5G

TNS and Cellusys Partner With an Eye to the Future of 5G Roaming and Security

Cellusys & Transaction Network Services | December 13, 2021

TNS and Cellusys Partner
With 5G roaming and interworking on the horizon, US-based Transaction Network Services (TNS) will collaborate with Irish solutions provider, Cellusys, in research, development, and testing of roaming and security solutions for 5G networks.Utilizing the TNS 5G Innovation Lab, the team will combine TNS’ expertise in steering of roaming and other services for regional and national US carriers for 3G, 4G, and soon 5G traffic with security solutions from the Cellusys portfolio, including Signalling (Diameter, GTP, SIP, SS7) and SMS Firewall.

“We see 5G as a pivotal component within every roadmap and are confident we will be able to offer first-rate solutions to our customers as 5G roaming and security continue to evolve,Developing new technologies requires creativity and competence, but also a flexible and agile approach, which is why we are excited to embark on this journey with Cellusys.”

-Bill Versen, President of TNS’ Communications Market business

5G NSA, based on 4G infrastructure, has become prevalent in much of the country and is gaining traction around the world. Over 500 million 5G handsets are forecast to be sold in 2021, according to Gartner, signalling an appetite for faster download speeds. However, when 5G SA roaming is more prevalent, it may also bring new security threats to mobile operators’ networks.

“Our multi-tenant solutions are designed with worldwide leading organizations like TNS in mind, as signalling is increasingly centralized,TNS shares our zeal in having the best 5G solutions available to our customers and we are looking forward to working closely with them, as well as continuing our expansion into the Americas.”

-Daniel McTague, Cellusys CTO

About Cellusys
Cellusys introduced the Signalling Firewall to the telecom industry in 2014 and are consistently recognized as a Tier-1 provider, focusing on the flexibility and agility of signalling-based solutions to offer mobile network groups and operators solutions for 5G, VoLTE, signalling security, anti-fraud, A2P monetisation, roaming, analytics, and IoT. Cellusys systems improve the quality of service and security for over 880 million subscribers worldwide and make communication service providers more secure, intelligent, and profitable.

About Transaction Network Services
TNS is a leading global provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to the communications, payments and financial markets. Established more than 30 years ago, its extensive portfolio of innovative, value-added services now supports thousands of organizations across more than 60 countries to interact efficiently, conduct mission critical processes securely and adopt new technologies flexibly. TNS’ pioneering Communications Markets business has been a continuous innovator interconnecting carrier networks efficiently, securely and reliably. The Communications Market’s IaaS solutions support the demanding needs of carriers, from call analytics which identify unwanted robocalls while enabling enhanced mobile identity for legitimate callers, to interoperability, clearing, settlement and analytics for LTE and 5G. For more information please visit tnsi.com.

Spotlight

U.S. operators will spend more than $250 billion to
deploy 5G wireless networks from 2020 to 2025.
The recent C-band (5G spectrum) auction where four
operators accounted for $79 billion of the $81 billion
raised increased 5G costs by an additional 40%. The
top U.S. operators (Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T) will
complete the majority of their 5G deployments over the
next five years. As they continue to expand their 5G
coverage and capacity, a key concern is how to recoup
their 5G investments while minimizing deployment costs.


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WAN TECHNOLOGIES

Quickline uses ADVA 100G aggregation solution to expand ultra-fast broadband to rural and hard-to-reach communities

ADVA | June 18, 2022

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To do that, we’ve harnessed the most advanced aggregation device and taken an innovative approach to last-mile connectivity. By leveraging the flexibility and power of ADVA’s FSP 150 to link our 5G-based services to PoPs, we can deliver lightning-fast broadband to more rural communities than ever before, Working with trusted and proven partners such as ADVA and Nomios with their strong customer-first ethos was also important to us in our decision making.” Sean Royce, CEO of Quickline Supported by the Building Digital UK program, Quickline’s expanded network is helping to connect some of Britain’s hardest-to-reach places. Built on the high-density ADVA FSP 150-XG400 Series, the infrastructure enables 100Gbit/s connectivity in the national network as well as the distribution of the highly precise phase and frequency synchronization needed for 5G. For smaller nodes, Quickline has also deployed the FSP 150-XG100Pro Series. Both solutions bring together a rich set of programmability and security features contained within a compact and environmentally hardened case. What’s more, with 24/7 monitoring from Nomios, any faults can be proactively identified and rectified with minimal impact on end users. “We’re pleased to be supporting Quickline with its goal of offering high-speed internet to those living and working in underserved areas. With more people than ever working from home, it’s vital to close the digital divide and ensure that families and businesses can benefit from the same high-quality services as those in urban areas,” commented Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, SVP of sales, EMEA at ADVA. “Our FSP 150 family of carrier-class packet devices is the perfect fit for Quickline’s expanding network. Designed to deliver high-density transport, aggregation and demarcation of 5G and MEF 3.0 CE services, our solutions ensure fast and reliable fixed-line or wireless connectivity. We’re looking forward to helping Quickline continue to grow with support from us and our partner Nomios.” “Homes and businesses now expect and depend on fast, reliable broadband. That’s why Quickline is harnessing our expertise with ADVA’s packet edge technology to build a new high-speed residential and enterprise network. The opportunity for strategic growth is now firmly in place with the ability to scale services at the edge and extend reach to customers in hard-to-reach locations. This has been achieved in a highly reliable, time- and cost-efficient way,” said Richard Butcher, MD of UK&I at Nomios. “With our monitoring service, ongoing management, maintenance and training, Quickline is well prepared for the future. Working together, Nomios and ADVA helped Quickline to combine their 5G technologies and best-of-breed access solutions, creating an extremely innovative and efficient network architecture that will deliver on present day and future customer expectations across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and beyond.” 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. About Nomios Nomios are a cyber security and networking solutions provider for global enterprises, telecommunications operators and service providers. They combine technologies, processes and the best human expertise to create next generation services and solutions. Their service quality and operational excellence results in the highest customer satisfaction in the market. www.nomios.co.uk. About Quickline Quickline is focussed on delivering improved broadband connectivity in rural areas of the north of England and beyond where a significant digital divide remains and many hundreds of thousands of premises are in desperate need of increased broadband speeds. The East Yorkshire-based firm is an innovative forward-thinking Internet Service Provider (ISP) with its heritage in fixed wireless, but its network includes increasing amounts of full fibre connectivity, as well as rural-delivered 5G technology. Its aim is to be the leading UK-dedicated, rural broadband infrastructure provider, delivering innovative, flexible and hybrid solutions that can address the millions of premises ignored by previous commercial rollouts for many years to come.

