How SD-WAN is Converging Network, Security and AI

SD-WANs (software-defined wide-area networks) are often praised for uniting the network and security functions into one solution, but there is actually a bigger story of convergence. Recently, some vendors and solutions are converging the network, security and artificial intelligence under the SD-WAN umbrella, giving way for AI-powered insights, virtual assistants and augmented management. With these additions, SD-WAN is starting to look like autonomous networking.  As the new central hub for the multi-cloud enterprise, SD-WAN’s centralized control gives IT professionals flexible hybrid connectivity and bundled security features needed for cloud transformation. But we’re seeing SD-WAN move past the early years of connectivity, next-gen firewalls and secure internet breakouts. Now, it’s taking a deeper dive into cloud security and AI-based network automation.

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How Can Machine Learning Streamline Networking?

Article | July 10, 2023

Applications of AI/ML Modern businesses are adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) that encompasses disciplines like machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP), evolutionary computation, etc., to increase their productivity and management capabilities. Companies like Qualcomm are using AI and machine learning to improve their customer experience. “Across many industries, we are currently experiencing the creation of intelligent machines that is using AI to simulate smart behavior.” -Dr. Vinesh Sukumar, Senior Director- Head of AI/ML Product Management at Qualcomm, ( in an interview with Media7) The application of machine learning in networking is swiftly taking shape. However, as the problems in modern computer networks are getting tedious to handle, AI tools are being introduced to hard-carry their smooth functioning. Let’s take a look at how network complexity impacts businesses: Difference in Network Parameters Different client devices like laptops, smartphones, CCTV cameras, etc., are connected to a single network. However, their requirements and parameters are different. Therefore, the IT team of the business needs to meet them without compromising the functionality and security of the network. Users Prefer Wireless Networks Wireless networks are more complex than wired ones. They perform dynamically depending on the number of users, applications, and other variables. Impact of Cloud Computing Most applications are now cloud-based, and such a network has multiple data entry points and requires more support. User Experience Deciphering root cause analysis, finding correlation and solutions becomes tedious without an AI/ML model. Complex patterns remain unanalyzed, and this creates a vacuum between the customer and the business. What Does ML Bring to the Table? Machine learning applications in networking correlate to solving four types of network problems: clustering, extraction, regression, and classification. For classification and regression, ML clusters similar data and creates a gap between data groups. It then successfully maps a new set of data to a pre-set continuously valued output. As for extraction, it easily establishes a statistical relationship between the data it analyzes. Machine learning applications in networking encompass the following: Automation and Cognitive Computing ML enables automation in data processing by eliminating the human error factor and constantly improving with time. It analyzes data, improves the productivity, security, and health of the network. Cognitive computing allows processing diverse data sets, detecting and finding root causes and common traits within the system. Network Monitoring & Security Network monitoring is used to solve problems in a large dataset by deciphering the hidden pattern in the data. It then predicts the outcome for clustered data, malware attacks, or impending network failure. It recognizes impending threats in time and sends out warnings. ML uses anomaly-based intrusion, misuse-based intrusion, or hybrid intrusion to prevent misuse, modification, unauthorized access, or malfunction. Traffic Prediction, Classification, and Routing Network traffic prediction is important to handle any mishaps proactively. Network analysis in machine learning is done by using Time Series Forecasting (TSF). By using a regression model solution, TSF finds a correlation between the traffic volume in the future and the traffic previously observed. Traffic classification ensures Quality of Service (QoS), planning ahead for capacity, security, performance analysis, etc. It helps with proper resource utilization by pinpointing unnecessary traffic in a critical application. Factors like cost-effectiveness, link utilization, operational capabilities, and policies are also considered by the ML model. Congestion Control ML models control the number of packets that enter a network to ensure that the network is stable, fairly utilize resources, and follow queue management employed for congestion control. Efficiently Managing Resources ML efficiently manages network resources like the CPU, frequency, switches, memory, routers, etc., by using analytical decision-making. ML Learning Curve ML models learn in the following ways: Pitfalls Like any other technology, machine learning application in networking comes with pitfalls and limitations. Here are a few: Data Quality The efficiency of an ML model is based on the quality, quantity, and diversity of data it processes so it can deduce patterns or identify root causes. Most ML models use simplistic synthetic data for training, validation, and performance. The same cannot be said about practical settings because the data comes from different applications and services and is more complex. Feasibility There are scalability and feasibility issues because each network and application is different. Moreover, there are no set standards for uniformity for implementation which makes it hard to set benchmarks or best practices. Control over autonomic networks is distributed and remains limited based on the vendor’s specific devices. Predictive Analysis and Its Cost Network analysis and machine learning prediction require additional accurate and effective monitoring investments. Moreover, fault management may have some potholes as there may be a scarcity of normal fault data. High FPR (False Positive Rates) Anomaly detection by ML in networking has not created enough buzz in the industry because it generates high FPRs during operations. Also, no detailed anomaly report is generated, so no anomaly history log can be maintained. Striking a Balance ML requires time to learn and mitigate issues. It is difficult to identify, in advance, how complex the ML’s approach will be. Striking a balance between the performance and computational cost is difficult. Deciphering comprehensive evaluation metrics is also a tedious task. No Theoretical Model There is no theoretical model, in turn, a unified theory, for ML in networking, so each network may have to be learned separately. The current machine learning applications in networking are made keeping in mind certain applications. Over time, more research to tailor ML for certain networks needs to be done. Cross-domain experts who understand both ML and networking are also rare. Solutions Software Defined Networking (SDN) CISCO helped PwC Italy set up a secure network at their new twenty-eight-floor tower with the help of their SD-Access product. PwC wanted a secure, robust network with increased Wi-Fi and wired connectivity for their 3000 employees by streamlining network operations. “We needed a robust and highly reliable wireless network infrastructure that’s as advanced as the tower itself.” -Simone Demaria,Network Architect and Infrastructure Manager at PwC Italy By applying Software Defined Network (SDN), IT personnel can remotely govern network policies in real-time through open interfaces, so traffic engineering is easily possible. SDN also contributes to network virtualization. SDN supports the upcoming 5G ecosystem. When combined with NFV and VNF, SDN can revolutionize networking. Going Beyond Traffic Volume & Prediction To tackle the limitations that TSF-based traffic prediction models have, leveraging features beyond traffic prediction and concentrating on traffic interpolation and sampling could be viable. Research is ongoing on this possibility. Summing It Up As the influx of data keeps on increasing, the complexity of networks will increase in tandem. For successfully implementing ML for streamlining networking, the ML approaches we are aware of today need to be upgraded to accommodate multi-layer networks and multi-tenancy so autonomic networking can be a reality. FAQs How Can ML Help in Making Networking Smarter? ML can streamline the network by automation, threat detection, and improving its performance. How Complex Is Integrating ML into Networking? The complexity depends on the type of network you are integrating it into. What to Keep in Mind Before Using Ml in Networking? 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The next phase of Tableau Partner Network helps customers accelerate data transformation

