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Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 20 December 2019

The headline on 20 December 2019

The FCC has appointed Dr. Monisha Ghosh as the agency’s new chief technology officer, the first female to hold that role within the FCC. Source: FCC News > CHAIRMAN PAI APPOINTS NEW CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

KT Corp. is partnering with Ubitus to launch a 5G cloud game streaming service in South Korea. Source: KT joins up with Ubitus to launch 5G Cloud Game Streaming Service in Korea

Ericsson signed a new $150 million credit facility agreement with the Nordic Investment Bank to support R&D investments for 5G technology over the next two years. Source: Ericsson strengthens its 5G research and development with NIB

The headline on 19 December 2019

AT&T and Deloitte signed an agreement to bring 5G connectivity and edge computing services to the Deloitte University learning and leadership center in Texas. Source: AT&T and Deloitte to Explore the Future of Learning with 5G

Ericsson and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) have launched 5G-Industry Campus Europe, to jointly explore additional areas where 5G can be applied. Source: Ericsson and Fraunhofer IPT launch 5G-Industry Campus Europe

Ericsson and Telstra successfully deployed a live cloud-native container-based Evolved Packet Core for 4G and 5G services. Source: Ericsson and Telstra achieve container-based commercial Evolved Packet Core milestone

ETSI’s Open Source MANO group recently announced its OSM Release Seven, which included more than 20,000 cloud-native applications for NFV environments. Source: ETSI Open Source MANO unveils Release SEVEN, enables more than 20,000 cloud-native applications for NFV environments

Software vendor Atrinet announced a strategic partnership with Lenovo to simplify end-to-end infrastructure management. Source:
Atrinet Announces a Strategic Partnership With Lenovo to Accelerate Transition to Open Networking

The headline on 18 December 2019

Harmonic announced that Westman Communications Group expanded its broadband capacity using Harmonic’s CableOS virtualized cable access solution in a distributed access architecture (DAA) with Harmonic’s Remote PHY (R-PHY) nodes. Source: Harmonic’s CableOS Solution Powers Broadband Expansion for Westman Communications

Spirent was tasked with testing and assuring security, reliability and high availability across the new Beijing Daxing International Airport’s facilities. Source: World’s Newest International Airport Turns to Spirent to Assure Critical Communications for Travelers and Airlines

CommScope announced added support for sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave 5G on its fixed wireless access gateway platform. Source: CommScope Enables Ubiquitous High-Speed Broadband Access with 5G Fixed Wireless Access Gateway

Acting NTIA leader Diane Rinaldo is stepping down, marking the second departure for the post this year, coming seven months after former NTIA chief David Redl left the role. Source: The Hill > Second top White House telecom adviser resigns in less than a year

Verizon and Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB teamed up at the Star Wars premiere for a live red carpet broadcast featuring video that used Verizon’s 5G network. Source: Verizon & Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB explore 5G future of entertainment at Star Wars premiere

The Wireless LAN market slumped in Q3 2019, with worldwide revenue declining 2% from a year prior, according to Dell’Oro Group. Source: Wireless LAN Market Slumped in 3Q 2019, All Geographies, Virtually All Vendors, According to Dell’Oro Group

The headline on 17 December 2019

Driver assistance vendor Agero is using Oracle’s SD-WAN offering to safeguard drivers in more than 115 million vehicles in the U.S. Source: Driver Assistance Leader Hits the Road with Oracle

Huawei unveiled its new 5G Innovation & Experience Center in London. Source: Huawei launches its 5G Innovation & Experience Center in UK

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would bar the government from buying telecom gear from companies that pose a national security risk, including China’s Huawei. Source: CNET > House passes bill barring government from buying Huawei gear

Sprint has rolled out a free service to help customers stop unwanted and malicious robocalls. Source: Sprint Newsroom > Sprint Rolls Out Free Service to Help Customers Stop Unwanted Calls and to Detect and Prevent Malicious Robocalls, Telemarketers and Spam

Sprint has rolled out a free service to help customers stop unwanted and malicious robocalls.

Sprint has rolled out a free service to help customers stop unwanted and malicious robocalls.

Kerlink and Dutch partner MCS have completed the joint deployment of a LoRaWAN private IoT network at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Source: telecompaper > Kerlink, MCS roll out private LoRaWAN at Amsterdam airport

Device-maker OPPO said it plans to spend $7 billion on R&D investment over the next three years, including a new line of smart devices expected to launch in early 2020. Source: OPPO Plans $7bn R&D Investment to Build a Multiple-access Smart Device Ecosystem for the Era of Intelligent Connectivity

The headline on 16 December 2019

China’s ambassador to Germany threatened Berlin with retaliation if it excludes Huawei as a supplier of 5G wireless equipment, citing the millions of vehicles German carmakers sell in China. Source: Bloomberg > China Threatens Retaliation Should Germany Ban Huawei 5G

China is poised to take the lead in blockchain after it was given strong backing by the country’s leader, President Xi Jinping. Source: CNBC > With Xi’s backing, China looks to become a world leader in blockchain as US policy is absent

