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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. AT&T, NTT...

News Article | February 27, 2017
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BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Telstra, Sierra Wireless, Landis+Gyr and Altair today announced a significant milestone in accelerating the Internet of Things (IoT). Telstra is the first to complete network software deployment nationally to enable one of the world’s largest Category M1 (Cat-M1) IoT footprints and has commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Australia. Sierra Wireless AirPrime® modules, based on the Altair ALT-1210 LTE platform, will be the first trial Cat-M1 device to be deployed on Telstra’s network, and Landis+Gyr will provide the first Cat-M1 smart meters to be trialed. Telstra’s Cat-M1 network will connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions and services including wearables, water meters, agri-sensors, smart appliances, asset monitoring, industrial automation and more. Cat-M1 technology enables lower cost devices, greater breadth and depth of coverage, and up to 10 years of battery life for many use cases, while leveraging the secure existing LTE infrastructure. “We are excited to be working with our partners Sierra Wireless, Landis+Gyr, and Altair to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on our network,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Networks. “These smart meter trials will mean we can get the benefits of Cat-M1, such as low power consumption and deep coverage, out to market even quicker.” Landis+Gyr is one of the first customers to utilize Telstra’s Cat-M1 network capabilities for its smart meter and smart grid applications. Utility customers rely on robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollouts. The Cat-M1 network is perfectly suited for this; when deployed on a 4G network, the solution will continue to be enhanced to significantly extend breadth and depth of coverage, while balancing data speeds and latency. The smart energy innovator is also the first in the world to demonstrate smart electricity metering operating over a Cat-M1 network. “Cat-M1 technology is critical for Landis+Gyr smart meters,” said Adrian Clark, CEO Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Landis+Gyr. “Sierra Wireless’ modules made it easy to migrate from 3G to Cat-M1 technology seamlessly, allowing us to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of Cat-M1 network features. We are really excited by the results and the role this partnership plays in Landis+Gyr’s rollout of the next generation of advanced metering infrastructure.” “Telstra’s Cat-M1 network makes LTE the superior option for connecting IoT solutions nationwide, with improved coverage and battery life that will benefit existing applications and enable many new ones,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded Solutions at Sierra Wireless. “Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3™ form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra’s network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to Cat-M1.” “Altair continues to spearhead wireless IoT semiconductor development with the latest Cat-M1 standards,” said Eran Eshed, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Sales at Altair. “This cooperation with three innovative ecosystem partners enabled the most significant milestone to date on the path to commercial readiness.” Sierra Wireless will feature a Landis+Gyr Cat-M1 Smart Meter in its booth at Mobile World Congress 2017, GSMA Innovation City, Hall 4, Stand #4A30, February 27 – March 2, in Barcelona, Spain. To book a briefing at MWC please contact pr@sierrawireless.com. Telstra is a leading telecommunications and information services company. We offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Globally, we provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the United States and offer access to more than 2,000 points of presence across the globe. For more information visit www.telstra.com. Altair Semiconductor, a Sony company is a leading provider of LTE chipsets. Altair’s portfolio covers the complete spectrum of cellular 4G market needs, from supercharged video-centric applications all the way to ultra-low power, low cost IoT and M2M. Altair has shipped millions of LTE chipsets to date, commercially deployed on the world’s most advanced LTE networks including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Softbank and KT (Korea Telecom). The company’s customer roster includes some of the world’s leading OEMs and ODMs, such as Telit, Sierra Wireless, WNC and Gemtek as well as the majority of Asian ODMs developing LTE products for global markets. For more information, visit www.altair-semi.com. Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi Landis+Gyr is a world leader in smart metering, energy management solutions, and related services, with presence in 30 countries headquartered in Zug, Switzerland focused on metering and other technologies which deal with management of energy. Landis+Gyr is the global industry leader in metering solutions for electricity, gas, heat/cold and water for energy measurement solutions for utilities. Since 1896 the company has been helping customers overcome operational, regulatory and consumer driven challenges by capturing the advantages and benefits of technology. Focused on quality, reliability and innovation, the Group offers a complete portfolio of energy meters and integrated smart metering solutions, enabling utilities and end-users to make better use of scarce resources, save operating costs and protect the environment by managing energy better – and to build the smart grid. For more information, please visit www.landisgyr.com. Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com. Connect with Sierra Wireless on the IoT Blog at http://www.sierrawireless.com/iot-blog, on Twitter at @SierraWireless, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sierra-wireless and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SierraWireless. Sierra Wireless and “AirPrime” are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.

