WhatsApp Gets A Billion Users Every Day


WhatsApp, undoubtedly the largest messaging app, has claimed that it gets one billion users everyday who actively interact on the messaging platform on a daily basis. The company said this in a company blog.

The company said a year back there were one billion active users on its platform for every month but now it got the same number of users every day.

“Just last year, we shared that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every month. Today, we are excited and proud to share that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every day to stay in touch with their family and friends,” the blog writes.

As per the data shared by the company, WhatsApp gets 1 billion active users per day, 1.3 billion active users per month and a total of 55 billion messages are sent per day.

Besides, the company said, there are 1 billion videos and 4.5 billion photos shared through its platform on a daily basis.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we’re committed more than ever to bringing you more useful features to enjoy, while delivering the reliability, simplicity, and security you expect with WhatsApp. Thank you for your continued support,” wrote the blog.

The messaging app firm had only 320 million daily active users and 450 million monthly active users when Facebook acquired it for $19 billion 4 years back.

WhatsApp, in just four years, has grown four times to reach 1 billion active users a day and at present supports 60 international languages.

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KDDI Adopts TiVo Remote Recording Service And Voice Control Solution


TiVo Corporation, a firm offering entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that KDDI Corporation, a leading Japanese telecommunications provider, has selected TiVo’s remote recording service for G-GuideÒ and will also implement new voice control features to deliver one of the most advanced entertainment discovery experiences in Japan.

KDDI has deployed TiVo’s latest G-Guide HTML on its Cable Plus Set-Top Boxes (STB) to provide customers with the ability to find and discover programming. This capability is an enhancement to KDDI’s existing deployment of the G-Guide HTML for IPTV STBs last year, enabling KDDI to deliver an expanded range of solutions to cable TV service providers.

KDDI has also adopted TiVo’s remote recording service and mobile application, G-Guide xD, allowing subscribers to record programs at any time right from their smart phones, enabling greater convenience and accessibility to the latest entertainment. This feature is available to service providers for the first time in Japan.

With the new voice control features, subscribers can find content quickly and change between channels by giving verbal commands to the cable STB remote control, thus connecting to their favorite entertainment with ease. This is the first deployment of the voice control feature for G-Guide HTML in Japan.

“We are very pleased to be working with KDDI to introduce these advanced functions to the Japanese market,” said Michael Hawkey, senior vice president and general manager, User Experience, TiVo. “Japanese consumers are often ahead of the curve when it comes to technology adoption so this latest development is a testament to KDDI’s dedication to providing its customers with new functionality to enhance their entertainment experience.”

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Chelsea Gets Ericsson In Team As Connected Venue Partner


Chelsea Football Club on Monday inducted a new member in its team – Ericsson, that will provide connectivity across the premier club’s home stadium at Stamford Bridge, in Fullham, London.

The Swedish network major will deploy small cell solutions as a Service business model there by designing, building and operating a carrier-grade Wi-Fi network on the customer’s behalf in the stadium.

“As a result, Chelsea FC will be able to provide fans throughout the stadium with a richer experience that enables them to interact digitally with each other, the club, friends and family,” Ericsson said in a statement.

In winning their fifth Premier League title in 2016/2017, Chelsea FC sold out every home match day at Stamford Bridge. Many fans used their smartphones to share photos and videos via social media, often stretching cellular networks to the limit. To ensure visitors can enjoy a seamless digital experience, Ericsson will design, build and operate a carrier-grade Wi-Fi access network and then manage it on Chelsea FC’s behalf.

Chris Townsend, Chelsea FC commercial director, says: “We look forward to a rich partnership with Ericsson which will directly assist the thousands of fans who come regularly to Stamford Bridge. Ericsson leads the way in providing innovative digital solutions and we welcome them to the Chelsea family.”

“Our research indicates that people want to use their digital devices wherever they go – and the urge to connect is even greater at a Chelsea FC home game. Through this partnership, we will ensure the connectivity at Stamford Bridge matches the quality of the football and look forward to exploring further options that will enable Chelsea FC to take the digital experience to the next level,” said Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President, Europe & Latin America, Ericsson.