Machfu, which develops products and services for the Industrial IoT market, announced that it has closed $3.75 million in its Series A round. Source: Machfu Raises $3.75 Million to Accelerate Industrial IoT

Verizon has expanded its 5G Ultra Wideband mobile service to Los Angeles. Source: Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service available in more cities

ZTE announces its latest flagship smartphone, the ZTE Axon 10s Pro, which is compatible with both 5G Standalone and Nonstandalone modes. Source: ZTE announces a new 5G Axon smartphone compatible with SA/NSA modes

Mobilitie has started constructing a 5G-capable indoor wireless system for the Russel Investments Center skyscraper in downtown Seattle. Source: Mobilitie Lights Up 5G at Seattle’s Russell Investments Center

The headline on 13 December 2019

Nokia inks deal with TIM Brazil to launch IoT services using the fully virtualized Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) infrastructure. Source: Nokia signs contract with TIM Brazil to launch IoT offer

5G Americas said there’s solid growth among 5G early adopters, with global 5G connections jumping 166% since the second quarter to 4 million in Q3. Source: Solid Growth Among 5G Early Adopters Amid Initial Network Buildouts

CenturyLink, in collaboration with Intel, has developed a Wi-Fi 6 gateway to deliver in-home gigabit broadband connections. Source: CenturyLink Leads Wi-Fi 6 Transition for Broadband Subscribers

On Thursday, Ciena’s stock jumped after the optical networking company posted mixed results in its fourth quarter. Source: Barron’s > Ciena Missed Earnings Forecasts. Here’s Why Its Stock Is Surging.

The headline on 12 December 2019

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Newport News, Virginia. Source: Verizon lights up first 5G shipyard with Newport News Shipbuilding

Telefonica Deutschland picked Nokia of Finland and China’s Huawei to build its 5G network. Source: Reuters > Telefonica Deutschland picks Nokia and Huawei for 5G network

Enea unveiled its end-to-end 5G data management suite that enables interoperability between network functions in a software-defined 5G core. Source: Enea Unveils Complete 5G Data Management Suite

Nokia has won a tender to test and deliver a Standalone (SA) 5G system for automated rail operation in Hamburg, Germany. Source: Nokia wins Deutsche Bahn tender to deliver and test the world’s first 5G-based network for automated rail operation

The headline on 11 December 2019

Lawyers for Huawei’s chief financial officer won a court battle after a judge asked Canada’s attorney general to hand over more evidence and documents relating to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. Source: Reuters > Huawei’s CFO wins Canada court fight to see more documents on her arrest

To simplify cybersecurity management for managed service providers, Netsurion announced a new integration between its EventTracker SOC-as-a-service and documentation platform provider IT Glue. Source: Netsurion Simplifies Cybersecurity Management for MSPs with IT Glue Integration

The European Union on Tuesday agreed its member states should adopt a comprehensive and risk-based approach to the security of 5G. Source: Bloomberg > Europe Edges Toward 5G Restrictions After Blast of U.S. Lobbying

Ericsson supplied 5G equipment for a new pilot network in Denmark, with partner TDC. Source: Ericsson and TDC drive 5G commercialization in Denmark with a new pilot network

Nokia said it’s building out a strategic partnership ecosystem to bring private LTE and 5G networks to industrial and government customers in Japan. Source: Nokia builds strategic ecosystem partnership to bring 5G and IoT to enterprises in Japan

The headline on 10 December 2019

Aryaka Networks announced on Tuesday that World Fuel Services, a global fuel logistics company, picked it to assist with the company’s digital transformation. Source: World Fuel Services Selects Aryaka for Digital Transformation, Network Simplification, and Managed Services

Alphabet’s Loon has signed an access airspace agreement with Uganda to provide floating balloon-enabled internet services in neighboring Kenya. Source: Reuters > Alphabet’s Loon agrees airspace deal with Uganda for internet balloon service

The FCC’s third high-band millimeter-wave 5G spectrum auction kicks off today. Source: FCC’S NEXT 5G SPECTRUM AUCTION IS UNDERWAY

The headline on 9 December 2019

Sequans Communications announced that Cambium Networks has adopted Sequans’ LTE-Advanced chipset platform, Cassiopeia, for two customer premises equipment (CPE) designs for global markets. Source: Cambium Networks Selects Sequans for Advanced LTE Equipment

The Netherlands aims to bring in at least $992 million from its first 5G spectrum auction. Source: Reuters > Netherlands to raise at least 900 million euros in first 5G auction

A federal judge told lawyers arguing in the T-Mobile/Sprint merger trial to skip opening arguments and trim witness lists. Source: WSJ > Judge Puts T-Mobile Merger Trial on Fast Track


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed Francisco Salguero as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Source: FCC > CHAIRMAN PAI ANNOUNCES FRANCISCO SALGUERO AS FCC CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Orange has reached terms on a $775 million loan with the European Investment Bank to build a new broadband network in France. Source: Orange Press Release > The EIB supports Orange’s network deployment in AMII areas with a 700-million euro loan

