5G

Nokia Announces Partnership with Brazil’s CPQD to Jointly Develop 5G O-RAN Solutions

Nokia | February 17, 2021

Finnish vendor Nokia announced a partnership with Brazil's Telecommunications Research and Development Center (CPQD), which is a independent government-subsidiary examination body, to mutually create applications and arrangements dependent on the Open RAN-compliant near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC).

In a release, Nokia said that the partnership will zero in on 5G use cases in participation with Nokia's Brazilian mobile operator customers. Those utilization cases will incorporate fixed wireless access (FWA), smart cities, IoT for Industry 4.0, and basic networks, which will be customized for the Brazilian market.

Nokia additionally said that the partnership will use Nokia's Service Enablement Platform (SEP), which joins the capacities of the RIC and multi-access edge processing (MEC). The joint effort is intended to make creative use cases that use Nokia's advanced AirFrame open edge worker arrangement and will permit CPQD to investigate the potential of 5G to convey an upgraded network performance  with lower energy utilization, greater reliability, and security, the vendor added.

“This is an important collaboration that will help to shape the future of 5G networks in Brazil,” said Frederico Nava, director of solutions and consulting at CPQD. “We look forward to a fruitful and successful partnership with Nokia and look forward to introducing a range of innovative 5G-based use cases to the market.”

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DATA CENTER NETWORKING

EarthCam Selects Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G for World’s First Multi-Network 5G Camera System

Sierra Wireless | June 22, 2022

Sierra Wireless a world leading IoT solutions provider, today announced that EarthCam, a leading provider of webcam content, technology and services, has selected Sierra Wireless’ AirLink® XR80 5G router for their world-first multi-network 5G camera system, the StreamCam 5G. World’s First Multi-Network 5G Camera System Sierra Wireless’ AirLink XR80 5G provides EarthCam’s StreamCam 5G with the fast, ultra-low latency and reliable 5G connectivity needed to send an almost unlimited amount of visual data from high resolution live-streaming cameras, easily allowing users to keep up to date on the progress of a project, or share their location with vastly improved file transfer times. Large amounts of data from environmental, safety and security sensors can be quickly accessed, and the camera also features AI capabilities. First announced in October of 2020, EarthCam’s 5G multi-network camera system offers 4K streaming, 12-megapixel photography and built-in time-lapse capabilities. “Sierra Wireless is an excellent partner, supporting EarthCam as we pioneer next-generation live-streaming cameras, 5G is the future of webcam technology and it is becoming indispensable as clients require increasingly high quality video data, accessible from anywhere. Our collaboration with Sierra Wireless delivers efficient and powerful new solutions for entertainment, construction safety and AI analytics. With 5G and Sierra Wireless’ AirLink XR80 router, we’re able to drastically cut file-transfer times for a full day of recordings from two hours to five minutes.” Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam Sierra Wireless’ AirLink routers including the XR80 5G and the RV55 LTE-A Pro, are essential for EarthCam’s all-weather cameras for multi-year project documentation, such as time-lapse videos of the NFL’s largest stadium, Los Angeles SoFi, Denver International Airport and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site in Manhattan. “EarthCam systems are renowned for reliable operation for many years in the field, plus easy configuration, deployment and management,” continued Mr. Cury. “Sierra Wireless’ industrial grade, reliable wireless devices are an important component of these industry-leading solutions.” “The Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G router is purpose-built to maximize connectivity, reliability, and security for both mission-critical and business-critical applications,” said Tom Mueller, Vice President, Product Management, Sierra Wireless. “It delivers consistent primary and backup connectivity for both public and private networks ensuring that connectivity is “always-on”, making it ideal for EarthCam’s 5G implementation. Its seamless global connectivity enables users to easily monitor jobsites remotely in real-time and is an integral part of the EarthCam solution. The router provides the secure and reliable network connection to stream live video from EarthCam’s cameras to the cloud, enabling new applications and increased capabilities.” Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G High-Performance Multi-Network Router Purpose built for mission-critical environments and high performance business-critical 5G applications, the XR Series routers, which includes the AirLink® XR80 5G, improve the performance and reliability of video streaming, video offload, voice communications and other data-intensive and time-sensitive use cases by ensuring that the router connects to the best-performing network, at the right time. This is achieved through AirLink OS, which features Cognitive Wireless, Sierra Wireless’ patented technology that automatically delivers sub-second switching to the best available network. The AirLink XR Series was designed for operational simplicity, from initial set up and configuration, with zero-touch out of the box provisioning, to ongoing management. Part of the 5G solution portfolio that includes management software and reporting systems, 24x7 support, routers, antennas, and accessories, the XR80 5G is managed by the AirLink Management System (ALMS), a cloud-based management platform which includes remote device management and mobility-focused reporting through AirLink Complete. Additionally, an embedded LPWA cellular radio, connected through Sierra Wireless Global Connectivity, provides an always-on out-of-band management link to ALMS. This unique capability provides zero touch provisioning and a link of last resort from the router to its management platform, to ensure the ongoing operational success of these 5G deployments. How 5G is Supercharging Visual Data for Monitoring, Documentation and Promotion The combination of low latency and high data throughput provided by 5G has increased the capabilities of project documentation and public outreach, enabling large networks of cameras to stream ultra-high definition video in real-time, and provide vast amounts of bandwidth making 4G wireless congestion a concern of the past. This and its ability to enable advanced analytical capabilities will have a major impact on virtual tourism, smart cities, transportation networks, and commercial environments, offering improved safety, security and documentation. Availability EarthCam offers 5G as an option throughout their entire product line. Both the AirLink® XR80 5G and RV55 LTE-A Pro routers are available to order from Sierra Wireless’ global network of partners. About Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless is a world leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network services, and software to unlock value in the connected economy. Companies globally are adopting 4G, 5G, and LPWA solutions to improve operational efficiency, create better customer experiences, improve their business models, and create new revenue streams. Sierra Wireless works with its customers to develop the right industry-specific solution for their IoT deployments, whether this is an integrated solution to help connect edge devices to the cloud, a software/API service to manage processes with billions of connected assets, or a platform to extract real-time data to improve business decisions. With more than 25 years of cellular IoT experience, Sierra Wireless is the global partner customers trust to deliver them their next IoT solution. About EarthCam EarthCam is the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video, time-lapse construction cameras and reality capture solutions for corporate and government clients. EarthCam leads the industry with the highest resolution imagery available, including the world’s first outdoor gigapixel panorama camera system. This patented technology delivers superior multi-billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving important projects and events. EarthCam has documented over a trillion dollars of construction projects around the world. The company is headquartered on a 10-acre campus in Northern New Jersey.

