RCN, Grande and Wave Business Enhances Software-Defined Wide-Area Network Solution

Prweb | August 20, 2020

RCN, Grande and Wave Business Solutions, a communications provider delivering mission-critical fiber infrastructure solutions in seven of the top 10 metro markets across the United States, today announced enhancements to its Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) solution. This service delivers a secure, centralized network management solution for businesses of all sizes. “We remain committed to being a reliable partner that our Business Solutions customers can depend on for their various network requirements and solutions,” said Patrick Knorr, Chief Commercial Officer for RCN, Grande and Wave Business Solutions. “In today’s digital world, an SD-WAN solution ensures quality of experience (QoE) and quality of service (QoS) and puts our customers in control that allows them to respond to change.”

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T-Mobile Invests in Network Resources and Expands Emergency Response Fleet to Keep People Connected When Disasters Strike

T-Mobile | June 03, 2022

T-Mobile is taking big steps to be ready for whatever this year's hurricane and wildfire seasons bring its way. From making massive network resiliency investments that added thousands of backup generators to its resource inventory, to expanding its emergency response fleet to include even more vehicles with Wi-Fi connectivity, to launching a new consumer-focused educational collaboration with The Weather Channel, the Un-carrier wants the communities it serves across the U.S. to know Team Magenta has their backs. “As forecasters predict another round of challenging summer weather events in 2022, T-Mobile teams have been taking proactive steps throughout the year to prepare so we can be there for the communities we serve when they need it most, Investing in our network, expanding our emergency response equipment fleet and preparing our teams to mobilize ensures T-Mobile shows up quickly whenever and wherever we’re needed. Our sincerest hope is that communities won’t be impacted, but we’ll be ready for whatever may come.” T-Mobile President of Technology Neville Ray Prepared for Any Possibility Disasters can be unpredictable, so T-Mobile teams aim to be ready for any possibility. Before, during and after a weather or disaster event, the Un-carrier focuses on ensuring customers, first responders and communities are supported. Communication and Collaboration Ongoing communication and collaboration between T-Mobile teams and with other partners is critical to staying informed and keeping customers aware of what’s to come. This includes: Working with weather forecasters, including StormGeo, to accurately track events and understand potential severity. Launching a new educational collaboration with The Weather Channel to deliver segments with tips and tricks on how to prepare for, manage through and recover from weather events. Partnering with local authorities on proactive consumer communication, for example, working with California’s electric utilities to issue customer alerts about Public Safety Power Shutoffs that will also help reduce the risk of fires caused by electric infrastructure in extreme weather. Aligning T-Mobile’s network, community and retail teams to develop comprehensive incident response plans that ensure network connections are restored, supplies such as pre-lit devices, portable phone charging banks and charging cables are available, and retail stores can safely reopen to help customers. Bringing those teams together, alongside industry emergency management personnel and state and local government agencies, to practice preparedness exercises. Network and Community Response Readiness When it comes to network readiness, resiliency and redundancy are critical. T-Mobile is taking measures now that will allow the Un-carrier to be able to maintain connectivity with limited interruption even in the worst of conditions, including: Having technicians and engineers ready to staff Network Operations Centers (NOCs) where they’ll monitor network traffic demands and weather impacts wherever they’re needed, 24/7. Equipping T-Mobile’s network switches, data centers, points of presence and other critical sites with more fixed backup generators than ever before, thanks to a multi-year network hardening investment that added thousands of new backup generators and advanced relief and recovery tools in hurricane-prone areas. Significantly increasing the number of portable generators that can restore power to tower locations where permanent generators are not possible and regularly testing all sites. Increasing the size and types of its fleet of emergency response vehicles, including adding Wi-Fi/charging trailers that can pull available wireless signals and provide Wi-Fi connectivity; mobile command centers with computer workstations, integrated charging ports, and satellite and Wi-Fi connectivity; and tow vehicles with satellite/2-way radio communication and storage for phones, charging cords and portable chargers. Proactively staging expert engineers and technicians to quickly assess impacts and begin network restoration with temporary solutions such as Satellite Cells on Wheels (SatCOWs) and Satellite Cells on Light Trucks (SatCOLTs). How Customers Can Be Ready Customers can take steps to prepare themselves before and during weather events, too. Here are a few: Download The Weather Channel TV app on your smart TV or streaming device and check out NOAA’s National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center to get tips and track storms. Make a disaster kit with a list of emergency numbers and waterproof, resealable bags and chargers. Download the Red Cross and FEMA apps, subscribe to/connect with local authorities’ text alerts and social networks and enable Wireless Emergency Alerts on your phone. Keep your mobile devices fully charged. If power outages and other service interruptions occur: Set up Wi-Fi Calling. IMPORTANT: If you call 911 using Wi-Fi Calling, give the operator your address. Keep calls to a minimum and as short as possible or send text messages. About T-Mobile T-Mobile US, Inc. is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint.