Article | July 27, 2023

The next phase of our newly redesigned Tableau Partner Network is officially here. Originally announced during the Global Partner Summit at Tableau Conference 2019, and launched in September 2020, we built the Tableau Partner Network (TPN) to enable our global ecosystem to meet evolving customer needs and deliver exceptional customer experiences. The Tableau Partner Network is an analytics-focused ecosystem that complements Salesforce’s partner ecosystem. With this latest phase, we’ve unlocked new partner branding to showcase our partners’ commitment and expertise. Customers now have a more transparent view of the commitment and quality level of Tableau’s partners by business model track (Reseller, Services, and Technology) and performance level (Premier, Select, and Member), as well as by country groupings versus a single global qualification. These changes make it easier for customers to find and confidently work with the right Tableau partner, knowing they meet Tableau’s standards and are local if desired.

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Upcoming 7 Conferences to Attend in Network Monitoring

Article | September 28, 2023

Uncover the future of network monitoring at computer networking conferences. Explore insights, collaborations, and growth opportunities to harness the power of secured network infrastructures. Network monitoring is a critical aspect of the ever-evolving networking industry; helping ensure efficient and secure operation. It involves the continuous surveillance, analysis, and management of network infrastructure, performance, and security. To stay abreast of the latest developments and advancements in this field, industry executives and managers must attend the upcoming network monitoring conferences scheduled between June and September 2023. The events provide a crucial platform for professionals to gain in-depth insights into emerging trends, innovative technologies, and best practices in network monitoring. The computer network monitoring conferences aims to address challenges businesses face with IT infrastructure, operations and cloud. The conferences are broken up into several tracks, each with a different area of focus. The agenda and key speakers offer more opportunities to learn and discover knowledge and improve the network monitoring operations. Top 7 Network Monitoring Conferences of 2023 1.TMA Conference 2023 June 26-30, 2023 | Naples (Italy) The 7th edition of Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference will offer a significant opportunity for leaders in the networking industry. Organized by the prestigious University of Naples Federico II, the TMA Conference 2023 provides a platform for presenting cutting-edge research and controversial work in network measurements. One of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) chairs for this year's conference is Johanna Ullrich, a renowned researcher at SBA Research and the Head of the Networks and Critical Infrastructures Security Research Group. With her expertise and insights, Ullrich will share insights with a compelling keynote speech that will offer valuable knowledge to attendees. Moreover, the event boasts technical sponsorship from reputable organizations such as IFIP, IFIP TC6-WG6.6, IEEE, and IEEE ComSoc, further solidifying its significance in the networking industry. 2.IEEE International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking July 4-7, 2023 | Istanbul (Turkey) A significant event for networking industry leaders, IEEE BlackSeaCom 2023, offers grants to participants who have registered and co-authored accepted papers, fostering engagement and recognition within the conference networks. The special session on machine learning and intelligent algorithms for emerging wireless communications brings forth groundbreaking research. Esteemed speakers like Henning Schulzrinne, Melike Erol-Kantarci, Bülent Kaytaz, and BASIL MANOUSSOS to offer valuable insights about network monitoring in the event. Attending this network monitoring conference will allow industry leaders to network, collaborate, and stay updated on the latest advancements in event monitoring and network monitoring events. 3.IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks July 10-11, 2023 | London (UK) IEEE LANMAN 2023 provides a robust platform for industry leaders by bringing together experts to discuss the latest technical advances in local and metropolitan area networking. With a focus on theory and experimentation, LANMAN 2023 invites advanced papers pushing network monitoring events' boundaries. The keynote speakers, including Tommaso Melodia and William Lincoln Smith, are to delve into topics like open RAN systems, edge computing, routing, and network functions. Attending LANMAN 2023 allows industry leaders to expand their conference networks, gain valuable insights, and stay at the forefront of network events and management, empowering them to drive innovation and enhance their network monitoring strategies. 