Data Center Networking,Unified Communications
businesswire | August 10, 2023
Versa Networks, the recognized leader of single-vendor Unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), today announced that the Versa Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution received a Recommended Rating by CyberRatings.org, including passing all Authentication & Identity, Resource Access, Routing & Policy Enforcement, and TLS/SSL tests.
CyberRatings is a non-profit member organization that provides transparency and expert guidance on cybersecurity risks through research and objective product testing. In Q3 2023, CyberRatings conducted an independent “real world” test of Versa’s Security Service Edge (SSE) focused on its Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) capabilities. The tests were performed using Amazon Web Services and CyberRatings’ facility in Austin, Texas. CyberRatings pioneered real world testing of existing and emerging cybersecurity technologies, and its Zero Trust Network Access Test (ZTNA) Methodology test was first published in June 2021.
“We are pleased, but not surprised, to see that the Versa ZTNA has been validated and recommended by CyberRatings, by passing every functional test and delivering extremely high performance,” said Dan Maier, Versa Networks CMO. “While SSE technology is not new to the market, many companies are trying to claim product leadership in the space, and security buyers often have a difficult time determining what level of performance and functionality they should expect from these solutions. Independent testing organizations such as CyberRatings that evaluate products under real world conditions are vitally important to help clear away this confusion, and we are excited that this report shows that enterprises can rely on Versa when looking for a proven ZTNA solution.”
CyberRatings Testing Details for Versa Networks ZTNA
Further details on the CyberRatings ZTNA tests Versa passed include:
Authentication & Identity – Authentication and Identity are essential for the security of the network and users. ZTNA products tested need to support and identify all connections and users, and verify their authentication. In addition, ZTNA products need to prove they can then apply identity-aware policies. Versa ZTNA passed all tests.
Resource Access – In a zero-trust environment, users are provided limited access to data and applications based on their role, rather than having access to entire internal networks. Tested products need to remotely access applications in darknets, apply identity-based access control for these networks, and restrict lateral movement within these networks. Versa ZTNA passed all tests.
Routing & Policy Enforcement – ZTNA products tested must be able to securely route or forward traffic through the cloud service via commonly accepted tunnel methods supported by routers and firewalls and/or via an agent deployed on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. To verify that ZTNA products could consistently and effectively enforce network configuration policies, CyberRatings created a complex, real-world, multiple-zone configuration that supports many addressing modes, policies, and applications, and traffic was tested at each level of complexity to ensure specified policies were enforced. Versa ZTNA passed all tests.
TLS/SSL tests – The use of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol and its current iteration, Transport Layer Security (TLS), is now the norm, with over 77% of web traffic sent over HTTPS. To address the growing threat of focused attacks using the most common web protocols and applications, the capabilities of the ZTNA was tested to detect attacks concealed by encryption and attacks against the encryption protocols themselves. Versa ZTNA passed all tests.
Performance – Making an informed decision regarding the performance of a ZTNA offering requires understanding the impact of the ZTNA on traffic passing through it under various load conditions. The tests in this section measure the performance of a device using traffic scenarios that allow the inference of real-world performance. CyberRatings measured performance with different packet sizes and payloads to capture the ZTNA’s performance curves for HTTP and HTTPS. Versa ZTNA delivered extremely high HTTP and HTTPS throughput across a range of packet sizes and connections per second, delivering an aggregate rated throughput of 930 Mbps.
“As a non-profit, our mission is to provide organizations with objective assessments to help them select security offerings,” said Vikram Phatak, CEO of CyberRatings.org. “It is clear from the results that Versa Networks has built a high-performing and reliable ZTNA solution.”
About Versa Networks
Versa Networks, the leader in single-vendor Unified SASE platforms, delivers AI/ML-powered SSE and SD-WAN solutions. The platform provides networking and security with true multitenancy, and sophisticated analytics via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both to meet SASE requirements for small to extremely large enterprises and Service Providers. Thousands of customers globally with hundreds of thousands of sites and millions of users trust Versa with their mission critical networks and security. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, BlackRock Inc., Liberty Global Ventures, Princeville Capital, RPS Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners.
