The “Hidden” Opportunity in Low-loss Materials for 5G, Reports IDTechEx
Comba Has Been Appointed by China Mobile Hong Kong to Provide 5G Indoor Coverage Solution
Telecoms will be fastest growing African business sector
The Next Stage in Thermal Materials for 5G, Discussed by IDTechEx
Wirepas and Nordic Semiconductor demonstrate the world’s first non-cellular 5G connection
Quest for Speed, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Unveils Wi-Fi 6E
Black Box and Celona Team Up to Create Future-forward 5G Solutions for All Applications
Prysmian Group to deliver cable for the fibre network of the future in Australia
Bluepeak to Bring a Faster, More Reliable Internet to Altus, Oklahoma
ABI Research releases a study on the new 5G IoT standard
5G: The Market GaN Needs, Discussed by IDTechEx
People could be forgiven for assuming that 5G is already here and a done thing. However, much of the 5G rollout to date has been in lower frequency bands more similar to existing 4G rather than taking full advantage of the higher frequencies. The current state of 5G has seen less technological innovation than might have initially been expected with the promise of high frequency, Gigabit download speeds, and millisecond latency yet to be realized in a major way. There is certainly more scope for technical development and hence opportunities for several technologies and materials, a critical one of which is the semiconductor technology with wide bandgap semiconductors. IDTechEx’s latest research report on “Thermal Management for 5G 2022-2032” finds that GaN (gallium nitride) has a significant opportunity within the 5G market and this creates a downstream effect on other components such as die attach materials. LDMOS (laterally-diffused metal-oxide semiconductor) devices have been the technology of choice for power amplifiers through the 4G era. These power amplifiers provide the crucial role of boosting the signal for transmission. The trouble is once we move above around 4 GHz, LDMOS starts to become inefficient. Efficiency is a critical factor for telecoms infrastructure as it directly impacts the energy consumption of the antenna. With much of 5G infrastructure being deployed alongside existing equipment, the energy consumption of telecoms towers is set to increase dramatically, adoption of wide bandgap semiconductors like GaN is one method to reduce this future impact. GaN provides greatly improved efficiencies at higher frequencies, depending on the specific use case, this can be in the region of 10% or more improvements for efficiency. GaN started being deployed in 4G networks with Huawei equipment but has seen only moderate adoption globally so far due to the increased price, lower manufacturing availability, and difficulty in integration with other components. However, it is far from niche technology developed by startup companies, for example, Japanese technology giant Sumitomo provides RF components to companies like Huawei including their GaN devices. With the growth of 5G continuing, especially for higher frequencies, we’re expecting a significant uptake in GaN over the next decade, especially for the higher end of the sub-6 GHz infrastructure where higher powers are being used and component integration is not quite as challenging as it is in the mmWave region. For this application, IDTechEx predicts a 4 fold increase in GaN demand per year by the end of the decade. The adoption of wide bandgap semiconductors typically raises the junction temperature of devices and starts to bring more thermal management considerations. One critical failure point with thermal cycling is how the semiconductor device is connected, or the die attach material. Junction temperatures for GaN devices are often above 175 °C, at this point we start to limit the options for typical solder materials, especially when lead-free is a requirement in most markets. This is leading many players to consider sintering materials. Sintering involves the application of a (typically silver) paste that is heated causing densification. The upshot is a more reliable connection with improved thermal conductivity. This has already started to be adopted in a big way in the electric vehicle market thanks to the transition to SiC (silicon carbide) and 800 V platforms. The key limitation historically has been the lack of commercial experience, long curing times, and the need for an inert atmosphere or higher pressures, but developments of these materials, greater market adoption, and the trend towards GaN could see sintering start to make a big impact in the 5G market too. IDTechEx is expecting a 10-fold increase in demand for sintering materials in 5G infrastructure by 2030. There is also a great interest in the development of copper sintering materials over silver due to the potentially reduced costs and improved performance but falls into the same issues as silver sintering had originally compared to solder. IDTechEx’s latest report on “Thermal Management for 5G 2022-2032” covers the choice of semiconductor technology in sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequency bands, as well as the associated die, attach materials with 10-year market forecasts for both. The report also considers the developments in antenna design, use of thermal interface materials and developments in thermal materials for 5G smartphones.
