T-Mobile US Closes Sprint Merger

Sdxcentral | April 01, 2020

The biggest shakeup to hit the U.S. wireless market in at least 15 years is now upon us. Following a nearly two-year battle, with many ups and downs, T-Mobile US and Sprint have officially merged, the companies announced today. One hurdle, a ruling from the California Public Utilities Commission, remains, but a proposed approval with conditions has already been issued and the CPUC’s commissioners are expected to vote on that proposal later this month.  The culmination of the deal also means that T-Mobile US’ post-merger executive shuffling is underway. John Legere, a combative and often snarky showman credited with turning around T-Mobile’s fortunes, has left the position of CEO and has been replaced by Mike Sievert, who previously served as president and COO, effective immediately. The U.S. mobile industry hasn’t experienced a shock of this magnitude since AT&T’s failed attempt to take over T-Mobile in 2011. That effort, to some extent, put this outcome in motion as T-Mobile continued to gain market share and improved its network performance as Sprint’s prospects declined precipitously.

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ADVA’s Ensemble Activator network operating system scores industry first with MEF 3.0 certification

ADVA | March 02, 2022

ADVA (FSE: ADV) announced that its Ensemble Activator carrier-grade network operating system (NOS) is now MEF 3.0-certified as part of a multi-vendor system. While this certification is well established with hardware products, ADVA’s Ensemble Activator is the market’s first software solution to achieve MEF 3.0-certified status. The award proves that a multi-vendor disaggregated product can meet the industry’s most rigorous standards and highlights the value of open ecosystems for delivering next-generation mobile services in a software-defined networking (SDN) environment. The certified solution features Ensemble Activator, specifically developed for white boxes as part of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), running on Edgecore’s innovative DCSG open hardware design.“Achieving MEF 3.0 certification with our Ensemble Activator network operating system provides mobile network operators (MNOs) with a clear path to the benefits of separated software and hardware. It opens the door to unprecedented levels of scalability, efficiency and flexibility in large, geographically dispersed multi-vendor transport infrastructure,” said Mike Heffner, GM of Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Our MEF-compliant operating system will empower MNOs across the world to accelerate their digital transformation. Now they can embrace disaggregation and diversification with complete confidence in technologies that adhere to industry-best standards.” MEF certification is the industry’s most trusted reference for Carrier Ethernet equipment standardization. To win MEF 3.0-complaint status, the multi-vendor system from ADVA and Edgecore underwent an extensive suite of rigorous tests, evaluating its ability to deliver the highest levels of performance under extreme operating conditions. The DCSG specification was developed by a joint operator community within TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) project group and is one of the first projects to introduce open, standards-based disaggregated hardware and software for use in telecom transport networks. What’s more, as a holder of a TIP Compliance Ribbon for DCSG, ADVA’s NOS is now featured on the TIP Exchange, which helps service providers easily evaluate technology solutions and partners. “Today’s announcement is a key milestone for disaggregated vendor-neutral networking solutions. It establishes that open and disaggregated solutions can offer the carrier-grade robustness, efficiency and scale needed for deployment in the most demanding of networking environments, Edgecore’s hardened DCSG platform featuring ADVA’s Ensemble Activator enables MNOs to rapidly grow their backhaul infrastructure to 100Gbit/s and 25Gbit/s interfaces and offers accurate timing synchronization capabilities for the most stringent of 5G mobile network requirements. These disaggregated solutions allow MNOs to better control their network infrastructure and improve their total cost of ownership over the deployment lifecycle. Already compliant with TIP specifications, our joint solution now has the MEF 3.0 stamp of approval. For MNOs looking to modernize their infrastructure, our solution demonstrates that it is possible to escape vendor lock-in and harness the capabilities and benefits of open disaggregated solutions for mobile networks.” -Heimdall Siao, president of Edgecore Networks Today’s news highlights the impact of our support for collaboration and interoperability and shows how the work of the TIP community is reshaping the networking technology landscape. With MEF 3.0 certification, ADVA and Edgecore’s TIP-incubated DCSG will enable more MNOs to tap into the power of openness and disaggregation to reduce costs, increase innovation and extend high-quality connectivity across the world,” said Diego Mari Moreton, manager of connectivity technologies and ecosystems at Meta and lead of the TIP OOPT project group. “This solution has been proven to meet the needs of the most demanding mobile networks. It demonstrates that MNOs can realize the advantages of disaggregation without sacrificing performance and paves the way for the mass rollout of 5G services. About ADVA ADVA is a company founded on innovation and focused on helping our customers succeed. Our technology forms the building blocks of a shared digital future and empowers networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we’re building a truly connected and sustainable future. For more information on how we can help you, please visit us at www.adva.com.

