Ericsson to up 5G Core R&D, T-mobile US Plans Standalone 5G Core This Quarter

Ericsson | July 24, 2020

With sub-6 GHz 5G deployments in a mature markets scaling rapidly–that’s to say nothing of a mixed bag of consumer interest–operators are now looking to bring the full 5G feature set to market through a transition from non-standalone to standalone 5G. Standalone 5G refers to a shiny, new, cloud-native core capable of offering up network slices, a key part of offering differentiated enterprise services and the new revenue that comes with that. On the company’s most recent earnings call, Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm noted “strong demand for our cloud-native and 5G core portfolio” with “significant Tier 1 customers.” He expects to see revenue off those deals next year and said the vendor was going to up its R&D spend. “In response to this strong market momentum, we decided to increase our R&D investments,” Eckholm said, adding that the long-term value created from those investments will ultimately outweigh the short-term financial impacts on financial margins. Ericsson recently announced its working with Japanese operator SoftBank to provide a “cloud-native, dual-mode” 5G core. Dual-mode refers to simultaneous support for evolved packet core and cloud-native core; the idea is to allow for a smooth migration of services from 4G and non-standalone 5G to full-on standalone 5G.

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T-Mobile Launches Transformative 5G Home Internet in Metro by T-Mobile Stores Nationwide

T-Mobile | March 14, 2022

T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) is launching its breakthrough 5G Home Internet service for Metro by T-Mobile customers in more than 7,000 Metro stores across the country. This move makes the Un-carrier first to launch a fixed wireless home broadband service for prepaid customers, with no credit check and no annual contracts. Metro by T-Mobile customers with an eligible address can now sign up for prepaid 5G Home Internet for just $50/month and a one-time gateway purchase, through their local Metro by T-Mobile retail store. We’re bringing more choice and competition to the broadband industry again, this time for our Metro by T-Mobile customers. Families across the country are in desperate need of a new choice when it comes to home internet,” said Jon Freier, President of T-Mobile’s Consumer Group. “In 2022, a reliable home broadband connection isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. So we’re doing our part to make broadband more accessible everywhere, with the power of our 5G network.” About T-Mobile Home Internet for Metro by T-Mobile T-Mobile Home Internet for Metro is no-BS home internet for just $50/month. It’s fast, reliable, prepaid home broadband that runs on T-Mobile’s game-changing 5G network. Metro by T-Mobile customers with an eligible address and one or more voice lines can now get: Home internet for a flat price – it’s $50/month, with Autopay, plus a one-time $99 payment for the 5G gateway. That’s it. No annual contracts, no data caps, no activation fees, and no credit check. Easy self-setup— forget about waiting for an install. Just plug in the gateway, download the app and you’re connected in less than 15 minutes. Speeds that let you work, play, stream, chat, game and more. A dedicated support team that is just a call or message away. About T-Mobile T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) 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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CMG blazes a trail with world's first 5G livestreaming studio on high-speed train

CMG | January 07, 2022

Livestreaming ultra-high-definition (UHD) videos from a bullet train moving at 350 kilometers per hour must surely be an extremely tall order, but the China Media Group (CMG) has never been one to shy away from a daunting challenge. CMG unveiled the new state-of-the-art livestreaming studio on the high-speed railway line connecting Chinese capital Beijing with Olympic co-host city Zhangjiakou on Thursday, showcasing the country's primacy in multiple fields of cutting-edge technology.The opening of the studio, which features the novel application of 5G+4K/8K+AI technology in UHD TV live broadcast on a high-speed railway, is a testament to CMG's commitment to embracing technological innovation and offering premium coverage of the 2022 Olympics to the widest possible audience. During the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Shen Haixiong, president of CMG said that it's the duty and mission of CMG to tell Beijing Winter Olympic stories well and open a new chapter in the promotion of the Olympic Movement, culture and Chinese sportsmanship as an international mainstream media outlet, a Chinese national media group and the host broadcaster. Shen also spotlighted the difficulty in maintaining reliable and resilient 5G signals in a fast-moving carriage and acknowledged the hard work done by related agencies including China Railway, China Railway Beijing Group, China Unicom, China Mobile as well as CMG, who pooled resources to bring the project to fruition despite the challenging network conditions. China's first autonomous high-speed service, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway line went into operation in 2019, reducing the travel time between the two Olympic competition zones from over three hours to 47 minutes. The smart trains are equipped with special areas to store ski gear and doping samples collected and provide wireless charging and intelligent light adjustment. With less than a month to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing is abuzz with anticipation. China hopes hosting the Games will help the country cement its position as a new winter sports destination and bring 300 million people into the fold of winter sports. For such high stakes, the CMG chief brims with a confident smile. "CMG has always taken it as its mission to promote, report and broadcast the Beijing Winter Olympics," said Shen. "This is our duty and responsibility," he added.

