Telecom Industry News - March 2018

AT&T announced the opening of its first AT&T Foundry innovation center in Latin America

To manage cyber risk by catching significant security vulnerabilities before they are exploited, Aricent announced the launch of its Highly Automated Vulnerability Assessment Orchestration Containers (HAVOC) framework. The framework is intended to help identify product and infrastructure vulnerabilities earlier in the DevOps cycle. 

Telefonica announced two new agreements this month. In the first, it announced an agreement with McAfee to reinforce the online security for Telefonica's broadband and mobile customers across its markets in Europe and Latin America by embedding the McAfee Secure Home Platform in routers to protect customer devices. The agreement is a first in which a telecommunications company will provide security for all customers regardless of where they connect from. In the other agreement, Telefonica Business Solutions and Huawei have signed a global alliance focused on the development of a Network Service Platform and CloudVPN to power SME, small-to-medium enterprises. The alliance is intended to accelerate digital adoption and offer increased cybersecurity protection. 

To deliver secure, ultra high-quality IP voice and video services to enterprise customers, Nokia unveiled its cloud-native Enterprise Session Border Controller. The software is intended to mitigate cyber attacks, optimize the use of IT bandwidth for communications, and block unauthorized access attempts. 

Atos and Senet announced a partnership this month to bring security to LoRaWAN networks. The partnership will enable customers to use Atos' comprehensive IoT security suite, Bull Horus, integrated with Senet's LoRaWAN cloud-based network connectivity platforms for IoT. Atos is the only company in the market that provides a complete, end-to-end security system for IoT. 


In innovation news, AT&T announced the opening of its first AT&T Foundry innovation center in Latin America. Located inside AT&T's corporate headquarters in Mexico City, the center will focus on developing technology solutions for emerging markets. IoT, software development, and new technology trials will be central to the AT&T Foundry efforts.  

To advance improved commercial in-flight connectivity, Gilat launched its AeroEdge 6000 terminal this month. The highly efficient, high-performance terminal operates in both Ka and Ku band, providing aeronautical broadband satellite communication for high-speed internet and multimedia applications. 

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) announced a joint effort to provide training for Millicom's cable workforce in Latin America. The agreement gives 700 employees and business partners access to Spanish language training in on-premises installation, cable distribution, and wireless technologies. Millicom operates with the commercial brand Tigo in Latin America. 

Italtel and the Consiglio Nazionale della Richerche (CNR), Italy's national research council, signed a new framework agreement intended to promote research, knowledge exchange, and innovation within the country's information and communication technologies sector. The agreement is expected to launch an array of new programs and initiatives. 


In mergers and acquisitions news, GTT announced this month that it had acquired Accelerated Connections (ACI). ACI, the Toronto-based provider of managed networking, VoIP, and colocation services, gives GTT one of the largest non-incumbent network footprints in the Canadian market.

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