GoZone WiFi & Wi-Fi NOW Partner to Promote the Use of World-class Wi-Fi Analytics Everywhere

TalkCMO | March 03, 2020

The world’s leading Wi-Fi industry media and advisory organization Wi-Fi NOW is teaming up with St. Petersburg, Florida-based Wi-Fi analytics experts GoZone WiFi to promote the adoption of world-class Wi-Fi analytics everywhere. The responsible use of data gleaned from venue Wi-Fi services is an increasingly important source of insight into consumer behavior. GoZone WiFi becomes Wi-Fi NOW’s official Wi-Fi analytics partner for 2020. “There are precious few companies who offer the right tools and really know how to extract value from Wi-Fi analytics, and we believe GoZone WiFi (GoZone) represents this industry’s most comprehensive vendor-independent option right now. As Wi-Fi begins to conquer more territory with Wi-Fi 6 and new 6 GHz bands, the value of Wi-Fi analytics as a source of marketing data will increase,” says Claus Hetting, CEO & Chairman of Wi-Fi NOW.

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5G Networks Continue to Enhance Wireless Capabilities

5G Americas | January 19, 2022

With 5G global connections now exceeding 438 million, 5G networks are well on their way towards becoming the dominant global standard for wireless cellular communications. Today, 5G Americas, the voice of 5G and 4G LTE for the Americas, announced the release of its latest comprehensive annual overview of 5G and 4G LTE networks entitled, “Cellular Communications in a 5G Era. “After three years of 5G network deployments, the industry is moving toward the enhancement phase of this generation of wireless cellular. These networks are beginning to change the technology landscape for new applications with their high data speeds and very low latencies.” -Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas Cellular Communications in a 5G Era” is an annual update to previous versions, which provides a complete overview and reference source for 5G and 4G LTE networks to date, which had been created by Rysavy Research. Topics in this white paper include: Overview of 5G’s impact and intensifying role on networks and industries Statistics demonstrating how 5G is the fastest growing generation of cellular wireless technology ever deployed Factors impacting 5G network rollout, including architecture, spectrum, standards, and technologies Updates on 5G and 4G LTE enhancement timelines Discussion of 5G use cases across different vertical industries, including smart cities, manufacturing, automotive, and many more Further details on improvements in voice, industrial IoT, and public safety services Additionally, the white paper covers updated developments on spectrum use and availability, cellular V2X communications, key supporting technologies like fixed wireless access, virtualization, cloud-native, open RAN, and edge networking, as well as AI and machine learning. “The sheer flexibility of 5G wireless cellular networks will continue to drive innovative use cases. More 5G capabilities will emerge as key enabling technologies and standardized 5G radio and core network architecture are developed, bringing about new use cases to many industry verticals.” - Brian Daly, 5G Americas working group leader and Assistant Vice President, Standards & Industry Alliances for AT&T For a look at previous comprehensive updates on 5G and 4G LTE networks, take a look at: “Global 5G: Rise of a Transformational Technology.” About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas 5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to facilitate and advocate for the advancement and transformation of LTE, 5G and beyond throughout the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at 5G Americas’ website and Twitter.5G Americas’ Board of Governors Members include Airspan Networks Inc., Antel, AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Intel, Liberty Latin America, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Shaw Communications Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Telefónica, VMware, and WOM.

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Kyocera Integrates Walkie Talkie Application in Microsoft Teams on Ultra-Rugged 5G Smartphones for Frontline Workers

