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Ericsson To Deploy HD Delivery Solution For Mexican Broadcaster Televisa

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Ericsson today announced it is implementing a new end-to-end primary distribution system for Televisa, Mexico’s leading broadcaster and content provider.

The system selected by Televisa features Ericsson’s AVP Encoder with the latest HEVC compression module, the MX8400 Multiplexer and many RX8200 HEVC receivers with integrated DVB-S2X de-modulator.

By deploying both DVB-S2X and HEVC, Televisa can increase the number of high definition services it distributes while maintaining the best picture quality and without requiring additional bandwidth. Televisa has also selected Ericsson’s system management platform nCompass Director, which features conditional access and software download capabilities to offer a more flexible approach to managing and protecting content delivered to its affiliates.

This new primary distribution system enables the Mexican broadcaster to efficiently deliver content to ATSC stations distributed throughout Mexico.

Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of Media Solutions at Ericsson, says: “This new agreement is the next milestone in our long-standing relationship with Televisa. Ericsson’s latest portfolio incorporating HEVC HD compression technology and DVB-S2X transmission technology will play a fundamental role in enabling more expansive HD content delivery without increasing demand on valuable satellite bandwidth.

Televisa has a reputation for being a pioneer in the Mexican TV and media industry, deploying new standards based technologies including MPEG-4 AVC, DVB-S2 and now both HEVC and DVB-S2X. We look forward to growing our relationship with them even further over the coming years.”

Ericsson has worked with Televisa for over 25 years. Nearly a decade ago, Ericsson helped the broadcast to migrate from its original Ericsson supplied MPEG-2 SD system to an MPEG-4 AVC SD and HD architecture, enabling the broadcaster to become the first to market with HDTV in Mexico.

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Procera Networks Bags Multi-million Dollar Deal From Vodafone Egypt

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California based Procera Networks Thursday said it has bagged a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract from Vodafone Egypt to enhance the subscriber experience for its fixed and mobile subscribers.

Procera Networks was selected for the deployment after a competitive evaluation due to the strength of their virtualized solution offering for subscriber experience analytics, even as encryption becomes prevalent on the Internet.

Vodafone Egypt is the largest mobile operator in Egypt with a customer base exceeding 39 million.

According to the contract Vodafone Egypt will deploy Procera’s analytics solutions including PacketLogic’s DRDL engine, which identifies traffic signatures and makes it possible to deliver fine-grained application identification despite the increasing use of encryption on the Internet.

Besides, it will also deploy Procera’s ScoreCard technology that provides a unique view of quality, with high frequency measurements of quality in categories that subscribers can relate to. These include: web surfing, streaming video, social media, real-time gaming, upload, download, and voice applications. By analyzing results from ScoreCard, the data can be used to guide investment into network capacity and idenitify service creation opportunities for the network planning teams at Vodafone Egypt.

“Procera’s virtual solutions delivered on the promise of Network Functions Virtualization for Vodafone Egypt today, enabling us to accelerate our NFV deployment timelines,” said Osama Siad, Vodafone Egypt’s Technology Director.

Osama added: “Procera’s PacketLogic solutions, especially ScoreCard, enable us to dynamically deploy analytics capacity to ensure our customers are receiving a high quality broadband experience across our entire network footprint, to be the number one network in Egypt, and reach our main goal which is securing the best service quality for our customers’ satisfaction.”

Lyn Cantor, President and CEO at Procera Networks, said: “Procera is pleased to provide solutions that enable Vodafone Egypt’s to deliver a high quality broadband experience to their subscribers. We believe that our strategic focus on virtualization use cases for fixed and mobile network will enable both operators and subscribers to benefit from their broadband networks.”

“Virtualization of analytics is a key initiative for the Middle East region,” said Hashem Eid, Procera’s Managing Director of Sales for Middle East. “With regional operators competing on network quality, reducing the cost and increasing the deployment flexibility of analytics through virutualization is a business imperative.”

Procera’s subscriber and network intelligence technology is the choice for hundreds of fixed, mobile, and Wi-Fi operators around the world. From giving operators the tools to tackle encryption, to managing content filtering and enforcing parental restrictions, or helping meet regulatory requirements, Procera is giving back the network visibility and control that has otherwise been lost in recent years.