Comcast Expands Digital Equity Efforts: Installs Comcast Lift Zone at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Olathe Unit
As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families and individuals to the Internet so they can fully participate in the digital economy, Comcast today announced the Olathe Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is now a high-speed Internet enabled Lift Zone. Lift Zones provide free WiFi access in community centers and complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which since 2011 has helped connect more than 10 million low-income Americans to the Internet at home, with more than 20,000 in Kansas and Missouri, including Olathe. The grand opening celebration of Comcast’s first Lift Zone in Olathe, located at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Olathe Unit, will be on Tuesday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m. at 520 S. Harrison St. With this opening, there are now three active Lift Zones in the Greater Kansas City Area—two in Independence at the Boys & Girls Clubs and this new addition at the Olathe Unit. Dignitaries attending the event are Dr. Dred Scott, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, LeEtta Felter, Olathe City Council and School Board Member, and Brent McCune, Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Olathe Unit Advisory Board. “I would like to express my gratitude to the team at Comcast,” remarked Dr. Dred Scott, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “Adding the Lift Zones to the Olathe Unit to help our Club members access the Internet is huge. During the pandemic many of our youth were forced to learn from home without having the technology, hardware and infrastructure to support that learning. I want to thank each and every member of the Comcast team that made the Lift Zone initiatives possible within our Clubs. It means so much because of the connection they have with the Club. This relationship and this partnership are much more than a transactional experience.” "Having WiFi at the Lift Zone in the Olathe Unit is great because I can get my homework done right after school,” remarked 5th Grade Olathe Lift Zone Club Member, Aleria H. “When my homework is completed, it allows me to have more free time when I get home. I’m so glad the Club has WiFi!" “Our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is part of our work striving to advance digital equity in communities across the Greater Kansas City area,” said Nicole Jacobson, Director, Technical Operations, Comcast. “Opening the Lift Zone at their facility in Olathe allows us to support students and their families and provide them with the high-speed broadband they need to stay connected.” For more information about Internet Essentials, Lift Zones and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/education. Families and households can apply for the Internet Essentials program at www.internetessentials.com or by phone at 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Houston Mother Gives ‘Inside Look’ at Staying Connected to the Internet During the Pandemic
A Houston mother is one of the millions of low-income Americans who will now be able to get free, fast and reliable Comcast broadband service, thanks to the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) — a federally-funded program that gives eligible households a credit of up to $30 per month towards the cost of broadband service. Houston Mother Jamila Byrd Gives ‘Inside Look’ at Staying Connected to the Internet During the Pandemic “When the pandemic first happened, that’s when everything got pretty chaotic,” Jamila Byrd, a Houston mother of two, said. “You don’t really think about how important the Internet is until you don’t have it anymore.” According to the White House, an estimated 42 million Americans are in the same or similar situation as Byrd; they don’t have access to high-speed internet at home. The hardship, often referred to as the “digital divide”, was exacerbated by the pandemic when families had to virtually learn and work from home. “We had to go to friends’ houses, my sister’s house, so my kids could do assignments,” Byrd said. “It takes away a lot of time from us being together as a family. It’s tough for everybody.” The goal of the program is to help low-income households connect and stay connected to high-speed internet for work, school, healthcare and more. Eligible households that enroll in the program get up to a $30 monthly credit ($75 for eligible Tribal land households). Customers can use the monthly credit towards Xfinity Internet and mobile services. Eligible households are those that qualify for programs like the Federal Pell Grant, National School Lunch Program, SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance and other government programs. “The Affordable Connectivity Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Comcast is proud to actively support,” Houston Regional Vice President of External Affairs Toni Beck said. “As a company and society, it is imperative that we work together to help people connect to the transformative power of the internet both at home and on the go. At Comcast, we’re doing just that.” In response to the ACP, Comcast introduced a new plan called Internet Essentials Plus that offers twice the download speed – up to 100 Mbps – of the traditional Internet Essentials service, a cable modem and a WiFi router for $29.95 per month. With the $30 ACP credit, Internet Essentials Plus is effectively free for qualifying families. Customers who are looking for home internet and top-rated mobile service can now have both at an affordable price. Internet Essentials customers paying $9.95 per month can add one line of Unlimited Xfinity Mobile ($45 per month) for $24.95 per after applying the ACP credit. In February, during a White House event, Vice President Kamala Harris, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, and Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu announced more than 10 million households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, the nation’s largest-ever broadband affordability program. Byrd was recently approved for the ACP credit. “I’m grateful for this program,” Byrd said. “If I had to use one word to describe our household environment right now, it’s unity. It brings us together. It helps us to be able to do the things that we need to do, and then we have more time for family time.” To learn more about the ACP, eligibility or to apply go to Xfinity.com/acp or call 1-844-389-4681.
COMCAST TO INVEST $22 MILLION TO EXPAND FIBER BROADBAND SERVICE TO 18,000+ HOMES & BUSINESSES IN EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UTAH
Comcast today announced it will expand service to more than 18,000 homes and businesses in Eagle Mountain City over the next four years. Comcast will invest more than $22 million, without the use of any public funds, to bring the entire suite of Xfinity services to the Eagle Mountain community. Internet options will range from $9.95 per month with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, to super-fast 1-Gigabit broadband service. “Giving our residents another choice for cable and internet services improves the quality of life for our residents,” said Tom Westmoreland, Eagle Mountain mayor. “We look forward to welcoming Comcast into our community.” This expansion will provide qualifying families and individuals with access to Comcast’s affordable Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most successful broadband adoption initiative. Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected 160,000 low-income Utahns to the power of the internet at home – many for the first time. “As one of the fastest growing cities in Utah, we are eager for opportunities that will lend to successful businesses and thriving neighborhoods,” said Tyler Savage, Chairman, Eagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce. “Comcast will be a powerful presence that our community can rely on in pursuit of these endeavors. We look forward to working closely with Comcast as our city continues to grow and become more prosperous.” Beginning in early 2023, residents in Eagle Mountain will have access to the entire Xfinity product suite, including Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Mobile, Xfinity X1 cable, Xfinity Home security and Internet Essentials. Residential customers will also be able to use more than 19 million hotspots across the country, an award-winning voice remote, and a streaming service offering more than 15,000 hours of content. Once completed, businesses will have access to the full suite of Comcast Business services including Ethernet, Internet, advanced voice solutions, and video services, including WiFi, Voice, TV, and managed enterprise solutions for businesses of all sizes. Comcast Business’ comprehensive portfolio of products and services help meet the day-to-day demands for large amounts of bandwidth, linking multiple sites or branch locations, or connecting offices to third-party data centers. "We are committed to supporting Utah’s growth plans by building infrastructure and bringing high-speed broadband to meet the state’s next-generation capacity needs,” said Bryan Thomas, vice president, Network Engineering, Comcast Mountain West Region. “Our fiber expansion in Eagle Mountain is the latest example of the significant investments we've already made in the state. Since 2019, we’ve invested $881 million in technology and infrastructure capital expenditures, taxes and fees, employee wages and benefits, and charitable giving.” Comcast is also proud to participate in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which is a federal program that provides those who qualify up to $30/month credit towards their Internet service for the duration of the program. Eligible customers can apply their ACP credit to any tier of Xfinity Internet service, and Comcast’s Internet Essentials customers can effectively get service for free after the credit is applied. New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit www.xfinity.com/free or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and sign up.
