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Nokia partners with A1 for LTE and 5G campus networks in Austria

Nokia | November 09, 2020

As part of the deal, Nokia will provide operational support and care for all existing campus networks, ensuring adherence to even the most challenging service level agreements (SLAs) and quality of services (QoS) requirements. With the support of Nokia, A1 Austria will accelerate the digital transformation of its enterprise customers. A1 and Nokia have already successfully deployed a number of private wireless campus networks in Austria, including installations at Magna Steyr, Vienna Airport and 5G Playground Carinthia. Nokia is now the technology partner of A1 Austria, ensuring high-performance 4.9G/LTE 5G private wireless network solutions. In addition, A1 and its customers benefit from Nokia’s globally proven capabilities in digitalization, automation, AI and network slicing. A1 Austria is a global lead customer for Nokia’s network slicing technology in 4G and 5G mobile networks, a key functionality for enterprise networking which A1 Austria is planning to make available nationwide. Private wireless networks are ideal for the business-critical communication requirements of factories, logistic hubs, and other enterprise verticals along with public safety organizations.

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RAN Optimization Enables An Immediate 5G Spectrum Re-Farming Opportunity

Opanga Networks, Inc. | March 31, 2022

Today, Opanga is announcing the extended functionality of its RAN Optimization solution, Peregrine. Now enabling mobile operators the ability to balance their spectrum holdings across the competing interests of sustaining 4G network performance while maximizing 5G experience. This is a critical industry challenge for network design teams around the world. Current 5G deployments depend on two spectrum layers: a high band Capacity Layer (e.g., 80MHz of 3.7GHz) and a low band Coverage Layer (e.g., 10MHz of 700MHz). Due to the disparate coverage of these bands, most 5G devices will connect to the Coverage Layer which will limit 5G user speeds. Operators need additional intermediate 5G bands that can be deployed rapidly while sustaining 4G user experience. Using our Peregrine RAN Optimization solution operators can immediately reallocate spectrum from their 4G portfolio and assign it to 5G. They can re-farm say 20MHz of 2GHz spectrum for a much stronger 5G footprint. Concentrating 4G users into less spectrum would typically result in a hit to performance but this collateral damage is avoided with Peregrine. All users get a much better experience, and the operator gets a ubiquitous band of prime 5G spectrum – now.” Dave Gibbons, CEO of Opanga Networks. Peregrine enables an advanced, modern software approach to network design with innovative, agile machine learning technology. Peregrine is a Radio-Aware Multi-Protocol RAN Optimization solution that provides a holistic approach by adaptively managing QUIC, UDP and TCP applications for maximum cell site performance. “It’s going to be a real challenge to sustain 4G performance while growing 5G from both a CAPEX and spectrum standpoint,” said Gibbons. “We feel that Peregrine not only provides materially increased RAN CAPEX efficiency, but also arms our customers with a differentiated 5G spectrum strategy.” About Opanga Networks, Inc. Transformational 4G and 5G Network Performance. Opanga is the global leader in delivering radio-aware machine learning solutions to improve RAN performance and analytics. The company’s solutions are deployed in the mobile core at software speed and scale. Opanga is focused on delivering innovative software solutions for 4G, 5G and ORAN networks.

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OneLayer Steps Out of Stealth with $8.2M Seed Round to Protect Private 5G Networks