4.International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2023) July 24-26 2024 | Hawaii (US) A must-attend event for computer communications and network industry leaders serves as a platform for presenting innovative ideas and fundamental advancements in computer communications and networks. The conference facilitates communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioners, driving scientific and technological innovation to enhance communications and networking. Keynote speakers including, Ness B. Shroff, Puneet Sharma, and Dr. Gene Tsudik will address designing future XG networks, complexities of edge-to-cloud platforms, and compromise/malware detection for low-end devices. Attending ICCCN will help expand network through conferences, gain a deeper understanding, and advance their network monitoring techniques with shared expertise and knowledge. 5.SmartNets 2023 July 25-27, 2023| Istanbul (Turkey) SmartNets 2023 is a pivotal networking conference aiming to bridge the gap between the physical world and cyberspace by connecting everything. The event will bring together experts and researchers from academia to discuss the challenges and solutions in areas like embedded equipment design, resource-constrained media communications, security, data analysis, and services. The conference will be focusing on future scientific issues, covering topics such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, healthcare systems, big data analytics, edge computing, next-generation networks, and more. SmartNets 2023 will enable leaders to gain access to the latest research findings, address digital transformation challenges, explore wireless communication technologies, and exchange experiences on implementing secure and reliable communication services. 6.IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking September 4-7, 2023 | Dubrovnik (Croatia) IEEE MeditCom is a highly anticipated networking conference that brings together worldwide visionaries from academia, research labs, and industry. The event will focus on addressing the challenges in communications and networking. It will provide a platform for researchers to present their work on various topics, including theoretical and systems research and vertical technologies. By attending IEEE MeditCom, industry leaders in the networking industry will be able to discover the latest advancements and research findings. Furthermore, the conference will offer an opportunity to engage with local IEEE Sections, ComSoc Chapters, and Sister Societies from the Mediterranean region. The presence of distinguished keynote speakers like Gerhard P. Fettweis, Petar Popovski, Jean-Claude Belfiore, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, and Antonia M. Tulino will further enhance the value of this event. 7.Cyber Security Training at SANS Network Security Las Vegas 2023 September 6-11, 2023 | Las Vegas (US) SANS Network Security 2023 offers industry leaders in the network industry the opportunity to learn valuable real-world cybersecurity skills from experts. The event, both live online and in Las Vegas, will provide interactive training with hands-on labs and the chance to participate in NetWars Tournaments. Attending SANS Network Security will allow professionals to enhance their knowledge, network with peers in real-time, and stay up-to-date with industry trends. With courses aligned with GIAC certifications, attendees can validate their expertise in specialized InfoSec, network monitoring domains and job-specific roles. Jon Gorenflo, a prominent figure in the field, is a keynote speaker at the event, and will be sharing his expertise and on-field experience. Conclusion The event listing showcases numerous opportunities for networking businesses to gain a competitive edge. By experiencing these upcoming conferences, industry leaders can tap into the latest research, emerging technologies, and best methods in network monitoring. This invaluable knowledge equips them to make informed decisions, develop innovative solutions, and optimize processes. The conferences allow to connect and enable businesses to explore new avenues, forge strategic alliances, and unlock potential growth opportunities. Ultimately, the comprehensive insights gained from these conferences empower networking businesses to adapt to evolving market dynamics, enhance their capabilities, and thrive in an innovative environment.