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Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement Case Against Hytera In Germany

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Motorola Solutions today announced that it has filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany (the “Regional Court”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Munder, Germany.

This legal action follows the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commission on March 29, 2017 and the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed on March 14, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Regional Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communication devices that utilize “pseudo-trunking” functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the pseudo-trunking feature in Germany, as well as the recall and destruction of infringing products and various damages.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “Today’s action is another important step in our efforts to protect Motorola Solutions’ long and distinguished track record of innovation. We are committed to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property, including our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents, for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world. We remain confident that the legal actions we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

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Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement Case Against Hytera

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Motorola Solutions today said it has filed multiple cases of patent infringement and trade secret theft against Chinese telecom solutions firm Hytera Communications in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Motorola Solutions complaints claim that Hytera’s two-way radios, base stations, repeaters and dispatch systems, as well as its related commercialization and sales activities, are infringing patents owned by Motorola Solutions and utilizing stolen Motorola Solutions trade secrets.

The century-old telecom firm also said that three employees who were earlier worked for Motorola Solutions and had access to critical information and data had joined Hytera and colluded with the company to produce similar products and solutions as Motorola.

Motorola Solutions believes that Hytera is intentionally infringing its intellectual property and misappropriating its trade secrets, which has enabled Hytera to compete unfairly by bypassing investment in innovation.

“We believe it is clear, and we are confident the Courts will agree, that Hytera’s product portfolio and marketing materials are based on Motorola Solutions’ proprietary intellectual property. Brazen copying and blatant, willful infringement of this sort create an unfair playing field and threaten the industry’s ability to innovate,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions.

“We will use every means available to vigorously defend the Company’s valuable intellectual property, while continuing to drive innovation and technical excellence for the benefit of our customers around the world,” he added.

Hytera’s illegal behavior was assisted by three engineers who resigned from the Company to join Hytera, where they had key roles in developing Hytera’s infringing products using misappropriated Motorola Solutions technologies and continue in senior-level positions today. In the period leading up to their resignations, through a series of serious misrepresentations and carefully planned illegal acts, these engineers maliciously accessed, downloaded and transferred more than 7,000 highly confidential files related to Motorola Solutions’ technologies, including confidential technical, marketing, sales, legal and other types of trade secret materials. Subsequently, Hytera began illegally manufacturing and marketing a line of products and technologies containing technologies invented, designed, developed and in some cases patented by Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions is seeking to enjoin Hytera’s continued infringement and misappropriation by stopping its sales of key products in the United States and importation of those infringing products into the United States. The Company is committed to ensuring that its intellectual property rights are protected around the world.

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Huawei Wins GSMA Award At MWC 2017 For 5G Technology

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Huawei received the ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ award at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. This year is the first year that GSMA has chosen to present the award for 5th generation mobile networks (5G) and receiving such an honor helps to showcase Huawei’s contribution to technology evolution.

“This is the first year that GSMA sets an outstanding contribution award for 5G. Huawei is honored to receive this award” said Mr. Xu Wenwei, Executive Director of the Board, Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, “The next few years will see continuous LTE development and 5G innovations. So, we need to do the preparation in all aspects, including network deployment and industry collaboration. During the 4.5G to 5G, Huawei will keep focusing on helping our customers to improve user experience, to step into all cloud era, to enable innovative services for vertical industries, and finally to build 5G with more vitality and longer lifecycle.”

68 4.5G networks were commercially deployed worldwide in 2016 and the number of networks deployed in 2017 is expected to reach 120.

