Expo 2020 Dubai Teams Up With Cisco For Technology Solutions


Expo 2020 Dubai, touted to become the world’s largest expositions, has teamed up with Cisco to ensure that the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region leaves a lasting positive impact and delivers on expectations to be a festival of human ingenuity.

Expo 2020 Dubai will take place between October 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021 and organizers expect nearly 25 million visits, 70 percent from outside the UAE.

As the next World Expo’s Digital Network Partner, Cisco will provide the secure, intelligent foundation for connectivity through its intent-based networking solution, making Expo 2020’s technology infrastructure the most advanced in the event’s 167-year history.

Expo 2020 Dubai and Cisco will work closely to deliver a global event that is at the forefront of technological evolution and demonstrate how connectivity can be a force for social and economic good, in alignment with the event’s theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’

“Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the smartest and most connected cities in the world, exploring futuristic solutions that range from driverless vehicles to artificial intelligence solutions,” said His Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee.

“At Expo 2020, we hope not only to share the expertise we have acquired across these areas, but also, through our partnership with Cisco, to connect minds around the world and capture the many opportunities made possible through collaboration.”

A team of Expo 2020 Dubai executives had recently visited Cisco’s San Jose headquarters to experience multiple use cases of Cisco Vision and explore ways in which Cisco technology can drive compelling experiences for Expo visitors. While providing centralized control of all connected multimedia endpoints, Cisco Vision helps meet the unique needs of each day or event based on demographics, time of day, and activities planned.

Expo 2020 will also utilize the Cisco Vision signage solution to help deliver information and experiences throughout the Expo in a way that enhances attendee engagement. With thousands of displays throughout the Expo site, the Cisco Vision deployment will be the largest of its kind in the region and one of the largest globally. The solution provides dynamic signage and high-definition digital content and video that will help enable more than 200 international participants to offer compelling, interactive experiences and engage with visitors and employees in new and more impactful ways.

“At Cisco, we firmly believe that amazing things can happen when you connect people, ideas, data and things. By partnering with Expo 2020 Dubai, we will not only showcase the future of technology and the incredible possibilities it presents, but also help shape how we all connect, communicate and collaborate,” said Guy Diedrich, Global Innovation Officer, Cisco.

“Supporting a global event of this magnitude is a monumental task that demands a network like no other – one which can deliver on the requirements of connectivity, scale, security and agility. Our technology innovations are unlocking amazing opportunities for humanity, and we are excited to contribute to the ambitious goals set by Expo 2020 Dubai as part of our vision to change the way people live, work, learn and play.”

Shukri Eid, Managing Director – East Region, Cisco Middle East, said: “The path to the digital future is paved through the power of intelligent networks. We’ve partnered with Expo 2020 to help ensure their infrastructure delivers on that promise and brings unique experiences for visitors at every stage of their visit.”

With hundreds of thousands of people expected on peak days, Expo 2020 will be a whirl of connectivity – not just for visitors, but for the world. Whether it is sharing images of the inspiring architecture and exhibits, using the Expo smart phone app to navigate the site, check queue lengths, order food, or make use of other digital services on offer, millions of people who come to visit over six months are going to be connected and engaged with the help of Cisco.

Cisco will also help ensure that connectivity between systems is secure, a vital requirement not just for organizers but also the 200-plus participants that include nations, multi-lateral corporations, NGOs and educational institutions.

Before Expo 2020 Dubai, Cisco has been the event’s strategic partner at both Expo 2010 Shanghai and Expo Milano 2015.

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Woman Fires At YouTube HQ, 1 Dead, 4 Injured


A woman allegedly opened fire at the YouTube Headquarters in California with a handgun leaving at least four people injured. The female shooter, it is believed, has also killed herself during the incident.

The local police at San Bruno, the place where the incident happened, said when they reached the YouTube headquarters, they found a woman has died during the incident. The police further added the dead woman is believed to be the shooter and might have killed herself.

The incident happened around lunch time, 12.40 PM on Tuesday, when a woman in her late 30s opened fire at the poeple near the food court. The police, responding to numerous 911 calls, reached by 12.48 and discovered a dead woman and YouTube employees running helter and skelter.

The incident also left four people injured who are being treated at the local San Francisco General Hospital. The injured persons included a 36 year old man in critical condition, a 32 year old woman in serious condition and a 27 year woman in fair condition.

Neither the female shooter nor the injured are identified by the police. Authorities also did not release their names.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed deep concern over the incident and offered all kind of support to his employees.

There are no words to describe the tragedy that occurred today. @SusanWojcicki & I are focused on supporting our employees & the @YouTube community through this difficult time together. Thank you to the police & first responders for their efforts, and to all for msgs of support,” Pichai commented on Tweeter.

