Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ZTE and KDDI Intro World’s First VoLTE Kids Watch

ZTE Mobile Devices unveiled "mamorino"-- the first VoLTE kids watch.

The waterproof and dustproof watch, which was developed for preschool or young children, offers a touch panel and speech recognition.

Talk time is approximately 170 minutes (VoLTE), with continuous standby time of approximately 130 hours (4G LTE).

KDDI and the Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company plan to launch the product in late March.

http://www.ztedevice.com/

Deutsche Telekom Tests LTE Licensed-Assisted Access with Qualcomm

Deutsche Telekom (DT), in collaboration with Qualcomm, has conducted tests demonstrating LTE Licensed-Assisted Access' (LAA) ability to extend coverage and increase network capacity. The over-the-air trial was completed on November 20th, 2015, in Nuremberg, Germany after a three-week period of extensive measurement campaigns. The trial used LAA test equipment designed and deployed by Qualcomm Research, the R&D division of Qualcomm Technologies. Deutsche Telekom provided the licensed spectrum for the LTE anchor carrier augmented with 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum and used on a multiple node LAA test network deployed over Qualcomm Technologies' Nuremberg campus.

LAA extends the benefits of 4G LTE Advanced to unlicensed spectrum bands, and is one of the new features of LTE Advanced Pro standards being developed in 3GPP Release 13, which is expected to be ready in the first half of 2016. The aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum is another step in the evolution of 4G LTE towards development of a unified 5G platform, envisioned to offer native support for aggregation of unlicensed spectrum right from the start.

"LAA is one of the key technologies that will help satisfy the increasing demand for data and better mobile connectivity," said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, chief technology officer, Deutsche Telekom. "The trial will help the wireless ecosystem and key stakeholders verify and experience the benefits of LAA first hand."

"This trial is an important milestone demonstrating how global LAA technology will soon provide enhanced consumer benefits to users in Europe," said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We are pleased to collaborate with Deutsche Telekom on testing and demonstrating technologies that will enhance mobile broadband."

http://www.qualcomm.com


Pluribus Networks Announces VCF Insight Analytics

Pluribus Networks introduced a new flow-based, client-server oriented business intelligence solution that can be deployed on any data center network – regardless of manufacturer – to provide the critical operational view of the data center network for deep insight into applications for performance monitoring, troubleshooting and enhancing the effectiveness of forensic analysis and security.
for the data center.

Pluribus VCF Insight Analytics application is available in two configurations:

  • A stand-alone application that can be deployed upon any server to take advantage of the Pluribus VCF data center network already in place.
  • A packaged offering with the high performance, high-fanout-port-density (up to 64x10GE) Pluribus F64 collector appliance, which can be used to realize flow-level monitoring within existing third-party network infrastructures.

Pluribus said its VCF Insight Analytics works in conjunction with existing VCF API interfaces available within all Pluribus Netvisor powered switches. VCF Insight Analytics uses these APIs to continuously extract the time-series metadata associated with every flow in progress throughout the entire fabric, and stores these in a data repository for future analysis. VCF Insight Analytics includes a real-time analytics engine and easy to use drill-down navigation scheme to allow any particular type of flow or individual event at any point in time to be located and/or studied.

“IT organizations have historically been hobbled by the lack of affordable network insight and associated metrics, and to date, traditional hardware-based monitoring solutions have been difficult to deploy and prohibitively expensive,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks. “As a result, we wanted to bring deep visibility at the application level to every network and make it available to every network manager. In short, VCF Insight Analytics provides instantaneous, intuitive and uncompromised understanding of the performance of your business as seen from the network layer itself.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Ericsson Creates Industry Patent Licensing Platform for IoT

Ericsson has established a platform for licensing of standardized IoT technology to device manufacturers, spanning from autonomous cars to irrigation sensors.

The platform, operated by an independent company, will adopt a revenue sharing model for contributing companies and receive a mandate to license on behalf of the joining patent holders, aiming to simplify access to standardized technology.

The new platform will be headed by Kasim Alfalahi, who will leave his current role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Head of IPR & Licensing at Ericsson.

