Ericsson Launches 5G Software Plug-Ins

Ericsson | June 17, 2016

Ericsson has created some software plug-ins for networks to evolve toward 5G, perhaps in an effort to generate some buzz around 5G while it goes through the sluggish process of spectrum deals and standards work. The software-driven plug-ins aim to bring 5G-like capabilities to existing networks with commercial availability targeted for 2017.Ericsson touts the plug-ins as a way to serve 5G use cases from mobile HD video, to driverless buses, to feedback-enabled drones. Ericsson’s marketing machine has been touting the use-cases angle of 5G. At Mobile World Congress in February, Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson, talked about network slicing as a way to use the same network infrastructure but create slices for particular industry verticals and their specific use cases.

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Tango Networks Launches Major Service Upgrade, Deploys 5G-Ready Business Mobile Service Architecture with Price Reduction

Tango Networks | June 23, 2022

Tango Networks today announced a major upgrade of its award-winning Mobile-X Extend service, introducing lower pricing and a next-generation services architecture for migration to 5G. The upgraded Tango Extend service includes: VoLTE support for carrier-grade voice communications with the broadest availability across served markets. Faster call set-up times and more efficient network utilization for higher quality user experience. A new IMS core service architecture ready for HD voice and 5G connectivity where available and a foundation for future migration to next-generation mobile voice, video, messaging and data services. Lower latency data communications. Along with these technical upgrades, wholesale tariffs for Tango Extend services have been decreased effective June 1 in the United States and later this year in the United Kingdom. Tango Extend automatically integrates mobile phones into company communications systems, turning mobiles into business extensions and allowing users to operate their phones’ native dialers for business calls without a separate UC app. This makes the user experience dramatically better. The service also enables business communications on personal mobile phones to be captured and recorded for retention and compliance. “Today’s work-from-anywhere world demands communications that tie in employees everywhere they work, while giving their employers precise control over those communications, Mobile phones are the simplest and most effective communications choice for companies to maximize worker productivity in any location and streamline operations. Tango Extend is the new standard for modern ‘Mobile First’ business communications.” Andrew Bale, Tango Networks Executive Vice President The service is the industry’s first to use eSIMs to add a business-controlled extension to an existing phone in minutes. Tango Extend allows employees to use personal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phones for business, eliminating the need to carry two devices. The service creates dual user personas. Personal communications use the personal SIM and remain private, and business communications use the business number with the business SIM. The solution cuts a company’s carbon footprint by enabling it to eliminate phones and converge on a single device. It also allows a company to significantly expand its business communications reach to encompass previously disconnected workers, including firstline employees and contractors. Winner of more than 10 best new product and channel awards, the advanced version of Mobile-X, Tango Extend, utilizes Tango Networks’ fixed-mobile convergence technologies covered by more than 90 patents. Businesses use Tango Networks solutions for Mobile Unified Communications (Mobile UC), Mobile First and Mobile Only communications, and work-from-home, hybrid and work-from-anywhere flexibility. The solutions bring fully integrated business communications to mobile employees, deskless workers and firstline workers, many for the first time.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Telefonica Selects Mavenir for Cloud-native IMS Core

Mavenir | June 06, 2022

Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today confirms its selection by Telefónica Hispam (Hispanoamérica) to supply cloud-native IMS Core for fixed and mobile networks across Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. As mobile networks continue to evolve, and to handle growing data and device needs, Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS platform serves as the foundational technology for 5G networks. The transition to automated, cloud-native IMS, will allow Telefónica Hispam to evolve all fixed and mobile voice services and modernize operations. The solution will be deployed on TCloud, Telefónica’s private telco cloud infrastructure. Mavenir’s IMS is purpose-built for fully automated cloud environments, allowing Telefónica to operate with web-scale agility, ensuring 5G transformation is layered on existing 4G networks using a microservice-based architecture. Deploying zero-touch Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), containerized environments increase productivity and leverage current network investment with a 5G-ready, cloud-native IMS core platform. Alejandro Ghianni, Planification and Engineering Director at Telefónica Hispam said, “At Telefónica, we appreciate that core network functions must be modernized to support network evolution, and virtualized architectures will need software that supports both VoLTE and 5G Voice. We are very excited to embark on this network transformation journey with Mavenir.” “Only a cloud-native network, evolved into a fully web-scale platform, can meet the requirements for a successful 5G transformation. Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS Core can be deployed on any cloud eliminating legacy hardware platforms. This mobile-first architecture has been deployed in a variety of large multivendor environments including O2 Telefónica in Germany and Virgin Mobile O2 in the UK. We are very pleased to have been awarded this important project by Telefónica Hispam. Javier Gavilan, Mavenir’s Chief Technical Officer CALA region “Mavenir is the global leader in cloud-native mobile network software applications, supporting over 3 billion subscribers worldwide. Mavenir’s modernized, software-based approach transforms mobile communications networks, to operate in a fully virtualized environment, where devices, applications, and services can run on an automated network utilizing open architectures, containers, and artificial intelligence,” concluded Gavilan. About Mavenir: 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. About Telefónica Hispam: Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Spanish America. The company operates under the Movistar trademark and offers fixed broadband connectivity services -with FTTH solutions- and mobile with 4G networks, as well as a wide range of digital services for more than 109 million residential and business customers in the region. Telefónica Hispam offers its services in: Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