Small Cell as a Service supports service providers’ cellular go-to-market models, enables businesses to monetize Wi-Fi, provides a business case for network build-out and improves end-user experience. In 2015, Legia Warsaw became the first football club in Europe to sign a Small Cell as a Service contract with Ericsson. In 2016, Ericsson became the connectivity partner for the Ricoh Arena stadium in Coventry, England, home to Aviva Premiership rugby team Wasps and Wasps Netball.

Through four weeks of football mania in Brazil in 2014, the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sweden in 2015, the 2016 European football tournament in France, and the 2016 summer sports event in Rio, Ericsson ensured the networks kept pace with the fans. Click here to read how we connect the most popular venues around the world.

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Cisco To Deploy Public WiFi Solutions For O2 In London


London’s local operator O2 has selected Cisco to deploy its solutions to offer free, public access Wi-Fi in the City of London. The initiative, also in conjunction with Cornerstone Telecommunication Infrastructure (CTIL) and the City of London Corporation, will see Cisco deploying next generation outdoor access point technology to offer internet connectivity to more than 400,000 people working in the Square Mile.

The value of the deal is not disclosed though it is estimated to be in multi-million pounds.

The multi-million pound project will be one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London and will be supported by Cisco’s Aironet 1560 Series, which will provide the throughput capacity needed for today’s bandwidth-hungry devices.

The O2 free wifi project will replace the current service provided by The Cloud and will be fully operational by November 2017.

Utilising Cisco’s technology, the aim is for the network to be more technically advanced than those found in other leading global financial centres, including New York and Singapore.

“Free Wi-Fi connectivity is now a pre-requisite for any city looking to drive innovation and compete on a globe scale,” highlights Peter Karlstromer, SVP, Global Service Provider, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Cisco.

“The deployment with O2, and partnership with CTIL and the City of London, is a perfect example of the role that cities can play in connecting people. We are excited to continue to support the roll out of free Wi-Fi across London and ensure that next generation connectivity is accessible to everyone.”

Combining with O2’s network, the technology will deliver the flexibility to balance the demand for wireless coverage with seamless deployment. The initiative will enable users to enjoy high bandwidth services like video-calling and video streaming over free City Wi-Fi following a one-time only registration.

“Continued investment in infrastructure is essential to maintain the UK’s reputation as a digital leader and we needed a partner that would be able to provide cutting-edge technology to help us realise this. We’re pleased to be working with Cisco to support this initiative using its robust, speedy and seamless technology to create a Wi-Fi network and enable the capital to help retain its position as a leading global centre” said Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, O2.

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Huawei Partners WorldRemit For Low Cost Mobile Money Transfer


Huawei has partnered with digital money transfer firm WorldRemit to enable international money transfer service available to all its across Africa.

The partnership, which was announced at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 conference in Dar es Salaam, enables Huawei to add a ready-made solution for remittances – a growing mobile money product offering – to its existing suite of services. By enabling WorldRemit to connect to over 100 million mobile accounts currently using Huawei’s platform, the deal will improve access to mobile money remittance for millions of people.

WorldRemit is the first international remittance company to partner directly with Huawei. The deal is expected to accelerate WorldRemit’s technical integrations with new mobile money operators. Technical integration is frequently a barrier to offering international remittances for mobile network operators (MNO’s), according to the GSMA. Together, WorldRemit and Huawei are lowering that barrier, enabling all Huawei partners to swiftly switch on this service.

“International remittance is a very important mobile money service in Africa, and our partnership with WorldRemit will bring international remittances directly to Huawei’s customers across the continent,” said David Chen, VP of Huawei Southern Africa.

“Huawei is committed to providing advanced mobile money platforms and technologies to global mobile money operators.” Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO of WorldRemit, said: “We are delighted to add our remittance offering to Huawei’s extensive range of services for mobile money providers. By making it easier to connect to our service, our partnership will accelerate our ability to introduce our safe, fast and low-cost remittance service to millions of people.”