News Article | February 26, 2017
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5G's coming -- and it will be here faster than predicted. 5G New Radio (5G NR), a flavor of the next-generation wireless network that's expected to be the global standard, should be available for large-scale deployments in 2019, a year earlier than anticipated, nearly two dozen companies said Sunday. The companies who've vowed to reach a standard for 5G for that timeframe included a mix of wireless carriers, chip providers and device makers -- such as Qualcomm, Intel, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom -- that are part of the 3GPP standards group. "For consumers, this means they're going to get an elevated broadband experience in 2019," Rasmus Hellberg, senior director of technical marketing at Qualcomm, told CNET in an interview ahead of the news, which was announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona, Spain. Notably missing from the list was Verizon Wireless, which is pursuing its own flavor of 5G. Verizon has said it will offer 5G to some customers in 11 cities by midyear. It's not full mobile wireless. Instead it's a replacement for fixed broadband. Many carriers, like AT&T, had pushed for 5G technology to arrive sooner rather than later. The technology is expected to be 100 times faster than our current 4G LTE wireless technology and 10 times speedier than what Google Fiber offers through a physical connection to the home. Experts say it should enable uses like virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as things we can't even think of today. And our phones should get a lot faster. To that end, Qualcomm on Sunday separately unveiled its first modems that embed technology for 5G, 4G, 3G and 2G connections onto one chip. The processors, part of the X50 5G modem family, will be available in time for 5G NR device deployments in 2019. Qualcomm in October unveiled its first Snapdragon X50 chip, but that processor only connects to 5G networks based on early standards of carriers like Verizon and Korea Telecom. Phones typically have chips that support older wireless technologies so users don't drop calls or lose data connections when the newer technology's signal is weak. To hook up to an older 4G or 3G network, devices will need a second wireless chip. The initial X50 processor is aimed to appear first in phones in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The new family of X50 chips, whose exact names Qualcomm hasn't yet detailed, won't require a second modem. They also can connect to 5G and 4G networks at the same time, which helps users maintain a strong wireless connection. Qualcomm says the chips will first appear in mobile devices. Typically, new wireless technology first shows up in standalone devices such as wireless hotspots. "We're squarely targeting new family of modems at premium tier mobile devices first," Sherif Hanna, Qualcomm staff manager of technical marketing, said in an interview. "Thereafter, everything we've learned from mobile can extend to non-mobile applications ... [such as] fixed wireless broadband." Qualcomm declined to say when it will give test samples of the chips to customers but said they'll be in devices in 2019. Here's the full list of companies supporting 5G NR for 2019:

-    Operators and technology partners to support proposal to accelerate the schedule for 3GPP 5G NR standardization to meet increasing global mobile broadband needs -       -    New proposal introduces an intermediate milestone to complete standardization of a variant called Non-Standalone 5G NR - BARCELONA, Spain- February 26, 2017 - Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, INC., SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., British Telecom, Telstra, Korea Telecom, Intel, LG Uplus, KDDI, LG Electronics, Telia Company, Swisscom, TIM, Etisalat Group, Huawei, Sprint, Vivo, ZTE and Deutsche Telekom will support a corresponding work plan proposal for the first phase of the 5G NR specification at the next 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting on March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The first 3GPP 5G NR specification will be part of Release 15 - the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Based on the current 3GPP Release 15 timeline the earliest 5G NR deployments based on standard-compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices will likely not be possible until 2020. Instead, the new proposal introduces an intermediate milestone to complete specification documents related to a configuration called Non-Standalone 5G NR to enable large-scale trials and deployments starting in 2019. Non-Standalone 5G NR will utilize the existing LTE radio and evolved packet core network as an anchor for mobility management and coverage while adding a new 5G radio access carrier to enable certain 5G use cases starting in 2019. The new proposal and the intermediate milestone also re-affirm and solidify the schedule for the complete standard, including Standalone 5G NR in Release 15. The supporting companies are further committed to make forward compatibility a key design principle for the standardization of the first release of 5G NR. This will enable in-band introduction of new capabilities and features in subsequent releases critical to enabling yet to be identified industries and use cases and achieving the 5G vision to connect everything to everything. The proposal is consistent with 3GPP's commitment to enable a flexible evolution and inter-working of the radio access network towards 5G NR and the evolution of the core network towards the 5G System. As proven by the broad Industry support, this proposal delivers the ability to address the increasing global demand for enhanced mobile broadband services with 5G NR in 2019, while continuing to address the broader vision for 5G NR in 2020 and beyond. AT&T "We support both the Standalone and Non-Standalone configurations of 5G New Radio," said Tom Keathley, senior vice president- wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. "Our focus is on prioritizing important specifications in the standards to bring 5G to market as quickly as possible. In the process of defining any standard, it is normal to make some decisions earlier than others. These accelerated decisions on key components of 5G New Radio standards will allow an earlier start on the development of the infrastructure and devices of tomorrow's 5G deployments." NTT DOCOMO, INC. Seizo Onoe, executive vice president and chief technology officer, NTT DOCOMO said, "5G is the key enabler to create new business opportunities across industries. DOCOMO plans a commercial launch with Non-Standalone 5G NR by 2020. Acceleration of the standardization schedule will facilitate early implementation of the standard-compliant 5G NR. We will ensure the highly-stable 5G services through large-scale trial activities with a wider range of industry partners." SK Telecom, Co. Ltd. Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice president, Head of Network Technology R&D Center, SK Telecom said, "As the demand for 5G commercialization is rapidly increasing, it is crucial to complete globally agreed 5G standardization in time. 3GPP NR is the global 5G standard and we are making continuous efforts to accelerate 3GPP NR standardization with partners." Vodafone Group Luke Ibbetson, head of research and development and strategy, Vodafone Group, said: "Standardisation of the New Radio interface will be critical to the successful development of 5G over the coming years. As the industry starts to design and test a new generation of services and applications, a common global standard for the underlying mobile technology will allow innovation to flourish and help us achieve economies of scale." Ericsson Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Products, says: "The faster we commercialize 5G based on 3GPP specifications, the faster we will realize its benefits for the entire industry. We are thrilled to participate in this initiative to accelerate the 5G ecosystem and commercial deployment." Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT said, "5G NR technologies will be critical to meet the ever-increasing connectivity requirements for emerging mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing, and we are already seeing the need to bring these technologies to devices globally sooner rather than later. There is great value in accelerating the timeline to commercialization, while maintaining the global scale through the proper standardization process in 3GPP." British Telecom Howard Watson, CEO BT TSO noted, "By accelerating the creation of the new radio interface we will be able to enable the 5G experience for customers sooner driving our purpose of using communications to make a better world". Telstra Mike Wright, Telstra's Group Managing Director Networks, said "Telstra is committed to the benefits of industry standardization and the development of this intermediate milestone for 5G NR would allow the benefits of early launch of 5G in the 2019 timeline following extensive pre-5G testing planned by Telstra during 2018." Korea Telecom, Co. Ltd. "We are pretty encouraged by the increasing voices heard within the telecom industry that the process of New Radio Specification should be expedited," said YongGyoo Lee, Senior Vice President - Network Strategy, Korea Telecom. "KT views that Non-Standalone and Standalone modes are equally important for the sake of completeness of the Standard Specification. However, we believe that early introduction of 5G network, compensated by already-prevailing LTE coverage, is a reasonable approach for the operators when taking the ROI factors into the consideration, and it justifies the slight preference for NSA mode in terms of priority. Our view is that 5G is not just the matter of achieving higher data speed. Rather, we believe that it will completely turn around the way the communication service is provided to the customers and eventually open up the opportunity for the telecom operators to diversify the new revenue streams in a cost-effective way. I am sure that the whole industry will enjoy the benefits from quick introduction of 5G into the market, enabled by the acceleration of 5G NR Specification in 3GPP." Intel Corporation Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation Standards, Intel Communications and Devices Group, says, "Intel is committed to accelerating the roll out of 5G from the cloud to the network to the device. Global industry collaboration to accelerate the 3GPP NR standard is a lynchpin to making 5G a worldwide success and to scale. 5G is a true inflection point in technology and will transform our lives and society in ways far beyond previous connectivity standards, and as such, the ability to solidify a global standard is more critical than ever." KDDI Corporation Yoshiaki Uchida, Managing Executive Officer, Technology Sector, Member of the Board, KDDI Corporation said, "For rapid commercialization of 5G, forming an ecosystem by global harmonization including frequency bands and specifications is even more crucial than in the previous generations. KDDI is targeting to start 5G services in 2020, which mandates early completion of NR specification. We sincerely hope the acceleration of related 3GPP activities." LG Electronics Go-Hee Choi, Senior Vice President, Head of Advanced Standard R&D Lab, said, "LG Electronics believes that the early completion of 5G NR global standardization would be crucial in satisfying growing market demands for new innovative 5G experiences and making 5G a worldwide success. We fully support the initiative for 5G NR global acceleration and will make every effort to expedite the completion of 5G NR specification in 3GPP based on global partnership." Telia Company Mauro Costa, Director, Network Architecture & Strategy, Telia Company says, "A global standard is a fundamental pre-requisite to make 5G a success and open up for innovation and new business opportunities. Considering the large