ACM drops Youfone roaming probe

Telecompaper.com  11.09.2017

 

Dutch regulator has closed an investigation into possible roaming regulation violations by MVNO Youfone. The case emerged in August, after a Youfone customer complained that he was still being charged for a EU roaming bundle despite the new “roam like home” rules from mid-June.

 

Dutch regulator has closed an investigation into possible roaming regulation violations by MVNO Youfone. According to Youfone director Valentijn Rensing, the ACM confirmed the decision in a tweet. The case emerged in August, after a Youfone customer complained that he was still being charged for a EU roaming bundle despite the new ‘roam like home’ rules from mid-June. The ACM said it would study the complaint, and Youfone said it replied to a request for information from the regulator, outlining why it did not believe it was in violation. Rensing said the case had been resolved, and the ACM saw no reason to take it further. A spokesperson for the ACM said the regulator discussed the matter with Youfone. While there was no official complaint in the legal sense, it did find that Youfone violated the rules. However, this did not lead to any sanctions after the company proposed a solution to the matter. This was confirmed in a tweet by the regulator, which said the MVNO resolved the problems and would compensate customers.

 

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/acm-drops-youfone-roaming-probe—1211237

 

Ericsson and AIT team up to bring communications research to the next level

Siliconrepublic.com  11.09.2017

 

New discoveries in communications technology to be made as Ericsson and AIT partner up for new scheme. The new research program will concentrate specifically on communications network management.

 

New discoveries in communications technology to be made as Ericsson and AIT partner up for new scheme. Ireland’s already-thriving research and development landscape looks set to scale new heights, as Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Ericsson are set to collaborate on a new communications technology research programme. AIT and the Swedish comms behemoth already work closely together, with the academic institution offering an MSc in software engineering for newly recruited engineers. This close working relationship will be underpinned by the new research programme, which will concentrate specifically on communications network management. AIT and Ericsson have shared ambitions The research programme aims to create a reservoir of highly qualified staff in the fields of networking, communications and software engineering. It will be located within the engineering and informatics faculty, with personnel including visiting international researchers, postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers. Starting this September, a stream of students and researchers will begin their work under the supervision of AIT academics and a team of researchers from across the firm. President of AIT, Prof Ciaran O Cathain, said: “It is clear that AIT is pursuing its ambition to become a technological university while focusing on making the midlands region more globally competitive. “The opportunity to engage with Ericsson further deepens our already extensive ties in knowledge transfer and is perfectly aligned with AIT’s strategic plan, its role in the region, and our immediate and long-term ambitions.” A boost for the midlands Marten Pehrson, head of product development in network analytics and management at Ericsson, praised the new initiative: “We see this relationship between AIT and Ericsson as very important to maintaining world-class competence in Ericsson Athlone in network management.” Dean of engineering and informatics, Dr Austin Hanley, echoed Prof O Cathain’s positive remarks about the boost for the midlands area in general: “The research programme will build a significant research capacity in selected areas and attract the best students and staff, both nationally and internationally. This will be good for Ericsson and the wider region.”

 

Ericsson and AIT team up to bring communications research to the next level

 

New realities confront a maturing Internet

FT  11.09.2017

 

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a two-decade old law is a poor fit with the digital world of today. Bills pending in the Senate and House of Representatives would amend section 230. Now careful decisions have to be made about the responsibility of Internet platforms. That the biggest platforms have blocked bad actors or refused to advertise with them shows that they acknowledge this responsibility.