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Keysight’s Participation in O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 Enables Ecosystem to Speed Open RAN Technology Development and Specifications Maturity

Keysight | July 01, 2022

Keysight Technologies, Inc. a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, participated in the fourth global PlugFest event organized by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, accelerating development of Open RAN (O-RAN) technologies with open standard interfaces, intelligence and security. Keysight Open RAN Architect (KORA) solution portfolio enabled 15 vendors, 4 mobile operators and 2 Open Testing and Integration Centers (OTIC) at 3 PlugFest venues and 5 labs across Asia, Europe and North America to verify integration of multi-vendor network functions and compliance to O-RAN specifications. Keysight collaborated with leading vendors and mobile operators on industry first demonstrations in key areas of innovation including: Evaluation and assessment of energy savings features using live networks traffic profiles which have shown significant reduction in energy consumption for a multi-vendors cloud-native O-RAN system. Enablement of RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) assisted artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) optimization for energy savings and admission control use cases, as well as an orchestration framework that supports rapid deployment of test and validation for near-real time RICs and xApps. Pre-certification testing of the O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU), automated security testing for DevSecOps with 3GPP Security Assurance Specification (SCAS) test cases, Denial of Service (DoS) and fuzzing attacks simulations and performance testing of O-RAN Xhaul transport network elements’ fronthaul implementation under real-world conditions. “Keysight is pleased to collaborate with partners in the fourth O-RAN Global PlugFest during which we have successfully completed several industry-first demonstrations in key areas including energy savings, RIC-enabled AI/ML based optimization, test automation framework for RICs and applications, pre-certification testing, DevSecOps security with attacks simulation and transport network elements performance testing,” Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Network and Operators group Fourteen Keysight solutions were used to make progress in the development of technical and test specifications for open standard interfaces, Xhaul transportation, O-Cloud, RIC, and AI/ML that enabled use cases and O-RAN security requirements. Keysight worked with the global PlugFest hosts, sponsors and labs in: Europe with Telefonica (European OTIC in Madrid) Taiwan with Auray Technology Corp. (OTIC in Taiwan) United States with AT&T and DISH (co-sponsors) in the COSMOS Testbed sandbox at WINLAB, Rutgers University, POWDER Platform at the University of Utah and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory PlugFest participants seamlessly integrated KORA software and hardware platforms to test the following: O-RAN Energy Savings - Keysight’s O-RAN Energy Savings test solution was used to demonstrate reduction in power consumption for a multi-vendors O-RAN system that includes containerized O-DU and O-CU software, O-Cloud software and hardware including state of the art processors with telemetry and power management features and accelerators using live network traffic profiles. Collaborators: Intel, Radisys, Vodafone and Wind River This test solution consists of O-RU emulator with embedded UEE capabilities (RuSIM), core emulator (CoreSIM) and test automation framework (PathWave Test Automation) for stateful emulation of the network digital twin to test the O-RAN system. Keysight’s power analyzer (PA2203A IntegraVision) performed precise real-time measurements of the power consumption throughout the tests. The company’s Performance Benchmarking Solution (PBM) characterized the O-RAN system’s energy consumption/savings profiles and performed closed loop optimization of power savings parameters used in the O-RAN system modelled after energy savings rApps. O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU) – Keysight’s O-RAN O-RU test solution consisting of the company’s O-DU emulation (Open RAN Studio), radio frequency (RF) signal sources and analyzers (UXA signal analyzer, VXG signal generator), and test automation framework (PathWave Test Automation) provided pre-certification testing of the O-RUs including validation of 3GPP and O-RAN conformance and performance of the open fronthaul control, user, synchronization and management planes implementation across RF and protocol measurement domains. Collaborators: Foxconn, Kinpo Electronics and LITEON O-RAN End-to-End (E2E) – Keysight’s RAN test solution consisting of UEE capabilities (UeSIM) and CoreSIM assessed small cells E2E performance, security and latency under load and stress test conditions. Collaborators: LIONS Technology, LITEON, Pegatron Corp., SageRAN and WNC O-RAN Near and non-Real-Time RICs, xApps and rApps - Keysight’s RIC and xApps/rApps test solution (RICtest) was used for three scenarios: Energy savings use case for large scale O-RAN network simulation with Juniper Networks Energy Savings rApp leveraging the O-RAN compliant O1 interface for the collection of standards-compliant performance metrics and reconfiguration of Keysight RIC tester emulated E2 nodes. Collaborator: Juniper Networks 4G eNB Admission Control rApp and xApp, with Keysight’s RIC test solution providing O-RAN network simulation of 60 eNBs across several tracking areas and device emulation of hundreds of onboarding subscribers and Juniper Networks’ Non-RT RIC and Admission Control rApp providing the overall governance across multiple Near-RT RICs. Collaborator: Juniper Networks A powerful cloud-native platform for O-RAN test automation that enables vendors to automatically test and validate O-RAN near-real time RICs and xApps on-demand, across a customizable parameter space with Keysight’s RICtest O-RAN Near-real time RIC test software integrated with University of Utah’s POWDER “lab as a service” automation framework (PLAF). Keysight’s RICtest was deployed with updated Open Networking Foundation’s software-defined RAN near real-time RIC. Collaborator: POWDER Platform at the University of Utah O-RAN Security - Keysight’s O-RAN Security test solution consisting of UEE (UeSIM),CoreSIM, transport network testing solution (IxNetwork) and transport network impairment solution (Network Emulator 3) to perform testing of security test cases specified by the O-RAN Security Focus Group (SFG) / WG11 including 3GPP SCAS automated tests, DoS and Fuzzing attacks on the O-RAN system. Collaborator: Pegatron Corp. O-RAN Xhaul Transport Network Elements - Keysight’s O-RAN Xhaul transport network test solution consisting of O-DU, O-RU emulation (IxNetwork / Novus) and precision timing system (Metronome Timing System) to validate transport network elements’ performance, benchmarking latency characteristics of fronthaul traffic under real-world conditions specified by the O-RAN Xhaul transport WG9 and measurement of relative time error between multiple O-RUs. Collaborators: Cisco Systems Inc, Juniper Networks and IP Infusion 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.