Mobile Infrastructure,Network Management
5G, Wireless, Wifi, Computer networking, WAN ,LAN, MAN | August 18, 2023
Pivotal Commware, global leader in 5G mmWave infrastructure products, announces the closing of a $102 million Series D round led by Gates Frontier and Tracker Capital. Joining them as co-leads in the round are funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, LLC, and Blue Investment Group. Among Pivotal’s existing investors, Verizon Ventures, Devonshire Investors, Thermo Companies, DIG Investment XV AB and Lux Capital also participated.
Pivotal products, applications and services deliver solutions for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) households to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) at a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and with fast time-to-revenue. By re-directing mmWave signals beyond line-of-sight, Pivotal’s Pivot 5G repeaters extend the wireless coverage area of radio access networks (RANs).
“As data demand grows, a country’s economic success and social development will require widespread access to the Internet, and mmWave is foundational to bring this about,” said Glenn Lurie, Pivotal Board Member, and former President & CEO of AT&T Mobility. “Verizon’s leadership in 5G and mmWave in particular has positioned both Verizon and Pivotal for sustained success.”
“Pivotal is contributing to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) around the world getting their fair share of the broadband market, valued at $100 billion in the US alone,” said Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir, senior advisor to Tracker Capital and the Technology-Telecom team lead at Cerberus Capital Management. “We think Pivotal will be a leading light among future telecom infrastructure providers.”
“Customer demand for data continues to climb and that increased customer demand will benefit from the higher capacity found at mmWave frequencies,” said Brian Deutsch, CEO of Pivotal Commware. “We are delighted to have investors like Gates Frontier, Tracker Capital, and Verizon who share our vision for the future of our crucial and rapidly expanding industry.”
“The number of mmWave CPEs deployed for FWA will triple in four years. Heck, it will almost double in the next 12 months,” commented Joe Madden, Chief Analyst at Mobile Experts Inc. “The technology has been proven over the past two years, and now the operators are stepping on the accelerator.”
The new capital raised will provide the opportunity to invest aggressively in Pivotal Turnkey to drive mmWave FWA coverage for MNOs. Capital and cash flow from operations will also be used to develop next generation software and hardware products and solutions. Citigroup acted as exclusive placement agent to Pivotal Commware.
About Pivotal Commware, Inc.
Pivotal Commware created the world’s first mmWave product ecosystem dedicated to extending the Wireless Edge and coverage area of radio access networks (RANs): WaveScape® network planning tool for optimizing the placement of network elements, Pivot 5G network repeaters for navigating signals around obstacles, Echo 5G subscriber repeaters for penetrating signals indoors through window glass, and Intelligent Beam Management System platform for managing and optimizing the repeater network. Pivotal repeaters use its patented antenna technology, Holographic Beam Forming® for lowest cost, size, weight, and power consumption (C-SWaP). Pivotal Turnkey Services is an end-to-end solution for planning and deploying fixed wireless access (FWA) for Mobile Network Operators. The company is privately held and headquartered in Bothell, Washington.
GlobeNewswire | September 12, 2023
Casa Systems (Nasdaq: CASA) today announced that UScellular selected the Company’s new AurusLINK Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) outdoor device to provide a high-speed broadband internet solution for homes and businesses. Casa Systems’ AurusLINK was selected for its compact, self-install outdoor design that quickly and reliably connects to the 5G network for a superior FWA broadband internet experience.
With nearly five million customers nationwide, UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States. Its Home Internet customer base has doubled over the past 18 months, and it recently celebrated passing 100,000 customers. As UScellular looks to accelerate its Home Internet growth, Casa Systems’ AurusLINK – which is being branded as the ‘UScellular Outdoor Receiver’ – will expand the operator’s addressable market with an FWA device that is simple to install by customers across diverse urban, suburban, and rural markets. In addition, it reliably and consistently delivers true broadband speeds – eliminating the challenge many in-home 5G gateways face with poor signal strength and slower speeds.
