Samsung Updates 5G vRAN Portfolio, Further Expands RAN Market Share

Samsung | July 09, 2020

As it continues to gain 5G infrastructure market share, Samsung this week announced a virtualized 5G RAN solution comprising virtualized central and distributed units and updated radios. And in keeping with the RAN vendor trend toward “open,” Samsung said the new vRAN solution will work with radio interfaces developed within the O-RAN Alliance. Samsung said the 5G vRAN solution, which runs on generic x-86 hardware, will be available this quarter. The vCU component was commercialized in April last year and is in commercial use in Korea, Japan and the United States. The vendor is planning to trial the vDU in North America later this year. Open RAN is a red hot topic in telecom at the moment with hardware and software vendors driving a narrative of fostering competition and innovation while breaking lock-in and lowering costs through disaggregation. While a virtual RAN can be made open with the integration of open radio interfaces, a virtual RAN can also be a proprietary kit.

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Pudu Robotics Showcases Two New Delivery Robots, PUDU D1 and SwiftBot, at Qualcomm 5G Summit

Pudu Robotics | May 19, 2022

At the invitation of the organizer of the annual Qualcomm 5G Summit, Pudu Robotics, a global leader in commercial service robots, showcased its latest quadruped delivery robot PUDU D1, alongside SwiftBot, its newest delivery robot that optimizes the dining experience for restaurant customers during peak hours. "With the maturation of 5G technology and its broader applicability, numerous world-leading suppliers of robots, drones, and smart devices have been collaborating with Qualcomm to accelerate innovation in cutting-edge 5G and edge AI-enabled solutions. As a pioneer in the field of commercial service robots, Pudu Robotics intends to work with Qualcomm in the long term to expand and transform the robotics sector through cutting-edge 5G technology and edge AI, with the goal of creating more efficient, autonomous, and advanced robots." Pudu Robotics founder and CEO Felix Zhang. Both PUDU D1 and SwiftBot are new service robots that were launched by Pudu Robotics in March 2022. With continuous breakthroughs achieved by robot manufacturers in new materials, intelligent control, and sensory navigation, the application of quadruped robots has spread beyond the lab to real-life settings. Pudu Robotics has built the PUDU D1 in response. Also, given the ongoing innovation in and upgrade of intelligent delivery robots that have gained increasing acceptance among the general public, Pudu Robotics has created SwiftBot. PUDU D1, which has drawn the attention of many visitors to the Summit, deploys several of Pudu Robotics' proprietary modules, including a high-performance joint module, a highly integrated motor, a high-precision reducer, and a high-performance driver. Compared with traditional wheeled robots that can only be used within a limited set of terrains, PUDU D1, by adapting itself to a much wider range of terrains and surfaces, can be used in many complex environments, including restaurants, industrial parks, and residential communities, demonstrating another of the company's breakthroughs in the realm of automated delivery. Thanks to an efficient solution that integrates three RGBD depth sensors, dual RGB cameras and a dual LIDAR system, in tandem with a processing speed up to 15 Tera Operations per Second (TOPS), SwiftBot comes equipped with strong perceptual abilities that enable right-of-way allocation between the robot and diners in restaurants by communicating and responding to the robot's driving intentions through the integration of laser projection and multimodal interactions such as sound, expression and light. About Pudu Robotics Shenzhen-based and founded in 2016, Pudu Robotics is a world-leading tech-focused enterprise dedicated to the design, R&D, production and sales of commercial service robots, which aims to use robots to improve the efficiency of human production and living. Pudu Robotics has been rapidly growing in recent years to become a "leader" in the global markets with coverage of over 60 countries and regions worldwide.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Five New Motorola Intelligent Networking Devices Added to Shelves in Target Locations Across the United States This Week

