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Sprint Showcases New 'Magic Box' at MWC Americas
Sprint announced advancements in its line of all-wireless small cells with the introduction of the Sprint Magic Box Generation 3. The latest edition of this growing product family of plug-and-play units offers speeds that are up to 25 percent faster than the previous model, with an even quicker start-up process. This next-generation Sprint Magic Box will be available later this year.

AT&T Deploys Aira Wearable Tech Glasses for Blind and Low-vision Shoppers
AT&T and Aira continue to expand their relationship to bring new experiences to the blind and those with low vision. This time, it’s the customer experience. All AT&T company-owned retail and authorized retail stores are now Aira Access Locations. That means that any member of the blind and low-vision community with a smartphone can become an Aira Guest and can get free use of Aira’s service at over 5,300 AT&T retail locations across the U.S.

Vodafone Set to Double NB-IoT Network by End of 2019
Vodafone will double the number of European cell sites in its 5G Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network footprint by the end of 2019. The major prioritization of NB-IoT within Vodafone’s existing capital expenditure plans reflects the demand it has seen from enterprise customers. The world’s biggest, international NB-IoT network will be available in 10 European countries, including planned launches in the UK, Romania and Hungary.

Radisys Introduces Multi-Access Edge Computing Software Platform
Radisys announced its Edge Computing Software Platform. The new platform provides an access-agnostic, ETSI standards-compliant Mobile Edge Platform with a building-block framework and open APIs to enable disruptive edge applications.

Windstream Expands Fixed Wireless to more than 50 Markets
Windstream Enterprise (WE) announced today that fixed wireless service is now available in more than 50 markets with a service area covering over 350,000 pre-qualified enterprise businesses following the successful launch of a fixed wireless core site in Houston, Texas.

AT&T, Ericsson, Intel, and T-Mobile Showcase 5G Ecosystem at MWCA
Ericsson and Intel, together with AT&T and T-Mobile are showcasing the power of the 5G ecosystem. The demonstration takes place at the Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) event and is the first public 5G NR over-the-air (OTA) data call using 39 GHz mmWave band. Commercially available products: Ericsson Radio System AIR 5331 and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, offer further validation of the supporting 5G ecosystem.

Altibox Enhances Customer Experience in Denmark and Norway
Altibox has selected Federos Assure1 to provide customer-focused, integrated service assurance across a large number of deployed systems.

Coriant and SIAE to Demonstrate SDN-enabled Layer 3 Microwave and Millimetre-wave Backhaul for 5G and IoT
Coriant and SIAE MICROELETTRONIC announced a collaboration to demonstrate SDN-enabled Layer 3 microwave and millimetre-wave backhaul solutions optimized for the high-capacity, low latency demands of next-generation services and applications, including 5G and IoT.

Ericsson Inks $3.5 Billion 5G Deal with T-Mobile
Ericsson and T-Mobile announced a multi-year, $3.5 billion contract to support T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network deployment. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide T-Mobile with the latest 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software compliant with 3GPP standards.

CHR Solutions Supports Broadband Expansion in Rural America
Electric Co-ops gain a dependable partner with a reliable history of bringing advanced technology to rural America.

AT&T and Samsung Launch SmartThings Tracker
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced its new SmartThings Tracker, a small, lightweight GPS tracking device connected through an LTE-M1 network that can easily be attached to backpacks, a set of keys, pet collars and more. Now, people can quickly and more accurately keep track of their most valued items. SmartThings Tracker will be available through AT&T on September 14 and will be available through Verizon later this year.

Sprint and Ericsson Reveal IoT-Dedicated Core and Operating System
Sprint and Ericsson have announced a global relationship to build a distributed and virtualized core network dedicated specifically to IoT (Internet of Things), in addition to a world-class IoT operating system. This new environment, which is purpose-built for the future of IoT, is designed to create an optimal flow of device data, enabling immediate, actionable intelligence at the network edge for end users and enterprises

MachineMetrics Launches AI-driven Remote Machine Monitoring Solution
MachineMetrics announced the industry's first AI-driven remote machine monitoring solution designed for OEM’s and Equipment providers; a predictive analytics application on the MachineMetrics Industrial IoT platform that allows service teams to remotely monitor and manage machine assets in the field and at customer sites in real-time.