"We are initiating this market place following discussions with both wireless industry players and key players in industry verticals. This platform shows Ericsson's and my personal commitment to provide a solution that works to the benefit of all parts of the ecosystem," stated Alfalahi.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1983359

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cisco vs Arista Ruling from ITC: 3 Patent Violations, 2 Patents Cleared

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an initial determination in a patent infringement case brought by Cisco against Arista Networks.

The ruling found that Arista violated three of Cisco's patents: U.S. Patent 7,162,537 (“[E]xternally Managing Router Configuration Data … With A Centralized Database”) (Sysdb) and U.S. Patent Nos. 6,741,592 and 7,200,145 (Private VLANs).

Cisco said the ruling foreshadows an exclusion order banning imports of all Arista switches (implemented after confirmation by the full Commission).

Arista Networks noted that the ruling found that it did not infringe two of five patents being asserted in this case, thus clearing two of the four accused features in its EOS.

Arista said it also intends to fully address the infringement allegations with a new release of EOS available for software download in Q2 2016.

“Our primary focus is the continued supply of products to our customers. We respect the administrative process and the tireless work of the ALJ in this preliminary decision. We strongly believe that we have not infringed any of the patents in the investigation and look forward to the final determination of the full commission in June 2016,” said Marc Taxay, Vice President, General Counsel of Arista Networks.

Cisco filed the ITC complaint against Arista on December 19, 2014.

http://www.arista.com
http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation-itc-initial-determination

Versa's FlexVNFs Run on Optimized EMC NFV Infrastructure

Versa Networks has tested and validated the interoperability of its FlexVNF software on EMC’s Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) platform to create an integrated “vCPE in a box” solution for deploying virtualized network and security functions in service provider points of presence (PoP) or data centers. The companies said this vCPE-in-a-box solution enables managed network and security services using virtualized network functions (VNF) and x86-based open hardware.

It supports a variety of Virtual Infrastructure Management choices, including VMware VIO with NSX and ESX, and Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) with OpenStack Open vSwitch (OVS) and KVM. Hardware abstraction and orchestration is provided by EMC’s NFVi Manager software and high-performance storage is provided through EMC ScaleIO. VNFs are provided by Versa FlexVNF software and include a wide range of networking and advanced security functions including routing, VPN, CGNAT, next-gen firewall, URL filtering, AV/IPS and more with integrated service chaining.

Versa with EMC vCPE is highly efficient and cost effective for service providers because it provides multi-tenancy across all its services, coupled with the ability to easily add VNFs by provisioning additional virtual machines (VMs). Each Versa VNF supports up to 250 end-customer organizations – greatly reducing head-end capex for providers versus having to deploy individual aggregation devices for each end customer.

“EMC has decades of experience helping global corporations build, scale and operate mission critical infrastructure as well as helping communications service providers build high-margin offers,” said David Hudson, General Manager of Telecom Modernization at EMC Corporation. “By working with innovative VNF vendors like Versa Networks to validate their solutions on EMC’s NFVi solution architecture stack, we are bringing that expertise to bear to make NFV a reality for more service providers and network operators.”

“We continue to hear from our provider customers and prospects that they want to decouple networking and security software from hardware, and realize the benefits of network function virtualization (NFV),” said Mark Weiner, CMO of Versa Networks. “Just like server and storage virtualization has dramatically improved the cost and agility of data center resources, NFV is bringing the same value proposition to carriers and their managed service offerings. We are aligned with EMC to bring the benefits of NFV innovation to provider customers globally.”

http://www.emc.com
http://www.versa-networks.com

Versa Unveils its Vision for the SD-WAN

Versa Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, introduced its software-defined WAN portfolio and outlined its vision to transform how enterprises build their WAN and branch office networks. The Versa solution leverages virtualized network functions (VNF), programmability and dynamic provisioning to re-architect the WAN and branch network for much greater agility, cost efficiency and simpler operations.


The Versa VNF solution consists of three components that together create next generation WANs and branch networks:

  • Versa FlexVNF: The core building block for Versa VNF solutions, which includes a broad set of virtualized network and security functions with carrier-grade multi-tenancy, programmability, service chaining, service elasticity and cost-effective deployment choices
  • Versa Director: Single point of centralized control and management for both connectivity and services
  • Versa Analytics: A real-time analytics engine that provides control, visibility, prediction and a feedback loop for adaptability

By eliminating proprietary hardware and truck rolls, the company estimates it can cut the total cost of ownership by up to 80%. For service providers and large enterprises, Versa said its solution changes the game by enabling multi-tenancy with the ability to provision and manage hundreds of individual customers or business subsidiaries.  Versa supports multi-service capabilties with automatic service chaining, enabling complex managed services and branch network architectures with multiple networking and security functions. The Versa VNFs run on commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.