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NETWORK SECURITY

Mobileum and Digis Squared Announce Partnership to Provide Comprehensive Edge-to-Edge Network Testing and Analytics

Mobileum | May 24, 2022

Mobileum Inc. ("Mobileum"), a leading global provider of analytics solutions for roaming and network services, security, risk management, testing and service assurance, and subscriber intelligence, and Digis Squared, a market leader in network services and AI-assisted tools, announced today that the companies have entered a strategic partnership to bring a comprehensive set of network testing and cognitive optimization solutions to market. The collaboration brings together Digis Squared's deep expertise in developing cognitive tools to automate and analyze radio network and edge-to-edge performance, and optimizing networks and capacity management to benefit the customer experience, and Mobileum, whose highly scalable and flexible telecom analytics portfolio enables operators to improve business performance, monitor customer experience, and access new monetization opportunities. Ron Haberman, Mobileum Chief Product Officer, commented: "Finding meaning in data is what we do. Mobileum's Active Intelligence platform enables Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to connect deep network and operational intelligence with real-time actions to increase revenue, enhance the customer experience, reduce costs, and streamline operations. The partnership with Digis Squared extends the edge-to-edge network testing, optimization, planning, and management capabilities we can deliver. In addition, the in-house expertise and capabilities that the Digis Squared team brings in machine learning analytics is a great fit with our predictive analytics and automated actions approach." "Digis Squared is pleased to partner with Mobileum to provide a more comprehensive testing solution across legacy 2G and 3G technologies through 4G to 5G, Private Networks and OpenRAN. With 5G, IoT, and OpenRAN deployments already underway, this new ecosystem will see CSPs working with a distributed value-chain of stakeholders and information silos that require a new approach to monitoring digital risk and analysing data. AI tools that can swiftly identify issues and automatically solve known problems will be vital to ensure the smooth operations of the highly complex multi-technology, multi-vendor systems, which CSPs rely on today." Abdel Rahman Fady, Digis Squared CTO Mobileum's Active Intelligence platform provides the actionable insights today's communications service providers require to unleash the power of 5G and next-generation networks. Powering Mobileum's roaming and network services, risk management, testing and monitoring, and customer engagement and experience solutions, the Active Intelligence platform delivers the advanced analytics, AI/ML, and DPI capabilities carriers need to enhance the customer experience, increase revenue, cut costs, reduce losses, and streamline operations. The Digis Squared INOS solution provides Single Site Verification, network benchmarking, and optimization capabilities and is fully configurable live in the field. Fully customizable reports are delivered within 15 minutes of completion of data receipt, with access to 200 different network KPIs, network QoS, and customer QoE analysis. In addition to 5G analysis, there is considerable interest in Digis Squared's OpenRAN capability as optimization, interoperability testing, and benchmarking with legacy systems begin to move from PoCs toward commercial deployment. About Mobileum Mobileum is a leading provider of Telecom analytics solutions for roaming, core network, security, risk management, domestic and international connectivity testing, and customer intelligence. More than 1,000 customers rely on its Active Intelligence platform, which provides advanced analytics solutions, allowing customers to connect deep network and operational intelligence with real-time actions that increase revenue, improve customer experience, and reduce costs. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Mobileum has global offices in Australia, Germany, Greece, India, Portugal, Singapore, UK, and United Arab Emirates.