Minim | June 14, 2022

via NewMediaWire – Minim, Inc. the creator of intelligent WiFi software and Motorola home networking products under an exclusive global brand license, today announces a second shelf expansion this week in Target stores across the United States. In the coming weeks, Target shoppers with Gigabit speed broadband and Xfinity Voice plans will have the option to purchase the Motorola MT8733 DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi 6 modem/router, Motorola MB8600 and Motorola MB8611 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems, Motorola MG8702 DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi 5 modem/router and Motorola MT7711 DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi 5 modem/router to save on rental fees while improving their home network security and performance. “We are excited to increase value for the Target shopper by providing better intelligent networking options in stores across the country, Our Motorola modem and modem/router products are widely recognized by consumers for their top-notch performance that handles their home networking needs, from gaming to UHD video streaming and more.” Jeff Rodning, Director of Retail Sales at Minim Recent market research published by the Parks Associates reveals that over 36% of consumers purchase their smart home devices through the retail channel, more than triple the 11% of consumers who purchase through their Internet Service Provider. Adding five of Motorola’s best-in-class intelligent networking devices to Target stores across the US will help to meet the smart home shopper’s demand for a diversity of product options available in-store on their terms. Product Highlight: Motorola MT8733 The MT8733, Motorola’s first DOCSIS 3.1 modem/WiFi 6 router with two phone lines for Xfinity Voice is a high-performance modem/router designed exclusively for Comcast Xfinity customers. The shelf expansion of the MT8733 to brick-and-mortar stores marks the first time that shoppers with wireless service from Comcast Xfinity can shop for intelligent networking devices in-store on their own terms. Now available online and in stores at Target for $409.99, this product delivers: DOCSIS 3.1 support Built-in AX6000 4x4 router One 2.5 Gig Ethernet port and three 1 Gig Ethernet ports for wired connections Two phone lines for reliable communications and support for Comcast’s enhanced call features, including caller ID, call forwarding, and conference calling The motosync app, powered by Minim, for advanced network management, security, parental controls, and more— included at no additional charge 2-year warranty New on shelves: Motorola MB8600 & Motorola MB8611 cable modems DOCSIS 3.1 Certified by Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Spectrum, and other major cable providers 2-year warranty New on shelves: Motorola MG8702 DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi 5 modem/router DOCSIS 3.1 Powerful AC3200 router Recommended for speeds up to 1 Gbps Certified by Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Spectrum, and other major cable providers 2-year warranty New on shelves: Motorola MT7711 DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi 5 modem/router DOCSIS 3.0 Powerful AC1900 router Recommended for speeds up to 1900 Mbps Certified by Comcast Xfinity with 2 phone lines designed to support Xfinity Voice 2-year warranty About Minim Minim, Inc was born in 1977 as a networking company and now delivers intelligent software to protect and improve the WiFi connections we depend on to work, learn, and live. Minim’s cloud platform powers intuitive apps and a variety of routers, helping customers take control of their connected experience and privacy. Headquartered in Manchester, N.H., Minim holds the exclusive global license to design and manufacture consumer networking products under the Motorola brand. About Motorola Strategic Brand Partnerships For over 90 years the Motorola brand has been known around the world for high quality, innovative and trusted products. Motorola’s Strategic Brand Partnership program seeks to leverage the power of this iconic brand by teaming with dynamic companies who offer unique, high quality products that enrich consumer’s lives. Strategic brand partners work closely with Motorola engineers while developing and manufacturing their products, ensuring that their products meet the exacting safety, quality, and reliability standards that consumers have come to expect from Motorola.

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Visionary Broadband Announces Strategic Investment from GTCR