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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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Information Systems Labs Joins BrainChip Early Access Program

BrainChip Holdings Ltd | January 10, 2022

BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX: BRN, OTCQX: BRCHF, ADR: BCHPY), a leading provider of ultra-low power, high performance artificial intelligence technology and the world’s first commercial producer of neuromorphic AI chips and IP, announced that Information Systems Laboratories, Inc. (ISL) is developing an AI-based radar research solution for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) based on its Akida™ neural networking processor.ISL is an employee-owned technology development corporation that performs expert research and complex analysis, software and systems engineering, advanced hardware design and development, and high-quality specialty fabrication for a variety of customers worldwide. ISL specializes in the areas of advanced signal processing, space exploration, undersea technologies, surveillance and tracking, cyber security, advanced radar systems, and energy independence. As a member of BrainChip’s Early Access Program, ISL will be able to evaluate boards with the Akida device, software and hardware support and dedicated engineering resources. “As part of BrainChip’s EAP, we’ve had the opportunity to evaluate firsthand the capabilities that Akida provides to the AI ecosystem,” -Jamie Bergin, Senior VP, Manager of Research, Development and Engineering Solutions Division at ISL. BrainChip brings AI to the edge in a way that existing technologies are not capable. The Akida processor is ultra-low power with high performance, supporting the growth of edge AI technology by using a neuromorphic architecture, a type of artificial intelligence that is inspired by the biology of the human brain. Devices currently available to BrainChip’s EAP customers provide partners with capabilities to realize significant gains in power consumption, design flexibility and true learning at the Edge. “ISL has decided to use Akida and Edge-based learning as a tool to incorporate into their portfolio of research engineering and engineering solutions in large part due to our innovative capabilities and production-ready status that provides go-to-market advantages, We are pleased to be included as the AI- and Edge-based learning component of ISL’s research sponsored by AFRL. We feel that the combination of technologies will help expedite its deployment into the field.” -Sean Hehir, BrainChip CEO Akida is currently available now to be licensed as IP, as well as available for orders for production release in silicon. Its focus is on low power and high-performance, enabling sensory processing, for applications in Beneficial AI, as well as applications including Smart Healthcare, Smart Cities, Smart Transportation and Smart Home. Those interested in learning how BrainChip has solved the problems inherent in moving AI out of the data center to the Edge where data is created can visit https://brainchipinc.com/technology/ for more information. About BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX: BRN, OTCQX: BRCHF, ADR: BCHPY) BrainChip is a global technology company that is producing a groundbreaking neuromorphic processor that brings artificial intelligence to the edge in a way that is beyond the capabilities of other products. The chip is high performance, small, ultra-low power and enables a wide array of edge capabilities that include on-chip training, learning and inference. The event-based neural network processor is inspired by the spiking nature of the human brain and is implemented in an industry standard digital process. By mimicking brain processing BrainChip has pioneered a processing architecture, called Akida™, which is both scalable and flexible to address the requirements in edge devices. At the edge, sensor inputs are analyzed at the point of acquisition rather than through transmission via the cloud to a data center. Akida is designed to provide a complete ultra-low power and fast AI Edge Network for vision, audio, olfactory and smart transducer applications. The reduction in system latency provides faster response and a more power efficient system that can reduce the large carbon footprint of data centers. About AFRL and AFWERX AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now in J203-CS01, the Air Force has begun offering 'The Open Topic' SBIR/STTR program that is faster, leaner and open to a broader range of innovations.

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RED Technologies accelerates its 5G plan in unlicensed spectrum with French Government 5G stimulus strategy

RED Technologies | February 18, 2022

The French Government recently announced an acceleration strategy dedicated to 5G and future networks. Cedric O, Minister for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, announced that RED Technologies has been selected through its "DAT 5G" (Democratizing Access to 5G Technology) project to develop a cloud based 5G NR-U platform to provide industrial SMEs and mid-caps with low cost 5G connectivity using unlicensed spectrum. RED will offer a plug and play E2E 5G connectivity managed solution for private networks at a competitive cost. The solution will be fully integrated (RAN & CORE) and composed of 5G NR-U, Open-RAN RU and BBU, 5G-CORE SA, and MEC. DAT-5G will add to the recent company's filing before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to become an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) System operator. RED Technologies foresees the global application of the AFC including North America, Middle East and in Europe where discussions started last week in ECC's Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM). The company has extensive experience in building innovative cloud-based solutions, and is already serving numerous customers in the US with its Spectrum Access System (SAS) for CBRS through a partnership with Amdocs. Moreover, RED Technologies is currently passing FCC certification to become an independent SAS administrator. About RED Technologies As telecoms markets move towards 5G and in the face of increasing spectrum shortages and demand for accessible and affordable services, policy-makers and industry stakeholders have devised ground-breaking regulatory frameworks to enable dynamic spectrum sharing.Founded in 2012, RED Technologies has been a pioneer in spectrum sharing technologies. RED Technologies is now a leading provider of cutting-edge technologies and services, offering scalable cloud-based CBRS and TVWS spectrum sharing solutions soon completed with its 6GHz AFC.RED technologies will sustain its contribution to the necessary standardization and regulatory works in all potential bands to further consolidate the position the company as a unique and innovative dynamic spectrum sharing specialist with the full range of solutions available to operators, verticals and governments worldwide. The reference shareholder of the company is venture capital firm Karista (www.karista.vc).More information can be found at https://www.redtechnologies.fr and welcome.wavedb.com

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