5G Action Now Launches to Fight for Swift U.S. Deployment of 5G Technology

PRNewswire | January 13, 2020

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), will serve as Chairman of 5G Action Now, a new advocacy organization established to fight for the rapid deployment of 5G technology in the United States and raise the alarm about the importance of winning the 5G race against China. When in Congress, Rogers worked to emphasize the critical importance of 5G to America's national and economic security, and highlighted the benefits of prioritizing this race and successfully deploying 5G before China. "The Chinese understand how important 5G is to America's economy, national security, and global leadership," Rogers said. "That's why Beijing poured massive subsidies into Huawei, worked to undercut international competition, and waged a campaign of unprecedented economic espionage to dominate 5G. It is crucial that we don't allow China to outspend and outplay us on the 5G field." According to a recent study, full deployment of 5G technology by 2035 will enable $13.2 trillion of global economic output, and support 22 million jobs. At issue, today, is whether China or the United States takes the lead in deploying this technology and, therefore, reaps the economic rewards derived from dominance in this crucial arena.

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Keysight, Telefonica Join Forces to Advance Transport Networks for Open RAN Deployments

Keysight, | February 25, 2022

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has, in collaboration with Telefonica, accomplished the first validation of an open radio access network (RAN) xHaul transport link, advancing development of transport networks based on the O-RAN specifications.xHaul is a unified fronthaul and backhaul networking infrastructure. It creates a common packet-based transport network for flexible and software-defined reconfiguration of networking elements in a service-oriented unified management framework. Mobile operators, such as Telefonica, are implementing O-RAN compliant xHaul transport architectures to reconfigure and share the network quickly and cost-effectively, to streamline delivery of 5G services. “Keysight’s 5G test tools enable Telefonica Open Testing and Integration Centre (OTIC) to characterize xHaul transport links in accordance with O-RAN WG9 test specifications and advance its O-RAN xHaul interoperability test plans,Keysight’s solutions for emulating real-life Ethernet traffic conditions enable verification of the functionality and reliability of O-RAN xHaul transport architecture.” -Scott Bryden, vice president and general manager at Keysight. The two companies have worked together at global Plugfests organized by the O-RAN ALLIANCE to verify integration of multi-vendor network functions and compliance to O-RAN specifications. At the 3rd Global O-RAN Plugfest in 2021, more than 40 vendors used Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) solutions to conduct rigorous testing under real-world conditions, critical to successful end-to-end integration of O-RAN equipment prior to live network deployment. By working together with Keysight, Telefonica is showcasing the company’s commitment to deploying open networking solutions,” said Jesus Folgueira, Transport and IP senior manager at Telefonica. “Validation of the O-RAN xHaul transport link is critical to successful open RAN deployments. The O-RAN xHaul transport link demonstration used the following Keysight 5G test tools: Novus – a high-speed, high-density Ethernet test solution with sufficient capacity to carry all port bandwidths, concurrently, at full capacity for complete performance assessment of wireline platforms. IxNetwork – generates Ethernet based traffic flows driven by realistic user applications and scenarios to test transport links and network functions within network functional virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) architectures. Network Emulator II – a precision test instrument for accurately emulating network conditions such as added variable delay, latency, jitter and loss in a live production local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN). About Keysight Technologies Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.9B in fiscal year 2021. For more information about Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), visit us at www.keysight.com. Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at https://www.keysight.com/go/news and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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T-Mobile and Oceus Team Up to Bring 5G Advanced Network Solutions to U.S. Government

T-Mobile | June 21, 2022

T-Mobile and Oceus are excited to announce a strategic alliance to deliver key offerings to the U.S. government. This collaboration will focus on products and services that leverage T-Mobile, America’s largest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network, and Oceus’ unique 5G product offerings to provide a full portfolio of solutions designed specifically for the federal government. Oceus’ extensive experience in deploying cellular broadband in military environments, combined with T-Mobile’s 5G Advanced Network Solutions, will provide new capabilities and cutting-edge use cases for the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense (DoD). As the DoD accelerates the adoption of transformative 5G and future generation wireless networking technologies to ensure its forces can operate effectively virtually anywhere, they need the support of strong partners. So, T-Mobile and Oceus are teaming up to ensure that customers like the U.S. government have innovative, industry-leading solutions. Together, T-Mobile and Oceus are poised to deliver applications within the DoD for AR/VR, maintenance and logistics, training, and active operations thanks to T-Mobile’s leading 5G nationwide network, assets, engineering expertise, and solution portfolio alongside Oceus’ extensive cellular experience with massive MIMO, and software-defined network orchestration in deployable, enterprise, and cloud-based solutions. T-Mobile’s 5G Advanced Network Solutions a suite of supercharged, managed network solutions unlocks massive amounts of data by combining 5G connectivity with edge computing so the data, no matter where it’s located, can be gathered and processed at blazing fast speeds. Oceus brings years of expertise in developing, integrating, and customizing proprietary tools and technology for delivering access to fast, reliable cellular-based connectivity in mission-critical operations. Offerings will focus on secure 5G private networks, multi-access edge compute and SecDevOps. “This is a game changer for DoD, and as an example, late last year Oceus and T-Mobile teamed up to provide a response to an urgent request for high-capacity emergency communications in support of Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), This provided over 6,400 DoD and interagency customers and 30,000 Afghan guests reliable use of retrofitted systems with T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network, generating a daily average of more than 20,000 voice calls with an estimated data usage of 500 megabits per second (Mbps), and over three terabytes (TB) of average aggregate usage across the four locations.” Callie Field, President, T-Mobile Business Group Jeff Harman, President and CEO of Oceus stated, “T-Mobile has live 5G capacity that is unmatched, and this capacity allows our clients to securely access maximum 5G coverage. We’re excited to partner further to deliver new solutions that are needed today by the U.S. government.” About T-Mobile T-Mobile US, Inc. is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. About Oceus Oceus is a global technology innovator providing 5G network solutions to government and enterprise customers. We deliver extensive broadband connectivity with dedicated and dynamic spectrum, massive MIMO, and network slicing in deployable, enterprise and cloud-based solutions that solve unique communication and data challenges in a wide range of a public and private networks. Our edge computing capabilities provide low latency, ultra-high reliability and enhanced security for wireless IoT devices and applications. The Oceus Intelligent Controller provides software-defined network orchestration using AI/ML to automate the management of 5G enterprise systems and applications. Oceus is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with Oceus Technologies, our R&D Lab, in Plano, Texas, and our Integration and Operations Center in The Colony, Texas.

