Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 20 Feb 2020

The headline on 20 Feb 2020

JMA has extended the capabilities of its next-generation software-centric solution portfolio, announcing a 9-band software-defined remote unit (SDRU) on its TEKO DAS platform. Source: JMA’s TEKO DAS Expands Capability on the Industry’s Only Software-Defined Platform

The mobile core network market expanded for the second consecutive year and approached $8 billion in 2019, according to Dell’Oro Group. Source: Growth Expected to Decelerate in 2020 Due to Market Headwinds

CommScope reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019. Source: CommScope Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

Zayo signed an agreement with Microsoft to bring connectivity to underserved, rural communities across the United States as part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative. Source: Zayo to Deliver Broadband to Rural Communities with Microsoft Airband

Huawei on Thursday said the coronavirus outbreak won’t impact its supply of 5G gear. Source: Reuters > Huawei says no impact on 5G supply from coronavirus

Telstra is Cradlepoint’s launch partner for its new 5G wireless edge solutions for business. Source: Cradlepoint First to Offer Comprehensive Portfolio of 5G Wireless Edge Solutions for Business

Infovista announced a new automation functionality to help network operators with strategic network planning. Source: Infovista Announces New Automation Functionality for Strategic Network Planning

The headline on 19 Feb 2020

Fortinet has launched its FortiGate 1800F Next-Generation Firewall, which is designed for use in hyperscale data centers. Source: ZDNet > Fortinet launches its next-gen firewall, NP7 security processing unit

A key Pentagon official said on Wednesday he would leave his post at President Donald Trump’s request after a battle between government agencies over a bid to crack down on exports to China’s Huawei. Source: Reuters > Key Pentagon official to resign at Trump’s request amid Huawei trade spat

A federal judge ruled that Huawei doesn’t have grounds to sue the U.S. government over legislation that restricts the Chinese vendor from doing business with federal agencies and contractors. Source: Politico > Court rejects Huawei’s lawsuit over federal defense spending law

Deutsche Telekom CEO said Wednesday it’s aiming to become the U.S. market leader now that T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint is nearing completion. Source: Reuters > T-Mobile owner sets sights on becoming U.S. number one

The headline on 18 Feb 2020

Japan has approved a bill to support companies that are developing secure 5G and drone technologies in order to compete with China’s 5G advancement. (Reuters > Japan approves bill to help firms to develop 5G, drone technologies

Etisalat is set to trial Parallel Wireless’s OpenRAN solution for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G across its markets in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Source: Parallel Wireless to Deliver on Etisalat’s OpenRAN Vision across Middle East, Asia and Africa

JMA said it demonstrated industrial-grade connectivity with its private wireless solution, testing more than 5,000 simultaneous connections on a single radio. Source: JMA Wireless > JMA’s U.S.-Developed Private Wireless Solution Demonstrates “Industrial Grade” Connectivity, Capacity and Flexibility

Ericsson and Audi are extending their 5G collaboration by testing Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) capabilities for factory automation at the car maker’s lab in Germany. Source: 5G URLLC from Ericsson to accelerate automation at Audi factory

The headline on 14 Feb 2020

U.K.’s Three is deploying 5G in major cities including London, Glasgow and Birmingham. Source: The New York Times > British Network Three Joins 5G Mobile Club

Nokia has partnered with French mobile operator Illiad Group to roll out 5G networks across France and Italy. Source: Nokia partners with IIiad Group to roll out 5G in France and Italy

Canadian operator Xplornet Communications completed the acquisition of Silo Wireless, a rural provider operating in southwestern Ontario. Source: Xplornet Acquires Silo Wireless

The headline on 13 Feb 2020

Orange reported a 1.3% increase of its core operating profit in the fourth quarter, as sales returned to growth in France and rose sharply in Africa and the Middle East. Source: Reuters > Orange Q4 core profits rise 1.3% on improved sales in France, Africa

Huawei has provided a longer response to U.S. allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn’t have the spying capability alleged by the U.S. and pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks. Source: Ars Technica > Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

Broadcom announced what it dubs the world’s first Wi-Fi 6E chip for mobile devices. Source: Broadcom Announces World’s First Wi-Fi 6E Chip for Mobile Devices

Ericsson has launched two new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered offerings in its Network Services portfolio. Source: Ericsson launches new AI-powered Network Services

The headline on 12 Feb 2020

Versa Networks has hired former Apstra, Cisco and VMware executive Michael Wood as its chief marketing officer. Source: Versa Expands Executive Leadership Team to Lead Global Expansion and Meet Accelerating Worldwide Demand for Secure SD-WAN