In its launch materials, Versa cited Orange and Colt.

http://www.versa-networks.com/products/

  • Versa Networks was founded in 2012 by Kumar (CEO) and Apurva Mehta (CTO), who are credited with the development of the MX series routers at Juniper Networks.
  • The company has raised $43 million in funding to date.  Investors include Sequoia, Verizon Ventures and Mayfield.

Apcera's CEO Derek Collison on Containerization and Microservices

Containerization is really the hot topic these days, but it is similar to the term "microservices" -- not necessarily something new, but just really taking effect, says Derek Collison, Founder and CEO of Apcera.

This video discusses the massive decomposition of software systems underway and how containerization is proving to be especially effective.

"If we really want to build faster, we actually build less and we assemble more...," says Collison.

https://youtu.be/tiJdcKb3TIc





BT Suffers Nationwide Outage

BT's broadband network suffered a widespread outage across the UK on Tuesday.  In a statement, BT said the outage did not appear to be the result of a malicious attack. Service was restored in most locations in two hours.

http://btplc.com/News/#/

Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller for IP/MPLS

Coriant is expanding its Transcend SDN Solutions portfolio with the introduction of a packet controller optimized for mobile backhaul and carrier aggregation networks. Combining the Coriant Transcend SDN Transport Controller and Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller enables full, end-to-end network control – from optical transport to IP/MPLS access and aggregation networks.

Coriant said its new Transcend SDN Packet Controller supports a broad range of packet-based access and aggregation transport network use cases, including:

  • Automated provisioning via customer portals
  • Dynamic load distribution based on network congestion
  • Alarm-based service re-route to reduce network instability
  • Automated assignment of SRLG LSPs over diverse optical paths
  • Low latency services
  • WAN integration with virtualized and cloud-based services

Key features of the Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller include:

  • Programming interfaces built upon standards-based interfaces (RESTCONF/YANG) for seamless interoperability with third-party OSS, orchestrators, and applications. The open API framework simplifies end-to-end service provisioning and enables automated synchronization between IP/MPLS and optical layers for enhanced multi-layer traffic engineering and optimization.
  • A centralized Path Computation Element (PCE) that defines traffic flows based on real-time performance criteria in addition to traditional routing algorithms for context-optimized path computation and routing (e.g., routing based on network congestion or underlying optical transport paths). These capabilities have been shown to enable network operators to increase network utilization, improve network reliability, simplify operations, and deliver performance-aware services, while enabling efficiency improvements that can generate CapEx savings of up to 35%.
  • Support for new and currently deployed network elements, as well as interoperability with existing NMS deployments, including the Coriant® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM), to enable seamless migration and a non-disruptive roll out of network-wide SDN programmability.

“The introduction of the Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller follows upon successful completion of Tier 1 customer and multi-vendor interoperability trials,” said Paul Smelters, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Coriant. “This solution significantly strengthens the Coriant Transcend™ SDN Solutions portfolio by advancing SDN-enabled IP/Optical interworking at a time when network operators are looking to simplify multi-layer architectures without sacrificing scalability, flexibility, or resiliency.”

http://www.coriant.com/company/press-releases/Coriant-Extends-SDN-Control-from.asp

Blueprint: The Age of Swiss Army Knife Transponder


by Dr. Danish Rafique and Dr. Maxim Kuschnerov, Coriant What does the term flexibility signify for the optical transport business? In today’s market space, this is a challenging question, as the degrees of freedom are practically limitless. Over the last decades, the industry has exclusively focused primarily on increasing transport bandwidth or overall capacity per fiber. However, simple bit loading beyond 100G interfaces has resulted in significantly...

Coriant Adds to its Transcend SDN Platform


Coriant is rolling out a set of new capabilities for its Transcend SDN Transport Controller including enhanced multi-layer optimization and standards-based service interworking.  The company's approach is to combine SDN with its packet optical transport and smart router products to enable dynamic, end-to-end network control in an open network environment. The platform is currently in customer trials. "The lack of efficient interworking in...