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Telefonica Selects Mavenir for Cloud-native IMS Core

Mavenir | June 06, 2022

Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today confirms its selection by Telefónica Hispam (Hispanoamérica) to supply cloud-native IMS Core for fixed and mobile networks across Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. As mobile networks continue to evolve, and to handle growing data and device needs, Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS platform serves as the foundational technology for 5G networks. The transition to automated, cloud-native IMS, will allow Telefónica Hispam to evolve all fixed and mobile voice services and modernize operations. The solution will be deployed on TCloud, Telefónica’s private telco cloud infrastructure. Mavenir’s IMS is purpose-built for fully automated cloud environments, allowing Telefónica to operate with web-scale agility, ensuring 5G transformation is layered on existing 4G networks using a microservice-based architecture. Deploying zero-touch Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), containerized environments increase productivity and leverage current network investment with a 5G-ready, cloud-native IMS core platform. Alejandro Ghianni, Planification and Engineering Director at Telefónica Hispam said, “At Telefónica, we appreciate that core network functions must be modernized to support network evolution, and virtualized architectures will need software that supports both VoLTE and 5G Voice. We are very excited to embark on this network transformation journey with Mavenir.” “Only a cloud-native network, evolved into a fully web-scale platform, can meet the requirements for a successful 5G transformation. Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS Core can be deployed on any cloud eliminating legacy hardware platforms. This mobile-first architecture has been deployed in a variety of large multivendor environments including O2 Telefónica in Germany and Virgin Mobile O2 in the UK. We are very pleased to have been awarded this important project by Telefónica Hispam. Javier Gavilan, Mavenir’s Chief Technical Officer CALA region “Mavenir is the global leader in cloud-native mobile network software applications, supporting over 3 billion subscribers worldwide. Mavenir’s modernized, software-based approach transforms mobile communications networks, to operate in a fully virtualized environment, where devices, applications, and services can run on an automated network utilizing open architectures, containers, and artificial intelligence,” concluded Gavilan. About Mavenir: Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers and Enterprises in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. About Telefónica Hispam: Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Spanish America. The company operates under the Movistar trademark and offers fixed broadband connectivity services -with FTTH solutions- and mobile with 4G networks, as well as a wide range of digital services for more than 109 million residential and business customers in the region. Telefónica Hispam offers its services in: Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

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Pudu Robotics Showcases Two New Delivery Robots, PUDU D1 and SwiftBot, at Qualcomm 5G Summit

Pudu Robotics | May 19, 2022

At the invitation of the organizer of the annual Qualcomm 5G Summit, Pudu Robotics, a global leader in commercial service robots, showcased its latest quadruped delivery robot PUDU D1, alongside SwiftBot, its newest delivery robot that optimizes the dining experience for restaurant customers during peak hours. "With the maturation of 5G technology and its broader applicability, numerous world-leading suppliers of robots, drones, and smart devices have been collaborating with Qualcomm to accelerate innovation in cutting-edge 5G and edge AI-enabled solutions. As a pioneer in the field of commercial service robots, Pudu Robotics intends to work with Qualcomm in the long term to expand and transform the robotics sector through cutting-edge 5G technology and edge AI, with the goal of creating more efficient, autonomous, and advanced robots." Pudu Robotics founder and CEO Felix Zhang. Both PUDU D1 and SwiftBot are new service robots that were launched by Pudu Robotics in March 2022. With continuous breakthroughs achieved by robot manufacturers in new materials, intelligent control, and sensory navigation, the application of quadruped robots has spread beyond the lab to real-life settings. Pudu Robotics has built the PUDU D1 in response. Also, given the ongoing innovation in and upgrade of intelligent delivery robots that have gained increasing acceptance among the general public, Pudu Robotics has created SwiftBot. PUDU D1, which has drawn the attention of many visitors to the Summit, deploys several of Pudu Robotics' proprietary modules, including a high-performance joint module, a highly integrated motor, a high-precision reducer, and a high-performance driver. Compared with traditional wheeled robots that can only be used within a limited set of terrains, PUDU D1, by adapting itself to a much wider range of terrains and surfaces, can be used in many complex environments, including restaurants, industrial parks, and residential communities, demonstrating another of the company's breakthroughs in the realm of automated delivery. Thanks to an efficient solution that integrates three RGBD depth sensors, dual RGB cameras and a dual LIDAR system, in tandem with a processing speed up to 15 Tera Operations per Second (TOPS), SwiftBot comes equipped with strong perceptual abilities that enable right-of-way allocation between the robot and diners in restaurants by communicating and responding to the robot's driving intentions through the integration of laser projection and multimodal interactions such as sound, expression and light. About Pudu Robotics Shenzhen-based and founded in 2016, Pudu Robotics is a world-leading tech-focused enterprise dedicated to the design, R&D, production and sales of commercial service robots, which aims to use robots to improve the efficiency of human production and living. Pudu Robotics has been rapidly growing in recent years to become a "leader" in the global markets with coverage of over 60 countries and regions worldwide.

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