COMCAST EXPANDING SERVICE TERRITORY, BRINGING FULL SUITE OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO SILVERTON, OREGON
Comcast Oregon/SW Washington today announced its plan to expand its network to Silverton, Oregon, enabling nearly 5,000 Oregonians access to its state-of-the-art broadband network. The $10.6 million project will allow residents to access Xfinity Internet, delivering speeds of up to 1.2 gigabits per second (Gbps), and Comcast Business will enable speeds up to 10 Gbps for commercial customers. Over the last three years, Comcast has invested more than half a billion dollars in the state to improve the network, support the community, and ensure residents, students and businesses remain connected to the internet during the pandemic. The Silverton expansion is part of a broader plan to bring Comcast’s network to more Oregonians. “Comcast operates with the fundamental belief that connecting people to the power of broadband technology can be life changing,” said David Tashjian, regional senior vice president of Comcast Oregon/SW Washington. “That’s why we are committed to bridging the digital divide for Oregon/SW Washington residents – not only with our network expansions and investments, but also with our lnternet Essentials program, which brings fast, affordable internet to those who need it most.” Tashjian describes the expansion as strategic. “We’re also exploring expansions into additional communities adjacent to our footprint.” Construction is slated to begin in the early spring with building the fiber backbone. Some customers will be able to connect to services in late 2022, with completion of the network throughout Silverton in 2023. “I know there’s a lot of interest in Comcast,” says Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer. “As a mayor, I want to have more choices, and I want residents to have better choices, and I want to have fewer people bugging me all the time saying they’re upset at their service.” Mayor Palmer went on to say, “I was talking to one of your technicians who lives here in Silverton and he said to me, ‘I hope we expand to Silverton soon,’ and I replied, ‘Yes, as soon as possible. Yesterday would be pretty good.’ And now you are headed here, and I’m very happy to hear that.” The leader of Silverton’s Chamber of Commerce is also excited about the new services that Comcast Business will bring to help with the city’s economic development. “I love the fact that our businesses will have another choice in providers,” said Stacy Palmer, director, Silverton Chamber of Commerce. “We have a strong tourism-based historic downtown and I know the services Comcast brings will be welcomed by our service and retail businesses.” Along with its products and services, Comcast will bring its Community Impact programs to Silverton. Earlier this year, Comcast announced a $1 billion commitment over ten years in continued support of digital equity, including its Lift Zones initiative, which has established WiFi-connected spaces in 25 community centers around Oregon/SW Washington for students and adults. Comcast Oregon/SW Washington has more than 1,000 employees who serve more than one million residential and business customers throughout the state. Comcast is Oregon/SW Washington’s provider of Xfinity video, high-speed Internet, smart home and phone services. Comcast operates Xfinity retail stores throughout Oregon/SW Washington, which feature a welcoming and modern retail environment that highlights the complete line of Xfinity home and Comcast Business technology offerings, including Xfinity Mobile, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Home and Xfinity Internet. To learn more about Comcast in Oregon/SW Washington, visit: https://oregon.comcast.com
Comcast Offering Free and Discounted Internet Through Affordable Connectivity Program
Comcast in the Twin Cities is offering free and discounted Internet options through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides eligible low-income households a credit up to $30 a month toward the cost of Internet service ($75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands). Customers who qualify can apply ACP credits to any tier of Xfinity Internet, including Internet Essentials. “As the world becomes more digital, it is crucial that everyone has the needed resources and opportunities to excel in today’s environment,” said Kalyn Hove, Regional Senior Vice President, Comcast Twin Cities. “The Affordable Connectivity Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Comcast is proud to be participating in and offer to any of our customers who qualify so they can benefit from the connectivity needed to function in today’s world.” Comcast recently introduced two new ways for customers to benefit from the ACP: Internet Essentials Plus Internet Essentials Plus is a new tier of service for Comcast’s hallmark digital equity program that is available in all Comcast service areas to any customer who qualifies. It offers twice the download speed – up to 100 Mbps – of the traditional Internet Essentials service, which has a 50 Mbps download speed. Internet Essentials Plus is available for $29.95/month to new customers who qualify. Existing Internet Essentials customers can upgrade to this new, faster tier at any time. Customers who subscribe to Internet Essentials Plus and enroll in ACP will effectively get broadband for free after the $30/month government discount is applied. Xfinity Mobile Comcast’s top-rated Xfinity Mobile service, which includes 5G, is now available to customers enrolled in ACP, giving them the ability to save money on their connectivity needs inside and out of the home. Internet Essentials customers can use their $30/month ACP discount to pay for both Xfinity Internet and Xfinity Mobile service. For example, an Internet Essentials customer (paying $9.95/month) can add one line of Unlimited on Xfinity Mobile ($45/month) for $24.95/month after applying the ACP