DATA CENTER NETWORKING

DriveNets Network Cloud is the First Networking Solution on the Market to Support Broadcom J2C+ and Triple Network Size

DriveNets | May 13, 2021

DriveNets Network Cloud is the first high-scale routing solution to run on Broadcom's Jericho 2c+ (J2C+) ASIC using a new white box, the NCP-36CD-S, according to the networking software provider. DriveNets Network Cloud now has a 691Tbps cluster with these latest white boxes, making it the world's largest size routing solution with the lowest footprint and lowest power consumption. It highlights the clustered disaggregated Network Cloud model's superior resilience and speeds to market over a conventional monolithic router.

DriveNets is once again providing the most innovative solutions to its rising global client base to maintain its strategic advantage and optimize its economic model. The solution is suitable for Edge Cloud deployments, providing a high-performance multiservice shared infrastructure in the smallest footprint, making it ideal for highly distributed edge networks. High-capacity networks will now be installed with fewer boxes, further strengthening the superior TCO model of delivering DriveNets Network Cloud. The new high-capacity white box is suitable for multiservice, 5G, aggregation, and core networks, as well as Edge Cloud infrastructures, which are becoming increasingly essential in the cloud and service provider markets.

The latest NCP-36CD-S joins the existing NCP-10CD and NCP-40C versions as the third data plane white box available. All three white boxes are backed by the same white box fabric (NCFs) and can be mixed and matched in a cluster to provide maximum stability, growth, and investment protection. DriveNets Network Cloud will be ready for early customer trials in the third quarter of 2021, operating on the latest NCP white box. The updated NCP-36CD-S supports up to 36 400G ports in a compact 2RU form factor.

About DriveNets

DriveNets is a rapidly growing tech organization that creates networks that resemble clouds. It provides a revolutionary new way for communications service providers and cloud providers to construct networks, detaching network growth from network expense and increasing network profitability.

DriveNets Network Cloud, founded by Ido Susan and Hillel Kobrinsky, two prolific telco entrepreneurs, is the leading open disaggregated networking solution focused on cloud-native software operating over standard white boxes. At the 21st Annual World Communications Awards, DriveNets won the Leading Light Award 2020 for Company of the Year (Private) and the 'Innovation Award - Vendor.'

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The advent of 5G is seen by many operators as a once in a generation opportunity to converge their networks. Their motives for convergence are varied but include This is in addition to the new service capabilities enabled by the 5G Core (5GC). This is also discussed further in MD-427 (ref. 1). However, the required network transformation is significant, demands substantial investment and needs to be performed “in service”. Broadband Forum has been working in cooperation with 3GPP to define how fixed access to the 5G core will operate. The key concerns raised by operators and embodied in the work is that.


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Essence SmartCare to Showcase Umbrella™, World's First 5G-Enabled mPERS Solution, at CES 2022

Essence SmartCare | December 24, 2021

Essence SmartCare, a leader in IoT-based remote care solutions, part of Essence Group, announced it will showcase the world's first 5G-enabled mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) at CES 2022 in January.Umbrella™ mPERS is an ultra-small and discreet device that integrates with Essence's multi-service cloud. Comprising built-in fall detection, real-time activity monitoring and two-way voice capabilities, it is suited for a range of personal healthcare, security and wellness services, including senior care and lone worker scenarios. "The Umbrella mPERS solution exemplifies our commitment to providing our partners with breakthrough technology. It highlights the potential for a new wave of interconnected personal care and safety devices leveraging the latest cellular IoT infrastructure, It allows senior living, healthcare and security providers to offer greater peace of mind to their customers with advanced and more reliable services and a range of capabilities, including life-saving functions such as panic detection, which triggers specific actions to immediately notify guardians or caregivers in case of emergency." -Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder of Essence Group Umbrella is robust and water resistant – with both geolocation and indoor location capabilities – allowing it to be used in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Connectivity to 5G CAT-M networks enhances reliability and accuracy, while the device's small form factor and lightweight design means it can be discreetly attached to a lanyard or belt clip. "Umbrella mPERS enables us to fulfil our commitment to provide better care by expanding our VitalOn remote patient monitoring platform with on-the-go services,Harnessing the most innovative mobile PERS technology and 5G cellular networks will further enable us to maintain our commitment to better protecting our users both with existing needs and from emerging threats." -Barak Katz, General Manager for Essence SmartCare Leveraging CAT-M technology enables a more compact and significantly lighter solution, while rechargeable battery technology with Qi wireless charging improves convenience and usability. Connectivity to 5G IoT networks facilitates hands-free voice calls to multiple numbers at considerably lower data rates than traditional GSM-based mobile PERS units. Essence Group will showcase Umbrella mPERS alongside a range of connected security and care solutions – including the VitalOn remote patient monitoring platform and MyShield 5G intruder prevention system, both CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honorees – at its booth, #52753 at CES, from January 5-8, 2022. For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact info@essence-grp.com. About Essence SmartCare Essence SmartCare, part of the Essence Group, develops advanced health and care platforms for market-leading healthcare and senior care providers, enabling smart preventive care and emergency response so seniors can live life to the fullest –with total peace of mind. Partnering with Essence SmartCare helps position companies as progressive, forward-thinking and in touch with the need to enable elderly and vulnerable people to lead more independent and safer lives. For more information: www.essencesmartcare.comFollow Essence Group on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook About Essence Group Essence Group is a global technology leader with a mission to develop and deploy innovative, cloud-based, end-to-end security and healthcare solutions, underpinned by supporting services, that provide peace of mind to users. For over a quarter of a century, Essence has challenged convention by making care and safety both accessible and affordable. With over 75 million connected devices deployed worldwide, Essence helps people to live safer and more independent lives.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Queclink Unveils Network Solutions to Help Connect Every IoT Device