Network evolution should begin with the evolution of network architecture. In 2016, Huawei launched its CloudRAN Solution, which is a technology that applies a cloudified architecture to the Radio Access Network (RAN) and can create a 4.5G and 5G oriented architecture integrating multiple radio access technologies (RATs), frequency bands, and layers. And it is also a foundation for E2E network slicing, providing operators with a way to realize the new business model of deploying diversified new services in one network. As an anchor for joining 4.5G and 5G, CloudRAN helps maximize network collaboration efficiency and helps operators produce business success.
Huawei is still insisting on continued investment in technical innovation in order to meet the challenge of the anticipated accelerated increase of future MBB network traffic. Huawei and the world’s leading operators engage in large-scale 5G NR field tests and 5G high and low frequency hybrid field tests. The results show that continuous coverage and super ultra-large capacity can be satisfied simultaneously, and a single-user peak of 25Gbps can be achieved.
In addition, Huawei and Deutsche Telekom have performed the millimeter-wave high-frequency test procedure and achieved a peak rate of 70 Gbps – an industry first. Huawei’s CloudAIR solution can promote the usage of the air interface resource and realize quick deployment of 5G NR and thus solve the problem about long-term coexistence with pre-existing RATs.

Meanwhile, by adopting 5G technology on 4G networks well in advance, Huawei and operators have jointly taken the lead in finishing the deployment of Massive MIMO in 4G live networks, providing good user experience and huge promotion of network capability.

In order to construct a new business model with industry, Huawei and vertical industry partners jointly succeeded in the incubation of many NB-IoT commercial use cases. Furthermore, Huawei announced X Labs in 2016, a new research platform that will bring together operators, technology providers, and vertical industry partners to jointly explore future use cases for mobile applications, and drive innovation in business and technology.

Huawei’s “4.5G Evolution to 5G” solution, which provides high-quality coverage, ultra-large capacity and flexible network architecture, can help operators to keep ahead on the road to 5G and help to make 5G a reality.

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Singtel Partner’s Ericsson For Massive MIMO, Cloud RAN Trial

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Singtel and Ericsson have joined hands and are working together to pilot Massive MIMO and Cloud RAN on Singtel’s 4G LTE network. Both technologies are key components in the evolution to 5G that will enable Singtel to expand its mobile network capacity to offer faster speeds by the end of the year.

Video traffic represents more than half of mobile traffic today. It is set to rise further with increasing adoption of video applications such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and 360-degree video, which imposes high demand on network capacity. This is why networks need to evolve to gradually achieve ultra-high bandwidth, pervasive connectivity and low latency promised with 5G.

Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) is key to achieving Gigabit LTE speeds as it improves spectral efficiency to triple or quadruple the number of data paths of cellular base stations. This expands network capacity and improves user experience. Ericsson AIR 6468 radio, providing 64T64R Massive MIMO capabilities, will be tested and progressively deployed on Singtel’s 4G LTE network.

Both companies will also embark on a pilot of Cloud RAN which will provide Singtel with the flexibility to centralise, distribute, scale and virtualise radio access network functions to efficiently meet performance requirements today and on the road to 5G.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Data traffic is on the rise and will increase exponentially with 4K video, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality services on the horizon. We are investing ahead to ensure that our networks have the capacity and speeds that will offer our customers the best mobile data experience in Singapore.”

“Our collaboration with Singtel provides a unique opportunity to be part of their 5G journey,” said Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson.

Singtel offers Singapore’s widest mobile coverage and fastest mobile data speeds at 450Mbps. Singtel and Ericsson first signed a 5G MOU in January 2015 and were the first to showcase a 5G system in Southeast Asia in August 2016, achieving a downlink speed of 27.5 Gbps

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Capgemini Launches Serge Kampf Awards For InnovatorsRace50 Winners

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Capgemini has launched an awards program, named Serge Kampf Awards for the InnovatorsRace50 winners, to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship around the world. The ‘Serge Kampf Awards’ is named after Capgemini’s founder late Serge Kampf, who created the firm, a startup, 50 years ago.

The official awards will be presented to the winners of Capgemini’s InnovatorsRace50, in June at VivaTech, taking place in Paris from June 15-17.

“It is 50 years since the birth of Capgemini; a unique start-up that has now grown to almost 200,000 people around the world,” comments Paul Hermelin, Chairman and CEO, Capgemini Group. “As we look ahead the acceleration of digital technologies will enable greater transformation than we can possibly imagine. It is no exaggeration to say that today’s innovative entrepreneurs really do have the potential to change the world. The ‘Serge Kampf Awards’ have been set up to recognize entrepreneurs who can now but also throughout the years demonstrate passion, drive and excellence in innovation.”