discount. Xfinity Mobile has no line access or activation fees and comes with unlimited talk and text, so customers only pay for cellular data. Customers can mix and match between two straightforward plans on Xfinity Mobile with 5G included, Unlimited or By the Gig, and pair these mobile plans with any tier of Internet service to provide ultimate flexibility. They can also switch back and forth between Unlimited and By the Gig mobile plans at any time. In addition, Xfinity Mobile devices automatically connect to millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to reduce customers’ dependence on cellular and save money. Sign up for ACP Eligible households that enroll in the program can receive $30/month toward their Internet and mobile service ($75/month on Tribal lands). New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit www.xfinity.com/acp or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and sign up. Today’s announcement is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. For more information about Comcast’s comprehensive connectivity program for low-income Americans visit: https://corporate.comcast.com/values/internet-essentials
Comcast Invests $1 Million to Bring High Speed Broadband to Rural Community of Biola, California in Fresno County
Comcast today announced it invested $1 million to bring high speed broadband to Biola, Cali., a rural community in Fresno County. As part of its larger digital equity initiative in California, Comcast will also open three new Lift Zones in the Central Valley region, donate more than $100,000 to community organizations for digital literacy programs, and provide free laptops to 250 families. Biola residential customers will now have access to all Xfinity services, including Internet Essentials, which provides high speed Internet at home for $9.95 per month (plus tax) for qualified families/individuals. Businesses in the area also will now be able to get the full suite of Comcast Business products and services. In addition, Comcast announced it will open three new WiFi-connected community centers, called Lift Zones, one at the Biola Community Services District and two at Reading & Beyond located in Southeast Fresno. Each location will provide free WiFi access to students, families, seniors, and community members. With these three additions, Comcast now has established 13 Lift Zones in Fresno County—and a total of 150 Lift Zones throughout our California footprint. Last year, Comcast launched Lift Zones at 10 Boys & Girls Clubs locations. Through these overall investments, and by providing reliable WiFi service at multiple educational and community spaces — as well as to homes and businesses — Comcast has helped thousands in the Central Valley get online and more fully participate in the digital economy. In addition to providing free WiFi service at the new Lift Zone locations, Comcast donated $102,000 to community partners — Fresno State Parent University received $77,000 to help residents with digital literacy training and work readiness skills and $25,000 to Reading & Beyond to provide digital literacy training to students, families, seniors, and community members. “Access to high-speed broadband is a game changer for the residents and business owners in Biola,” said Fresno County Supervisor Brian Pacheco. “Our world has become even more dependent on the internet to learn, teach, work, find healthcare services and so many other aspects of daily life. Comcast’s new high-speed internet services, combined with these sizable financial contributions to our community, will help so many individuals, families and businesses in our region. I’m thankful to everyone who worked so hard to make it a reality.” “The need for fast, secure internet service has never been greater than it is today, and I’m glad to see Comcast continue to invest in rural areas such as Biola to help our underserved communities,” said California State Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula. “Bold investments like these from Comcast have a significant impact. Helping families gain affordable and reliable internet access opens numerous areas of opportunity, maximizes potential, and creates lasting change.” “I am greatly appreciative of the efforts taken by Comcast’s significant investments in our rural communities and the expansion of broadband access,” said, Executive Director of the San Joaquin Broadband Consortium Eduardo Gonzalez. “Continuing to support public private partnerships, such as Comcast and the community of Biola, to create digital equity solutions can be a model of what can be accomplished together. These partnerships will help create vital educational opportunities, workforce development skills and overall quality of life for our residents and families in the region.” Expanding its network and broadband services to rural areas is an important part of Comcast’s overall effort to increase digital equity. Another critical element is Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has helped connect more than 10 million low-income people to the Internet at home. This includes more than 1.4 million residents across California, which is the number one state in terms of overall participation in the Internet Essentials program. Today’s donation is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. For more information about Comcast’s comprehensive connectivity program for low-income Americans visit https://corporate.comcast.com/values/internet-essentials. Lastly, Comcast is making the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) available for all speed tiers of Xfinity Internet service including Internet Essentials. ACP is a federal program that provides eligible customers up to a $30 per month credit toward their Internet and mobile services for the duration of the program. New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit www.xfinity.com/free or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and sign up.
