FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and NIST Director Walter Copan to Headline Inaugural 6G Symposium

nterDigital, Inc | October 13, 2020

InterDigital, Inc. a mobile and video technology research and development company, and the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University today announced U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Dr. Walter G. Copan will deliver headline addresses at the inaugural 6G Symposium, a two-day virtual conference dedicated to the exploration of 6G. The Symposium is will take place on October 20-21, 2020. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will headline day one of the 6G Symposium with a fireside chat to explore Beyond 5G and 6G initiatives in the United States, hosted by InterDigital CEO Bill Merritt. The discussion will outline current spectrum policy and progress towards 5G deployment and leadership in the U.S. The fireside chat will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00pm.

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In the world of network engineering and operations, network visibility is a much soughtafter yet hard-to-define goal. Generally speaking, communications service providers (CSPs) want more of it, provided that the monitoring activity itself does not put an excessive load on the network or become cost-prohibitive due to the number of probes or the amount of storage required. With the introduction of 5G, operators are looking for greater levels of visibility to help them manage increased complexity, new interfaces, and the separation of control and user plane (CUPS). Operators’ experience with 3G and 4G network technology will only get them so far; 5G introduces new challenges.


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GIGABYTE Revisits CES and Invites Participants to Explore Industries From a Different Perspective

GIGABYTE | January 03, 2022

GIGABYTE is joining CES Virtual with its website extension – INDUSTRY – to present products and solutions that propel digital transformation in industries such as 5G & telecom, automotive, creative & gaming, data centers, manufacturing, and retail. GIGABYTE takes pride in having an incredibly deep portfolio of enterprise products that support cloud, edge, and data centers. There are over 75 servers for AMD EPYC CPU alone, as well as Intel Xeon Scalable CPU, and over 10 servers for Ampere Altra CPU, and not to forget over 20 server motherboards. GIGABYTE offers edge servers developed based on Arm architecture. These high-density Arm servers, using Ampere’s massive 80 / 128 core CPU, provide the performance, storage, network, and above all, the flexibility to be deployed for the next generation of telecommunications where processing work needs to be done on-site. GIGABYTE’s server solutions are also applicable to various industries, and are highly valued by large and small high-tech companies, medical, scientific, academic research, and public institutions, etc., and have successfully assisted them in innovation and breakthroughs in their fields. Our industries are undergoing an invigorating metamorphosis as AI, HPC, IoT, and other breakthroughs bring about a paradigm shift. MyelinTek Inc., an investee company of GIGABYTE developed a deep learning system MLSteam, which includes optimized AI software stacking and comprehensive management tools in a user-friendly interface to make it easier for scientists to train and develop AI integration for autonomous vehicles. With the rapid development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology, GIGABYTE designs decision-making control units for different types of autonomous vehicles, as well as customized products such as ADAS ECUs, TCUs, assisting vehicles designers to develop their ideal products and improve the automotive industry. GIGABYTE has years of proven experience in embedded computers and brought its latest generation of embedded systems to increase the operability of storage, logistic, and manufacturing facilities while lowering labor and management costs with the innovation of AGV, AMR, and Industrial Automation Security System. In the post-pandemic era, GIGABYTE’s embedded solutions integrated with AI and IoT technology helped automate the operation and management of open space rentals, allowing such new services to flourish. GIGABYTE’s reputation to invent top-notch products with innovative VRM and thermal design makes the task to optimize overclocking performance on the latest Intel® Core™ CPUs easy and effective. The Z690 series motherboards provide beyond the essential features and power for both professional creators and gamers alike. Performance is the key to both immersive gameplay and smooth workflow, and GIGABYTE has taken performance above all else with this generation’s AORUS gaming laptops and the AERO creator laptops which are to be released in early 2022. About GIGABYTE it has recently launched INDUSTRY to demonstrate its most pivotal products and solutions for different industries. One of the biggest highlights of the platform is its live chat function. GIGABYTE has arranged experts, who have keen insights on the industries, to standby the live chat and answer questions and inquiries made by CES visitors and buyers as they would at the physical venue. The live chat uses AI-generated avatars to show the status of its live experts, and also as a way to embrace the ‘metaverse’ where virtual merges with reality. The INDUSTRY platform will host all products and solutions GIGABYTE is presenting at CES including trendy topics highlighted in the event and more. GIGABYTE welcomes all visitors to connect through this digital platform and see their industries from different perspectives.

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FCC Selects Anritsu Test Solutions to Conduct SAR and HAC Compliance Tests on 5G Mobile Devices

Anritsu | April 06, 2022

Anritsu Company announces that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has selected the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A, Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C, and Signalling Tester MD8475B to conduct compliance tests on 5G mobile devices. Anritsu has recently installed the test systems in the FCC's Columbia, MD, laboratory to support verification that 5G devices entering the U.S. market meet federal regulations. The MT8000A will be configured with the MT8821C as part of a test system to measure Frequency Range 1 (FR1) and Frequency Range 2 (FR2) Specific Absorption Rates (SARs) of 5G mobile devices. SAR tests measure the RF energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile device. The FCC limit for safe public exposure levels from a mobile device is a SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg). For Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) testing, the FCC will use the MT8000A, MD8475B, and the HEAD acoustics labCORE modular hardware platform designed for high-precision voice and audio quality testing. The labCORE's support of multiple codecs and protocols makes it the ideal reference gateway for modern IP-based communication testing. It fits perfectly into the test system, which will determine whether a handset is hearing aid-compatible or will not interfere with a consumer's hearing aid. Tests are conducted in accordance with the 2019 ANSI standard. About Anritsu Anritsu is a provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions. Anritsu engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for emerging and legacy wireline and wireless technologies used in commercial, private, military/aerospace, government, and other markets.

