Mizzou and AT&T offer course on how 5G can tackle community problems

TechRepublic | February 28, 2020

One of President Barack Obama's well-known quotes just resurged in the media, thanks to a new book which gets its title from a very relevant (notably in this election year) quote: "We are the change that we seek." And that change has resonated with 19 University of Missouri (Mizzou) students; Mizzou and AT&T launched the course "Connectivity and 5G," which explores the impact of wireless technology. Connectivity and 5G will explore advanced wireless technology's impact on campus environments.  It uses a multidisciplinary approach with both students and instructors from a variety of fields of study, including business, engineering, journalism, and architectural studies.  Students earn course credits for projects, which may potentially inform new use cases and user experiences in the areas of education, healthcare, public safety, sports, entertainment, to name a few.

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The concept of Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) has rapidly gained acceptance among enterprise users. The market is poised to expand further as demand for both licensed solutions and managed service offerings is experiencing robust growth. Recent reports(1) forecast that sales of SD-WAN solutions should range between $2.2 billion and $3.1 billion by 2022.


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DATA CENTER NETWORKING

Cambium Networks Fixed Wireless Broadband Technology Selected for US Army Force Protection Program

Cambium Networks | July 07, 2022

Cambium Networks (NASDAQ: CMBM), a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions, today announced that they have delivered the initial order of Microwave Line-of-Sight radios to Advanced Technology Systems Company (ATSC) as a part of the the SSS program. ATSC is the prime contractor for the $191 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the U.S. Army's SSS program of record and a leader in force protection systems and border and maritime surveillance systems. The single award IDIQ contract with ATSC has an estimated completion date in 2029. "Federal security surveillance systems demand the best available performance and must include the most stringent security and rugged capabilities, Cambium Networks' defense portfolio fully meets or exceeds these requirements. We are proud to contribute to another strong national defense communications program." Bryan Sheppeck, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Cambium Networks Cambium Networks' federal and defense solutions are vetted wireless communications for military battlefield, border, garrison and infrastructure applications with the following certifications: FIPS 140-2 NTIA SPS JF12 spectrum certification MIL-STD-810H Multiple layers of FIPS-validated security including physical, certificate, and over-the-air-rekey security TAA Compliant hardware and ancillary items Cambium Networks provides a comprehensive suite of hardware, software and managed solutions that support multi-gigabit connectivity for federal, municipal, enterprise and service provider applications. The comprehensive wireless fabric portfolio of Wi-Fi access points, switches and fixed wireless technologies—all unified by the cnMaestro™ cloud management system—enables networks to run efficiently and easily scale to meet increasing demand. About Cambium Networks Cambium Networks delivers wireless communications that work for businesses, communities, and cities worldwide. Millions of our radios are deployed to connect people, places, and things with a unified wireless fabric that spans multiple standards and frequencies of fixed wireless and Wi-Fi, all managed centrally via the cloud. Our multi-gigabit wireless fabric offers a compelling value proposition over traditional fiber and alternative wireless solutions. We work with our Cambium certified ConnectedPartners to deliver purpose-built networks for service provider, enterprise, industrial, and government connectivity solutions in urban, suburban, and rural environments, with wireless that just works.

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WIRELESS

Oceus Supports US Army AR/VR with Advance 5G Testing Systems and Tools

Oceus | May 21, 2022

Under the DOD’s 5G to Next G program effort at Fort Hood, Texas, Oceus has successfully completed Phase I and has been awarded the follow-on Phase II and III effort to continue supporting advanced application prototypes and then full-scale implementations to achieve the individual project outcomes enabled by 5G technology. Oceus, as part of the Fort Hood Network Enhancements award, has developed several solutions that integrate into a 3GPP compliant 5G Developmental Core Network. These solutions serve as part of a mobile Cell on Wheels system deployed to conduct live testing and demonstrations. Tools currently being delivered are ONmission®, providing SecDevOps and Radio Frequency planning, and ONcast® supplying a Virtual Private Network (VPN) natively supporting multicast applications. In addition, the Tough Mobile Device-5G (TMD-5G) extends network-enabled devices into the 5G network, providing a variety of interfaces such as Wi-Fi, RS232 and Ethernet for testing and supporting legacy simulation environments. This partnership provides the AR/VR program the ability to achieve their testing objectives and plan for transition to operational use objectives,” Jeff Harman, Oceus President and CEO. About Oceus Oceus is a global technology innovator providing 5G network solutions to government and enterprise customers. We deliver extensive broadband connectivity with dedicated and dynamic spectrum, massive MIMO, and network slicing in deployable, enterprise and cloud-based solutions that solve unique communication and data challenges in a wide range of a public and private networks. Our edge computing capabilities provide low latency, ultra-high reliability and enhanced security for wireless IoT devices and applications. The Oceus Intelligent Controller provides software-defined network orchestration using AI/ML to automate the management of 5G enterprise systems and applications. Oceus is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with Oceus Technologies, our R&D Lab, in Plano, Texas, and our Integration and Operations Center in The Colony, Texas.