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MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

Global Secure SD-WAN Solutions Thrive as Organizations Turn to Cloud and 5G

Frost & Sulliva | June 28, 2022

Secure software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) global demand increases as organizations strive to meet security concerns and improve the employee experience. Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis finds that the global secure SD-WAN solutions market is expected to reach $6.52 billion by 2026 from $1.67 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.3%. As an effective solution, secure SD-WAN natively integrates the networking and security functions with simplified deployment and management. A wide area network allows devices to communicate and share information with other locations around the world. SD technology turns the control plane of these networks into software that can be managed from a centralized location. Secure SD-WAN includes a next-generation firewall; however, customers can use the broader security capabilities offered under these solutions. "Organizations' IT environments are becoming more complex with the expanding network traffic across on-premises, public cloud, and branch locations," said Vivien Pua, Security Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "In such instances, secure SD-WAN offers organizations an efficient and cost-effective approach to manage their networks across multiple locations while retaining the security functionality." Pua added: "Due to the rising adoption of new technologies such as 5G networks, cloud services and the Internet of Things (IoT), organizations need to transform their networks to offer employees and customers a reliable network performance and security protection, especially when it comes to distributed organizations with multiple branches. This trend will increase the adoption of secure SD-WAN and continue to rise over the next 1-2 years." Organizations' increasing demand for embedded security in SD-WAN solutions presents massive growth opportunities for market participants, such as: Providing integrated security and analytics functionalities on top of SD-WAN solutions to help gain a competitive edge over pure SD-WAN vendors and service providers. Increased security features integrated into the solution to maintain a secure environment. Platforms that can centrally manage deployments, configurations, and ongoing operations with complete visibility, analytics, and reporting across the entire network should be provided to customers. Global Secure SD-WAN Solutions Growth Opportunities is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan's Security research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organizations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future. About Frost & Sullivan For six decades, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models, and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

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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T-Mobile and AAA Team Up to Keep Customers Safe and Connected on the Go

T-Mobile | June 20, 2022

AAA, one of North America’s largest and most trusted membership organizations, and T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS), America’s Un-carrier, today announced T-Mobile is AAA’s Official Wireless Partner just in time for summer road trip season. To kick things off, T-Mobile customers can get a FREE year of AAA Classic or Basic membership starting June 21. that means free 24-hour roadside assistance including towing, flat tire service, battery service and more for all T-Mobile Magenta, Magenta MAX and eligible small business customers. So say goodbye to road trip woes and hit Route 66 without worry. Four out of five Americans are expected to take a road trip this summer,1 but nothing will ruin a vacation faster than being lost with spotty service or stranded by a breakdown. With the most 5G coverage on U.S. highways and main roads – more than twice the next provider – and legendary, trusted 24-hour roadside assistance, it just makes sense these two marquee brands are joining forces. T-Mobile’s network is the one AAA can rely on to keep their members connected along miles of roads across America. And now, a fleet of AAA’s own tow trucks will be equipped with 5G-connected tablets and phones to connect AAA service drivers with consumers in need. "We know everyone is eager to travel — over 80% of consumers are planning to take a road trip this summer. So naturally, teaming up with widely trusted AAA was a no-brainer, This collaboration was built to help customers from both brands stay safer when they hit the road, and stay better connected with unbeatable 5G coverage across America’s highways.” Mike Sievert, CEO, T-Mobile Access to AAA’s renowned roadside assistance is just one of many benefits T-Mobile customers will enjoy when they become AAA members. For over 120 years, AAA has proudly served its members by offering a wide array of automotive and travel services, discounts and rewards to over 80,000 retailers across the country, options for home, auto and life insurance, free identity theft protection and best-in-class financial services. “Bringing the power of our two brands together is a game changer for consumers,” said Marshall Doney, President and CEO, AAA. “AAA’s unmatched suite of services and benefits paired with T-Mobile’s extraordinary 5G network will give travelers everything they need to keep their road trip on track this summer and beyond.” And of course, there’s more for AAA members. AAA members can now get up to $100 via virtual prepaid Mastercard for activating a new account and switching two lines to the Un-carrier. This can be combined with other offers, like a $200 rebate for each of up to five new lines brought over to T-Mobile on a qualifying rate plan. Together, that could get you $500 for switching two qualifying lines. If they need a device along with it, they can pick from ANY of the current device offers, including deals to get a 5G phone, and save even more. Boom. Welcome to the Un-carrier. One year On Us is for consumers and TFB Biz accts w/ SSN 12 or less lines & is not for commercial use. Eligible voice plan, registration, and validation required. Subscription automatically renews at up to $83/year after year On US. Cancel anytime. AAA Up to $100: After $50/line rebate via virtual prepaid Mastercard when you port-in up to 2 voice lines on a new T-Mobile account. Requires registration and validation. Up to $100: Offer Via $200 virtual prepaid card per line for up to 5 switched MAX lines; allow 8 weeks. Qualifying credit, service, and port-ins required. Cards issued by Sunrise Banks N.A., Member FDIC; no cash access & expires in 6 months. Highway Miles: Based on analysis by T-Mobile of Ookla® CoverageRight™ from Q1 2022 and Speedtest Intelligence® 5G background scans in Q1 2022. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission. 5G: Capable device required; coverage not available in some areas. Some uses may require certain plan or feature; see T-Mobile.com. About AAA Started in 1902 by automotive enthusiasts who wanted to chart a path for better roads in America and advocate for safe mobility, AAA has transformed into one of North America’s largest membership organizations. Today, AAA provides roadside assistance, travel, discounts, financial and insurance services to enhance the life journey of 62 million members across North America, including 56 million in the United States. To learn more about all AAA offers or become a member, visit AAA.com. About T-Mobile US, Inc. T-Mobile U.S. Inc. is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint.

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