Monday, February 29, 2016

Top Twelve Cloud Computing Threats

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Top Threats Working Group published a report listing The Treacherous 12: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016:

  • Data Breaches
  • Weak Identity, Credential and Access Management
  • Insecure APIs
  • System and Application Vulnerabilities
  • Account Hijacking
  • Malicious Insiders
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • Data Loss
  • Insufficient Due Diligence
  • Abuse and Nefarious Use of Cloud Services
  • Denial of Service
  • Shared Technology Issues

"Our last Top Threats report highlighted developers and IT departments rolling out their own self-service Shadow IT projects, and the bypassing of organizational security requirements. A lot has changed since that time and what we are seeing in 2016 is that the cloud may be effectively aligned with the Executive strategies to maximize shareholder value," said Jon-Michael Brook, co-Chair of the Top Threats Working Group. "The 'always on' nature of cloud computing impacts factors that may skew external perceptions and, in turn, company valuations."

Gigamon Revs Metadata Engine for Contextual Security Analytics

Gigamon unveiled its Metadata Engine for their GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform (SDP).

The solution centrally generates and aggregates contextual information about network traffic. It sends that metadata to the security analytics devices that can leverage the information.

The company said its Metadata Engine will ‘super-charge’ security information and event management systems (SIEMs), enabling forensics solutions and user behavioral analytics products to connect to its GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform and receive output of the Metadata Engine, that includes:
  • NetFlow/IPFIX records
  • URL/URI information
  • SIP request information
  • HTTP response codes
  • DNS queries
  • DHCP queries (future)
  • Certificate information (future)
  • Custom data (future)
Gigamon also announced a number of ecosystem partners supporting this approach: FlowTraq, Lancope, now a Cisco company, LogRhythm, Niara, Plixer and SevOne.

“We want to enable our customers to drastically improve their security posture by taking advantage of the latest trends in security analytics,” said Shehzad Merchant, CTO, Gigamon. “By enabling both context and packet based security analytics, Gigamon’s customers benefit by improving their ability to uncover intruder threats faster.”

Gigamon Launches Security Visibility Platform for Advanced Persistent Threats

Gigamon introduced its "GigaSECURE" Security Delivery Platform for providing pervasive visibility of network traffic, users, applications and suspicious activity, and then delivering it to multiple security devices simultaneously without impacting network availability.

The idea is to counter Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) by leveraging a traffic visibility fabric to extract scalable metadata across a network, including cloud and virtual environments, and thereby empower third party security applications. This enables improved forensics and the isolation of applications for targeted inspection. The company also said its solution is also able to deliver visibility to encrypted traffic for threat detection.  The architecture supports inline and out-of-band security device deployments.

Gigamon's GigaSECURE is comprised of scalable hardware and software elements:

  • Infrastructure-wide reach via GigaVUE-VM and GigaVUE nodes;
  • High-fidelity, un-sampled Netflow/IPFIX generation;
  • Application Session Filtering;
  • SSL decryption; and
  • Inline bypass capabilities.
Gigamon also highlighted its Application Session Filtering (ASF), a new, patent-pending GigaSMART application that can identifies applications based on signature or patterns that appear within a packet or packets. Once positively identified, ASF extracts the entire session corresponding to the matched application flow from the initial packet to the last packet of the flow, even if the match occurs well after the first packet. This allows an administrator to forward specific “traffic of interest” to security appliances thereby optimizing their operational efficiency and improving overall performance.

The GigaSECURE platform already supports a broad ecosystem of security partners and their respective security functions, including:

Advanced Malware Protection: Check Point, Cisco, Cyphort, FireEye and Lastline;
Behavior Analytics: Damballa, Lancope, LightCyber and Niara;
Forensics/Analytics: ExtraHop, PinDrop, RSA and Savvius;
IPS: Check Point and Cisco;
NGFW: Check Point, Cisco, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks;
Secure Email Gateways: Cisco;
SIEMs: LogRythm and RSA;
WAFs: Imperva.

Pica8 Cranks Up OpenFlow Switching by 1000x

Pica8 is introducing a Table Type Patterns (TTP) functionality in its PicOS network operating system that overcomes limitations in OpenFlow scaling for very large data centers.

The company said TTP enables its PicOS to scale to 2 million flows with Cavium’s XPliant switch ASIC, and to 256,000 flows with Broadcom’s StrataXGS Tomahawk switch ASIC. Typical TCAM flow capacity in the top-of-rack installed base today is between 1,000 and 2,000 flows, and with Pica8’s TTP implementation, production networks can scale 1,000 times more.

TTP defines how tables are set up in a switch, which an SDN controller can program via the OpenFlow switch protocol. The development of a TTP-based approach has been motivated by several factors, including: to maximize the available capacity, to better accommodate heterogeneity of existing hardware switches, to enable future innovation in hardware switches through more seamless SDN application development, and to enable granular and automated communication between application / controller developers and switch vendors.

“TTP and our own abstraction technology – vASIC -- unlock custom ASICs to bring choice, programmability and scale to application developers,” said Dan Tuchler, vice president of product management at Pica8. “Application developers no longer have to worry about the limitations or differences between ASICs when delivering their solutions to the market.”

TTP is in early release and will be generally available with PicOS in March.

IBM to Acquire Resilient Systems for Security Incident Response

IBM agreed to acquire Resilient Systems, a leader in security incident response solutions, based in Cambridge, Mass. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Resilient Systems' incident response platform technology enables clients to respond to security breaches faster and with greater precision and coordination, allowing orchestration of response process across functions (security, HR, finance, government relations, etc.) and across security systems (those monitoring data, applications, end points, networks, etc.). It also helps clients to respond to increasing regulation.

"We are excited to be joining IBM Security, the industry's fastest-growing enterprise security company," said John Bruce, Resilient Systems Co-Founder and CEO. "By combining, the market now has access to the leading prevention, detection and response technologies available in the same portfolio – the security trifecta."

A major benefit will be the planned combinations of Resilient Systems' Incident Response Platform with IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Incident Forensics, BigFix, IBM X-Force Exchange and IBM Incident Response Services that can enable an orchestrated process for addressing security incidents.

