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Hispasat and Gilat Partner to Commercialize Ka Band Satellite over Brazil
Hispasat and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) announced they have entered into a partnership to commercialize Hispasat’s Ka band satellite capacity over Brazil, with an estimated potential revenue of tens of millions of dollars over a period of several years.

Ericsson and Audi Team on 5G Automotive Manufacturing
At Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, the two companies agreed on a range of activities exploring the potential of 5G as a future-proof communication technology that can meet the high demands of automotive production. Audi and Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and in the coming months, experts from both companies will run field tests in a technical center of the “Audi Production Lab” in Gaimersheim, Germany.

Spirent Launches Innovation Initiative
Spirent announced the company-wide “Promise. Assured.” business initiative to leverage its proven innovation to pursue emerging technologies and new industries and extend into service provider and enterprise networks. The company will focus on assuring customer performance and revenues with solutions for 5G, lifecycle service assurance and analytics, and cybersecurity. It will also explore new business opportunities in virtualization, autonomous vehicles and automotive.

Swiftpage Establishes Small Business Idea and Invention Scholarship
Swiftpage, the provider of Act! CRM software, a leading cloud-enabled platform aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses grow, today announced the launch of their Small Business Idea and Invention Scholarship. The new program will award $2,500 to a student who submits an idea, invention, or app that helps small business owners grow their business and run it more efficiently.

Charter Launches 802.11ax Wi-Fi Routers in US
Charter Communications announced the introduction of its next generation Spectrum Wi-Fi router featuring 802.11ax technology. Charter is the first U.S.-based broadband provider to introduce the next generation wireless standard, which increases Wi-Fi speeds, allows for more concurrently connected devices and better battery life for those devices, and improves Wi-Fi coverage in the home.

Consolidated Communications Partners with Philo for Streaming TV Content
Consolidated Communications announced it has reached a first-ever agreement with Philo TV streaming service featuring live TV, DVR and on-demand services that focus on entertainment, lifestyle and knowledge programming. Philo service is available to all Consolidated Communications’ customers and can be viewed anywhere on any Internet-connected device. Philo carries from: A+E Networks, Discovery, Scripps Networks, HGTV, HISTORY, Lifetime, TLC, Travel Channel and more.

Microsoft Announces Award Recipients of Third Annual Airband Grant Fund
Microsoft announced that it selected eight winners of its third annual Airband Grant Fund, to help bring broadband internet access to rural communities. The winners include CvWireless, Skylark Wireless, Tribal Digital Health, Numbers4Health, Mesh Power, Cold Hubs, Agsol, and ME Solshare.

Infobip Taps Into 1.5 Billion WhatsApp Enterprise Users
Infobip announced it is launching its new communications channel WhatsApp Business that enables enterprise communications for WhatsApp, that has over 1.5 billion users in 180 countries. The early access launch of WhatsApp Business will onboard businesses and financial institutions to WhatsApp gradually, through a review process, assuring quality and value for both enterprises and end users.

Etisalat and Ericsson Trial Massive MIMO in UAE
Etisalat and Ericsson have successfully conducted a live on-air trial of Ericsson Radio System and Massive MIMO technology in the United Arab Emirates, paving the way towards 5G deployment.

Blockchain to Save Banks 27 Billion Dollars Annually by 2030 - Accordng to Juniper Research
A new study from Juniper Research has found that blockchain deployments will enable banks to realize savings on cross-border settlement transactions of more than $27 billion by the end of 2030, reducing costs by more than 11% per on-chain transaction.

Vodafone Acquires 5G Spectrum in Spain
Vodafone Spain announced it has acquired 90 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 3700 MHz band for mobile data services in the Economic Ministry’s auction for a total cost of 198.1 million euro. Vodafone Spain will use the 3700 MHz spectrum to deploy 5G services, enabling Gigabit speeds and lower latency to enhance applications including connected vehicles and robotics, industrial automated systems, and virtual and augmented reality.

Windstream Enterprise SD-WAN Surpasses 1,000-customer Milestone
Windstream Enterprise (WE), a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today that it has achieved yet another milestone with its SD-WAN solution. Introduced just over a year ago, SD-WAN has been purchased by more than 1,000 mid-size and enterprise customers representing tens of thousands of locations in banking, healthcare, retail, hospitality and other vertical markets.

