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Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 09 Apr 2020

The headline on 09 Apr 2020

The market for radio frequency (RF) front-end components remained flat in 2018 and 2019 and will remain flat in 2020, according to Strategy Analytics. Source: Strategy Analytics: RF Front End Market Stalls

Intel and the Georgia Institute of Technology were selected to lead a program to mitigate machine learning deception attacks. Source: Intel Joins Georgia Tech in DARPA Program to Mitigate Machine Learning Deception Attacks

As part of a new program to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, RCN, Grande Communications and Wave Broadband will offer free internet and Wi-Fi for 60 days to all qualifying low-income households. Source: RCN Offers Free Connectivity, Deferred Payments, Internet First Program and More to Help Customers Amid COVID-19

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has told his staff not to worry about losing their jobs and urged other companies to follow his example when possible. Source: Bloomberg story > Cisco CEO Tells Staff Jobs Are Safe, Urges Others to Avoid Cuts

Samsung is refreshing its lineup of mid-range smartphones, including 5G models that will be available this summer. Source: The Verge > Samsung is bringing 5G to its midrange phones this year

Oppo says that it plans to be the first mobile phone brand to support 5G Voice over New Radio (VoNR) video and voice calling. Source: Venture Beat > Oppo claims world’s first phones with 5G VoNR video and voice calling

Americans received just under 4.1 billion robocalls in March, marking a 15.7% decline from February, according to the YouMail Robocall Index. Source: 4.1 Billion Robocalls Mark 15.7% Decline in March, Says YouMail Robocall Index

The headline on 08 Apr 2020

Asavie launched its new clientless Asavie SD Edge for unified endpoint management within enterprise SD-WAN. (Channel Partners > Asavie Unveils Unified Endpoint Management Solution

Extreme Networks announced the expansion of its fourth generation cloud footprint and the extension of its ExtremeCloud IQ unified management platform. Source: Extreme Networks Continues Rapid Expansion of Cloud Footprint

Mavenir announced it’s deployed its next-generations RCS solution as part of Rakuten Mobile’s Link communication app. Source: MAVENIR CLOUD-NATIVE RCS SOLUTION LAUNCHES AS PART OF RAKUTEN MOBILE COMMUNICATION PLATFORM, RAKUTEN LINK

Cellwize Wireless launched its next generation RAN automation and orchestration platform to accelerate 5G networks. Source: Cellwize Launches Chime Platform, Accelerating 5G Networks for Mobile Network Operators

South Korean operator KT and Taiwan’s Far EasTone have signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) to collaborate on 5G services and digital content development. Source: Yahoo Finance > KT and Far EasTone Sign MOU for 5G Services

The EU is working to adopt common rules for using mobile apps to track the spread of the coronavirus. Source: Reuters > EU to adopt unified policy on coronavirus mobile apps

JMA Wireless has formed PREVAIL NY, dedicated to the design and manufacture of an emergency ventilation system, and made device plans available as a free, open-source design for manufacturers globally. Source: PREVAIL NY BY JMA OFFERS FREE, OPEN-SOURCE EMERGENCY MECHANICAL VENTILATION SYSTEM BLUEPRINTS TO ALL MANUFACTURERS

The headline on 07 Apr 2020

Clearfield announced its Home Deployment Kits, which were designed to streamline the task of FTTH deployments. Source: Clearfield Delivers Home Deployment Kits to Streamline FTTH Connections as Fiber Services Flourish

White box vendor Lanner Electronics is working with nacXwan on a zero-touch SD-WAN-as-a-service solution for distributed enterprise and telecom operators. Source: Lanner Collaborate with nacXwan to Offer Affordable SD-WAN as a Service Solution for Distributed Enterprises and Service Providers

The headline on 06 Apr 2020

Palo Alto Networks is teaming up with Deutsche Telekom’s Telekom Security unit to jointly develop new security solutions. Source: Telekom Security brings the next security champion on board