The Serge Kampf Awards will be presented to the winners of Capgemini’s InnovatorsRace50, in June at VivaTech in Paris. Launched in January, to mark Capgemini’s 50th Anniversary, InnovatorsRace50 is a worldwide competition for early stage start-ups to showcase the potential of their products, services or innovative uses of technology to disrupt businesses and organizations. The 5 winning start-ups will each have the opportunity to secure business backing of equity free funding to the tune of $50,000, extensive networking opportunities, participation in international tech events such as VivaTech, access to industry experts, and the opportunity to become a Capgemini partner.

More than 350 start-ups have already entered this global competition – due to the overwhelming number of applicants, Capgemini has extended the entry deadline to March 6. After this date, fifty will be chosen across five themes (ten from each), to go forward to personal meetings with a panel of experts who will nominate two finalists per theme.

The winners of InnovatorsRace50 will be announced at VivaTech in June, where all ten finalists will be present showcasing their products and services on Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Booth.

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Ericsson Launches 5G Platform, Says Operators Stand To Gain 34% Add-in Revenue

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Ericsson on Thursday announced its 5G platform that would help operators migrating towards a 5G network with ease. The new 5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios coupled with digital support systems, transformation services and security.

5G, that Ericsson believes will be a $582 billion market by 2026, offers multitude of opportunities for next generation networks and operators stand to grow their revenue by 34% by that time. The Swiss company believes majority of the growth would come from manufacturing and energy/utilities sectors from a 5G stand point.

“With this launch, we introduce our 5G platform to support the beginning of a huge change in network capabilities, allowing our customers to offer more advanced use cases and new business models to their customers. It is an important milestone enabling operators to continue their evolution journey to 5G,” says Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson.

“We are pleased with the progress Ericsson is making in advancing 5G technology commercially,” says Roger Gurnani, Chief Technology Officer, Verizon. “Our customer trials with 5G technology in 11 cities across US is an important step in accelerating the path to next generation of wireless services.”

The company has demonstrated the success of its 5G platform when the company build a network along with Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom. The three have jointly built and demonstrated the world’s first intercontinental 5G trial network where network slices were made available in the other operator’s footprint.

Daniel Staub, Head of Joint Mobile Group, Swisscom, says: “Ericsson’s new 5G portfolio opens up for new opportunities. As we are taking our first steps towards 5G, Ericsson’s new wideband four-transceiver radio will help us produce even more speed on 4G.

In the 5G platform Ericsson integrated its first 5G Core System capable of 5G use cases based on network slices. Network slicing allows an operator to provide dedicated virtual networks with functionality specific to the service or customer over a common network. Already today, this enables some early 5G use cases for telecom operators to capture growth opportunities.

As far as radio and transport is concerned Ericsson has added mid-band and high-band 5G New Radio (NR) Radios to the world’s first 5G NR radio that the company launched last year. Having radios available for all frequency ranges will bring benefits of 5G communications globally. The 5G radio portfolio will be the first to support the new standardized 5G fronthaul interface (called eCPRI). The support of these new business opportunities and new applications will require delivering terabyte of data throughout the network. To ensure the needed network transport capabilities, Ericsson also introduces optimized transport solutions.

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Global Drones Market To Cross $6 Bn By 2017 : Gartner

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The global drones market is estimated to cross $6 billion by 2017 showing a growth of 34% over the previous year, says a recent report by Gartner.  2017 is going to be a great year for drones, be it commercial or personal, if we go by research firm Gartner’s forecasts. The firm says around 3 million drones will be shipped in 2017 showing a growth of 39% over the previous year and it will include both commercial as well as personal ones.

The report says global drones market revenue expected to increase 34 percent to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020.

While the civil markets (personal and commercial) have been wading through regulation by various governments, drones’ popularity in these markets has not diminished. The overall drone market will see substantial growth, but the dynamics of the personal and commercial submarkets are very different, Gartner analysts said.

