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News Article | May 3, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Middlesbrough has the best 4G mobile phone coverage in Britain while Bournemouth has the worst, according to a study of Britain’s biggest urban areas. The report, published by consumer watchdog Which?, found the availability of 4G coverage and download speeds varies wildly across the UK’s 20 biggest cities and towns. Middlesbrough topped the table with 83% availability for mobile users seeking 4G coverage, ahead of Sheffield, Sunderland, Leicester and Leeds. Bournemouth came bottom with 67.5% availability, behind Southampton and Portsmouth, Cardiff and Nottingham. London was ranked just 16th of the 20 cities studied. The study comes a few months after a damning government reportfound Britain’s 4G mobile coverage severely lagged behind peers such as Japan and the US. The report, which was by the infrastructure watchdog the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), ranked the UK 54th in the world. The latest study, which was carried out for Which? by OpenSignal, found that as well as coverage issues there was a huge difference in download speed for 4G mobile users in cities across the UK. It found Stoke-on-Trent had the fastest in Britain. while Brighton and Hove ranked as the slowest. Stoke-on-Trent came ahead of Coventry, Leicester and Liverpool. Brightonians experienced the worst download speeds, with Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburgh close behind. London was again ranked 16th. “The mobile data experience isn’t the same in every city for UK consumers,” said Brendan Gill, the chief executive of OpenSignal. “Users found signals more often in Middlesbrough than in Manchester and faster 4G connections in Stoke than in London.” In a report publish in December, the telecoms regulator Ofcom said 4G coverage where the signal was available from all four of the big four mobile operators – EE, Vodafone, O2 and EE – reached just 40% of the UK. The NIC report, which was also published as the end of last year, referred to a nation marked by “digital deserts” that should have adequate signal, such as on rail routes, roads and in city centres. “These latest findings underline the need for Ofcom to keep the pressure on mobile operators, so that every part of the country gets a decent service on their mobile phone,” said Alex Neill of Which?. “Our mobile phone is central to how we live our lives and that is why it is so frustrating when we can’t access emails or browse the internet on the go.” Ofcom argues that the issue of mobile phone coverage is more nuanced than lobbying groups, and studies like those of OpenSignal, suggest. The regulator pointed out that while full geographic coverage for a 4G signal from all four of the main operators was some way off, it had improved markedly from 8% in 2015 to 40% in 2016. In addition, the availability of a 4G mobile signal was much higher when it was measured by the proportion of households and premises it reached, not just landmass, Ofgem said. The proportion of premises that can now receive a 4G mobile signal indoors from all four main networks has risen from 28% to 72% between 2015 and 2016, it added. While issues continue to dog the spread of 4G, Ofcom is already preparing for an auction of airwaves for the potential rollout of next-generation 5G services. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has said he wants to get ahead of the curve early to make the UK a “world leader” in 5G, which theoretically will open up an interconnected world of driverless cars, smart home appliances, armies of delivery drones and lightning-fast video on the go. The advertising watchdog is to crack down on the broadband speeds companies claim in adverts to lure customers into signing up for their services. Under the current UK advertising rules companies can advertise a speed to consumers as long as it is available to at least 10% of its customer base. The Committee of Advertising Practice, which writes the UK ad code, is to consult on four potential ways to measure speeds claims that will be permitted in adverts. The four options are based on looking at usage during peak times or over a 24-hour period. The Advertising Standards Authority, which enforces the UK ad code, received 155 complaints about broadband speed claims in 131 ads last year.


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Network Integration Company Partners, Inc. (NIC Partners) announces today its certification as a Cisco Master Collaboration Specialization Partner. Cisco Master Collaboration Specialized Partners represent an elite partner community that has met the most rigorous certification requirements for Cisco collaboration solutions. In addition to technical qualifications and certifications, Cisco Master level partners are required to demonstrate their customer requirement processes and the ability to present Cisco applications, addressing challenging customer needs and requirements. No other Cisco specialization/certification demands such an extensive proof of the partner design, implementation and demonstration capabilities. As part of the extensive Cisco Master Specialization process, a third-party, onsite audit validates that Cisco Master partners maintain call control, messaging, video and conferencing expertise. Partners are also required to provide continuous training and developing their skills as Cisco refreshes solutions and requirements for each Master level specialization. Master Collaboration Specialized Partners are the only Cisco partners who have demonstrated their abilities at every phase of the Cisco network lifecycle. "I'm very proud of our team and their ability to provide our customers with the most advanced collaboration solutions that our customers look for to meet their goals and business outcomes." said Frank Spaeth, Managing Partner, NIC Partners. ABOUT NIC PARTNERS NIC Partners is a Western US Regional Network Integrator focused on the convergence of IP technologies in Collaboration, Physical Security, Data Center and Wireless LAN. With contracting licenses and a self-implementation philosophy, NIC Partners creates long-term partnerships and business impact for our customers.