“With its nationwide 5G footprint and diverse spectrum assets, UScellular is an innovative wireless operator that selected the AurusLINK as a complete, self-install solution to fuel the expansion of its Home Internet service to more customers,” said Steve Collins, SVP of Access Devices at Casa Systems. “UScellular’s customers will enjoy superior coverage and seamless connectivity as our devices and smartphone app ensure the optimal signal and performance to reduce product returns and churn issues associated with more traditional in-home 5G gateways. We look forward to working with UScellular to continue to provide access devices that maximize the capacity, reach and performance of their 5G network.”
Similar in size to a smartphone, the AurusLINK/UScellular Outdoor Receiver addresses the needs of today’s customers with its compact design and simple, self-install device that provides immediate internet service. Leveraging over a decade of fixed wireless expertise including several large deployments with Tier 1 operators around the world, Casa Systems’ FWA offerings deliver an unmatched user installation experience with the world’s most advanced tools. This complete solution equips customers with everything necessary for installation in various locations including an easy-to-use app with step-by-step instructions and network intelligence to locate the best 5G signal.
“Adding a self-installed external device to our in-home connectivity solutions gives our customers more flexibility to choose the option that provides the best performance for them,” said Eric Jagher, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at UScellular. “We are committed to providing our customers with fast, reliable connectivity, and Casa Systems offers proven technology that delivers reliable, high-performance 5G services that will make a real difference in our customers’ lives.”
Beyond FWA, the two companies are collaborating on bringing innovative hardware and software solutions to market to support UScellular’s growth strategies.
For more information about Casa Systems’ extensive FWA portfolio, visit https://www.casa-systems.com/product-categories/fixed-wireless/
About Casa Systems, Inc.
Casa Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASA) 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, Casa Systems creates 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 maximizes 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/.
Network Infrastructure,Wan Technologies
prnewswire | August 17, 2023
Cambium Networks,a leading global provider of networking solutions, today announced strong results from its GDS practice and that its fixed wireless infrastructure solutions continue to evolve and support broadband applicationsfornational defense, federal and civilian agencies, public safety,andnational law enforcement.Cambium Networks delivers field-proven wireless connectivity for military battlefield, border, garrison, and infrastructure deployments.
"There are no second chances when it comes to mission critical defense communications," saidMorgan Kurk, president and CEO of Cambium Networks. "Whether it's during conflict or providing support at ports and bases, the military needs dependable communications that just work—the first time and every time."
In the first half of 2023, Cambium Networks has been awarded multiple contracts in government, defense, and security, including:
U.S. Air Force - delivered hundreds of deployable Connectivity Kits as a part of the Theater Deployable Communications RFK2 project (with partnerFairwinds Technologies)
U.S. Army 5G Backhaul Program (with partnerFuture Technologies Venture)
U.S. Army National Training Center: Cambium Networks Backhaul
U.S. Army Tactical Force Protection Program: Achieved Milestone B Approval; Beginning Full Rate Production
U.S. Army Missile Defense program: Second Iteration and Product Delivery
U.S. Special Operations Forces: Cambium Networks Connectivity Kit
Federal and Civilian Agencies
White House Communications Agency:Cambium Networks Connectivity Kits
FBI National Security Program:Cambium Networks Microwave Backhaul
Milwaukee County: Microwave Upgrade, Hardware, and Professional Services
Clifton, New Jersey: Public Safety Network Expansion, Hardware, Installation, and Professional Services
Lenoir County: Public Safety Network Expansion, Hardware, Installation, and Professional Services
Howell, New Jersey: Public Safety Network Expansion, Hardware, Installation, and Professional Services
Midland, Texas- Public Safety Network Expansion, Hardware, Installation, and Professional Services
In the first half of 2023, Cambium Networks also launched a series of new products and updates targeted for the GDS market, including:
The XE3-4TNhigh-performance Wi-Fi 6/6E outdoor access point
LINKPlanner V6.1.1: Updated Release Includes the Introduction of mmWave support
PTP 700Software Release 700-03-56:Received FIPS 140-2certification
About Cambium Networks
Cambium Networksenables service providers, enterprises, industrial organizations, and governments to deliver exceptional digital experiences and device connectivity with compelling economics. Our ONE Network platform simplifies management of Cambium Networks' wired and wireless broadband and network edge technologies. Our customers can focus more resources on managing their business rather than the network. We deliver connectivity that just works.