Facebook acts to halt far-right groups linking Covid-19 to 5G

Theguardian | April 12, 2020

Facebook has stepped up efforts to stop the promotion of baseless conspiracy theories linking Covid-19 to 5G, after research highlighted a “toxic cocktail” of far-right-influenced groups pushing the idea alongside incitement to attack telecommunications infrastructure. Groups in the UK promoting the conspiracy theory on Facebook – often linking it to explicitly antisemitic messages – have been growing at a significant rate, warned the campaign group Hope not Hate. The largest group in the UK, Stop 5G UK, added almost 3,000 members in just 24 hours from 6-7 April while another, Direct Action Against 5G, gained more than 1,400 members in its first week after it was created on 31 March.

Spotlight

Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications, and massive machine-type communication (mMTC) are well understood and highly anticipated 5G use cases. The big challenge for network operators is how to support these use cases, and more, on the same network.
Much of the buzz to date has centered on 5G-NR (new radio), virtualized core, and mm-Wave spectrum. Receiving far less attention, but equally important as the new radio interface, is the evolution of the transport network that connects 5G nodes to enable the key 5G use cases—simultaneously.


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Airgain® Receives Innovation Award From Public Safety Broadband Technology Association

Airgain | February 24, 2022

Airgain, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRG), a leading provider of advanced wireless connectivity technologies and systems used to enable high performance networking across a broad range of devices and markets, today announced that it has been awarded the Andrew Seybold Award for Technology Innovation by the Public Safety Broadband Technology Association (PSBTA). The award was announced at the 10-Year Anniversary Celebration for FirstNet®, hosted by the PSBTA, the Public Safety Spectrum Alliance (PSSA), and All Things FirstNet. FirstNet® is the only nationwide wireless broadband communications network dedicated to America’s first responders and public safety community. It was created through legislation signed in 2012 by President Barack Obama and built out through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T.Airgain collaborated with FirstNet and AT&T to build one of the first devices to leverage its high performance user equipment (HPUE™) standard built for FirstNet® MegaRange™, which helps to improve coverage issues, whether at the edges of coverage or in dense urban environments. The AirgainConnect® AC-HPUE™ combines a rugged 6-in-1 outdoor antenna with an integrated HPUE LTE modem for maximum connectivity. It was launched in early 2021 and has been rolling out nationwide since. AirgainConnect AC-HPUE and its future derivatives represent a bold new platform that will serve both immediate and future connectivity needs of first responders. “We are honored to receive this award from the PSBTA, We believe that lives count on connecting and it is critical that our first responders and their equipment be able to stay connected at all times. We are grateful that our work with FirstNet and AT&T has been recognized by the industry and we will continue to focus on solving many of the connectivity issues that plague the industry now and in the future.” -Morad Sbahi, Senior Vice President of Global Product and Marketing at Airgain About Airgain, Inc. Airgain is a leading provider of advanced wireless connectivity technologies and systems used to enable high performance wireless networking across a broad range of devices and markets, including consumer, enterprise, and automotive. Airgain’s mission is to connect the world through optimized integrated wireless solutions. Combining design-led thinking with testing and development, Airgain’s technologies are deployed in carrier, fleet, enterprise, residential, private, government, and public safety wireless networks and systems, including set-top boxes, access points, routers, modems, gateways, media adapters, portables, digital televisions, sensors, fleet tracking, in-vehicle networking, and asset tracking devices. Through its pedigree in the design, integration, and testing of high-performance wireless modules and antenna technology, Airgain has become a leading provider of integrated communications products that solve critical connectivity needs. Airgain is headquartered in San Diego, California, and maintains design and test centers in the U.S., U.K., and China. For more information, visit airgain.com, or follow Airgain on LinkedIn and Twitter. Airgain, AirgainConnect, and the Airgain logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Airgain, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Power & Tel Recognized by VIAVI Solutions With 2021 Velocity Partner Award

