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Connect-World’s Digest – Issue 61– March – April 2017

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Connect-World’s Digest – Issue  61– March – April 2017


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


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


For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below. https://www.connect-world.com/index.php/press-releases?start=300



Trade Events

NAB, Las Vegas, 22-27 April 2017

The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show is the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology, wrapped up its third day of sessions today. A diverse array of leading industry professionals highlighted the latest advances in streaming, engineering and content creation.


The NAB announced today preliminary registered attendance of 103,443 for the 2017 NAB Show, the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. The exhibition featured 1,806 companies spanning 1,091,792 net square feet of exhibit space.

Ref: http://www.nabshow.com/


WAN Summit, New York, 3-4 April 2017

The 2017 event surpassed even our expectations! we thank all our attendees, speakers and sponsors for making the event launch go as well as it did.


The only event bringing together the enterprise and service provider communities to examine WAN market drivers and technologies


Key IT trends, such as cloud services, virtualization, collaboration and big data are impacting the evolution of the enterprise WAN, including the ongoing migration of applications to the cloud, the limitations of the public Internet and the impact of networking problems on application performance.


While conferences on each of these themes abound, no other conference has been designed by corporate network managers for corporate network managers to explore the most significant trends that will impact CIOs, IT Directors, Network Architects, and Network Managers, as the global enterprise WAN evolves in 2017 and beyond.


Attended by over 150 organizations, the WAN Summit series will bring together corporate WAN strategists and service provider executives to discuss common challenges, gain new perspectives, and to build business relationships with potential suppliers, customers, and peers. No other event offers comparable opportunities for meaningful interaction between the providers and buyers of enterprise network services.

Ref: http://www.wansummit.com/new-york/index




Mobile World Congress,  Barcelona, 27 February – 2 March 2017

The biggest and best mobile event for 2017 is officially over and what an amazing few days it was! This year, we showcased how mobile is the force behind every emerging innovation: It is simply The Next Element. Let’s take a closer look at Mobile World Congress 2017: Attendees flocked to Mobile World Congress 2017, more than 108,000 to be exact. Professionals from 208 countries and territories were present, and the event was covered by approximately 3,500 members of the international press and media. More than 2,300 companies participated in our 2017 exhibition, which spanned nine halls and eleven outdoor spaces at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc. Everything from connected cars, virtual reality, new handsets and ingenious app ideas, to 3D printing, privacy protection and backend solutions were on display. Visitors also explored GSMA Innovation City and experienced immersive demonstrations of the most cutting-edge mobile enabled products and services in the world today.


2017 Events Highlights: Mobile-connected products and services were showcased in NEXTech Hall 8.0. This was an incredible new destination to the show, featuring different pavilions dedicated to specific technologies and platforms such as VR/AR, robotics, drones, and artificial intelligence spaces.

Ref: https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/start-here/2017-event-highlights/



Press Releases



Friday 28th April

Myanmar Investments Limited today announces Possible equity fundraising

Myanmar Investments International Limited (AIM: MIL), the AIM-listed company formed to make investments and capitalise on investment opportunities in Myanmar. The Company is a Myanmar-focused investment company and aims to build long term shareholder value by proactively investing in a diversified portfolio of Myanmar businesses that will benefit from the country’s re-emergence and ongoing economic development.


The Company has announced today that it is considering an equity capital fundraising. The potential additional equity would be used to fund MIL’s pipeline investments and also for

possible follow-on investments into MIL’s current portfolio and, assuming the two recently signed MOUs are converted into investments, to expand these two joint ventures.


Thursday 27th April

5G Americas Report Details 5G Spectrum Recommendations

5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced the publication of 5G Spectrum Recommendations, a white paper outlining recent global developments in the identification and allocation of spectrum that will address the varied opportunities for a robust 5G technology ecosystem.


“In the past, present and future, spectrum has always been and will be the lifeblood of our mobile wireless ecosystem,” commented Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas. “As we head toward 5G deployments, it is expected that low, mid and high band spectrum– including licensed spectrum, bands shared with other services and unlicensed spectrum, will play a critical role in the healthy future of the mobile wireless industry.”



Tuesday 25th April

Leadership deficiencies and skills shortages identified as top barriers to Digital Transformation, finds new CIF research

44% of organisations currently have a Digital Transformation strategy and a further 32% plan to implement one

The latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has revealed that Digital Transformation is climbing up UK businesses’ agendas as fears of digital disruption mount. However, the industry body has warned that organisations will need to focus on upskilling the workforce if their Digital Transformation efforts are to be a success.

