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VVDN Gets Approval Under PLI Scheme for Telecom and Networking Equipment

VVDN | October 19, 2021

VVDN Technologies, a premier electronic product engineering and manufacturing company, announced that it has been approved under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Telecom and Networking equipment manufacturing by the Govt. of India's Department of Telecommunications. VVDN is amongst 31 domestic and international companies, which has been granted approval for Telecom and Networking equipment manufacturing under this PLI scheme and has committed to invest Rs. 400 crores in the next 4 years. VVDN was earlier approved under the PLI Scheme for IT Hardware by MeitY in July 2021. VVDN has also applied under the PLI scheme for manufacturing of White Goods, results of which are awaited.

In the Networking and Telecom sector, VVDN has vast experience and expertise in design, development and manufacturing 5G Radio Units, Wi-Fi Access Points, Routers, L2/L3 switches, Unlicensed Band Radio, 4G and 5G CPE, and ONT, adopting the latest next-gen technologies including Wi-Fi 6 & 6E, SD-WAN, Wi-Fi mesh etc. VVDN specializes in the complete the PCB design and Layout, RF Tuning & Calibration, RF engineering, software, network functions, mechanical design and mass manufacturing. VVDN has its own R&D and manufacturing facilities housing Wi-Fi chambers, Wi-Fi labs, dedicated RF testing Labs, Test suites, and facility for complete pre-compliance.

With 5 world class manufacturing units and 10+ design centers across India, VVDN has extensive experience in doing complete R&D, engineering and manufacturing of products in the domains 5G & Datacenter, Networking & Wi-Fi, Vision, and IoT. Over the last year, VVDN Technologies has continued to expand its manufacturing and engineering infrastructure to support increasing demand of Telecom and Networking products. The company added new, dedicated and specialized SMT Lines to boost the manufacturing capabilities of 5G products (including Radio Units) and is expanding its infrastructure to handle much bigger PCB size- essential for Massive MIMO products. Recently, VVDN added a new die casting facility to its existing infrastructure which makes it fully equipped to do the high-volume manufacturing of die casting tooling needed for 5G and other telecom equipment.

We are delighted to have been approved under the PLI scheme for Telecom and Networking equipment manufacturing. It showcases our strength in these domains and highlights our commitment towards Hon'ble PM Modi's vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and the 'Make in India' project. The PLI schemes will go a long way in making India the new global manufacturing hub of electronic products. To meet the growing business demands we have invested heavily in our infrastructure and work force expansion, and will continue to do so, to help us cater to our Indian and global customers. It is a matter of great pride for VVDN to have been approved under 2 different PLI schemes.

Mr. Puneet Agarwal, CEO – VVDN Technologies

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Equinix and NUS Centre for Energy Research & Technology Partner to Advance Hydrogen Technologies for Data Centers

