Showing posts with label Telefónica. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Telefónica. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Telefónica and Huawei test 5G-V2X Radio for uRLLC Assisted Driving

Telefónica and Huawei are running a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) testbed for 5G based vehicle communication networks (known as 5G-V2X) in their 5G Joint Innovation Lab at Madrid.

The 5G-V2X test is based on the latest 5G NR specs and includes advanced services such as vehicles platooning, extended sensors, advanced driving and remote driving, among others.

The so-called Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) mode for 5G NR offers the flexible design to support services with low latency and high-reliability requirements.

Huawei said the PoC demonstrates that URLLC can effectively support V2X with higher system capacity and better coverage. The exercise achieved 99.999% reliability with a low latency of 1ms required for autonomous driving in a typical macro cellular outdoor environment, such as dense urban, suburban and rural areas.  In the 5G-V2X PoC, a novel self-contained frame structure for radio transmission was used, both from the base station to the vehicle and from the vehicle to another vehicle. This allows much faster transmission feedback, enabling very low-latency communications. The great flexibility of the NR system framework allows the support of some advanced features, like Polar coding for small V2X packet error correction, an optimized HARQ (Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request) procedure for increased transmission reliability, or an ‘Inactive State’ for instantly sending short packets to control the car maneuver. To further enhance performance, another key technology, ‘SCMA-based (Sparse Coded Multiple Access) Grant Free Access, was tested.

Mr. Enrique Blanco, Telefónica Global CTIO, said: “This PoC between Telefónica and Huawei is another step towards 5G commercialization and a fully connected society. We will strengthen our collaboration by verifying 5G key technologies. Multiple novel use cases will be developed and provided to our customers.”

Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow and Huawei Wireless CTO, said: “We are pleased with our further collaboration with Telefónica in 5G technologies. The 5G-V2X PoC is another joint effort to pave the way for commercialization of 5G and lay a solid foundation to realize the 5G vision of enabling cooperative autonomous driving.”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Telefónica conducts T-SDN tests with Huawei

Telefónica completed laboratory tests on a T-SDN (Transport Software-Defined Network) solution provided by Huawei that included an SDN controller with capabilities for planning, management, monitoring and diagnosis of Telefónica España’s photonic mesh.

T-SDN aims to improve network operations in the photonic mesh.

In 2009, Telefónica began deploying an all-optical, mesh network with more than 200 nodes throughout Spain. This network leverages flexible ROADM technology along with an advanced network control plane. While this improved the reliability and flexibility of the service, it also posed challenges for Operation and Maintenance (O&M).

Huawei said its new centralized controller can be used to obtain real-time information and to conduct incident simulations with the goal of identifying risks to an optical service and preventing network disruptions before they happen.

The centralized T-SDN algorithm can also be used to optimize the spectrum and to improve the reliability and performance of the WDM network. In addition, Huawei is developing a new platform known as NCE (Network Cloud Engine) to integrate the online WDM planning tool, the control plane and the network management system.

María Antonia Crespo, Director of IP Connectivity and Transport at Telefónica España, commented: “we were interested in seeing how T-SDN technology can help Telefónica in many different areas. Firstly, we’d like to improve the performance of the WDM control plane, helping to reduce restoration times. We also hope that it will enable Telefónica to manage its resources more efficiently and improve its network diagnoses. Finally, it will be very useful for us if we can move towards the automation of the network, as this is one of the key goals in Telefónica’s strategy for the coming years.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Telefónica Tests LTE-M with Ericsson and Sierra Wireless

Telefónica has completed field testing of CAT-M1 or LTE-M for IoT over its network in Spain in partnership with Ericsson and Sierra Wireless.

The testing showed successful interoperability Sierra Wireless modem, which builds Cat-M1 chipsets in and Ericsson's Packet Core and Radio solutions.

Tests took place within 5TONIC project, the 5G research and innovation open lab of which Ericsson is an active member, founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks.

5TONIC Open Lab is an open place where companies and individuals test ideas with different IoT networks, according to their needs; prove concepts, experiment and build initial prototypes that can lead to a commercial offering. This Open Lab would be the first environment providing both NB-IOT and CAT-M1 (LTE-M).

http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Telefónica Germany Delivers Enterprise Services with Netcracker BSS

Telefónica Germany has upgraded and extended its use of Netcracker’s Revenue Management solution to simplify and accelerate its rating and billing processes for its B2B operations. The upgraded solution, which contains additional functionality and enhances performance, runs efficiently across all of Telefónica Germany’s hardware and databases.

Telefónica Germany serves more than 48 million customer accesses.

