5G Strategies of T-Mobile US, Sprint Hinge on Merger

SDxCentral | January 26, 2020

T-Mobile US and Sprint have spent the better part of the last two years hoping and planning to merge into a combined entity, but now that the outcome of that effort rests with a federal judge, the future of both companies is unclear. If the merger is blocked and the operators remain separate companies, their respective 5G plans are going to evolve considerably and quickly. “T-Mobile is in a more favorable position than Sprint” because it enjoys a stronger balance sheet and the wherewithal to push forward with 5G, said Lynnette Luna, principal analyst at GlobalData Technology. “However, T-Mobile will then be relegated to deploying 5G in low-band and [millimeter-wave] spectrum, and would need to acquire mid-band spectrum that is now seen as the Holy Grail of 5G deployments given its propagation capabilities and faster data speeds.”

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Network access controls are nothing new. Many organizations have used technologies like RADIUS servers and 802.1X supplicants for years to allow guest access to corporate LANs or identify corporate devices as they access wireless networks. While network access controls (NACs) are not a new concept, many security professionals still equate them with a series of NAC technologies that first appeared a decade ago. This common perception is well behind the times because NAC has gone through a profound evolution and has become a much more comprehensive and useful security technology.

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Network access controls are nothing new. Many organizations have used technologies like RADIUS servers and 802.1X supplicants for years to allow guest access to corporate LANs or identify corporate devices as they access wireless networks. While network access controls (NACs) are not a new concept, many security professionals still equate them with a series of NAC technologies that first appeared a decade ago. This common perception is well behind the times because NAC has gone through a profound evolution and has become a much more comprehensive and useful security technology.

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Telefónica Partners With Radisys to Add Flexibility and Programmability to Its Network With Radisys’ Connect Open Broadband

Telefónica | October 28, 2022

Radisys Corporation and Telefónica S.A. today announced that Telefónica is disaggregating its broadband network with Radisys’ Connect Open Broadband portfolio to achieve greater network flexibility and programmability, to reduce the risk associated with supply chain shortages, and to make it easier to introduce new network solutions. Radisys’ Connect Open Broadband comes with hardware and software components, including white-box Combo-PON OLTs, the Connect Broadband Access Controller (CBAC), and the Radisys Management System (RMS) software. After extensive testing of Radisys’ cloud-native disaggregated broadband solution in the lab, Telefónica and Radisys have reached an agreement to deploy the technology in a live commercial network supporting residential and enterprise customers in 2023. Addressing supply chain challenges head-on Communications service providers (CSPs) are seeking to disaggregate their networks, de-coupling hardware and software components and selecting best-of-breed solutions from a multi-vendor ecosystem, rather than be tied to a proprietary supplier. The current global supply chain challenges make disaggregated network elements more important than ever. By choosing to disaggregate its network with Radisys’ Connect Open Broadband, Telefónica is able to mix and match components from multiple vendors and multiple supply chains which helps lower total cost of ownership while also mitigating supply chain risk associated with a proprietary solution. Increasing flexibility and programmability Telefónica is transitioning from legacy chassis-based OLT equipment to new solutions, where Radisys’ white-box OLTs with software-defined networking control to advance its telco cloud capabilities and achieve greater efficiency and automation. This increased programmability allows Telefónica to leverage automation and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in its network to accelerate service innovation and new service introduction. In addition, Radisys’ hardware and software components easily integrate with Telefónica’s OSS/BSS, resulting in increased operational simplicity. It also supports zero-touch provisioning and greater programmability with SDN control. Moving towards convergence Radisys’ open-standards-based Combo-PON OLTs support G-PON and XGS-PON within the same PON port of the OLT, allowing Telefónica to seamlessly migrate subscribers to XGS-PON when needed and to scale its network, delivering broadband and ultra-broadband connectivity. Radisys’ Connect Open Broadband portfolio also supports Telefónica’s move towards network convergence, allowing Telefónica to readily adopt new business models and offer new services on one network. Tapping into a cloud-native solution Radisys’ Connect Open Broadband is already cloud-native, giving Telefónica the ability to migrate network control and management functions to the cloud, reducing its total cost of ownership while achieving cost-efficient network growth. Radisys’ CBAC open software facilitates faster product innovation cycles, increased automation, and deeper network visibility. Its microservices architecture and cloud-native design allow Telefónica to enable on-demand scaling and deployment agility and simplify network operations with end-to-end orchestration for a seamless customer experience. The Radisys Management System moves central office functions to the cloud, and it integrates seamlessly with existing OSS/BSS. It provides Telefónica with a single Web GUI for service management, subscriber management, device management, performance metrics, and more. “We’ve been working closely with Radisys over the last few years to prove out that a disaggregated broadband network can meet the performance requirements of millions of subscribers, and we are confident in the Radisys solution, Telefónica partners with Radisys for deploying a new disaggregated architecture that will enable us to accelerate time-to-market and innovation while minimizing risks associated with supply chain challenges, enlarging the vendor map and guaranteeing business continuity.” Daniel Cortes Olmeda, senior manager for Fixed Access, Telefónica S.A “Telefónica is an early pioneer in disaggregating its broadband network, while our open and disaggregated Connect Open Broadband solution is carrier-grade and ready for commercial deployment in the wider market,” said Harris Razak, head of Radisys’ Broadband Access Business. “We are working with Telefónica to prove out the real-world benefits of a disaggregated network in both urban and rural environments. Our solution offers flexibility and scalability for all fixed broadband scenarios. By selecting Connect Open Broadband, Telefónica has shown confidence in our solution for live commercial deployments.” About Radisys Radisys, a global leader in open telecom solutions, enables service providers to drive disruption with new open architecture business models. Radisys’ innovative disaggregated and virtualized enabling technology solutions leverage open reference architectures and standards, combined with open software and hardware to power business transformation for the telecom industry, while its world-class services organization delivers systems integration expertise necessary to solve communications and content providers’ complex deployment challenges. For more information, visit www.Radisys.com. About Telefónica Telefónica is one the largest telecommunications service providers in the world. The company offers fixed and mobile connectivity as well as a wide range of digital services for residential and business customers. With more than 384 million customers, Telefónica operates in Europe and Latin America. Telefónica is a 100% listed company and its shares are traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in New York and Lima.