IBM also launched new X-Force Incident Response Services, which include consulting and managed security services to help clients manage all aspects of responding to a cyber breach. IBM X-Force security experts will help clients develop response strategies, including Computer Incident Response Team playbooks, and a means to more effectively discover, track, respond to and report on security incidents.  These new capabilities will be further enhanced through the planned acquisition of Resilient Systems.

Trend Micro Cloud App Security Integrates Box, Dropbox and Google Drive

Trend Micro has extended its Cloud App Security solution to Box, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Cloud App Security capabilities include:

  • Guards against advanced threats with sandbox malware analysis
  • Uses DLP to provide visibility into sensitive data use with cloud file sharing
  • Detects malware hidden in office files using document exploit detection
  • Supports all user functionality and devices with simple API integration in the cloud
  • Integrates with Trend Micro Control Manager for central visibility of threat and DLP events across hybrid Exchange environments as well as endpoint, web, mobile, and server security layers.
  • Cloud App Security has been integrated with a number of leading marketplaces and cloud commerce platforms to give partners and customers a complete end-to-end purchasing and provision experience.

Check Point and IBM Form Threat Intelligence Alliance

Check Point Software Technologies and IBM announced an expanded alliance, including the sharing of threat intelligence, as the security industry moves to a more collaborative approach to defend against cybercrime.

The new alliance includes four main areas of collaboration:

  • Shared threat intelligence. An open approach to collaborative defense in the security industry is needed to effectively protect against new and evolving threats. IBM X-Force and Check Point’s security research team will directly collaborate through the bi-directional sharing of threat identification and analysis using IBM X-Force Exchange (XFE), IBM’s threat intelligence sharing platform. This collective threat intelligence may be integrated into each company’s threat intelligence products, to help deliver proactive threat protection to customers of both companies.
  • Integrated event management. Sharing capabilities across the security management platforms deployed by customers accelerates the company’s collective response to threat activity, and extends the value of security technology investments for clients. Check Point will be launching a new SmartConsole application in the IBM Security App Exchange for integration with the IBM Security QRadar Intelligence Platform. The app will deliver network data and security events from Check Point devices to QRadar to enable operators to view threat information in real-time directly from the QRadar console for faster incident response.
  • Advanced mobile protection. Integration within IBM Maas360 enterprise mobility management (EMM) will allow customers to easily deploy and manage Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention to limit compromised devices from accessing enterprise networks and data, based on real-time insights. The combination of these capabilities provides automated protection against advanced threats across mobile devices, apps and networks, while significantly simplifying the implementation and ongoing monitoring of mobile security technology across the enterprise.
  • Managed security services. IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) will continue to deepen its expertise in delivering and managing Check Point solutions for IBM customers. The deployment and management of a broader range of Check Point network security offerings will be supported through new lab equipment and ongoing training of IBM SOC analysts and solution architects, providing customers with cost-effective access to resources and expertise as their security requirements evolve.

“Today’s business environment is more connected and more innovative than ever before, requiring equally innovative ways to help customers keep a step ahead of possible threats,” said Avi Rembaum, vice president of security solutions, Check Point. “Both Check Point and IBM Security take a prevent-first approach to security. Through intelligence sharing and technology integration we aim to help improve our customers' security programs and create a new model for industry cooperation.”

Hibernia Networks Opens PoP in Dubai

Hibernia Networks has established a Point of Presence (PoP) in Dubai, UAE in one of the city's major telco hubs. The Ethernet-based connectivity service leverages the unmatched latency performance of the Hibernia Express cable across the Atlantic, which connects Europe and North America.

“With its strategic location, Dubai is a major international hub for financial markets as well as media and content distribution throughout the region and beyond,” states Omar Altaji, CCO of Hibernia Networks. “Hibernia Networks’ presence in Dubai confirms our commitment to strategically expanding our global network reach into new geographic locations in order to provide customers with the high-speed, high-quality connections they require around the globe for applications such as split second financial transactions and live broadcast feeds. We look forward to continued growth in key local and regional markets to better serve increasing global demand for secure and diverse low latency connectivity solutions.”

Krish Prabhu joins University of Texas (Arlington) Faculty

Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, has been named to The University of Texas at Arlington's Engineering Hall of Achievement and appointed a research professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He will remain in his current role at AT&T while serving as a resource for UTA as it bolsters its research and teaching in his areas of expertise.

Prabhu previous was chief executive officer of Tellabs. Before that, he served as chief operating officer of Alcatel in Paris from 1991 to 2001.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Blueprint: Enterprise Cloud is the “New Normal,” Now It’s About Making It Work

by Boris Goldberg, co-founder of Cloudyn

Predictions from 2014 suggested that enterprises would flock to the cloud, which actually happened. The spectacular growth that AWS has already enjoyed along with the estimates that by the end of 2015, AWS revenues would reach somewhere upwards of $7 billion, show that this market has evolved into something that is much more than what was anticipated. While Microsoft Azure is still in second place, it has also witnessed significant growth, more than that of AWS. In fact, its enterprise enrollment offering has extended the range of services to support enterprises in the cloud. Taking a look closer at both AWS and Azure, the impact they have had on traditional infrastructure budgets in enterprises is astonishing. So what can we expect to see as the year enfolds?

1. Multi-Cloud Plans
Today, a great deal of IT organizations and enterprises want to migrate to the cloud, and when they do, they usually stick with one IaaS provider (which is generally AWS, the market leader). However, they also recognize the need to reduce vendor lock-in and continue cultivating previously arranged business engagements. For example, if an organization has been working with Microsoft for the past ten years through Enterprise Agreement using its MSDN or Office packages, the CIO will still want to leverage these types of long term agreements in order to support the organization’s cloud initiatives.

So how is it even possible to bring two, three, or even four different vendors into one place where you can control them all from a single pane of glass? Coping with this challenge in 2016 will entail adopting cloud management and governance solutions that will help streamline cost control and even compliance between the different environments.

2. Administrator Job FUD
Provisioning resources online with just a credit card rather than through long, cumbersome IT procurement and provisioning processes has forced admins to acquire new skills in order to navigate and leverage the world of IaaS. And with more enterprises implementing the DevOps methodology, they will continue enhancing their agile adoption and will apply more automation when it comes to testing, and delivering full application stacks in the cloud.

It is up to IT organization leaders to ensure their administrator teams have job security to quell anxiety (fear, uncertainty and doubt) that is likely to surface. They must also offer ongoing guidance and required tools to make the shift to cloud and better ensure healthy, controlled cloud environments.