 

A two-decade old law is a poor fit with the digital world of today To read section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is to travel back to a simpler time. Written into US law in 1996, it was designed to protect internet companies from being sued out of existence for the behaviour of their users. “The internet and other interactive computer services offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse [and] intellectual activity,” it says. “The vibrant and competitive free market that currently exists for the internet” must be preserved. The geeky utopians of the 1990s may not have reckoned, however, on the widespread use of the internet to facilitate crime and terror; or on the way it serves to narrow minds by creating of information bubbles; or on the way its economic and intellectual activity has come to be dominated by a few huge, wildly profitable intermediaries. Those facts haunt section 230 because of one crucial sentence in the law: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” This provides — or rather, has been interpreted as providing — internet platforms with blanket protection from responsibility for content that appears on their sites, and indeed the offline criminal activities those sites facilitate. Bills pending in the Senate and House of Representatives would amend section 230. They would specify that the law should not override enforcement of human trafficking laws, expand the wording of those laws, and would remove protection from civil or state-level prosecution. Interpreted broadly, section 230 goes too far. Yes, it would be mad to prosecute a network provider for transmitting an email that was part of a criminal conspiracy. But platforms that sell advertising alongside user-created content, profiting from it, take on some responsibility for it. And a platform designed specifically to make criminal activity harder to prosecute is a co-conspirator. That the biggest platforms have blocked bad actors or refused to advertise with them shows that they acknowledge this responsibility. Are the bills in Congress the best way to tighten the interpretation of section 230? They respond in large part to the activities of Backpage.com, a site notorious for facilitating sex trafficking. Big platform companies and internet libertarians have objected that the bills’ wording is too broad and will open the way to frivolous lawsuits, that they only go after “one bad actor” and that in any case section 230 never protected internet companies from federal (as opposed to state and civil) prosecution. Google argues that the law will prevent companies from co-operating with the authorities, for fear of prosecution. There may be important elements of truth in these arguments. There is, however, a broader principle at stake. It is clear that Google, Facebook, Twitter and a few others have become an important part of the social fabric. The dissemination of fake political news around elections in the US and Europe has illustrated as much. It is also true that they are, to various degrees, natural monopolies. Outraged consumers cannot easily switch to other products. So careful decisions have to be made about the responsibilities of internet platforms. The question is how to make them. The internet industry insists that those decision should be made inside internet companies; anything else would be a threat to the internet itself. But the internet has grown up since 1996. It is no longer fragile and is much more centralised. The time is right for a public discussion about the responsibilities of these companies and how they should be held accountable.

 

https://www.ft.com/content/33e0372c-96f9-11e7-b83c-9588e51488a0

 

Verizon and Ericsson showcase technology milestones and use cases demonstrating continued industry leadership in LTE, path to 5G at 2017 Mobile World Congress Americas

PRNewswire.com  12.09.2017

 

At the 2017 Mobile World Congress Americas this week, Verizon and Ericsson will showcase technology milestones and use cases demonstrating continued industry leadership as LTE evolves, paving the way to 5G. The joint Verizon and Ericsson demonstrations will include LTE on CBRS, Qualcomm MTP, the Federated Wireless SAS, and domain proxy in the Ericsson Network Manager.

 

