Cisco Likes Facebook’s WiFi Partner Program

SDxCentral | February 06, 2020

Cisco joined Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program, which aims to deliver internet access to underserved areas, and said it will build network hardware and software that is compatible with Express Wi-Fi as part of this effort to bring more people online. Express Wi-Fi partners with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to extend connectivity to underserved locations around the world and bring more people together, faster. Cisco joins the likes of Nokia, Telefonica, Cambium Networks, Arista Networks, and Ruckus Network, which already participate in the WiFi program.

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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Cambium Networks Delivers Industry's First 6 GHz Full Spectrum Solution Expanding Fixed Wireless Broadband with Gbps Subscriber Speeds

Cambium Networks | December 14, 2022

Cambium Networks a leading global provider of networking solutions, today introduced the ePMP 4600, a next-generation fixed wireless platform that lets service providers and private network operators utilize the entire 6 GHz spectrum to deliver up to 4 Gbps throughput per sector over fixed wireless. The ePMP 4600 is deployed in days rather than the months it takes to deploy fiber and is dramatically less costly than satellite access technologies, enabling service providers in rural and suburban areas to offer up to 1 Gbps service packages with low latency to residential and business customers. "This is a generational opportunity in performance, scale and economics to connect business and residential customers," said Jose Camarillo, CEO and President, SKYNET360. "6 GHz gives us the ability to deploy near to gigabit service using new spectrum at a competitive price point, which is a true game changer for everyone needing more bandwidth and critical in the fight to bridge the digital divide." Network operators report field tests showing multigigabit throughput per sector and more than one gigabit per second to subscriber modules at ranges greater than two miles. The new spectrum will especially benefit hard-to-reach rural communities most impacted by the digital divide by providing a rapidly deployable way to deliver high-bandwidth, low-latency services for demanding applications, such as streaming video, videoconferencing, and gaming as soon as the FCC opens the spectrum, rather than waiting years for fiber deployment. In the US, the FCC is expected to make the 6 GHz frequency band fully available as standard power unlicensed spectrum in 2023. In the interim, they have favorably responded to experimental license applicants. There are approximately ten service providers currently using ePMP 4600 technology to gain experience in planning and assessing the performance. "The 6 GHz spectrum offers broadband service providers a way to bring high performance next-generation connectivity with superior economics to more people and help close the digital divide expeditiously, Service providers and enterprise network operators now have another alternative to waiting for fiber and deploy gigabit speed broadband with velocity. They also have the unique opportunity to understand all of the technical and business details and develop their commercial profitable offerings for emerging media-rich applications ahead of spectrum availability." Cambium Networks President and CEO Atul Bhatnagar The ePMP 4000 platform is the latest addition to the Cambium ONE Network for Service Providers, an umbrella platform that automatically provisions, manages and monitors different elements of the network from a single pane of glass with cnMaestro™ cloud management. It simplifies operations with a converged network that spans from cloud to edge and optimizes multiple technologies, including fixed wireless (3 GHz CBRS, 5 GHz, 6 GHz, 28 GHz and 60 GHz), indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi access points, Ethernet switches, Quality of Experience (QoE) and cnHeat™ LiDAR-based coverage analysis. Cambium's ONE Network lets service providers focus on the network as a whole rather than the individual elements and deliver outstanding online experiences. As part of its leadership in providing 6 GHz solutions, Cambium Networks is working closely with several of the newly approved Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system operators, including close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies' turnkey AFC Solution. This will accelerate the development of the AFC ecosystem, and ensure that ePMP 4600 solutions will be fully compliant with frequency coordination processes the day that the FCC opens the band for commercial use. The 4600 is the 4th generation of Cambium Networks' successful ePMP platform with more than 3 million radios deployed and serving customers globally. The ePMP platform offers scalability and interference mitigation based on its unique air interface. The platform takes advantage of the 802.11ax standard and overlays ePMP features such as TDD synchronization, SmartQoS and frame optimization. The upcoming 6 GHz spectrum will offer 850 MHz of new clean, low noise floor channels that will be ideal for the new capabilities offered in the ePMP 4600 such as orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), multi-user multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) in both the uplink and downlink directions and TDD synchronization. For point-to-point (PTP) applications such as campus connectivity and business services, the Force 4600C builds on the proven ePMP Force 400C Series to offer multiple Gbps and leverage the unique ePTP protocol for higher network efficiency. "Qualcomm Technologies' Networking Pro Wi-Fi 6E platforms deliver high performance connectivity for both traditional access point and fixed wireless applications and are heavily featured across Cambium Networks' 6GHz solutions," said Ganesh Swaminathan, VP, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Our strong support of Cambium Networks continues both with the latest ePMP offering, as well as close collaboration on implementation of our AFC Solution." About Cambium Networks Cambium Networks delivers wireless communications that work for businesses, communities, and cities worldwide. Millions of our radios are deployed to connect people, places and things with a unified wireless fabric that spans multiple standards and frequencies of fixed wireless and Wi-Fi, all managed centrally via the cloud. Our multi-gigabit wireless fabric offers a compelling value proposition over traditional fiber and alternative wireless solutions. We work with our Cambium certified ConnectedPartners to deliver purpose-built networks for service provider, enterprise, industrial, and government connectivity solutions in urban, suburban, and rural environments, with wireless that just works. Disclaimer and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThe information contained herein is accurate as of the publication date. This release contains forward-looking statements including the statement that the FCC is expected to make the 6 GHz frequency band fully available as standard power unlicensed spectrum in 2023 that are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to statements regarding regulatory compliance, our business, product, and technology. That information may be updated, amended, supplemented or otherwise modified by subsequent presentations, webcasts, filings, events or other materials.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