“We are excited to leverage our instance of Netcracker’s Revenue Management solution to manage our billing operations, which are constantly changing and accelerating as new processes and technologies are introduced,” said Kai-Uwe Laag, Director B2B at Telefónica Germany. “Our partnership with Netcracker will support us to even better provide the services which are highly demanded by our business customers.”

http://www.netcracker.com/

Monday, March 30, 2015

Telefónica NFV reference lab releases OpenMANO NFV

Telefónica posted its OpenMANO NFV orchestration stack on GitHub, making it available to the open source community.

Telefónica’s NFV Reference Lab has been working on the open source OpenMANO project to provide a practical realization of the Management and Orchestration reference architecture (NFV MANO), currently under ETSI’s NFV ISG standardization.  The carrier has successfully validated OpenMANO with the more than 30 VNFs involved in the lab during the past year.

Telefónica NFV Reference Lab said its goal was a real vendor-neutral orchestration environment that provides advanced orchestration capabilities to assure high and predictable performance for the most advanced VNFs. Its aim is to promote interoperability and foster a more open ecosystem.

OpenMANO provides three software modules:


  • Openmano (the key component): reference implementation of an NFV-O (Network Functions Virtualisation Orchestrator), which allows the creation of complex virtual network scenarios. It interfaces with an NFV VIM through its API and offers a northbound interface, based on REST (openmano API), where NFV services are offered, including the creation and deletion of Network Services or VNFs.
  • Openvim: reference implementation of an NFV VIM (Virtualised Infrastructure Manager), with support for high and predictable performance. It interfaces with the compute nodes in the NFV Infrastructure and an openflow controller to provide computing and networking capabilities and deploy virtual machines. It offers an OpenStack-like northbound interface (openvim API), where enhanced cloud services are offered including the creation, deletion and management of images, flavours, instances and networks. This implementation follows ETSI’s NFV-PER001 recommendations.
  • Openmano-gui: web GUI to interact with openmano API in a graphical and user-friendly manner. A command line interface is also provided for the most advanced users.


OpenMANO is available under Apache 2 License

https://github.com/nfvlabs/openmano
http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/j

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Telefónica Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

Telefónica announced support for Equinix's Cloud Exchange as a means to provide its enterprise customers with dedicated connectivity to multiple cloud service providers.

Telefónica will offer this connectivity through its global IP MPLS network to Equinix’s ecosystem of cloud service providers in select Equinix IBX data centers across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific via the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ interconnection service.

“By connecting Telefónica IP MPLS services to Equinix’s Cloud Exchange, we are expanding our own cloud services offer giving our customers the ability to choose from the best combination of cloud infrastructure, platform and software service providers to ensure they can put the best possible hybrid cloud solution in place to meet their individual business needs,” stated Jose Luis Gamo, CEO Multinationals Business Unit of Telefónica Global Solutions.

http://www.globalsolutions.telefonica.com

Friday, September 26, 2014

Telefónica and Huawei Sign MoU

Telefónica and Huawei announced a collaboration agreement focused on three areas:

  • Transformation of Telefónica's new-generation networks, including 4G/5G networks, 400G, FTTX, SDN IP/Optical networks and technology for the connected home.
     
  • Development and adaptation of IT solutions to improve Telefónica's business processes and improve its customers' experience.
  • Creation of an efficient technical solution for the virtualization of certain network functions based on the UNICA architecture, a Telefónica project to transform its network infrastructure; and the development of services based on an Open Digital Platform to improve the user experience and competitiveness in both the B2B and B2C segments. 

Telefónica and Huawei will create several working groups to advance their collaboration in each of these areas.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-372483-telef-nica.htm#.VCibjPmWWSo

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Telefónica Tests Network Functions Virtualization with Brocade

Telefónica has conducted a series of tests with Brocade's Vyatta 5600 vRouter aimed at benchmarking the performance range service providers can expect from virtualized, software-based networking infrastructure. The establishment of NFV benchmarks is part of a joint effort by both companies within the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab framework.

In the tests performed by Telefónica, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter achieved 80 Gbps on a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Intel-based x86 server. Deployed within a Red Hat KVM environment, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 was deployed as a single Virtual Machine (VM) and supported all of the server's available ports at line rate. Released in early 2014, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 is a purpose-built NFV solution offering advanced routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

"The promise of NFV is rapid service creation and highly elastic scalability. While virtualization is significant to achieving this agility, it has historically been the fundamental limiter to the kind of performance required for scalability," said Enrique Algaba, Network Innovation and Virtualization Director at Telefónica.

