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Deutsche Telekom Launches Commercial 5G Network With Huawei Equipment

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Deutsche Telekom of Netherlands Monday announced that it has rolled out its commercial 5G network using Huawei’s telecom gear. This roll out also happens to be Europe’s first 5G connection based on latest 3GPP standard.

The commercial network was set up in central Berlin and it went live with a 5G connection at over two gigabits per second and a low latency of three milliseconds over a 3.7 gigahertz spectrum link.

“5G new radio will be critical for meeting our customers’ ever-increasing connectivity requirements that are steadily growing with more and more network connections,” said Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation. “Our achievement demonstrates the feasibility of our plans to deliver a superior, new customer experience.”

Taihua Deng, President Wireless Network, Huawei, said, “As long time partners, both Deutsche Telekom Group and Huawei have joined hands to successfully test 5G NR (new radio) equipment in field environments based on the latest 3GPP R15 standards. These achievements highlight the capabilities of the 5G NR equipment to meet operators’ requirements for addressing new business opportunities for end users. Huawei is confident that the partnership with Deutsche Telekom can fully prepare the commercial launch of 5GNR services in Europe by 2020 thanks to 3GPP standardization efforts.”

The implementation in a live real-world setting in central Berlin using Huawei equipment and software is based on pre-standard 5G that closely tracks the 3GPP global standard for so-called ‘Non-Standalone New Radio’. With the Non-Standalone 5G NR mode for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) use-case, it is meant that the connection is anchored in LTE while 5G NR carriers are used to boost data-rates and reduce latency. Therefore, 5G new radio will be deployed with the evolution of 4G LTE as the baseline for wide-area broadband coverage. The specifications enabling that system will be complete by December 2017 as part of the first drop of 3GPP Release 15.

5G New Radio has characteristics that make it ideal to meet the sub 6 GHz mid-band needs for 5G applications that will require mobility support, wide-area coverage, as well as multi-gigabit throughput speeds and millisecond low latency.

“With this real-world achievement, Deutsche Telekom is making its first important step towards a 5G network launch,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom. “When the standard is defined, we will trial it in 2018 to prepare the ground for a wider deployment of commercial sites and the offering of devices for the mass market as they become available.”

Both Deutsche Telekom and Huawei are all set to demonstrate their 5G solutions during the 5G Experience Day in Berlin on October 12, 2017.

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Huawei Joins Hands With TUV Rheinland For SuperCharge Certification

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Huawei Consumer Business Group that manufactures products like smartphones today said it has partnered with TUV Rheinland for certification of its SuperCharge technology. Certification will mark the first time an end-to-end fast-charging technology has successfully completed the rigorous tests set forth by the world-renowned safety experts.

Testing encompasses every component, requiring adapters, IC circuits and charging cable materials to pass safety, low temperature and thermal shock tests. Submitting itself to the stringent oversight of TUV Rheinland demonstrates Huawei’s continued mission to deliver the most innovative features on the market, and highlights Huawei’s commitment to delivering not only faster charging but more importantly safer charging.

“Over the past 145 years, TÜV Rheinland has committed itself to ensuring that complex devices and products meet rigorous safety standards that meet consumer expectations,” said Kalyan Varma, VP of Business Field Electrical, Products, Global of TUV Rheinland. “With the growing demand for fast charging solutions, we’re glad to work with Huawei to certify its SuperCharge technology using our proven testing methods and battery expertise. In the drive for continued innovation, we must always keep consumer safety at the forefront.”

“With each of our products, we strive not only to deliver the features and performance that consumers are looking for – but to go beyond where our competitors are in terms of experience,” said Bruce Li, Vice President of Handset Business at Huawei Consumer Business Group. “By working with the storied experts at TUV Rheinland, we’re able to deliver a device that not only offers incredibly fast charging but does so with a safety assurance that our competitors cannot match.”

Huawei’s SuperCharge technology enables continuous “communication” between the device and the charger. By monitoring every single point of the charging cycle, it is able to intelligently auto-adjust voltage and current output to maximize charging speed based on the capacity of the phone, adapter and cable. To keep Huawei’s fast-charging phones cool, Huawei SuperCharge uses a 4.5V/5A low-voltage charging solution.

In addition, the connectors and charging jack on Huawei’s devices are programmed to automatically suspend the supply of electricity if they come into contact with water. This intelligent safeguard is in place to prevent short circuits and device fires.

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BICS To Build One More Cable Route To Serve Asia And Middle East

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BICS, a Belgium based carrier service provider to global telcos, is planning to deploy one more fibre cable network in Europe – from Marseille to Paris. This network, according to BICS, would lower latency and protect inbound voice and data traffic from Asia and the Middle East.

