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NetNumber Strengthens Its Relationship with Cablenet as They Expand Their Service Offerings in the Region

NetNumber | October 06, 2021

NetNumber announced today that Cablenet Communication Systems PLC, a telecommunications provider in Cyprus, has selected its Signaling Transfer Point (STP) solution with Number Portability (NP) to help modernize their network, setting the groundwork for service expansion and growth, both in and outside of the region.  Cablenet will begin deploying NetNumber's STP-NP in the fourth quarter of 2021 with the goal of being operational by the end of the of 2021.

NetNumber's STP-NP is the best in class, carrier-grade software solution, deployed by many Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers across the globe.  NetNumber's STP-NP solution sits on our award winning intergenerational platform TITAN – bringing efficiency, scalability, and programmability into a virtualized and cloud-native architecture.

By selecting NetNumber's STP-NP solution, carriers and MNOs are investing in a future-proof infrastructure that reduces TCO while dramatically simplifying the transition from both a TDM network to IP, and from SS7 to a SIP/ Diameter-based signaling environment.  This multi-generational solution will enable Cablenet to transition to a modern network architecture setting the stage for the rapid growth that they are expecting.

Carrier Networks around the globe are experiencing a range of transitions and shifts from legacy to next generation, including 4G and 5G.  While this shift will continue to take time, carriers realize they still need to provide high quality services on their SS7 networks in order to offer the best customer experiences and to protect existing revenues,We are excited to be expanding our long-standing relationship with Cablenet by providing our STP-NP. Cablenet has deep experience with NetNumber's solutions and is an innovator and trailblazer in the region.  Their vision of an innovative, intergenerational platform is tightly aligned with ours. Our STP-NP provides a best-in-class solution that will continue to support Cablenet's existing traffic while providing the flexibility to seamlessly pivot to new, innovative services delivered by our intergenerational platform.

Matt Rosenberg, chief revenue officer, NetNumber


"Our goal has been and will continue to be to make life easier for our technical operations department by using a solution that is both reliable and easy to operate.  NetNumber has been a terrific partner for us, and their vision and product strategy align very tightly with our own," said Chief Core Networks Officer, Panayiotis Kouloumbrides.  "I believe and count on our longstanding partnership with NetNumber that will continue to be a strategic part of that journey."

About NetNumber
NetNumber, Inc. brings more than two decades of experience delivering core network signaling control platforms that power global telecom and enterprise networks.  Our industry leading TITAN Centralized Signaling and Routing Control (CSRC) platform has been deployed by operators across the globe to simplify core networks in order to deliver new services and reduce operating costs.  TITAN.IUM, the latest evolution for NetNumber, is an innovative, intergenerational ecosystem for 5G that bridges legacy 2G, 3G and 4G technology to the new cloud-native era.  TITAN.IUM enables our customers to migrate multiple generations of services, to a common, secure, simplified modern ecosystem.  This means that the legacy applications can benefit from the technology of next generation of networks that are containerized, scalable and ultra-low latency.

About Cablenet
Cablenet is the only independent alternative telecommunications provider in Cyprus offering Broadband, Fixed Telephony and Television services through its wholly owned HFC and Fiber infrastructure. Cablenet also launced Mobile as an MVNO and with recent 4G spectrum acquisition is now operating as an MNO and continuing its investments in 5G.

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Virtual-Q Selects Juniper Networks to Provide Scalable, Automated Data Center Infrastructure

Juniper Networks | October 11, 2022

Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that Virtual-Q, a provider of IT Services and IT Consulting, has selected Juniper Apstra data center solutions to modernize and automate its network infrastructure to provide a scalable and seamless customer experience. Based in Houston, Texas, Virtual-Q specializes in IT-as-a-Service through its hosted desktop solution, streamlining the costs associated with remote IT solutions. The company delivers enterprise-class security, computing, support and disaster recovery solutions to businesses across all sectors and sizes. Virtual-Q had been operating with a network that lacked scalability and struggled to meet the increasing hybrid and virtual customer demands associated with the pandemic. With the need to accommodate large-scale growth but also be able to easily manage and operate, Virtual-Q turned to Juniper Networks to help design and build their new network, along with support from Juniper’s partner GDT. Apstra was deployed to simplify and automate data center operations management from design to deployment through everyday operations and assurance. Additionally, Apstra delivers a high level of visibility into the network fabric, allowing for faster resolution times and increased operational efficiencies. With an approach to data center operations based on the insight that a reliability-focused strategy results in speed and efficiency, Apstra enables Virtual-Q to transform their operations. By also deploying Juniper’s QFX switches, EX switches and MX series universal routing platforms, Virtual-Q is well-positioned to expand its capacity with 400G bandwidth, develop a cloud-ready network infrastructure that can grow alongside its evolving data center needs and meet its 1,082 percent annual growth rate. The company also utilizes Juniper professional services. Supporting Quotes: “Juniper Apstra allows us to seamlessly manage and automate our data center infrastructure without compromising our ability to serve our customers. With Apstra’s intent-based design, operators can focus on what needs to be accomplished in the data center instead of how it should be done. As one of the most user-friendly products on the market, we are excited to see the transformation Apstra will bring to our network operations.” Victor J. Quinones, Jr., Founder and CEO, Virtual-Q “In addition to simplifying data center management, Apstra allows its customers to automate each aspect of the design, deployment and operation of their data center infrastructure. Apstra enables Virtual-Q to lay a strong foundation for reliable and flexible operations regardless of vendor.” Mansour Karam, VP of Products, Juniper Networks About Juniper Networks Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality.