Visitors to Verizon’s booth (N 842 in the Moscone Convention Center) will see first-hand the new CBRS spectrum at work, and new concepts and use cases including 5G enhanced intelligent video surveillance and drone powered by edge compute At Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 this week, Verizon and Ericsson will showcase technology milestones and use cases demonstrating continued industry leadership as LTE evolves, paving the way to 5G. Experts from both Ericsson and Verizon will be on hand to personally walk visitors through the innovative demonstrations. The joint Verizon and Ericsson demonstrations will include: LTE on CBRS: Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Federated Wireless will demonstrate the first use of CBRS band 48 spectrum for LTE with carrier aggregation using a true band 48 radio in the Ericsson Radio Dot System, Qualcomm MTP, Federated Wireless Spectrum Access System (SAS) and domain proxy in the Ericsson Network Manager. This group was the first to use this newly authorized spectrum an innovative spectrum sharing scheme, and will allow cellular systems to tap into 150 MHz of new spectrum in buildings and small cell clusters. The demonstration will showcase the possibility of both operator mobile broadband and private LTE use cases on the same radio. 5G enhanced intelligent video surveillance: Today, 4G LTE is used to connect surveillance cameras across cities in the US. With 5G, there will be significantly more capacity to stream the captured video back to the network and support large numbers of cameras, enabling new levels of intelligence. With all streams coming to a central, video optimized repository in the core of the 5G network, additional analysis can be applied, providing actionable intelligence for end users. This 5G enhancement to an existing 4G solution will provide benefits across smart cities, marketing insights for retail, and security. Drone powered by edge compute: The Verizon and Ericsson Distributed Edge Cloud amplifies the power of simple drones to match or exceed the capabilities of complex drones, which are much more expensive. This proof of concept demonstration shows that as intelligence and processing are moved to the 5G core and the very edge of the network, existing device constraints will be lifted, enabling advanced applications with low cost devices. This new kind of architecture will provide benefits to augmented and virtual reality use cases as well as industrial control and intelligent transport systems. Three Industry Milestones in One Month «Verizon has led the charge in deploying the latest technologies and harnessing unlicensed spectrum with our pioneering work on LTE-U/LAA and 3.5 GHz—putting us in a great position to continue providing the best network experience and to further extend our lead through 4G LTE Advanced features,» said Nicola Palmer, Verizon Wireless chief network officer. These latest technologies are part of the evolution of LTE, using LTE Advanced features, enhancing capacity and speed on the Verizon 4G LTE network. Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm have used these latest technologies to hit three industry firsts/milestones just last month: By combining licensed and unlicensed bands with 4-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM, we jointly achieved 953 Mbps in a real-world deployment in Florida. Verizon is already selling devices that are enabled to take advantage of this technology, including the Moto Z2 Force and Samsung Note 8, with more to come this year The three companies also recently deployed the first end-to-end use of band 48 CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) 3.5 GHz spectrum in an LTE Advanced carrier aggregation demonstration, greatly advancing our work in this emerging band Using three carrier aggregation, we achieved another industry first with more than 1 Gbps speeds on our 4G LTE network Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 163,400 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Its Oath subsidiary houses more than 50 media and technology brands that engage about 1 billion people around the world. Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com. Media Contacts: Howie Waterman Verizon Mobile (917) 359-5505 howard.waterman@verizon.com Chris McCann Verizon 908-559-8135 Christopher.mcccann@verizon.com Kathy Egan Ericsson Mobile (917) 362-1600 kathy.egan@ericsson.com Related Links http://www.verizon.com/ https://www.verizonwireless.com/ http://www.verizonenterprise.com/ http://www.verizon.com/about/ SOURCE Verizon Related Links http://www.verizon.com

 

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Telenor develops cloud network

Thenews.com.pk  12.09.2017

 

Telenor Pakistan has developed and successfully tested its own cloud network, a statement said on Monday. Using telco cloud technology from Nokia (the AirFrame and the OpenStack-based Nokia CloudBand software), and ZTE’s virtualized MSS and virtualized PGW functions, Telenor Pakistan has successfully implemented integrated VNF solutions, which are key enablers for its network transformation, it added.

 

Telenor Pakistan has developed its own cloud network on which the company successfully tested the first 3G voice call and first LTE data call, a statement said on Monday. The move is a hallmark achievement in Telenor Pakistan’s network virtualisation journey, making it the first cellular operator in Pakistan to have an in-house Cloud platform enabling digitisation of all network functions, it added. Using telco cloud technology from Nokia, including Nokia’s AirFrame data center solution and OpenStack-based Nokia CloudBand software, and ZTE’s virtualised MSS and virtualised PGW functions, Telenor Pakistan has successfully implemented integrated VNF solutions, which are key enablers for its network transformation, it added.

 

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/229244-Telenor-develops-cloud-network

 

Russia: Skolkovo residents present 12 projects to Beeline

Nanonewsnet.ru  11.09.2017

 

Innograd, a high-tech research hub in Skolkovo, has hosted the Beeline-Skolkovo Innovation Day, in the course of which representatives of the partner company of Skolkovo looked at a dozen innovation solutions from Skolkovo residents, and presented Beeline’s own Innovation Lab project.