"In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter from a memory stick and completed our performance tests in our NFV Reference Lab. These results are allowing us, as network operators, to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking in order to accelerate the adoption and deployment of these revolutionary technologies," said Francisco-Javier Ramón, Head of Telefónica NFV Reference Lab.

Brocade also noted that its vPlane™ technology enables the Vyatta 5600 vRouter to leverage Intel Xeon processor-based servers and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit.

The next update to the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter will further advance the NFV solution's capabilities by adding:

  • Layer 3 MPLS
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3)
  • High-availability enhancements to support IPv6
  • OpenDaylight integration through NETCONF/YANG


http://www.brocade.com/NFV

In June, Brocade outlined the first phase of a long-term corporate strategy to develop an open and modular networking platform for cloud and telecommunications service providers.

The Brocade Vyatta Platform, which is the first phase this strategy, encompasses proven Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and emerging SDN technologies based on open standards and open source initiatives. It utilizes established core components, including as the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and Brocade vADX products, along with the open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack.

The architecture of the Brocade Vyatta Platform is comprised of three core layers: NFV Connection Services, SDN Structural Services and Functional Orchestration. Each layer of this open architecture is modular and enables customers to select the products and/or solutions that fit their particular data center requirements:
  • NFV Connection Services: Deploy Layer 3-7 network functionality with the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and the Brocade vADX products, along with service chains including third-party elements where needed.
  • SDN Structural Services: Leverage the rapid advancements of the multivendor OpenDaylight Project to simplify management through centralized control.
  • Functional Orchestration: Engage a vast range of capabilities from OpenStack and widely interoperable third-party provisioning and orchestration layers.
Communication between the layers utilizes transparent standards-based protocols and methods, including REST APIs and the NETCONF/YANG model, to ensure configuration interoperability.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Telefónica’s Movistar Pay TV Service Launches Cloud DVR with ALU

Telefónica’s Movistar pay TV service in Spain has implemented a network-based DVR service that gives subscribers access to up to 350 hours of personal online recording through their set-top boxes.

The service uses Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud DVR solution, which also includes a "mosaic" TV feature for major sporting events also allows customers to select between six different streams of the live action.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/solutions/cloud-dvr

Monday, March 17, 2014

Huawei and Telefónica Demo SDN-based IP + Optical

Huawei and Telefónica completed a joint test on Software-defined Networking (SDN)-based IP and Optical integration
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The test used Huawei's commercially available routers and Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Reconfigurable Optical Add-drop Multiplexer (ROADM) optical transport platforms.  The companies demonstrated multi-layer restoration, multi-domain Label Switched Path (LSP) creation, and online network survivability analysis. The new elastic SDN-based IP and Optical network architecture uses centralized controller, Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) User-Network Interface (UNI), IP/MPLS, PCEP (Path Computation Element Protocol) and other key technologies to realize centralized control of the multi-layer multi-domain network, achieving E2E fast service provisioning, multi-layer restoration for improved service availability and CAPEX savings, and online network surveillance for preventive maintenance.

"This project is another example of Huawei's breakthroughs in promoting the commercial use of SDN networks. The evolution from traditional networks to SDN networks will open up network capabilities, support rapid technology innovation, improve network performance, as well as reduce operation and maintenance costs based on virtualization, automation, and intelligentization. Huawei will continue to cooperate with industry-leading operators to promote the commercial use of SDN networks," stated Mr. Zha Jun, President of Huawei's Fixed Network Business Unit.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-329607-sdn.htm#.Uye_uPldWP0

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Telefónica Leverages ASSIA's DSL Expresse for Real-time Copper Line Optimization

Telefónica will expand its usage of ASSIA's DSL network management technology to cover more than eight million customer lines globally, and will initially focus on South American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. ASSIA is also a portfolio company of Telefónica. An initial contract was signed in 2010.

Telefónica plans to deploy ASSIA's DSL Expresse real-time line optimization module for proactive line repair, and ClearView, a customer-care recommendation engine that presents comprehensive customer line and service information to customer-care professionals through an easy-to-use interface, enabling them to provide the fastest-possible responses and resolutions to customer calls.

“We are pleased to incorporate the latest DSL Expresse features, which reinforce the value of our operations and technical assistance tools in improving service performance and customer care, as well as reducing our maintenance costs,” said Enrique Blanco, global CTO of Telefónica. “The improvements that we have realized with ASSIA for the past three years since we first invested in them clearly justified the expansion of our relationship as we continue to focus on delivering the highest speeds and latest services to our customers.”

