Enterprise customers have been sharing their pain points and challenges with us as they try to adopt Big Data and predictive analytics in their business," said Asaf Somekh, co-founder and CEO of iguaz.io. "We designed our solution from the ground up to address these challenges and allow our customers to focus on their applications and business."

"The IT industry is undergoing major shifts with the spread of cloud technologies on the one hand and new data consumption requirements on the other," said Yaron Haviv, co-founder and CTO of iguaz.io. "We're leveraging state-of-the-art hardware with our novel software architecture enabling customers to take a leap forward in their data-driven businesses."


Orange and ENGIE to Collaborate on Rural Electricity Grid in Africa

Orange and ENGIE announced a partnership to use their technological knowledge to achieve sustainable progress and economic and social development in Africa. The goal is to expand the electricity grid in Africa and encourage responsible power consumption. These solutions could, for instance, include individual solar kits and small-scale, local electricity networks. The service could then be billed via mobile using Orange Money. Both companies are participating in the COP21 conference in Paris.

Orange is present in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East. ENGIE, which is an international player in the the energy sector, currently supplies 760 MW of power in Africa and aims to become one of the major energy leaders on the continent by 2025 with several major projects planned.


Zain Hosts Telecom Technology Conference in Bahrain

Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, is hosting its fifth annual Zain Technology Conference (ZTC) this week in Manama, Bahrain.

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Transforming Our World’, reflecting Zain’s strategic aspirations of delivering on a compelling digital lifestyle to its customers. Zain is hosting some 60 technology vendors, showcasing their latest technologies.  Topics includes Road to 5G; Core Virtualization Evolution; Business Enablement Solutions; Big Data Analytics & Cloud Services; Customer Quality of Experience; Services Innovation; Energy Efficiency, and Site Optimization.


LGE Licenses Rambus CryptoManager Security Platform

LG Electronics (LGE) has licensed Rambus' CryptoManager security platform for its next-gen mobile devices. The Rambus CryptoManager platform provides chip and device companies with end-to-end security throughout the design and manufacturing process.  It includes a hardware root-of-trust for provisioning of keys to manage sensitive data on mobile devices. Specific terms of the agreement are confidential.

"At LGE, we are committed to ensuring that security is a key component of our industry-leading mobile devices," said Sang-won Song, vice president and head of LGE Mobile SoC Development Department. "With Rambus Cryptography Research team's advanced security expertise, the CryptoManager platform will help us secure mobile devices and applications throughout their lifecycle, providing critical trust among our customer base."


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