 

В иннограде прошел День инноваций для компании «Билайн». В рамках традиционного для ИТ-кластера Фонда формата, в данном случае, Beeline-Skolkovo Innovation Day, партнеру были представлены разработки дюжины участников «Сколково», а компания рассказала о своем проекте Beeline Innovation Lab. Интересы «Билайна» включают как электронную коммерцию, финансовые сервисы, offline–аналитику, медицинские сервисы, так и аудио/видео стриминг, игры, боты, виртуальную реальность. По этим направлениям компания разрабатывает пути взаимодействия с наиболее привлекательными партнерами в области инновационных решений в сфере телекоммуникаций. Задача заключается в том, чтобы отобрать потенциально интересные проекты для сотрудничества в рамках VEON или других направлений бизнеса.

 

http://www.nanonewsnet.ru/news/2017/12-skolkovskikh-proektov-predstavleny-kompanii-bilain

 

Armenia: Beeline deploys 10Mbps ADSL in Aragatsavan, Aragatsotn province

TeleGeography.com  11.09.2017

 

ArmenTel (Beeline) is upgrading its fixed line infrastructure in Aragatsavan, the province of Aragatsotn, ensuring digital quality voice communications and broadband ADSL services with peak speeds of up to 10Mbps. The works are to be completed by 15 October, as the carrier, a subsidiary of multinational VEON Group, continues to upgrade its entire PSTN.

 

Armenian PTO ArmenTel (Beeline) says it is upgrading its fixed line infrastructure in Aragatsavan in the province of Aragatsotn, providing inhabitants there with digital quality voice communications and broadband ADSL services with peak speeds of up to 10Mbps. The works are expected to be completed by 15 October, as the telco – a subsidiary of multinational telecoms group VEON (formerly VimpelCom) – continues efforts to upgrade its entire PSTN. ‘Beeline in Armenia keeps on modernising its network. We are consistently moving towards our goal to make sure that all our subscribers can enjoy the benefits of modern communication services,’ said Beeline CEO Andrey Pyatakhin. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the operator has been on a modernisation drive this year, upgrading parts of the PSTN in the capital and the regions. Earlier this month, the PTO completed the modernisation of fixed telephone infrastructure in Ani neighbourhood in the city of Gyumri in the northwestern province of Shirak. As a result of that upgrade, residents in the Ani area can now access higher quality telephony services and ADSL internet speeds of up to 10Mbps, while in May 2017 ArmenTel completed the upgrade of fixed broadband infrastructure in the towns of Abovyan and Artashat plus the villages of Vosta and Noragyukh. The improvements included a VDSL overlay for households in the aforementioned areas, boosting peak throughput to up to 100Mbps. Previously, in July the telco announced ambitious plans to modernise its wired networks in Yerevan and across the regions.

 

https://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2017/09/11/beeline-deploys-10mbps-adsl-in-aragatsavan-aragatsotn-province/

 

Italy: WIND promotes VEON app in a vacation season: super prize of EUR 10,000

Tecnoandroid.it  11.09.2017

 

WIND continues to promote the VEON platform; this time, WIND has launched a new competition that allows its customers who have downloaded the VEON application to win a journey of their dreams, with two prizes of EUR 1,000 being awarded every day until September 20, and a super prize of EUR 10,000.

 