Vodafone is using partner TechSee to virtually assist customers to reduce risks to engineers and users during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Vodafone partner, TechSee, is helping us to keep customers connected during these challenging times

MaxLinear announced plans to acquire Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division, including Wi-Fi Access Points, Ethernet and Home Gateway SoC, in a $150 million deal. Source: Seeking Alpha > MaxLinear to acquire Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division

Coronavirus could hurt South Korea’s leadership in 5G. Source: Reuters > Coronavirus threatens to knock South Korea off 5G leadership perch

The headline on 03 Apr 2020

Using location data from customers’ Google phones, Google has published charts showing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Reuters > Google data shines light on whether coronavirus lockdowns worldwide are working

The FCC has proposed a $6 million fine against prepaid carrier TracFone for collecting federal subsidies for ineligible subscribers under the Lifeline program. Source: FCC News > FCC PROPOSES $6 MILLION FINE AGAINST TRACFONE FOR VIOLATING LIFELINE PROGRAM RULES

The U.S. SEC delayed a ruling on whether to allow the New York Stock Exchange to offer a new high-speed wireless connection, using microwave technology, that some brokers call anti-competitive. Source: Reuters > U.S. SEC delays ruling on controversial NYSE high-speed data plan

AT&T committed $5.5 million to provide meals for first responders and medical personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Source: AT&T > Believing in our COVID-19 First Responders

Boost Mobile is offering new customers unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data for $15 per month. Source: Boost Mobile Offers New Customers Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB of Data for $15/Month

The headline on 02 Apr 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense issued its fourth 5G Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP), this time focused on technology for expanded mid-band dynamic spectrum sharing. Source: Yahoo Finance > DOD Issues Fourth 5G Request for Prototype Proposal for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Testbed, Enhancement & Applications

Quectel Wireless Solutions announced that its RG500Q-EA 5G NR module has achieved commercial readiness and is now available to support global customers. Source: Quectel continues to lead the field in 5G technology as its 5G sub-6GHz module becomes available for mass deployment

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan promised better security measures to combat “Zoombombing” as the company sees a dramatic increase in usage. Source: CNBC > Zoom falls 11% after CEO apologizes for security lapses, says daily users spiked to 200 million in March

Disaggregated router vendor Exaware said it was expanding its presence in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) by joining the Disaggregated Open Router (DOR) sub-group. Source: Exaware Expands Its Involvement in the Telecom Infra Project by Joining Its Disaggregated Open Router Initiative

C Spire is providing students with free Wi-Fi in select company retail store parking lots to help distance learning during the coronavirus crisis. Source: C Spire provides students with free WiFi in select company retail store parking lots

European researchers are working on smartphone technology to help trace people who come into contact with those infected with coronavirus. Source: Reuters > European experts ready smartphone technology to help stop coronavirus

The headline on 01 Apr 2020

ADVA announced that EANTC has validated the interoperability of its network operating system (NOS) with routers and network management systems from a range of vendors. Source: ADVA’s carrier-grade NOS for bare-metal switches succeeds in multi-vendor EANTC testing

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation announced that 81 new members and end user supporters have joined the foundation, bringing its total membership to 560 organizations. Source: The Cloud Native Computing Foundation Adds 81 Members to Reach New Heights

The U.S. Department of Defense issued its fourth 5G Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP), this time focused on technology for expanded mid-band dynamic spectrum sharing. Source: Yahoo Finance > DOD Issues Fourth 5G Request for Prototype Proposal for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Testbed, Enhancement & Applications

AT&T has started offering first responder public safety agencies on its FirstNet platform free smartphones for life. Source: Public Safety Agencies Now Get Free Smartphones for Life

U.S. President Trump held a call with CEOs of major U.S. internet and mobile providers to discuss how networks are handling increased demand as millions of Americans work from home. Source: Reuters > Trump holds call with U.S. internet, mobile phone providers

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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