D-Link, Netgear, Netcomm ISP channel execs play musical chairs

D-Link | July 28, 2016

D-Link has recruited Netgear's Andrew Trickett to head up the company's service provider business, while his predecessor Brett Lilley has jumped to Netcomm Wireless. Trickett (pictured, left), formerly Netgear's regional manager for ISP, was announced this morning as D-Link's new 'head of service provider business', replacing Brett Lilley.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Keysight Selected by Chunghwa Telecom to Accelerate Verification of Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) Equipment

Keysight Technologies | January 12, 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, announced that Chunghwa Telecom (NYSE: CHT), Taiwan’s largest integrated telecommunications services company, has selected Keysight Open Radio Architect (KORA) solutions to accelerate verification of radio access network (RAN) equipment based on standards defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE.Chunghwa Telecom, a provider of fixed-line, mobile, broadband and internet services, is the first operator in Taiwan to independently carry out multi-vendor integration and successfully verify open access network architecture. Rigorous testing under real-world conditions is critical to successful end-to-end integration of O-RAN equipment prior to live network deployment. Chunghwa uses KORA to deploy connectivity services that support transportation, manufacturing, energy, commerce, agriculture and medicine sectors, as well as consumers. “Many mobile operators are embracing open, disaggregated RAN architectures to create a robust multi-vendor environment that supports the reliable delivery of a diverse range of mobile broadband services,We are pleased to provide Chunghwa Telecom with software-driven test tools that include built-in test automation capabilities, resulting in scalable and rapid validation of O-RAN compliant network infrastructure.” -Kalyan Sundhar, vice president and general manager for Keysight's 5G Edge to Core Solutions. Chunghwa selected Keysight’s user equipment (UE) emulation solution (UeSIM) and O-RAN radio unit (O-RU) emulator (RuSIM), which are part of the KORA portfolio. Major mobile vendors, hyperscale data centers and service providers use KORA to verify interoperability between O-RUs, distributed units (O-DUs) and central units (O-CUs) across the protocol stack, as well as to validate conformance of network elements to the latest O-RAN specifications. “We are committed to creating an optimal communications environment based on O-RAN, 4G LTE, 5G, IoT, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), among other key technologies,Keysight enables us to quickly and confidently deploy advanced technologies that underpin Chunghwa’s digital transformation strategy.” -Chung-Yung Chia, vice president at Chunghwa Telecom Mobile Business Group. In 2021, Chunghwa Telecom co-hosted the Taiwan Plugfest part of the third global O-RAN ALLIANCE Plugfest event, which took place in ten countries across Asia, the Unites States and Europe. At the Taiwan Plugfest, Chunghwa Telecom alongside multiple vendors of O-RAN equipment used KORA solutions UeSIM, RuSIM, CoreSIM and Open RAN Studio to verify interoperability, security and end-to-end performance. 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.

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PAC Global announces "5G for Free"

PAC | December 23, 2021

PAC Global Holdings LLC, the operator of the World's largest data blockchain network, wants customers to start their New Year off with FREE secure data. PAC is offering customers 5 gigabytes of free storage when customers sign up for a their yanDNA™ Beta Version data storage account available at https://yandna.io/register. The "5G for Free" (#5GforFree) promotion is meant to introduce customers to the future of data storage and allow them to familiarize themselves with yanDNA's Beta version in advance of the launch of the full multi-featured product, currently in development. This promotion comes on the heels of PAC's Brand Awareness Campaign, which featured dynamic digital billboards appearing in the financial epicenters of central London and Times Square in New York City on the NASDAQ billboard. yanDNA is PAC's first IPFS-based public product release directly integrated with the yanNETWORK. This distributed filing system allows customers to easily store data in a secure place while simultaneously preparing for NFT support, which will grant customers the option to monetize their data. The yanDNA Beta product is running on an internally decentralized network, which due to free market acquisition has centralized majority ownership. The yanNETWORK is envisioned to be a completely distributed data storage network, comprised of over 22,000 Masternodes running on virtual private servers provided by the open source blockchain technology that powers PAC Protocol. This allows all data to be split up and distributed into fractions of data sets on each Masternode. There is unmatched file security because the fractioned or "sharded" data is divided across multiple servers, meaning there is no single point of vulnerability to exploit. "In a time when ransomware attacks and hacks are daily headlines, we see yanDNA as the data storage solution of the future. People should be able to store and transfer their data with the peace of mind that their information is secure. PAC's developers are on track to make yanDNA the industry standard in security upon full launch,Content creators from all industries will be using yanDNA to instantly delivery high-value data like final mastered films or music for theaters or record labels, demonstrating how this technology could be invaluable to any industry," -Drew Saunders, Founder and Chairman While the Beta version simply introduces users to the platform and serves as a secure file repository, the completed vision of yanDNA's user functionality is similar to DropBox or Google Drive, but on a blockchain powered network. After a quick account creation, which includes email verification and setting your own secure passwords, your yanDNA account is encrypted for your use only. Users can securely upload/download their data, preview and search for files, or share data via a public URL. Anticipated features in Beta updates include drag and drop file management, add contacts and send/share data privately to other members on the network, and creating groups for shared interests. In addition to data transfer and storage, the complete vision includes PAC Protocol's yanNETWORK offering a secure and ownable solution for NFT storage and transfers by allowing NFT creators to fully own and occupy the original metadata of the NFT upon full product launch. "With the growing commercial market of NFTs, this will be a game changer in the marketplace for NFT creators to control and manage the full value of their NFTs," explains Drew Saunders. For further information on PAC Protocol and its yanDNA and to sign-up for a free account, please visit the official website at https://pacprotocol.com. About PAC Global Holdings LLC (PAC) based in the US, is focused exclusively on providing next-generation blockchain network solutions to solve real-world problems. It is currently the largest master node network in the world focused on data storage and its network has points of presence in nearly 30 countries. Its network is based on the energy-efficient Proof of Stake (PoS) algorithm, which greatly reduces our overall carbon footprint. For more information about PAC Protocol or if you are interested in partnering with us on decentralized storage please visit us at @PACcoinOfficial, or our website at www.pacglobal.io.