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Inspur Information Becomes a Benchmarking Vendor in Gartner's Market Guide for Edge Computing

Inspur Information | November 02, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, was selected as a Representative Vendor in Edge Computing Server Solutions in the Market Guide for Edge Computing published by Gartner. This accolade exemplifies Inspur Information's leading software and hardware solutions and technologies in edge computing. It was the first time that Gartner published The Market Guide for Edge Computing ("Market Guide"). It is Gartner’s most important report for the edge computing sector. It comprehensively evaluates and studies global edge computing manufacturers from dimensions such as market definition, market direction, and market analysis. By selecting world-leading representative vendors, it provides important references and benchmarks for global users to choose their edge computing solutions. The Market Guide notes that edge computing is pushing a variety of vendors into a new marketplace. This emerging market is still developing and currently consists of several overlapping submarkets in software, hardware and services, such as edge computing server solutions, edge management and orchestration, IoT platforms, edge data management, edge analytics and machine learning, edge communications infrastructure, data center and CDN edge services, and edge vertical industry solutions. The Market Guide also divides the edge computing market into three phases. In Phase 1, edge computing solutions tend to be part of an enterprise's digital transformation (for example, Industry 4.0 in manufacturing, or retail stores of the future) with highly customized user demands. In Phase 2, the edge computing demands continuously develop with the deepening of industrial demands, driving vertically oriented edge computing suites and packages. In Phase 3, many technology requirements for edge computing will span different vertical industries. For example, requirements within enterprises will span from storefront smart retail scenarios to factory AI quality inspection scenarios and smart oil wells, requiring vendors to leverage horizontal solutions. Gartner points out that those forward-thinking enterprises are focused on edge computing strategies and architectures to respond to the challenges vendors will face regarding scalability across verticals. Establishing relevant standards and ecosystem cooperation will facilitate the market's maturity. Inspur Information is the world's leading provider of computing infrastructure. Facing the complex and diverse business demands of edge computing users, it leads the market by participating in the formulation of operator-oriented design standards for edge servers. 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About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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NTT Opens New Data Center in South Africa to Support Growing Digital Economy

NTT Ltd. | October 27, 2022

NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company, today announced the opening of its latest data center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg 1 Data Center is part of NTT’s expansion into the African continent with a capacity of 12MW covering 6,000m² of IT space once fully built out. The technical infrastructure is supported by N+1 uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS), N+1 generator backup, and highly redundant cooling systems. This will provide clients with dedicated sustainable infrastructure, operational control and the design flexibility required to support their high-performance needs. The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises, providing them with an opportunity to use NTT’s full ICT stack of services, including managed hybrid cloud, network management, collaboration, security, and application monitoring. Africa is experiencing a digital boom, with a population expected to double by 2050. Estimates show that 615 million users in sub-Saharan Africa will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, a 24% increase from 2020. This growth and reliance on technology is fueling digital transformation initiatives and demand for high-performing data center space. NTT is planning to accelerate its data center footprint in Johannesburg and other African cities to support this growth over the next several years. The new facility uses a closed-loop chilled water system with air-cooled chillers, meaning that the water running through the cooling systems isn’t evaporated. This reduces the threat of potential drought water restrictions and allows the data center to achieve low power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE). “We’re incredibly proud to be investing in Johannesburg and extending our global data center footprint to South Africa. The country forms a significant part of NTT’s growth strategy as we continue to support Africa’s digital transformation. The opening of Johannesburg 1 will contribute towards the economic growth and social development of the region, as our clients shape the country of tomorrow.” Florian Winkler, CEO, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd “Our presence in Africa is underpinned by the significant digital change we’re seeing across the continent. Companies providing new digital services need data center space with high power density, global connectivity, carrier neutrality, cloud network access, and on-site support to ensure they can continue to grow,” added Michael Abendanon, Head of MEA, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd. NTT is recognized as one of the leading data center businesses with recent openings in Madrid, Jakarta, Navi Mumbai, and Berlin, with further expansions planned in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince William County, Virginia and Cyberjaya. The data centers will align with NTT’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its data center operations by 2030 and the complete value chain by 2040. NTT is focused on ensuring its portfolio is powered by renewable energy by 2030 and that it applies energy efficiency measures where required. About NTT Ltd. As part of NTT DATA, a USD 30 billion IT services provider, NTT Ltd. is a leading IT infrastructure and services company serving 65% of the Fortune Global 500 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 100. We lay the foundation for organizations’ edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments where networks, cloud and applications converge. We offer tailored infrastructure and ensure consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our secure, scalable and customizable data centers. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with our platform-delivered infrastructure services. We enable a connected future.

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