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Connect-World’s Digest  – Issue 37 – March 2015 3rd April 2015

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Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications

Welcome to the Connect-World Digest, which provides a summary of the news items that have caught my eye as Editorial Manager recently.

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Mobile World Congress 2015, Barcelona, 2-5 March

 

Surpassing all projections, GSMA Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest and most influential mobile event, had a record-breaking 93,000+ attendees from 200 countries.

 

Hosted in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona for the 10th year, Mobile World Congress 2015 attendees were treated to a wealth of learning and networking opportunities; product showcases and announcements; inspiration and innovation, including:

 

Day 1

Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 smartphones and Samsung Pay

Samsung unveiled its latest flagship devices last night in Barcelona, with its Galaxy S6 joined by Galaxy S6 edge – a smartphone with a curved display on both sides.

 

Mozilla teams with operators on new Firefox device range

Mozilla lined up with leading operators KDDI, LG U+, Telefonica and Verizon Wireless on what it’s billing as a new category of Firefox OS phones, with a planned launch date of 2016.

 

Day 2

Zuckerberg makes case for free mobile data; operators cautious

Mark Zuckerberg told delegates at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that offering free basic internet services can help mobile operators grow their businesses faster in emerging markets.

 

A “future-ready” processing platform for the intelligent gateway.

AMD is focused on an IoT gateway solution to pave the way for mission-critical connectivity and offering integration of multi-protocol networking, enterprise grade security, and applications integration.

 

Day 3

FCC chief defends net neutrality rules

Speaking in the Mobile World Live keynote last night, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler defended the agency’s use of decades-old regulatory tools in putting together its new net neutrality rules.

 

EU digital chief hails collaborative 5G effort

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger said that Europe’s authorities have a crucial role in driving the continent’s 5G efforts, and that “without the 5G Public-Private Partnership, without the European Commission to moderate the process, and without the Horizon 2020 funding, Europe would not stand a chance to even be part of the game”.

 

Day 4

5G a “special generation” – but in good time

The mobile industry should consider 5G as a “special generation”, introducing “challenges in all layers of the technology”, Mike Short, VP of public affairs Telefónica Europe, said.

 

Bell Labs chief shuns 5G hype

Bell Labs president Marcus Weldon, who is also CTO of Alcatel-Lucent, poured scorn on competitors’ “ridiculous marketing” of 5G, refusing to be sucked into the game of headline-speed announcements.    

 

Press Releases

Friday 27 March

NTT Communications Launches Prepaid SIM Vending Machines for Foreign Tourists

in Japan

NTT Communications Launches Prepaid SIM Vending Machines for Foreign Tourists at AQUA CITY ODAIBA and New Kansai International Airport -World-first vending machines enable prepaid mobile service in as fast as two minutes TOKYO, Japan – March 27, 2015 – NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced today that it has begun operating vending machines to sell “Prepaid SIM for Japan” (Prepaid SIM) cards for short-term business travelers and tourists in two locations in Japan-AQUA CITY ODAIBA and New Kansai International Airport-starting today.

 

ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Vanuatu

ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, a category 5 tropical storm which hit the archipelago on Friday, 13 March.

 

ITU dispatched 40 satellite phones, ten Broadband Global Area Network terminals and 35 solar panels to the Island nation to support relief coordination efforts.

 

“The frequency and intensity of disasters is increasing worldwide with a disproportionate impact on developing countries,” said ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao. “We are working with our partners to increase the capacity of Member States to integrate ICTs in their disaster risk reduction policies. ITU is also encouraging governments, especially those in developing countries, to invest in telecommunication infrastructure that is resilient to disasters.”

 

Thursday 26 March

Making the ‘Internet of Things’ more private and secure?

Making the ‘Internet of Things’ more private and secure? Researchers from iMinds – KU Leuven say that using open source software is key Net Futures (Brussels) – 26 March, 2015. Experts from iMinds – KU Leuven have urged the audience of the Net Futures 2015 conference to rethink the architecture of the Internet of Things (IoT). In pursuit of a more private and secure IoT, they recommend avoiding the unnecessary centralization of massive amounts of data and strongly suggest to use open source software, as this allows for more thorough and transparent fault checks and bug reporting.

 

Wednesday 25 March

Ultrafast Broadband Accelerated by Broadband Forum

Ultrafast Broadband Market Impetus Accelerated by New Wave of Broadband Forum G-PON Certification Certification enables faster, reliable operator deployment by reducing development, testing, costs and time March 25, 2015, Fremont, California – As demand for broadband speed accelerates, interoperable solutions must be trusted to be compliant out-of-the-box as a prerequisite for rapid service provisioning. The Broadband Forum is witnessing increased global demand for their G-PON testing through its G-PON Optical Network Unit Certification Program.