3. Sharpened Cloud Tool Belts
In 2015, we saw how production workloads from the largest enterprises in the world were moved to AWS. Today, enterprise IT leaders understand the public cloud’s economies of scale and recognize their ability to invest far more in aspects such as security. However, using a robust cloud offering does not mean that an environment will be robust. Management tools are still needed to ensure that cloud environments do not suffer from a lack of best practices when it comes to performance and security. While it’s critical that the infrastructure is well formed, enterprises also need to have the right tools and skills that are necessary to deploy and manage this highly dynamic and complex environment.

Throughout 2016, expect to see IT admins gain a deeper understanding of cloud implementation and best practices, as well as look for the right management tools in order to fulfill their side of the cloud’s shared responsibility model.

4. Cloud Financial Management
Users today are aware of the need to control their cloud costs, however cloud financial management is not only about costs. Values, such as delivery speed, flexibility, and even actual business revenues, which have been driven by leveraging the cloud, should also be recognized. This can be done by merging usage, performance and cost monitoring under one umbrella, which is where your cloud financial management solution comes into play. It should be able to show you how your cloud purchases have increased business performance.

2016 will embrace this shift in thought processes. IT leaders will recognize the great financial opportunities that the cloud has put in their hands and start making implementation plans for comprehensive financial management solutions.

5. The Hybrid Cloud has Landed
This year, we should expect to see hybrid clouds gain even more prominence, specifically in the discussion of financial and security management, with the focus of the year being how to manage and confront complex hybrid environments.      


Now that it’s clear that the business sector has embraced cloud computing and companies are implementing adoption or building environments, it's time to gain a deeper understanding. This means that the focus should be shifted to enhancing your personal skills and your team’s skills. With more sophisticated cloud operations, you will be able to create better alignment with your enterprise goals and ultimately allow IT to have a much bigger impact on business than ever before.

About the Author

Boris Goldberg is a co-founder of Cloudyn and serves as its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for its technology and architectural direction. Boris has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in configuration discovery, configuration management and business service management solutions. He served as Chief Architect for Evolven, and also served as Senior R&D Manager and Sr. Architect for BMC Performance Monitoring Solutions.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Preview #ONS2016 with Guru Parulkar

This year's Open Networking Summit is going to bring together everything in open source networking, says Guru Parulkar, Program Chair of ONS. Expect to see mini-summits of all the big open source projects underway. The event will also bring together builders, enterprise users and Service Providers at the forefront of SDN and NFV.


YouTube link:

Open Networking Summit - March 14-16, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California

Preview #ONS2016 with Jim Zemlin

The Linux Foundation is bringing its unique industry standing to this year's #ONS2016, says Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation.  This relates directly to the big open source projects, including OpenDaylight, OPNFV, ONOS -- all of which are defining the future open source footprint of networking.

YouTube link:

Open Networking Summit - March 14-16, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California

Versa Networks Tightens Security for Branch Offices with SD-WAN

Versa Networks has expanded its FlexVNF software to enable service providers (through managed service offerings) and enterprise IT teams to evolve branch security infrastructure from legacy point appliances to a more agile and software-defined approach.

Versa has expanded its portfolio of SD-Security functionality in Versa FlexVNF, which incorporates  a next-generation firewall (NGFW), anti-virus capability, intrusion prevention and category/content filtering, to now include the following advanced functions:

  • DNS threat defense provides additional protection against attacks, APTs and malware and uses big data analytics and machine learning intelligence to automate protection against both known and emerging threats.
  • An SWG provides granular control of and visibility into outbound web traffic to enforce security and corporate policies as well as protection at the browser layer.

Both of these new SD-Security capabilities can be located at the branch office or delivered from the telco cloud, depending on customer requirements and/or the managed service design.

One Versa FlexVNF software instance, running on one RU unit of commodity x86 hardware, can provide up to 40 Gbps of stateful firewall, 20 Gbps of NGFW or 10 Gbps of unified threat management (UTM) – double the capacity of the leading proprietary hardware-based solutions. Because the Versa solution is software-defined, new capacity can be added quickly and new functions can be turned on in minutes.

“Versa FlexVNF is redefining branch security for enterprises and managed security for providers by combining defense-in-depth with the agility and flexibility of software-defined security,” said Kumar Mehta, CEO and founder of Versa Networks. “Branch security has become vital in 2016 and beyond as attackers zero in on branches as the next vulnerable entry point, especially when direct Internet access is enabled. The problem we’re seeing is that most branch offices are not offering enough layers or depth of security – and software-defined security can be the solution.”

Microsemi Targets 400G Metro Optical with DIGI-G4 OTN Processor

Microsemi announced  mass production of its DIGI-G4, its latest DIGI Optical Transport Network (OTN) processor enabling the transition to 400G OTN switching solutions in metro transport networks.

Microsemi's DIGI-G4 enables network equipment vendors to double the 100G OTN port density on their optical transport systems, while achieving a 50 percent reduction in power per 100G port.

Some highlights:

  • Industry's first single-chip 4x100G solution for OTN switched line cards
  • Integrated 100G gearbox for direct connect to CFP2, CFP4 and QSFP28 transceivers
  • Industry's highest density 10G, 40G and 100G multi-service support, including Ethernet, storage, IP/MPLS and SONET/SDH
  • Industry's first sub-wavelength OTN encryption solution to secure the cloud
  • Industry's first 25G granularity flexible framer to DSP interface providing scalable line-rates to match the programmable modulation capabilities found in next-generation coherent DSPs
  • Multi-chip Interlaken interconnect solutions for scalable compact chassis data center interconnect applications
  • High performance OTN-SDK with adapter layer software accelerates customer time-to-market

"We have been working very closely with some of the world's leading original equipment manufacturers to complete Carrier qualification of their 400G OTN designs," said Babak Samimi, vice president and business unit manager of Microsemi, Communications business unit. "This year we will see our DIGI-G4 deployed in networks worldwide as the key technology for driving the transition to 400G OTN switching, in addition to enabling a new wave of flexible optical transport infrastructure that is software-defined networking (SDN)-ready and delivers on the security needs being demanded for cloud-connectivity powered by our embedded encryption engine."

