Tesla's 5G stop sign: Self-driving needs 'no connectivity whatsoever'

Tesla | October 23, 2020

The global wireless industry continues to salivate at the prospect of selling high-speed, low-latency and revenue-generating services to automotive companies and motorists in support of the much-ballyhooed autonomous driving services of the future. But Tesla – the world's most valuable car company by a shockingly wide margin – is boasting of a new self-driving technology that does not need a cellular connection at all. "We put it out there last night, and then we'll see how it goes and then probably release it to more people this weekend or early next week," said Elon Musk, Tesla's billionaire CEO, of the company's new Full Self-Driving (FSD) service. "And then just gradually step it up until we have, hopefully, a wide release by the end of this year."

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CMG blazes a trail with world's first 5G livestreaming studio on high-speed train

CMG | January 07, 2022

Livestreaming ultra-high-definition (UHD) videos from a bullet train moving at 350 kilometers per hour must surely be an extremely tall order, but the China Media Group (CMG) has never been one to shy away from a daunting challenge. CMG unveiled the new state-of-the-art livestreaming studio on the high-speed railway line connecting Chinese capital Beijing with Olympic co-host city Zhangjiakou on Thursday, showcasing the country's primacy in multiple fields of cutting-edge technology.The opening of the studio, which features the novel application of 5G+4K/8K+AI technology in UHD TV live broadcast on a high-speed railway, is a testament to CMG's commitment to embracing technological innovation and offering premium coverage of the 2022 Olympics to the widest possible audience. During the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Shen Haixiong, president of CMG said that it's the duty and mission of CMG to tell Beijing Winter Olympic stories well and open a new chapter in the promotion of the Olympic Movement, culture and Chinese sportsmanship as an international mainstream media outlet, a Chinese national media group and the host broadcaster. Shen also spotlighted the difficulty in maintaining reliable and resilient 5G signals in a fast-moving carriage and acknowledged the hard work done by related agencies including China Railway, China Railway Beijing Group, China Unicom, China Mobile as well as CMG, who pooled resources to bring the project to fruition despite the challenging network conditions. China's first autonomous high-speed service, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway line went into operation in 2019, reducing the travel time between the two Olympic competition zones from over three hours to 47 minutes. The smart trains are equipped with special areas to store ski gear and doping samples collected and provide wireless charging and intelligent light adjustment. With less than a month to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing is abuzz with anticipation. China hopes hosting the Games will help the country cement its position as a new winter sports destination and bring 300 million people into the fold of winter sports. For such high stakes, the CMG chief brims with a confident smile. "CMG has always taken it as its mission to promote, report and broadcast the Beijing Winter Olympics," said Shen. "This is our duty and responsibility," he added.

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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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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Airgain® Receives Innovation Award From Public Safety Broadband Technology Association

Airgain | February 24, 2022

Airgain, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRG), a leading provider of advanced wireless connectivity technologies and systems used to enable high performance networking across a broad range of devices and markets, today announced that it has been awarded the Andrew Seybold Award for Technology Innovation by the Public Safety Broadband Technology Association (PSBTA). The award was announced at the 10-Year Anniversary Celebration for FirstNet®, hosted by the PSBTA, the Public Safety Spectrum Alliance (PSSA), and All Things FirstNet. FirstNet® is the only nationwide wireless broadband communications network dedicated to America’s first responders and public safety community. It was created through legislation signed in 2012 by President Barack Obama and built out through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T.Airgain collaborated with FirstNet and AT&T to build one of the first devices to leverage its high performance user equipment (HPUE™) standard built for FirstNet® MegaRange™, which helps to improve coverage issues, whether at the edges of coverage or in dense urban environments. The AirgainConnect® AC-HPUE™ combines a rugged 6-in-1 outdoor antenna with an integrated HPUE LTE modem for maximum connectivity. It was launched in early 2021 and has been rolling out nationwide since. AirgainConnect AC-HPUE and its future derivatives represent a bold new platform that will serve both immediate and future connectivity needs of first responders. “We are honored to receive this award from the PSBTA, We believe that lives count on connecting and it is critical that our first responders and their equipment be able to stay connected at all times. We are grateful that our work with FirstNet and AT&T has been recognized by the industry and we will continue to focus on solving many of the connectivity issues that plague the industry now and in the future.” -Morad Sbahi, Senior Vice President of Global Product and Marketing at Airgain About Airgain, Inc. Airgain is a leading provider of advanced wireless connectivity technologies and systems used to enable high performance wireless networking across a broad range of devices and markets, including consumer, enterprise, and automotive. Airgain’s mission is to connect the world through optimized integrated wireless solutions. Combining design-led thinking with testing and development, Airgain’s technologies are deployed in carrier, fleet, enterprise, residential, private, government, and public safety wireless networks and systems, including set-top boxes, access points, routers, modems, gateways, media adapters, portables, digital televisions, sensors, fleet tracking, in-vehicle networking, and asset tracking devices. Through its pedigree in the design, integration, and testing of high-performance wireless modules and antenna technology, Airgain has become a leading provider of integrated communications products that solve critical connectivity needs. Airgain is headquartered in San Diego, California, and maintains design and test centers in the U.S., U.K., and China. For more information, visit airgain.com, or follow Airgain on LinkedIn and Twitter. Airgain, AirgainConnect, and the Airgain logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Airgain, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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WIRELESS