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it has appointed Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk as the general manager of the Microsoft Israel Development Center. Source: Reuters > Microsoft names Braverman-Blumenstyk head of Israel development center

GSMA is lobbying Spain’s government to declare a health emergency over coronavirus so that it can cancel the MWC event in Barcelona. Source: Wired > MWC has been cancelled

AT&T has added its 5G+ service to the United Center in Chicago ahead of this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game. Source: AT&T Makes Fans First With 5G Experiences at NBA All-Star

Nokia and SoftBank say they’ve demonstrated the world-first successful 5G connected car test. Source: Nokia supporting SoftBank Corp. in completing the world-first 5G connected car test

Millicom has selected Affirmed Networks as its strategic partner to deploy its cloud-based 5G-ready core network in Latin America. Source: Millicom Selects Affirmed Networks as the Strategic Partner to Deploy Its Cloud-Based, 5G-Ready Core Network

The headline on 11 Feb 2020

Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party are set on Tuesday to back a strategy paper that stops short of banning China’s Huawei from taking part in the rollout of Germany’s 5G network. Source: Reuters > Merkel’s conservatives stop short of Huawei 5G ban in Germany

On Tuesday, Cisco became the latest heavyweight technology company to pull out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona due to the coronavirus outbreak. Source: The New York Times > Major U.S. Tech Firms Pull Out of Barcelona Meet Over Coronavirus Fears

Facebook, Sprint, and Cisco have joined the growing number of companies pulling out of MWC in Barcelona. Source: SeekingAlpha > Facebook, Sprint, Cisco now out of MWC

Verizon has certified two new LTE-M products, Monarch Go and Monarch GPS, based on Sequans IoT modules. Source: Verizon and Sequans team up to fast-track IoT device deployments in just minutes

Sprint announced a smart watch for kids called WatchMeGo, featuring monitoring and communication functions for parents. Source: WatchMeGo from Sprint Brings Peace of Mind to Parents as a Wearable Safety and Security Solution for Young Children

The headline on 10 Feb 2020

Verizon opened a new 5G Lab and production studio in London – the company’s first 5G-enabled facility outside the United States – to support its international business and media customers. Source: Verizon expands international 5G ecosystem with new 5G Lab & Studio in London

Nokia has been selected by Orange Slovensko in Slovakia to prepare its RAN for 5G. Source: Nokia to prepare Orange Slovensko RAN for 5G

The United States has charged four Chinese military hackers in the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting agency that affected nearly 150 million American citizens. Source: Reuters > U.S. charges four Chinese military hackers in 2017 Equifax breach

NJFX announced on Monday that DE-CIX has established a point-of-presence (PoP) in the NJFX CLS. Source: DE-CIX Establishes Point of Presence in NJFX

Samsung showed off its new Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone in a surprise ad during this year’s Oscars. Source: The Verge > Samsung aired a Galaxy Z Flip commercial before it even announced the phone

Trendforce forecasts global smartphone production to fall by 12% in the first three months of 2020 because of supply chain impact from the coronavirus outbreak in China. Source: In Light of the Coronavirus Outbreak’s Impact on Smartphone Supply Chain, 1Q20 Global Production Forecast Revised to 12% Decrease YoY, Says TrendForce

Parallel Wireless expanded its partnership with Robin.io to help transition legacy RAN towards webscale end-to-end orchestration and automation. Source: Parallel Wireless and Robin.io Expand Partnership to Transform Legacy RAN towards Webscale End-to-End Orchestration and Automation

The headline on 07 Feb 2020

With concerns over using Huawei’s 5G gear, Deutsche Telekom has told Nokia it must improve its products and service to win business installing the German group’s 5G wireless networks in Europe. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: Fearing Huawei curbs, Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up

Elliot Management has built up a more than $2.5 billion stake in Japan’s SoftBank Group, pushing for changes to boost share price. Source: WSJ > Elliott Management Builds More Than $2.5 Billion Stake in SoftBank

Concerned over limits on Huawei gear, Deutsche Telekom has told Nokia it must improve its products and services to win the operator’s 5G business in Europe. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: Fearing Huawei curbs, Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up

Activist fund Cevian Capital urged Ericsson executives to explore potential opportunity from recent U.S. interest in purchasing a stake in the Swedish telecom to counter Huawei’s 5G dominance. Source: Yahoo Finance > ‘No concrete proposition’ from U.S. to back Huawei rival Ericsson: Swedish minister

