Shocker! Verizon was the big spender in FCCs 5G mmWave auction

lightreading | March 12, 2020

Verizon spent the most money of any participant in the FCC's biggest-ever millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum auction. The operator spent roughly $1.6 billion for a total of 4,940 spectrum licenses across the country. AT&T was a close second, however, spending a total of around $1.2 billion on 3,267 spectrum licenses. T-Mobile – which was widely expected to walk away with the bulk of the licenses in the auction – came in a distant third, with $873 million in total spending across 2,384 spectrum licenses. (For those who are interested, companies often participate in FCC auctions under "bidding entities" and it's sometimes difficult to connect the bidding entity to the company that's actually doing the bidding. For example, Verizon is bidding under the "Straight Path Spectrum" entity; Verizon is listed as the "contact organization" for Straight Path Spectrum in its FCC filings.)

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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Inseego MiFi X PRO 5G UW hotspot now available at Verizon

Inseego | August 17, 2022

Inseego Corp. a leader in 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions, today introduced the new MiFi® X PRO 5G UW mobile hotspot, delivering the full range of 5G connectivity including C-Band, along with Wi-Fi 6 for performance that packs more power and flexibility into one of the market’s most trusted mobile hotspots for business all while retaining its all-day battery life1. The new MiFi® X PRO 5G UW is Verizon’s third generation 5G mobile hotspot by Inseego and now available to order in stores and online here. “Inseego is committed to transforming the way businesses stay connected,” said Chuck Becher, SVP and GM of Carrier Solutions at Inseego. “The invention of MiFi® well over a decade ago revolutionized mobile broadband by empowering people with Wi-Fi on-the-go. MiFi X PRO marks a new era for the MiFi® brand — one in which the performance, security, and flexibility once again sets the pace for innovation. We’re thrilled to reveal its first availability in North America with our partner Verizon.” The MiFi X PRO 5G mobile hotspot: the trusted get-it done companion Strong, reliable performance – Don’t miss a beat. Experience low latency and very high speeds with connectivity to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband2 and C-Band with fewer glitchy video calls and fewer glitchy worksite connections. Security and peace of mind – Connect with confidence. VPN pass-through, hacker prevention, password protection, and WPA3 prevents brute force attacks and increases protection no matter where business (or off-hours fun) happens. Long-lasting power – No unplanned downtime. The rechargeable 5050 mAh battery and Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ Technology, built-in power management features, and battery share to charge other devices, will keep things running all day (or night). Easy to setup and manage - The Inseego Mobile™ app for Android and iOS enables users to quickly manage device settings from their phone or tablet. Superior technology and flexible connectivity options – The new MiFi X PRO 5G UW features proprietary antenna design and performance algorithms combined with Snapdragon® X65/X62 5G Modem-RF System3 to bring out the best in the network. And the RJ45 Ethernet port provides a direct internet connection for extra flexibility. “We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Inseego, and this milestone highlights our shared commitment to driving innovation to help ensure consumers have access to fast, reliable, and flexible expanded 5G wireless experiences wherever life takes them, The Snapdragon X65/X62 5G Modem-RF Systems’ expansive feature sets, band support and spectrum aggregation capabilities are designed to offer the ultimate 5G deployment flexibility to operators globally.” Gautam Sheoran, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc Battery life and activity may vary depending on the number of connected devices and activity, including use of Ethernet. The MiFi X PRO UW for Verizon supports Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband available in select areas. 5G Nationwide available in 2700+ cities. Depending on region, the MiFi X PRO series features either the Snapdragon X65 or X62 5G Modem-RF System. About Inseego Corp. Inseego Corp.is an industry leader in smart device-to-cloud solutions that extend the 5G network edge, enabling broader 5G coverage, multi-gigabit data speeds, low latency and strong security to deliver highly reliable internet access. Inseego’s mobile broadband, fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions and software platform incorporate the most advanced technologies (including 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6 and others) into a wide range of innovative products that provide robust connectivity indoors, outdoors and in the harshest industrial environments. Designed and developed in the USA, Inseego products and SaaS solutions build on the company’s patented technologies to provide the highest quality wireless connectivity for service provider, enterprise, and government entities worldwide.