and increasing 5G interest from our customers, we see a strong need to have the standard to progress fast and complete on time. The acceleration of the 3GPP NR standard is an essential step in this direction." Swisscom Daniel Staub, Head of Joint Mobile Group, Swisscom and in charge of the 5G implementaion said: "As a European technology leader, Swisscom wants to get 5G early. Swisscom is fully committed to standards. Therefore, a proprietary or close-to-standard implementation is not of interest to Swisscom. As a consequence, Swisscom is fully supporting 5G NR acceleration to always provide the best experience on the best network to our customers." Etisalat Group Hatam Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer, International said: "Etisalat Group is committed to the accelerated development of 5G that meets a global standard. Such a standard will have a positive impact on efficiency and the quality of the services we can deliver to our customers. Being part of this collective effort from the industry to take forward 5G NR, reflects Etisalat Group's open approach to partnership and our focus on innovation." Huawei "5G will usher in an era of deep convergence between telecom and vertical industries, meaning 5G standards will apply to multiple scenarios and enable the digital transformation of multiple industries." Mr. Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei 5G, said: "We need to define a Future-Proof 5G architecture which combining innovative achievements from various industries, to meet the requirements of numerous applications step by step and then to ensure the strategic vision and leading capabilities of 5G." vivo Yujian Shi, senior vice president, vivo said, "Both Non-Standalone and Standalone 5G NR are very important scenarios. A unified 5G standard for both scenarios has contribution to build up a global 5G ecosystems. The acceleration of 5G will help the earlier mature of 5G terminal industry. As a global terminal vendor, we will continuously create surprising to our customers in coming 5G era." ZTE Xu Huijun, CTO of ZTE, said, "As a global leader in telecommunications and information technology, ZTE sees the significant importance of 3GPP standard beneficial to whole industrial chain and keeps contributing actively to global standards. ZTE will work together with partners to push forward 5G test and trial steadily, to promote the 5G commercialization world widely." Deutsche Telekom "Deutsche Telekom is committed to this initiative to accelerate the availability of standardized 5G technologies to meet the evolving broadband demands of our customers," says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom. "The early availability of standards will enable smooth evolution paths towards the next generation of communications, provide the basis for extensive pre-testing activities and generate confidence in the benefits and potential of the new technology for the entire industry." About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation's best data network and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.  Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and YouTube at youtube.com/att. © 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. About NTT DOCOMO NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 72 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide LTE network and one of the world's most progressive LTE-Advanced networks. DOCOMO is a leading developer of a 5G network that it plans to deploy by 2020, as well as network function virtualization (NFV), NFC infrastructure and services, emerging IoT solutions, and more. Outside Japan, the company is providing technical and operational expertise to seven mobile operators and other partner companies, and is contributing to the global standardization of all-new mobile technologies. DOCOMO is listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM). Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/. About SK Telecom Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com. About Ericsson Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com. About Qualcomm Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G - and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages About Telstra Telstra is a leading telecommunications and information services company. We offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Globally, we provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the United States and offer access to more than 2,000 points of presence across the globe. For more information visit www.telstra.com. About Korea Telecom KT is leading the development of the ICT industries of Korea since its foundation in 1981. Being a formerly state-owned firm, KT is South Korea's first telephone company and dominates the local landline and broadband business. It serves roughly 90% of the country's fixed-line subscribers and 45% of high-speed internet users. Since the merger with its wireless subsidiary KTF back in 2009, KT expanded its business scope and included mobile communication as its main service. Its mobile subscriber base totals around 18.9 million as of the end of 2016 and about 75% of it, that is, roughly 14.2 million are LTE subscribers.  