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FUTURE-PROOFING 5G ARCHITECTURE WITH OPEN-RAN

Article | May 19, 2021

The RAN (Radio Access Network) architecture for mobile networks includes a remote radio unit (RRU) located at the top of a cell tower, which communicates with a baseband unit (BBU) at the base of the tower. The hardware and communication interfaces are owned by a specific vendor, and its software-driven functionality is tightly coupled within the hardware. Traditionally, this has worked well for mobile network operators (MNOs). However, there are several drawbacks to consider – for instance, upgrading or changing the wireless network demands physical hardware replacements throughout the network, which is cost-inefficient, labor-intensive, and time-consuming. Furthermore, the equipment and interfaces that connect the hardware are owned by the vendors that originally supplied them, which locks MNOs into existing relationships with them.

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MATRIXX Software’s Digital Commerce Platform Available in Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace

MATRIXX | January 27, 2023

5G monetization solutions leader, MATRIXX software, yesterday announced that the MATRIXX Digital Commerce Platform (DCP) is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing software and services to be used with the Azure cloud computing platform. MATRIXX DCP, a cloud native monetization platform gives Communications Services Providers (CSPs) a wide range of monetization options, making it simpler to take advantage of 5G revenue prospects. By installing MATRIXX DCP on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), CSPs may take full advantage of the reliable Azure cloud platform's benefits for the vital goal of monetizing new and cutting-edge services. With a no-code, cloud-native, real-time platform, MATRIXX DCP, a 3GPP-compliant converged charging solution, enables telcos to monetize at web scale. With MATRIXX DCP, operators can scale swiftly in the 5G era and beyond, create differentiated digital consumer experiences, and drive innovation. Marc Price, CTO at MATRIXX Software, said, “Multi-cloud deployments are increasingly important for operators around the world, and are defining the next era of telecommunications.” He further added, “MATRIXX empowers our customers to have access to advanced monetization capabilities, wherever they choose to deploy. Microsoft is a trusted cloud ecosystem partner for CSPs, and with MATRIXX DCP in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, telcos can easily procure and deploy monetization capabilities for emerging services.” About MATRIXX Software Matrix Software provides converged charging and commerce solutions. It’s cloud-native Digital Commerce Platform offers mission-critical, network-grade software that opens new prospects for network monetization. MATRIXX gives service providers the agility they need to quickly build, deploy, and monetize new products and services because to its no-code configuration features. Many of the world’s top IoT players, network infrastructure providers, and communications firms run on the MATRIXX platform. Utilizing business innovation and on-demand customer experience through MATRIXX enables businesses to compete better, produce new revenue, and pursue growth possibilities across markets and verticals.