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Edgecore Networks’ Pocket WFA Solution Delivers Incredible Agility with Infinite Possibilities

Edgecore Networks | February 15, 2022

Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of traditional and open network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, today announced the launch of the Pocket WFA (Work-from-Anywhere) solution that is composed of two phenomenal Edgecore products – the EWS5203 WLAN gateway-controller and the SP-W2M-AC1200-WFH wireless access point. The solution aims to provide a plug-and-play, secure, agile, reliable mechanism to support businesses through the pandemic crisis and beyond.In-Pocket Agility In a world full of uncertainty, everything is about efficiency and agility. The zero-touch configuration feature of the Pocket WFA solution reduces the deployment time from days to only minutes. Enterprises can swiftly roll out remote offices, minimizing business downtime at a friendly price. Plus, the SP-W2M-AC1200-WFH access point is just palm-size and weighs only 82g, so remote workers can easily carry it wherever they work to further ensure business productivity. On top of that, to deliver a seamless working environment, the solution allows remote workers to connect to the same SSID as they would in the office for automatic connection to the company VPN, extending enterprise services to anywhere. Taking security on board, the solution supports various user authentication methods that can be easily enforced across all deployment scenarios, such as 802.1X authentication, local authentication, and two-factor authentication, ensuring the proper identification of network users before granting access to the network. Out-of-Box Possibilities The Pocket WFA solution can be deployed in various scenarios in a number of ways, such as mobile taskforce teams, branch sites, remote classrooms, and so on. The agility and affordable price enable new services and new business models that are not bound by infrastructure limitations and can embrace limitless possibilities. “Organizations globally are experiencing unprecedented workforce disruption. Virtually all companies are still determining how they will work in the short and long term, The Pocket WFA solution is rising to the challenge, helping enterprises and organizations navigate workforce shifts, such as the urgent need to shift to a remote workforce to protect and empower employees, serve customers, and establish business continuity.” -Teng Tai Hsu, Vice President of Edgecore Networks. The Pocket WFA solution not only assists businesses to emerge from the pandemic stronger, but also opens the door to innovative business and service opportunities in the post-pandemic era. Availability: The Pocket WFA solution is now available for order. About Edgecore Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading networking ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for data center, service provider, enterprise, and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking, providing a full line of open 1G-400G Ethernet OCP-Accepted™ switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, optical packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software. For more information, visit wifi.edge-core.com or contact sales@edge-core.com.

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Casa Systems joins LOT Network in a proactive measure against the threat of patent trolls

Casa Systems | June 15, 2022

Casa Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASA), a leading provider of cloud-native software and physical technology solutions for wireless, cable and fixed broadband networks, today announced it has joined LOT Network, the international community of the world’s leading high-tech companies committed to protecting its members from costly litigation from patent assertion entities (PAEs, also known as “patent trolls”). An industry innovator for nearly 20 years, Casa Systems recognizes the threat that patent trolls can have on technology companies – where legal fees for taking a patent case through trial can cost millions of dollars, diverting valuable company resources away from core functions like R&D and product development. The company believes that a more cost-effective approach – like membership in LOT Network – will allow its team to focus on what matters most – building a culture of constant exploration and pioneering new paths forward in the industry. “We recognize that an ounce of prevention in these cases is worth millions of dollars,” said Timothy Rodenberger, General Counsel at Casa Systems. “LOT Network is a cost-effective way to protect our business from the high cost of PAE litigation. We’re pleased to join a community of leading technology companies in building a safer ecosystem for the telecommunications community through our efforts, and we appreciate the work that LOT Network is doing within the 5G community to reduce confusion around standard essential patents in that space.” LOT Network members agree that if, and only if, any member’s patent assets fall into the hands of a PAE, all the other members of the community receive a free license, thereby immunizing them against PAE litigation from those assets. At the same time, members retain all traditional uses of patents – including selling them or using them to sue other companies – including other LOT Network members. “Casa Systems is sending a strong signal to their customers and their business partners by joining LOT Network,” “By being proactive in reducing litigation threats, Casa Systems is also protecting others with whom they do business.” Ken Seddon, CEO at LOT Network About Casa Systems, Inc. Casa Systems, Inc. delivers the core-to-customer building blocks to speed 5G transformation with future-proof solutions and cutting-edge bandwidth for all access types. In today’s increasingly personalized world, we create disruptive architectures built specifically to meet the needs of service provider networks. Our suite of open, cloud-native network solutions unlocks new ways for service providers to build networks without boundaries and maximize revenue-generating capabilities. Commercially deployed in more than 70 countries, Casa Systems serves over 475 Tier 1 and regional service providers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.casa-systems.com. About LOT Network LOT Network is an international community of the world’s leading high-tech companies committed to protecting its members from costly litigation from patent assertion entities (PAEs). LOT Network currently protects more than 2,150 members in 54 countries from litigation from over 3.4 million worldwide patent assets and counting. Members include market leaders such as IBM, Red Hat, Verizon, T-Mobile, Comcast, Cisco, Google, Tesla, Microsoft, as well as innovative companies like Waymo, Uber, Mediacom Communication Corporation among others.

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