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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

With 3G’s Departure, We May See a Tidal Wave of Obsolete Hardware

all about Circuits | December 14, 2021

The Current Networking Landscape The FCC is tasked with managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum. The organization even auctioned off certain bandwidths for 3G use nearly two decades ago. Accordingly, its influence has been pivotal in helping carriers adopt all-new standards—from 2G to today’s 5G ultrawideband. 4G has become quite ubiquitous, as evidenced by this coverage map of America’s four major carriers:The FCC plans to update this map as the mobile landscape evolves. It’s clear that 4G LTE will remain the dominant, “accessible” network technology as 5G’s rollout matures. Relatively speaking, that transition is still in its infancy. Consider that T-Mobile’s 5G network—the largest in America—only covered 51.3 percent (or 1.6 million square miles) of the contiguous U.S. landmass in March 2021. Though 4G is over a decade old, it’ll play a vital supporting role in this transition. Despite its importance in rural America, 3G is becoming the telecom world’s red-headed stepchild—and its existing spectrum will soon be up for grabs. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will be collectively phasing out their 3G networks by December 31st, 2022. AT&T will be leading the way—sunsetting its own 3G services by this coming February. These decisions will also impact a number of smaller, infrastructure-dependent carriers. Analyzing the Hardware Ripple Effect While switching to 4G might be as simple as upgrading one’s cellular plan, a large number of consumers are still using older handsets. These devices lack the modems required to tap into modern networks. When 3G is decommissioned, users with 3G devices will lose connectivity. This applies to both voice and data. Budget phones and flip phones especially cannot support voice-over LTE (VoLTE), and may not support Wi-Fi calling within new carrier “dead zones.” Carriers like Verizon have claimed, however, that the subset of 3G-device users is quite small: just 1 percent of its customer base. The total number of American 3G users is up for debate, though estimates range from 5 to 10 million. According to the Pew Research Center, 11 percent of men and 12 percent of women own a cellphone, not a smartphone. It’s assumed that these groups own the vast majority of 3G-only phones nationwide.Carriers have planned ahead for this transition. Many are offering customers free replacements before they lose service. A simple components swap isn’t possible or practical, since cellular radios are matched to specific internals and layouts. Carriers are also sending out notices to users. Those who aren’t sure of their status should contact their providers. It’s easy to focus on mobile phones, yet the scope is much wider. The sunsetting of 3G will also impact tablets, smartwatches, medical devices, home-security hardware, and wireless in-vehicle services.Environmental Concerns These obsolete 3G devices must go somewhere once they’re discarded. Devices (and infrastructure components) that aren’t recycled will fill landfills across the country. Leaching chemicals and heavy metals make groundwater toxic, and this drinking water reaches numerous homes nearby. Lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and bromine (among others) have historically been used in electronics. Older devices are typically bigger offenders in terms of toxicity. Today’s modern devices are more eco-friendly overall, thanks to a renewed focus on environmentalism.Only 15 percent of discarded electronics are recycled properly in the States. Fewer than 40 percent of U.S. states have imposed landfill disposal bans on electronics, as well. Accordingly, it’s clear that smarter practices are sorely needed if we’re to tackle the growing e-waste problem. It’s unfortunately unlikely for these improvements to be realized before 2023—since progress in such areas tends to be quite slow. The Future of Wireless Hardware and Standards Today’s modems support a wider range of basebands—thus unlocking access to newer networks. As the FCC continues to divvy up portions of the spectrum, these developments will boost connection speeds while preventing congestion. Naturally, these 3G changes won’t be uncontested. Switching devices can be annoying or intimidating, especially for users that are comfortable with their devices. Right-to-repair advocates likely won’t be thrilled about these events. It’ll become necessary to purchase new devices instead. The continued deployment of 5G and 4G LTE will bring a lot of potential growing pains. However, carriers are banking heavily on the benefits of newer technologies—which will eventually become the norm across major metros and rural areas alike.