Table 1. Personal and Commercial Drones Revenue Forecast, 2016-17 (‘Thousands of USD)

2016

2017

Personal

1,705,845

2,362,228

Commercial

2,799,272

3,687,128

Total Revenue

4,505,117

6,049,356

Total Revenue Growth

35.5%

34.3%

Source: Gartner (February 2017)

Table 2. Personal and Commercial Drones Units Forecast, 2016-17 (Thousands of Units)

2016

2017

Personal

2,041.9

2,817.3

Commercial

110.3

174.1

Total Units

2,152.2

2,991.4

Total Unit Growth

60.3%

39.0%

Source: Gartner (February 2017)

Personal drones will continue to increase in popularity as an affordable extension of consumers’ smartphones for taking photographs and selfies and for other entertainment options. They can fly a short distance and time, typically no more than 5,000 meters and for one hour, with flight height constrained to within 500 meters. They weigh less than 2 kilograms and are priced less than $5,000.

The market for commercial drones is much smaller, with a significantly higher average selling price in comparison with personal drones. With more countries solidifying their drone regulations, the market is beginning to stabilize, and companies are now buying drones to test and deploy in nearly every industry. Commercial drones normally have a higher payload, longer flight times, and redundant sensors and flight controllers to make them safer. They are more specialized to a function, such as mapping, delivery or industrial inspection, so prices vary according to these requirements.

“The commercial and personal drone markets are increasingly overlapping, as lower-priced personal devices are being used for commercial ventures,” said Gerald Van Hoy, senior research analyst at Gartner. “Personal drone vendors are now aggressively trying to position themselves in the commercial market. Recent technological advances blur the lines, allowing personal drones to be used in many special-purpose applications such as surveillance, 3D mapping and modeling.”

In commercial markets, new case studies are released regularly, showing savings in both costs and time, as well as highlighting increased accuracy and quality.

Agriculture was considered to be the first big commercial drone market, but pricing and economic dynamics around tighter yields and returns on investment mean that the commercial agricultural drone market is not growing at the pace of other commercial drone markets. Gartner predicts that through 2020, the high cost sensitivity of the agriculture market will limit drone adoption to 7 percent of commercial market growth.

Industrial inspections have been much more successful, primarily in oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and transportation. Regulations do not have as much of an impact on the market as was originally thought. Most inspections are close (within three meters) and low since they are examining equipment that is near or on the ground. Gartner expects the inspection segment to dominate with 30 percent of the commercial drone market through 2020.

Delivery drones continue to capture the attention of the news media but will not be a major factor for several years. The return on investment has not been proven either in regard to the cost of the drone, operational costs and a single customer delivery.

“Delivery drones will be mired in logistical issues like the time needed to return a drone to its origin point after delivery, and will amount to less than 1 percent of the commercial market by 2020,” said Van Hoy. “We expect that delivery drones will begin finding a niche in business-to-business applications first, particularly for internal services within one company where logistics will not be such a big factor.”

This story was first published in M2MCafe.

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Google Raises Largest Ever Crisis Fund For Immigration Ban

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Google, one of world’s most valuable company, has created a $4 million crisis fund to provide assistance to those who are impacted by the Trump immigration ban notification.

This fund of $4 million, largest ever created by Google, is created by equal donation from the company and from donations from its employees. Besides, many senior executives of the search engine giant, are also donating to the fund on their individual capacity.

The raised money will be given to four American civil rights organisations – UNHCR, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, American Civil Liberties and International Rescue Committee.

This step was taken by Google and its employees one day after CEO Sundar Pichai raised concerns regarding the implications of the immigration ban. US President Donald Trump has banned entry of people from 7 countries with Muslim majority population for the next three months. People from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia are affected by the ban. Besides he has halted entry of all refugees to the country for next 120 days.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has also raised concerns over the controversial issue and demonstrated at the San Francisco airport a day back.

Its not Google, many tech giants based out of the US including Apple, Uber, Tesla, Airbnb and Microsoft have disagreed over the immigration ban and appealed the government to reconsider it.

The immigration ban, however, has ran in to a temporary roadblock after a US district court put a stay on the executive order last Saturday.

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