  • In January 2016, Microsemi completed its acquisition of PMC-Sierra in a deal valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

PMC's DIGI-G4 Processor Scales OTN Line Card Capacity by 4X

PMC-Sierra has commenced sampling of its new DIGI-G4 chip -- the industry's highest density 4x100G OTN processor and featuring 50 percent less power per port than the previous generation.

The DIGI-G4 OTN processor, which builds on the success of PMC’s DIGI-120G, enabling the transition to 400G line cards in packet optical transport platforms (P-OTP), ROADM/WDM and optimized data center interconnect platforms for OTN switched metro networks. It increases 10G, 40G and 100G line card port density by 4X with flexible client mapping of Ethernet, storage, IP/MPLS and SONET/SDH, while reducing power by 50 percent per port. DIGI-G4 builds on the IP from DIGI-120G, enabling customers to maintain their rich feature set and software investment, which reduces time to market by up to six months and lowers development costs.

Significantly, DIGI-G4 delivers multi-rate, sub-180ns latency OTN encryption, allowing cloud and communications service providers to ensure security without compromising performance. DIGI-G4 supports sub-wavelength OTN encryption and is compatible with OTN switched networks. PMC said these these capabilities, combined with the densest 10G/40G/100G Ethernet ports, enables a new class of low-power, high-capacity transport platforms optimized specifically for the hyperscale data center WAN interconnect market (see whitepaper).

Friday, February 26, 2016

AT&T Announces Labor Accord in Southwest

AT&T announced a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in Mobility contract negotiations in CWA District 6 (AT&T's Southwest region).

The deal was reached prior to expiration of the extended contract at 11:59 p.m. Central Time Feb. 28. It covers more than 9,400 Mobility employees in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Mediatek Unveils Ultra Power-Saving Mobile Processor

MediaTek introduced an "ultra power-saving" mobile processor for the next generation of smartphones.

The MediaTek Helio P20, which promises 25 percent better power efficiency than its predecessor, leverages 16nm process technology and is the world’s first SoC to support low power double data rate random access memory – LPDDR4X.  The processor features upgraded CPU and GPU capabilities with its True Octa-Core architecture clocked up to 2.3GHz, taking full advantage of ARM Cortex A53 cores. A new Mali T880 graphics unit is clocked at 900MHz.

The MediaTek Helio P20 integrates an LTE Cat.6 modem with 2x20 carrier aggregation for 300/50Mbps top data speeds. The SoC supports global Dual-SIM Dual Standby. For regions where GSM is no longer available, the SoC will have simultaneous standby on WCDMA network. Additionally, MediaTek Helio P20 supports LTE multimedia broadcast and multicast service. This allows mobile devices to receive HD video content over LTE.

For improved processing power and optimum battery performance, MediaTek Helio P20 integrates LPDDR4X, providing 70 percent more bandwidth than the LPDDR3 and 50 percent power savings by lowering supply voltage to 0.6v, resulting in a quicker, smoother user experience for camera, video and gaming apps.

“MediaTek designed the MediaTek Helio P20 to meet today’s consumer demand for sleek, powerful yet highly power efficient mobile devices,” said Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek.

DOCOMO Partners with Mediatek on 5G Access

NTT DOCOMO is working with MediaTek of Taiwan to jointly develop and conduct trials of technology that will enable increased data capacity for 5G systems.

The trials, which will be conducted in either Taiwan or Japan from 2017 onwards, will develop a communication system to combine non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) wireless access technologies from DOCOMO and multi-user interference cancellation (MUIC) technologies from MediaTek. NOMA multiplexes signals at a base-station transmitter to leverage the increased signal processing capacity of a user device to cancel interference among multiplexed user signals. MUIC utilizes receiver antennas to remove interference from other users and increase capacity when a base station transmits a signal to a number of users at the same time.

The two companies will also study a new 5G Radio Access Technology and chipsets required for 5G devices, with joint trials to be carried out from 2018 onwards.

"DOCOMO is excited to work with MediaTek, an innovator with expertise in the technical requirements of 5G," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at DOCOMO. "The potential opportunities for 5G to enable people to connect with devices are endless. We're eager to see our 5G network inspire innovative inventions to benefit technology, life and business."

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mobile World Congress Topped 100,000 Visitors, up 6%

At the close of this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA said attendance surpassed the 100,000 mark for the first time in the event’s history, with nearly 101,000 attendees, up 6% over 2015.

The GSMA’s Ministerial Programme, which ran along side the main event, also attracted record attendance, with delegations representing 137 countries and 31 international organizations.

Next year's MWC will be held 27 February – 2 March 2017 at Fira Gran Via.

#MWC16: Top Awards at Mobile World Congress

The GSMA announced the winners of its 2016 Glomo Awards, which are judged by analysts, journalists, academics and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives. Awards were give in 40 categories (a few listed below)

Some highlights:

Best Mobile Infrastructure
Ericsson for Ericsson Radio System

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
ZTE for Pre5G Massive MIMO base station

Best Technology Enabler
Accedian and SK Telecom for QoE-Aware SDN Control

Best Mobile Security or Anti-Fraud Solution
Trustonic for Trustonic Secured Platform

Broadband for All: Outstanding LTE Contribution
Accenture, Oi and TIM Brasil for RAN Sharing

Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTOs’ Choice
ZTE for Pre5G Massive MIMO base station

#MWC16: Huawei Showcases 5G Technologies

Huawei showcased a number of 5G innovations at Mobile World Congress, including:

  • 5G New Radio Access Technologies (5G New RAT) in a large scale field trial with NTT DOCOMO,
  • 5G Full Duplex Radio Technology with China Mobile,
  • 5G mobile architecture for the Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC) applications with Vodafone,
  • Extremely fast 5G mmWave technology operating at 70 Gbps, and end-to-end network slicing technologies with Deutsche Telekom.

In addition, Huawei collaborated with Rohde Schwarz to demonstrate the 5G new waveform technologies and with Aeroflex, a Cobham Company, to demonstrate the 5G grant free access technologies.

Huawei also cited a number of R&D challenges it is pursuing in 5G, namely,

  • a new air-interface with capability to meet all the requirement for the 5G applications,
  • a programmable application-driven-network architecture built on the cloud-native platform and
  • a holistic set of the new capabilities to enable the vertical applications for emerging 5G services and applications

In terms of industry partnerships, Huawei now has 5G initiatives underway with more than 20 operators, including CMCC, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, NTT DOCOMO, Telefonica, TeliaSonera and Etisalat, and 10 industry partners, spanning in Asia, Europe, and North America.