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5G

EHang Launches 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center as AAV Operation Spot in Guangzhou

EHang | December 30, 2021

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it has partnered with Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group Co., LTD (“GDDCI”) to jointly launch the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center at the Innovation Park in Huangpu District, Guangzhou, China. This new Experience Center is especially designed and developed as a new operation spot with all necessary infrastructures for EHang AAVs under the 100 Air Mobility Routes Initiative. As EHang’s global first urban air mobility pilot city, Guangzhou has taken the lead in investing in urban air mobility (“UAM”) infrastructure construction in the urban area to enable citizens to enjoy air mobility experience in the near future. Several operational flight routes have been planned and tested for passenger transportation, aerial sightseeing, aerial logistics, etc. in Guangzhou. As the newly-launched operation spot especially designed and developed for EHang AAVs, the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center covers an area of 2,000 square meters and is equipped with a rooftop take-off and landing vertiport as well as a hangar for power charging and maintenance. Powered by the 5G telecommunication networks, it relies on the EHang’s command-and-control system platform to enable trial operations for the EH216, Falcon B and other eVTOL models, for various UAM and smart city management applications. Furthermore, the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center is integrated with an Automatic Guided Vehicle Parking Garage, which provides a convenient infrastructure for a seamless transfer experience in car travel and aerial trip in the future. EHang and GDDCI have founded this joint venture for establishing the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center as well as local UAM route planning and AAV operations. With the UAM mapping across four central areas in Guangzhou’s Huangpu district, several operational flight routes have been planned and tested for passenger transportation, aerial sightseeing, aerial logistics, smart city management, etc. Chengjiu Zhou, General Manager of GDDCI, said, “By leveraging the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center, we will develop an intelligent air mobility ecosystem integrating the hardware, software, takeoff and landing platform and operation services in Huangpu district.” “Guangzhou is EHang’s first global urban air mobility pilot city and the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center has become the latest operation spot under the 100 Air Mobility Routes Initiative. We will use the world’s leading AAV technologies and command-and-control system to provide intelligent, comprehensive solutions for urban air mobility and smart city management in Guangzhou. We expect to build Guangzhou into a model city for UAM and have plans to extend it to more cities across the country and worldwide.” -Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang Video of the launching ceremony and AAV flight demo at the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center in Guangzhou: https://youtu.be/TSECvprStkk About EHang EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities. For more information, please visit www.ehang.com.

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WIRELESS

Oceus Supports US Army AR/VR with Advance 5G Testing Systems and Tools

Oceus | May 21, 2022

Under the DOD’s 5G to Next G program effort at Fort Hood, Texas, Oceus has successfully completed Phase I and has been awarded the follow-on Phase II and III effort to continue supporting advanced application prototypes and then full-scale implementations to achieve the individual project outcomes enabled by 5G technology. Oceus, as part of the Fort Hood Network Enhancements award, has developed several solutions that integrate into a 3GPP compliant 5G Developmental Core Network. These solutions serve as part of a mobile Cell on Wheels system deployed to conduct live testing and demonstrations. Tools currently being delivered are ONmission®, providing SecDevOps and Radio Frequency planning, and ONcast® supplying a Virtual Private Network (VPN) natively supporting multicast applications. In addition, the Tough Mobile Device-5G (TMD-5G) extends network-enabled devices into the 5G network, providing a variety of interfaces such as Wi-Fi, RS232 and Ethernet for testing and supporting legacy simulation environments. This partnership provides the AR/VR program the ability to achieve their testing objectives and plan for transition to operational use objectives,” Jeff Harman, Oceus President and CEO. About Oceus Oceus is a global technology innovator providing 5G network solutions to government and enterprise customers. We deliver extensive broadband connectivity with dedicated and dynamic spectrum, massive MIMO, and network slicing in deployable, enterprise and cloud-based solutions that solve unique communication and data challenges in a wide range of a public and private networks. Our edge computing capabilities provide low latency, ultra-high reliability and enhanced security for wireless IoT devices and applications. The Oceus Intelligent Controller provides software-defined network orchestration using AI/ML to automate the management of 5G enterprise systems and applications. Oceus is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with Oceus Technologies, our R&D Lab, in Plano, Texas, and our Integration and Operations Center in The Colony, Texas.

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Spotlight

U.S. operators will spend more than $250 billion to
deploy 5G wireless networks from 2020 to 2025.
The recent C-band (5G spectrum) auction where four
operators accounted for $79 billion of the $81 billion
raised increased 5G costs by an additional 40%. The
top U.S. operators (Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T) will
complete the majority of their 5G deployments over the
next five years. As they continue to expand their 5G
coverage and capacity, a key concern is how to recoup
their 5G investments while minimizing deployment costs.

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