T-Mobile Expands Leading 5G Network with Additional Coverage and Capacity

T-Mobile | December 13, 2022

Consider the mic dropped. T-Mobile America’s 5G leader announced today that it has expanded 5G coverage and capacity, now reaching 323 million people with Extended Range 5G and 260 million people with Ultra Capacity 5G. With the achievement, T-Mobile reaches its mid-band 5G year-end goal weeks ahead of schedule and moves closer to its target of covering 300 million people with Ultra Capacity 5G by the end of 2023. The Un-carrier is also adding a massive boost to its Ultra capacity 5G network with a new nationwide layer of mid-band 5G spectrum: 1900 MHz. “We’re rapidly executing on our vision to deliver the highest capacity network this country has ever seen, We’ve led in 5G coverage from the beginning, delivering a massive 5G footprint that continues to grow. And with Ultra Capacity 5G, it’s undeniable that T-Mobile customers have access to the most powerful 5G network around.” Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile As coverage expands, T-Mobile is also bringing in additional capacity for even faster speeds. The Un-carrier has now deployed 1900 MHz spectrum another layer of mid-band 5G (the fast stuff) nationwide. Using a highway analogy, the new layer of 5G spectrum adds lanes to the road so traffic can zoom. And for those who really want to go fast, the Un-carrier has begun lighting up three-carrier aggregation combining three channels of mid-band 5G spectrum which in tests produced peak speeds topping 3 Gbps on T-Mobile’s 5G standalone network. Customers with the Samsung Galaxy S22 are leveraging the capability in parts of the network now. Three-carrier aggregation will expand nationwide, and be accessible by additional devices, in the near future. T-Mobile is the leader in 5G with the country’s largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network. Customers on other networks who want a better experience can try the country’s most-awarded 5G network now for free. With T-Mobile’s Network Pass, people with unlocked eSIM-compatible phones can experience T-Mobile for three months at no charge with unlimited smartphone data, including 5G. And when they’re ready to make the move to T-Mobile, they can switch in minutes right from their phone with Easy Switch. Ultra Capacity 5G includes dedicated mid- and/or high-band 5G signals. See 5G device, coverage, & access details at T-Mobile.com. Fastest: Based on median, overall combined 5G speeds according to analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data 5G download speeds for Q3 2022. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission. Most Reliable: According to an audit report conducted by independent third-party umlaut containing crowdsourced data for user experience including task completion collected from April to September 2022. 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.