KT also has keen interests in introducing the most innovative technology to the market and hence providing the best service quality to the customers. As an official partner for Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in 2018, KT is committed to provide the telecommunication service for the event and more specifically will showcase the world-first 5G trial service during the Games. For more information, you can visit at www.kt.com/eng/. About Intel Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Information about Intel can be found at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com. About KDDI Corporation KDDI, a comprehensive communications company offering fixed-line and mobile communications services, strives to be a leading company for changing times. For individual customers, KDDI offers its mobile communications (mobile phone) and fixed-line communications (broadband Internet/telephone) services under the brand name au, helping to realize Fixed Mobile and Broadcasting Convergence (FMBC). For business clients, KDDI provides comprehensive Information and Communications services, from Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) networks to data centers, applications, and security strategies, which help clients strengthen their businesses. For more information please visit http://www.kddi.com/english. About LG Electronics LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 77,000 people working in 125 locations around the world. LG comprises four business units: Home Appliance & Air Solutions, Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Vehicle Components. LG Mobile Communications is a global leader and trend setter in the mobile and wearable industry with breakthrough technologies and innovative designs. By continually developing highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery, camera optics and LTE/LTE-A technology, LG creates handsets and wearables that fit the lifestyles of a wide range of people all over the world. LG is seeking to provide a playful mobile experience that extends beyond the scope of traditional smartphones. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LG.com. About Telia Company We're Telia Company, the New Generation Telco. Our 21 000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day in one of the world's most connected regions. With a strong connectivity base, we're the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 - on their terms.   Headquartered in Stockholm, the heart of innovation and technology, we're set to change the industry and bring the world even closer for our customers. For more information, please contact our press office +46 771 77 58 30, visit our Newsroom or follow us on Twitter @Teliacompany. About Swisscom Swisscom, Switzerland's leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, is headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city Berne. Swisscom's international activities are concentrated mainly in Italy, where its subsidiary Fastweb is one of the biggest broadband providers. More than 21,000 employees achieve a revenues of CHF 11.64 billion to the end of 2016. Swisscom is one of the most sustainable companies in Switzerland and Europe. About TIM TIM Group is Italy's leading ICT company, supporting the country's "Digital Life". TIM's offer is built on top quality and maximum dissemination of convergent services and premium content relying upon innovative infrastructures, a vast choice of APPs and devices, tailored and modular solutions, both for retail and business. The three-year business plan 2017-2019 provides for approx. 11 bln. euros in investments in Italy, of which circa 5 bln. euros to accelerate UBB networks development. By 2019, TIM targets to cover 95% of households with fibre and 99% of the population with 4G. About Etisalat Group Etisalat Group is one of the world's leading telecom groups in emerging markets. Etisalat's current market cap is over 132 billion AED (36 billion USD). With reported net revenues of AED 51.7 billion and net profit of AED 8.3 billion for 2015, Etisalat ranks amongst the most profitable telecom groups in the world. Its high credit ratings at AA-/A+/Aa3 reflect the company's strong balance sheet and proven long-term performance. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established four decades ago in the UAE as the country's first telecommunications service provider. An international blue-chip organisation, Etisalat Group provides innovative solutions and services to 163 million subscribers in 17 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  Etisalat Group's mission is to provide a best-in-class total customer experience domestically and internationally, deliver attractive returns to shareholders while investing in the long-term future of the company, and supporting economic development in all the markets we operate in. About Huawei Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. As a responsible and robust business player, innovative information society enabler, and cooperative industry contributor, Huawei is committed to building a Better Connected World. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end capabilities and strengths across carrier, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing domains. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide create maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company that is fully owned by its employees. For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com. About vivo vivo is a fast-growing world leading smartphone brand. The company is one of the top 3 smartphone vendors in China. More 100 million users from China and South-east Asia are enjoying exciting mobile broadband lives with vivo smartphone. vivo creates products for energetic, trendy, pleasure-seeking young urbanites, combining extraordinary appearance, professional-grade audio, and a fast and smooth user experience. At vivo, we are firmly dedicated to pursuing true perfection, while continuously creating the surprising. Additional information about vivo products is available at http://www.vivoglobal.com. ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn. About Deutsche Telekom: With some 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and more than 18 million broadband lines, Deutsche Telekom is paving the way for the gigabit society.  For more information, please visit telekom.com

News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.techrepublic.com