Internet adoption worldwide surpass 65% in 2022 led by North America
The internet has a significant impact on how people learn, communicate, conduct business, and go about their daily lives. According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, internet penetration worldwide to reach 66% by the end of 2022 Q1. North America and Europe remain the only regions with an internet penetration rate of about 90% among their population. North America leads the world in internet penetration rate with 93.4%. The US and Canada have a well-developed internet infrastructure allowing easy access. In total, North America accommodates over 347 million internet users. Europe is second in penetration rate as 88.4% of Europeans are internet users. More than 743 million Europeans are connected to the world wide web. Latin America and the Caribbean region have an internet penetration rate of 80.4%. Despite the high percentage rate, many countries in the Latin American region have uneven coverage, coupled with high data and device costs. Countries in the Middle East provide internet to 76.4% of their population. Wealthier countries like UAE or Qatar have a penetration rate of nearly 100%. However, war-torn countries such as Syria or Yemen have a shallow internet penetration percentage due to most infrastructure being destroyed. Oceania and Australia have an internet penetration rate of 70.1%. While Australia and New Zealand accommodate nearly 90% of their population with the internet, many Pacific Islands have not invested in internet infrastructure. Asia’s internet penetration rate is 64.1%. Even though the percentage is below the world average, Asia has the largest population of nearly 2.8 billion internet users. That makes up about 53% of all internet users worldwide. Africa has the lowest internet penetration rate as only 43.1% of the population has access to the world wide web. The region accommodates about 601 million internet users. Cybersecurity writer at Atlas VPN Vilius Kardelis shares his thoughts on internet freedom: “Increasing internet penetration rate makes the world more connected. It has become a necessity for most people, which helps communicate and find information like never before. However, the internet must stay out of government control and be open to everyone, so internet users would reap the benefits it brings.” - Internet censorship Despite the increasing internet penetration rate worldwide, some countries impose internet restrictions. Chinese state-owned internet service providers block various websites such as Wikipedia, Google, YouTube, etc. Such censorship severely limits the freedom of the press. After the invasion of Ukraine, similar methods of censorship are being established in Russia as well. The country is seeking to close off its citizens from outside information by banning social media platforms and western media outlets, making it impossible to access them without a VPN. To read the full article, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/internet-adoption-worldwide-surpass-65-in-2022-led-by-north-america
BLUEPEAK TO BRING A FASTER, MORE RELIABLE INTERNET TO LAWTON, OKLAHOMA
Bluepeak, an innovative internet provider, announced today that it has received franchise approval from the city of Lawton, Okla., to build a high-speed fiber network to meet the growing needs of the community, today and in the future. The approximately $40 million expansion – the largest such investment by Bluepeak in the state of Okla. – will bring Bluepeak service to more than 40,000 residences and businesses in Lawton. “The city of Lawton has been a steadfast partner in our work to bring a next-generation, fiber-to-the-home network to the community,” said Rich Fish, CEO of Bluepeak. “At Bluepeak, we take pride in being relentlessly for our customers and we can’t wait to show the good people of Lawton what that means for them.” With Bluepeak’s advanced fiber connection, residential customers can get up to 5 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of symmetrical bandwidth (upload and download) and businesses can get up to 10 Gbps and beyond of symmetrical bandwidth. Bluepeak’s fiber network will provide faster speeds, better connectivity, and the bandwidth to connect more devices for internet, streaming, gaming and more. “The City of Lawton is thrilled to see industry in Lawton growing with the investment from Bluepeak,” said City Manager Michael Cleghorn. “Access to high-speed internet, such as fiber connection, is vital to the growth of communities. We look forward to the possibilities this kind of access will present Lawton citizens.” “We are excited to have Bluepeak coming to Lawton to provide high speed internet services,” said Okla. State Rep. Rande Worthen. “One of the goals for the legislature has been to expand high speed internet to all four corners of the state. Just as exciting is, this is being done without the expenditure of any state dollars and solely by private capital.” “I am looking forward to Bluepeak expanding to Lawton in the near future,” said Okla. State Rep. Daniel Pae, a native of Lawton. “As we have learned during the pandemic, Lawtonians need access to affordable and reliable high-speed broadband, and I believe Bluepeak will help us accomplish this objective.” Bluepeak has coordinated with the city of Lawton and will begin construction on the new network within the next 90 days. For more information and to receive the latest updates, visit www.mybluepeak.com
World Mobile extends capabilities of its hybrid mobile network with new balloon Atlas partnership
World Mobile, the first mobile network built on blockchain powered and run by the people, has announced a partnership with Atlas LTA Advanced Technology (Atlas) which will secure the provision of aerostats (tethered balloon platforms) to connect the unconnected. As part of its hybrid network, World Mobile plans to launch the aerostats across Africa to deliver on its mission to connect the unconnected and provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of people. Starting in Zanzibar in Q3 this year, the Atlas aerostats will help deliver nearly 100% connectivity to the island. Following Zanzibar, World Mobile plans to launch in Tanzania mainland and Kenya followed by a roll out across Africa and the world. Each aerostat will connect over one hundred thousand subscribers, each with their own blockchain wallet on World Mobile. World Mobile aims to deploy thousands of aerostats across the continent. Its partnership with Atlas LTA Advanced Technology is World Mobile’s second aerostat partner. In December last year, it announced its first partnership with the US firm Altaeros. Both partnerships will play an integral role in helping World Mobile to deliver on its mission. For the last 30 years Atlas has grown a formidable team of aerospace system engineers. They have designed, built, and operated all kinds of aerial vehicles filled by the lighter-than-air gases: helium or patented safe hydrogen. Among the vehicles, there are over 200 tethered aerostats that have been used for private and enterprise communication networks in 14 countries. Atlas’ aerostats are tethered at heights of up to 1,500 metres, and these flying “towers” significantly expand the range of telecom equipment they hold, delivering a coverage area of up to 50-75km radius. They can stay up in the air for weeks using only lighter-than-air (LTA) gas buoyancy. They are fixed to the ground by integrated tethers, which include light and strong yarns, wires for electric power supply and fibreoptic lines for high-speed data transfer. Micky Watkins, CEO of World Mobile said: “World Mobile is on a mission to connect the unconnected and build the first mobile network powered and run by the people. Working with an innovative and expert partner like Atlas, who share our values, will make us stronger." Gennadiy Verba, President and CEO of Atlas LTA Advanced Technology, said: “Our international team includes some of the most experienced professionals in our market, so we are able to offer innovative concepts that are based on our experience and latest materials and technologies. We are delighted to be using this to partner with World Mobile in its aim to deliver truly innovative and life changing solutions to bring connectivity to everyone, wherever they are in the world.”