#MWC16: Ericsson Supplies First 5Gbps Microwave Link in Egypt

Ericsson announced the first commercial deployment of its E-band microwave radio with 5 Gbps capacity.  The installation occurred in January in Mobinil's network in Egypt.

Hisham Sibilini, Mobinil CTIO, said: "We hold our customers at the core of our operations. Launching this global first technology is an anticipatory move in light of our expanding customer base and its long-term sustainability. With Ericsson as our partner in Egypt, we are able to ensure the highest quality experience for our customers. It is also a demonstration of our commitment to continuously invest in our infrastructure and ensure our networks have the capacity to handle future traffic."

ThousandEyes Raises $35 Million for Monitoring Software

ThousandEyes, a start-up based in San Francisco, closed $35 million in Series C funding for its network intelligence solutions.

ThousandEyes is a network intelligence platform that delivers visibility into every network an organization relies on, enabling them to optimize and improve application delivery, end-user experience and ongoing infrastructure investments. The company said modern enterprises rely on third-party applications, services and infrastructure connected over networks they don't manage or control and have little visibility into.  Its solution provides the ability to see their now borderless network, providing network intelligence so they can better deliver on customer service level agreements.

The new funding was led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from new investor GV (formerly Google Ventures) and existing investors, including Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Palo Alto Networks Posts Revenue of $335M, up 54% YoY

Palo Alto Networks reported record revenue of $334.7 million for the fiscal second quarter 2016, up 54 percent compared with total revenue of $217.7 million for the fiscal second quarter 2015. GAAP net loss for the fiscal second quarter 2016 was $62.5 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net loss of $43.0 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the fiscal second quarter 2015.

“We reported strong fiscal second quarter results across all metrics, including record revenue of $334.7 million, which increased 54 percent year-over-year. We are proud to now be serving more than 30,000 customers globally who are rapidly adopting the prevention capabilities of our Next-Generation Platform to achieve superior security, simplify their networks and greatly improve total cost of ownership,” said Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of Palo Alto Networks.

“During the quarter we saw broad adoption of all aspects of our Next-Generation Security Platform with particular strength in our subscription services,” said Steffan Tomlinson, chief financial officer of Palo Alto Networks. “Our results demonstrate our commitment to balancing high growth and profitability as well as the increasing strength in free cash flow from our hybrid-SaaS model.”

Palo Alto Networks also announced the appointment of Frank Calderoni to its board of directors. He also will be joining the board’s audit committee. Calderoni currently is executive vice president, operations and CFO of Red Hat Inc. From May 2004 to January 2015, he held various positions at Cisco Systems, including executive vice president and CFO.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#MWC16: Cavium Demos M-CORD with ON.Lab

Cavium hosted a Proof of Concept (POC) for the Mobility Data Center (M-CORD) in collaboration with ON.Lab.  The demo used for using Cavium's ThunderX COTS servers and OCTEON Fusion-M baseband processors at Mobile World Congress.

CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) combines SDN, NFV and the elasticity of commodity clouds, leveraging merchant silicon, white boxes, standard leaf-spine fabric for network connectivity and open source platforms such as ONOS, XOS, OpenStack, and Docker to bring datacenter economies and cloud agility to the Telco Central Office.

The MCORD POC includes specific uses cases of SDN and NFV for mobility wireless applications, including Cloud RAN (C-RAN), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and the ability to virtualize core functions such as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

Cavium said M-CORD promises to further transform the mobile network from a transport network into a service delivery platform, allowing operators to achieve considerable opportunities for edge services with cloud-based economies and cost-savings. With M-CORD’s potential, operators and their collaborators may tap deeper into services such as digital gaming, video streaming, IOT, safety, big data analytics, mobile health, education, smart cities, vehicular communications, and much more with improved QoE and agility.

 "We are excited  to collaborate with ON.Lab for a 3GPP compliant disaggregated, and virtualized mobile infrastructure using our ThunderX workload optimized servers and our OCTEON Fusion-M Baseband Processors," said Raj Singh, General Manager of the Wireless Broadband Group at Cavium. "The M-CORD collaboration allows us to demonstrate the benefits of SDN and NFV in mobile infrastructure, and several agile service deployment scenarios of mobile edge computing."

“We’re excited about the progress that our collaboration and community have made on M-CORD in such a short amount of time – a testatment to the importance of this initiative to vendors, service providers and enterprises alike,” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ON.Lab and ONOS Board Chairman. “The delivery of M-CORD not only generates new opportunities for competitive mass market solutions such as IoT, Big Data, mobile healthcare, education and more, but also enables the supply chain efficiencies needed for the industry to provide cutting-edge innovation to consumers at affordable prices. We welcome new members to join us.”

#MWC16 - Nokia Demos NB-IoT with Intel and Vodafone

At this week's Mobile World Congress, Nokia demoed Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in collaboration with Intel and Vodafone. The demo shows future NB-IoT services from Vodafone in both rural and urban scenarios, supported by NB-IoT-enabled network equipment from Nokia and client device technology from Intel. The system highlights NB-IoT’s capability to support the massive number of low-throughput sensors and devices that will enable next-generation services to consumers, smart cities, utilities and industry.

NB-IoT is a 3GPP Rel. 13 radio access technology designed especially for enabling cellular connectivity to Internet of Things devices, and is designed to combine long range mobile connections with long battery life.

Nokia said NB-IoT has the potential to help billions of things connect by reducing costs, enhancing coverage and extending the battery life of connected objects. The enhanced coverage of NB-IoT compared to conventional LTE will allow for the tracking of objects deep within buildings and in rural areas, as shown in the joint demonstration.

#MWC16: MulteFire Alliance Pursues LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum

There is a growing interest in using LTE in unlicensed spectrum, according to The MulteFire Alliance, which was launched just over a year ago to promote the technology.  The alliance is developing a global ecosystem for LTE in unlicensed spectrum and the further development of small cell technology. Ericsson, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm are key players behind MulteFire. Multiple demos were held at MWC16 this week in Barcelona.