There are numerous players in the mobile and tablet market, though that number is starting to dwindle. Android and iOS are at the front of the pack, with Windows Mobile 8 and RT in third place, and then BlackBerry BB10. Gone is LG webOS (formerly Palm, then formerly HP) as it has traded hands again and is rumored to pop up in embedded systems and smart TVs. Despite all of this, there are still organizations motivated enough to challenge the status quo: The Linux Foundation and the Tizen Association, which is a consortium comprised of Asian technology firms Samsung, Huawei, Fujitsu, NEC, and Panasonic; telecoms KT (Korea Telecom), SK Telecom, Orange, Vodafone, NTT docomo, and Sprint (now mostly owned by Japanese telecom SoftBank). The name Tizen may be new, but the underlying technologies have been in development since late 2007, as LiMo (Linux Mobile), Enlightenment Foundation Library, and Samsung's prior Bada project. Application development in Tizen is done in HTML5, and developers have a great deal of flexibility using Tizen's fork of jQuery and jQuery Mobile from Tizen 1.x, a native application framework in 2.x, or the Enyo 2 development framework. Applications for Tizen can also run on Mozilla's Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch, and webOS. In order to entice developers to write applications for Tizen, Samsung and Intel announced a contest for developers to write applications for Tizen, giving away $200,000 to the top-ranked game app and $4 million total in prizes. The contest ends December 8th, 2013. As Tizen hardware goes, what's available has adequate specifications (compared to the entry-level specifications of Firefox OS phones), but there are more rumors than presently available hardware. In late October, the Japanese IT firm Systena released the first Tizen tablet with a capable 10.1" 1920x1200 display, quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB Flash, with a somewhat dated front VGA camera and 2 MP rear camera, and microSD for expansion storage. Systena hasn't announced a price, as sales are for developers only. Samsung has been actively maintaining a port of the Tizen 3.0 beta on their flagship Galaxy S4 phone, according to leaked photos obtained by Tizen Indonesia. According to Bloomberg, Samsung has plans to release a Tizen-based smartphone in 2013, though the early window mentioned in the article — August or September — has come and gone without any product announcement. Importantly, Tizen 3.0 is still in development, with Tizen 3.0 Milestone 2 expected later this year. The Galaxy S4 running Tizen is running the Tizen 3.0 branch, which lends easily to speculation that Samsung may be waiting for 3.0 to reach gold master to ship a device, rather than shipping with the stable Tizen 2.2 release. NTT docomo, the largest mobile phone network provider in Japan, was fully committed to Symbian until Nokia abandoned Symbian under the management of Stephen Elop. Consequently, NTT docomo has transitioned away from Symbian to Android. In NTT docomo's recently announced winter lineup, all of the phones announced run Android —  there were no Symbian (or Windows Phone) offerings to be seen. For those unfamiliar with the Japanese mobile market, NTT docomo wields an astonishing amount of control over the phones sold for use on their network — one that carriers in the United States would be envious of. All of the smartphones in the winter lineup use docomo's proprietary LIVE UX home screen interface, including the two offerings from Samsung, who is notorious for pushing the TouchWiz interface on all of their Android offerings in the United States. The relationship between NTT docomo and Samsung does not end there: Samsung is also releasing the Galaxy J, a Japan-exclusive variant of the Galaxy S4, which contains 3 GB of RAM and tuners for 1Seg and NOTTV digital television services. In addition, the Galaxy J has a slightly modified industrial design from the S4 and NTT docomo branding on the front of the device. This is far and beyond what Samsung has done to accommodate U.S. carriers for a flagship phone and suggests a deep working relationship between the two organizations. Considering that both Samsung and NTT docomo are part of the Tizen association, with Samsung being at the forefront of the Tizen push, it is entirely conceivable that NTT docomo could push toward Tizen offerings in the future — and with their position as market leader, they could drag much of the rest of Asia along with it. In closing, I think it would be fitting to draw a parallel to the days of 16-bit home computers, the last time that there was true consumer choice between a handful of mutually incompatible ecosystems. At the time, it was a fight between the Apple Macintosh, Commodore Amiga, BeOS, and Microsoft Windows / IBM PC (among others). However, in Japan, the competition was primarily between the NEC PC-9801 series, the Sharp X68000, and Windows / IBM PC. From this historical standpoint, it's entirely plausible that Tizen could carve out a niche in the Asian technology market, yet have a low impact in Europe and the United States.

News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: phys.org

Several phonemakers unveiled new smartphones with batteries that can last longer and be charger faster. Huawei, the world's third-largest phone maker after Apple and Samsung, said its new flagship device, the P10, features a 40 percent boost in battery life. The battery also features "super charge" technology that promises a full day charge in just 20 minutes. Blackberry's new devices, which bring back the brand's iconic physical keyboard, have the brand's biggest-ever batteries. They also feature a "boost mode" that allow you to get a a 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. Drones and robots were everywhere at this year's trade show. At Korea Telecom's stand, two robotic arms played the drums, varying the songs throughout the day. Japanese firm Softbank drew crowds with its human-like robot Pepper which can be employed in shops to greet customers and demonstrate products, while Barcelona-based Pal Robotics displayed two humanoid robot models. The fair set up a special "drone zone" for the first time to demonstrate their use in the delivery of goods to remote areas or aid to farmers by surveying crop growth. Virtual reality (VR) headsets were front and