EARLY ACCESS TO THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES, AND SPECIAL PERKS AND DISCOUNTS FOR XFINITY CUSTOMERS
Comcast today announced the launch of Xfinity Rewards, a rewards program for all customers across the country. Xfinity Rewards was built around a simple idea: to give back to customers, just for being a customer, through unique and unforgettable experiences that only Comcast NBCUniversal can deliver. The multi-faceted program spans media and entertainment, sports, music, and technology. Members enjoy special perks like $1 Movie Rentals, access to free content, discounts at Universal Parks & Resorts, early access to the latest Comcast technologies, products, features like the new xFi Advanced Gateway with Supersonic WiFi, and Xfinity Mobile benefits and savings. Customers can also redeem rewards for unforgettable experiences like exclusive live stream events, have a chance for a meet and greet with Olympic gold-medalist Nathan Chen, a trip to the Latin American Music Awards in Las Vegas, or tickets to be part of the live audience at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York, just to name a few. “The entire Xfinity Rewards experience has been shaped and inspired by our customers. They told us they wanted meaningful rewards rooted in unforgettable experiences, so we’ve brought together the best of Comcast NBCUniversal to deliver just that,” said Jason Wicht, Senior Vice President of Growth Operations. “Xfinity Rewards truly speaks to our mission to connect people to more of what they love, with the most innovative technology available anywhere, while giving back and saying thanks - just for being a customer.” - How Xfinity Rewards Works Joining Xfinity Rewards is free for customers. Signing up only takes a minute through the Xfinity App or online at xfinity.com/rewards. Upon enrolling, members are placed in Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond tier based on how long they’ve been a customer, with access and the types of rewards based on tenure with Comcast. Rewards are available immediately upon signing up for the program so members can start exploring and enjoying them right away with new opportunities added frequently throughout the year. - Launching Xfinity Rewards with Supersonic WiFi Xfinity Rewards is all about unlocking unforgettable experiences – and what better place to start than right at home. Beginning March 4, at 12:00 p.m. EST, Xfinity Rewards Diamond members who subscribe to Gigabit Internet will receive early access to Comcast’s most innovative and powerful device to date delivering reliable, supersonic WiFi. 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Establishing Partnerships to Provide Wireless Broadband Access in Rural and Remote Locations
The founder of EUCAST Co. Ltd., a South Korean company with 4G LTE and 5G advanced wireless telecommunication technology, is back in the United States this week. EUCAST and its representatives in the United States are pursuing additional partnerships to provide its state-of-the-art wireless broadband equipment and solutions to rural and remote communities and businesses in the United States. While initially focused on Korea and Japan, EUCAST sees the United States as a critical component of its global growth strategy. EUCAST Global Inc. headquarters was established last month in Denver, Colorado. EUCAST provides wireless communication systems that allow users to access the internet whenever and wherever they want. Its advanced equipment, comprising base stations, control servers, core network, and network management systems, allows users in remote and underserved communities to access the internet. EUCAST also provides private network solutions for businesses that share confidential information. On previous trips to the United States, Jaehyeong Kim, CEO of EUCAST, shared many of its solutions with leading academics, industry leaders, first responders, native American communities, and potential business development partners. EUCAST has already signed a partnership with a Colorado university to involve its students and campus as a "living laboratory". In addition, EUCAST has created a strategic relationship with Clovity, an IoT software solution company to bundle Clovity's artificial intelligence platform with EUCAST’S private network. EUCAST already has an agreement to have field trials at Native American tribal land and at a park area in southern California, where internet service was lacking or even non-existent. EUCAST’s citizens broadband radio services (CBRS) systems, including core network and base stations, will be delivered to the target area this month. “I am thrilled to be coming back to the United States and share how our products can make a difference, especially in areas that struggle with broadband access,” stated Jaehyeong Kim. “From first responders working in emergencies to students dealing with remote learning, or businesses working to reach customers, our 4G LTE and 5G systems provide valuable benefits.” “Instead of expensive and time-consuming construction of cellular towers and more fiber optics cabling, EUCAST provides its network in a box (NIB) solution allowing quick communication system recovery in emergency or disaster situations. These solutions also apply to public safety and military applications,” explained Gary Sumihiro of Sumihiro Investments, LLC, who is bringing EUCAST to the US. “EUCAST products are highly durable and rugged because they have verified quality and performance in Korean and Japanese markets. Furthermore, EUCAST’s less expensive price points and greater flexibility in design customization means less maintenance/support service fees," says Sumihiro.