Conducted in February 2017, the research polled 250 IT and business decision-makers in large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations and found that that a significant proportion of UK organisations are keenly aware of the threat of disruption. Two in five (40%) of respondents expect their organisation’s sector to be significantly or moderately disrupted within the next two years, and a similar proportion (37%) expect the same for their organisation’s business model.


Monday 24th April

Aspect Software showcases banking fraud protection at the Mobile Connect Summit

Aspect Software sponsors the GSMA’s first Mobile Connect Summit of the year on 25-26 April 2017.


Aspect Software, the leading global customer engagement provider which recently became a service provider member of the GSMA, has further increased its commitment to its work in banking fraud prevention and mobile banking by attending and sponsoring the first Mobile Connect summit of 2017 at venues in St Paul’s, London.


Thursday 20 April

LPWA World to help operators transform global IoT networks

The most comprehensive, technology-agnostic Internet of Things (IoT) networks event, LPWA World, is set to take place in the UK next month with the main aim to help public and private operators make sense of the many different technology and deployment choices for IoT networks. With support from partners Wi-SUN Alliance, Weightless SIG, LoRA Alliance and GSMA, LPWA World will help operators capitalise on the opportunity IoT signifies through discussions on cellular and non-cellular solutions.


Taking place at the InterContinental O2 in London, UK from 23 –24 May 2017, LPWA World will help operators and end users navigate different technologies, such as LPWAN, LTE-M, NB-IoT and Sigfox, and develop a strategy to achieve tangible ROI on IoT network investments. Understanding the range of use cases and applications will also be high on the agenda, with presentations on applications covering a wide range of industry verticals such as transport, smart cities, utilities, healthcare and automotive.









Qualcomm and Facebook announce collaboration to develop machine learning in mobile phones

conference Facebook and Qualcomm technologies have announced a collaboration to develop a phones ability to run machine learning algorithms on its own.


Facebook and Qualcomm are working together to support the optimization of Caffe2, Facebook’s open source deep learning framework, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon neural processing engine (NPE) framework.


This work is part of Qualcomm technologies increased focus on machine learning, and their work to develop a whole ecosystem of tools, savvy OEMs and software innovators in order to create a new experience for consumers.


Wednesday 12th April

Tigo Launches First State-of-the-Art Call Centre in Tanzania

Boasting the latest technology, the Call Centre complete with embedded data security measures to protect customer information and identity, has been designed to offer Tigo customers dedicated world-class service. 

Migrating from E1 to the latest in Call Centre technology – the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), allows for wide range of functionality and agility necessary to service Tigo’s dynamic 10 million-strong, and growing, loyal customer base.

With USSD/SMS platform for query follow-up and escalation and 100% CRM monitoring of customer satisfaction, Tigo’s customer service is expected to rocket sky high.

Operating 24 hours to serve 55,000 customers daily, every day of the week, and programmed to escalate customer queries every 2 hours, the Call Centre will provide swift resolution to customer queries, drastically reducing call queues. 

Hosting such high volumes of customers daily, the Call Centre will also provide an ideal platform to daily receive and respond to customer feedback.

Monday 10th April

Nokia and University of Technology Sydney collaborate to drive digital transformation in Australia

Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Nokia will join the university’s UTS: Rapido, a new technology development unit, and collaborate on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.

In the technology partnership with UTS: Rapido – established to help businesses unlock the potential of IoT – Nokia will work on advanced engineering projects that support the development of future network services to address the specific technological challenges of service providers and enterprises. Nokia and UTS will also explore the expansion of the advanced engineering activity into new areas of innovation and poof-of-concept development.


The MoU covers the creation of a collaborative innovation and training facility at UTS, for which Nokia will provide IP routing, optical, fixed and 4G and 5G mobile network components, and applications and analytics platforms for project work and training. Nokia will also participate on the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology advisory board.

Thursday 6th April

Nimble on stagnating UK workers’ productivity and role of gov. digital investment in stimulating growth

Rich Fenton, Systems Engineers Manager UK&I, Nimble Storage:“With UK productivity stuck below pre-crisis levels, many businesses will be looking to the governments new digital initiatives to help address the country’s low labour productivity and make the country more attractive for investment. Part of both the Industrial Strategy and Autumn Statement, the government pointed to significant investments in national digital infrastructure, including full fibre and 5G, to help stimulate growth.