This will consolidate BICS’ position at the forefront of backhaul provision in Europe, bridging Asian and Middle Eastern traffic to Europe via two primary entry points: Marseille in France, and Southern Italy. The route is expected to be commercially live by the end of the year.

Increasing amounts of traffic from Asian and Middle Eastern countries are entering Europe on a daily basis. This will continue at an even higher scale due to the launch of two new high capacity cables, AAE-1 and SMW-5, putting pressure on existing telecoms infrastructure. Additionally, outages due to natural disasters and social conflicts often jeopardise the quality of service experienced by mobile users in affected regions, negatively impacting customer experience and provider reputation.

To address these connectivity challenges, BICS has partnered with the largest Internet exchange points AMS-IX, LINX, DE-CIX, NL-IX and France-IX, and offers the possibility to connect to major cloud service providers like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. In doing so, BICS can provide customers with secure connectivity solutions: disaster recovery, diverse route protection and guaranteed low-latency performance delivered and managed by a single provider

“At BICS we are committed to providing our customers with the very best in connectivity. Our capacity solutions – powered by an extensive global network – are unrivalled, and can easily cope with the growing capacity demand from both current and new customers,” said Shady Masarweh, Head of Capacity Business Management at BICS. “We are constantly striving to provide customers with a fully diverse, protected network. The deployment of our third route between Marseille and Paris will proactively address any link failure problems, potential latency problems, and allow us to handle additional traffic load to ensure the best end-user experience.”

Through its partnerships, BICS has been able to boost interoperability, connecting southern Italy and Marseille to Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London via multiple routes, strengthening its robust and diversified international backbone serving Asia and the Middle East.

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Fujitsu Develops Emergency Response System For Japan Boat Network

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Fujitsu has developed and deployed an emergency response system for the Boat Assistance Network, a pleasure boat rescue service of the Japan Marine Recreation Association (JMRA). The cloud-based emergency position reporting system will help the rescue team to quickly track the distressed boat and offer needed assistance.

When pleasure boats run into mechanical problems or other difficulties, owners can simply access the online emergency position reporting system from their smartphone or other internet-enabled mobile device, and automatically transmit the correct position of their craft to JMRA using a GPS information service. Through GPS coordinates and an automatically updated map, the rescue ship can obtain constant positional information of the help-seeking pleasure boat as it is carried along by currents and tides, to quickly reach the rescue location.

Those who requested help can also get real-time map updates on the position of the rescue boat, giving them peace of mind while they wait for assistance.

JMRA will support increased safety for pleasure craft operation using Fujitsu’s cloud-based emergency position reporting system, which can be easily operated from smartphones and other mobile devices.

This system developed by Fujitsu enables both the Rescue Operations Center and the rescue boats they dispatch to continually know the accurate position of those requesting help through GPS coordinates and an automatically generated map. As a result, rescuers can reach the location more quickly using the GPS information from their smartphones or other mobile devices. Because the system can share the real-time position of the rescue boat on the phones of those who request help, they can wait for rescue with peace of mind. Furthermore, the Rescue Operations Center, the rescue boat and the craft requesting assistance can all see the movements of the boats on the same map, significantly reducing time until the rescue and preventing the risks of secondary accidents such as collisions that occur while the craft drifts.

The service can be used both by smartphones and internet-enabled mobile phones. In case of trouble, one can easily access the emergency position reporting system on the internet, generating an urgent report to the Rescue Operations Center while transmitting necessary information including location and contact details. This will enable those requesting rescue to calmly respond to the problem and accurately convey their position, which would otherwise be difficult to determine as it may change with the current.

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Qualcomm President Derek Aberle Quits; Alex Rogers Takes Over

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Derek Aberle, President at Qualcomm, has decided to leave the company after 17 years of service at the San Diego based chip maker. The company Friday announced that Derek Aberle has decided to leave the company after he helped drive the company’s overall global strategy and vision as a member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee.

His tenure ends on December 31, 2017.

“On behalf of the Executive Team, I want to thank Derek for the vision, creativity, dedication, and judgment he brought to the company and wish him all the best in the future,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated.

“Under his talented leadership, the QTL division has significantly grown in both revenues and profits, established its 4G licensing program and enabled significant competition across the industry. I believe the company is well positioned to build on Derek’s record of success and continue to deliver solid results in the future.”

The resignation of Derek Aberle came at a very crucial time when the mobile chip maker is fighting a fierce legal battle with Apple. Interestingly, Derek was leading the legal fight for Qualcomm.

“Over the past 30 years Qualcomm has invented the core technologies that have enabled the mobile revolution and made all modern smartphones possible, I am very proud to have been a part of that tradition of innovation, and of all that we’ve been able to accomplish during my tenure,” said Aberle.

As part of its transition plan, Qualcomm announced that executive vice president and QTL president Alex Rogers, who has run QTL since March 2016, and is a member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee, will report directly to Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.