Huawei built its mobile money services platform to help deliver basic banking transactions in developing countries. The technology is not restricted, and because it works on both smartphones and basic handsets, it has been particularly successful in developing markets.

WorldRemit is the leading global provider of remittances, processing 74% of all international transfers to mobile money accounts coming from money transfer operators.

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Nok Nok Labs Raises $8 Mn Funding From Motorola Solutions


Digital authentication solutions firm Nok Nok Labs has announced that it raised $8 million in a series D funding from investors led by Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. This funds will be used for accelerating deployment of its authentication solutions for public safety.

Nok Nok Labs which is also a founding member of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, said all existing NNL investors participated in the financing, including DCM Ventures, DDS, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Korea Information Certificate Authority (KICA), Lenovo Group, and ONSET Ventures.

Nok Nok Labs will use this latest round of funding to accelerate the deployment of its strong authentication solution across the private and public markets including government, public safety and first responder agencies. Additionally, NNL will expand its channel infrastructure supporting channel partners in satisfying the growing demand for its authentication solutions.

“Motorola Solutions understands public safety users need technology that is both intuitive to use and highly secure,” said Paul Steinberg, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions. “As we continue to create innovative software, devices and networks, we will leverage Nok Nok Labs’ industry-leading technology to provide strong, secure authentication to users who need modern authentication capability.”

With the expansion of public safety broadband in countries around the world, Motorola Solutions will leverage Nok Nok Labs’ expertise and technology innovations to offer secure, strong and standards-based authentication to public safety customers.

“This funding is strong validation of our commitment to provide modern authentication solutions to a variety of environments and verticals as we continue to execute on the FIDO vision of simpler, stronger authentication,” said Phillip Dunkelberger, CEO of Nok Nok Labs. “Motorola Solutions’ support will help us maximize the impact of our company’s solutions by protecting citizens, first responders and more. It is an exciting and critical new market.”

Nok Nok Labs was publicly launched in 2013 to transform online authentication for modern computing. NNL’s founder and FIDO Visionary, Ramesh Kesanupalli, is seeing his vision becoming realized. “Having Motorola Solutions as a strategic investor and partner will accelerate the use of FIDO enabled technologies in market verticals that have the most need for upgrading critical authentication infrastructure. Motorola Solutions will help drive adoption and shape FIDO specifications for these key markets.”

Nok Nok Labs is the leader in commercial deployments of FIDO Certified solutions. The company delivers client and server software solutions that leverage the existing security capabilities on a user’s device, such as a built-in fingerprint sensor, camera or secure layers of silicon in order to provide user-friendly, strong authentication to any mobile or web application. Nok Nok Labs solutions allow organizations to support a wide range of authentication technologies from a single, unified platform.

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LeEco’s Major Supplier Compal Considers Suspending Ties


Truly a tough time for Chinese tech firm LeEco and its found Jia Yueting. After their assets were frozen by a Chinese court, now Taiwan-based Compal Electronics, which had dragged LeEco to court earlier , is planning to severe ties with the troubled handset brand. Compal is a smartphone subcontractor for LeEco. Chinese-language Liberty Times has reported, citing Compal’s president Ray Chen.

This could be another body blow to the handset maker which faced a court order freezing the assets held by LeEco, LeEco’s subsidiaries and its founder Jia Yueting and his family, in a case pertaining to China’s largest banks over unpaid debts and interest.

Compal’s move could hit LeEco’s recovery plans badly as Compal planned to invest CNY700 million (US$101.65 million) to take a 2.15% stake in Leshi Zhixin Electronic Technology, a TV manufacturing subsidiary of LeEco.

LeEco owed Compal NT$8.29 billion (US$274.52 million) and according to Chen nearly 50% was paid between November to March but payment has reduced significantly since April-May 2017.

Chen said if the repayment situation does not improve, Compal will hold back its investment plan, Chen said. The investment deal was originally set to finalize in late June 2017.

Meanwhile, Foxconn Electronics, which produces smart TVs for the company, has withdrawn its investment in Leshi Zhixin and is also reducing its shipments to the troubled handset maker, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Foxconn previously held a 20% stake in Leshi Zhixin through one of its construction subsidiaries in Shenzhen, but the construction company backed off its investment in early 2016.

