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


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


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


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


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)









Total Revenue



Total Revenue Growth



Source: Gartner (February 2017)

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









Total Units



Total Unit Growth



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


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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Gemalto LinqUS Solution To Power AT&T’s IoT Offerings


Digital security firm Gemalto today said it is supplying AT&T with a remote subscription management solution that will help enable its customers to deploy new and highly secure IoT applications in the U.S. and globally.

“AT&T is an industry leader in the Internet of Things with more than 30 million connected devices on our network as of the third quarter of 2016. At the same time we are expanding our offering of connected services to include automotive telematics, infotainment, and smart safety solutions,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.

“Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity and eSIM platform are ideal solutions to help AT&T sustain dynamic growth as we shift from mobile operator to mobility service provider,” he added.

Gemalto’s LinqUS On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution and GSMA M2M 3.1 compliant Embedded SIMs (eSIMs) will simplify the logistics of providing mobile services for Enterprises requiring global mobile connectivity for IoT applications and provide improved life cycle support for their subscriptions.

“Industrial, home automation, and automotive applications are significant drivers for IoT growth,” said Rodrigo Serna, President, Gemalto Americas.

“Today, Gemalto has deployed more than 20 On-Demand Connectivity solutions, and has executed at least 300 over-the-air (OTA) deployments around the globe. We also have the largest portfolio of M2M and IoT solutions and services. Now operators can provide more IoT services and scale them more quickly with this new platform, which is part of our network of hundreds more around the world,” he said.

Gartner, the information technology research firm, reports the IoT ecosystem is growing massively, with 6.4 billion objects to be connected in 2016 and 20.8 billion connected by 2020. Gemalto’s GSMA-compliant ODC and eSIM solutions are key enablers for global mobile operators, service providers, and OEMs to accelerate new device onboarding and service rollouts while reducing costs, increasing revenue and security for businesses adopting IoT solutions.

The story was first published in M2MCafe.

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Nokia Sues Apple In More Markets Including Asia


Putting its earlier warnings in to action, Nokia today filed patent infringement case against Apple in other markets including Asia besides expanding its jurisdiction in the US and Europe.

Not only that, it has added 8 more patents to the infringement case as against earlier 32 taking the total tally of patents violated by Apple to 40.

Where Nokia Filed Cases Against Apple

Regional Court, Dusseldorf, Germany –            8 patents
Regional Court, Mannheim, Germany –           4 patents
Regional Court, Munich, Germany –                 2 patents
Market Court, Helsinki, Finland –                     3 patents
High Court, London, UK –                                   3 patents
Court of Turin, Italy –                                           4 patents
Patent and Market Court, Stockholm, Sweden – 3 patents
Commercial Courts, Barcelona, Spain –            1 patent
District Court, The Hague, Netherlands –        3 patents
High Court, Paris, France –                                 1 patent
High Court, Hong Kong –                                    1 patent
Tokyo District Court, Japan –                            2 patents
US District Court, Eastern District of Texas – 18 patents
International Trade Commission, US –            8 patents

The new jurisdiction where Nokia filed fresh cases include Hong Kong, London, Finland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Japan and International Trade Commission.

On 21 December the Finnish firm has sued the Cupertino based smartphone maker for infringing upon the former’s patented technologies related to smartphones like display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding. It had also said that it will file similar case against Apple in more markets.

Nokia claimed that Apple had earlier agreed to use these technologies on license terms but has declined to the offers made by the Finnish firm, prompting the company to sue it.

“Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products. After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia.

The Finnish company said as one of the world’s leading innovators, and following the acquisition of full ownership of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, Nokia now owns three valuable portfolios of intellectual property.

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Sydney Opera House Goes Smart With Samsung VR, LED Solutions



Iconic Sydney Opera House will feel smarter the next time you visit for a show thanks to Samsung Electronics. The south Korean firm is deploying its latest smart technologies to offer artistic and cultural content illuminating the legendary venue’s storied tradition and delivered through eye-catching LED signage.

As a part of a $202 million renewal plan, Sydney Opera House is deploying various technologies and solutions to make it more appealing and to offer new age experience to its visitors.

