Telecom Industry News - April 2018

VIAVI Solutions announced that its Wireless Business Unit is now able to offer RANtoCore
In South Korea, Nokia and SK Telecom (SKT) are conducting a major trial of LTE public safety technologies to establish the application of first responders in sharing mission-critical voice, video and other data simultaneously in real-time with multiple members of first response teams.

Ericsson Media Solutions launched its MediaFirst End-to-End Ultra High Definition (UHD) solution, the industry’s software-based, multi-application media processing and encoding platform to deliver UHD content from camera to consumer, across the entire media delivery landscape. Two announcements on implementation at home and in Latin American followed. AT&T chose Ericsson Media Solutions to help reliably deliver high-quality UHD encoding to enhance its coverage of a premier golf tournament, after success leveraging the solution for a major winter sports event in February. Ericsson has also been selected by Telefonica to power a range of advanced TV services across its operating businesses in Latin America. The solution will be available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru by the end of this year, with eight other Latin America countries to follow by the end of 2020.

Mapcom Systems, a global leader in visual OSS and BSS software solutions for telecommunications service providers, announced that Conterra Networks has begun the implementation of Mapcom’s M4 Solutions Suite to accelerate the service fulfillment process and manage the planning, build-out, and maintenance of its broadband network. Conterra is a fast-growing company that provides service in almost half the United States. 

To address the needs for critical infrastructure communications, RAD released the Megaplex-1, a compact, highly reliable multiservice pseudowire access gateway that addresses the needs of critical infrastructure utilities, transportation and government network operators migrating to Carrier Ethernet or IP/MPLS communications. 

VIAVI Solutions announced that its Wireless Business Unit, formerly the network validation division of Cobham Wireless, is now able to offer RANtoCore™, a full suite of end-to-end mobile network testing capabilities. The solution can validate mobile network performance from the radio access network (RAN) to the core, via the mobile edge. It offers operators and network equipment manufacturers the most realistic test environment for optimizing 4G and 4.5G, while enabling the development of 5G technology.

This month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an application by Space Exploration Holdings, doing business as SpaceX, to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world. This development is a step forward to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in the United States.

TELUS debuted Boost Wi-Fi this month, a powerful system that extends the reach of in-home Wi-Fi signals to ensure every corner of the house has a strong and reliable Internet connection—and to eliminate dead zones. Boost Wi-Fi enables recreational and entertainment while ensuring smart home IoT devices remain connected throughout the home.

Updates rolled in from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia this moth. ADVA announced that VERBUND, one of Europe's largest hydropower energy producers, has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 to enhance and future-proof its backbone network. The technology will drive VERBUND'S ambitions of providing Austria's electricity through entirely renewable sources. The new solution features ADVA's flexible optical transport technology, boosting the capacity of VERBUND's national infrastructure to 10Gbit/s and enabling 100Gbit/s connectivity between its data centers. ADVA also shone the spotlight this month on its FSP 150 ProNID range of network edge devices, which now features zero touch provisioning. This automated deployment capability offers a huge boost to communication service providers (CSPs) as it accelerates new service activation while at the same time driving down operational costs.

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology announced that Etisalat has selected NEC/Netcracker as the prime solution provider for its multivendor telecom cloud program. Etisalat is the Middle East's leading communications provider, offering services to more than 160 million customers.


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