Rogers joined Qualcomm in 2001 and has since held various leadership positions at the company. During his tenure leading QTL, Rogers has helped conclude key licensing agreements in China, been involved in numerous IP and regulatory matters and launched new teams within QTL focused on technology, product strategy, compliance and relationship management.

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AI Startup Taiger Raises S$8 Mn Series A From Tembusu And SGInnovate

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Taiger, a Singapore-based company specialising in applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, has successfully closed its Series A round. The S$8 million funding was led by Tembusu ICT Fund I and SGInnovate, reports M2MCafe, a technology news portal that tracts all things IoT.

Taiger specialises in information access and knowledge extraction, with technology which applies a hybrid between the symbolic and probabilistic disciplines of AI. Taiger’s AI solutions are taught to read and understand information as a human worker does, transforming completely unstructured information to valuable knowledge for businesses and their customers.

The funding comes from Tembusu ICT Fund I, the only software-focused venture capital fund in Singapore and one of the six funds selected by the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) as part of the Early Stage Venture Fund II scheme. SGInnovate, a government-owned entity which operates under the NRF, has also participated in this round.

AI has taken the world by storm – organizations, from the big players in technology to governments, are aggressively pumping up R&D efforts and investments in this area. Yet most of the companies in the increasingly crowded AI space come from a pure Machine Learning-based approach. Taiger takes a “humanistic” approach to AI, and is now set to further solidify its lead in this field.

Taiger’s iMatch solution is capable of automatically extracting, validating and interpreting information from documents, replicating the intelligence of a human worker. A large European bank has automated their corporate client on-boarding process with iMatch, translating into an 85% drop in cost and a reduced processing time from weeks to a matter of minutes. “We’re talking about drastic reduction in cost, huge productivity gains, and of course, allowing workers to focus on higher-value work,” said Dr. Sinuhe Arroyo, CEO and founder of Taiger.

Dr. Sinuhe Arroyo added: “We’re definitely excited to have Tembusu Partners and SGInnovate on board. Taiger’s vision is very much aligned with Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative. We’re honored to be recently awarded the accreditation status by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and partnering them to contribute to Singapore’s digital transformation. With funding secured, we can now focus on pumping up our sales and R&D efforts here in Singapore and expanding our presence worldwide.”

“Taiger integrates the latest technologies in AI and semantic computing, enabling them to create innovative, contextually relevant and highly scalable deep learning solutions in areas such as information extraction, virtual assistants and enterprise search. We are proud to partner with Taiger to support the next phase of their exciting journey,” said Brijesh Pande, Managing Partner of Tembusu ICT Fund I.

MCM Partners acted as financial advisor and Morgan Lewis Stamford was the legal counsel in the transaction.

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Nokia Launches 5G Monarch Project To Make It A Reality

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Nokia today formally launched the 5G MoNArch (5G Mobile Network Architecture) research project to bring 5G mobile network architecture from concept to real world. The 5G Monarch project is a part of phase II of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) – under the auspices of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The project consortium, consisting of 14 leading industrial and academic partners and coordinated by Nokia, will focus on the implementation of a set of 5G use cases in real-world testbeds.

5G MoNArch’s specific goal is to use network slicing, which capitalizes on the capabilities of software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), orchestration, and analytics, to support a variety of use cases in vertical industries such as automotive, healthcare, and media.

Network slicing is a technique where the network is logically (not physically) sectorized, so that separate services are supported by each “separate” logical network. As 5G networks need to simultaneously support various services with different requirements, network slicing will be a crucial aspect of the network architecture, providing flexible and adaptive networks which fulfill the 5G requirements.

Nokia strongly supports projects that bring together the public and private sectors to advance technology, and has pursued this approach for decades. Since 2015, Nokia has been a leading contributor to 5G-PPP, coordinating the Phase I research of 5G-NORMA – the leading European network architecture research project setting the conceptual basis for 5G communications networks – and providing key input to 3GPP standardization.

Now, in the second phase of 5G-PPP, 5G MoNArch aims to complement the initial groundwork by bringing these concepts to practical deployment.

5G MoNArch involves 14 key mobile network players from six European countries, bringing together the complementary background and technical know-how required to turn the project’s vision into reality. It will run for two years with a total budget of 7.7 million €.

In continuation of 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch enriches the original architectural concepts of the first phase with innovations such as cloud-enabled network protocols, and showcases the new technology in two testbeds. The flexible and programmable architecture will support the vast variety of services, use cases, and applications that 5G will bring in the next years.