Company has been in the news for all the wrong reason in the past six months as it has not been able to pay dues to suppliers and other vendors. In India, company had launched a massive marketing campaign but has not paid the Media houses  their dues, as we reported earlier.

The company was once touted as a tech success story, starting with online video streaming before quickly expanding to smartphones and electric vehicles, and even launching in India and the U.S. But the company’s fast growth was not based on basic business sense it seems, with LeEco spending far beyond its means and failing to replenish its coffers.


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Nokia, Xiaomi Sign Multi Year Business Contract And Patent Agreement


Nokia and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Wednesday announced that they have signed a business collaboration agreement and a multi-year patent agreement. This contract allows both the companies to access and use each other’s technologies and cellular standard patents. Xiaomi also acquired patent assets from Nokia as part of the transaction.

Under the business cooperation agreement, Nokia will provide network infrastructure equipment designed to deliver the high capacity, low power requirements expected by large web providers and datacenter operators. Nokia and Xiaomi will work together on optical transport solutions for datacenter interconnect, IP Routing based on Nokia’s newly announced FP4 network processor, and a data center fabric solution.

“Xiaomi is one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them,” said Rajeev Suri, President & CEO of Nokia. “In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of patent licensees, we look forward to working together on a wide range of strategic projects.”

In addition, the companies have agreed to explore opportunities for further cooperation, in areas such as Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

“As a company seeking to deliver more exciting technological innovations to the world, we are excited at the opportunity to work more closely with Nokia in future,” said Lei Jun, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi.

“Xiaomi is committed to building sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders. Our collaboration with Nokia will enable us to tap on its leadership in building large, high performance networks and formidable strength in software and services, as we seek to create even more remarkable products and services that deliver the best user experience to our Mi fans worldwide,” Jun added.

Xiaomi is well known for its smartphones packed with innovative technologies at disruptive prices. Beyond smartphones, Xiaomi is also a leading Internet of Things player. The Mi Ecosystem IoT platform has crossed 60 million connected devices, and there are now over 8 million daily active connected devices on the Mi Ecosystem platform.

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China Unicom, Ericsson And Qualcomm Demonstrate Cat-M1 VoLTE


Three leading technology firms – China Unicom, Ericsson and Qualcomm – have recently jointly demonstrated Cat-M1 based Voice over LTE or Cat M1 VoLTE that can be used for multiple IoT scenarios, at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. The firms even showcased two use cases of the Cat M1 VoLTE during the global event – a fire alarm trigger panel and a GPS emergency tracking device.

“China Unicom aims to drive the development of the IoT and accelerate cellular network development and large-scale business implementation by constructing the leading 4G FDD network. We launched NB-IoT on a pre-commercial basis on May 12 in Shanghai. This cooperation on eMTC with Ericsson and Qualcomm is a new venture intended to boost social intelligence and the Internet of Everything through wide cooperation and the construction of leading networks,” said Guanglu Shao, Executive Director and Senior Vice President, China Unicom.

The demonstrations were conducted using Ericsson’s Internet of Things (IoT) and VoLTE capable network infrastructure, IoT devices integrated with Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modems, and China Unicom’s radio spectrum and verification of the technology and multi-service capabilities.

Cat-M1, or LTE Category M1, is a radio technology that offers benefits such as high mobility, low cost, wide coverage, flexible deployment and low latency. Adding VoLTE support to Cat-M1 ensures devices based on this technology have the capability to make voice calls. With CAT-M1 VoLTE, operators can deploy low-cost networks while meeting demands for diversified mobile broadband and communication services use cases for the IoT.

Frank Meng, Chairman of Qualcomm China, says: “We are pleased to have successfully demonstrated the great potential and unique advantages of VoLTE on LTE IoT Cat-M1 to support new IoT applications and service areas, especially for use cases requiring voice. Our LTE IoT modem solution is designed to support the low-power, cost-efficient and global deployment required by many of these IoT applications. We look forward to working with key ecosystem leaders, including China Unicom and Ericsson, to quickly bring the benefits of LTE IoT to people and organizations everywhere.”