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NETWORK SECURITY

Juniper Networks Facilitates Adoption of AI-Driven Networking with Additional Network as a Service (NaaS) Capabilities

Juniper Networks | August 25, 2022

“Juniper’s unique ability to combine cloud agility, flexibility and scale with AI-driven automation and insight has always made the AI-driven Enterprise portfolio ideal for our partners, As a result, both MSPs and resellers have played a big role in the tremendous growth we have seen to date. By making it even easier for these partners to obtain and manage full stack networking services via the Juniper Mist cloud, our new NaaS capabilities promise to accelerate this momentum and increase our campus and branch market share.” Gordon Mackintosh, Group VP, Global Channels and Virtual Sales at Juniper Networks Ideal client-to-cloud platform for partners Powered by 6th generation Mist AI and a modern microservices cloud, Juniper’s wired, wireless, security and SD-WAN solutions uniquely deliver proactive insights and automation across the full networking stack. Customizable service levels with visibility down to the client, application and session assure the best end-to-end user and operator experiences. The Juniper Mist platform is also completely programmable with open APIs, ensuring seamless integration with existing NOC/SOC systems. In addition, Juniper fully integrates security with the networking fabric by extending visibility, threat intelligence and policy enforcement to every point of connection. Products currently delivered via a common cloud-hosted AI-driven solution include Juniper Mist wireless access points with Wi-Fi Assurance and indoor location subscription services, EX switches with Wired Assurance subscription service, Session Smart Routers and SRX firewalls with WAN Assurance subscription service and Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (VNA). With all these capabilities, the Juniper solution is easy to deploy and scale, and flexible enough to meet the needs of both big and small customers alike, making it an ideal platform for managed wired, wireless, security and SD-WAN services. Juniper brings even more flexibility and insight to NaaS Juniper has added new NaaS capabilities which further facilitate our partners’ ability to deploy, operate and manage services via the cloud. These include: Common portal with AI-driven operations dashboard. Juniper has uniquely consolidated wired, wireless and SD-WAN network management into a single, cloud-based portal with insights and automation driven by Mist AI. A new AI-driven dashboard provides a holistic, multitenant view into the real-time performance of wired, wireless and secure SD-WAN networks (e.g., customizable service levels by location). This allows network operators to continually optimize end-user experiences from client-to-cloud, and it saves time and money with faster problem resolution and fewer on-site visits. Flexible subscription management. Juniper makes it easier than ever to operationalize the management of cloud subscriptions services. With this latest AI-driven Enterprise offering, all licenses are available in one location for scalable inventory management, and partners and customers can move licenses seamlessly between hardware devices (in any location) to maximize design flexibility and minimize investment costs. New payment and purchasing options. Juniper has evolved traditional financial schemas for managed services with new payment options that are available via Juniper Financial Services (JFS). Plus, Juniper now offers periodic subscription services (e.g., monthly) on the AI-driven Enterprise portfolio in addition to previously available 1-, 3- and 5-year licenses. These options make it easier than ever to ensure that the Juniper solution fits the needs of all partners and customers, including the ability to fund a managed network service from both CAPEX and OPEX budgets. For more information on Juniper’s momentum in the AI-driven Enterprise and additional customer and partner quotes, see the accompanying press release, “Juniper Networks Recognized as Fastest Growing Enterprise and Outdoor Wireless LAN Vendor”. Supporting quotes: “Juniper is focused on delivering industry-leading AI-driven products and programs that facilitate the adoption of cloud-hosted networking services and provide numerous end-user and operator benefits. By delivering a cloud-like experience and subscription models for campus and branch environments, Juniper has increased their appeal to channel partners delivering managed services. These announcements also ensure end users have more flexibility in how they procure and manage unified wired, wireless and SD-WAN services.” - Bob Laliberte, principal analyst at ESG. “AI is a key differentiator when delivering scalable and differentiated managed services. Juniper has brought incredible automation and insight to our SDx offering, making them a great partner for DT.” - Sherif Rezkalla, VP Portfolio, Head of Business Networks at Deutsche Telekom. “Juniper continues to proactively partner with our business, which has enabled us to offer highly differentiated and valuable services to our customers. By incorporating new NaaS features that deliver even more flexibility to our day-day-operations, we can add yet another dimension to our close relationship.” - David Flanagan, Chief Product Officer, Macquarie Telecom “Juniper’s full-stack visibility from client-to-cloud has enabled us to maximize end-user satisfaction for our ‘total connectivity’ services.” - Arjen Bakker, Director Connectivity Services & Solutions, VolkerWessels Telecom About Juniper Networks Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Juniper Networks, the Juniper Networks logo, Juniper, Junos, and other trademarks listed here are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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NETWORK SECURITY