Under the deal, ASSIA will provide Telefónica with the following advanced features of DSL Expresse and services for deployment, training, support, assessment and maintenance:

  • ClearView, a state-of-the-art expert system that tracks problems to their exact source and provides clear and concise recommendations to a contact center agent or field technician to resolve a customer DSL issue immediately.
  • Real-time line optimization, which significantly improves customer satisfaction and reduces service calls and repair costs.
  • Support for single-ended loop test (SELT) for enhanced diagnostics, cost savings, and service delivery, such as the ability to pinpoint faults and direct dispatches to the appropriate location.
  • Advanced micro-filter detection, which enables call-center agents to see missing micro filters on customer lines and guide the customer to easily and quickly install them. This can rapidly help solve performance problems, avoiding the need for costly, time-consuming field-technician dispatches.
  • Power management, which reduces power consumption and costs, and can help Telefónica attain its green initiative goals.
  • Advanced ADSL2 diagnostics that enable service personnel to address physical impairments efficiently in the copper plant.

http://www.assia-inc.com/

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Telefónica Digital Picks Ericsson as Prime integrator of Global Video Platform


Ericsson has been selected as prime integrator of Telefónica Digital's next-generation video platform.

The multi-year, multi-country deal includes IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, Digital Rights Management Systems and Content Management Systems, Managed Services, as well as Ericsson Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS).   Telefónica's own R&D is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica's Global Video Platform (GVP) will allow its subscribers to access video services such as live TV, video on demand and premium services, simultaneously over any network for any device.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1663941


  • In November, Telefónica Digital announced the selection of Microsoft's Mediaroom for its new Global Video Platform (GVP) for all video entertainment services across Telefónica’s Operating Businesses. Telefónica's GVP is an IPTV-based pay-TV subscription service --  including DVR, video on-demand and and other applications -- that can be delivered either on the carrier's own access network or as an over-the-top offering.  It supports a range of devices inside and outside the home, including set top boxes, Xbox 360s, tablets and smartphones.  Launches are already underway in Brazil (Vivo TV Fibra), Chile (Movistar IPTV) and Spain (Movistar Imagenio on Xbox 360).  The service is Spain provides subscribers with 12 linear channels focused on sports including the Spanish First Soccer League (Liga BBVA) under Canal+ Liga Channel.



Monday, December 10, 2012

Cisco Announces CRS-3 and ASR 9000 Deployment with Telefónica

Telefónica Global Solutions will deploy the Cisco CRS-3 and ASR 9000 Series routers for enhanced capacity, high resiliency, and robust IPv6 support. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica's network connects more than 100 locations in more than 60 cities and 40 countries connecting the main cities of Europe, Latin America, the United States and Asia.

Cisco said its CRS offers the possibility of future upgrading capacity for its core network with upto 400 Gbps per slot capability, high resiliency, and a cost-effective intelligent core solution to improve the return on investment for its core network.

http://www.cisco.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Telefónica to Deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Core Router

Telefónica will deploy the new Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) in Argentina and the Czech Republic.

Telefónica is one the first service providers worldwide to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's new core router.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new 7950 XRS family - based on the company's 400G FP3 chipset – supports five times the density of today’s core routers and slashes power consumption by 66 percent compared to typical core routers. Telefónica also will benefit from a common operating system (SR OS) across the Alcatel-Lucent router portfolio.  The solution  features a common network management system – the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) – offering seamless support across the 7950 XRS family and the Service Router portfolio.

Enrique Blanco, Telefónica’s Global Chief Technology Officer said: “This collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is part of a far-reaching network modernization effort which will give us one of the most powerful and efficient IP networks. In order for us to dramatically increase our network capacity and intelligence to address our customers’ fast evolving demands we needed the support of a new, truly disruptive solution. The Alcatel-Lucent XRS met this requirement.”

Federico Guillén, President Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefónica said: “We are gratified that Telefónica has turned to Alcatel-Lucent to play such an important role in the transformation of their IP networks around the world. With the introduction of the 7950 XRS core router, our IP portfolio offers truly best-in-class capabilities across the board, and we look forward to the opportunity to take Telefonica’s IP network to the next level.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Telefónica Digital Selects Microsoft Mediaroom for Global Video Platform

Telefónica Digital has selected Microsoft's Mediaroom for its new Global Video Platform (GVP) for all video entertainment services across Telefónica’s Operating Businesses.

Telefónica's GVP is an IPTV-based pay-TV subscription service --  including DVR, video on-demand and and other applications -- that can be delivered either on the carrier's own access network or as an over-the-top offering.  It supports a range of devices inside and outside the home, including set top boxes, Xbox 360s, tablets and smartphones.  