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WIRELESS

Verizon Business Takes 5G Innovation Sessions Series to New York City

Verizon | November 08, 2022

Verizon Business will demonstrate the transformative benefits of its business solutions at the next installment of its 5G Innovation Sessions series, occurring at the Edge, Hudson Yards, on November 8. Executives from Verizon, Nokia, the National Hockey League (NHL), and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will demonstrate a range of forward-looking scenarios that leverage the power of Verizon 5G and Mobile Edge Compute, including real-time container tracking, collaboration robots, video scene analytics monitoring manufacturing assembly, real-time crowd analytics, and interactive cityscapes. The program includes dynamic demonstrations by Verizon and Nokia, speaker segments, and panel discussions. “The 5G Innovation Session in New York will give our customers the opportunity to see the next wave of 5G innovations in person, They’ll experience real-world scenarios through dynamic demonstrations and have the opportunity to speak with leaders about the practical applications of edge computing and private networks. They’ll have a chance to discover the many possibilities to optimize and future-proof their businesses and really experience Enterprise Intelligence firsthand.” Iris Meijer, Senior Vice President, Business Marketing and Revenue Operations, Verizon Business The event will be held at the Edge, located at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City, featuring several prominent executives including Massimo Peselli, Chief Revenue Officer, Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Verizon Business; Jennifer Artley, Senior Vice President, 5G Acceleration, Verizon Business; Iris Meijer, Senior Vice President of Business Marketing and Revenue Operations, Verizon Business; Danny Johnson, Director, Product Marketing, Verizon Business; Mark Tina, Vice President, Business Sales, Verizon Business; David De Lancellotti, Vice President, Global Sales, Nokia; Jason Elliott, Head of Cross Portfolio Solutions and Ecosystem Marketing, Nokia; David Lehanski, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Innovation, NHL; and Anil Lalwani, Principal Product Manager, AWS. “Nokia is thrilled to partner with Verizon Business, showcasing our market-leading private wireless networks which transform operations,” said Brian Fitzgerald, Head of Verizon Business at Nokia. “This state-of-the-art technology unlocks an array of Industry 4.0 use cases such as situational analysis, 5G Edge Cloud analytics, IoT automation, and immersive robotics.” Verizon’s Commitment to New York City Verizon invested nearly $4.6 billion dollars in the state of New York in 2021. That investment resulted in new macro cell sites, small cell sites and cellular repeaters which added coverage and capacity to the network and is helping to manage the ever-increasing data usage from NY customers. That capital investment along with Verizon’s 2022 investment fueled the deployment of 5G Ultra Wideband across NY including in Long Island, NYC, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and the greater Buffalo area. Verizon's 5G service also enhances the customer experience in sports and entertainment venues in NY including CitiField, MSG, the Bills Stadium, The National Tennis Center and many more. In addition to deploying 5G Ultra Wideband, network investment was used to increase capacity and coverage on Verizon’s 4G network which will continue to support customers’ use long into the future. Additionally, Verizon's investment fueled growth of FIOS service in all five boroughs in NYC, Long Island and in Upstate NY, and led to increased 2 gigabit upload and download speeds for customers in NYC. Over the last decade, working through nonprofit partners and a suite of programs and resources, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed $1 billion in market value to support digital equity and inclusion within education for some of the most vulnerable populations across the country. The initiative is celebrating 10 years of providing free technology, internet access and resources to schools and educators across America, including Title I schools. In New York City, over 26,000 students have been reached across 29 schools through the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. This academic year, the program has welcomed over 3,500 new students in the NYC Department of Education school district. Additionally, all educators and students have access to Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, our free next-gen online education portal that provides XR content, professional development, and lesson plans. These efforts are part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Through Citizen Verizon, the company has a goal to provide 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030. Verizon realizes the importance of technology in helping small businesses succeed, which is why the company has a goal to support 1M small businesses by 2030. Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, a free online curriculum, was designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital economy, including access to personalized lesson plans, coaching from experts and networking opportunities with diverse, industry-specific businesses. Since its launch in September 2021, more than 6,000 New York-based businesses have been onboarded to the program. Supporting first responders who serve New York During 2021, the Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team deployed multiple times in support of public safety agencies in New York to provide mission-critical communications capabilities to the first responders on the front lines of emergency response operations. Verizon Frontline devices and solutions ranging from mobile hotspots, routers, smart devices and drones, to deployable satellite solutions, such as Satellite Picocells on Trailers (SPOTs), were deployed in support of New York first responders. This support has continued during 2022, as the Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team has already participated in several public safety operations and training events alongside New York public safety agencies. This ongoing support is provided at no cost to local agencies and represents a continuation of Verizon Frontline’s commitment to investing and innovating in partnership with public safety and government. Switch to the network NYC relies on Because Verizon is the network NYC relies on, we’ve made it easy to switch with our new Welcome Unlimited plan - our best unlimited price ever for unlimited talk, text, and data on Verizon’s 5G Nationwide network. Looking to switch the whole family? Welcome Unlimited starts at just $30 per line1 per month for four lines (plus taxes and fees, with Auto Pay), plus we’ll help you cover the cost to switch with a $240 Verizon e-gift card per line when you bring your own device - that’s up to $9602 for a family of four. You can learn more at verizon.com/plans. Additionally, Verizon now has wireless home and business internet services, powered by 5G Ultra Wideband, in New York City, Jersey City, NJ and Hoboken, NJ. Over 1 million consumer and business customers now have access to Verizon’s fixed wireless offerings, making it the fastest growing part of the business. To sign up, plug in your address at verizon.com/home or verizon.com/5gbusinessinternet and see what service is available. About the 5G Innovation Sessions Verizon’s 5G Innovation Sessions have so far taken place in Atlanta (July), Houston (August), Boston (September), and Los Angeles (October). The final installment of the series will occur in Phoenix on December 6. The events cover a range of themes, including Managed Venue, Fixed Wireless Access, Private 5G, and Mobile Edge Compute. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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NETWORK SECURITY