VIAVI Solutions | December 22, 2021

Power & Telephone Supply Co. (Power & Tel), a leading distributor in the communication industry, is pleased to be recognized by VIAVI Solutions with their Velocity Partner STAR Award this year. The VIAVI Velocity Partner Recognition Program recognizes and rewards channel partners that have demonstrated commitment to delivering outstanding results to help customers transform their business with VIAVI network test, monitoring and assurance solutions.Power & Tel distributes communications products and solutions used to build and maintain communication networks to around 70 different countries, serving a wide reach of customers from top telecom companies to rural cable and wireless providers to electrical and utility companies. The company has been working together with VIAVI Solutions for years to serve and connect our expanding networks. Together, we work with our customers to create end-to-end solutions for building and maintaining their networks, and keep them meeting and exceeding the ever-growing standards of the communication industry. “We congratulate our award recipient Power & Tel for outstanding achievements in 2021, and we thank them for their dedication to achieving common business goals,Together with our amazing partners, we create solutions that allow our mutual customers to command the network and deliver excellent end-user experiences.” -Barry Johnson, Vice President of Global Channels, VIAVI. We are very proud to receive the Velocity STAR award from our valued partner VIAVI Solutions. This award is a welcome recognition of Power & Tel's dedication to serving our customers with the right suppliers,said Melissa Seibring, Director of Marketing, Power & Tel. After many years working together, I believe that Power & Tel and VIAVI have a strong reputation for delivering exceptional products with reliable service and expertise throughout our distribution network. VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government, and avionics. VIAVI works with a global network of channel partners, resellers, and distributors through the Velocity Partner Program. Built on a strong technology foundation and backed by a commitment to a best-in-class partner model, this value-based program empowers VIAVI partners with incentives, promotions, and tools to grow their business and offer the best possible service. About Power & Tel Founded in 1963, Power & Tel's extensive distribution system provides service providers and contractors an effective way to get the wide range of products needed to build and maintain communication networks. As a WBENC-certified Women-Owned Business and value-add partner, the company also offers efficient solutions for the management of material and transactions, asset visibility, and maximizing resource and facility capacity. Company headquarters are located in Piperton, TN, with branch offices and distribution centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Power & Tel's inventory, experience and technologies can help reduce costs within your supply chain and allow you to reach your profit objectives. To learn more visit www.ptsupply.com or call 800-238-7514.

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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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Sequans to Expand 4G and 5G Partnership with Renesas

Sequans | January 06, 2022

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a leading provider of cellular IoT chips and modules, announced an expansion of its existing 4G/5G licensing agreements with Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723, "Renesas"), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, granting special rights to Renesas that strengthen the go-to-market opportunities for Sequans' LTE-M/NB-IoT Monarch 2 and Taurus 5G platforms. In particular, by building on Renesas' extensive sales, distribution and customer support capabilities, the deal allows Sequans to expand its serviceable addressable market to India. Additionally, Renesas will take a small equity stake in Sequans, and Renesas' Executive Vice President and Head of IoT and Infrastructure business unit, Dr. Sailesh Chittipeddi, will be nominated for election to the Sequans board of directors at the June 2022 shareholder meeting. The combined value of the business agreements and the equity investment, which is expected to close by January 14, 2022 subject to customary closing conditions, is approximately $20 million. These multi-year agreements are designed to allow Sequans and Renesas to achieve several mutually beneficial goals. First, the agreements provide better control of manufacturing and product cost, which is especially important given the current supply challenges. Second, the agreements reinforce the joint product offerings and expand market opportunities. Third, the equity stake and board seat facilitate management alignment to strengthen the partnership and make the joint business successful. "We are pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Renesas with both the LTE-M/NB-IoT and 5G businesses, as well as the opportunity to add Dr. Chittipeddi to the Sequans board,The expanded agreements reinforce our sales strategy and provide access to numerous new opportunities with a unique competitive solution while allowing us to leverage Renesas' strong global brand and manufacturing advantages." -Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. Renesas values Sequans' comprehensive cellular IoT offering, which brings our global customers and us advanced 4G/5G IoT capabilities that can address the broadest scope of applications and develop new markets with unique needs," said Dr. Sailesh Chittipeddi. "Our deepening collaboration with Sequans enhances our global presence with best-in-class cellular IoT solutions. About Sequans Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and supplier of cellular IoT connectivity solutions, providing chips and modules for 5G/4G massive and broadband IoT. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia Cat 4/Cat 6 4G and high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com, and follow us on Twitter and Linked-In.

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Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications, and massive machine-type communication (mMTC) are well understood and highly anticipated 5G use cases. The big challenge for network operators is how to support these use cases, and more, on the same network.
Much of the buzz to date has centered on 5G-NR (new radio), virtualized core, and mm-Wave spectrum. Receiving far less attention, but equally important as the new radio interface, is the evolution of the transport network that connects 5G nodes to enable the key 5G use cases—simultaneously.

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