Turning Connected and Safe Mobility into Reality: 5G Automotive Association to Attend GSMA’s MWC Barcelona 2022
The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) will present the latest global advancements of ‘Cellular-Vehicle-to-Everything’ (C-V2X) in the journey towards 5G-V2X on 02 March 2022 at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2022. The 5GAA conference will gather senior executives to bring perspective on how C-V2X revolutionises the driving experience to make mobility smart, safe and sustainable, as C-V2X powered-vehicles are now hitting the market in Europe and beyond. Journalists are invited to join our media tour of 5GAA members’ booths to exchange with experts and witness the latest technology developments. This year, the 5G Automotive Association will be back at the Barcelona edition of the Mobile World Congress to address today’s mobility key challenges. The association will hold a “Turning Connected and Safe Mobility into Reality” conference on Wednesday 02 March 2022 at 09:00am-12:35pm CET (Theatre 4, Hall 7). Senior executives from automotive and telecommunications member companies (including China Mobile, Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Harman, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, Telefónica, Verizon, ZTE and more) will offer their perspective on C-V2X global market landscape and technology evolution towards 5G-V2X. A networking lunch is foreseen 12:15-01:00pm CET. To get prime access to C-V2X industry experts and latest demonstrations of the technology, 5GAA is calling on journalists and industry experts to join the 5GAA tour taking place on 02 March at 02:00-03:00pm. The onsite tour will explore the evolution of automotive connectivity for the purposes of enhanced road safety, improved traffic efficiency, greener environmental impact and more comfortable driving alongside members such as Anritsu, Deutsche Telekom, Intel, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz and ZTE. Europe is keen to play a leading role in future developments, in close collaboration with policymakers and road authorities, and 5GAA is uniquely placed to support C-V2X advances as it unites cross-sector players in this field. To book your seat at the 5GAA conference or networking lunch, please register your interest here. If you are interested in joining the press and industry tour, please send an email to email@example.com
IHSE USA to Showcase Emerging Technology to Modernize C2 Communications at WEST 2022
IHSE USA today announced that it will showcase its new line of products supporting emerging technology for command and control (C2) operations at Booth 2803 during WEST 2022, Feb. 16-18 in San Diego. Protecting important data has historically been secured behind a firewall and isolated to those with need-to-know access only, which is presenting a new challenge for government and military agencies. These agencies are grappling with an increased need for secure systems on one end and the flexibility to allow classified informational access for an ever-growing distributed workforce on the other. At WEST 2022, IHSE USA will be offering the 487 Series, its latest generation of secure KVM extenders that are being certified to meet the National Information Assurance Partnership Protection Profile for PSD 4.0 standard. These secure KVM extenders maintain air-gap isolation while improving an operator's efficiency and effectiveness in working across multiple security enclaves in government, military, finance, health care, and other critical infrastructure applications. Alongside state-of-the-art, secure KVM extender technology, IHSE USA now raises the bar with unmatched performance in higher refresh rates to support real-time military training and simulation systems. The Draco Tactical Ultra Series of extenders pull from technology designed for eSports and gaming to support refresh rates up to 240Hz and at full 1080p resolutions. For simulators or secure training centers, where computers need to be located at distances that exceed the reach of copper cables, these high-frame-rate extenders can be used to isolate sensitive hardware away from the training area while maintaining sharp visual images and tracking during fast-action simulations. For expeditionary forces where task-organized forces or short-notice deployment missions are required, IHSE USA has partnered with UTS Systems to offer integrated Command Post AV Comms systems using IHSE's Battle Command Display Management Systems (BCDMS), which enable operations to be conducted immediately upon arrival. Based on proven off-the-shelf technology, BCDMS provide full C2 components to support large wall displays, touch screens, and multiview image processing. Each BCDMS package is built to order and offers a wide range of flexibility without complex configuration and setup requirements. Systems can be configured and operational in minutes, not days. With IHSE USA BCDMS, access to multiple data levels, such as classified or unclassified, can be managed at the same user station with a single display, keyboard, and mouse. For users who need to monitor several displays simultaneously, the BCDMS' control system provides an easy way configure the keyboard and mouse to track across multiple displays, providing immediate control of the connected source as the mouse travels between displays. Additionally, the BCDMS can be optimized to include IHSE USA's MV42 series multiviewer, whereby up to four sources can be tracked and displayed on a single projector screen. As the mouse moves to each quadrant, the operator gains access to that source device. This option saves valuable workspace and reduces the number of projector display-screens needed. The encrypted transport layer between the BCDMS devices is not based on TCP/IP protocol and runs autonomously from the network. Each signal between devices travels along its own signal path. Access to the connected sources can only be done through the control system integrated to the matrix switch, which is isolated from the network. This also eliminates bandwidth saturation on the network because the BCDMS is not depending on the network for communication between the source and displays. "BCDMS will drive organizational changes to how expeditionary services integrate C2 deployable communications to their command post operations," said Dan Holland, marketing manager for IHSE USA. "With today's increasing threats to computer and network systems, making systems resilient to cyberattack is paramount. BCMDS adds that extra layer of security by isolating visual intelligence from the network." For secure network isolation of multisource display management, IHSE USA also introduces the Draco tera flex series of secure KVM matrix systems. From a basic 1-RU model with 16 ports to a 4-RU model with 160 ports, flex provides huge time savings for system installers who normally must preconfigure network ports as inputs or outputs. No matter the connectivity requirements, the flex can accommodate every need, including copper or fiber connections as well as a mixture of fiber and copper frames. With flex, users simply plug in the desired extender unit, and the built-in controller system will automatically register the type of device and assign it to that port as an active source or destination. This is accomplished through IHSE USA's flex-Port technology that provides instant switching capabilities for all the popular video formats including 4K resolutions and beyond. More information on IHSE USA and its KVM solutions is available at ihseusa.com
Foresight: Eye-Net Selected by Paris2Connect Consortium to Participate in an Urban Mobility Experiment
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile Ltd. (“Eye-Net” or “Eye-Net Mobile”), was one of five winners selected by the Paris2Connect consortium to participate in an urban mobility experiment to take place in Paris’ Urban Innovation District. The Paris2Connect consortium includes Nokia (HEL: NOKIA), ATC France (a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation), Aximum, RATP Group, and Signify N.V. (AMS: LIGHT). Eye-Net expects to benefit from testing its solution in an operational environment under real conditions along a 3.5-kilometer route in the heart of Paris. The project will test urban solutions that serve citizens while accelerating the development of innovative solutions for the management of public space. Eye-Net will test its collision prediction solution in real-life conditions which is intended to reduce the risk of accidents between micromobility users and public transport systems. “Eye-Net is honored to have been selected by the Paris2Connect consortium to collaborate with leading European companies to enhance road safety and reduce the rate of road accidents involving vehicles and other vulnerable road users. We believe that Eye-Net offers a unique life-saving accident prevention solution particularly suited to large, active metropolitan areas like Paris. We also believe that having the support of a European technological consortium will help us grow our presence in Europe, an important target market for Eye-Net in the upcoming year,” said Dror Elbaz, COO & Deputy CEO of Eye-Net Mobile. For more information about Eye-Net Mobile, please visitwww.eyenet-mobile.com, or follow the Company’s LinkedIn page, Eye-Net Mobile; Twitter, @EyeNetMobile1; and Instagram channel, Eyenetmobile1, the contents of which are not incorporated into this press release.