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Axon Wireless partners with LoginID® to offer Mobile Operator agents and customers the ability to register their mobile SIM

Axon Wireless | April 08, 2022

Axon Wireless, a global player in banking and mobile SIM customer onboarding, announced today that it has signed an agreement with LoginID, to integrate its FIDO-certified passwordless authentication into the Axon Wireless customer provisioning platform. Axon Wireless currently supports Mobile Operators and banks across 10 countries, onboarding on average 3 million customers per month, with over 250 million identities registered with its Axon Face2Face registration software. Axon is also a supplier of biometric registration hardware devices to complement the Face2Face platform and provides an end-to-end solution to its customers, having provided over 50,000 devices and enabling over 20,000 field agents to perform their customer onboarding duties. The integration of FIDO for Mobile Operator agents helps eliminate vulnerabilities with traditional login and passwords, preventing account takeovers and other attack vectors. The use of FIDO2 biometric authentication to secure communications for mobile and banking customers is becoming integral. According to the mobile industry association GSMA, the growth of mobile subscribers in Africa between 2020 and 2025 is poised to grow from 495M to 615M. While the growth of mobile internet users during this same period is forecast to grow from 303M to 474M. Multiple African and Asian countries are currently considering the use of biometrics to be linked to mobile accounts to prevent fraudsters from attacks such as account takeovers, phishing and SIM swaps. "This will be a first for MEA", said Romeo Pestana, COO of Axon Wireless. "Axon Wireless will utilize FIDO biometric security as a part of their digital onboarding services. LoginIDs SDKs make it simple to integrate and provide a highly scalable platform to support our current customer base, and growth into the future." Axon Wireless has been a leader in adopting technology that can provide an edge for their business. By introducing FIDO as part of their process for onboarding customers they are demonstrating they are utilizing the most secure and compliant technology for securing customer interactions, and staying ahead of regulator compliance requirements that are becoming the norm" Thierry Siminger, Head, Telecom Business Unit, GM MEA at LoginID. About Axon Wireless Axon Wireless is a South African based company with R&D, technical support, marketing and sales teams based in South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Austria. Axon Wireless initially created the Axon Face2Face platform for SIM card and Mobile Wallet registration requirements in South Africa and today has grown into a respected Customer Onboarding and Biometrics partner to its many customers across Africa, Middle East and Asia.

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OneLayer Steps Out of Stealth with $8.2M Seed Round to Protect Private 5G Networks

OneLayer | March 15, 2022

OneLayer, a pioneer in securing private LTE/5G networks for enterprises, announced today its launch out of stealth along with an $8.2 million seed funding round led by Grove Ventures and Viola Ventures. Additional investments were made by angel investors from leading cyber and cloud companies, including Avi Shua, founder and CEO of Orca Security, Ariel Zeitlin, founder of Guardicore, Gonen Fink, Head of Palo Alto Networks Israel R&D Center and the founders of Epsagon, Nitzan Shapira, CEO and Ran Ribenzaft, CTO, among others. OneLayer will use the funds to build its product suite for the desired enterprise-grade security and deploy it for customers internationally. Additionally, the company will create a cyber risk assessment and validation lab based on private LTE and 5G technology in collaboration with tier 1 players. For enterprises, the establishment of private LTE/5G networks enables a true connectivity revolution, providing significant benefits such as a jump in connectivity reliability, a dedicated bandwidth with capacity and range and connectivity of IoT devices across vast areas. Over the last several years, increasing numbers of enterprises have begun implementing private LTE/5G networks, a number that is expected to increase significantly over the upcoming years. Security for these networks, however, has lagged significantly behind. While traditional enterprise security tools have evolved over the last decade to achieve their desired standard, most of those tools are not applicable to the cellular domain as they tend to overlook the changes and advancement of the relevant standards and protocols that different cellular networks demand. OneLayer was built to provide organizations with enterprise-grade security on par with the standards of protection that IT and OT networks have access to, but without requiring them to become cellular experts. The company's technology enables network administrators to limit device exposure to those registered on the network by exploring and listing the enterprise domain's existing security tools, integrating them with the enterprise's authorization, authentication and accounting tools (AAA) and extending their capabilities to the organization's cellular domain. By doing so, OneLayer provides a simple, LAN-like way to control their private 5G networks. OneLayer combines our deep knowledge of both cybersecurity and cellular technology and was formed with the mission to help enterprise companies close a significant vulnerability in their networks. Our solution efficiently and effectively addresses the unique challenges facing cellular security for enterprises, giving our customers the ability to build expansive private networks with the highest levels of security tailored for their specific needs and, and beyond the current standards and capabilities of IT and OT networks." Dave Mor, co-founder and CEO of OneLayer. "Until the advent of private LTE/5G networks, enterprise security and cellular security have existed in parallel, but different, orbits," said Renana Ashkenazi, General Partner at Grove Ventures. "That reality is now changed and it demands a new solution. OneLayer is taking on an incredible challenge in addressing this gap in enterprise and cellular security and is building a solution for a very large addressable market. 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In the world of network engineering and operations, network visibility is a much soughtafter yet hard-to-define goal. Generally speaking, communications service providers (CSPs) want more of it, provided that the monitoring activity itself does not put an excessive load on the network or become cost-prohibitive due to the number of probes or the amount of storage required. With the introduction of 5G, operators are looking for greater levels of visibility to help them manage increased complexity, new interfaces, and the separation of control and user plane (CUPS). Operators’ experience with 3G and 4G network technology will only get them so far; 5G introduces new challenges.

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