FCC Earmarks $450M over 10 Years for Rural Broadband, 4G-LTE and Voice Services

'Mobility Fund II' follows 2011 effort to preserve and extend access in underserved areas

Today, the FCC took steps to help expand and preserve 4G LTE mobile coverage across rural American and in Tribal lands by providing $453 million in annual universal service support through the FCC’s Mobility Fund Phase II for a period of ten years.

KT Selects Viavi’s xSIGHT Customer Experience Analytics for NFV Open Lab

Carrier supports collaboration to develop and standardize SDI core technologies

Viavi Solutions announced last week that KT, South Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider, has selected the xSIGHT Customer Experience Assurance (CEA) platform to support collaborative development of innovative network technologies and services.

Spirent and Nokia Partner to Accelerate 5G Lifecycle Testing

'Lab as a Service'Automates and Streamlines 5G Testing based on DevOps Principles

Spirent Communications, a leading provider of lifecycle service assurance solutions and Nokia today announced successful deployment of a first of a kind 5G Lab as a Service for Nokia’s Oulu-based network infrastructure testing labs. The 5G Lab as a Service (LaaS) enables unprecedented automation of 5G testing with a primary goal of significantly accelerating Nokia’s releases of virtual network functions and physical infrastructure. The 5G LaaS also streamlines the use of shared lab resources across teams and geographies, delivering dramatically improved efficiency and cost savings.

Keysight Technologies, Samsung Electronics Announce 5G Collaboration

New 5G test solutions support early operator trials of 5G devices

Keysight Technologies, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Corporation today announced a technology collaboration on 5G development and testing. Keysight and Samsung have entered into a technology collaboration to enable design and deployment of 5G devices to support early operator trials. The initial focus of the partnership is on 5GTF specifications (www.5gtf.org). Future collaboration will include work being done in 3GPP NR.

5G Americas and the 5G Forum Announce Memorandum of Understanding

Leading 5G Organizations in Korea and the Americas Agree to Cooperation

5G Americas, a trade association that is the voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas and the 5G Forum Korea, a group that aims to become the leading force in the development of next-generation communications technology announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today for cooperation in next-generation (5G) mobile communications.

CSPs Risk Losing Customers to Global Digital Giants, Accenture Survey Finds

Services Can Lead to New Growth; Connected Home and Digital Video Offer Significant Opportunities

NEW YORK; Feb. 24, 2017 – Accenture's Dynamic Digital Consumers Survey revealed that if a global digital giant such as Google or Amazon launched an offer comparable to their mobile operator, 44 percent of respondents would leave their provider, forming a gloomy outlook for Communications Service Providers (CSPs).

Verizon to deliver 5G service to pilot customers in 11 markets across U.S. by Mid 2017

In partnership with Ericsson, company claims to be operating largest proving ground for 5G technology

NEW YORK - Verizon will deliver 5G pre-commercial services to select customers in 11 markets throughout the country on its newly built 5G network. Verizon's 5G build is the largest proving ground in the world and encompasses several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations. Verizon will begin offering 5G to pilot customers during the first half of 2017 in the following metropolitan areas: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Cisco Lands Altice Global Mobile NFV, Partners on Enterprise 5G with Verizon

Equipment giant meanwhile keeps steady drumbeat on security solutions for mobile networks

Altice Makes Bold Moves to Virtualize Its Global Mobile Network With Cisco
Cisco and Red Hat Join Forces to Drive Innovation

Cisco and Altice Group continue to strengthen their alliance to transform Altice's business operations with new network architectures to help grow revenue, lower costs and improve customer retention.

Altice is a multinational cable, fiber, telecommunications, content and media company with 50 million customers spanning Western Europe, the United States, Israel, and the Overseas Territories.

AdaptiveMobile releases new intelligence on global mobile Signalling vulnerabilities

Evidence of complex location tracking and call interception attacks in Europe and the Americas

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain – 27th February 2017 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today released new evidence on global SS7 Signalling attacks, including complex location tracking and call interception attacks that were able to bypass more basic STP-based defences. This evidence shows the increasing level of sophistication in SS7 attacks being encountered by operators, demonstrating the increasing capabilities and resources of attackers. 

Cobham partners with China Mobile for dual connectivity demo at MWC

The LTE-Advanced dual connectivity trial marks major milestone in 5G roadmap

STEVENAGE, UK, FEB 21– Cobham Wireless today announced that it has joined forces with China Mobile to trial an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Dual Connectivity system for 4G and 5G networks. The system demonstrates how throughput and capacity can be improved across a network, by utilising radio resources from multiple mobile cells simultaneously. Cobham Wireless, a leader in the provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communication systems, will be exhibiting the system at Mobile World Congress 2017.
 

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