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5G

5G Networks Bring Enhanced Wireless Connectivity to Extended Reality

5G Americas | November 18, 2022

Extended Reality (XR), an umbrella term for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR), will be the next-generation computing platform which aims to create virtual experiences indistinguishable from reality. 5G Americas, the voice of 5G and 4G LTE for the Americas, announced the release of its latest white paper covering XR and wireless cellular networks entitled, “Extended Reality and 3GPP Evolution.” Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, said, "XR will greatly influence the way people play, work, learn, and connect. Its use cases have broad impact on the enterprise, institutions, education, emergency response and in manufacturing." There are numerous XR experiences with applications in a variety of scenarios. Additional VR applications may include online gaming, virtual event participation, and educational experiences, while mobile AR use cases may include video gaming, mission critical services, online shopping, spatial-audio multiparty calls and conferences, and digital co-design. 5G New Radio (NR) developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is designed to support emerging XR use cases that require rigorous key performance indicators. Specifically, low latency, high reliability, lower power consumption, and high capacity are key requirements for the success of XR. Such demands may include quasi-periodic traffic in large chunks, irregular intervals, and variable size, as well as high data rates including uplink (UL) for AR services, simultaneous transmission of 3D video stream, and control data over the same end-to-end connection. While 5G benefits XR, emerging use cases will require further end-to-end optimizations and potential enhancements for 5G networks, which continue to evolve with each new 3GPP specification release. Rel-15 and Rel-16 offer a decent foundation for XR, but they were not specifically designed or optimized for XR support. Potential enhancements in 3GPP Rel-17 and Rel-18 are expected to optimize XR support including XR awareness, power optimizations, and capacity enhancements. “Extended Reality and 3GPP Evolution” explores the following key topics: Evolution of XR XR key facilitators and use cases VR use cases AR use cases XR service characteristics and delivery requirements XR key enablers XR in 3GPP standards Orlett Pearson, Senior Specialist Standardization at Nokia and leader of the 5G Americas working group for this paper, said, “High-quality XR is becoming increasingly accessible and continues to evolve. Digital Twins, AI/ML, and IoT are integral to the evolution and implementation of XR, which may usher in virtually unlimited possibilities.” “In addition to advancements in XR technologies like optics, projectors, display systems, graphics, audio, tracking, and AI, 5G standards with XR-specific enhancements and distributed computing architectures can enable boundless XR and provide photorealistic visuals. Future advances in beam perception and artificial intelligence can bring further communication benefits and make boundless XR a reality at scale.” Diana Maamari, Staff Engineer at Qualcomm, and co-leader of this 5G Americas working group About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas 5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to facilitate and advocate for the advancement and transformation of LTE, 5G and beyond throughout the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at 5G Americas’ website and Twitter. 5G Americas’ Board of Governors Members include Airspan Networks Inc., Antel, AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Intel, Liberty Latin America, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Shaw Communications Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Telefónica, VMware, and WOM.

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WIRELESS

IP Infusion Collaborates with Marvell to Deliver Carrier Networking Solutions

IP Infusion | October 19, 2022

IP Infusion, a leading provider of open network software solutions for wireline and mobile network operators, today announced it is collaborating with Marvell Technology, Inc., a leader in data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, to develop new Ethernet switching solutions to intelligently enable secure and efficient data transport in Service Provider networks. With the proliferation of 5G, including its growing use in private networks, edge cloud and industrial IoT, network architectures have evolved to a more distributed and virtualized model. To operate within this new model, software and hardware network components must be more flexible than in the past. The new solutions, which include IP Infusion’s OcNOS software and Marvell’s switch silicon, will be built with the flexibility and feature depth needed to fulfill the imminent needs of the radio access and carrier edge networks to support 5G transformation. “IP Infusion is a strong partner for Marvell given our common interest and leadership in disaggregated Service Provider solutions, Across multiple domains, we’ve optimized our Prestera® switch silicon for carrier requirements. Together, we will deliver improved network intelligence and performance for disaggregated network buildouts.” John DaCosta, vice president of product marketing of Marvell The companies’ offerings will bolster the development of open and disaggregated solutions, in line with the principles of Telecom Infra Project, adding new merchant silicon options while reducing deployment CapEx and OpEx, compared to alternatives. Telecom Infra Project is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. “The IP Infusion and Marvell collaboration will help to bring more technological diversity to the telecom ecosystem,” said Kristian Toivo, Executive Director of Telecom Infra Project. “Marvell’s silicon advances integrated with IP Infusion’s robust software will help accelerate the move to disaggregated and open solutions, which are essential for delivering more choice, flexibility and innovation in the way networks are built.” "Technology collaborations by industry leaders ensure timely innovation in an always fast-moving marketplace,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “IP Infusion’s OcNOS software with Marvell silicon promises to help any Service Providers' go-to-market strategy for products to service 5G networks, and beyond." About IP Infusion IP Infusion is a leading provider of open network software and solutions for carriers, service providers and data center operators with more than 500 customers and thousands of deployments. Our solutions enable network operators to disaggregate their networks to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also disaggregate network devices to expedite time to market, offer comprehensive services, and achieve carrier grade robustness. IP Infusion and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future events or achievements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contemplated in this press release. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and no person assumes any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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