The main objectives of 5G MoNArch are:

  • Detailed specification and extension of 5G architecture
  • Enhancement of architectural designs with key enabling innovations such as inter-slice control and cross-domain management, experiment-driven modeling and optimization, and native cloud-enabled protocol stack
  • Functional innovations around the key technologies required for dedicated 5G use cases: resilience, security, and resource elasticity
  • Deployment and experimental implementation of the architecture for two use cases in real-world testbeds – heavy communications usage in a tourist-heavy city, and secure and reliable communication in a seaport environment
  • Evaluation, validation, and verification of the architecture performance

“5G PPP brings together a range of stakeholders from the communications technology sector and other industries. We follow a shared architecture of what the next-generation communications infrastructure needs to look like to enable and meet the network demands of the next decade. 5G communication needs both private and public entities to invest in the infrastructure and ensure Europe remains competitive. Nokia is fully committed to the 5G-PPP: we have delivered know-how and innovative technologies since its launch in 2015 in order to strengthen the European 5G footprint,” said Peter Merz, head of End-to-End Mobile Networks Solutions at Nokia Bell Labs.

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Intel CEO Quits American Manufacturing Council; Read His Resignation Letter

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned from the American Manufacturing Council, the group set up by President Donald Trump to advise his government on issues related to manufacturing in the country, over current political climate in the US and alleged politics-driven hate crimes.

His resignation came days after Trump’s response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on 12 August.

Below is Krzanich’s full statement on his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council

Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.

I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.

I am not a politician. I am an engineer who has spent most of his career working in factories that manufacture the world’s most advanced devices. Yet, it is clear even to me that nearly every issue is now politicized to the point where significant progress is impossible. Promoting American manufacturing should not be a political issue.

My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole. The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be.”

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Ericsson Joins Zain’s Digital Transformation Project In Kuwait

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Middle East telecom operator Zain has selected Ericsson as a technology partner in its digital transformation drive in Kuwait. The Swedish firm will be a part of a consortium led by Zain and would assist the operator in transforming the local utility services like electricity, water etc.

“The project will be completed by 2024 and as the sole technology partner, Ericsson will deploy a new smart metering solution,” Ericsson  said in  a statement.

The statement also added that the Enterprise and Cloud Billing solution implemented by the consortium will make it easier for the Ministry of Electricity and Water to collect revenue and distribute energy consumption over time. It will also improve the accuracy of invoices and give customers access to real-time information about usage.

“Around 800,000 new smart meters for electricity and water will be connected over Zain’s upgraded infrastructure,” it said.

Furthermore, the cross-industry Ericsson Multiservice Delivery Platform will help digitalize channels for consumer interaction, offering personalized and user-friendly services for all types of devices through self-service portals. Additional Ericsson solutions will provide important features for areas such as customer care, post- and prepaid services, performance management, event planning, and analysis of network data.

“We have worked closely together with Zain Kuwait from the start of this digital transformation initiative, and we have made a long-term commitment to enable new revenue streams. We really look forward to being part of this project and to help develop the smart city infrastructure,” said Wojciech Bajda, Head of Customer Unit Zain, Ericsson.

Ericsson will also provide a range of Managed Services for improved network operations and security, and for Internet of Things applications, the statement added.

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Samsung Showcases V-NAND Memory Capable Of 2TB In Single Chip

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Samsung Electronics has announced new V-NAND (Vertical NAND) memory solutions that is capable of offering storage capacity of upto 2 TB in a single chip. The company believes this technology will address the pressing requirements of next-generation data processing and storage systems. With the rapid increase of data-intensive applications across many industries using artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, the role of flash memory has become extremely critical in accelerating the speed at which information can be extracted for real-time analysis.

At the inaugural Samsung Tech Day and this year’s Flash Memory Summit, Samsung is showcasing solutions to address next-generation data processing challenges centered around the company’s latest V-NAND technology and an array of solid state drives (SSDs). These solutions will be at the forefront of enabling today’s most data-intensive tasks such as high-performance computing, machine learning, real-time analytics and parallel computing, reports M2MCafe.

“Our new, highly advanced V-NAND technologies will offer smarter solutions for greater value by providing high data processing speeds, increased system scalability and ultra-low latency for today’s most demanding cloud-based applications,” said Gyoyoung Jin, executive vice president and head of Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to pioneer flash innovation by leveraging our expertise in advanced 3D-NAND memory technology to significantly enhance the way in which information-rich data is processed.

Samsung announced a 1Tb V-NAND chip that it expects to be available next year. Initially mentioned in 2013, during unveiling of the industry’s first 3D NAND, Samsung has been working to enable its core memory technologies to realize one terabit of capacity on a single chip using a V-NAND structure.

The arrival of a 1Tb V-NAND chip next year will enable 2TB of memory in a single V-NAND package by stacking 16 1Tb dies and will represent one of the most important memory advances of the past decade.

Samsung plans to begin mass producing its first NGSFF SSDs in the fourth quarter of this year, while working to standardize the form factor with industry partners.

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