IBM, Verizon Business Announce Collaboration on 5G and Edge Computing to Enable Industry 4.0

Verizon | July 17, 2020

Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced they are entering into a collaboration to work together on 5G and edge computing innovation to help enable the future of Industry 4.0. The companies plan to collaborate on solutions combining the high speed and low latency of Verizon's 5G and Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) capabilities, IoT devices and sensors at the edge, and IBM's expertise in AI, hybrid multicloud, edge computing, asset management and connected operations. Many industrial enterprises are today seeking ways to use edge computing to accelerate access to near real-time, actionable insights into operations to improve productivity and reduce costs. To address this need, the first solutions planned from this collaboration are to be mobile asset tracking and management solutions to help enterprises improve operations, optimize production quality, and help clients enhance worker safety.

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MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

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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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Metro Optic Partners with Crosslake Fibre to Deliver Critical Network Infrastructure in North America

Metro Optic | February 02, 2022

Metro Optic (MO) and Crosslake Fibre (CLF) have integrated their networks and service offering to provide turnkey network infrastructure and low latency fiber solutions to large data users in North America. In response to a dramatic increase in demand for diverse, high-performance, ultra low-latency networks between key commercial hubs in North America, the two companies have partnered to deliver a seamless network solution that offers hyperscale connectivity between Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York. "The combination of Metro Optic's strong, local presence in the fastest growing datacenter and interconnection markets in Canada with Crosslake Fibre's high-speed long-haul network between the U.S. and Canada, creates a unique, one-stop solution for large data users with high performance network requirements," -Michael Bucheit, General Manager of Metro Optic. Crosslake Fibre and Metro Optic have built state-of-the-art digital networks in North America and Europe focused on route diversity, performance and scalability. Reaching our customers in more than 40 critical, local data centers and providing long-haul routes to key international locations is a powerful proposition,states Mike Cunningham, CEO of Crosslake Fibre. The joint service offering will include diverse high-count dark fiber, 1G to 100G lit services and ultra low-latency options. Both companies are already majority owners of Maple Leaf Fibre, a joint venture with Utilities Kingston, which is in advanced stages of development and expected to be in service by December 2023. The Maple Leaf Fibre cable system will have a terrestrial segment between Montréal, and Kingston, and a submarine segment through Lake Ontario between Kingston and downtown Toronto. About Metro Optic Metro Optic is one of Canada's largest carrier- and datacenter-neutral builders and operators of high-capacity fiber networks. The company offers dark and lit fiber solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. The Metro Optic network reaches critical corporate and wholesale datacenters and interconnection locations in the greater Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver areas. Metro Optic is an affiliate of Cologix Inc., a leading provider of carrier and cloud neutral hyperscale edge datacenter solutions in North America. For additional information, see www.metrooptic.com. About Crosslake Fibre Crosslake Fibre is an International Network Service Provider (INSP) and developer of fibre-optic projects throughout North America and Europe. Crosslake's innovative approach to operating and developing next-generation networks provides a range of capacity services on new backbone routes for financial services, telecommunications operators and cloud service providers (CSPs). For additional information, see www.crosslakefibre.ca.

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UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS

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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5G

VVDN Technologies announces 5G open RAN IPs for Radio Units and Distribution Units

VVDN | April 26, 2022

VVDN Technologies, a leading provider of engineering, manufacturing and digital services, announced its further development in its ORAN IPs to help OEMs, Telcos and System Integrators, design and deploy enterprise grade as well as macro–ORAN Radio Units and Distribution Units (DU) on option 7.2 split. VVDN 5G ORAN IP Portfolio includes: Fronthaul and baseband layer 1 Low PHY IP fully compatible with ORAN on option 7.2 Full inline baseband layer 1 High PHY running on FPGA for option 7.2 split DU LDPC and PTP offload for DU VVDN's IP stacks are ORAN compliant, Interop tested, runs on FPGA and portable to run on custom ASIC as well. Further they can support different flavours such as single/dual/tri-band RU's for 2T2R/4T4R/8T8R (with optional beamforming), multiple carriers and bandwidths. These IPs can be leveraged by RU/DU ODMs/OEMs, 5G custom ASIC companies, Test & Measurement (T&M) companies and other 5G equipment manufacturing companies for their quick development and rollout of 5G solutions. VVDN is also planning to bring hardware IP's in DU space which would be announced very soon. VVDN's focus and investment to develop these IPR's would ensure India leads in the 5G space and serve global customers in implementing their product. About VVDN Technologies: VVDN is a premier Product Engineering & Manufacturing company focused on designing & manufacturing end-to-end products in the domains of 5G, Networking & Wi-Fi, Vision, IoT, Cloud & Apps. VVDN's India HQ is located at Global Innovation Park, Manesar, Gurugram, India, and it's North America HQ is located in Fremont, CA, USA. VVDN serves global customers across several regions including the US, Canada, Europe, India, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. VVDN has 10 advanced Product Design and Engineering Centres in India, which are fully equipped to design & test the complete hardware & software required to develop a complete product or solution. VVDN's 5 world-class Manufacturing facilities are located at Manesar, Gurgaon, India which includes in-house best-in-class SMT Factory, Molding & Tooling Factory, Product Assembly Factory, Die Casting Factory and Product Certifications labs. VVDN's Engineering & Manufacturing facilities are fully complied to develop & manufacture Enterprise, Consumer, Industrial, and Automotive-grade products.

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Originally developed in 1976 by Xerox at their Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Ethernet is a well-established technology for distributing data around local networks. The term “ether” is used because Ethernet standards can operate over a variety of paths, including coaxial cable, Cat 5, fiber optics and radio waves...

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