Startup Verana Networks targets mmWave 5G RAN

Verana Networks | September 07, 2020

A new startup appears set to tackle the market for 5G radio access network (RAN) hardware running in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum – a space the company says is poised to "enable new applications" and "create incremental revenue" for 5G operators. Launched by a pair of former Airvana executives, Verana Networks was founded earlier this year and closed its Series A funding in April. "We have not said much publicly yet. Current plan is to start talking more about what we are doing as well as our investors, board members and team in mid-October," Amit Jain, Verana's founder and chief commercial officer, wrote in response to questions from Light Reading. He declined to provide any further details.

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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Mavenir Study Reveals Moving to Converged 5G Packet Core Can Reduce TCO by up to 36%

Mavenir | January 20, 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, released an in-depth study, with Monica Paolini at Senza Fili, highlighting how accelerating the move to a Converged 5G Core (5GC) can reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 36%.The study concludes that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can save by moving to a cloud-native Converged 5GC with 5G Standalone (SA) support as they deploy their 5G access network, instead of relying on legacy EPC technologies and 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) packet core support. The longer the MNO delays the transition to a Converged 5GC, the higher the transition costs. The basis of the research, a TCO comparative analysis, revealed that the cost incurred in postponing the adoption of a Converged 5G core increases the TCO over a five-year period. The model assumes that the MNO moves to a state-of-the-art cloud-native converged 5GC and SA solution that replaces a traditional Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The research in this whitepaper answers one key question: When should an MNO with a 5G access network transition to a cloud-native Converged 5G Core with 5G Standalone (SA) support? The comparative analysis studies different approaches taken by MNOs, namely early adopters vs. late adopters. Eventually, in both scenarios, the MNO moves to the Converged 5GC, but the cost impact of delaying the adoption of Converged 5GC grows with time. The early adopter cost saving over the late adopter grows to 36% for a fifth-year switch. “This research reveals that delaying an essential network transition will only increase costs in the long run. As the ‘fastest growing software vendor for Converged 5G Core’1, Mavenir works closely with our customers to help them make the transition to open and intelligent networks. We do so by delivering a flexible, cost-effective journey to 5G with multi-generational support for all G’s to modernize existing mobile networks while evolving to 5G. In addition, the Mavenir Converged 5G Core also supports non-3GPP access and can be tailored to fit any customer infrastructure and business needs.” -Ashok Khuntia, GM, Packet Computing, Mavenir Mavenir Converged 5G Packet Core with multi-access support (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G NSA, 5G SA, and non-3GPP) allows CSPs a strategic growth plan with minimal risk, unlimited scale, and greatly improved speed, security, and reliability. Moving to a Converged 5G Packet Core now enables new, innovative opportunities. Mavenir’s cloud-native packet core network architecture simplifies network transformation, enables operational efficiencies, and focuses on core principles that consistently result in customer success. 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 in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. www.mavenir.com

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5G

5G Networks Continue to Enhance Wireless Capabilities

5G Americas | January 19, 2022

With 5G global connections now exceeding 438 million, 5G networks are well on their way towards becoming the dominant global standard for wireless cellular communications. Today, 5G Americas, the voice of 5G and 4G LTE for the Americas, announced the release of its latest comprehensive annual overview of 5G and 4G LTE networks entitled, “Cellular Communications in a 5G Era. “After three years of 5G network deployments, the industry is moving toward the enhancement phase of this generation of wireless cellular. These networks are beginning to change the technology landscape for new applications with their high data speeds and very low latencies.” -Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas Cellular Communications in a 5G Era” is an annual update to previous versions, which provides a complete overview and reference source for 5G and 4G LTE networks to date, which had been created by Rysavy Research. Topics in this white paper include: Overview of 5G’s impact and intensifying role on networks and industries Statistics demonstrating how 5G is the fastest growing generation of cellular wireless technology ever deployed Factors impacting 5G network rollout, including architecture, spectrum, standards, and technologies Updates on 5G and 4G LTE enhancement timelines Discussion of 5G use cases across different vertical industries, including smart cities, manufacturing, automotive, and many more Further details on improvements in voice, industrial IoT, and public safety services Additionally, the white paper covers updated developments on spectrum use and availability, cellular V2X communications, key supporting technologies like fixed wireless access, virtualization, cloud-native, open RAN, and edge networking, as well as AI and machine learning. “The sheer flexibility of 5G wireless cellular networks will continue to drive innovative use cases. More 5G capabilities will emerge as key enabling technologies and standardized 5G radio and core network architecture are developed, bringing about new use cases to many industry verticals.” - Brian Daly, 5G Americas working group leader and Assistant Vice President, Standards & Industry Alliances for AT&T For a look at previous comprehensive updates on 5G and 4G LTE networks, take a look at: “Global 5G: Rise of a Transformational Technology.” About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas 5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to facilitate and advocate for the advancement and transformation of LTE, 5G and beyond throughout the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at 5G Americas’ website and Twitter.5G Americas’ Board of Governors Members include Airspan Networks Inc., Antel, AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Intel, Liberty Latin America, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Shaw Communications Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Telefónica, VMware, and WOM.

