What’s new with… Verizon, Mavenir, Twitter, digital platforms and services

5G and what it takes to make it a big hit leads our news today, while Elon Musk seems to have gotten his hang of Twitter – a story that’s sure to run and run

Verizon is scanning the 5G horizon & talks about virtualization. Top brass at US telco Verizon say that if 5G is to be a success, it must be programmable and that is why it invests so much in virtualization. According to Bill Stone, Vice President of Technology Planning and Development at the operator, Verizon will start by modernizing and virtualizing its core network and then move on to the access network. He was talking last week Telecom Cloud Forum event, a virtual gathering discussing the question “Can the cloud economy make 5G the engine of digital transformation?” “. Mr. Stone said, “The importance of virtualization in the modern network cannot be overstated, adding that all “high value-added 5G applications are highly dependent on the programmability of virtualized networks” and that “virtualization is essential for advanced operations and services such as the network”. slicing and edge computing that require a programmable network with the ability to move functions and operations across the distributed network. He also spoke about the benefits of Open RAN, stating that “An Open RAN architecture offers the great advantage of additional competition, innovation and cost-efficiency in the radio access network, but these advantages provide a strong incentive operators to move forward with Open. RAN. At Verizon, we rely on our vendor partners to help solve the technical challenges associated with this evolution. Originally, leaning inward was intended to encourage women to take on challenges and accept risks in the workplace. The concept rose to prominence in 2013 after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published a book called “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” However, the Macmillan Dictionary states that the “phrasal verb” now means “accept challenges and seek responsibility” when used in corporate gibberish. Gobbledygook is defined as “language that is meaningless or unintelligible” and an immense amount of such profanity is prevalent in the global telecommunications industry. I think I’ll lean now.

And more on 5G… Mavenir announced that Vodafone Portugal will use its 5G MAVcore and Policy Control solution for its Converged Packet Core containerized network. The MAVcore family, the company claims, provides a modernized next-generation data network and runs on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, supporting 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G so CSPs like Vodafone can plan for future growth and a greater attention to safety and reliability. It simplifies network transformation and enables operational efficiencies with full automation, it is claimed. You can read more in Mavinir’s press release here.

Regrets? he has a few…. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey regrets letting the social media genius out of the bottle. Meanwhile, Elon Musk just spent US$2.89 billion to buy 73,486,938 shares of Twitter. He now owns 9.2% of the US microblogging and social networking service and is the platform’s largest shareholder. His stake is four times larger than that held by Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey. Mr Musk has for some time complained that Twitter is muzzling the debate and hinted that he would launch a new platform because “free speech is essential to the functioning of a democracy”. Perhaps he now thinks that one way to ensure this is to take control of Twitter. Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey released a statement registering his “regret” for the role he played in centralizing the internet. He said: “The centralization of discovery and identity in enterprises has really damaged the internet, I realize that I am partly responsible and I regret it.” He added that “a greater focus on protocol first, then interface would have helped.” He now looks back with nostalgia to the early days of the Web when applications and services such as Internet Relay Chat (IRC), the text-based instant messaging system used since 1988 and designed for group communication in discussion forums, but also enabled one-to-one communication via private messages. IRC still exists but is only used by a few thousand social network aficionados and non-users. He also laments the decline of the global peer-to-peer publishing service Usenet, which has been available on computers since 1980. Usenet is a kind of bulletin board system that in some cases has evolved into Internet forums such as Facebook. , Google and, irony of ironies, Twitter. Dorsey now admits that “there were fewer tech options for making money. This led to the dominance of advertising. Yes, well… it would be, wouldn’t it? And it happened, didn’t it?

Supply chain issue: With regard to the telecommunications industry, the supply chain shortages caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the strained political and commercial relations between the West and China, the ramifications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the UK (and to some extent the EU), the effects of Brexit, are getting worse as the shortage of silicon chips continues. Demand for microprocessors is increasing even as supply decreases, with some parts of the world beginning to transition from 3G to 4G/LTE services as others gravitate from 4G to 5G and even as demand for new smartphones and other mobile devices increases. With the shortage of chips themselves comes challenges with sourcing and managing inventory, streamlining logistics, and ensuring data integrity. A new report from the Research and Professional Services team Deloitte says 40% of US consumers will buy a 5G smartphone when the services are available and have proven to be quantifiably better than cheaper 4G devices. The question of the moment is how do you solve supply chain shortages? iQmetrixbased in Vancouver, Canada, a provider of intelligent business management software for the telecom industry, says he has an answer. The company’s software is designed to enable telecommunications retailers to adopt a “buy anywhere” strategy through multi-channel inventory management and digital retail solutions to enable data-based decision making. data. iQmetrix says new inventory management solutions can go some way to addressing microprocessor shortages while enabling telecom retailers to deliver a unified customer experience. New features in the iQmetrix suite include smart data, standardization of product identification data within the parameters of a broad technology ecosystem, including carrier-mandated device inventory, vendor-managed accessories, sales data and analytics. The system can also help reduce the incidence of fraud and theft.

equinixthe Global colocation data center provider, Announces Agreement to Acquire Data Center and Connectivity Solutions Provider in West Africa MainOne for an enterprise value of US$320 million. He says the move marks the start of Equinix’s expansion into Africa and is a major step forward for its long-term strategy to become an African carrier-neutral digital infrastructure company providing connectivity to Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast. MainOne’s assets include four data centers; a 7,000 km submarine network and a terrestrial network of more than 1,200 km of fiber in the States of Lagos, Edo and Ogun. Nigeria has both the largest population and largest economy in Africa, with around 142 million active internet subscribers.

Ukraine War: How Its Operators Keep Lines Open. When the history of Ukraine’s 2022 war is written, there’s bound to be a big section devoted to how the country’s networks were kept in working order (roughly) and how the operators nation’s telecoms have put aside their usual competitive rivalries to work together. to maintain the flow of communications. Telegeography research analyst Pete Bell has stayed in touch with Ukrainian telecom operators and – through the efforts of the telecom operators – has been able to keep up to date and assess how well the network and those maintaining it faced the most difficult of circumstances. Bad weather and occasional earthquakes can be commonplace in some countries, but very few telecommunications engineers also have to endure bombings and air attacks. In the Telegeography blog, Bell reports that former monopoly landline operator Ukrtelecom has worked hard to maintain its network with chief executive Yuri Kurmaz saying that even in areas under Russian control the telecom operator is managing to maintain services almost entirely. “As soon as the opportunity arises, we reconnect,” he said. Just days after the invasion began, the mobile carriers all lined up and enabled free roaming between their networks so that when the signal on your home network becomes unavailable, you can try one of two others for voice, SMS or data. All users have been asked not to send large files. Broadband ISPs in cities across Ukraine have connected hundreds of bomb shelters to fixed Internet/Wi-Fi installations and continue to expand their networks daily. Check Telegeography site, well worth a visit.

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