Launches are already underway in Brazil (Vivo TV Fibra), Chile (Movistar IPTV) and Spain (Movistar Imagenio on Xbox 360).  The service is Spain provides subscribers with 12 linear channels focused on sports including the Spanish First Soccer League (Liga BBVA) under Canal+ Liga Channel.

“This new agreement focused on Telefónica’s GVP further extends our alliance in the world of TV and video entertainment to a range of screens throughout the home and on the go, and the benefits will be enjoyed by many millions of people globally. Through its use of IP-based broadband networks and the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, Telefónica’s next-generation TV services are poised to delight and entertain millions of consumers across their markets in Europe and Latin America," stated Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president, Operator TV Business, Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent Wins Network Management Contract with Telefónica

Telefónica has awarded a landmark contract to Alcatel-Lucent to overhaul the operator’s network management systems – enabling it to streamline its operations, improve the quality of services for its customers and optimize costs, while leveraging the capacities developed by Telefónica. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will combine the network management systems at the core of Telefonica’s operational support systems into a single, global software platform. Currently, Telefónica uses different operational processes in the many countries in which it operates. Alcatel-Lucent will help standardize both software and procedures for network management across Telefonica’s fixed and mobile networks.

Federico Guillén, President Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefónica said: “We are proud of the trust that Telefónica has placed in us to help transform their operations and improve their services to customers. We bring a great deal of experience to this challenge and are excited to have the opportunity to work with Telefónica to identify and implement the best possible processes and to industrialize this know-how across the globe."

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Friday, July 6, 2012

Telefónica Digital Outlines Strategy

Telefónica Digital, the company's new business division focused on cloud computing, mobile advertising, M2M and eHealth, reiterated its commitment to driving openness in mobile ecosystems and support for Mozilla’s HTML5 platform.

In a press event in London last week, Telefónica Digital said it plans to launch the first Firefox OS devices in Brazil in early 2013. Telefónica will also make a multi million Euro investment to kick start the mobile advertising market in Brazil, using its successful UK O2 Media model as a blueprint.

Telefónica Digital was created in September 2011.

Telefónica Digital also announced:

  • Global framework agreements with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) -- Telefónica will offer Direct to Bill payments as a means of driving the monetisation of mobile content. Telefónica has started to roll out Direct to Bill in Europe, where it is already proving popular with customers. In Germany, 400,000 customers per month on average are now making payments for a variety of products and services across different platforms. Telefónica plans to have the capability live in 14 markets globally by year end.
  • A partnership with Etisalat -- the two companies will jointly develop business opportunities in Machine-to-Machine (M2M), financial services, cloud computing, eHealth, mobile advertising and over-the-top communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Telefónica will jointly work with Etisalat in the acquisition of video content, while Etisalat will also participate in Telefónica’s global device procurement process. The partnership expands Telefónica’s addressable market by 17 countries and 170m customers.

"We have a clear vision for Telefónica of becoming a credible leader in a range of new services beyond connectivity and we have set in place the right partnerships with key players, as well as building our own capabilities, to help us achieve this. We are already delivering growth levels well in excess of market norms and we are fast becoming materially significant to Telefónica," said Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Digital.

Telefónica Names Visa Europe as Preferred Payments Partner

Telefónica Digital has named Visa Europe as its preferred mobile payments partner in Europe.
The companies agreed to co-invest in the development of innovative products and services in areas such as mobile wallet, contactless payments (NFC), acquirer services for mobile point of sale, and merchant offers. The deal builds on its existing relationship in markets such as the UK and Ireland, formalizing it at a Europe-wide level and establishing Visa Europe as Telefónica’s preferred partner for the issuance of branded payments cards and the development of related mobile payment services.
http://www.telefonica.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mexico's Iusacell and Movistar Agree on Network Sharing

Iusacell and Telefónica México (Movistar) signed a strategic infrastructure sharing agreement that promises to deliver the biggest 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi network in the country.



Both companies have agreed to unite their networks while continuing to operate independently with their own spectrum and competitive services.



The companies said their alliance will modernize and transform the telecom sector in Mexico, benefiting their 27 million users. The sharing is expected to accelerate the entrance into LTE. http://www.gruposalinas.com http://www.telefonica.com

Telefónica Partners with Atos Worldgrid on Electric Car Charge Points

Telefónica announced a partnership with Atos Worldgrid to provide connectivity at electric car charge points. The companies are participants in Project MOVELE, which is promoting the rollout of public electric car charge points in Mardrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla. Telefónica will supply an M2M system with real time intelligence on the performance of the facility. http://www.telefonica.com

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