 

Saturday 21 March

Alcatel-Lucent and Chuan Wei boost connectivity with Cambodia’s first ultra-broadband 100G fiber-optic data network

Alcatel-Lucent and Chuan Wei boost connectivity with Cambodia’s first ultra-broadband 100G fiber-optic data network Network transformation to increase bandwidth and address the need increasingly growing in data and broadband traffic throughout Cambodia Paris, France, March 20, 2014 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and the operator Chuan Wei are to deploy Cambodia’s first 100 gigabit-per-second fiber-optic data network as the country invests further in communications infrastructure to meet increasing demand for ultra-broadband access. With Cambodia’s economy growing at more than 7% annually, the country is becoming a key business hub for south-east Asia. In addition, business growth and strong…

 

Chinese Broadcasters Sue Pirates in USA

Chinese Broadcasters Sue Pirates in USA Hong Kong, March 19, 2015: CASBAA – the Association of the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV industry – today welcomed press reports that Chinese-language television broadcasters had filed suit in US courts against companies promoting and selling a brand of streaming media boxes targeted at receiving large amounts of pirated TV programming.1 The suit was filed last Friday in Federal court in California by TVB from Hong Kong, CCTV from mainland China, and Dish-TV, a U.S. satellite television provider that carries legitimately authorized programming from many countries.

 

Wednesday 18 March

Nevion connects SAMAA TV’s newsrooms across Pakistan

Nevion connects SAMAA TV’s newsrooms across Pakistan News and entertainment network implements new video fiber infrastructure in facility and nationwide IP contribution Oslo, Norway, 17 March 2015 – Nevion, a leader in transporting media from the camera to the home, has delivered a series of solutions to the top rated Pakistan news network, SAMAA TV. As part of an extensive upgrade project, a Flashlink-based video infrastructure has been installed within the broadcaster’s main facility in Karachi along with VikinX Sublime 128×128 and IP control panels to replace older 3rd party routers. Nevion’s H.264 compression technology has also enabled SAMAA TV…

 

Tuesday 17 March

NAPAfrica peering boosts cross border business

NAPAfrica peering boosts cross border business Africa’s largest Internet exchange(IXP), NAPAfrica says that the digital divide still exists and new innovative approaches such as peering should be better utilised if Africa is to ever have full access to critical information. While growth is evident, NAPAfrica says that the African continent has yet to fully realise the benefits of peering. Based at Teraco, Africa’s only carrier and vendor neutral facility, NAPAfrica is currently talking to several carriers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Lex van Wyk, Teraco CEO says that its sub-Saharan business has shown impressive growth.

 

Monday 16 March

Phoenix statistics show Disaster Recovery as a Service helps customers buck the trend of untested DR plans

Phoenix statistics show Disaster Recovery as a Service helps customers buck the trend of untested DR plans · Phoenix opens its doors for Business Continuity Awareness Week · Phoenix warns that poor planning and lack of focus on IT business continuity puts many firms at risk Phoenix, a leading provider of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions, has seen that customers using Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) such as Cloud Backup & Recovery, Virtual Disaster Recovery or Data Replication services, all undertook rehearsals of their plans last year.

 

Friday 13 March

Orange and Airtel join forces to enable international money transfers between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

Orange and Airtel join forces to enable international money transfers between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso With “Orange Money International Transfer”, Orange Money customers can easily use their mobile phones to transfer electronic money in real-time ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 13, 2015 – As of today, customers of Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire can use their mobile phones to send money to customers of Airtel Money in Burkina Faso, and vice versa. This partnership between Orange (http://www.orange.com) and Airtel enables Orange customers, for the first time, to send and receive money to or from people based in a country outside…

 

Gilat Partners with Intelsat to Enable Rapid Deployment and High Quality 2G/3G Cellular Connectivity to Underserved Regions of the World

Gilat Partners with Intelsat to Enable Rapid Deployment and High Quality 2G/3G Cellular Connectivity to Underserved Regions of the World Gilat’s CellEdge small-cell-over-satellite solution combined with Intelsat’s fully integrated, end-to-end satellite solutions deliver rural cellular connectivity to mobile network operators worldwide Luxembourg and Petah Tikva, Israel, 12 March 2015 As demand for mobile connectivity increases in regions where there is an absence of terrestrial infrastructure, mobile network operators (MNOs) are looking to satellite communications to expand their subscriber base, comply with universal service obligations and most importantly, provide rural communities with the necessary connectivity to help their populations and economies…

 

Tuesday 10 March

AGT International Leverages Internet of Things To Fight Crime and Bolster Public Safety in Mexico

AGT International Leverages Internet of Things To Fight Crime and Bolster Public Safety in Mexico — Mexican law enforcement agency selects AGT and INT to implement City Safety solution to improve quality of life and increase safety for Mexico’s citizens ZURICH, March 10, 2015 – AGT International, a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for cities, and INT Intelligence and Telecom Technologies, a leading public safety provider in Mexico, announced today they have been awarded a contract to provide the City Safety solution to a Mexican law enforcement agency.

 

Monday 9 March

Vodafone UK Mobilises the MET

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is transforming frontline policing by equipping officers with mobile devices (tablets) and specially developed apps. In support of this, Vodafone UK has provided iPad minis, 4G connectivity and secure device management in the first instance. The trial aims to reduce paperwork and to give frontline officers access to vital information on the move – meaning they can spend more time on the beat reducing crime and supporting victims, ultimately keeping London safer.

 

Wednesday 4 March

5G can deliver a ‘truly networked’ society with Europe in the driving seat

5G can deliver a ‘truly networked’ society with Europe in the driving seat Much more than an evolution of mobile broadband, 5G PPP launches vision of a ubiquitous 5G network that can create a single digital economy and connect people, things and services like never before Mobile World Congress 2015, Barcelona, Spain, March 03, 2015 Today at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, 5G PPP, the 5G Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and European industry and research community, launched its inaugural vision paper, which outlines how 5G will create a single digital economy, and put Europe back in…   

 

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Anthony Weaver
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