Chris Houghton, Head of Market Area North East Asia, Ericsson, says, “Ericsson is committed to leading the development of the IoT and creating various IoT businesses with global operator customers. With our advanced network evolution technology, global scale and rich experience, and as China Unicom’s strategic partner, Ericsson aims to boost China Unicom’s IoT development strategy and empower the full potential of the Networked Society.”

China Unicom, Ericsson and Qualcomm have previously demonstrated a Cat-M1 call on China Unicom’s network in Beijing.

Cat-M1 Use Case – 1 : Fire alarm trigger panel

Emergency communication panels are widely used in a variety of scenarios, including fire alarm trigger panels, urban and highway emergency assistance communication panels, and elevator emergency call systems. However, these systems can be very complicated to deploy and require distributed support systems for various applications. With Cat-M1, these emergency communication devices can be designed or retrofitted to support wireless connectivity for more flexible deployment. With the addition of VoLTE capability, voice communication between these devices and emergency centers is supported. In addition, these devices can be centrally managed by the Ericsson IoT Accelerator platform to enable easier configuration of end-to-end services.

For example, fire alarm trigger panels can be configured so that a single press of a button notifies multiple first responders and stakeholders, such as the fire department, the hospital, and the building’s property management office. Using VoLTE capabilities, the person who triggered the alarm can describe the situation to rescuers and get immediate guidance.

Cat-M1 Use Case – 2 : GPS emergency tracking device

The capacity limitations of GSM- or LTE-based mobile phones or walkie-talkies are such that coverage can be limited in remote areas. As a result, there is a risk that people may not be able to use these devices to contact families or first responders in an emergency. The improved coverage and longer battery life offered by Cat-M1 technology can be used to create more reliable GPS emergency tracking devices. Such devices can use data services to send GPS location data while enabling VoLTE calls for coordinated emergency response.



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Spirent Bags Multiple Awards At Interop Tokyo



Test and measurement firm Spirent Communications has received multiple awards at the Interop Tokyo in various categories that include WLAN, Cloud and Security Testing Solutions.

As an industry leader in innovating tomorrow’s technologies, Spirent provides unsurpassed capabilities to meet different customers’ demands, and has continued to introduce numerous new solutions. Three of these solutions were Best of Interop finalists: Spirent TestCenter C50 with WLAN Wave2 and Ethernet/IP test solution, CloudScore solution with comprehensive cloud infrastructure benchmarking services, and CyberFlood security solution on the Spirent TestCenter C1 platform.

As a result of the Best of Interop judging, Spirent has received awards for the three solutions which cover Wave 2 WLAN, Cloud, and security.

As the Interop Tokyo grand prize winner, Spirent’s WLAN Wave2 Test System was judged by a panel of leading industry analysts and experts.

After rigorous review and fierce competition, the Best of Interop committee awarded the 2017 Best of Interop Award Grand Prize to Spirent, with the following appraisal: Spirent TestCenter C50 is a unique testing solution, including WLAN 802.11ac Wave 2 end-to-end test and 10G / 5G / 2.5G / 1G / 100M Base-T Ethernet test in one small portable chassis. Spirent TestCenter C50 is the only performance tester that supports a wide range of functions: wireless LAN 802.11ac Wave 2, automotive and Ethernet/IP. Spirent TestCenter® WLAN 802.11ac Wave 2 test module, combined with Spirent’s world first 2.5G/5G BASE-T Ethernet products, is the highest performing and the most realistic 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless local area network (WLAN) multi-client emulation testing tool available on the market today.

“In this era of rapid change, with new technologies and applications emerging every day, it is critical that Spirent maintains its pace of innovation and helps to advance tomorrow’s technologies,” said Nigel Wright, Executive VP of Global Sales for Spirent Communications. “We are proud to see several of our latest and most innovative solutions receive awards. These awards recognize Spirent’s unsurpassed capabilities to address our customers’ rapidly-evolving demands, and showcase Spirent as the trusted partner of global leaders.”

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