Nokia Offers 5G Automation With Next Gen OSS

Nokia | February 03, 2020

Nokia steamed into MWC month with the launch of a next generation OSS system that runs on cloud platforms and promises to provide telcos with "highly-automated and scalable software" for managing their 4G and 5G networks. The Nokia Network Operations Master software is, according to Nokia, based on a vendor agnostic, cloud native architecture (Nokia's Common Software Foundation) and aims to help operators manage 4G and 5G networks with "extreme automation" (which presumably must differ from regular automation). It's designed to tackle the increased complexity of 5G networks through the use of machine learning and automated techniques. As pointed out in Nokia's press release by Dana Cooperson, research director at Analysys Mason, 5G networks "will require significantly more operations automation than past networks in order to achieve promised levels of efficiency and new service support."


According to Counterpoint Research, the 5G+Wi-Fi 7 market will see cumulative shipments of over 7 billion devices through 2027 and grow at more than 100% annually between now and 2027 driven by leading applications including smartphones, gateways and routers, and the automotive sector.

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Network Management,Network Security

Intelsat Completes C-Band Spectrum Clearing for 5G Deployment

businesswire | August 16, 2023

Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity, will receive nearly $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter after completing C-band frequency clearing, providing future strategic opportunities for the company and its shareholders. “Intelsat’s C-band transition facilitates broader 5G services in the United States, while strengthening our financial position,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat. “We reached this milestone well ahead of expectations, and I’m exceptionally proud of the Intelsat team and the hard work that led to this remarkable achievement.” The FCC C-Band Transition Order set a deadline to clear the spectrum by December 2025 but offered incentive payments to satellite operators if cleared before December 2023. With the validated certification now complete, Intelsat will receive accelerated relocation payments totaling $3.67 billion. “Half of these proceeds will be used to deleverage our balance sheet, consistent with our debt covenants, while the remainder provides Intelsat with various options to create value and opportunities for all of our stakeholders,” Wajsgras said. “The Intelsat team is well positioned to remain a leader in the satellite communications industry as we continue transforming the company for the future.” About Intelsat Intelsat’s global team of professionals is focused on providing seamless and secure, satellite-based communications to government, NGO and commercial customers through the company’s next-generation worldwide network and managed services. Bridging the digital divide by operating one of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructures, Intelsat enables people and their tools to speak over oceans, see across continents and listen through the skies to communicate, cooperate and coexist. Since its founding six decades ago, the company has been synonymous with satellite-industry “firsts” in service to its customers and the planet. Leaning on a legacy of innovation and focusing on addressing a new generation of challenges Intelsat team members now have their sights on the “next firsts” in space as they disrupt the field and lead in the digital transformation of the industry

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Mobile Infrastructure,Network Management

VIAVI Introduces NTN and HAPs Network Testing For 5G and 6G Satellite Communication

prnewswire | August 24, 2023

Viavi Solutions Inc. today announced the availability of base station and end-to-end testing supporting Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) and High Altitude Platforms (HAPs). Wireless technologies are increasingly augmenting traditional terrestrial communication networks, with satellite communications helping to provide near-complete coverage. The VIAVI TM500 and TeraVM test platforms validate the conformance, performance and reliability of gNodeBs and entire networks under the unique service link conditions of NTN and HAPs networks. 3GPP Release 17 specifications formally introduced support and guidelines for NTNs, with subsequent releases expected to continue to refine the standards. These specifications will help improve the performance of NTNs, allow them to converge with terrestrial telecoms networks and enable support across existing 5G mobile handsets and chipsets. A VIAVI analysis estimated that the growth in satellite communications will result in approximately 30,000 new satellites orbiting the Earth, significantly expanding the potential of NTNs to provide universal coverage. Satellite communication in 5G brings another level of complexity for testing. NTNs need to be reliable to cope with the distance, speed and mobility of both satellite, HAPs and User Equipment (UE), while still delivering on performance. Test solutions are not only required to emulate different UE mobility and fading profiles, but they must also take the large doppler shifts from fast-moving satellites and airborne platforms into consideration. To validate the base station prior to non-terrestrial deployment, the TM500 can emulate a high volume of devices, new mobility patterns, signal propagation delays, and other conditions unique to NTN while TeraVM emulates the core network. This test scenario is ideal for early functional tests such as 3GPP protocol testing and can be applied to both regenerative and transparent architectures. Further test scenarios are focused on testing and optimizing the network end-to-end, using a real core to validate the performance and reliability of the entire network. "NTNs offer new opportunities and partnerships for mobile and satellite operators and the exciting potential to offer connectivity to both underserved and over-populated areas as well as support mission-critical applications," said Ian Langley, Senior Vice President, Wireless Business Unit, VIAVI. "However, amidst the growing interest and race to deploy these networks, it's vital that reliability, stability, and performance testing are done to ensure success." About VIAVI VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, hyperscalers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises, government and avionics. VIAVI is also a leader in light management technologies for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, government and aerospace applications. Together with our customers and partners we are United in Possibility, finding innovative ways to solve real-world problems.

