SoftBank Corp. has selected Dialogic’s PowerMedia XMS software media server as a core network element of their new multimedia web conferencing solution, supporting SoftBank’s enterprise collaboration needs for video conferencing and chat room capabilities. The WebRTC-based web conferencing application will replace aging legacy video equipment and services for employees across their various divisions and brands.
SoftBank has also teamed up with Ericsson to deploy Ericsson’s virtual Mobility Management Entity (MME), along with Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) – based on OpenStack – and Ericsson Cloud Manager for Orchestration (ECM) in SoftBank’s commercial network.
The deployment represents a complete Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution, including Virtual Network Functions (VNF), NFV Infrastructure (NFVI), VNF Manager (VNFM) and VNF Orchestration (VNFO). The Ericsson virtual MME operates on commercial off-the-shelf hardware and coexists with native Ericsson MME to extend the pool.
SoftBank is the first Tier 1 operator to complete such a wide-scale deployment of virtual MME in a native MME pool.
Blue Danube Systems, a provider of wireless access solutions, announced the launch of its first commercial product, BeamCraft 500, using the company’s proprietary High Definition Active Antenna Systems (HDAAS) technology.
HDAAS is a new radio platform, specifically developed for advanced 3D beamforming in 4G, 5G and other wireless applications. The HDAAS platform places and directs wireless power to solve the challenges of increasing data demand.
Built upon the HDAAS platform, Blue Danube’s BeamCraft product series can deliver a range of performance improvements and support multiple field applications through design elements such as transmit power, array size and intelligent software control. BeamCraft 500 packs 96 active elements and radios with a total maximum output power of 160W into a panel measuring 63 inches x 14 inches x 10 inches (HxWxD). This panel can be easily installed at existing antenna locations, onto both towers and buildings, using conventional mounting techniques.
Under dynamic conditions such as a hotspot with tens of video users, the BeamCraft 500 delivers Mbps downloads.
Blue Danube has reached agreements with multiple OEMs and mobile operators to work on deployment scenarios, with several field trials scheduled for the first half of 2016.
Intercede, a digital identity and credentials company, announced the launch of RapID, a security solution that delivers password and token free access to cloud services from mobile applications.
RapID incorporates PKI based authentication and encryption to provide military grade security for business and consumer applications. The solution is designed to establish trusted relationships between end users and services providers using applications that involve sensitive data or are transaction based.
After an initial enrollment, RapID users can access a given application via a PIN code or fingerprint scan. No other user can access the relevant application account without being in possession of both the correct device and the relevant PIN or fingerprint.
RapID is available for iOS and Android based phones and tablets, and can be scaled to service millions of devices.
European communications service provider (CSP) Telefónica Spain has chosen Oracle as a supplier of session border controller and will use the Oracle Communication Session Border Controller for its full portfolio of services which include residential services, mobile rich communication services (RCS), business services including SIP trunking, interconnection to support agreements with other CSPs, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
Next week, AT&T will be hosting customer trials of the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset in 1,100 stores across the country. In 133 of those stores, customers can experience a Carnival Cruise on the headset and get $25 or $100 off a future Carnival Cruise when they purchase four Samsung smartphones. Customers will also be able to enter a contest to win a cruise.
The Carnival VR content will showcase decks, staterooms, entertainment venues and other features on ships from the company’s Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line Brands, as well as beach and excursion offerings in Barcelona, Mexico and other popular worldwide destinations.
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