Kyocera | April 21, 2022

Kyocera (TOKYO:6971), a North American leader in rugged mobile solutions, has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to integrate the Walkie Talkie application in Microsoft Teams on ultra-rugged 5G Android smartphones. Kyocera’s DuraForce Ultra 5G and DuraSport 5G, both available on the Verizon 5G network, feature a dedicated Push-to-Talk (PTT) button easily programmed for seamless, instant voice communication using the Walkie Talkie app in Teams. The Walkie Talkie app in Teams is available for free to users of Teams with an active Microsoft 365 subscription. Teams also offers flexible shift scheduling and seamless task management for frontline workers who operate in remote, often harsh environments such as construction, manufacturing, transportation and more. Kyocera’s rugged 5G smartphones are optimized for PTT communication with powerful batteries, loud audio, and a variety of PTT accessories. Both DuraSport 5G and DuraForce Ultra 5G are certified MIL-STD-810H, engineered to withstand drops, dirt, water immersion and the elements, and can be washed and sanitized, making them ideal for remote workers. Walkie Talkie in Teams is built on the tier-D compliant Microsoft 365 cloud, ensuring that Walkie Talkie communications are secure and only authorized members can access each channel. The app operates over cellular or Wi-Fi and prevents crosstalk and eavesdropping, unlike traditional radios which are susceptible to eavesdropping and interference from outsiders on the same frequency. With Walkie Talkie in Teams, users don’t have frequency static that can be found in analog devices, and they can easily switch between channels and groups. Teams provides frontline workers with a single destination for collaboration and communications, with tools like messaging, file sharing, calling, calendaring, tasks, and PTT all in one place. With Kyocera’s 5G smartphones, remote workers can hold secure meetings, video calls, document collaboration and use built-in cloud storage, all powered by the most advanced 5G network as well as Wi-Fi. Users have secure, instant access to always-on voice chat and multimedia sharing for time-sensitive information through the cloud. Providing seamless collaboration, Walkie Talkie in Teams is always available, even when devices are locked or busy with other applications. Teams is available for download from the Google Play store to all Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G and DuraSport 5G users with an active Microsoft 365 subscription. “Frontline workforces – those who spend most of their time away from a desk, either on jobsites or in factories — have grown exponentially in recent years, and reliable technology tools are crucial to their success,” explained Vipul Dalal, Divisional Vice President of Kyocera’s Communications Equipment Group. “Our rugged 5G smartphones are designed for workforce productivity in harsh, noisy environments. Walkie Talkie in Microsoft Teams on Kyocera smartphones provides secure, instant communication to workers on a noisy construction site, between truck drivers or in a busy warehouse – with virtually no lag time.” Kyocera Business Solutions This new relationship with Teams is part of Kyocera’s Total Solution, which uses technology to help improve business productivity including rugged devices and service support along with applications and accessories from a large partner ecosystem. Dedicated support lines, overnight advanced device replacement, custom provisioning, custom repair, lifecycle management, and more help our valued business customers. The company’s rugged devices, which incorporate more than a decade of rugged device research and development, offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than non-rugged devices by holding value for a far longer period: they cost less in repairs and replacement, do not require expensive aftermarket cases, and – most importantly – function reliably in critical environments, ensuring that business continues without interruption. About KYOCERA Kyocera International Inc.’s Communications Equipment Group (CEG) is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. With a history of quality and innovation delivering many “firsts” to the U.S. market, Kyocera is the leader in rugged mobile solutions. Launching more than 100 waterproof and rugged mobile devices globally over the last 10+ years, Kyocera strives to offer rugged, reliable technology as an integral part of a total mobile offering: combining MIL-STD-810H-compliant ruggedization and enterprise-grade security with a partner ecosystem, industry-specific applications and innovative accessories. Working with leading service providers, Kyocera has created a “Total Solution” offering that helps deliver a significantly lower total cost of ownership to a wide range of industries such as public safety, transportation and construction. White glove services including overnight advanced replacement, custom provisioning, repair and more, help improve productivity for business customers. When it comes to blending performance, durability and support, Kyocera’s rugged mobile solutions are in a class of their own.

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Pollen Mobile Partners With CalChip Connect to Accelerate Deployment of Its Next-Generation Decentralized Mobile Network

CalChip Connect, | May 10, 2022

CalChip Connect, one of the world's leading decentralized wireless communications hardware distributors, has entered into a distribution partnership with Pollen Mobile, the first privacy-focused mobile network that is owned and operated by its users. As part of the partnership, CalChip Connect will sell hardware compatible with the Pollen network – including a range of base stations called 'Flowers' – directly to consumers and network entrepreneurs, accelerating the deployment of the anonymous, high-speed wireless network. To mark the partnership, CalChip will be launching a limited drop of a new type of outdoor Pollen Flower called the 'Elderflower' – essentially a more robust version of Pollen's existing 'Dandelion' model – on Tuesday, May 10 at noon ET / 9am PT via CalChip's online store. Additional Pollen eSIMs will also be made for sale at Pollen's online store. We've been highly focused on advancing the future of decentralized mobile networks. Partnering with a leader like Pollen will catapult our efforts. Pollen has tremendous potential to revolutionize mobile connectivity, and has built the right infrastructure to support scale." TJ Rancour, President and Co-Founder of CalChip Connect. Pollen Mobile's network is open source, powered by blockchain technology, and built for privacy. It provides an anonymous, accessible, and affordable alternative to traditional mobile carriers. Members of the Pollen Mobile community are rewarded with PollenCoin, a Solana-based cryptocurrency, in return for contributing services to the network, including providing coverage, validating coverage, and transferring data for end users. "The rapid growth and enthusiasm of the Pollen community since we launched in January has been incredible. We have been selling out of hardware as fast as we can build it," said Anthony Levandowski, Founder and CEO of Pollen Mobile. "CalChip will help us catch up with the community's demand, and we're super excited to work with their team to rapidly bring the future of mobile communications into the present." About CalChip Connect CalChip Connect (CCC) is the nation's leading IoT distributor. Its passionate team combines extensive supply chain experience with an intimate understanding of the market for connected devices, to expedite access to the highest performing devices in the market today through a modern eCommerce shopping experience. More than just an eCommerce store, CCC helps manufacturers achieve scalable distribution with global warehousing, high-tech sourcing, supply chain management consulting, and component sourcing. About Pollen Mobile Pollen Mobile is catalyzing the development of the world's first decentralized, user owned and operated mobile network designed for privacy and anonymity. By utilizing open source technologies and protocols, a crypto economy built around the PollenCoin token, and working with partners such as CalChip Connect, Pollen is giving its users the power to take back their mobile privacy with an affordable alternative to traditional mobile carriers.