Queclink | February 16, 2022

Queclink (Stock: 300590. SZ), a world-leading supplier of IoT devices and technologies, announces the launch of its network solutions, helping customers and partners build secure and reliable connectivity for new possibilities. According to Statista, the global number of connected IoT devices is estimated to triple from 8.74 billion in 2020 to more than 25.4 billion active endpoints in 2030. Every object can be connected virtually in the world of IoT.Queclink's network solutions are suitable for a range of user cases, such as industrial automation – intelligent factory, energy, transportation and retail. They also work for various smart city solutions, including street lamp monitoring, public security, enterprise networks and remote site connectivity. The wireless router series combines high-speed cellular connectivity, industrial interfaces and Queclink's unique IoT telematics knowledge. "The global demand expands. It's time to deliver our network solutions that help establish stable and private cellular connectivity for IoT, This kind of connectivity is easy to deploy in a data-massive environment. We have been proactive in IoT that truly has initiated 'Industrial 4.0', at the core of which is to leverage big data for delicacy management. The automotive industry is typical of forerunners." - Edwin Peng, Queclink's Senior Vice President One of the leading automotive companies in China has upgraded the factory digital transformation program and recently chosen Queclink's industrial router series to empower the first test field. With a secure and reliable network, it is possible to collect numerous data, conduct edge computing - analyze and store data locally and privately, and make data-driven decisions accordingly. The already off-the-shelf WR100 and WR200 series are both 4G LTE wireless industrial routers. Queclink has invested the WR300 series (5G version) in the Chinese market and will closely follow the migration from 4G to 5G and promote the WR300 series overseas. About Queclink Since 2009 Queclink Wireless Solutions has been "Driving Smarter IoT".Queclink is a pure play IoT hardware designer and manufacturer working with many well-known industrial and consumer companies to bring innovative IoT solutions to market. Its business units span transportation, asset and mobility, networks and agriculture. With 42 million IoT products delivered to over 140 countries, Queclink inspires data-driven solutions for its worldwide customers.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Hitachi Energy brings 5G connectivity to mission-critical industrial and utility operations

Hitachi | February 19, 2022

Hitachi Energy has today announced the launch of its new TRO600 series wireless routers with 5G capability, which are purpose-built to help industrial and utility customers achieve high reliability and resiliency in mission-critical operations. With the integration of 5G technology, Hitachi Energy’s TRO600 series routers enable a scalable, flexible and secure, hybrid wireless communication architecture. A hybrid network seamlessly combines the best of public and private cellular with broadband mesh, all managed through a single network management system. This approach unifies communications to all devices, ensuring fast, secure, and reliable connectivity for each operational need. "At Hitachi Energy, we are proud to pioneer 5G-enabled communication devices for industrial and utility customers, ensuring connectivity where and when it matters most, 5G is essential on our path to decentralize and decarbonize the energy system and to accelerate the energy transition. With 5G, businesses can further expand a data-driven approach to efficiently manage their energy demand and balance the load on the grid." -Massimo Danieli, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy's Grid Automation business. 5G delivers significant connectivity performance improvements for the growing number of mobile, remote, and outdoor applications and complex use cases within industry, transportation, smart cities, and public safety," said Chantal Polsonetti, Vice President, Advisory Services at ARC Advisory Services. "Given its history and leadership in building and managing power and communication networks, Hitachi Energy is well-positioned to help industrial companies harness the power of 5G as they pursue digital transformation, she added. Integrating 5G connectivity in the TRO600 series ensures optimal efficiency for multiple customer use cases across smart cities, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and utility applications. The high throughput supported is expected to drive greater adoption of virtual and augmented reality and video applications to aid operational efficiency and optimize processes. Meanwhile, the ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) allow for greater digitalization of operational infrastructure and scalability of mission-critical control applications. Why hybrid networks matter Hitachi Energy’s hybrid connectivity solutions can provide a combination of interoperable technologies on a single communication network, enabling applications for edge devices, mobile devices, and field networks, spanning environments from dense urban to ultra-rural. A hybrid system can ensure seamless industrial communications even when specific connectivity options may be unavailable or hampered. In addition to the hybrid wireless architecture, Hitachi Energy’s TRO600 series provides robust mission-critical wired backhaul through a selection of gigabit ethernet and fiber interfaces. As the number of devices and applications requiring real-time connectivity grows exponentially, 5G offers unparalleled speed, security, and reliability, enabling businesses to support this growth. It is expected to play a vital role in scaling massive Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mission-critical applications for utilities and other essential industries, where reliable connectivity can increase personnel safety, future-proof the adoption of applications, and provide superior operational efficiency. Wireless Networks | Hitachi Energy About Hitachi Energy Ltd. Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 38,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD. About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, contributes to a sustainable society with a higher quality of life by driving innovation through data and technology as the Social Innovation Business. Hitachi is focused on strengthening its contribution to the Environment, the Resilience of business and social infrastructure as well as comprehensive programs to enhance Security & Safety. Hitachi resolves the issues faced by customers and society across six domains: IT, Energy, Mobility, Industry, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through its proprietary Lumada solutions. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen ($78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com.