Venture Investors Pour $793.5 million into Magic Leap

Magic Leap, a start-up pursuing a next-gen computing paradigm that combines digital and physical realities, announced $793.5 million in new funding, led by Alibaba Group.

Magic Leap is developing its Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal -- the ability "to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamless into the real world."

The company said continued investment cam from Google, Qualcomm Ventures and others. New investment also came from Warner Bros., Fidelity Management, J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, and Wellington Management Company.

“Here at Magic Leap we are creating a new world where digital and physical realities seamlessly blend together to enable amazing new experiences. This investment will accelerate bringing our new Mixed Reality Lightfield experience to everyone,” said Rony Abovitz, Founder, President, and CEO of Magic Leap.

http://www.magicleap.com/

Oclaro Cites Continued Strong Growth in 100G

Oclaro reported revenues of $94.1 million for the second quarter of its fiscal 2016, compared with revenues of $87.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP gross margin was 28.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with GAAP gross margin of 25.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $0.2 million. This compares with a GAAP net loss of $3.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

"With a second consecutive quarter of 20 percent sales growth in our 100G portfolio we again delivered stronger financial performance. The quarterly revenue growth drove higher gross margin and net income," said Greg Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer, Oclaro. "We continue to see robust demand for our 100G product portfolio combined with favorable market conditions. As we expand capacity in Asia, both for our current and new 100G products, we expect revenue growth in 2016 to continue."

http://www.oclaro.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

Blueprint: The Path to an All-Wireless World

by Dirk Gates, executive chairman and founder, Xirrus

An all-wireless world is within our grasp. No matter where we go or what device we are on, connectivity is an expectation. Getting on a plane? No problem; Wi-Fi is accessible thousands of feet in the air. Taking a road trip across the U.S.? Pull off at a rest stop and watch Netflix from the passenger seat.

The advancements taking place in the Wi-Fi space are unprecedented and the future of connectivity remains an exciting one. With the surge in video streaming, gaming, IoT devices and bandwidth-consuming applications in general, our networks are being put to the test. The questions we continue to face are vast: Where will Wi-Fi be deployed in the coming years? How will Wi-Fi impact the use of cellular data? What can we expect in terms of evolution in the Wi-Fi spectrum and what challenges will we face? 2016 will see a shift toward an all-wireless world with connectivity moving beyond personal devices, even less cellular data usage, ease of use becoming more important for business users and consumers, and Wave 2 Wi-Fi gaining traction.

Connectivity moves far beyond personal devices

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), in less than five years the number of connected devices is projected to top 25 billion. A movement that is beginning with connected homes, connected cars and sensors everywhere, will evolve to include more autonomous Wi-Fi devices – such as thermostats, lighting controls, security cameras and more – as opposed to personal Wi-Fi devices. The connected home will be a new selling point in real estate.

Voice – particularly Wi-Fi calling – and video will continue to be the largest drivers of traffic, but storage synchronization, and ultimately IoT traffic, will also start to give voice and video a run for their money in 2016.

Wi-Fi has surpassed cellular data and continues to grow

Wi-Fi will never replace cellular data – there will always be a mix of LAN and WAN networks. But Wi-Fi traffic has already surpassed cellular traffic, and this trend will only continue. No one wants to worry about data overages or poor connectivity. In the last several months we’ve seen big travel businesses like hotels, airlines and cruise ships announce free Wi-Fi for guests and travelers. Carriers charge us for every byte of data we send or receive from the Internet so we turn to Wi-Fi when it’s available. As Wi-Fi becomes accessible across even more locations and Wi-Fi calling continues to take hold, expect cellular data to fall further behind in 2016.

Ease of use will be one of the biggest challenges for Wi-Fi

Users expect Wi-Fi at any location. Onboarding these users, however, is not considered an easy feat. In 2016, ease of use will be the primary checklist item for both Wi-Fi vendors to provide and businesses to consume. College campuses, hotels and coffee shops are among the many locations that experience nomadic users connecting and disconnecting from the network regularly. Making a seamless, secure connection from anywhere a reality, without having to put thought into it, is the next major step for the Wi-Fi industry.