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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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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

With 3G’s Departure, We May See a Tidal Wave of Obsolete Hardware

all about Circuits | December 14, 2021

The Current Networking Landscape The FCC is tasked with managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum. The organization even auctioned off certain bandwidths for 3G use nearly two decades ago. Accordingly, its influence has been pivotal in helping carriers adopt all-new standards—from 2G to today’s 5G ultrawideband. 4G has become quite ubiquitous, as evidenced by this coverage map of America’s four major carriers:The FCC plans to update this map as the mobile landscape evolves. It’s clear that 4G LTE will remain the dominant, “accessible” network technology as 5G’s rollout matures. Relatively speaking, that transition is still in its infancy. Consider that T-Mobile’s 5G network—the largest in America—only covered 51.3 percent (or 1.6 million square miles) of the contiguous U.S. landmass in March 2021. Though 4G is over a decade old, it’ll play a vital supporting role in this transition. Despite its importance in rural America, 3G is becoming the telecom world’s red-headed stepchild—and its existing spectrum will soon be up for grabs. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will be collectively phasing out their 3G networks by December 31st, 2022. AT&T will be leading the way—sunsetting its own 3G services by this coming February. These decisions will also impact a number of smaller, infrastructure-dependent carriers. Analyzing the Hardware Ripple Effect While switching to 4G might be as simple as upgrading one’s cellular plan, a large number of consumers are still using older handsets. These devices lack the modems required to tap into modern networks. When 3G is decommissioned, users with 3G devices will lose connectivity. This applies to both voice and data. Budget phones and flip phones especially cannot support voice-over LTE (VoLTE), and may not support Wi-Fi calling within new carrier “dead zones.” Carriers like Verizon have claimed, however, that the subset of 3G-device users is quite small: just 1 percent of its customer base. The total number of American 3G users is up for debate, though estimates range from 5 to 10 million. According to the Pew Research Center, 11 percent of men and 12 percent of women own a cellphone, not a smartphone. It’s assumed that these groups own the vast majority of 3G-only phones nationwide.Carriers have planned ahead for this transition. Many are offering customers free replacements before they lose service. A simple components swap isn’t possible or practical, since cellular radios are matched to specific internals and layouts. Carriers are also sending out notices to users. Those who aren’t sure of their status should contact their providers. It’s easy to focus on mobile phones, yet the scope is much wider. The sunsetting of 3G will also impact tablets, smartwatches, medical devices, home-security hardware, and wireless in-vehicle services.Environmental Concerns These obsolete 3G devices must go somewhere once they’re discarded. Devices (and infrastructure components) that aren’t recycled will fill landfills across the country. Leaching chemicals and heavy metals make groundwater toxic, and this drinking water reaches numerous homes nearby. Lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and bromine (among others) have historically been used in electronics. Older devices are typically bigger offenders in terms of toxicity. Today’s modern devices are more eco-friendly overall, thanks to a renewed focus on environmentalism.Only 15 percent of discarded electronics are recycled properly in the States. Fewer than 40 percent of U.S. states have imposed landfill disposal bans on electronics, as well. Accordingly, it’s clear that smarter practices are sorely needed if we’re to tackle the growing e-waste problem. It’s unfortunately unlikely for these improvements to be realized before 2023—since progress in such areas tends to be quite slow. The Future of Wireless Hardware and Standards Today’s modems support a wider range of basebands—thus unlocking access to newer networks. As the FCC continues to divvy up portions of the spectrum, these developments will boost connection speeds while preventing congestion. Naturally, these 3G changes won’t be uncontested. Switching devices can be annoying or intimidating, especially for users that are comfortable with their devices. Right-to-repair advocates likely won’t be thrilled about these events. It’ll become necessary to purchase new devices instead. The continued deployment of 5G and 4G LTE will bring a lot of potential growing pains. However, carriers are banking heavily on the benefits of newer technologies—which will eventually become the norm across major metros and rural areas alike.

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