5G: A Geostrategic sector for Algorithmic finance

moderndiplomacy | August 05, 2020

The last ones were days of increasing tensions between the two biggest economic superpowers, the USA and China. The geopolitical crescendo seems to become always more intense, and the two giants are trying to build up two strong alignments against one another in a competition that Bloomberg defines a “Cold War 2.0.” or a “Tech War”. The implementation of 5G technologies plays a fundamental role in this “rush to the infrastructures” also due to their linkages with the “High-Frequency Trading” world; the sector of contemporary finance based on always faster algorithms and huge Data Centres that require strong software and the analysis of tons and tons of information to predict stocks fluctuations hence “to do God’s work” as Lloyd Blankfein (the actual Senior Chairman of Goldman Sachs) said in 2009.

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Tucows' Ting Internet Accelerates Growth with Acquisition of Simply Bits

Tucows Inc | October 25, 2021

Tucows Inc. a global provider of internet services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Simply Bits, the largest fixed wireless network service company based in Tucson, Arizona. This acquisition will be made through Ting Internet, a leading fiber internet provider in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Tucows. This purchase allows Ting to quickly enter the Southern Arizona market, leverage Simply Bits' wireless expertise, and to build off of Simply Bits' small but growing fiber footprint. As part of this deal, Ting will assume all of Simply Bits' existing infrastructure and customers, adding approximately 4,500 customers, 1,100 square miles of established fixed wireless network, and a small fiber-to-the-home footprint to Ting's portfolio. Ting will also retain Simply Bits' employees, including senior management, with assistance and guidance from Simply Bits' founding members. "This acquisition marks another milestone for Ting as we move into the large and growing Arizona market. This deal allows us to leverage an existing network with significant capacity, ultimately accelerating our growth," said Jill Szuchmacher, chief strategy officer and executive vice-president networks, Ting Internet. "By building on Simply Bits' decades-long service in Southern Arizona, we will have a platform to introduce Ting to the broader Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Cochise County communities, and the team and resources to enter the market quickly." Since founding in 2004, Simply Bits has grown into a leading independent provider of internet, voice and other enhanced broadband solutions in the most populated areas of Southern Arizona, including Tucson, Marana, Vail, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Rio Rico, Sahuarita and Douglas. Over the past 17 years, Simply Bits has created a sophisticated and robust network and is well-positioned to serve more than 425,000 residences as well as enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies. "The merging of Simply Bits wireless network with Ting resources and fiber deployments will benefit our current and future customers and allow them state of the art internet delivery options," said Bradley Feder, partner, Simply Bits. "We are excited to become part of the Tucows and Ting family, and continue to grow the business in both area and employment opportunities." The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP served as legal counsel to Tucows in connection with the transaction. Cowen and Company, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Simply Bits in the transaction and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP served as legal counsel. To learn more about Ting Internet, its services, or the areas in which it operates, please visit ting.com/internet. About Simply Bits: Simply Bits, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona is committed to creating Southern Arizona's best wired and wireless network for delivery of Internet access, voice, fax and other enhanced broadband applications and solutions. This sophisticated network allows Simply Bits to serve residences as well as small, medium, and large businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. Our customer base represents diverse industries including healthcare, financial, legal, insurance, automotive, hospitality, real estate and more. About Tucows: Tucows is a provider of network access, mobile technology services, domain names, and other internet services. Ting Internet delivers fixed fiber internet access with outstanding customer support. Tucows' mobile services enabler (MSE) platform provides network access, provisioning, and billing services for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). OpenSRS, Enom, and Ascio combined manage approximately 25 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 36,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. About Ting Fiber Inc.: Ting Internet provides Crazy Fast Fiber Internet® in select U.S. towns and cities. Ting is committed to net neutrality and the Open Internet. More than that, Ting Internet is committed to being a part of improving the communities it serves by supporting and championing local good works. Ting Internet sponsors local programs, events, foundations, festivals, charities, and public services everywhere we go, investing in the future of the towns we serve.

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Couchbase Achieves AWS Outposts Ready Designation