OneLayer | March 15, 2022

OneLayer, a pioneer in securing private LTE/5G networks for enterprises, announced today its launch out of stealth along with an $8.2 million seed funding round led by Grove Ventures and Viola Ventures. Additional investments were made by angel investors from leading cyber and cloud companies, including Avi Shua, founder and CEO of Orca Security, Ariel Zeitlin, founder of Guardicore, Gonen Fink, Head of Palo Alto Networks Israel R&D Center and the founders of Epsagon, Nitzan Shapira, CEO and Ran Ribenzaft, CTO, among others. OneLayer will use the funds to build its product suite for the desired enterprise-grade security and deploy it for customers internationally. Additionally, the company will create a cyber risk assessment and validation lab based on private LTE and 5G technology in collaboration with tier 1 players. For enterprises, the establishment of private LTE/5G networks enables a true connectivity revolution, providing significant benefits such as a jump in connectivity reliability, a dedicated bandwidth with capacity and range and connectivity of IoT devices across vast areas. Over the last several years, increasing numbers of enterprises have begun implementing private LTE/5G networks, a number that is expected to increase significantly over the upcoming years. Security for these networks, however, has lagged significantly behind. While traditional enterprise security tools have evolved over the last decade to achieve their desired standard, most of those tools are not applicable to the cellular domain as they tend to overlook the changes and advancement of the relevant standards and protocols that different cellular networks demand. OneLayer was built to provide organizations with enterprise-grade security on par with the standards of protection that IT and OT networks have access to, but without requiring them to become cellular experts. The company's technology enables network administrators to limit device exposure to those registered on the network by exploring and listing the enterprise domain's existing security tools, integrating them with the enterprise's authorization, authentication and accounting tools (AAA) and extending their capabilities to the organization's cellular domain. By doing so, OneLayer provides a simple, LAN-like way to control their private 5G networks. OneLayer combines our deep knowledge of both cybersecurity and cellular technology and was formed with the mission to help enterprise companies close a significant vulnerability in their networks. Our solution efficiently and effectively addresses the unique challenges facing cellular security for enterprises, giving our customers the ability to build expansive private networks with the highest levels of security tailored for their specific needs and, and beyond the current standards and capabilities of IT and OT networks." Dave Mor, co-founder and CEO of OneLayer. "Until the advent of private LTE/5G networks, enterprise security and cellular security have existed in parallel, but different, orbits," said Renana Ashkenazi, General Partner at Grove Ventures. "That reality is now changed and it demands a new solution. OneLayer is taking on an incredible challenge in addressing this gap in enterprise and cellular security and is building a solution for a very large addressable market. By approaching security challenges from a cyber perspective as well as with the team's collective cellular expertise, OneLayer delivers a solution that will protect organizations from attacks while allowing them to operate within their LTE/5G networks. OneLayer is giving organizations the ability to safely leverage the benefits of a private 5G cellular network." "We strongly believe that the emergence of private cellular networks will play a major role in the future of wireless technologies for enterprise connectivity," said Zvika Orron, General Partner, Viola Ventures. "Along with providing enterprise companies the flexibility and control to design networks best suited to their specific business needs, private cellular networks also shift the responsibility for protecting those networks to the enterprises themselves. This requires a unique security solution to address the new attack surfaces, which is what makes us so excited to partner with OneLayer. The company is addressing a growing market while approaching the challenge with a deep understanding of both the cybersecurity and cellular industries, perfectly positioning it as a partner for enterprise companies building private networks." About OneLayer OneLayer provides enterprise-grade security for private LTE/5G networks. Its platform and IoT security toolkit can be implemented in private cellular networks to provide better visibility and protect organizations from security attacks, creating one identity, one policy rule, and one security approach which covers every IoT device in an organization. The company was founded by Dave Mor and Or Turgeman, world-class cybersecurity experts with a deep understanding of both cellular protocols and IoT security needs, and veterans of the IDF's 81 intelligence unit. OneLayer's founding team includes a strong bench of cyber experts from Israel's 8200 and 81 units and is backed by industry-leading advisors from both the cybersecurity and the telecom industry.