“But beyond grand investments national digital infrastructure, true change will only be achieved if businesses are able to drive greater efficiencies by taking a smarter approach to increasing productivity in their own firm. For those companies that increasingly rely on digital technologies, it is important that they look into their own infrastructure – whether on premise or in the cloud – to reduce the time currently wasted by employees on software delays. With the typical employee experiencing an average of four software-caused delays per work day, and each of these lasting about seven seconds, the cost of this time to the British economy amounts to £744,235,520 every year. By taking simple steps to reduce the app-data gap in their own infrastructure, businesses can make a concerted effort to improve productivity in their company and the wider economy.”


Thursday 30th March

India talent pool can help drive China’s growth – Global Times

There is no doubt that China has made remarkable progress in becoming an innovation-driven economy. The Global Innovation Index 2016 ranked China 25th in the world and first among upper-middle income economies. In this respect, China is once again a role model for emerging economies on how to effectively formulate policies and allocate resources to achieve national goals. As Chinese companies strive to climb higher up the innovation ladder, they should think about engaging more deeply with India in order to leverage its huge talent pool, as their Western counterparts have done for a long time.

Many Chinese companies have already done very well in exploiting market opportunities in India. Lenovo is competing head-to-head with HP and Dell for market leadership in the Indian PC and laptop markets. Chinese smartphone brands – Xiaomi, Lenovo, Oppo, Huawei, Vivo, Gionee and others – account for approximately 50 percent of the Indian market. And equipment suppliers such as Huawei, Shanghai Electric and Harbin Electric have had a strong presence in India for many years. Recently, Alibaba, Tencent, Fosun and many others have made significant investments in India. However, Chinese companies have not yet exploited India’s most valuable resource – its abundant supply of qualified and cheap human capital.









Thursday 16th March

Robotics Startup Makeblock Raises Over $30M in Series B Funding

Makeblock Co., Ltd, the STEM education and robotics startup, today announced it has closed a $30 million Series B round at a $200 million valuation led by Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group Co., Ltd. The funding supports Makeblock’s expansion into new markets, further product development and diversification of STEM education hardware, software and curriculum resources for educators, children and hobbyists.

Founded in 2011 (founded as a company in 2013), Makeblock is a leading DIY robotics construction and programming learning platform for makers, hobbyists, STEM learners, and educators. Makeblock provides over 500 mechanical parts and easy-to-use electronic modules, graphical programming software, and courses to easily turn ideas into reality. Having delighted over 1,000,000 makers, students and educators in over 140 countries and still growing, Makeblock is one of the top robotics companies making a difference, with the aim to open the field to people of all skill levels.


Makeblock will expand its global footprint with new offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, North America, Japan, and the Netherlands. Makeblock is available in more than 140 countries with 1,600 channel partners, and 20,000 schools and educational organizations implementing Makeblock’s products into their educational curriculum.
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Thursday 2nd March

Ooredoo Announces 10Gbps Fibre Speeds at Mobile World Congress

Ooredoo Announces Availability of 10Gbps Fibre Speeds at Mobile World Congress Launch of Super-Fast Fibre Network Will Connect Customers to Next-Generation Speeds Doha, Qatar Ooredoo has today announced the launch of its new 10Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) service at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. From 25 February, Ooredoo’s 10Gpbs fibre speed has been made available for selected VIP customers in Doha, as the company works to deliver a seamless service ahead of a wider commercial roll-out planned for later in the year. The new Ooredoo Fibre 10Gbps service provides the fastest Internet speeds ever made available for homes in Qatar and…



Wednesday 1st March

Rohde & Schwarz forges new paths in the monitoring of the battery life of wireless devices

Rohde & Schwarz forges new paths in the monitoring of the battery life of wireless devices The new R&S RT-ZVC multichannel power probe, in combination with an R&S CMW radio communication tester, monitors the power consumption of chipsets, radio modules and mobile devices. It is the only solution available on the market that can correlate battery consumption data with RF signaling events. And it accomplishes this with a measurement resolution of 18 bits, making measurements in the nanoampere range possible. Munich, March 01, 2017 ‹ Long battery life is a key criterion for mobile devices as well as for embedded…





For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below. https://www.connect-world.com/index.php/press-releases?start=300



Anthony Weaver

Editorial Manager

Connect-World Magazines

United Kingdom

Email: [email protected]   

Web: www.connect-world.com

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