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Enterprise Mobility,Mobile OS

Connected Solutions Group launches national wireless channel partnership program

businesswire | July 24, 2023

Connected Solutions Group, LLC (CSG) a national leader in wireless hardware deployment and services, today announced they have launched a full-scale channel compensation program titled simply “CSG Partner Network”. The new channel model, effective July 15th of 2023, will allow strategic partners to expand their connectivity offerings into cellular and 5G sales enablement and deployment services for their customers. “This nationwide program is about so much more than just introducing a comp model to a potential partner,” CSG CEO Michael Pittman said. “It’s about truly enabling our network by training them on what has worked for us, giving them access to our nationwide resources, leveraging our support and managed services teams, and being able to really flex some muscle to your customers knowing the weight you have behind you.” The different compensation models will vary between lead generation or co-sell movements for wireless and FWA (fixed-wireless access) on 5G, IoT connectivity, pots-line replacement, field services, emergency or disaster response connectivity, on-demand remote connectivity needs, storage, fulfillment and staging and kitting services and much more. “Our goal is to give smaller companies that have wonderful customer relationships an entirely new arsenal of state-of-the-art products and services to offer them,” Cannon Loudermilk, Director of the program for CSG said. “It’s not about simply selling a widget or lighting up a line, it’s enabling them to provide a total customer experience that would otherwise take much larger bandwidth.” Travis Buysse, co-owner of twenty7 Technology Group based in South Dakota has experienced steady growth since working closely with CSG as a sub-agent or CSG Partner Network member. “We have had the opportunities to work with many VAD's (Value-Added Distributors). The reason we chose and continue to use CSG is the responsiveness and expertise of their team,” said Buysse. “As a growing VAR (Value-Added Reseller) it is important for us to partner with leaders who are in front of the daily industry changes. We need people in our corner who care about our business's success. When we bring something to their attention - it's all hands on deck. We wouldn't be in the position we are in today if it wasn't for our partnership with CSG.” About Connected Solutions Group Connected Solutions Group, LLC (CSG) is a Richmond, Virginia-based leading VAR and wireless hardware deployment company. By bridging the wide gaps between development and deployment of Fixed Wireless, mobile, M2M and IoT projects, CSG has created a true turnkey solution allowing customers to focus on building their applications while we design and implement cost-effective hardware to execute them efficiently. With services including MDM installation and support, custom programming, device staging and kitting, nationwide installation, and device activations, swaps and upgrades, CSG acts as the purchasing, fulfillment and installation team for our clients as they transition into the revolutionary speeds provided by 5G.

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Network Management,Unified Communications

Airspan Networks Holdings Inc. Announces NYSE Approval of Compliance Plan

Business Wire | August 28, 2023

Airspan Networks Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE American: MIMO), which provides ground-breaking, disruptive software and hardware for 5G networks, and is a pioneer in end-to-end Open RAN solutions, announced that on August 23, 2023, it received a letter from NYSE American LLC (“NYSE American”) stating that NYSE American reviewed and accepted the plan of compliance (the “Plan”) submitted by the Company in response to NYSE’s June 9, 2023 letter informing the Company that it was not in compliance with the continued listing standards set forth in Sections 1003(a)(i) and (ii) of the NYSE American Company Guide (the “Company Guide”). NYSE’s August 23 letter provides an extension for compliance with Sections 1003(a)(i) and (ii) of the NYSE American Company Guide until December 9, 2024. The NYSE American staff will review the Company periodically for compliance with the initiatives outlined in the Plan. If the Company is not in compliance with the continued listing standards by December 9, 2024, or if the Company does not make progress consistent with the Plan during the Plan period, the NYSE American staff will initiate delisting proceedings as appropriate. As previously disclosed, the Company also received written notice (the “Notice”) on July 10, 2023 from NYSE American stating that it is not in compliance with the continued listing standard set forth in Section 1003(f)(v) of the Company Guide because the Company’s common stock was selling for a substantial period of time at a low price per share, which NYSE American determined to be a 30-trading day average of less than $0.20 per share. The Notice stated that the Company’s continued listing is predicated on it effecting a reverse stock split of its common stock or otherwise demonstrating sustained price improvement within a reasonable period of time, which NYSE American has determined to be no later than January 10, 2024. However, NYSE American may take an accelerated delisting action that would pre-empt the cure period in the event that the common stock trades at a level viewed to be abnormally low. The Plan and the extension date referred to above do not apply to the January 10, 2024 deadline for the Company to comply with Section 1003(f)(v) of the Company Guide. The Company may elect to regain compliance with Section 1003(f)(v) of the Company Guide by effecting a reverse stock split if necessary. The Company will continue to be included in the list of NYSE American noncompliant issuers, and the below compliance (“.BC”) indicator will continue to be disseminated with the Company’s ticker symbol. The Company’s receipt of the Letter and Notice from the NYSE American does not affect the Company’s business, operations or reporting requirements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. About Airspan Airspan Networks Holdings Inc. (NYSE American: MIMO) is a U.S.-based provider of groundbreaking, disruptive software and hardware for 5G networks, and a pioneer in end-to-end Open RAN solutions that provide interoperability with other vendors. As a result of innovative technology and significant R&D investments to build and expand 5G solutions, Airspan believes it is well-positioned with 5G indoor and outdoor, Open RAN, private networks for enterprise customers and industrial use applications, Air-to-Ground, and CBRS solutions to help mobile network operators of all sizes deploy their networks of the future, today. With over one million cells shipped to 1,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Airspan has global scale.

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According to Counterpoint Research, the 5G+Wi-Fi 7 market will see cumulative shipments of over 7 billion devices through 2027 and grow at more than 100% annually between now and 2027 driven by leading applications including smartphones, gateways and routers, and the automotive sector.