Betacom Collaborates with Qualcomm to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Private 5G Networks for Industry 4.0

Betacom | November 16, 2022

Private wireless pioneer Betacom today announced its close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a global leader in 5G, wireless communications and compute, to accelerate delivery of private networks to U.S. businesses through an integrated delivery model. Mutual customers of Betacom and Qualcomm Technologies will benefit from fast, simple deployments that combine the Betacom 5G as a Service (5GaaS) private network offering and Qualcomm Technologies extensive enablement ecosystem, spanning its customizable automation and management offering, RAN and device platforms across a multi-vendor landscape. This collaboration is aimed at giving clients access to an end-to-end, off-the-shelf private network service that has been fully tested and validated and is backed by extensive expertise and support. Betacom will provide network design, delivery and management, with Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G private networks RAN automation technology enabling client business transformation and expanding the benefits of 5G. One customer trialing this unique combination is logistics provider Teltech Group. According to Teltech CEO Lisa Hanlon-Knight, “The ability to deploy lab-tested and field-hardened software and device combinations from Qualcomm Technologies atop Betacom 5G as a Service gives us the confidence we need to say with certainty that private networks are the future of connectivity and communications for Teltech and our customers. The secure private network that Betacom deployed and manages for us and the expansive ecosystem that Qualcomm Technologies has assembled lets us know that we will always have the leading-edge technologies available to us and that deployment and management will be fast, easy, and cost-efficient.” “Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront of 5G private network acceleration with offerings designed to streamline network design, deployment, and operation across a wide range of industries and use cases,” said Gerardo Giaretta, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Our latest technology innovations, including our RAN automation and management offering added to our portfolio through the acquisition of Cellwize, coupled with collaboration from companies like Betacom, fuels the proliferation of 5G private network benefits for enterprises.” According to Jeff Kagan, telecom, technology and wireless industry analyst and consultant, “Private 5G networks are the wave of the future. When a company uses a private 5G wireless network, they control who gets access to it and they choose the people and things that get priority when the network is busy. This is why private wireless networks are so valuable to a growing number of companies, government agencies, manufacturers and more. The value prop of these networks is extraordinarily high.” Betacom 5GaaS, the industry’s first fully-managed, end-to-end private wireless service, gives U.S. enterprises access to cost-effective, high-performance and lightning-fast 5G networks, with network management delivered via its cloud-based Security and Service Operations Center (SSOC) built on Zero Trust. The company has a long and successful history of building wireless infrastructure for mid-to-large enterprises and the expertise to meet the private wireless needs of the manufacturing, airlines and warehousing sectors. “We look forward to working closely with Qualcomm Technologies to bring the benefits of private networks to more businesses across the entire U.S. supply chain, This collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies will help the U.S. move even faster to elevate its place in the world economy through realization of the benefits of Industry 4.0.” Johan Bjorklund, CEO of Betacom About Betacom Betacom offers the first fully managed private 5G network, building on its long history as a wireless infrastructure provider to AT&T, T Mobile, and Verizon. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, the company has regional offices throughout the country. Having completed more than 800 large-scale design and deployment projects, Betacom inspires confidence among their customers who have worked closely with them to meet their pressing high-performance connectivity needs. Its private 5G wireless service is the first managed service of its kind in the United States.

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