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NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Midco® Upgrades Grand Forks with Fiber

Midco | January 05, 2022

Midco’s Fiber Forward initiative is underway in Grand Forks. The $25 million five-year build began this past fall. Most of the work will be completed within the next three years .“Fiber Forward is our commitment to Grand Forks that we will use the best technology available for a great online experience now and into the future. Fiber optimizes our network for speed and reliability, using the power of light for streaming, gaming, work-from-home, online learning - really anything our customers want to keep them connected to the world,” -Midco Chief Technology Officer Jon Pederson. More than 40,000 homes and businesses in Grand Forks will benefit from the future-proof investment. Customers can expect enhanced product offerings and increased performance. We are grateful for Midco’s commitment to Grand Forks’ ever growing tech sector, as well as continuing to improve resident’s connectivity at home, said Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski. The Fiber Forward investment in Grand Forks is a clear signal that we are on the rise and an important piece of Midco’s future. At a Fiber Forward event in July, North Dakota Mayor Doug Burgum said, “This major investment by Midco strengthens North Dakota’s status as one of the most connected states in the nation. High-speed broadband throughout our entire state has been a priority of our administration, and this infrastructure is an essential building block to keeping our communities connected through reliable, affordable internet.” Fiber Forward will lead to improved economic development, education and quality of life in our communities. Midco knows that a strong, reliable network not only tightens our connection to each other, it connects our region with the world. A strong corporate steward in Grand Forks, Midco sponsors the University of North Dakota, the Alerus Center, and several non-profits including the Northlands Rescue Mission and St. Joseph’s Social Care. Customers can reach out to learn more about Fiber Forward in their community here. This release is available online in our Press Room. About Midco Midco provides a superior network and an exceptional customer experience while being a force for good in the communities it serves. Midco is the leading provider of reliable, high-speed internet via fiber and fixed wireless technology. By 2025, Midco will deploy 10G, the next great leap for broadband – while expanding its fiber network to rural areas. The company also delivers TV services including Midco Sports (a regional sports network), phone, data center and advertising services, plus wholesale networking solutions. Midco fiber serves 460,000 homes and businesses in 400 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Visit Midco.com to learn more about Midco and how the company has been giving back to communities since 1931.

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DATA CENTER NETWORKING

Bandwidth Announces Integration with Pindrop to Add Out-of-the-Box Voice Authentication for Enterprise Contact Center Move to the Cloud

Bandwidth Inc. | March 21, 2022

Bandwidth Inc. (NASDAQ: BAND), a leading global enterprise cloud communications company, today announced a partnership and integration with PindropⓇ, a global leader in voice authentication technology. Now, Pindrop can be natively integrated with Bandwidth at the carrier level, giving enterprises a faster, more direct route to migrate their contact centers to the cloud with Pindrop's mission-critical authentication and anti-fraud technology already built in. "This integration is another significant step forward in our strategy to become the network platform of choice for enterprise cloud contact centers," said John Bell, Bandwidth's Chief Product Officer. "With this partnership, Pindrop's technology can help future-proof against evolving security issues in voice calling, with the added convenience and speed of an out-of-the-box solution with Bandwidth." "We are excited to be partnering with a leading global CPaaS provider like Bandwidth,'' says Gahn Lane, VP, Global Partners and Alliances at Pindrop. "Creating a great call center experience not only requires streamlined interaction time, but also a customer-first mindset, providing a better user experience while protecting customer accounts with next-level authentication. Bandwidth's cutting-edge, cloud-native platform streamlines the management and growth of our voice authentication and meets customers' needs with ease." In today's contact centers, security is increasingly important both as a convenience to end-users and to protect against voice-based attacks. An 800 percent increase in call volume over the past two years, combined with a 57 percent increase in fraud attacks, have left the contact center industry at a critical inflection point.(1) Traditionally, enterprises had to use complex on-premises equipment to connect third-party platforms such as Pindrop, or undertake time-consuming integrations with CCaaS platforms. Now, enterprises moving to a digital CCaaS solution can unbundle the telephony and "Bring Your Own Carrier" (BYOC) using Bandwidth, with Pindrop's authentication solution already integrated. This carrier-level integration is possible with Bandwidth's cloud-native platform, which seamlessly enables Pindrop to apply its advanced authentication scoring so enterprises can determine how to handle each incoming call. Large enterprises often have complex contact centers with multiple locations, expensive on-premises equipment, and contracts with multiple carriers and uncertain redundancy. Bandwidth's suite of CCaaS Duet solutions can now extend to include Pindrop within the call path, enabling enterprises to unbundle their telephony and easily integrate across their entire communications stack, while replacing legacy telecom carriers and most on-premises equipment with the Bandwidth platform. About Bandwidth Inc. Bandwidth (NASDAQ: BAND) is a global communications software company that helps enterprises connect people around the world with cloud-ready voice, messaging and emergency services. Backed by a network reaching 60+ countries covering 90 percent of global GDP, companies like Cisco, Google, Microsoft, RingCentral, Uber and Zoom use Bandwidth's APIs to easily embed communications into software and applications. Bandwidth has more than 20 years in the technology space and was the first Communications Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider offering a robust selection of APIs built on our own global network. Our award-winning support teams help businesses around the world solve complex communications challenges every day.

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