6WIND selected for 5G Campus project by French & German Governments
6WIND, a leading High Performance, and Secure Virtualized Networking Software company is delighted to announce that they are part of a novel Franco-German project, aimed at developing 5G private networks and applications. Germany and France have pledged €17.7 million in support of four carefully selected cross-border cooperative projects. The objective is to prove the value of state-of-the-art 5G wireless ultra-broadband technology in specific private-network use cases; in industry, commercial areas, campuses, and hospitals. This initiative will enrich Europe’s technology and telecommunications ecosystem, help transform the economies of the EU through thoughtful application and further development of state-of-the-art technologies, and contribute towards European digital sovereignty. 6WIND participates in the 5G for Business Parks (5G4BP) project – also referred to as “5G Campus”. This project will establish an open-architecture 5G network solution for business parks and under-served communities which have not been covered by fifth-generation broadband public mobile communications networks. 6WIND contributes to the 5G4BP consortium by leveraging its tried and tested, high-performance, high-efficiency, and highly secure Virtual Service Router (VSR) solution suite. 6WIND will provide end-to-end routing and security capabilities that align with the Open RAN requirements and empower the 5G private network solution. 6WIND VSR solutions can be deployed on ubiquitous COTS servers, in private and public clouds. It caters for vPE, vCSR, vSecGW, vCG-NAT, and other essential networking functions that are the backbone of any modern telecommunication network – fixed or mobile. 6WIND’s partners in the 5G4BP consortium are Highstreet Technologies (GER), Xelera Technologies (GER), Alsatis (FR), AW2S (FR), and Spectronite (FR). Julien Dahan, CEO, 6WIND commented: “We are very proud to be selected for this project by the French and German governments, based on our expertise in the market. We have a proven set of VSR solutions, embracing openness and the cloud-native architecture that will be critical in delivering this 5G Campus project in collaboration with the other selected partners. This further proves the lead 6WIND has within the virtualized networking software space and we are confident this 5G Campus project will be a huge success!”
Get SAT Introduces New Micronized Mobile Broadband SATCOM Terminals for SES’s O3b network
Get SAT, a leading manufacturer of efficient portable satcom terminals offering high data-rate satellite communication for ground, air and maritime applications, announced it's Milli SAT H and Milli SAT W have been successfully tested on the SES’s O3b network and can provide versatile data communications of up to 20 Mbps for mobile applications. Unlike other terminals in the industry which require two terminals to be used with the O3b constellation operating in medium earth orbit (MEO), Get SAT terminals users can use a single terminal weighing around 15kg to access the O3b network. Operation includes seamless handover from satellite to satellite, leading to significant savings on equipment, installation, and maintenance. SES’s O3b is the only commercially successful non-geostationary satellite communications system providing high-throughput, low-latency, carrier-grade capabilities for a variety of applications, including communications on the move (COTM). Ranging from 20-60 cm, Get SAT’s micronized terminals are designed to deliver broadband communications with a high data rate and low latency. Combined with SES’s O3b, Get SAT’s terminals provide highly versatile solutions for applications that require smaller terminals, delivering an in-vehicle on-the-move broadband experience for a mobile office or tactical missions. The lightweight LM terminals also boast a significant SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) position within the government market, to work effectively with Class 2 UAVs. As the leading provider of a new generation small terminals, Get SAT sets the standard for lightweight, small-sized, and low-power consumption communication devices. The company’s advanced-tracking technologies, specifically designed for on-the-move applications, apply a miniaturized interlaced flat panel antenna that combines receive and transmit elements and is capable of moving at speeds of 200 degrees per second. Get SAT terminals support extremely dynamic platforms. The data transfer rate is being kept while on the move in challenging environmental conditions, which are enabled by the quick and seamless handover between O3b satellites. “Get SAT’s unique terminal solution brings the power of SES’s low-latency, high-throughput O3b service to the tactical edge, enabling any government vehicle to operate on-the-move with the full set of live video, situational awareness and cloud-based tools critical to government operations,” said Jack Deasy, VP of Government Product Management at SES. “With our next-generation soon-to-be-launched constellation, O3b mPOWER, we will be deepening our collaboration with Get SAT to develop and test expanded services.” “Our terminals achieve much more at a smaller size and weight. By moving to a single terminal, customers on O3b networks can simplify installation challenges, and optimize location placement on mobile platforms,” commented Get SAT CEO Kfir Benjamin. “We are proud to be a leader of easy to implement ‘on-the-move’ broadband communications programs.” Get SAT’s terminals are based on the patented InterFLAT flat panel antenna technologies, which miniaturize components without sacrificing quality. Get SAT is an industry leader, as it creates next generation terminals and solutions engineered specifically to provide fast, reliable communications for on-the-move applications. Meet us at booth #1043, Satellite 2022 Show at the Gaylord convention center in Washington, D.C.