President Donald Trump tweeted his comment where he thanked the law enforcement agencies for their quick response in the YouTube headquarters shooting incident.

Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene,” he tweeted.

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Qualcomm Launches VR Development Kit For 845 Mobile Platform


Qualcomm has launched a new virtual reality development kit for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR platform that would help offer more immersive experience while watching VR contents. The VR development kit was announced at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The VR development kit consists of a wireless, standalone VR head mounted display (HMD), and a new software development kit (SDK) for the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. This new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) from Qualcomm Technologies is designed to support the next generation of mobile virtual reality applications.

“In virtual reality, content is important to an immersive experience, so we’re excited to grant developers access to our new Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform through development kits that will help them create truly immersive experiences,” said Hiren Bhinde, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We built the new Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit with application developers in mind, designed to abate some of the hassles of optimizing virtual reality content for mobile deployment, as well as to support easier access to several innovations and technology advancements of Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform.”

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VR development kit’s hardware HMD and companion SDK are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2018.

The new Snapdragon 845 VR Development Kit is designed as a comprehensive, stand-alone mobile VR platform that is supported by Snapdragon profiler and power optimization tools to simplify development and provide VR application developers with access to new VR features for truly immersive mobile experiences on Snapdragon 845 Android devices.

Qualcomm also announced support for the HTC Vive Wave VR SDK on the Snapdragon 845 VR development kit, anticipated to be available later this year. The Vive Wave VR SDK is a comprehensive tool set of APIs that is designed to help developers create high-performance, Snapdragon-optimized content across diverse hardware vendors at scale, and offer a path to monetizing applications on future HTC Vive ready products via the multi-OEM Viveport application store.

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US SEC Gives Over Rs 500 Cr In Whistleblower Awards


It takes guts to be a whistleblower and being one is rewarding – at times a cash prize of $50 million. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced its highest-ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards. The authority handed out a shareable amount of nearly $50 million to two whistleblowers and a third whistleblower received more than $33 million.

This is the highest prize money given as whistleblower awards. The previous high was a $30 million award in 2014.

“These awards demonstrate that whistleblowers can provide the SEC with incredibly significant information that enables us to pursue and remedy serious violations that might otherwise go unnoticed,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “We hope that these awards encourage others with specific, high-quality information regarding securities laws violations to step forward and report it to the SEC.”

The SEC has awarded more than $262 million to 53 whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012. All payments are made out of an investor protection fund established by Congress that is financed entirely through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators. No money has been taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay whistleblower awards.

Whistleblowers may be eligible for an award when they voluntarily provide the SEC with original, timely, and credible information that leads to a successful enforcement action.

Whistleblower awards can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million. As with this case, whistleblowers can report jointly under the program and share an award.

By law, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity.

A whistleblower award is given to any person, entity or organisation who bring credible, timely and authentic information pertaining to securities law violation defined in the US SEC.

“Through their knowledge of the circumstances and individuals involved, whistleblowers can help the Commission identify possible fraud and other violations much earlier than might otherwise have been possible,” the award rule book says. “That allows the Commission to minimize the harm to investors, better preserve the integrity of the United States’ capital markets, and more swiftly hold accountable those responsible for unlawful conduct.”

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Nokia Launches New Enterprise Session Border Controller


Nokia today launched a new cloud-native Enterprise Session Border Controller (eSBC) that brings secure, ultra-high-quality IP voice and video services to enterprise customers.

Enterprises upgrading their outdated communications networks from IP PBX to UC and UCaaS systems face a number of challenges in ensuring high-quality voice and video calls, connecting existing islands of communications infrastructure and in protecting their networks against malicious attacks.

Acting as the gatekeeper of enterprise communications applications, Nokia eSBC pr enterprise session border controller software mitigates cyber-attacks, optimizes the use of IP bandwidth for communications and blocks unauthorized access attempts. It also delivers a continual high-quality IP voice and video experience by using call admission control to prevent network overload, and by simplifying and optimizing communication paths in the network.

Based on the technology that meets the stringent requirements of large communications service providers worldwide, Nokia eSBC allows enterprises to cost-effectively control, secure and manage media as well as signaling streams that cross the network edges. It is a cloud-native software solution that runs on popular hypervisors, providing enterprise customers with the latest features and capabilities while allowing them to pay for only what they need, resulting in reduced operational and capital expenses. It also allows them to easily connect all types of PBX, Voice over IP (VoIP), call center and UC systems within their networks.

Bhaskar Gorti, president of Nokia Software, said: “Nokia eSBC gives enterprises the same ultra-high reliability, quality and security that our service provider customers currently enjoy for their communications networks. It delivers a comprehensive set of capabilities that help enterprises protect their business efficiently and cost effectively. It also allows them to easily take advantage of new features as their needs change by simply enabling licenses or installing software updates.”

Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director at Nemertes Research, said: “Plans for private cloud SBCs have more than tripled in the last year. Our 2018 Unified Communications and Collaboration Study shows that more than 35 percent of organizations are now deploying or planning to deploy SBCs as virtual software. IT leaders cite flexibility, scalability, and cost considerations as driving their decision to move to private cloud. Cloud-native solutions such as Nokia eSBC have the potential to address these enterprise requirements.”

Leveraging automation and analytics insights, Nokia eSBC makes it significantly easier for enterprises to optimize the quality and performance of their communications networks.

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Molex To Showcase Next-Gen Optical Solutions at OFC 2018


Cable and optical fiber solutions firm Molex will highlight next-generation optical interconnect, wavelength management, optoelectronic and optical subsystem solutions for dynamic high-bandwidth telecommunications and network infrastructure at the OFC 2018 event at the San Diego (CA) Convention Center.

“Today’s communications network demands greater bandwidth to meet rising global data traffic. High-speed optical transceivers, flexible and scalable optical transport products, compact connectors and fiber management are all vital capabilities to build high-bandwidth and high-density communication equipment to serve telecom, enterprise and hyperscale data centers”

The company would showcase its entire products and solutions portfolio at the OFC 2018. These include :

  • Molex’s full portfolio of optical transceiver products, covering high-speed data center, wireless xHaul and metro/aggregation optical networking applications with data rates up to 100 Gbps.
  • Molex’s full portfolio of Wavelength Management products such as mux/demux, optical amplification, monitoring, switching and routing components, modules and subsystems.
  • MPO data center optical solutions that support more efficient integration of high-performance networks and can eliminate redundant cabling when required.

In addition to the product highlights, Molex will feature several public and private demos, including:

  • OptoConnect Optical Enclosures – A replacement technology for patch cord-based cross connections, OptoConnect optical management solutions simplify complex fiber mapping while greatly reducing intra-system cabling footprints in advanced network architectures.
  • Fiber Management Solutions for COBO Based Optical Engines – A COBO* module-based reference layout board including high-density front panel Optical EMI shielding adapters, blind mating optical backplane interconnect and on-card optical cabling featuring FlexPlane technology will highlight how system vendors can implement COBO on board optical module-based architectures.
  • Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) System – This system will showcase how the eight-lane electrical interface operates up to 25 Gbps NRZ modulation or 56 Gbps PAM-4, with feasibility of 112 Gbps PAM-4, in support of the growth in future bandwidth needs.

Besides these, the company will also offer live demo of many of its solutions at the OFC 2018.

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Nokia Bags Analytics Solution Contract From Tele2 Netherlands


Nokia has bagged a contract from Tele2 Netherlands to supply network mapping solutions from its cognitive analytics portfolio to the operator that would hep it get network and traffic data even to the street level.

The mapping solutions, Nokia Traffica software, is part of the Nokia Cognitive Analytics portfolio. It is a real-time network analytics solution for monitoring and troubleshooting that provides deep insights into traffic, network conditions, locations, devices and subscriber activity. It enables service provider customer care and operations teams to better understand how subscribers are experiencing their services.

Building upon Tele2 Netherlands’ existing Traffica deployment, Nokia Traffica’s geolocation capabilities provide a granular view of services issues down to the geo-tile level. They also provide an intuitive, map-based visualization system making it easier for service providers to precisely pinpoint the location of service issues, such as poor cell coverage and dropped calls.

With these powerful new capabilities, Tele2 Netherlands can better detect, troubleshoot and resolve network and subscriber issues using real-world, real-time data, dramatically improving overall network quality, delivering a better subscriber experience and reducing churn.

Meile de Haan, CTO of Tele2 Netherlands, said: “Working with Nokia as our long-term strategic partner, the Traffica solution is well-suited to our needs. The new geolocation capabilities provide our customer care and operations teams with deeper insights that will enable us to consistently deliver the highest level of quality for our state-of-the-art LTE network.”

Mikkoa Ylä-Kauttu, account director, Netherlands at Nokia said: “Our Cognitive Analytics portfolio provides powerful tools and capabilities to help service providers increase efficiencies and improve network quality. We are delighted to work with Tele2 Netherlands to deliver the highest levels of network and service quality to their customers.”

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Nokia And Japanese MVNO Marubeni Partner To Offer IoT Services


Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marubeni Corporation to develop, test and deliver the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) services to its enterprise customers. The solution will be based on Nokia’s worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Nokia WING will allow Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese multinational company with businesses in several sectors, including mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operations through its subsidiary Marubeni Wireless Communication, to rapidly and efficiently provide complete global IoT services to its enterprise customers across its five business groups, including food and consumer products, chemical and forest products, energy and metals, utilities and transportation and industrial machinery. Such services could include fleet management, remote monitoring of industrial machinery, asset management and international logistics.