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 2 de mayo de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- LACNIC celebra su reunión 27 junto con NIC.br del 22-26 de mayo en el Hotel Bourbon Cataratas en Foz de Iguazú, Brasil.  Entre los temas que se presentarán en los debates se encuentra: los casos de éxito de implementac...


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 2 de mayo de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LACNIC celebra su reunión 27 junto con NIC.br del 22-26 de mayo en el Hotel Bourbon Cataratas en Foz de Iguazú, Brasil. Entre los temas que se presentarán en los debates se encuentra: los casos de éxito de implementación IPv6 en la...


One of the critical aspects of the Foz do Iguaçu meeting will be accelerating IPv6 deployment after IPv4 exhaustion at a time when the region has reached an Internet penetration rate of 59.6%. According to the latest information available on 31st March, the Latin American and Caribbean community has already reached 385 million users, having incorporated 40 million new users over the past year (Internet World Stats, http://www.internetworldstats.com/). The IPv6 protocol is key not only to foster the development of the Internet of Things throughout the region, but also because it is a vital tool for connecting 40% of Latin Americans who do not yet have access to the Internet. There are 255 million users in this situation and only 4 million IPv4 addresses, so IPv6 is essential for any project aimed at providing access to such communities. As expected, much of the analysis and discussions in Foz do Iguaçu will focus on IPv6 deployment. The event will also include a panel on successful cases of IPv6 implementation in the region (examples in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay) and the IPv6 Challenge aimed at recognizing projects that have promoted the implementation of version 6 of the IP protocol. According to research conducted by LACNIC, at least nine countries of the region already have more than 1% of their traffic over IPv6: Guatemala, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Trinidad Tobago, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Likewise, the first regional anti-abuse group formed by LACNIC, LACNOG and M3AAWG will be officially presented and five proposals for policy modifications will be discussed during the Policy Forum. This meeting would not be possible without the support of its sponsors: Cisco, Huawei, Google, NTT Communications, Internet Society, ICANN, Netflix , Arbor, Facebook, Antel, Telcomanager, Grupo Binario, GlobeNet, Ams-ix, Secure64, IP Trading, Furukawa and our local organizer NIC.br. We encourage everyone with an interest in these issues to participate remotely at http://www.lacnic.net/web/eventos/lacnic27