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AMD and Viettel Collaborate on 5G Mobile Network Expansion

AMD | December 05, 2022

AMD and Viettel High Tech (Member of Viettel Group) today announced the successful completion of a 5G mobile network field trial deployment conducted by Viettel and powered by AMD Xilinx Zynq™ UltraScale+™ MPSoC devices. As the largest telecom operator in Vietnam serving more than 130 million mobile customers, Viettel High Tech has a rich history of using AMD radio technology with prior 4G deployments and is now accelerating new networks via new 5G remote radio heads. Designed to meet the growing capacity and performance requirements of mobile users globally, the Viettel 5G mobile network is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. AMD is the exclusive radio unit silicon supplier for Viettel’s indigenous 5G radio development. After the successful completion of the first field trial, Zynq MPSoCs are now set to be extended to an additional 300 Macro 8T8R base stations and 900 5G 8T8R Macro radios. The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC was also chosen by Viettel for its first-generation 64T64R Massive MIMO radio which is currently being optimized for field trials. Viettel is developing the next generation of radios to also include Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC devices, to provide industry-leading integration and higher performance. “Viettel is committed to advancing mobile technology leadership by working closely with AMD to incorporate its adaptable SoC technology into our new generation of 5G networks. Going from VHT's history of making 4G BTS, this decision to scale for the growing demands of 5G was based on evaluating various factors including flexibility, simplification, design stability and the experience of engineers.” Nguyen Vu Ha, general director of Viettel High Tech “5G provides new opportunities to offer higher levels of performance, power efficiency and new services along with increased reliability required to meet the growing data demands of cellular networks,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, corporate vice president of APAC sales, Adaptive and Embedded Computing Group, AMD. “We are proud of our close collaboration with Viettel and remain focused on enabling its mobile network to deliver the optimal end-user experience as well as the flexibility to evolve and grow as Viettel’s user base and required bandwidth continue to increase globally.” About Viettel High Tech As the R&D arm of Viettel Group, Viettel High Tech develops full 5G network architecture including 5 layers: Service/App layers, Core layers, Transportation layers, Access layers, Devices; makes Vietnam one of the few countries that can produce 5G equipment. Collaboration with the leading partners is VHT’s strategy. With the desire to experiment, exchange knowledge, further develop diverse fields, VHT is moving to accompany the international high-tech community. About AMD For more than 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies. Billions of people, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research institutions around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees are focused on building leadership high-performance and adaptive products that push the boundaries of what is possible.

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Verizon continues to deploy 5G Ultra Wideband faster than expected

Verizon | December 06, 2022

Verizon now covers more than 175 million people with their ultra fast, ultra reliable 5G Ultra Wideband service, and will offer nationwide 5G Ultra Wideband in Q1 2023. The ongoing C-Band rollout is a full 13 months ahead of the original schedule, and continues to accelerate. Less than 21 months after announcing the results of the FCC’s C-band auction and after securing early access to an additional 30 markets this year, Verizon accelerated its build plan and surpassed its goal of reaching 175 million people covered by the end of 2022, a month ahead of schedule. “Our customers don’t stand still and neither does our network. Today, more than one out of every two Americans now have access to 5G Ultra Wideband. We know our customers rely on our service every day and we work for them – continuously enhancing, expanding and improving our wireless network. And as proud as I am to have crossed this milestone, I am equally proud of the way we are building our network – with the most advanced technologies, industry leading security, a robust fiber underpinning and a robust and varied spectrum portfolio. We are building this right. We are building this as a platform for innovation for years to come.” Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband brings power and performance comparable to a wired broadband internet connection to customers’ pockets. With download speeds up to one gigabit per second and the capacity to support data-heavy actions, 5G Ultra Wideband frees people up to do things on the go that many could only do before when connected to their home internet service. This includes everything from downloading huge documents and seamlessly streaming movies in HD audio and video, to playing console quality games and conducting video chats, video conferencing and FaceTime calls with clear sound and video. Verizon customers have much more to look forward to Verizon will continue to build out its 5G Ultra Wideband network using C-band spectrum providing service for millions more customers in the coming months, but Verizon’s engineers are not losing sight of the other critical components that will give customers the most reliable, secure, and robust experience possible on the Verizon network. In addition to providing greater coverage, especially in rural and suburban areas, Verizon will also enhance capacity by activating 100 MHz of C-Band spectrum in many markets, a significant step up from the 60 MHz of spectrum available when deployment first began. Once all of its licensed spectrum is made available, Verizon will have up to 200 MHz of C-Band spectrum deployed in many markets, which will provide exceptional speed and capacity. Complementing the wide coverage of Verizon’s premier C-Band spectrum, Verizon will continue deploying 5G on mmWave spectrum which provides for exponential capacity in areas with significantly dense populations such as venues, stadiums, arenas, airports, major metro areas, office complexes and more. mmWave will also continue to be used for private network deployments when enterprise customers need the fastest, most robust 5G service available for their enterprise applications from wireless manufacturing solutions to connected vehicles to remote healthcare and more. In addition to making 5G more accessible to more people, Verizon will continue focusing on building out the advanced technologies that provide increased security, reliability and customized experiences for customers. Those advancements include fully deploying the 5G core with Verizon’s proprietary cloud platform built specifically for telco workloads, advancing the fiber network to handle exponential increases in data traffic, continuing massive virtualization of the network to add programmability and flexibility into the network, using artificial intelligence to drive reliability and performance, continuing to develop edge computing capabilities to drive down latency, and continuing to advance antenna configurations to drive speed and efficiency.

