Data Center Networking,Network Management
prnewswire | August 01, 2023
Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) today announced a delay in its Gogo 5G system launch, due to a design error in a non-5G component of its chip, which was designed by a third-party subcontractor of its 5G solution provider.
"We are disappointed in this delay, but remain confident that Gogo 5G will deliver better performance and better value than competitive ATG or GEO satellite solutions," said Sergio Aguirre, Gogo's president and chief operating officer.
Gogo is collaborating with its suppliers on more definitive plans, but expects to deliver Gogo 5G in approximately mid-year 2024, and in keeping with its culture of transparency with customers and partners, will provide periodic updates as warranted.
Gogo has already achieved significant milestones in the launch of Gogo 5G, including the launch of the Gogo 5G antenna and the 150-site ground-based network in the United States and Canada. Gogo continues to take 5G orders and is making headway with major OEMs to make 5G a line-fit option. Additionally, customers can pre-provision today with 5G antennas and harnesses, which will allow operators to quickly install the 5G box once the chip is available.
Gogo 5G is expected to provide ~25 Mbps on average, with peak speeds in the 75-80 Mbps range, outperforming any competitive geosynchronous (GEO) satellite or air-to-ground (ATG) solution. It has been designed with the goal of delivering high throughput with very low latency, addressing the increased demand in data-heavy services and applications in use today, such as video conferencing, cloud computing and social media, as well as emerging technologies in the future.
Despite the delay, Gogo remains confident in its ability to bring to market the first 5G network exclusively for business aviation. Gogo's suppliers have so far successfully conducted extensive testing of the 5G components of the chip, and the design error is not in the 5G block of the chip.
Gogo expects the project to remain on budget, but that the delay is anticipated to reduce 2023 revenue by approximately $7 million and defer approximately $13 million in operating and capital expense from 2023 into 2024. Gogo plans to share more details during its second quarter 2023 earnings call on August 7, 2023.
Gogo is the world's largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo's products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.
Enterprise Mobility,Network Infrastructure
businesswire | July 12, 2023
Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native solutions that run on any cloud, announced today that ENet, Guyana’s leading provider of internet, television and ICT solutions, has gone live with 4G and 5G voice and billing services nationwide, across Guyana. ENet’s new network services are driven by Mavenir’s Cloud-Native IMS and Mavenir’s Digital Enablement Platform (MDE) – a Digital Business Support System (BSS) and Converged Charging System.
ENet, the only locally owned telecommunications company in Guyana and the country’s newest mobile telecoms provider, now offers unlimited talk, text and data Orange Plans on its 4G/5G VoLTE (Voice over LTE) network. ENet’s network is a game-changer for mobile subscribers in Guyana, as users will no longer be constrained by expensive and limited data allocations.
“As the first service provider in Guyana to bring 4G and 5G VoLTE networks to the market, ENet is leveraging the latest advanced technology designed to meet the demands of the Guyanese people,” said Vishok Persaud, CEO of ENet. “Mavenir has been the go-to partner at each and every stage of delivery, providing advanced and innovative solutions that have enabled ENet to launch new mobile services with automation.”
Antonio Correa, Senior Regional VP at Mavenir, said, “ENet and Mavenir share a common vision of enabling software-based automated networks of the future. ENet was able to build on its successes in fixed wireless and fiber optic to create and launch Guyana’s first 4G and 5G network. This is a significant milestone for Guyana, and we are proud to be part of this achievement.”
ENet’s newly launched 4G and 5G network services are powered by Mavenir’s microservice-based architecture, for fully automated cloud environments. The solutions provided include:
- Mavenir’s Cloud-Native IMS enabling ENet to provide all mobile voice services and modern operations by deploying continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) in containerized environments to increase productivity and maximize network investments.
- Mavenir’s 3GPP standard-compliant Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) to provide granular control over the Quality of Service for data and voice in ENet’s 4G+5G network.
- Mavenir’s Digital Enablement (MDE) BSS Platform, that allows ENet to swiftly implement new services through a flexible, containerized BSS, facilitating automated design and testing. Some of the key sub-systems from MDE BSS platform include:
An App and Portal that enables ENet to provide a seamless digital self-service experience to their subscribers.
4G+5G Converged Charging System (CCS), enabling ENet to evolve billing services and launch new prepaid mobile service packages. The same CCS system will be used to enable future postpaid mobile service packages.
Charging Gateway Function (CGF), enabling management of Call and Event data records for regulatory as well as analytics and business intelligence needs.