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Open XR Forum Expands Membership with Juniper Networks, Sumitomo Electric and Arrcus

Open XR Forum | June 10, 2022

Open XR Forum announced today that Juniper Networks, Sumitomo Electric and Arrcus, have joined the industry initiative to advance the deployment of software-configurable point-to-point and point-to-multipoint coherent optical networks utilizing XR optics pluggable transceiver technology. These new members bring essential expertise and world-class experience in routing, access/edge networks and software to the Open XR ecosystem. Their contributions and participation in the Forum will help drive multi-vendor, interoperable solutions to enable high bandwidth, software-configurable, coherent optics from the core to the edge of the network. Juniper is a leading supplier of routing and switching solutions, network security, AI-enabled enterprise networking operations and software-defined networking technologies. Sumitomo Electric Industries is a leading global provider of advanced optical communications and radio frequency solutions with a proven track record supplying access network equipment to telecommunications carriers and CATV operators. Arrcus provides virtualized routing solutions with best-in-class software for Data Centers, 5G/Access networks and Cloud Networking. "Juniper is pleased to work with the Open XR Forum members, to advance the development of intelligent coherent pluggables. We are excited to be part of the Open XR vision of transforming network architecture to deliver major advances in performance, cost and network agility to meet the rapidly expanding capacity requirements for cloud, datacenter and 5G traffic," said Brendan Gibbs, SVP Product Management, Juniper Networks. "Building a robust multi-vendor ecosystem is essential to enable network operators to achieve the substantial savings and increased network capabilities provided by XR optics technology. As critical members of the value chain, these new members mark a significant step forward in the realization of the XR optics network vision," Dave Welch, Infinera Co-Founder Open XR Forum is an MSA consortium bringing together network operators, equipment vendors, and component suppliers committed to building the foundation for a new generation of coherent optical solutions that will cost-effectively meet demand for greater network scalability and flexibility. XR optics is the industry's first coherent optical solution to solve the access and aggregation challenges faced by network operators caused by the misalignment between network traffic patterns and the technology used to transport that traffic. Open XR Forum membership is expanding rapidly to cover a wide range of industry participants which currently includes AT&T, BT, Colt, Crown Castle, Infinera, Liberty Global, Lumen Technologies, Telefónica, Verizon, Windstream and ZAYO. Read more about the benefits of Open XR Forum. An introductory whitepaper about Open XR Concept is also available as well as the Forum's first set of specifications. About Open XR Forum Open XR Forum was founded to foster collaboration between its members to facilitate the adoption and accelerate the growth of network architectures leveraging intelligent point-to-point and point-to-multipoint coherent pluggable transceivers. Members will work to ensure the products and services developed align with existing standards and operational models by driving the standardization of network interfaces and electro-mechanical hardware interfaces, demonstrating interoperability, establishing multi-sourcing potential, and developing and publishing new specifications as needed. This will accelerate the wide adoption and deployment of XR optics' innovative technology by a broad spectrum of network operators in a wide variety of applications. Open XR Forum membership is intended for network operators, network equipment vendors, and component suppliers.

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