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MATRIXX Software’s Digital Commerce Platform Available in Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace

MATRIXX | January 27, 2023

5G monetization solutions leader, MATRIXX software, yesterday announced that the MATRIXX Digital Commerce Platform (DCP) is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing software and services to be used with the Azure cloud computing platform. MATRIXX DCP, a cloud native monetization platform gives Communications Services Providers (CSPs) a wide range of monetization options, making it simpler to take advantage of 5G revenue prospects. By installing MATRIXX DCP on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), CSPs may take full advantage of the reliable Azure cloud platform's benefits for the vital goal of monetizing new and cutting-edge services. With a no-code, cloud-native, real-time platform, MATRIXX DCP, a 3GPP-compliant converged charging solution, enables telcos to monetize at web scale. With MATRIXX DCP, operators can scale swiftly in the 5G era and beyond, create differentiated digital consumer experiences, and drive innovation. Marc Price, CTO at MATRIXX Software, said, “Multi-cloud deployments are increasingly important for operators around the world, and are defining the next era of telecommunications.” He further added, “MATRIXX empowers our customers to have access to advanced monetization capabilities, wherever they choose to deploy. Microsoft is a trusted cloud ecosystem partner for CSPs, and with MATRIXX DCP in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, telcos can easily procure and deploy monetization capabilities for emerging services.” About MATRIXX Software Matrix Software provides converged charging and commerce solutions. It’s cloud-native Digital Commerce Platform offers mission-critical, network-grade software that opens new prospects for network monetization. MATRIXX gives service providers the agility they need to quickly build, deploy, and monetize new products and services because to its no-code configuration features. Many of the world’s top IoT players, network infrastructure providers, and communications firms run on the MATRIXX platform. Utilizing business innovation and on-demand customer experience through MATRIXX enables businesses to compete better, produce new revenue, and pursue growth possibilities across markets and verticals.

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AMD and Viettel Collaborate on 5G Mobile Network Expansion

AMD | December 05, 2022

AMD and Viettel High Tech (Member of Viettel Group) today announced the successful completion of a 5G mobile network field trial deployment conducted by Viettel and powered by AMD Xilinx Zynq™ UltraScale+™ MPSoC devices. As the largest telecom operator in Vietnam serving more than 130 million mobile customers, Viettel High Tech has a rich history of using AMD radio technology with prior 4G deployments and is now accelerating new networks via new 5G remote radio heads. Designed to meet the growing capacity and performance requirements of mobile users globally, the Viettel 5G mobile network is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. AMD is the exclusive radio unit silicon supplier for Viettel’s indigenous 5G radio development. After the successful completion of the first field trial, Zynq MPSoCs are now set to be extended to an additional 300 Macro 8T8R base stations and 900 5G 8T8R Macro radios. The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC was also chosen by Viettel for its first-generation 64T64R Massive MIMO radio which is currently being optimized for field trials. Viettel is developing the next generation of radios to also include Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC devices, to provide industry-leading integration and higher performance. “Viettel is committed to advancing mobile technology leadership by working closely with AMD to incorporate its adaptable SoC technology into our new generation of 5G networks. Going from VHT's history of making 4G BTS, this decision to scale for the growing demands of 5G was based on evaluating various factors including flexibility, simplification, design stability and the experience of engineers.” Nguyen Vu Ha, general director of Viettel High Tech “5G provides new opportunities to offer higher levels of performance, power efficiency and new services along with increased reliability required to meet the growing data demands of cellular networks,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, corporate vice president of APAC sales, Adaptive and Embedded Computing Group, AMD. “We are proud of our close collaboration with Viettel and remain focused on enabling its mobile network to deliver the optimal end-user experience as well as the flexibility to evolve and grow as Viettel’s user base and required bandwidth continue to increase globally.” About Viettel High Tech As the R&D arm of Viettel Group, Viettel High Tech develops full 5G network architecture including 5 layers: Service/App layers, Core layers, Transportation layers, Access layers, Devices; makes Vietnam one of the few countries that can produce 5G equipment. Collaboration with the leading partners is VHT’s strategy. With the desire to experiment, exchange knowledge, further develop diverse fields, VHT is moving to accompany the international high-tech community. About AMD For more than 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies. Billions of people, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research institutions around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees are focused on building leadership high-performance and adaptive products that push the boundaries of what is possible.