The headline on 06 Feb 2020

The Central Intelligence Agency is planning to hire multiple companies for lucrative cloud computing deals in a new program that will give rivals a chance to take on market leader Amazon. Source: Bloomberg > CIA Opens Competition for Lucrative Cloud Deals to Amazon Rivals

Great Plains Communications, the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Nebraska, has named Tony Thakur as its chief technology officer. Source: Markets Insider > Great Plains Communications Appoints Tony Thakur as New Chief Technology Officer

Cisco has joined Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program, which is part of Facebook’s efforts to get internet service to underserved areas. Source: Cisco Joins Facebook Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program to Connect More People to a Faster Internet

Sprint and Comcast announced the two companies are successfully using STIR/SHAKEN to authenticate calls between Sprint mobile customers and Xfinity Voice landline customers. Source: Sprint and Comcast Start Rollout of Anti-Robocall Technology

Southern Linc will deploy Ericsson’s next-generation Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) solution on its LTE network. Source: Southern Linc opts for Ericsson’s mission critical push-to-talk solution

China’s Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are reportedly teaming up to create a platform for developers meant to challenge Google’s Play store. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: China’s mobile giants to take on Google’s Play store – sources

Enea launched its Unified Data Manager, a hardware-agnostic, cloud-native network function for 4G and 5G data management. Source: Enea Launches Cloud-native 4G/5G Unified Data Manager

The headline on 05 Feb 2020

The cloud-computing unit of Amazon will invest $236.18 million in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo over the next two years, the state government said on Wednesday. Source: Reuters > Amazon’s AWS to invest $236 million in Brazil to strengthen cloud infrastructure

As it shifts to more of an enterprise focus, Epsilon has named Michel Robert as its new CEO to replace co-founder and former CEO Jerzy Szlosarek. Source: EPSILON APPOINTS MICHEL ROBERT AS GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

A new Dell’Oro Group report forecasts mobile core network shipments will reach $45 billion from 2019 to 2024. Source: Mobile Core Network Shipments Forecast to Reach $45 B through 2024, According to Dell’Oro Group

Britain’s digital minister Nicky Morgan said the country will look to international allies to develop 5G alternatives to Huawei. Source: Reuters > Britain to look to allies to find 5G alternatives to Huawei: minister

Hawkeye Systems announced its future subsidiary Radiant Images assisted in the first-ever 5G broadcast of a major sports event, the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl. Source: Yahoo Finance > Hawkeye Systems’ Future Subsidiary Assists With First-Ever 5G Broadcast of a Major Sports Event, the 2020 Pro Bowl

The headline on 04 Feb 2020

SQUAN recently promoted Carolyn Hardwick to the role of vice president and general manager of engineering. Source: SQUAN Announces Internal Executive Reorganization to Continue Focus on Operating as a Full-Service Network Life-Cycle Services Business

Vodacom Group said it expects to launch 5G services in South Africa in 2020 using a network built by Liquid Telecom. Source: Reuters > Vodacom to launch 5G services in South Africa in 2020

Ericsson signed a five-year network deal to upgrade Telekom Albania’s radio and core networks to gigabit LTE and 5G-ready. Source: Ericsson to modernize Telekom Albania core and radio networks

The headline on 03 Feb 2020

CTIA points to a new Analysys Mason study that illustrates the U.S. mid-band spectrum challenge and underscores the importance of American policymakers moving quickly to bring more licensed mid-band spectrum for 5G. Source: ctia press release > New 14-Country Study Shows Time Has Come for Licensed Mid-Band Action

Everstream announced on Monday that it has completed its purchase of a 200-plus-mile Indianapolis-based fiber network and CLEC operation from DataBank. Source: Everstream Closes Purchase of LightBound Fiber Assets from DataBank

Apple said Saturday it would shut all of its official stores and offices in mainland China until Feb. 9 due to caution over the coronavirus outbreak. Source: Reuters > Apple to close all China mainland stores due to virus outbreak

Nokia has launched its Network Operations Master product, which it says provides highly automated and scalable software with vendor-agnostic management functionalities for 5G networks. Source: Nokia Press Release > Nokia launches cloud-native network operations software with extreme automation for 5G

Unite Private Networks announced it will provide increased bandwidth to wireless carriers in Kansas City to accommodate visitors along the Chiefs’ Championship parade route. Source: Unite Private Networks To Provide Increased Bandwidth To Wireless Carriers in Kansas City