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Accelleran and RED Technologies successfully perform 5G Shared Access Spectrum interoperability

Accelleran | March 24, 2022

Accelleran and RED Technologies successfully performed Shared Access Spectrum interoperability testing between the cloud native Accelleran SAS client microservice part of Accelleran dRAX™ RIC platform and RED Technologies Spectrum Access System (SAS) in the cloud, enabling 4G / 5G devices to seamlessly operate on shared spectrum. Users / operators owning a local license or a lease are entitled to protection from interferences over the entire area of operation. The SAS guarantees at all times that this protection is enforced, using accurate radio propagation algorithms to determine the allowed transmission power for each registered device. Prior to using shared spectrum, devices first register to the SAS and request a grant to obtain the authorization to transmit. In the context of 5G-RECORDS, the transmission power is determined upon license or lease creation, hence ensuring a guaranteed coverage area and quality of service for the entire duration of the local license / lease. Christophe Le Thierry, Senior R&D Manager at RED Technologies says: "This makes shared spectrum suitable for professional usages, including for Live Audio Production. This feature will also be leveraged on the 3.5 GHz CBRS band to enable 4G/ 5G operation within leases submitted to the FCC, across the entire US territory." Antonio Garcia, Product Management Director at Accelleran says: "We are glad we validated interoperability of our SAS client running as a cloud native microservice in dRAX™ on a fully disaggregated 5G Open RAN setup, with RED Technologies SAS server also running in the cloud. This interoperability builds on top of our previous SAS interoperability tests done with other SAS servers in 4G and aligns well with one of our recent announcements during MWC-22 in Barcelona regarding the availability of Accelleran 5G Open RAN solutions for the US CBRS market." About Accelleran Accelleran provides Open and Containerised RAN Software solutions that support an economically viable alternative to the traditional mobile telecom approach. Accelleran's unique software architecture unlocks the true potential of software-defined networks and network virtualisation to better serve Private, Public and Neutral Host networks.

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Telefonica Selects Mavenir for Cloud-native IMS Core

Mavenir | June 06, 2022

Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today confirms its selection by Telefónica Hispam (Hispanoamérica) to supply cloud-native IMS Core for fixed and mobile networks across Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. As mobile networks continue to evolve, and to handle growing data and device needs, Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS platform serves as the foundational technology for 5G networks. The transition to automated, cloud-native IMS, will allow Telefónica Hispam to evolve all fixed and mobile voice services and modernize operations. The solution will be deployed on TCloud, Telefónica’s private telco cloud infrastructure. Mavenir’s IMS is purpose-built for fully automated cloud environments, allowing Telefónica to operate with web-scale agility, ensuring 5G transformation is layered on existing 4G networks using a microservice-based architecture. Deploying zero-touch Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), containerized environments increase productivity and leverage current network investment with a 5G-ready, cloud-native IMS core platform. Alejandro Ghianni, Planification and Engineering Director at Telefónica Hispam said, “At Telefónica, we appreciate that core network functions must be modernized to support network evolution, and virtualized architectures will need software that supports both VoLTE and 5G Voice. We are very excited to embark on this network transformation journey with Mavenir.” “Only a cloud-native network, evolved into a fully web-scale platform, can meet the requirements for a successful 5G transformation. Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS Core can be deployed on any cloud eliminating legacy hardware platforms. This mobile-first architecture has been deployed in a variety of large multivendor environments including O2 Telefónica in Germany and Virgin Mobile O2 in the UK. We are very pleased to have been awarded this important project by Telefónica Hispam. Javier Gavilan, Mavenir’s Chief Technical Officer CALA region “Mavenir is the global leader in cloud-native mobile network software applications, supporting over 3 billion subscribers worldwide. Mavenir’s modernized, software-based approach transforms mobile communications networks, to operate in a fully virtualized environment, where devices, applications, and services can run on an automated network utilizing open architectures, containers, and artificial intelligence,” concluded Gavilan. About Mavenir: Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers and Enterprises in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. About Telefónica Hispam: Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Spanish America. The company operates under the Movistar trademark and offers fixed broadband connectivity services -with FTTH solutions- and mobile with 4G networks, as well as a wide range of digital services for more than 109 million residential and business customers in the region. Telefónica Hispam offers its services in: Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

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