Airties Selected by Deutsche Telekom for Smart Wi-Fi Deployments in Various Markets Across Europe

Airties | April 04, 2022

Airties, the most widely deployed supplier of managed Wi-Fi solutions to service providers globally, today announced that it has signed a comprehensive agreement with Deutsche Telekom to deploy Airties' suite of Smart Wi-Fi products and services across DT-Europe. Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 242 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed-network lines, and 22 million broadband lines. Late last year, Deutsche Telekom disclosed that it is using RDK open source software to standardize core functions of their broadband gateways. Under this agreement with Airties, Deutsche Telekom will also deploy Airties Edge software to further enhance their subscribers' broadband gateways and Airties Cloud to provide home performance management and optimization to customers throughout several markets in Europe. Further details about country-specific rollouts and offers will be disclosed by Deutsche Telekom at a later date. "Providing exceptional home broadband is of paramount importance to Deutsche Telekom, and that includes delivering the best possible Wi-Fi to our customers," said Pedro Bandeira, Vice President of Product and New Business at Deutsche Telekom. "After examining the market, we selected Airties because of the proven quality, scalability, and versatility of their Smart Wi-Fi portfolio. We look forward to bringing these advanced Wi-Fi capabilities to our customers in the months ahead." Deutsche Telekom is a clear global leader when it comes to embracing technological innovations that improve the lives of their customers. Having consistent, quality home Wi-Fi is more essential than ever before, and Deutsche Telekom fully recognizes this across its various markets. We are honored that Deutsche Telekom selected Airties to help them provide a managed Smart Wi-Fi experience to their customers throughout Europe." Philippe Alcaras, CEO of Airties. Airties' unique hybrid cloud-edge architecture leverages both the embedded intelligence in customer premises equipment (CPE) and the cloud to maximize responsiveness and performance. Airties Edge is smart Wi-Fi software that intelligently directs consumers' devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, IoT, smart home devices, etc.) to the best available channel and band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), based on real-time network conditions. This software enables an existing home gateway/modem to double as an intelligent Wi-Fi access point, improving the quality and stability of connectivity within the home. Airties Cloud orchestrates Wi-Fi across homes, optimizing operator gateways and extenders in real-time to ensure a better quality of experience for consumers, while providing insights on connected devices. It allows operators to address evolving consumer needs, such as cybersecurity, through a suite of digital services. Airties Cloud also integrates with the Airties Vision companion app which provides real time data for consumers to manage their in-home wireless experience. Airties Cloud now actively manages more than 33 million homes and supports more than 646 million actively connected devices across the globe. About Airties Airties is the most widely deployed provider of managed Wi-Fi solutions to operators around the globe. Airties Smart Wi-Fi portfolio includes Airties Edge, smart Wi-Fi software for gateways; Airties Cloud, a cloud-based management platform and its companion app, Airties Vision; and Wi-Fi mesh extenders. Operators turn to Airties for the design, implementation, and ongoing optimization of their customers' broadband experience. Some of Airties' customers include Altice USA, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Singtel, Sky, Telia, Telstra, Vodafone, and many others.

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