Wave 2 will become the norm in 2016

Expect to see 802.11ac Wave 2 become the norm for client devices and the infrastructure in 2016. More and more devices will be Wave 2 compatible and users will want to take advantage of the 5 GHz band to experience greater speed. Not far off, we also have 802.11ax and 60GHz technologies; so don’t expect the 802.11 standards to slow down for a long time.

About the author

Dirk Gates is Executive Chairman & Founder at Xirrus, bringing more than 15 years of executive management experience as well as a track record of success evolving a high-tech startup into a world class, publicly traded company. Having founded Xircom, Inc. in 1988 on the premise of delivering Ethernet connectivity to mobile computers, he attracted venture funding from Greylock, grew the company to 2,000 employees, and achieved revenues of $500 million and a market cap in excess of $2 billion. During his tenure as chairman and CEO, Mr. Gates led Xircom into the wireless arena through partnerships and acquisitions that positioned the company to deliver mobility solutions based on IEEE 802.11, GPRS and Bluetooth technologies. He subsequently negotiated the sale of Xircom to Intel Corporation in March of 2001. Mr. Gates holds a BS in electrical engineering from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Nokia Readies LTE-Advanced Pro with 3D Beamforming

Nokia is preparing to showcase 3D Beamforming, 8x4 Intelligent Beamforming, and carrier aggregation combined with advance modulation at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The technologies offer the potential to substantially increase the capacity of both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE networks.

Some highlights:


  • TD-LTE-Advanced Pro 3D Beamforming uses Nokia's Intelligent Beamforming capability to maximize signal levels while also minimizing inter-cell interference by combining vertical and horizontal beamforming. It promises 4-fold uplink and 3-fold downlink throughput gains, measured in outdoor field environments using a commercial base station and devices .
  • Nokia's unique Inter-Site Carrier Aggregation combines TDD and FDD carriers from different base stations located at different sites. This can provide high throughput at the cell edge using existing Release 10 devices.
  • Nokia Intelligent Beamforming now includes 8x4 (8 transmit and 4 receive antennas) capability for TD-LTE that doubles cell edge rates and delivers 50% more average sector throughput. It also implements DL-CoMP (Coordinated MultiPoint) for a 50% increase in cell edge spectral efficiency. The Intelligent Beamforming capabilities are particularly useful with high bands for greater coverage and capacity.
  • Uplink Carrier Aggregation and 64QAM modulation are introduced via software and combined to increase peak data rates in FDD-LTE cells by up to 150 Mbps, three times the maximum uplink speed of typical LTE networks today. This rebalances users' uplink and downlink experiences, following multiple downlink speed increases in LTE-Advanced in recent years. 

 "In addition to providing the most high-performing FDD-LTE and TD-LTE networks today, Nokia is also rapidly developing LTE-Advanced Pro technologies with operators. Nokia's 3D Beamforming, for downlink and uplink, is an early innovation and has been field tested in Hangzhou, China. We are also responding to the need for more capacity by enabling comprehensive aggregation of TDD and FDD LTE networks. With Nokia, operators can be assured that our solutions are field-proven and future-proof," stated Tero Peltola, head of FDD and TDD LTE Product Management at Nokia.

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2016/02/01/nokia-shows-lte-advanced-pro-with-3d-beamforming-to-triple-site-capacity-mwc16

Deutsche Telekom Tests XG-FAST over Copper with Nokia

Deutsche Telekom hit throughput speed of more than 10 Gbps in a trial or Nokia's XG-FAST technology that was conducted at Deutsche Telekom's cable laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany. The trial used two bonded pairs of Category 6 cable at 50 meters in length. Similar tests using standard drop cable illustrated the feasibility of XG-FAST for fiber-to-the-front door applications, achieving aggregate rates that exceed 8Gbps over 50m.  All trials were performed using prototype equipment from Bell Labs under laboratory conditions.

XG-FAST is a Bell Labs-developed extension of Nokia's commercially available G.fast technology. The lab trial was conducted end of 2015 by Nokia's subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent.

Deutsche Telekom's network - which uses VDSL2 Vectoring as well as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology - currently offers customers access speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Nokia said  XG-FAST is in the early stages of lab testing, but has exceeded expectations in trials with several customers so far.