Visionary Broadband | June 07, 2022

Visionary Broadband ("Visionary", or the "Company") has received a strategic investment from funds affiliated with GTCR LLC ("GTCR"), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The transaction will allow Visionary to continue investing in the construction of new fiber networks throughout Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, and will prepare Visionary for match requirements in upcoming State-led grant programs. Headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming, Visionary is a pioneering Internet Service Provider ("ISP") serving residential and business subscribers in the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1994, Visionary has grown into one of the largest and most geographically diverse ISPs in the Rocky Mountain region, serving customers through the Company's hybrid fiber and wireless network. In partnering with GTCR, Visionary Broadband will accelerate its ongoing network expansion in order to provide fiber-to-the-premise ("FTTP") broadband to rural and underserved communities. "This investment accelerates our commitment to deliver reliable, state-of-the-art gigabit internet where we live, work and play. We do what we say here at Visionary, and this allows us to do even more for both existing and future Visionary customers, GTCR shares our rural broadband focus, and we are excited to partner with them at this essential time for broadband." Brian Worthen, CEO of Visionary Broadband "The Visionary management team has built an incredible business with deep roots in the communities they serve," said Stephen Jeschke, Managing Director at GTCR. "We are excited to partner with an experienced and entrepreneurial management team focused on hiring local and bringing multi-gigabit fiber-based internet access to their service areas." Visionary is actively constructing FTTP projects in several markets in its existing footprint. The initial builds include the Wyoming communities of Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Lander, Laramie, and Lusk, and Marble, Gunnison, and Walden in Colorado. Previously, Visionary completed FTTP projects in Dayton, LaGrange, Ranchester, and Yoder in Wyoming, and in Kremmling, Colorado. The Company is deploying XGS-PON, a passive-optic networking technology capable of ten gigabits per second to every home. Visionary plans new fiber projects in communities that desire a relationship with a broadband provider, are focused on economic development and are engaged on behalf of their citizens. Q Advisors served as financial advisor to Visionary Broadband with Jennifer McDowell at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. serving as legal counsel. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor and PriceWaterhouseCoopers served as accounting advisor to GTCR. About Visionary Broadband Founded in December of 1994, Visionary is a pioneering Internet Service Provider based in Wyoming. The company has grown to become one of the largest and most geographically diverse ISP in the Rocky Mountain region, providing customers with broadband Internet over fiber and wireless connections. Visionary is focused on providing quality Internet service for underserved and rural markets. Visionary is a privately owned company, with its leadership residing and accessing connectivity within the company's service area, keeping it in touch with the customer experience. About GTCR Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Business & Consumer Services, Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $20 billion in over 250 companies.

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FS Expands Its Portfolio with 25G, 40G, 100G, and 400G Data Center Switches

FS.COM | July 04, 2022

FS.COM, a high-speed communication solution provider for data centers, enterprises, and telecom networks, introduces a series of data center switches with speeds of 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G, and 400G, aiming to target data center networks with different sizes. With the quick evolution of data center networking over the past years, higher-performance 10/25/100/400G leaf-spine typologies are introduced to solve the volume and velocity of emerging application architectures. On such a basis, FS, one of the leading high-speed communication solution providers, expands a series of data center leaf and spine switches to meet the demand for 10/25/40/100G and 400G switching. These switch portfolios are high-performance leaf and spine switches designed for enterprise branch, campus, and data center networks. All the switches are equipped with the Broadcom chips and offer advanced features such as EVPN-VXLAN, MLAG, RoCE, and programmability, giving customers a tremendous amount of flexibility when building networks with speeds ranging from 10G all the way up to 400G. The details of the main switches are as follows: N9500-32D: offers 32 x 400G QSFP-DD ports that are compatible with multi-speed 25/40/100/200GbE, along with flexible L3 features and wire-speed performance. And it supports the installation of compatible network operating system software, such as SONiC, Open Network Linux (ONL), and Arrcus ArcOS. N8560 series delivers a flexible combination of 10G/25G/40G/100G ports with rich Layer 3 features and advanced data center functions such as low latency, and zero packet loss performance for data center connectivity. And they support ansible, OpenFlow, NETCONF, etc. configuration and automation tools. N8550 series brings flexible options of 10G/25G/40G/100Gb speed with advanced data center features such as EVPN-VXLAN, MLAG, and NETCONF. And these switches support various operating systems like SONiC, Open Network Linux (ONL), Pica8 Inc. PicOS™ OS, ideal for high availability data center network build. NC8200 series are modular switches that offer fixed-configuration line cards with 25G, 40G, and 100G ports. They support rich features for data center connectivity such as VXLAN, MLAG, and EVPN-VXLAN, making them flexible choices for data centers and large enterprise networks. As the volume of workloads and traffic continues to explode in data centers, it becomes more important for enterprises to build an extensible leaf-spine network capable of delivering terabits of capacity. FS data center switches are introduced to address such demands of users. Users can choose the most suitable switches and build a network any way they need. About FS.COM FS.COM is a high-speed communication product and solution provider for connecting and securing global data center, enterprise, and telecom networks. FS is dedicated to fulfilling product systems and tailoring project solutions for IT professionals with immediate services by developing its talents, labs and local service center. Through continuous technology upgrade and brand partnership, FS serves customers across 200 countries – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative solution portfolio.

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