centre, in a sign of the importance placed on the technology by the sector. Samsung unveiled several new innovations including a 360-degree virtual travel app designed to allow people to reminisce about past experiences. Lithuanian mobile app developers TeleSoftas showcased an app which allows business meetings to be held in virtual reality with avatars representing people in different parts of the globe. Following on the heels of the success of Amazon.com's Echo, a hands-free speaker with AI-powered virtual assistant Alexa, several firms showcased their own version of the technology. Sony unveiled a new version of its Xperia Ear earphones which includes a virtual assistant called the Sony Agent. Both LG and Motorola presented new flagship smartphones that integrated a virtual assistant while Samsung announced that its new high-end phone which will be presented in New York at the end of the month will also have one. Research firm Garner predicts that by 2019, 20 percent of all our interactions with a smartphone will be carried out via such assistants. Companies rolled out products based on a future centred on the "internet of things", a network of devices, vehicles and building sensors that collect and exchange data. Several driverless cars were on display while a small French firm called Kolibree showcased a smart toothbrush that measures how well you brush your teeth and sends the statistics to your smartphone. An Indian start-up, Lechal, displayed shoes with smart soles which vibrate to guide users to their destination. They work by connecting to the GPS tracker of a user's smartphone. Explore further: Huawei takes aim at ailing Samsung with new smartphone

News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SPIRIT DSP, the voice and video over IP software engines provider serving more than 1 billion people in 100+ countries, announces today that its VideoMost mobile instant messenger (VideoMost IM) is now available for licensing to service providers. Mobile operators need to make their advanced communications services versatile so that people can use them on different networks and different devices. Many mobile customers want to be able to combine SMS and IP messaging so that they can send and receive messages from any network and any device from a single inbox. Despite shrinking usage of traditional operator services, customers are communicating more than ever and spending the majority of their time in messaging applications. Without a compelling communications proposition, a mobile operator becomes less relevant. On the eve of Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, SPIRIT now offers its mobile IM source code (both Android / iOS, web clients and on-premise back-end server) license for a one-time fee as low as $20K. The License includes unlimited usage and source code modification rights. VideoMost IM provides all standard features of popular messaging apps, including sending text messages with photos, stickers and attached files to a person or group. VideoMost IM is a complete set of source code, from UI to backend, that quickly enables rich, engaging messaging experiences in every mobile app. Licensees may modify the IM source code and include it into products/apps. VideoMost IM is not a cloud service, the license includes source code for the backend as well. No need to pay any monthly or service fees. VideoMost IM license terms are similar to those of MIT’s open source license. VideoMost IM supports RSC 6.0. Media attachments can be played without leaving the app. Sent messages can be edited or deleted at the user’s choice. New room creation, private and group chats are available. Subscribers can share contacts, status, location, and add/forward favorites. In-app notifications are supported, as well as an option to mute them. Users will be able to see if their messages have been delivered and read or not, and see join/leave status for each user from its contact list. Subscribers can personalize their profile by avatar, name/nickname and short descriptions. For enterprise communications VideoMost IM server can be installed on-premises to secure corporate data from leakage. SPIRIT provides IM’s admin interface to manage groups, users and permissions. Enterprise system administrator can setup limitation for each client, set quota for a certain organization, limit number of users/groups/rooms. Voice over WiFi and group video calling are also in high demand now by subscribers. With VideoMost’s IM upgrade option, telecom operators and service providers can now extend IP messaging functionality with mobile peer-to-peer (WiFi calling) and multipoint voice and video calls. VideoMost SDK video conferencing supports up to 16 videos on mobile screen, is based on Scalable Video Coding and allows business-grade communications on mobile devices (both iOS and Android). VideoMost SDK is complete with document sharing and SIP/H.323 support for legacy video conferencing hardware interoperability. VideoMost SDK delivers reliable and secure communications for work groups where each user can set up a conference, add new contacts, and send push notifications with one click. SPIRIT client managers are now scheduling meetings with prospects at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. Please contact us at marketing@spiritdsp.com to set up a demo and meeting. SPIRIT DSP innovative carrier-grade voice and video software platforms are used by carriers, OEMs and software developers, serving more VoIP users than Skype. SPIRIT DSP software platforms serve more than 1 billion people in 100 countries. SPIRIT DSP software is licensed to/powers popular products from global technology leaders including Apple, Adobe, ARM, AT&T, Avaya, Blizzard, BroadSoft, BT, China Mobile, Dialogic, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Huawei, Korea Telecom, Kyocera, LG U+, Mitel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Polycom, Reliance, Samsung, Skype, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Viber, ZTE, among more than 250 others.

