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Qualcomm Collaborates with 15 Global Operators to Deliver XR Viewers

Qualcomm Collaborates with 15 Global Operators to Deliver XR Viewers   World-leading operators plan to make – XR part of their 5G offerings for consumers and enterprises within the next year  May 26, 2020 – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, today at Augmented World Expo (AWE), celebrates the milestone of partnering with global operators, smartphone OEMs and XR viewer manufacturers to deliver XR viewers to consumers and enterprises within the next year. Since Qualcomm Technologies’ device category introduction of XR viewers tethered to 5G smartphones, fifteen global operators including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, EE, KDDI, KT, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Telefonica, Verizon and Vodafone have shared plans to sample and commercialize XR viewers to provide immersive, never-before-experiences over 5G. Lightweight, head-worn devices that connect to a smartphone powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 or 865 Mobile Platforms, XR viewers are glasses tethered to a 5G-enabled smartphone via USB-C cable. XR viewers unlock a new generation of immersive experiences using 5G-enabled smartphones that provide high bandwidth and low latency which is essential for high-quality XR. Consumers’ favorite smartphone applications can become augmented reality (AR) experiences in front of their eyes or workplace meetings can be revolutionized through holographic telepresence with virtual collaboration platforms, as XR and 5G come together to transform how the world connects, communicates and consumes content. Through...

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Kumparan selects JW Player for video technology

Kumparan selects JW Player for video technology Leading Indonesian news platform aims to add more targeted advertising and live streaming   New York –  May 21, 2020 – Leading Indonesian news provider, kumparan, has selected JW Player to provide end-to-end video technology.  The digital news site, founded in 2017, aims to provide a better user experience for video playback, add live-streamed video news, and optimise advertising revenue. kumparan takes a ‘digital-first’ approach to news gathering and broadcast and enables interaction between visitors and reporters.  Accessed by 60 million visitors a month across mobile and desktop, kumparan uses a bespoke algorithm to ensure the most appropriate content and advertising is served to each reader, combining location, interests, behaviour, age and gender and learning from viewing patterns across millions of visitors. Thomas Diong, Chief Product and Data Officer at kumparan, explains, “We reviewed the video technology options on the market and selected JW Player because of their comprehensive  technology, which can handle huge volumes of concurrent video plays and help us serve the right video to the right audience with each video.  The platform is built for advertising with a lot of expertise in the company, both locally and in the headquarters.” Ryan Beebe, SVP Global Sales, adds, “A well-known innovator in Asia, kumparan is Indonesia’s fastest growing media platform, with a heavy focus on credibility and best-of-breed technology.  Machine learning is...

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Corona Crisis Might Trigger Massive Digital Transformation in the Aviation Industry

Corona Crisis Might Trigger Massive Digital Transformation in the Aviation Industry The corona pandemic has had a significant impact on the aviation industry leaving several airlines fighting for their lives. The crisis might spark a digital transformation in the industry to raise efficiency and cut costs, says satcom specialist GateHouse Telecom. The corona virus has grounded the world’s airlines leaving the aviation industry in crisis. To mitigate the impact of the crisis, the airline companies are trying to bring down costs. Here, digitalization is a powerful tool, and that is why the crisis might spark a digital transformation in the industry, predicts Thomas S. Jensen, CEO of GateHouse Telecom, a company specialized in test tools for satcom connectivity applications. – In the last couple of years, the aviation industry has taken quantum leaps in terms of inflight connectivity for passengers. However, the carriers have been more reluctant when it comes to connecting the cockpit being more occupied with maintaining daily operations. We now expect the coronavirus will result in a shift of priorities and spark a massive digital transformation in the industry, he says and continues: – According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, digital transformation projects in the aviation industry can potentially generate an annual incremental value of $5 to $10 per passenger from increased efficiency, reduced costs, and new revenue streams. That is why digitized airlines...

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CSG SELECTED BY MTC TO LEAD BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION EFFORTS GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., May, 27, 2020— CSG® (NASDAQ: CSGS) announced it has been selected by Mobile Telecommunications Ltd  (MTC), Namibia’s leading mobile operator, to lead their business transformation efforts. As one of MTC’s transformation business partners, CSG will deliver an agile, future-proof technology stack that provides personalized customer experiences across multiple devices and channels. CSG will support MTC’s customer management, billing, product catalog, order management, inventory, resource management, enterprise service bus (ESB), activation, roaming and document management. “While priding ourselves as the best digital enabler that meets customer needs, it remains our vision to keep improving the lives of our customers through innovative digital solutions and we trust CSG will assist us in doing just that,” said MTCCorporate Affairs Manager John Ekongo. To further MTC’s transformation efforts, CSG will provide a comprehensive solutionthat includes real‐time charging, convergent billing, product catalog, customer and revenue management. This solution will enable MTC to launch and monetize new services faster, deliver enhanced customer experiences, and reduce time to market for new offers. The solution also will help MTC respond to inquiries, take orders, effect changes, handle trouble tickets, manage payments and perform collections. “MTC’s leadership and innovation is helping drive the next generation of mobile experiences in Namibia,” said James Kirby, head of CSG’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business. “This is a vital transformation period for mobile operators aiming to stay competitive in convergent and disruptive markets. We are...

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Telia Company launches Ericsson-powered commercial 5G in Sweden

Telia Company launches Ericsson-powered commercial 5G in Sweden   Stockholm City Center first to benefit with most of Norrmalm, Östermalm and Vasastan to be covered by mid-June Ericsson President and CEO, Börje Ekholm, says 5G will transform Swedish life, society and business for the better Initial 5G services to be enhanced following spectrum auctions later this year Swedish communications service provider Telia Company has launched commercial 5G in Stockholm powered by Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions. Initial services on the 700Mhz band will cover most of central Stockholm by mid-June, including the Norrmalm, Östermalm and Vasastan districts. Telia aims to enhance and supplement its low-band 5G commercial services with additional nationwide 5G coverage, including mid- and high-bands, following the auction of the related spectrum by the Swedish government later this year. For this launch Telia is using its existing 700MHz spectrum, boosted by LTE and New Radio (NR) carrier aggregation. Having already partnered successfully on 5G in Sweden – including enabling the country’s first live 5G network at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and partnering with Volvo to operate Sweden’s first industrial 5G network – Telia selected Ericsson as its 5G partner for the launch network. Earlier this month Telia’s sister company Telia Norway also launched its first commercial 5G services, with Ericsson as its sole 5G RAN supplier. Products and solutions from...

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