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DATA CENTER NETWORKING

NEXCOM Releases 5G uCPE for Multi-Access Edge Computing Deployments

NEXCOM | June 09, 2022

NEXCOM, a leading supplier of network appliances, introduces FTA 1170, its new Intel-based uCPE powered by the Intel Atom processor family. FTA 1170 is the centerpiece of the nexCPETM product line, which addresses all requirements of the 5G core network and covers both wired and wireless broadband applications. This 1U rackmount features an impressive port count of different types and link speeds to provide multiple Ethernet connectivity. 5G private and public networks are gaining popularity, as the number of connected users and devices increases daily. More and more enterprises are willing to migrate from legacy internet access to a 5G private network, for its advanced customization in terms of security and management, higher speeds, and lower latency. With relative simplicity of deployment, expanded functionality, and flexibility, it is easier to choose a new appliance rather than trying to retune outdated equipment. NEXCOM's FTA 1170 uses the Intel Atom processor with built-in MAC and Intel QuickAssist Technology (QAT) for crypto acceleration. This 1U rackmount supports wireless connectivity via a few add-on module options ranging from Wi-Fi 5/6, 4G, and 5G, offering customers' the most desired configuration for a wireless route effortlessly. For wired connectivity, there are twenty-four 2.5GbE switch copper ports, four 10GbE copper and fiber ports, and one expansion slot for a LAN module. FTA 1170 covers versatile use cases and works equally well as uCPE, switch-server or multi-access edge compute (MEC) server. About NEXCOM Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, NEXCOM integrates its diverse capabilities and operates six global businesses, including the Network and Communication Solutions (NCS) unit. NCS focuses on the latest network technology and helps to build reliable network infrastructure, by delivering professional design and manufacturing services for customers all over the world. NCS's network application platform is widely adopted in Cyber Security Appliance, Load Balancer, uCPE, SD-WAN, Edge Computing, Storage, NVR, and other network applications for businesses of all sizes.

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Edgecore Networks Rolls Out the World’s First Open and Interoperable Hospitality Solution Based on TIP OpenWiFi

Edgecore Networks | June 24, 2022

Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of traditional and open network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, today announces the launch of the world's first full-stack OpenWiFi hospitality solution for ISP and MSP customers, leading the way forward ushering in collaboratively created OpenWiFi business model for hotels. Edgecore’s Open and Interoperable Hospitality Solution is led by ecCLOUD™, one of the first TIP OpenWiFi 2.0 based enterprise controller that can manage hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi Access points (APs) from both Edgecore as well as any other hardware vendor with compatible OpenWiFi software. In addition, Edgecore’s EAP104, the world's first open hospitality and multi-dwelling units (MDU) dedicated Wi-Fi AP, not only works with Edgecore’s ecCLOUD but also with any TIP OpenWiFi compatible controller. The agility to provide network management and application services in a rapidly changing and demanding environment is crucial for success in the hospitality and MDU markets. However, existing proprietary network infrastructures hinder the development of innovative application services and hold back effective cost control. In view of this, Edgecore has actively led the way adopting the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) OpenWiFi to unlock limitations and create an OpenWiFi compatible infrastructure with commercial expansion value, rewriting the nature of hospitality Wi-Fi networks. ISPs and MSPs are now no longer bound by a single vendor but can flexibly choose mixing and matching from different cloud controllers, Wi-Fi APs, and switches. And, by using an open API to rapidly develop application services, whether they are self-developed or in cooperation with third-party partners, the time for launching new services and new applications is greatly shortened. All of this significantly reduces capital expenditure and operating costs and reduce TCO by up to 50%. Chris Busch, TIP Open Converged Wireless Co-Chair said: “TIP has been dedicated to reinforcing the global OpenWiFi ecosystem by working closely with Wi-Fi industry leaders. Edgecore’s expertise in cloud controllers has made the OpenWiFi 2.x stack accessible and practical, and unleashed countless innovation possibilities for ISPs and MSPs. We believe this is a highly scalable and efficient solution for hospitality providers worldwide” Edgecore’s ecCLOUD and Wi-Fi AP both use the latest version of TIP OpenWiFi 2.0, released for commercial use. TIP OpenWiFi 2.0 utilizes uCentral, a lightweight agile communications framework that can dramatically cut cloud hosting costs. In addition, TIP OpenWiFi’s open architecture enables Edgecore to work with application service providers to develop services including Smart Indoor Location Solution, network quality of experience (QoE), network security and other services. The Smart Indoor Location Solution is now available for trial use, and the world's first hospitality- and MDU-dedicated TIP OpenWiFi AP, EAP104, will be available for test appointments from now on, being officially launched in Q3 2022. To accelerate development of TIP OpenWiFi based innovative ecosystem applications, Edgecore also provides a TIP OpenWiFi Facilitating Program, for free. As part of the program users can perform remote TIP OpenWiFi testing through ecCLOUD without the need of downloading the CloudSDK, accelerating the creation of their own TIP OpenWiFi based solutions. “Edgecore’s full-stack OpenWiFi hospitality solution unbinds ISPs and MSPs from closed network infrastructures and introduces unlimited innovation possibilities and business potential. As one of the earliest and active TIP OpenWiFi partners, Edgecore Networks will keep working with TIP to grow the OpenWiFi ecosystem together globally.” Tengtai Hsu, Vice President of Edgecore Networks About Edgecore Networks Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading networking ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for data center, service provider, enterprise, and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking, providing a full line of open 1G-400G Ethernet OCP Accepted™ switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, optical packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software. About the Telecom Infra Project The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. Half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet, and for those who are, connectivity is often insufficient. This limits access to the multitude of consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet, thereby impacting GDP growth globally. However, a lack of flexibility in the current solutions - exacerbated by a limited choice in technology providers - makes it challenging for operators to efficiently build and upgrade networks. Founded in 2016, TIP is a community of diverse members that includes hundreds of companies - from service providers and technology partners, to systems integrators and other connectivity stakeholders. We are working together to develop, test and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions that deliver the high quality connectivity that the world needs - now and in the decades to come.

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The concept of Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) has rapidly gained acceptance among enterprise users. The market is poised to expand further as demand for both licensed solutions and managed service offerings is experiencing robust growth. Recent reports(1) forecast that sales of SD-WAN solutions should range between $2.2 billion and $3.1 billion by 2022.

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