News Article | October 31, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

MarketStudyReport.com adds “Broadband Internet Services Global Market Briefing 2016” new report to its research database. The report spread across 35 pages with table and figures in it. The broadband internet services market comprises of establishments offering internet services using copper wires, fiber optics, and cable modems. Wired broadband enable customers to use the internet and through a digital subscriber line (DSL), cable internet, fiber broadband, or dial-up connection. The Broadband Internet Services Global Market Briefing provides strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the broadband internet services sector. Description The Broadband Internet Services Global Market Briefing Report from the Business Research Company covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. The market characteristics section of the report defines and explains the market. The market size section gives the broadband internet services market revenues, covering both the historic growth of the market and forecasting the future. Drivers and restraints looks at the external factors supporting and controlling the growth of the market. Market segmentations break down the key sub sectors which make up the market. The regional breakdowns section gives the size of the market geographically. Competitive landscape gives a description of the competitive nature of the market, market shares, and a description of the leading companies. Key financial deals which have shaped the market in the last three years are identified. The trends and strategies section highlights the likely future developments in the broadband internet services market and suggests approaches. Browse full table of contents and data tables at https://www.marketstudyreport.com/reports/broadband-internet-services-global-market-briefing-2016/ Reasons to Purchase - Get up to date information available on the broadband internet services market globally. - Identify growth segments and opportunities. - Facilitate decision making on the basis of historic and forecast data and understand the drivers and restraints on the market. - Develop strategies based on likely future developments. - Gain a global perspective on the development of the market. - Report will be updated with the latest data and delivered to you within 3-5 working days of order. Scope Markets Covered: Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable internet, fiber broadband, dial-up internet Companies Mentioned: China Telecom, China Unicom, Comcast, NTT, AT&T, Deutsche Telecom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Orange SA, Korea Telecom Geographic scope: Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, Oceania. Time series: Five years historic and forecast. Data: Market value in $ billions. Data segmentations: Regional breakdowns, market share of competitors, key sub segments. Sourcing and Referencing: Data and analysis throughout the report is sourced using end notes. The broadband internet services market comprises of establishments offering internet services using copper wires, fiber optics, and cable modems. Wired broadband enable customers to use the internet and through a digital subscriber line (DSL), cable internet, fiber broadband, or dial-up connection. The Americas was the x largest geographic region in the broadband internet services market in 2015, accounting for $x billion or x% of the global market. Asia was the x largest geographic market, accounting for $x billion or x% of the global market. Europe was the x largest geographic market, accounting for $x billion or x% of the global market. The Middle East and Africa accounted for x% and $x billion, while Oceania accounted for x% of the global broadband internet services market. Upgrading Services Broadband internet service providers are working towards refining their services by improving broadband networks and bandwidth time and upgrading from copper wires to fiber optics. They are focused on promoting high-speed broadband to deal with the competitiveness in the market. The broadband internet services industry is developing growing businesses such as IT Services and Applications and IDC wireline. To receive personalized assistance write to us @ [email protected] with the report title in the subject line along with your questions or call us at +1 866-764-2150

News Article | November 27, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

Samsung has officially recalled all Galaxy Note 7 due to faulty batteries that caused many handsets to explode or catch fire. The smartphone is no more officially available in the market but its Grace UX is being rolled out to other devices. Grace UX is the updated version of TouchWiz, which is currently available in most of Samsung phones. Grace UX was first launched in Galaxy Note 7, but unfortunately it did not get a lot of attention due to the failure of the latest phablet. An XDA forum user TokyoGuy was one of the first to report that the Galaxy Note 5 was getting the Grace UX update. The TokyoGuy exchanged the recalled Galaxy Note 7 for the Galaxy Note 5 and after setting up the device, the user noted that an OTA update was downloading on his new device. "The file download was in excess of 600MB however, and I thought something to be odd given that the September and October patches, even together, couldn't be that large. When the phone rebooted, I was absolutely floored to find none other than the Note 7's Grace UX on the phone. This *includes* the Bluelight Filter in Display Settings for reference, something even the S7 Edge has yet to receive," says TokyoGuy. Samsung's Grace UX is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and it brings a number of new features such as Wide Selfie, Smart Manager, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Game Tools and more to devices. Grace UX is cleaner and offers smoother animations in comparison to any previous version of TouchWiz. An Android 7.0 Nougat beta program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge has started in several parts of the world. Reports suggest that Android 7.0 Nougat update will bring Grace UX to Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge also. A previous Tech Times report highlights that Samsung may roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge in end-December. According to a SamMobile report about the Grace UX, the update is currently being rolled out to users, especially those on Korea Telecom, in South Korea. Samsung has not confirmed the release of Grace UX for the Galaxy Note 5 in any region. Korea could just be the first market where Grace UX is being rolled out to Galaxy Note 5. It is likely that the company slowly pushes Grace UX to Galaxy Note 5 in other parts of the world soon. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

WESTFORD, Mass., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Key Takeaways: The Sonus DSC 8000 helps Korea Telecom (KT) meet the strict levels of reliability, security and quality of service demanded by its global customer base. The Sonus DSC 8000 provides essential STP and...

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