Wind ha lanciato un nuovo concorso che permette ai suoi clienti di vincere il viaggio dei loro sogni. Possono partecipare tutti i clienti Wind che hanno scaricato Veon, l’applicazione di Wind disponibile per Android e per iPhone che permette di fare chiamate internet, condividere foto, video, emoticon e messaggi vocali. E se si ha un’offerta attiva, di tenere sotto controllo la propria linea, di ricaricare il credito ed accedere a tutta una serie vantaggio. Il concorso, il cui regolamento completo e disponibile a questo indirizzo, mette in palio 2 premi giornalieri del valore di 1.000 euro ciascuno. Ogni giorno fino al 20 settembre 2017. Wind ha pensato anche ad un super premio del valore di 10.000 euro. In ogni caso, questi soldi andranno spesi all’interno dell’agenzia viaggi di fiducia o semplicemente quella piu vicina alla propria abitazione. Sali a bordo e parti con veon be free e disponibile dall’11/09/2017 al 20/09/2017. COME PARTECIPARE AL CONCORSO? Per partecipare al concorso basta scaricare l’applicazione Veon e dopo averla installata, effettuare la registrazione con il proprio indirizzo email e completare l’associazione del proprio account MyWind. La procedura e completamente guidata mentre se avete gia Veon installato sul vostro dispositivo, limitatevi all’associazione dell’account MyWind dalle impostazioni. Completati questi passaggi, si partecipera automaticamente al concorso che prevede due estrazioni giornaliere e un’estrazione finale. La vincita verra comunicata subito dopo, entro il 22/09/2017, mediante contatto telefonico sul numero utilizzato in fase di registrazione a Veon. Tutti i premi saranno consegnati entro 180 giorni dall’estrazione. VEON, 1 GB DI INTERNET DI BENVENUTO Se avete scaricato Veon per la prima volta, sappiate che potete ricevere 1 GB di internet in 4G gratis effettuando una ricarica del proprio credito utilizzando una carta di credito/debito. Il giga, caricato immediatamente, andra utilizzato entro 4 settimane.

 

Veon, al via il concorso che ti porta in vacanza: super premio da 10.000 euro

 

Russia: Beeline launching advertising campaign for new VEON application

Banki.ru  11.09.2017

 

PJSC VimpelCom’s EVP for mass market, Marek Slacik, has said the company is set to launch an advertising campaign to promote its new VEON application.

 

Оператор связи «Билайн» готов запустить рекламную кампанию своего нового приложения VEON. Об этом в программе «Первые лица» портала Банки.ру сообщил исполнительный вице-президент по развитию массового рынка компании «ВымпелКом» (бренд «Билайн») Марек Слачик. «Время пришло, мы запускаем кампанию. Это принципиально новая, оригинальная коммуникация в новом фирменном стиле бренда. Она сильно отличается от того, что «Билайн» раньше делал. VEON — это отдельный бренд, здесь другой подход к продвижению. Кампания дерзкая, стильная и модная. Мы пригласили самых известных молодых звезд, чтобы привлечь молодую аудиторию Интернета. Это Юрий Дудь, Светлана Устинова, Павел Табаков», — рассказал он. Марек Слачик добавил, что приложение позволяет переписываться, звонить, смотреть видео и фильмы бесплатно, читать персональную подборку новостей, получать скидки и специальные предложения. «Если посмотреть на основные запросы в Интернете, чего хотят люди от Сети, — это общение. Сообщения, звонки, групповые чаты — все это элементы современного стиля жизни и бизнеса. Все это есть в VEON. Мы понимаем, как сфера общения важна потребителю. Мы смотрим на специальные, лучшие, новейшие предложения в разных областях — от социальных вопросов до спорта, от бизнеса до автомобильных тем. И собираем, аккумулируем всю необходимую информацию для россиян в одном приложении», — объяснил он. Подробнее о том, для чего «Билайн» запустил новый проект, смотрите в программе «Первые лица».

 

http://www.banki.ru/news/lenta/?id=10002021

 

Bangladesh: Banglalink launches PROpaid Internet and voice service bundles

Telecompaper.com  11.09.2017

 

Banglalink has launched its PROpaid service, which includes two packages with mobile data and voice services. The offer mainly targets graduates, young professionals, and tech savvy individuals. PROpaid bundles are available for BDT 333 and BDT 555.

 

Bangladeshi mobile operator Banglalink has launched its ‘PROpaid’service. The PROpaid offer includes two packages with internet and voice services. The offer mainly targets graduates, young professionals and tech savvy individuals. PROpaid bundles are avaialbe for BDT 333 and BDT 555.

 

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/banglalink-launches-propaid-internet-voice-service-bundles—1211271