Telecom Industry News - February 2018

HKT has established an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with multiple connectivity technologies in Hong Kong.

Orange Business Services showcased the next push of its global SD-WAN portfolio with the first onboarding of a Cisco SD-WAN virtual network function (VNF) on the Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS). 

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology Corporation announced its leading role in the creation of the first report on NFV license management by the European Telecom Standards Institute (ETSI).

And, Iskratel announced two new universal next-generation PON solutions, the 8-port multi-PON blade and the 16-port GPON blade, both designed to enable a lucrative and controlled upgrade to next-generation networks, such as NG-PON2 and XGS-PON. 

Mobile and Wireless

In the UK, Vodafone UK has achieved an industry first with the successful trial of a new 4G mini mobile mast in the small village of Porthcurno on the southern Cornish coast. Meanwhile in Singapore, Singtel has achieved the world’s first 1Gbps mobile peak speed on Ericsson’s quad-band FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology.

State side, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to improve the geographic targeting of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), a system that delivers critical warnings and information to the public on their wireless phones throughout the US.

Tango Networks unveiled Kinetic Cloud this month, a cloud-powered enterprise mobility enablement solution delivering communications control, compliance and productivity to the workforce natively on any mobile phone. Kinetic Cloud is a communications control service based in the cloud, offering enterprises, including multi-nationals, a single point of management that integrates their users' mobile communications with their office Unified Communications (UC) systems, fixed telephony, call recording systems, and business applications.

Connected Devices and the Internet of Things

HKT has established an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with multiple connectivity technologies in Hong Kong. In both fixed and mobile arenas, HKT is positioned to ride on multiple IoT technologies such as NB-IoT, LoRa, 3G, 4G, LTE-M and Wi-Fi to assist enterprises to transform their business and capture growth potential.

Vodafone announced that it is working with Mango on a new program to rollout digital fitting rooms to the company’s top stores worldwide.  Vodafone also announced the commencement of trials air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology this month. The Vodafone IoT drone tracking and safety technology trials support the objectives of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with whom Vodafone has collaborated.

Nokia announced that it has been selected by French power utility EDF's R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies and key emerging standards for Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity to support critical operations for industries. Also this month, Nokia and Tele2 IoT inked a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia's worldwide IoT networkgrid (WING), and Nokia announced the launch of its IoT for Smart Cities framework.

Coriant and Prodea announced this month that they have joined forces to accelerate global adoption of IoT services by simplifying go-to-market deployment across multiple vertical markets. Through Coriant’s Multi-Sided Platform Partnership Program, the two companies offer a unique and innovative approach to solving the challenge of IoT service deployment and monetization by employing a value-driven business model to deliver end-to-end IoT solutions — meeting the needs of many markets including healthcare, consumer products, governments, SMEs, and others.


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