The MulteFire Alliance technical specification group is developing the MulteFire specification based on 3GPP Release 13 and Release 14 advancements, including downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum. MulteFire is designed to initially operate in 5 GHz unlicensed bands and coexist with other technologies using the same spectrum. MulteFire can also act as a neutral host to serve multiple entities or deliver provider-specific services at enterprises, venues and small businesses. The Alliance plans to provide interoperability, conformance and coexistence specifications and to enable conformance testing to ensure a robust and interoperable ecosystem.

“The MulteFire Alliance is committed to developing a technology designed to meet global unlicensed band regulations, including Listen-Before-Talk features required in regions such as Europe and Japan, for a truly global reach,” said Stephan Litjens, MulteFire Alliance Board Chair and head of Innovation Steering at Nokia. “Our members are taking great care to ensure that MulteFire technology will harmoniously coexist with other technologies in unlicensed spectrum bands.”

The newest members of the MulteFire Alliance include Athonet, Baicells, Boingo Wireless, Casa Systems, Ruckus Wireless and SpiderCloud Wireless.

#MWC16 - Qualcomm Brings Gigabit LTE, 4x4 MIMO LTE, Ultra HD Voice

Qualcomm Technologies is showcasing its recently-announced Snapdragon X16 LTE modem at this week's Mobile World Congress -- representing a 10X leap over first gen LTE and 500X over early 3G devices. In a demo featuring Ericsson's Software 16B release, the modem is achieving download speeds up to 1 Gbps using a combination of 3x carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO on two aggregated carriers, and higher-order modulation using 256-QAM. Other Qualcomm demos...

#MWC16: Qualcomm and SpiderCloud Pitch Small Cells for Unlicensed

Qualcomm and SpiderCloud Wireless are collaborating on LTE-U, LTE-LAA, and MulteFire systems for enterprises and public venues. SpiderCloud’s Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) architecture that includes a Services Node controlling up to 100 self-organizing LTE small cells, capable of delivering coverage and capacity in indoor locations as large as 1.5 million square feet. Verizon will trial SpiderCloud’s LTE-U system in the third quarter of 2016. SpiderCloud’s...

#MWC16: Baicells' Mini Base Station Fits in Palm of Your Hand

Baicells introduced a mini, small cell base station based on Qualcomm's the FSM90xx chipsets.

The palm-sized elfCell, which integrates baseband, RF and antenna, is considered to be one of the world’s smallest base stations.

“Compliant with 3GPP standard, elfCell can be used by the general public. It can support flexible frequency bands, FDD/TDD dual modes and most importantly plug & play, which means a zero configuration, zero installation for indoor coverage. Qualcomm Technologies’ FSM90xx chipsets help the elfCell achieve stable performance in a palm-sized design with built-in antenna. We really appreciate support from Qualcomm Technologies,” said Mr. Wei Bai, Vice President Marketing of Baicells. 
“ElfCell can support 16 active users simultaneously, with DL rate reaching 150Mbps and UL rate reaching 75Mbps. We believe that the small and exquisite elfCell will gain widespread popularity among operators by tremendously reducing their deployment and maintenance cost,” Wei Bai added.

Baidcells is rolling out the LTE-U small cell solution with China Mobile and the company says it has plans to deploy in the U.S. in the near future.

#MWC16- Samsung Spins 256GB Flash for High-End Phones

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of the first 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard.  The newly introduced embedded memory, which is targeted at high-end mobile devices, exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs.

The new Samsung UFS memory is based on the company’s most advanced V-NAND flash memory chips and a specially-designed high-performance controller. The UFS memory handles up to 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing respectively, over two times faster than the 19,000 and 14,000 IOPS of the previous generation of UFS memory.

For sequential reading, the 256GB UFS takes advantage of two lanes of data transfer to move data at up to 850MB/s, which is nearly twice as fast as a typical SATA-based SSD used in PCs. In terms of sequential writing, it supports up to 260MB/s, which is approximately three times faster than high-performance external micro SD cards.

“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity in all three markets.”

#MWC16: IDT Partners with 5G Lab Germany on Autonomous Cars

Integrated Device Technology announced a multi-year collaboration with 5G Lab Germany on 5G tactile networks, including the application of IDT technology to enable network-connected autonomous vehicles.

The project extends the Dresden-based lab's focus on combining 5G technologies with system-transforming applications.

IDT said its RapidIO technology will be used to explore two key elements of the network. First, the 100ns latency RapidIO switching and interconnect technology will be used to realize 5G Lab Germany's vision of transforming the vehicle into a connected appliance by networking it with a 5G base station's "edge computing" server. Second, it is planned for RapidIO technology to be evaluated to connect multiple vehicle sensors in real time for the mission-critical sensor fusion network essential for the self-driving or computer-assisted driving experience. A RapidIO-connected heterogeneous computer network will run real-time analytics to assist various network devices, including vehicles.

"With Germany's leadership in the global automotive industry, our lab's focus on the tactile Internet of Things, and IDT's low-latency interconnect and market-leading timing portfolio, the key elements are in place to tackle the real-time mission-critical challenges of platforms for the tactile Internet, including autonomous vehicles," said Gerhard Fettweis, 5G Lab chair and Vodafone chair professor for Mobile Communications Systems. "With the 1 millisecond round trip constraints in 5G deployments, we need low-latency computing platforms for vehicles, base station and edge computing servers. This project will explore connecting the requisite high-performance computing nodes through the deployment of IDT RapidIO technology and associated timing products."

The collaboration will build on IDT's recently announced RXS family of 50 Gbps RapidIO products, as well as computing appliances under development by IDT partners in the Open Compute Project's (OCP) High-Performance Computing group. The OCP's projects support heterogeneous computing between x86, ARM, Power Architecture, GPU and FPGAs.

#MWC: Pluribus Updates SDN Software for Dell ON Switches

Pluribus Networks released a new version of its Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL) for Dell, enabling the automatic creation of fully connected mesh networking for the data center along with deep visibility and application-awareness for applications like big data, network storage and virtual desktop infrastructure.