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Verizon continues to deploy 5G Ultra Wideband faster than expected

Verizon | December 06, 2022

Verizon now covers more than 175 million people with their ultra fast, ultra reliable 5G Ultra Wideband service, and will offer nationwide 5G Ultra Wideband in Q1 2023. The ongoing C-Band rollout is a full 13 months ahead of the original schedule, and continues to accelerate. Less than 21 months after announcing the results of the FCC’s C-band auction and after securing early access to an additional 30 markets this year, Verizon accelerated its build plan and surpassed its goal of reaching 175 million people covered by the end of 2022, a month ahead of schedule. “Our customers don’t stand still and neither does our network. Today, more than one out of every two Americans now have access to 5G Ultra Wideband. We know our customers rely on our service every day and we work for them – continuously enhancing, expanding and improving our wireless network. And as proud as I am to have crossed this milestone, I am equally proud of the way we are building our network – with the most advanced technologies, industry leading security, a robust fiber underpinning and a robust and varied spectrum portfolio. We are building this right. We are building this as a platform for innovation for years to come.” Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband brings power and performance comparable to a wired broadband internet connection to customers’ pockets. With download speeds up to one gigabit per second and the capacity to support data-heavy actions, 5G Ultra Wideband frees people up to do things on the go that many could only do before when connected to their home internet service. This includes everything from downloading huge documents and seamlessly streaming movies in HD audio and video, to playing console quality games and conducting video chats, video conferencing and FaceTime calls with clear sound and video. Verizon customers have much more to look forward to Verizon will continue to build out its 5G Ultra Wideband network using C-band spectrum providing service for millions more customers in the coming months, but Verizon’s engineers are not losing sight of the other critical components that will give customers the most reliable, secure, and robust experience possible on the Verizon network. In addition to providing greater coverage, especially in rural and suburban areas, Verizon will also enhance capacity by activating 100 MHz of C-Band spectrum in many markets, a significant step up from the 60 MHz of spectrum available when deployment first began. Once all of its licensed spectrum is made available, Verizon will have up to 200 MHz of C-Band spectrum deployed in many markets, which will provide exceptional speed and capacity. Complementing the wide coverage of Verizon’s premier C-Band spectrum, Verizon will continue deploying 5G on mmWave spectrum which provides for exponential capacity in areas with significantly dense populations such as venues, stadiums, arenas, airports, major metro areas, office complexes and more. mmWave will also continue to be used for private network deployments when enterprise customers need the fastest, most robust 5G service available for their enterprise applications from wireless manufacturing solutions to connected vehicles to remote healthcare and more. In addition to making 5G more accessible to more people, Verizon will continue focusing on building out the advanced technologies that provide increased security, reliability and customized experiences for customers. Those advancements include fully deploying the 5G core with Verizon’s proprietary cloud platform built specifically for telco workloads, advancing the fiber network to handle exponential increases in data traffic, continuing massive virtualization of the network to add programmability and flexibility into the network, using artificial intelligence to drive reliability and performance, continuing to develop edge computing capabilities to drive down latency, and continuing to advance antenna configurations to drive speed and efficiency.

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