Equinix | September 21, 2022

Continuing its efforts to advance the sustainability of digital infrastructure and reach its climate neutral targets, aligned to science-based targets, by 2030, Equinix, Inc. today announced a partnership with the Centre for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) under the National University of Singapore's (NUS) College of Design and Engineering to explore technologies that enable the use of hydrogen as a green fuel source for mission-critical data center infrastructure. Together, Equinix and CERT will launch the world's first research project to compare the efficiency of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and fuel-flexible linear generator technologies. PEM fuel cells are a leading contender for hydrogen energy, while fuel-flexible linear generators enable operators to easily switch between various clean fuel options including hydrogen, biogas and various renewable liquid fuels. Adoption of these technologies may allow data centers to reduce carbon emissions while meeting the rising demand for data, colocation and interconnection services. The research collaboration between Equinix and CERT will involve a holistic assessment of the suitability of these technologies for tropical data centers, considering local climatic conditions, site constraints, power demand, supply chain, fuel storage capabilities as well as local regulatory policies. This research initiative comes under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed earlier this year between the two partners. Under the MOU, CERT will conduct a comprehensive analysis of technologies identified in collaboration with Equinix, to determine the operational viability of the technologies at scale. Based on the results of the research, Equinix expects to develop proof-of-concept projects within its global network of data centers for real-world testing and to support incorporation into future data center designs. By driving innovation in Singapore, the Equinix and CERT partnership aims to accelerate disruptive technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of global data centers, particularly in tropical locations. This partnership forms part of Equinix's Future First strategy that underscores the company's commitment to greening the digital economy. Green hydrogen has been identified as a viable source of sustainable energy for data centers. However, hydrogen generation on an industrial scale remains several years away from being commercially viable, making it imperative to assess and adopt alternatives even as global research and development continues. "Data centers serve as the conduit powering the digital economy, and greening their operations can drive the rise of sustainable business throughout the broader economic landscape. Working with like-minded partners like the Centre for Energy Research & Technology at NUS empowers us with the combined experience and expertise to advance the growth of digital economies in line with environmental obligations, benefiting the data center industry, global economies, and the planet." Yee May Leong, Managing Director, South Asia, Equinix Associate Professor Lee Poh Seng, Director, Centre for Energy Research and Technology, NUS College of Design and Engineering "Sustainability is a key pillar of the global economy. To complement the efforts made by the public sector, timely progress also requires collaboration with stakeholders in the private sector and academia. We are keen to work with industry partners like Equinix, which is known for its sustainability efforts and provides us access to a global network of data centers that can serve as a testbed for a more accurate assessment of operational viability. Through this partnership, we look forward to playing a driving role for green data center innovations that can be applied in Singapore and globally." Reaffirming Equinix's commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the environment, the company has been recognized with a host of sustainability awards across the Asia-Pacific region. In 2022, Equinix was named Asia's Green Company of the Year at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards, the Singapore Data Centre Services Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, and received the Green Innovation Award under the MNC Category at the 2022 Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards. Highlights / Key Facts: Under this partnership, Equinix and NUS CERT will be conducting a comprehensive analysis to compare two clean on-site power generation technologies for data centers of the future. These technologies include: PEM fuel cells are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to generate power with hydrogen and oxygen. Some designs can also run the process in reverse to produce pure hydrogen for future use with just water and electricity. Fuel-flexible linear generators offer the ability to switch between fuels like hydrogen, biogas and various renewable liquid fuels, enabling the installation of infrastructure that can be easily adapted to evolving market developments, empowering organizations with enhanced agility. Equinix was the first in the data center industry to commit to becoming climate neutral, aligned to approved science-based targets, for emissions reduction across global operations and supply chain by 2030. In addition, Equinix continues to evaluate for on-site solar opportunities, onsite generation from fuel cells, and any other distributed low-carbon technology that fits with its overall strategy. Equinix's renewable energy coverage has been over 90% since 2018. In 2021, the company achieved 95% renewable energy coverage. Year-over-year, Equinix has increased our procurement of renewables by 16% on a GWh-basis. Earlier this year, Equinix announced the opening of its first Co-Innovation Facility (CIF), located in its DC15 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center at the Equinix Ashburn Campus in the Washington, D.C. area. The CIF is a component of its Data Center of the Future Initiative and is a new capability that enables innovative partners to work with Equinix on trialing and developing methodologies that may be used to help define the future of digital infrastructure and services. About Equinix Equinix is the world's digital infrastructure company. Digital leaders harness Equinix's trusted platform to bring together and interconnect foundational infrastructure at software speed. 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VodafoneZiggo selects Cognizant as Strategic Partner to Consolidate its Services for IT Infrastructure and Virtualized Networking