XG-FAST is also capable of delivering 1Gbps symmetrical services at distances of 70m enabling operators to deliver fiber-like speeds inside buildings using existing telephone lines, eliminating the need to install new cabling. This allows for faster installation times and less hassle for the end-user.

"As a global leader in ultra-broadband fixed access we are offering operators a mix of fiber and copper technologies to deploy high-quality services more quickly and cost-effectively. The XG-FAST trial with Deutsche Telekom represents an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to extend the potential of copper for delivering ultra-fast speeds, while also bringing fiber closer to residential and business users," Federico Guillén, President of Fixed Networks, Nokia.

http://nokia.com

NSFOCUS Stops Massive DDoS Attack for Australia's Micron21

NSFOCUS reported that its Anti-DDoS System (ADS) has been used to mitigate a sustained, 90-Gbps Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack against Australian service provider Micron21, which offers mission-critical data center capabilities to clients around the world.

NSFOCUS said the January 14th attack started relatively small, then rapidly increased over the course of 30 minutes. It eventually consumed a staggering 23 Terabytes of inbound data in only two hours, before the assailant(s) ceased the DDoS attack. The peak was 90 Gbps. Given the sheer scale of the problem, a full-blown outage would have potentially cost the customer the equivalent of at least $1.3 Million.

“Welcome to the modern world—this is the painful reality for data center operators everywhere, and why it’s absolutely critical for every corner of the industry to have solid DDoS mitigation capabilities in place,” said Allan Thompson, COO at NSFOCUS IB. “We’re honored that NSFOCUS ADS platform played such a vital role in helping Micron21 mitigate this criminal barrage, and we remain committed to developing and offering technologies that help our customers stay vigilant and protected against future attacks.”

http://www.micron21.com
http://www.nsfocus.com

Ericsson Says 100 Now Deploying its Radio Dot System

Ericsson noted an important milestone for its iconic Radio Dot small cell solution:  Sichuan Mobile, the largest mobile communications operator in western China, became its 100th Radio Dot System operator.  The operator is targeting office buildings, shopping malls, college campuses and hospitals for improved indoor app coverage.

Since commercial shipments began in Q4 2014, 44 percent of Radio Dot System operators are in Europe, Middle East & Africa, 39 percent are in the Asia Pacific region, and 17 percent are in North or South America.  Another note: 77 percent of Radio Dot Systems have gone live with LTE - almost 10 percent of those support dual-mode LTE and WCDMA on the same Dots.

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Opens Innovation Center in Rosersberg, Sweden

Ericsson inaugurated a new Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center in Rosersberg, Sweden.

The 20,000 square meter facility supports engineering on virtual platforms with global test labs and IT hubs connected via a single virtual environment - supporting Ericsson to host 5G development under one roof.  Ericsson said the new Global ICT Center reflects its ongoing commitment to R&D investment both in Sweden and globally. The center also represents an important step in the company's ongoing ICT transformation journey.

The Global ICT Centers allow Ericsson to emulate an operator's mobile network and to test new solutions as if they were running on a live network. In the near future, Ericsson's customers will be able to connect remotely for interoperability testing, trials, early access and innovation on new offerings from any location. These services will be provided through ten Business-Near Centers, to be announced in 2016, which are connected to the Global ICT Centers.

Ericsson opened a Global ICT Center in Linköping, Sweden in September 2014, which was built adjacent to an existing Ericsson facility. In addition to the two facilities in Sweden, Ericsson will open a Global ICT Center in Montreal, Canada in the second quarter of 2016.

"Through today's inauguration of our second Global ICT Center, Ericsson's vision of a Networked Society moves closer. By streamlining R&D through our cloud-powered Global ICT Centers, we will enable new services and innovations that will create benefits for people, business and society. Our company's ICT transformation journey is accelerating, and the Global ICT Centers will support 24/7 collaboration and ensure we can leverage our global skills and scale to the full. At the same time, with an explosion in data traffic we can bring Ericsson's technology and services leadership to customers faster than ever before," stated Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud and IP, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

WhatsApp Now Connects 1 Billion Users

Facebook hit a big milestone:  the WhatsApp's community now has 1 billion users -- more than doubled since getting acquired by Facebook in early 2014.

In a posting, Mark Zuckerberg said the milestone is "an important step towards connecting the entire world."

https://www.facebook.com/zuck

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