Skyworks’ Advanced Synchronization Solutions Support Next-Generation 5G Deployments

Skyworks | September 05, 2022

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. today announced the launch of its new portfolio of network synchronization solutions, which includes the Si551x and Si540x families of NetSync™ clock integrated circuit devices and Skyworks’ AccuTime™ IEEE 1588 software. Each product family is engineered to meet the requirements of mobile operators and equipment vendors for 5G fronthaul networks. Precise and accurate time synchronization is critical to ultra-reliable network operation and is paving the way for future enhancements, including Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) and Coordinated Multipoint Access (CoMP) that empower 5G to support autonomous vehicles, factory automation, telemedicine and other emerging applications. “Skyworks’ decades of expertise and patented timing technology enable the company to offer best-in-class performance, integration and reliability, featuring its ultra-low jitter DSPLL architecture with MultiSynth™ ‘any-frequency’ clock synthesis, This technology allows multiple clock and synchronization functions to be combined into a single device, reducing power consumption and printed circuit board space, while simplifying high-frequency design. Skyworks has been collaborating with partners such as NXP Semiconductors and AMD to drive 5G solutions for both the public and private wireless network markets.” Mark Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of the mixed signal solutions business at Skyworks “Focused on enabling an ecosystem to support O-RAN 5G solutions that allows customers to quickly bring products to market, NXP leverages the hardware capabilities of its Layerscape multicore processors and Layerscape Access programmable-based processors for 1588 timing synchronization and combines it with ecosystem solutions like those provided by Skyworks,” said Tareq Bustami, senior vice president and general manager, Network Edge at NXP Semiconductors. “Our collaboration with Skyworks delivers robust ecosystem solutions that meet the stringent requirements of evolving 5G networks.” “Skyworks Si551x and Si540x products are ideal companions to our system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, including our RFSoC DFE and Versal™ platforms targeted at 5G RRU, Beamforming fronthaul and vDU,” said Mike Wissolik, director of marketing, Data Center and Communications Group at AMD. “The AccuTime software runs on our in-built ARM processor subsystem and utilizes on-chip IP allowing customers to have a truly integrated synchronization solution.” Additional Product Information: Skyworks’ Si551x and Si540x timing solutions comply with all relevant telecom standards, including ITU-T G.826x/G.827x, IEEE 1588-2008/2019 and O-RAN WG4, enabling robust and reliable synchronization across networks. These new products are in production, and samples and evaluation kits are available now. Si551x: Optimized for air-interface equipment including radio units (RUs) and integrated small cells, the Si5518 and Si5512 products combine the functions of network synchronization, jitter attenuation and JESD204B/C clocking into a single device. Si540x: Optimized for equipment within the fronthaul network, such as distribution units (DUs) and fronthaul switches and gateways, the Si5401, Si5402 and Si5403 products provide network synchronization and synchronous Ethernet/SDH clock wander filtering. AccuTime™ IEEE 1588 Software: Designed to provide a comprehensive and flexible PTP solution, and highly integrated with the Si551x and Si540x devices, AccuTime IEEE 1588 software supports time recovery performance to meet the requirements of real-world fronthaul network deployments using full (FTS), partial (PTS) or assisted partial (APTS) timing support. About Skyworks Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Our highly innovative analog and mixed signal semiconductors are connecting people, places and things spanning a number of new and previously unimagined applications within the aerospace, automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, entertainment and gaming, industrial, medical, defense, smartphone, tablet and wearable markets. Skyworks is a global company with engineering, marketing, operations, sales and support facilities located throughout Asia, Europe and North America and is a member of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 market indices.

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MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE

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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IT security organizations today are judged on how they enable business transformation and innovation. They are tasked with delivering new applications to users and introducing new technologies that will capture new customers, improve productivity and lower costs. They are expected to be agile so they can respond faster than competitors to changing customer and market needs. Unfortunately, IT security is often perceived as standing in the way of innovation and business agility.

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