In the first phase Samsung has deployed its smart LED solutions at the Lounge, a new meeting place located in the heart of the Opera House that features stylish, comfortable seating, as well as interactive displays and exclusive digital content. The centerpiece of the new lounge is Samsung’s IL020F fine pixel pitch LED signage, which forms a large-format (4m x 2m) display that is designed to draw visitors’ attention to a specially commissioned digital artwork.

“The Lounge is an early milestone in renewing the experience for our visitors, and highlights the importance of collaboration in transforming the Opera House experience,” said Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Wilson. “With Samsung’s support, we have a wonderful opportunity to trial the latest technology while creating a more welcoming environment for visitors.”

Beyond the IL020F LED signage, the company also set up a virtual-reality station at the Lounge using Samsung’s Galaxy View and Galaxy Tab S2 tablets. This station virtually transports users to the top of the Opera House’s famous exterior sails, as well as a ‘Cultural Institute’ station, and allow visitors to experience more than 50 online exhibits highlighting the landmark’s past, present and future.


In addition to The Lounge, Samsung and the Sydney Opera House have agreed to collaborate over the next five years on further initiatives to improve the landmark and provide visitors with the best possible experience.

“The Lounge enabled by Samsung is an incredibly exciting way for Australians and tourists from all over the world to experience what the Sydney Opera House has to offer,” said Phillip Newton, Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Australia. “We are proud to work in partnership with the Sydney Opera House to enrich the experience of millions of visitors through our most advanced and immersive technology.”

The story was first published on M2MCafe

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Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement, Warns Of More Actions


Nokia finally filed patent infringement case against Apple after rounds of discussions and negotiations failed between the parties over the last few years. The complaints were filed in Germany as well as in the US against Apple for allegedly violation in 32 patents of Nokia related to smartphone technology.

These actions have been filed with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with 32 patents in suit across all of the actions, covering technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.

“After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia.

“Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products,” he added.

The Finnish company said as one of the world’s leading innovators, and following the acquisition of full ownership of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, Nokia now owns three valuable portfolios of intellectual property.

“Built on more than EUR 115 billion invested in R&D over the past twenty years, our tens of thousands of patents cover many important technologies used in smartphones, tablets, personal computers and similar devices,” the company said in a statement.

Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products.

The Finnish company also said besides these suits in Europe and the US it is in the process of filing further actions in other jurisdictions.



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Motorola Solutions Bags $22 Mn Order To Upgrade NSW Telco Network


Motorola Solutions has bagged a $30 million (AUD) contract from New South Wales Telco Authority (NSW TA) to upgrade 150 radio sites used by public safety organisations, as well as expanding network coverage with 23 new sites in the state’s north west.

The network upgrade will improve the communications technology used by New South Wales’ emergency services every day while also ensuring the state is better prepared to deal with major emergencies and natural disasters.

The $30 million project will provide emergency services and other New South Wales agencies with access to enhanced voice and data communications, extensive coverage, interoperability and resilience to support their daily operations.

The upgrade also represents a key milestone within the NSW Operational Communications Strategy and Critical Communications Enhancement Program, which is providing improved technology to frontline personnel and improving the quality and efficiency of radio communications across the state.

Motorola Solutions’ Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said the upgraded radio network has been designed for reliable performance in the harshest conditions with built-in failover capabilities to support peak events and emergencies.

“The project will provide New South Wales agencies with trusted voice communications and resilient performance so they can perform their essential daily work safely and efficiently,” Mr Crutchfield said.

“User agencies will also receive up-to-date radio technology for the next five years and beyond, as well as the flexibility to introduce next generation capabilities over time. This includes digital radios that provide a richer set of features including location and mapping data, improved security, extended coverage and new and emerging applications to keep New South Wales agencies at the forefront of innovation.”

The project will also benefit New South Wales’ economy, with additional third party resources employed by Motorola Solutions, both directly and indirectly, helping to deliver the upgrade.

In addition to the radio network upgrade, NSW TA has deployed Motorola Solutions’ WAVE application within its radio network, giving first responders more ways to stay connected.
The application enables New South Wales public safety agencies to securely extend the reach and capability of their radio communications to team members carrying smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

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