Highlights of Open Netvisor Linux version 2.3.2 for Dell include:

  • The ability to create an agile, fully connected and single fabric regardless of the number of switches, with the added benefit of simplified deployment and maintenance of the data center network
  • Complete visibility and application-level awareness of the flow of information between applications and services for optimizing demanding applications
  • The unlocking of hardware potential found in the Dell Open Networking family of switches by providing wire-speed and low-latency switching with complete Layer-2 and Layer-3 compatibility for existing infrastructures
  • The industry’s only high-availability, fully distributed controller architecture based upon proven protocols, which also offers a familiar, but fabric-wide management interface

#MWC16: Vimplecom Picks ZTE for NFV Rollout in 5 Countries

Vimplecom has selected ZTE to build a complete virtual network infrastructure providing 4G, 3G and 2G mobile data services to customers across five markets in 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network will be introduced in Kyrgyzstan and Laos in February 2016. Following these two markets, VimpelCom plans to introduce the fully virtualized network in Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Tajikistan during the course of 2016. With virtualization, the networks in the five VimpelCom markets will move from a legacy-heavy network made up of separate network elements to a common software-driven, lean infrastructure.

Yogesh Malik, Group Chief Technology Officer at VimpelCom said: “VimpelCom believes in instant innovation. Investing in innovative solutions to reinvent our network is high on the agenda as we transform into the digital operator of the future. We are convinced that virtualization represents the new way forward for the industry. The reinvention of the current network to one that is software-driven and asset-light plays an important part in our digital transformation and is a leap forward in bringing the digital world to each and every customer as they navigate their digital lives.”

Martin Casado Joins Andreessen Horowitz as a General Partner

Martin Casado, the founder and CTO of Nicira and most recently General Manager and Executive Vice President of VMware's Networking and Security Business, has joined Andreessen Horowitz as a General Partner. Casado is known for his pioneering work with OpenFlow while at Stanford.  In 2009, Nicira Networks was established to commercialize software-defined network. In 2012, VMware acquired Nicira for $1.26 billion. In a blog post, Marc Andreessen notes that under Casado's leadership, VMware’s networking and security portfolio closed out 2015 at a $600 million annual revenue run rate, and with a six-fold increase in paying customers only three years after Nicira was acquired.

VMware Appoints Rajiv Ramaswami as GM of Networking & Security

VMware announced the appointment of Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami as General Manager and Executive Vice President of its Networking and Security Business, replacing Martin Casado.

Ramaswami most recently served as executive vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure & Networking Group of Broadcom Corporation. Prior to Broadcom, Ramaswami was vice president and general manager of the Cloud Services and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems, Inc., where he also served as vice president and general manager for a variety of business units in Optical, Switching and Storage Networking. Ramaswami holds both a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.

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#MWC16: Telefónica Picks Ericsson for UNICA

Telefónica has selected Ericsson as a key partner of this program to provide the infrastructure and software required to launch the UNICA architecture in Telefónica Germany in 2016.

UNICA is the telecommunication cloud architecture of Telefónica which aims to virtualize NFV in an automatized fashion across its operations. It is a solution open, modular, multi-vendor, multi-site, standard, secure, flexible and extensible, designed to meet Telefonica's evolving requirements and cost efficient.

Ericsson said it will supply its new Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, Ericsson Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN and automation, as well as systems integration and support services. In addition, Ericsson will provide systems integration and support services to deploy the certified solution in Germany. Telefónica will certify the Ericsson solution to ensure fulfillment of UNICA functionalities and roadmap during Q1 and Q2, targeting the rollout of UNICA in Germany during Q4 2016.

Telefónica said a new concept introduced in the architectural design is the "Multi-VIM" requirement, which ensures an open platform avoiding vendor lock-in and to minimize integration efforts.

Telefónica also confirmed that HPE and Huawei, which have been collaborating until now with UNICA, will continue to participate in this program as strategic partners for NFV.

#MWC16: Juniper Selected for Telefónica Fusión Network.

Telefónica has selected Juniper Networks to provide the core infrastructure for its next generation Fusión Network, which aims to transform the customer experience for mobile, residential and business services across Spain. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Telefónica Spain will use Juniper's MX Series 3D Routers to provide a high performance, intelligent SDN control, service rich core network for the Fusión Network. The MX2020 will provide Telefónica Spain the multi-terabit IP/MPLS routing capacity and connectivity across all metro regions as traffic ingress and egress from all of Telefónica's Internet Exchange locations. The new core network is extensible to address service interconnectivity for the Internet, content providers, content delivery networks (CDNs) and data centers relying on Telefónica's national infrastructure.

Juniper's MX2020 scales up to 32Tbps of system capacity. The platform offers a fully redundant and resilient architecture, advanced Junos OS automation and analytics functionality and SDN/NFV programmability.The core rollout will begin imminently, with estimated completion by 2019.
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#MWC16: Linux Foundation Backs Open-Orchestrator Project

A new OPEN-Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) is getting underway to develop the first open source software framework and orchestrator to enable agile software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) operations. The initiative is driven by China Mobile and Huawei, with early support from Brocade, China Telecom, DynaTrace, Ericsson, F5 Networks, GigaSpaces, Infoblox, Intel, KT, Red Hat, Raisecom, Riverbed and ZTE. The project will be hosted by The Linux Foundation.

As an open source orchestration framework, OPEN-O will integrate open networking technologies and enable carriers to quickly and cost-effectively implement SDN and NFV through open source code development. The project will also aim to accelerate multi-vendor integration, service innovation and improve agility across network operations.

"China born and global in nature, OPEN-O will unite industry forces to set up the world's first SDN and NFV unified orchestrator, serving as an important step in promoting deeper convergence among SDN and NFV technologies and innovation in the networking industry,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation.

“The Telecommunication 4.0 era features the full convergence of IT and CT; it relies on NFV and SDN as the key technical enablers for automatic deployment and agile operation. The orchestrator functions at the top part of them play the critical role. We are hoping that all partners work together to build the healthy ecosystem and accelerate the maturity of SDN and NFV. By embracing open source, China Mobile is expecting that the OPEN-O project will develop state-of-art open-source orchestrator software,” stated Li Zhengmao, executive vice president of China Mobile.

#MWC16: China Mobile Outlines Network Roadmap

At Mobile World Congress, China Mobile provided an update on its current 4G rollout and outlined next steps as it contemplates the transition to 5G.

As of the end of 2015, China Mobile had:

  • deployed 1.10 million TD-LTE base stations covering a population footprint of over 1.2 billion
  • established 4G roaming with 114 countries and regions
  • sold 300 million TD-LTE devices in 2015 - this represents the addition of more than 400 TD-LTE users every minute
  • 4G subscriber base reached 340 million, accounting for about 30% of global number
  • completed the deployment of carrier aggregation (CA) in over 300 cities and has commercialized VoLTE services in 100 cities. 

