A new seed investment initiative and other disaggregated network system deployments from Telefónica, and the evolution of Verizon’s edge services strategy, led the way in this roundup of industry news.
The Tech division of Telefónica has launched Telefónica Tech Ventures, an “investment vehicle in the field of cybersecurity”. It was founded by ElevenPaths, the operator’s cybersecurity unit that is part of Telefónica Tech, and Telefónica Innovation Ventures (TIV), the company’s venture capital arm. Telefónica Tech Ventures is launching with nine startups that have already received support from TIV and the Spanish operator’s Wayra startup support program: it then plans to invest in up to 15 additional cybersecurity startups, with injections of cash of up to 6 million euros in each. The new vehicle is looking for startups with “high disruptive potential in areas such as threat intelligence, cloud security, data protection and the application of automation and artificial intelligence for the defense of any organization,” regardless of its size and the nature of the asset to be protected. ”The news comes shortly after Telefónica announced the creation of cybersecurity and cloud academies. To learn more about Telefónica Tech Ventures, read this ad.
Always with the Spanish giant … Telefónica continues to be a pioneer in the deployment of disaggregated network systems. As well as being a cheerleader for Open RAN, he also worked to get disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSG) in its networks and, after the first deployments of such systems in Germany last year, collaborated with the Telecom Infra (TIP) project and Infinera to deploy DCSG technology in its network in Peru. Read more.
And there is more… Europcar Mobility Group strengthens its partnership with Telefónica and Geotab as part of its ongoing connected car program. The car rental giant already had 44,000 connected cars in 2019 and aims to connect its entire fleet by 2023, as part of its “ Connect ” roadmap. See this press release for more details.
Verizon took its cloud-native and distributed edge computing strategy to the next level with the launch of VNS Application Edge, a Kubernetes-based managed platform-as-a-service offering that enables enterprise users to deploy their applications in multi-cloud environments and the edge of the Verizon network. The operator claims to have developed the service, made possible by the partitioning of the hardware resources of the white box, in collaboration with the specialist in management systems Kubernetes Rafay Systems. Learn more, and also check out our Edge channel and the sessions from our still fresh Edgenomics Summit.
Hey Google! Huawei announced its latest Mate 40 Pro and Pro Plus “flagship” smartphones. Reviews so far have mostly gone the usual route – great hardware, great camera, screen with the best, overall aesthetics and attention to detail equally great. The real questions, however, will center on the life of the phone without Google apps and services. How will it fill up with new software? And how will its new operating system and new processor hold up? Considering Android’s privacy concerns and antitrust actions heading to Google, a phone without Google may be exactly what many potential customers are looking for in the future.
Israeli component supplier Ethernity Networks is the latest company to develop technology for disaggregated radio access networks. He has developed a product that he says aggregates traffic and provides virtual routing functions in a 5G distributed unit (DU). He says the solution is “based on the company’s current ACE-NIC100 FPGA SmartNIC, which offers Ethernity’s exclusive Router-on-FPGA-NIC. Read more.
Ribbon communications added two new Managed as a Service offerings to Ribbon Call Trust, its solution designed to validate a caller’s identity, intent and reputation. The new offerings, STIR / SHAKEN-as-a-Service and Reputation Scoring, are both enabled by Ribbon’s Identity Hub, a cloud-native platform designed to provide a suite of managed services for identity assurance. Read more.
Samsung electronics and Deutsche Telekom jointly developed a set of solutions for hybrid education. “Samsung Neues Lernen” includes hardware and software, with connectivity provided on demand by the German telecommunications company. The solutions package enables both face-to-face and distance learning (“blended learning”) in a single application. Read more.
Regional operator Germany NetCologne deployed G.fast technology from Nokia to extend the reach of its fiber optic broadband network in multi-tenant buildings and deliver downstream speeds of up to 1 Gbit / s. Read more.
Internet-connected devices, or IoTs, now account for around 33% of infected devices, up from around 16% in 2019, according to the latest Nokia Threat Intelligence Report. The volume of attacks against IoT devices is increasing “at an alarming rate due to weak security protections and cybercriminals’ use of automated tools to exploit these vulnerabilities,” Nokia notes. Read more.
AT&T and Cisco have extended their collaboration into the managed IoT device market. The partners already manage millions of devices across multiple industry verticals and are now working on how to manage IoT connectivity in a way that helps “mitigate security risks, identify anomalies in the use of data and optimize traffic classification reports to improve billing clarity ”. Read more.
Lumen Technologies, formerly CenturyLink, unveiled a self-service portal that enables businesses to simplify the way they shop for their networking, edge cloud and security solutions. Read more.
Broadband fixed network operator in the UK CityFibre had a busy few days. He announced plans for a £ 117million investment in fiber infrastructure in Nottingham, with the aim of reaching almost every home and business in the city, and started building networks in the Scottish city from Dundee and Swindon. To learn more about his plans in Nottingham, read this press release.
– Staff, TelecomTV