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.
ENet is Guyana’s leading provider of digital cable television, internet, information technology, and media services. We strive to provide our customers with choice, innovation, and value as we deliver premium content and new ways to access and view content.
Network Management,Network Security
businesswire | August 16, 2023
Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity, will receive nearly $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter after completing C-band frequency clearing, providing future strategic opportunities for the company and its shareholders.
“Intelsat’s C-band transition facilitates broader 5G services in the United States, while strengthening our financial position,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat. “We reached this milestone well ahead of expectations, and I’m exceptionally proud of the Intelsat team and the hard work that led to this remarkable achievement.”
The FCC C-Band Transition Order set a deadline to clear the spectrum by December 2025 but offered incentive payments to satellite operators if cleared before December 2023. With the validated certification now complete, Intelsat will receive accelerated relocation payments totaling $3.67 billion.
“Half of these proceeds will be used to deleverage our balance sheet, consistent with our debt covenants, while the remainder provides Intelsat with various options to create value and opportunities for all of our stakeholders,” Wajsgras said. “The Intelsat team is well positioned to remain a leader in the satellite communications industry as we continue transforming the company for the future.”
Intelsat’s global team of professionals is focused on providing seamless and secure, satellite-based communications to government, NGO and commercial customers through the company’s next-generation worldwide network and managed services. Bridging the digital divide by operating one of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructures, Intelsat enables people and their tools to speak over oceans, see across continents and listen through the skies to communicate, cooperate and coexist. Since its founding six decades ago, the company has been synonymous with satellite-industry “firsts” in service to its customers and the planet. Leaning on a legacy of innovation and focusing on addressing a new generation of challenges Intelsat team members now have their sights on the “next firsts” in space as they disrupt the field and lead in the digital transformation of the industry
PRNewswire | June 29, 2023
MetTel announced an SD-WAN Client for mobile devices, a service offered to clients through MetTel Customer Innovation Labs. The SD-WAN Client brings all the benefits of SD-WAN at the office, to home, road or wherever workers need to access the high bandwidth performance and security of their corporate network. The client can be installed on a user's computer, tablet and smart phone creating a secure connection to their company corporate network.
MetTel will deliver the SD-WAN Client as part of its fully managed network services using VMware SD-WAN underlying technology.
SD-WAN is designed to simplify communication between geographically separated sites, as well as among cloud applications and services. It generates a software-managed overlay on top of the existing physical infrastructure.
"The SD-WAN market is forecast to generate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14% in end-user spending from 2020 through 2026," according to the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN.
Drivers behind SD-WAN's growth are better visibility, availability, enhanced performance, and more flexibility than MPLS.
SD-WAN is a foundation of the distributed enterprise WAN. It connects users at branch locations and home offices securely to the cloud without consuming data center resources. It allows businesses to adopt new applications at the edge for innovation and digital transformation.
"The new SD-WAN Client, using the power of software defined networking, is a game changer for enterprise WANs. The ability to extend all the remediation techniques, management and intelligence that has been built around the SD-WAN branch network today to the end user device will make the end user experience dramatically better," said Ed Fox, Chief Technology Officer of MetTel and head of MetTel Labs. "Extending the WAN to the mobile device is a brilliant next step towards ubiquitous performance for employees as they move through all different work environments and is a perfect fit for MetTel's Mobile Device as a Service offering."
The SD-WAN Client is available for use on macOS, Windows, iOS, Android and Linux operating systems which will make it accessible on most smart phones, tablets and laptop computers.
"The SD-WAN Client brings enhanced simplicity, security, and reliability of SD-WAN to remote users and devices located outside of the branch, enabling VMware and MetTel to help enterprises effectively and more securely support today's hybrid workforce and the myriad of applications they need to consume," said Abe Ankumah, vice president and general manager, SASE, VMware. "At the same time, this expansion allows MetTel to deliver to their customers a completely managed and turnkey VMware SASE service, which both companies are excited about."
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN, By Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Karen Brown Published 12 September 2022.
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MetTel is a leader in communications and digital transformation (DX) solutions for enterprise and government customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel gives enterprises one, unified view and control point for all their communications and advanced network services. MetTel's comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions can boost enterprise productivity, reduce costs, and simplify operations. Combining customized and managed communication solutions with a powerful platform of cloud-based software, the company's MetTel Portal® enables customers to manage their inventory, usage, spend, and repairs from one simple, user-friendly interface.