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NETWORK SECURITY

CTIA Launches 5G Security Test Bed for Commercial 5G Networks

CTIA | January 14, 2022

CTIA announced the launch of its 5G Security Test Bed (STB), a security testing and validation initiative dedicated to commercial 5G networks. CTIA created the STB in partnership with organizations across wireless, tech, and academia to test 5G security recommendations across real-world conditions using commercial-grade equipment and facilities. The 5G Security Test Bed's founding members—AT&T, Ericsson, T-Mobile, UScellular, MITRE, and the University of Maryland (UMD)—contribute invaluable industry expertise that strengthens the STB's ability to enhance the wireless security ecosystem and ensure strong protections on 5G networks. 5G is the most secure generation of wireless technology, with enhanced protections built into it from the ground-up. The STB was created to build on this foundation, testing use cases, making recommendations, and further bolstering 5G's security to benefit consumers, enterprises, and government. Governed by industry leaders, guided by government priorities, and managed by CTIA, the test bed is the latest in a series of steps the industry has taken to make 5G the most secure network ever. Its founding members developed the initiative through their participation in CTIA's Cybersecurity Working Group, which convenes the world's leading telecom and tech companies to assess and address the present and future of cybersecurity. The STB primarily focuses on verifying the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII recommendations for 5G networks. The STB will also serve as a valuable industry resource for CSRIC VIII, focused on 5G security, which launched in June, and includes CTIA SVP and CTO Tom Sawanobori among its members. This initiative will complement and bolster the FCC's 5G security efforts, validate its recommendations, and demonstrate 5G security features, with cross-industry groups working collaboratively to test use cases and products on an actual 5G network using real-world hardware and software, said Sawanobori. The test bed's first configuration, built with Ericsson equipment, mirrors the initial setup for most 5G networks—a 5G radio access network is connected to a 4G core to create a 5G non-standalone (NSA) network. In 2022, the STB's configuration will shift to a 5G standalone (SA) network using a 5G core, which will enable testing of 5G SA use cases. The STB is located at a secure lab facility at the University of Maryland, leveraging personnel with extensive experience in wireless security. The wireless core network is hosted in Northern Virginia by MITRE, a not-for-profit research and development company. The 5G Security Test Bed's evaluations and recommendations cover issue areas that will help transform cities, government, and industries. Applications include autonomous vehicles, immersive augmented reality and virtual reality, automated factory operations, private 5G networks for enterprises, and much more. 5G STB Member Quotes "We are excited to have a network dedicated to testing security, which is paramount for the success of 5G. This effort builds on the work underway in standards setting bodies, such as 3GPP, and will enable the industry to demonstrate 5G security in a real-word setting for consumers, enterprise businesses and government." — Chris Boyer, VP, Global Security and Technology Policy, AT&T "Ericsson has worked closely with operators to provide the latest equipment to expand secure 5G networks and devices across the nation. We are pleased to play a major role in this next critical step in ensuring robust 5G security for all users. Critical Infrastructure, in particular, must have secure and resilient communication end to end, while maintaining the trust and integrity of its supply chain. Ericsson is proud to be such a trusted supplier, as we provide much of that next-gen equipment from our 5G Smart Factory in Lewisville, TX and services from across the U.S." —Jason Boswell, VP and Head of End-to-End Security, Ericsson North America 5G is the most secure generation of wireless networks to date, and we are dedicated to enhancing those protections even further. We're thrilled that the 5G Security Test Bed will provide an environment to assess potential threats to 5G security raised by security researchers.— Drew Morin, Director, Federal Cyber Security Technology and Engineering Programs, T-Mobile The work being done by this collaborative group to evaluate and validate assumptions is important for protecting the integrity and security of 5G data. We're looking forward to contributing to the security of 5G for consumers, business and government, now and as the technology continues to evolve. — Narothum Saxena, Vice President of Technology Strategy & Architecture, UScellular Securing 5G networks is whole-of-nation problem with significant implications for our economic and national security that requires collaboration across industry and government. Ensuring the next generation of wireless networks is secure and reflective of democratic values will provide an invaluable foundation for further innovation. — Charles Clancy, Senior Vice President, General Manager, and Chief Futurist, MITRE Labs At UMD, we pride ourselves on training the next generation of engineering leaders and conducting research that advances network and device performance and security. This industry collaboration greatly enhances our ability to meet those objectives. — Wayne Phoel, Ph.D., Visiting Research Engineer, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland Additional information about the 5G Security Test Bed and how to participate is available at www.5GSecurityTestBed.com. About CTIA CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association's members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry's leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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