For 2016, China Mobile will speed up its 4G deployment. Plans call for:

  • increasing the number of TD-LTE base stations to 1.40 million
  • deploying CA technologies in central and hot-spot areas of all cities by the end of 2016
  • commercializing VoLTE services in over 260 cities in the first half of 2016
  • launching Rich Communication Service (RCS) in the second half of the year
  • accelerating the uptake of VoLTE/CA-enabled devices by selling 330 million 4G devices and 
  • expanding the 4G user base to over 500 million in 2016.     

China Mobile also confirmed plans for dedicated networks for the Internet of Things. It aims to develop 100 million IoT connections in 2016.

In addition,China Mobile, together with the representatives of the first 11 partners, jointly launched the China Mobile 5G Joint Innovation Center, which will collaboratively develop applications and products in such areas as basic communications, IoT, telematics, industrial Internet, cloud robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Early partners include Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Datang, Intel, Keysight, Beijing Shougang Automation Information Technology Co., Ltd., Haier, and Hisense.

China Mobile also introduced cost-effective VoLTE/CA devices and chip solutions during the summit, including its self-branded VoLTE/CA devices. Together with Samsung, China Mobile introduced 5 new customized VoLTE devices; in partnership with Qualcomm and MTK, China Mobile launched VoLTE+ down-link and up-link CA chip solutions at the price point of $100; jointly with Spreadtrum and Leadcore, China Mobile released VoLTE chip solutions at the price point of $50.

#MWC16: AT&T Highlights Business Agility, IoT, Connected Car

AT&T outlined its plans to invest nearly US$10 billion in 2016 to deliver our integrated solutions for businesses worldwide. The company's guidance for overall capital investment in 2016 remains unchanged to be in the US$22 billion range.

Some highlights:
  • In Mexico, AT&T plans to integrate more than 6,000 kilometers of fiber currently supporting the wireless operations into the AT&T wireline network; enhance these assets by investing in more AT&T global network nodes and add hundreds of sellers focused on selling business solutions in Mexico. This is in addition to the US$3 billion announced in 2015 to extend its high-speed, mobile Internet service to Mexico, covering 100 million consumers and businesses in Mexico by year-end 2018.
  • Connectivity – Bring high-speed, highly secure wireline and wireless network connectivity to more cities around the world.
  • Network on Demand – Continue to software-enable the AT&T global network.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) – Expand dedicated IoT networks in Europe and the U.S. to connect assets in different industries, like connected cars, fleets, shipping containers, utility meters, air cargo and heavy equipment.
  • AT&T NetBond – Roll out additional features, extend highly secure connections to more leading cloud providers and expand in Asia-Pac, EMEA, U.S. and Canada.
  • Security – Launch additional features and consulting services globally, while enhancing our security capabilities and alliances and simplifying the customer experience.
  • Collaboration Solutions – Deliver integrated communications tools that help businesses of all sizes collaborate across platforms and over geographical boundaries to colleagues, collaborators, suppliers and customers around the world.

At Mobile World Congress, AT&T also announced:

  • a proof of concept IoT solution that helps Red Bull monitor their network of beverage coolers. 
  • an expanded, multi-year agreement with Audi for the connected car. Audi will be providing next-generation technology, featuring new safety, security and infotainment features, such as remote lock and unlock, stolen vehicle locator, online roadside assistance and service requests over the AT&T network. 
  •  a connected car agreement with Porsche covering certain 2017 models 
  • a deal with Ericsson to deploy CAT-M and NB-IoT 3GPP standards-based technologies to support the millions of IoT devices coming to market. 
  • an expansion of its SmartCities framework, including a strategic alliance with Southern Company, a utility company based in Atlanta. 
  • a collaboration with Intel to test Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) team and the AT&T Foundry innovation center in Palo Alto, Calif., will be working with Intel to evaluate performance of the LTE network at higher altitudes. They will be testing to see how it affects video streaming, transmitting telematics and flight information. 
  •  a program to integrate AT&T IoT Services with Cisco, Intel and Microsoft technologies. Developers using the AT&T Global SIM, AT&T Control Center and AT&T IoT Services now have access to Cisco’s Fog computing solutions. Developers that connect their devices through the AT&T Global SIM and AT&T Control Center will be able to store their data in the Microsoft Azure cloud. They will be able to use AT&T M2X and AT&T Flow Designer and access Microsoft Azure, big data, BI, advanced analytics and machine learning tools to transform their data into intelligent action. 

“Business is moving faster than ever and companies around the world need to be agile to quickly adapt to changing markets,” said Ralph de la Vega, vice chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International. “Our industry-leading network and innovative platforms give them the tools to do just that — where they want it and how they want it—around the globe.”

#MWC16: Orange Rolls out VoLTE and WiFi Calling in Europe

Orange confirmed the rollout of VoLTE and WiFi calling across its European footprint. VoLTE will facilitate dramatically reduced connection times (falling from approximately eight to two seconds) and improved simultaneous use of voice and high speed data.

VoLTE is already available for Orange customers in Romania. Orange plans to activate VoLTE in its remaining European operations over the course of 2016 and early 2017. WiFi Calling will launch across Orange’s remaining European footprint over the course of 2016 and early 2017.

Orange also announces the launch of its first own-branded device to support both technologies – the Orange Neva 80. Retailing at under €200, the smartphone is Orange’s first own-branded ‘category 6’ device. Tt offers 300Mbps download speeds, making it the fastest device in the range and makes use of the very latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow software. In addition, responding to customers’ demands for durable screens, the smartphone will feature Dragontrail glass making it scratch and crack-resistant - also a first for Orange’s own-branded device range. At 5.2 inches with full HD, 143g and Orange’s slimmest own-branded phone ever at 7.6mm, the premium Orange Neva 80 is a sleek addition to the range. It also packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octo-core processor, 16 GB of memory and 2G of RAM. And features a high-quality 5 mega pixel front camera with face-detection and 13 mega pixel rear camera.  The Orange Neva 80 also comes with NFC and is pre-embedded with Orange Cash in the markets where the service is available including France, Poland and Spain.