SAN JOSE, Calif. and SINGAPORE, April 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO), a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions, today announced a new 100G Ethernet multi-host controller product family, the BCM57454 NetXtreme® E-Series, designed for high performance computing, networking and storage applications that include machine learning, network function virtualization (NFV), and enterprise and cloud storage. Expanding upon previous generation 25G/50G Ethernet controllers, the BCM57454 combines a high bandwidth Ethernet controller with a unique set of highly optimized hardware acceleration engines that enhance network performance. “Modern high performance computing, networking and storage applications demand a 100G controller with highly optimized, purpose-built hardware acceleration engines to address network bandwidth demands,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom. “Built upon industry-proven Broadcom Ethernet controller technology with the latest enhancements in congestion control, TruFlow advanced flow processing, and on-chip embedded agent, the BCM57454 is an ideal 100G multi-host Ethernet controller that addresses critical application requirements.” “Driven by hyperscale cloud, NFV and deep machine learning, 100G Ethernet adapter and controller shipments are forecast to grow from a nascent 40 thousand ports in 2016 to 5 million ports by 2020,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.  “With the new NetXtreme E-Series 100G Ethernet controller coupled with its high-density 100G StrataXGS® Tomahawk® Series switch, Broadcom is strongly positioned to capitalize on these opportunities by offering compelling end-to-end solutions that cost-effectively scale network bandwidth capacity to meet the demands of the new applications.” “With the support for NVIDIA’s GPUDirect RDMA technology, Broadcom’s 100Gb Ethernet controller enables NVIDIA GPU-accelerated clusters to deliver superior performance, scalability and efficiency for HPC, enterprise and deep learning applications,” said Paresh Kharya, Tesla Product Management Lead at NVIDIA. “Direct data transfer between Broadcom’s Ethernet controller and NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU increases bandwidth and minimizes GPU to GPU communication latency across Ethernet fabrics, opening avenues to address new computing challenges.” “We are glad to see that Broadcom is now supporting RoCE with multi-host on the new 100G Networking Interface Cards (NICs),” said Yuval Bachar, principal engineer for Global Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy at LinkedIn. “This technology allows the industry to build high density server technology in Open19 datacenter infrastructure and many other multi-CPU-socket server solutions in the industry.” Availability Broadcom has begun sampling the BCM57454 controller in 100G PCIe NIC with production planned for the second half of 2017. Please contact your local Broadcom sales representative for samples and pricing. Further information on Broadcom’s latest 100G PCIe NIC and OCP Mezzanine products is available online at https://www.broadcom.com/products/ethernet-connectivity/network-adapters/ About Broadcom Limited Broadcom Limited is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions. Broadcom Limited’s extensive product portfolio serves four primary end markets: wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage and industrial & other. Applications for our products in these end markets include: data center networking, home connectivity, set-top box, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones and base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com. Broadcom, the pulse logo, Connecting everything, Avago Technologies, NetXtreme, StrataXGS and Tomahawk are among the trademarks of Broadcom.  The term "Broadcom" refers to Broadcom Limited and/or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Patent
NIC Inc | Date: 2014-05-13

A rotary security seal assembly is disclosed for sealing container closures, meters, equipment and various other articles. The assembly is configured to reveal surreptitious entry or attempted access into or to a sealed area or article and comprises a housing body and a locking filament. The housing body includes a socket and a housing locking filament receiving bore extending at least in part through the housing body and intersecting the socket. The locking filament has a first end area and a second end area. The first end area of the locking filament is permanently secured to the housing body by hardened molding material forming the housing body. The second end area of the locking filament is dimensioned and configured to be received in and extended at least in part through the housing locking filament receiving bore leaving a continuous locking filament loop outside the housing body when so received.


Patent
NIC Inc | Date: 2015-05-21

A rotary security seal assembly includes a housing body defining a socket including a top opening and a peripheral socket wall. A rotor body is receivable in the socket that includes a top flange, a bottom flange, and a center body area between the top and bottom flanges. A locking filament includes a first end area permanently secured to the housing body by hardened material forming the housing body and a second end area dimensioned and configured to be received in and extend at least in part through a housing locking filament receiving bore defined by the housing body and a rotor locking filament receiving bore defined by the rotor body. At least one axial locking structure extends radially inward from the peripheral socket wall and between the top and bottom flanges of the rotor body.


Patent
NIC Inc | Date: 2013-04-17

A security lock bolt for sealing objects against unauthorized access includes a lock bolt having two bolt locking features that cooperate with two locking features that cooperate with a locking cylinder and transparent cap member secured to the locking cylinder, respectively. The bolt locking feature cooperating with the locking cylinder secures the bolt from unauthorized separation from the locking cylinder and the locking feature that cooperates with the transparent cap is visible to an observer outside the cylinder and locks the bolt against separation from the transparent cap member. The transparent cap locking arrangement provides an indication of full locking of the lock bolt within the locking cylinder. The bolt locking feature associated with the transparent cap member is integrated with an overmolded bolt body casing.


Patent
NIC Inc | Date: 2015-11-20

A lock bolt assembly includes a bolt body comprising metal and having a proximal end area, a distal end area, and a circumferential locking groove. A locking cylinder comprises metal and has an inner cylinder bore including a cylinder locking feature. The cylinder locking feature and the locking groove are arranged to be irreversibly coupled to each other when the bolt body is fully received in the inner cylinder bore. A transparent cap member is connected to the locking cylinder that includes an axial bore. The cap member defines a locking abutment in the axial bore and a keyway substantially vertically aligned with the locking abutment. A bolt body casing is permanently attached to the bolt body and defines a key element situated in the keyway and a locking finger engaging the locking abutment in an irreversible manner when the locking groove is irreversibly coupled to the cylinder locking feature.

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