The Nokia WING globally distributed Core network and related managed services enable Marubeni Corporation to become a truly global IoT service provider, providing low latency services to their multinational enterprise customers.

Marubeni Corporation’s extensive experience in the MVNO/MVNE business in Japan will enable Nokia to better tailor the IoT offering to Japanese requirements.

Nokia WING is a ‘one-stop-shop’ IoT managed service that includes a pre-integrated global IoT core network, connectivity management, as well as dedicated IoT operations, billing, security and data analytics, along with an application ecosystem.

Koji Kabumoto, Executive Officer of ICT, Logistics & Healthcare Division at Marubeni Corporation, said: “We are looking forward to this mutually complementary relationship with Nokia, to enter a new era of the IoT market in Japan and globally. Nokia WING is a unique service and we are excited about the prospect of helping our customers easily deploy IoT services to drive new growth opportunities.”

Ankur Bhan, head of WING at Nokia, said: “We are pleased to be working with Marubeni Corporation, a leader in the MVNO market in Japan and the industrial IoT market globally. Part of Marubeni Corporation’s company credo since its foundation is innovation. With this agreement, both companies will deliver truly innovative global solutions to enterprise companies and customers. We will be defragmenting global IoT deployments by leveraging Nokia’s WING distributed global IoT network.”

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In 12 Months Ten Operators Deploy Openwave Mobility NFV Solution


As many as ten telecom operators have deployed NFV solution developed by Openwave Mobility in a span of one year, the mobile data traffic management solutions firm said in a statement on Wednesday. This includes operators from North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Far East, bringing an additional 380 million end-users to Openwave Mobility’s subscriber base. The NFV deployments were primarily based on GiLAN or gateway-internet LAN.

To manage the demand for mobile video and boost Quality of Experience (QoE), most of these operators deployed Openwave Mobility’s Virtualized Network Function (VNF) for real-time encrypted video traffic management. The momentum with Tier 1 operators in particular has been significant with Orange, Vodafone, and Zain all publicly announcing deployments of Openwave Mobility’s VNF for Video Traffic Management. One tier-one Middle Eastern operator that deployed this VNF has dramatically cut video stall times by over 30 percent.

John Giere, President and CEO of Openwave Mobility said: “We recently conducted a detailed study on the practical considerations for successful deployment of NFV architecture. The positive news from the study is that VNFs with very specific use cases are providing the early ROI from NFV deployments. Given the explosive growth of mobile video, deploying our VNF for real-time encrypted video traffic management has represented one of the most timely and productive elements in several operators’ NFV journey.”

According to ABI Research, the NFV market will reach $38 Billion by 2022. Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director, Strategic Technology, ABI Research said: “Telcos are currently deploying NFV solution in their own distinct ways. Some are dipping their toes with an appliance approach with VNFs before they take the full NFV plunge while others adopt a platform strategy that addresses the long term evolution of the network.”

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T-Mobile To Roll Out Nationwide 5G Network Using Nokia Solutions


T-Mobile said on Wednesday it will be rolling out a nationwide 5G multi-band network in the United States using the commercial Nokia 5G solution. Nokia will also further advance T-Mobile’s existing 4G LTE network, providing advanced radio access network (RAN) support for 4G and 5G subscribers.

Nokia will begin building the network during the second quarter of 2018, completing the deployment during 2020. By the end of this year, the 5G RAN will be deployed using both 600MHz and 28GHz mmWave AirScale solutions for the delivery of multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency in some of the most heavily populated areas of the country, including Dallas. This will enable T-Mobile to introduce innovative services for its customers at home, work and on the move.

Deployment of the 5G network in the 600MHz and 28GHz mmWave spectrum will be compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards supported by the Nokia AirScale radio platform, powered by the new ReefShark chipset family and Nokia’s cloud-native core portfolio. Nokia’s 5G Acceleration Services will assist T-Mobile in launching 5G services in early 2019 in select key cities.

Neville Ray, chief technology officer of T-Mobile, said: “T-Mobile customers will get 5G in more places than anyone else. Working together with Nokia, the Un-carrier will be the first to roll out a nationwide 5G network. Our customers already have the fastest LTE network, and it will work simultaneously with 5G to bring even faster speeds.”

Nokia’s President and Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri said: “We are excited to work with T-Mobile for their groundbreaking nationwide 5G rollout. Nokia’s 5G solution combines our high-capacity New Radio, Core and SDN controlled ‘anyhaul’ transport and software, and incorporates innovations such as the new in-house silicon ReefShark chipset to deliver a new level of network performance. 5G is happening now, and no company is better placed to deliver than Nokia.”

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