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MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

Mobilitie to Acquire Signal Point Systems and Offer 5G Connectivity to U.S. Military Bases

Mobilitie | May 13, 2022

Mobilitie, a BAI Communications company and the leading wireless infrastructure provider in the United States, has closed on an agreement to acquire Signal Point Systems, Inc. (“Signal Point”), a well-established telecommunications infrastructure provider focused on U.S. military bases. The acquisition unites both telecommunication industry leaders under a common ownership structure with a shared mission to accelerate world-class 5G and broadband connectivity for the members of the armed services and their families living and working on base. Mobilitie enables multi-carrier 5G connectivity for mobile network operators, large enterprises, and municipal and government customers, and is the only company that provides full turnkey solutions, including communications towers, DAS, Small Cells, Wi-Fi, fiber connectivity, edge computing, and private networks utilizing unlicensed and licensed spectrum. “Signal Point is a natural fit with Mobilitie and fully aligns with our strategy to continue being the leading neutral host provider of outdoor and indoor wireless solutions in the US.,” said Christos Karmis, CEO of Mobilitie. “Combining Signal Point with Mobilitie will allow us to collectively accelerate 5G and fiber-based broadband connectivity to US military personnel across the country. We all owe the great men and women of our military, along with their families, a great deal of gratitude and respect for their service and honor the sacrifices they make to provide the backbone of U.S. and global security. Mobilitie and Signal Point are committed to bringing the benefits of 5G and ubiquitous broadband connectivity to our armed forces throughout the country.” “With our mission of providing wireless and fiber broadband connectivity to U.S. military bases at scale, it was critical for Signal Point to join forces with an industry leader, and we are incredibly pleased to be joining Mobilitie. Mobilitie has the national scale, technical resources, and operational support to ensure we deliver not only current 5G connectivity, but also the next generation of wireless connectivity solutions. We look forward to accelerating unparalleled and ubiquitous connectivity across U.S. military bases.” Phil Carrow, CEO of Signal Point. “I’m confident Mobilitie’s acquisition of Signal Point will exceed the expectations of the U.S. military, provide world-class 5G connectivity to U.S. military members and their families, and create the foundation for the ‘smart’ military bases of tomorrow,” said Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter (Ret.), Senior Military Advisor to Signal Point. The acquisition closed on May 11, 2022. Mobilitie will integrate operations and will conduct business as Signal Point on military bases and across Department of Defense facilities. Signal Point was represented by TI Partners and Holland & Knight LLP, and Mobilitie was represented by DLA Piper. About Signal Point In its 30+ year history, Signal Point Systems (Signal Point), now a Mobilitie company has established itself as a leader in wireless telecommunications, providing essential and innovative solutions designed to satisfy our customer's evolving needs. Signal Point has transformed itself from a predominantly service-oriented company to one that primarily focuses on developing owned infrastructure on DoD properties. Our core focus is developing towers, small cells, fiber, and now in-building solutions on military installations and DoD facilities and communities adjacent to those military installations. Our objective is to enhance mission effectiveness and quality of life for military members and their families by providing vastly improved commercial telecom solutions. We are the" Easy Button" for telecom deployment on military installations due to our relationships within the DoD community.

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The advent of 5G is seen by many operators as a once in a generation opportunity to converge their networks. Their motives for convergence are varied but include This is in addition to the new service capabilities enabled by the 5G Core (5GC). This is also discussed further in MD-427 (ref. 1). However, the required network transformation is significant, demands substantial investment and needs to be performed “in service”. Broadband Forum has been working in cooperation with 3GPP to define how fixed access to the 5G core will operate. The key concerns raised by operators and embodied in the work is that.

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