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DMS Named A Top CPA Network By mThink For Ninth Consecutive Year

DMS | January 27, 2022

Digital Media Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: DMS), a leading provider of technology-enabled digital performance advertising solutions connecting consumers and advertisers, announced for the ninth consecutive year it has received a leading spot on mThink’s Top 20 CPA Networks List. Coming in at No. 2, DMS was recognized for the exceptional and consistent performance of it’s brand-direct advertising solutions, stemming from evaluations by top advertisers and publishers within the worldwide performance marketing community.In addition to earning a leading spot on the mThink “Top 20 CPA Networks” list, DMS was ranked fifth on the mThink “Best Pay-Per-Call Networks” list of 2022. Offering a multitude of custom pay-per-call solutions, DMS provides one of the most extensive offer sets in the industry, unparalleled benefits and service to its publisher partners and effective inbound call campaigns that connect advertisers with high-intent, interested consumers the moment they’re ready to engage. Acting as a point of connection between leading advertisers and successful, high-quality publishers, DMS helps grow businesses by sourcing new, quality customers through more channels than advertisers can reach on their own. DMS leverages the latest tracking and quality assurance technology, proven conversion-enhancing optimization techniques and expert, one-on-one support to help advertisers and publishers achieve their advertising and monetization goals across diverse media channels. “When it comes to DMS, our toolset - inclusive of our first-party data asset, proprietary tech stack and expansive digital media reach - is simply unmatched,With each of these assets working seamlessly together, our team is able to create optionality for consumers while providing businesses with customer acquisition campaigns that scale growth, offer visibility into the customer experience and provide accountability for every media dollar spent. The consistent recognition that DMS has received from mThink is a direct reflection of our ability to create a standout solution portfolio with, and for, our advertiser clients and publisher partners.” -David Cantrell, EVP of Brand Performance for DMS. mThink’s Top 20 CPA Networks listing is informed by a four-month, industry-wide survey, input from a Blue Ribbon Panel of industry experts and weighted data, including expert views, traffic data and measures of industry influence. With nine consecutive rankings, DMS has cemented its position as an innovator and trusted industry leader, continuing to provide top-tier levels of customer service, professionalism and ROI. “We are ecstatic to once again be recognized by our clients, industry peers and colleagues, all of whom have been instrumental in our success and a huge part of our journey at DMS, This continued recognition through mThink is a testament to our incontestable dedication to our client’s success and the strength of our working relationships, many of which extend well past a decade. Our core values have revolved around providing our clients with the best service and solutions the industry has to offer, and will continue to do so.” -Amber Paul, SVP of Distribution for DMS DMS has received consistent recognition for its dynamic performance marketing solutions and experienced team of industry leaders, most recently earning a spot on Inc. magazine’s Best Led Companies of 2021 list. With consistent collaboration, innovation and exceptional management, DMS was selected from more than 10,000 companies, recognizing the profound impact each DMS leader has had on the company, its employees and the larger performance marketing industry. About Digital Media Solutions Digital Media Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: DMS) is a leading provider of technology-enabled digital performance advertising solutions connecting consumers and advertisers within auto, home, health and life insurance plus a long list of top consumer verticals. The DMS first-party data asset, proprietary advertising technology, significant proprietary media distribution and data-driven processes help digital advertising clients de-risk their advertising spend while scaling their customer bases. Learn more at https://digitalmediasolutions.com.

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Zyxel Communications to Join Open Networking Foundation Aligning With Projects Focused on Broadband Transformation

Zyxel Communications | January 24, 2022

Zyxel Communications now is a member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit operator-led consortium driving transformation of access and edge network infrastructure.Zyxel will join two of the foundation’s ongoing projects: VOLTHA and SEBA. VOLTHA is an open-source project creating a hardware abstraction for broadband access equipment. It supports the principle of multi-vendor, disaggregated, “any broadband access a service” for the central office. VOLTHA is an access network component of SEBA – a lightweight platform based on a variant of R-CORD. SEBA supports a multitude of virtualized access technologies at the edge of the carrier network, including PON and G.Fast. Through its ONF membership, Zyxel will help bring state of the art white-box hardware to other community members and share expertise in manufacturing and production, driving community cooperation, and delivering easy-to-deploy hardware and software solutions to the world’s service providers. “By bringing Zyxel’s telecommunications experts into the ONF fold, we’ll be better able to solve problems at the edge. We’re ready to get to work,” -Timon Sloane, vice president, marketing and ecosystem at ONF. ONF’s work improving broadband technologies at the edge is critical, now more than ever,” said James Harris, Vice President and Head of Zyxel Communications EMEA. “It’s an honor to join the foundation and help make these advances available to developers around the world. More information about ONF can be found here: https://opennetworking.org/ About Zyxel Communications Zyxel Communications delivers technological innovations and has connected the world to the internet for more than 30 years. Whether establishing access through fixed or mobile broadband solutions, Zyxel Communications offers a comprehensive and flexible portfolio of products that’s keeping service providers ahead of the competition.

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