Intel announced on Monday that it has created a new chip to control quantum computing. Source: Reuters > Intel creates a chip to control quantum computers

The headline on 6 December 2019

Verizon, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions and Sony Mobile Communications joined forces with NBC Sports to test how 5G can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and produced. Source: Verizon and Sony demonstrate how 5G stands to transform live sports production

Adva announced that Polish operator Play has deployed its Oscilloquartz timing solution to provide LTE Advanced services throughout Poland while also preparing its network for 5G. Source: Play harnesses ADVA timing solution for 5G-ready mobile network

T-Mobile is mulling a cut to its multi-billion merger with Sprint, according to a story by CNBC. Source: CNBC > T-Mobile is eyeing a price cut in its merger with Sprint, sources say

The headline on 5 December 2019

AlefEdge announced its participation in the Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program. Source: AlefEdge Continues Edge Internet Expansion with Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program

Martello Technologies announced it has completed the first phase of testing its SD-WAN solution with 5G as part of a project with ENCQOR5G. Source: Yahoo Finance > Martello Completes First Phase of Testing its SD-WAN Solution on ENCQOR 5G

Juniper Networks announced it provided a major infrastructure upgrade to Rostelecom, which is Russia’s largest digital services provider. Source: Juniper Networks > Rostelecom Partners with Juniper Networks to Build IP Transport Backbone for Next-Generation Services

As ongoing U.S investigations into corruption violations by Ericsson are reportedly nearing conclusion, the Swedish vendor confirmed it still estimates $1.2 billion will be enough to cover related fines and costs. Source: Ericsson comments on press coverage about the resolution of ongoing U.S. FCPA investigations

Nokia and Telia Finland delivered 2 Gbps speeds during tests on a live network in downtown Helskinki. Source: Nokia and Telia Finland fire up innovation hub offering blistering 5G speeds to spark creativity

The headline on 4 December 2019

Cloud-native vendor Aviatrix announced Aviatrix CloudWAN, which is a new service that embraces native cloud services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), including the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager. Source: Aviatrix Cloud-Native Networking Software Extends to Enterprise Branch Offices with CloudWAN Service

Hughes Network Systems announced that SES will use its Jupiter system on the new SES-17 satellite, which is slated to launch in 2021. Source: Hughes JUPITER System to Power Ground Network for SES-17 Satellite, Integrated with Flexible Satellite Design

Deutsche Telekom has put a hold on all deals related to 5G networks while it awaits Germany’s final stance on Chinese supplier Huawei. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: Deutsche Telekom freezes 5G deals pending Huawei ban decision

Deutsche Telekom has put a hold on all deals related to 5G networks

Deutsche Telekom has put a hold on all deals related to 5G networks

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from executive roles at Alphabet. Source: NYT > Era Ends for Google as Founders Step Aside From a Pillar of Tech

The headline on 3 December 2019

Nokia announced that it has been selected by Fingrid, Finland’s national transmission system operator, to build an IP/MPLS network to support the digital transformation of its national electrical grid. Source: Nokia to transform Finland’s nationwide smart grid for better support of renewable energy

T-Mobile launched a “nationwide” 5G network that doesn’t include about 40% of the U.S. population. Source: Ars Technica > T-Mobile touts “nationwide 5G” that fails to cover 130 million Americans

AT&T’s FirstNet public safety platform now counts more than 1 million connections. Source: Yahoo Finance > FirstNet Momentum: Platform Soars with Over 1 Million Connections and Launch of “FirstNet One” – a Deployable Blimp – for Public Safety

Nokia announced its former networks chief Sari Baldauf will succeed Risto Siilasmaa as chairman. Source: Yahoo Finance > Nokia names veteran Sari Baldauf as group boss to take on 5G challenge

Huawei plans to shift its U.S. research center to Canada, according to an interview with the tech vendor’s founder Ren Zhengfei. Source: Reuters > Huawei plans to shift research center to Canada from the U.S.: Globe and Mail

The headline on 2 December 2019

After India’s Supreme Court last month levied $13 billion against carriers in fees, the country’s telecom sector hinges on government aid. Source: Reuters article > After $13 billion levy ruling, future of India’s tattered telecom sector hinges on government aid

Intel in a court filing said it sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at a “multi-billion dollar loss,” blaming Qualcomm for forcing it out of the market. Source: Business Insider > Intel says it sold its modem business to Apple at a ‘multi-billion dollar loss’ because of Qualcomm ‘strangled competition’

Huawei’s latest smartphone contains no U.S. parts, according to an analysis by UBS and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions. Source: WSJ > Huawei Manages to Make Smartphones Without American Chips

SK Telecom selected Ericsson to deliver Cloud Packet Core, which helps service providers migrate to 5G Core (5GC) stand-alone architecture. Source: Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to strengthen SK Telecom’s 5G network

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