Ericsson to Help Play Accelerate Nationwide Mobile Network Expansion
P4 sp. z o.o. (Play), subsidiary of Play Communications S.A. (WSE: PLY), has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as an additional partner to expand its radio access network in Poland, based on Ericsson Radio System. The expansion of Play’s network includes radio access network components as well as Operation Support System (OSS) components with Ericsson Network Manager.

Shentel Lights Up Virginia Schools and Libraries with Fiber
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), through subsidiary Shentel Communications, LLC, $announced it continues to add significant multi-year contracts for wide area networks and dedicated internet access for schools and libraries throughout Virginia.

Crown Castle Makes $MM Investment to Expand Fiber in California
Crown Castle announced a multimillion dollar investment over the next year to enhance and supplement its existing fiber in the Los Angeles (LA) metropolitan area, as well as surrounding areas in Southern California.

RTO and Microsoft Collaborate to Deliver Broadband to Rural NY and Maine
RTO Wireless and Microsoft announced a new agreement to provide broadband internet access to more than 290,000 people living in unserved rural regions of New York and Maine. The partnership is part of the MicrosoftAirband Initiative, which aims to extend broadband access to 2 million people in unserved portions of rural America by July 4, 2022.

Telstra Taps Gilat for Satellite Backhaul to Expand 4G in Australia
Gilat Satellite Networks announced that Telstra, a leading global telecommunications and technology service provider, chose Gilat’s backhaul solution to expand its 4G mobile service throughout remote locations across Australia.

Verizon and Ericsson Expand 4G and 5G Collaboration in US
Ericsson announced that the company has increased its U.S. footprint by expanding its 4G partnership with Verizon to include new markets. This extended partnership includes Ericsson Radio System 4G LTE equipment which, in addition to enabling the latest advances in 4G LTE capabilities, will provide a 5G-ready platform that will allow Verizon to rapidly transition sites to 5G when they deploy the service in those markets.

Sky and Space Global to Launch Nano-satellite Constellation in 2019
UK-based company Sky and Space Global, which works to provide affordable communications to the world's equatorial regions, announced it is stepping up its efforts to bring nano-satellite based communications to the Caribbean.

Signtel to Launch 5G Pilot Network by Q4 2018 with the Help of Ericsson
Singtel and Ericsson are strengthening their 5G Centre of Excellence Programme partnership with the announcement of a new initiative that will see Singapore’s first 5G pilot network go live by Q4 this year.

Mosiac Telecom Taps Calix to Increase Service Uptake by 80%
Calix announced Mosaic Telecom, a leading local exchange carrier (LEC), is tapping into the full power of Calix Cloud to deliver an exceptional subscriber experience while increasing ARPU and take rates.

Swiftpage Launches All-New Act! 365 with Office 365 Integration in Spanish in North America
Swiftpage, the provider of Act! CRM software, a leading cloud-enabled platform aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses grow, today announced the availability of Act! 365, an all-new sales productivity and emarketing solution tightly integrated with Office 365 in Spanish in North America. Act! 365 is the most effective SMB-focused sales productivity and emarketing solution on the market and is designed to meet the needs of the Spanish-speaking and Latino-owned business community.

netsapiens Announces New Release of SNAPsolution with Enhanced Unified Communications Features for Managed Service Providers
netsapiens announced that it has officially released v39 of its award-winning, signature SNAPsolution platform. Already provided to current users as a free download, the updates greatly increase the level of flexibility and efficiency managed service providers can leverage to meet their end-users’ evolving communications needs.

Beam Bags 35,000 in Iridium Go! Orders for Mobile Satellite Devices
Beam Communications has received a further order for 5,000 units of the Iridium GO! product. This is now the fifth order received by Beam since commercial delivery of the product commenced in mid-2014, taking the total orders for the Iridium GO! product to 35,000 units.

Analysys Mason Reports BSG's Findings on 5G Challenges and Recommendations
Analysys Mason announced it has released a report, Lowering Barriers to 5G Deployment based on the outcome of a study by Analysys Mason researching barriers to 5G deployment from both industry and local authority perspectives in the UK, identifying key challenges faced during the deployment process. The report aims to assist the UK Government in delivering its ambition to be a 5G leader by identifying and proposing solutions to current and potential barriers to network deployment.

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