Telecom Argentia and Vodafone Announce Collaboration for Argentinian Customers
Vodafone and Telecom Argentina today jointly announced a new Partner Market agreement for Argentina. Under the non-equity agreement Vodafone provides strategic advice to Telecom Argentina and shares global best practice in a range of areas including customer service and retail, technology, IT and procurement.

Autotalks Launches World's First Global V2X Solution for Greater Connected Car Security and Safety
Autotalks announced the launch of the first ever global V2X solution. Autotalks’ deployment-ready, 2nd generation V2X (Vehicle to Everything) chipset is the only available solution capable of supporting both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol) at the highest security level. The chipset supports DSRC based on 802.11p/ITS-G5 standards and C-V2X based on 3GPP specifications.

Veluxsys Vows to Make 5G Deployments Affordable
Veluxsys announced that it is poised to help make cost-effective 5G network deployments a reality. As governments and enterprises look to take advantage of 5G’s extensive connectivity benefits, Veluxsys’ in-house experts are working to develop efficient, cutting edge, profitable solutions to current fixed wireless and last mile deployment technologies.

Ericsson Strengthens 5G Solutions with Juniper Networks and ECI
With 5G use cases placing more demanding requirements on the networks, Ericsson is strengthening its end-to-end mobile transport solutions by building on its radio expertise and adding best-in-class transport technologies from Juniper Networks and ECI Telecom.

DT Launches 4K IPTV, OTT, and Satellite STB with Zenerio
Zenterio announced that Deutsche Telekom (DT), one of Germany's largest telecommunications operators, has launched EntertainTV Sat, a new high-end 4K IPTV, OTT, and satellite set-top box (STB) powered by Zenterio OS. Using Zenterio OS, DT has enabled new client- and cloud-based features and services, including OTT video-on-demand (YouTube, Netflix, and more), hybrid local/network PVR, HTML5 apps, and other broadcast and streaming innovations, with fast time-to-market.

ADVA Extends NFV MANO capabilities of Ensemble Suite
Ensemble, a division of ADVA, launched a major new release of its network functions virtualization (NFV) platform. The upgraded Ensemble suite now features powerful management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities, enabling service providers to roll out secure virtualized services at scale.

Ericsson Acquires CENX to Boost OSS and Service Assurance for Network Virtualization and 5G
Ericsson announced it has agreed to acquire 100 percent of the shares in CENX, boosting Ericsson’s Operations Support Systems (OSS) portfolio with vendor-agnostic service assurance and closed-loop automation capability. Ericsson has held a minority stake in CENX since 2012.

Adesto Presents New RRAM Research for Automotive and IoT
Adesto Technologies announced it will present new research showing the significant potential for Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology in high-reliability applications such as automotive and IoT. Adesto Fellow Dr. John Jameson, who led the research team, will share the results at the ESSCIRC-ESSDERC 48th European Solid-State Device Research Conference, being held in Germany on September 4th, 2018.

Ovum Reports Alexa is Winning the AI Assistant Race
At present, Amazon's Alexa is winning the race, but Google Assistant is catching up fast and posing a threat to Amazon's supremacy. Other contenders such as Siri, Cortana, and Bixby are lagging far behind, holding competitive advantages for specific use cases, but with minimum chances to win the fight when compared to Alexa and Google Assistant's fast-growing functionality and interoperability with third-party devices in the smart home sphere.

Vodafone Protects Customers from Wangiri Fraud
Vodafone UK announced is now protecting its customers from international Wangiri scam calls by blocking them even before they reach users, reducing the stress and financial impact of this widespread fraudulent activity.

Hi3G and Ericsson Collaborate on 5G Backhaul in Denmark
Ericsson has announced it has been selected by Hi3G, operating as 3 in Denmark, to modernize its transport network with 5G-ready routers over the next three years. The new IP Mobile Backhaul transformation project will see the implementation of Router 6000 hardware, software and customer support (part of Ericsson Radio System). This will prepare Hi3G’s network for future 5G requirements, and support the significant increase in the number of connected devices on the network.

Verizon 5G Home Internet Service Coming to Indianapolis
Verizon today announced Indianapolis as the fourth city scheduled to receive 5G residential broadband service in the second half of 2018.

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