Couchbase | January 27, 2022

Couchbase, Inc. provider of a leading modern database for enterprise applications, announced today that it achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outposts Ready designation, part of the AWS Service Ready Program. This achievement recognizes that Couchbase has demonstrated successful integration with AWS Outposts deployments, which is a fully managed service that extends AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs and tools to virtually any datacenter, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a consistent hybrid experience. The Couchbase platform, consisting of Couchbase Server, Couchbase Lite and Couchbase Sync Gateway, can take data and compute to the edge with a leading modern database and sync technology. Only Couchbase supports the distributed model at every tier, from the cloud to the edge, ensuring that critical information never stops moving between the applications and users that need it. AWS Outposts offers the ability to deploy Couchbase on standardized AWS infrastructure at the edge – beyond the traditional region-based data centers, including onto customers' premises. Storing and processing data locally at the edge provides better guarantees of ultra-low latency and data governance for mission-critical apps and services, benefiting use cases across industries like manufacturing, telco, healthcare, retail, media and more. This means that hospitals can provide better care by analyzing patient data in real-time, factories can detect and mitigate issues before they lead to shutdowns and retailers can provide a superior experience for holiday shoppers with real-time offers and touchless services, for example. Achieving the AWS Outposts Ready designation differentiates Couchbase as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a product fully tested on AWS Outposts. AWS Service Ready Partners have demonstrated success building products integrated with AWS services, helping AWS customers evaluate and use their technology productively, at scale and at varying levels of complexity. "Customers are looking for better ways to store and manage their data across the enterprise as part of their comprehensive modernization initiatives," said George Elissaios, general manager, AWS Outposts, Amazon Web Services. "With Couchbase Server for AWS Outposts, customers have a high performance and comprehensive data management solution they can use with any application in their environment, on AWS Outposts or in AWS Regions, for a truly consistent hybrid experience." "Couchbase is excited to achieve AWS Service Ready status and in doing so, further strengthen our mobile and edge partner ecosystem to provide a superior experience for customers,This designation underscores our commitment to helping customers achieve their technology objectives and optimize costs, agility and innovation by leveraging the inherent flexibility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides." Matt McDonough, SVP of business development and strategy at Couchbase To support the seamless integration and deployment of AWS Outposts Ready solutions, AWS established the AWS Outposts Ready Program to help customers identify products integrated with AWS Outposts so that they can spend less time evaluating new tools, and more time scaling their use of products that are integrated with AWS Outpost deployments. About Couchbase At Couchbase, we believe data is at the heart of the enterprise. We empower developers and architects to build, deploy and run their most mission-critical applications. Couchbase delivers a high-performance, flexible and scalable modern database that runs across the data center and any cloud. Many of the world's largest enterprises rely on Couchbase to power the core applications their businesses depend on.

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Althea + Hub Advanced Networks Announce Commitment to Puerto Rico 5G Zone Initiative

Althea | December 20, 2021

Althea is announcing a new partnership with 5G zone contributor Hub Advanced Networks to build and expand new broadband networks and support telecom innovation as part of the Puerto Rico 5G Zone & Blockchain Ignition Lab initiative. PR5G Zone & Blockchain Ignition Lab is a new, nonprofit, Advanced Innovation Development and Test Lab creating opportunities for individuals, products, and companies to develop cost-effective, disruptive global solutions on the island of Puerto Rico. This collaboration focuses not only on improving the resilience of Puerto Rico’s communications infrastructure, but also pioneering innovative approaches to internet access, smart Ag, and LTE networks. This 5G and blockchain research and development initiative will improve the quality of life for the people and businesses of Puerto Rico and extend coverage and affordable opportunities to even the most remote and challenging areas of the island. Althea Network’s unique plug-and-play ISP platform utilizes blockchain technology to decouple the service and infrastructure layers of internet delivery, empowering end users to revenue-share by hosting network infrastructure. This is all accomplished in a user-friendly device that requires little to no training for blockchain novices to manage, thereby demystifying blockchain technology. Powered by Althea’s Smart Routers and connected to Hub Advanced Networks’ vast fiber resources, last mile networks can be built in a flexible and agile way, delivering high broadband speeds and low latency. What’s more, users can choose to earn revenue by adding infrastructure to expand network coverage further. Each Althea Smart Router also features an easy to use blockchain wallet and firmware to meter usage and billing, allowing for the rapid and cost-efficient deployment of large, fast, and economically accessible broadband networks. Althea is a leader in open telecom innovation and recently announced the introduction of the world’s first integrated LTE core. By embedding the LTE core directly in the home router, KeyLTE creates a small cell anywhere and enables the rapid and seamless deployment of LTE networks for data, mobile devices, and IoT management. “Access to connectivity and broadband is essential to business development, education, and daily life, Althea and Hub Advanced Networks are committed to connecting more people through our work together in Puerto Rico.” Deborah Simpier, CEO and co-founder of Althea “Althea’s wireless infrastructure expands the geographic reach of our broadband networks, but just as importantly, our unique, no contract billing protocol expands the demographic of people who will have access to fast and affordable broadband.” “Althea is excited to work with Hub Advanced Networks and proud to contribute to the success of the Puerto Rico 5G Zone & Blockchain Ignition Lab.” About Althea Althea is a new way to access broadband internet that enables growth in the network through a unique system of revenue sharing. Althea was founded in 2017 with the vision to bring the open market and interoperable peering from the data center to the field and empower communities to build multi-stakeholder networks faster and more affordably than legacy telecom models. About Hub Advanced Networks Hub Advanced Networks is an Advanced Telecommunications and Technology company committed to enabling business leaders with the digital infrastructure and reliable connectivity needed to bring innovative services to market in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Our mission is to make Puerto Rico the main telecommunications hub of the Caribbean Region by providing the most reliable telecommunications infrastructure and technology services.

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