VodafoneZiggo | November 09, 2022

Cognizant announced today that it has been selected by VodafoneZiggo, a leading provider of fixed, mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and businesses, as its managed services partner to consolidate and support VodafoneZiggo's operations of IT and virtualized mobile network infrastructure. This will enable VodafoneZiggo to improve the availability and reliability of its communications services through proactive monitoring of infrastructure operations, more accurate planning, and with faster deployments of new services to its more than five million mobile business and consumer customers in The Netherlands. As part of the five-year operations and maintenance agreement, Cognizant will harmonize and simplify the current on-premise landscape through increased levels of automation designed to reduce the total cost of ownership and enable more efficient onboarding of VodafoneZiggo's standard as well as containerized and virtualized NFV (Network Function Virtualization) infrastructure. "Due to the ongoing growth in the demand for data services and digital customer experiences, we continuously aim to optimize our services to serve customers in the best way. This goes hand in hand with a strong drive to establish the best efficiency and effectiveness in our operations and IT infrastructure. "We have chosen Cognizant as a trusted partner with the experience and expertise to assist us with maintaining and improving the infrastructure underpinning our mobile network operations and deploy new functions and services at scale." Diana Geels - de Koos, Lead for Cloud Infrastructure Tribe at VodafoneZiggo "We are proud to have been chosen by VodafoneZiggo based on a combination of our deep industry and domain expertise in infrastructure managed services for large-scale, global companies across various industries, including telecoms and communications," said Saket Gulati, Country Manager, Netherlands at Cognizant. "Due to our longstanding relationship and deep-rooted knowledge of VodafoneZiggo's challenges, we are confident that we will be able to support the company in meeting its next digitization targets and introduce a new level of stability to its IT infrastructure." About VodafoneZiggo VodafoneZiggo is a leading Dutch company that provides fixed, mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and businesses. As of September 30, 2022, we have over 5 million mobile, over 3 million video and fixed broadband internet and approximately 2 million fixed telephony subscribers. Approximately 7,000 people are employed by VodafoneZiggo. Our offices are located in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Hilversum, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Nijmegen, Helmond and Rotterdam. The VodafoneZiggo JV is a 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global, one of the world's leading converged video, broadband and communications companies, and Vodafone Group, one of the world's leading technology communications companies. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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AtlasEdge Further Expands its European Platform with the Acquisition of Datacenter One

AtlasEdge | October 10, 2022

AtlasEdge, a leading pan-European Edge data centre provider, has today announced the acquisition of Datacenter One (“DC1”). The move furthers AtlasEdge’s expansion across Europe, with DC1 a leading data centre provider in Germany. This acquisition will accelerate AtlasEdge’s expansion across Germany, a key strategic data centre market and Europe’s largest digital economy. The footprint of DC1’s purpose-built, high-quality facilities complement AtlasEdge’s existing operations in Berlin and Hamburg, increasing AtlasEdge’s capability to service customers across five regional German markets with significant “ready-to-sell” capacity. It also comes at a time when the first wave of Edge deployments is accelerating across Europe, with growing customer demand for digital infrastructure closer to the end user driven by enterprises and larger platforms. DC1’s industry-leading senior management team with a deep knowledge of the German market and a track record of successful development will remain unchanged following the transaction. Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, will also be joining AtlasEdge’s Management Team. This is a highly strategic transaction for AtlasEdge. “Germany is an important part of our expansion plans and a market that has seen customer demand rise across multiple metros. Acquiring DC1 transforms AtlasEdge into Germany’s leading distributed platform, with ready-to-sell capacity in key locations across the country. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and continuing to grow our footprint across the continent.” Giuliano Di Vitantonio, CEO, AtlasEdge Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, stated, “The joint expertise of DC1 and AtlasEdge, together with the increased scale and customer offering that this deal enables is a real win. We have experienced first-hand the rising demand and growth potential in the German market, and this is a fantastic next step for us. Our combined locations, ethos and ambition are all the right ingredients, and we’re very excited to be joining AtlasEdge.” DC1’s continued development and expansion strategy will be critical to meet the high levels of demand for colocation across Germany, and AtlasEdge expects to make significant additional investments across the country in this regard. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close towards the end of 2022. DH Capital, a division of Citizens, acted as financial advisor and Hogan Lovells acted as legal counsel to AtlasEdge. ABOUT AtlasEdge AtlasEdge is the leading European Edge data centre platform with over 100 locations across 13 countries. Our distributed data centre portfolio allows our customers to plan and shape their technology and network infrastructure to meet the growing requirements for lower latency, higher performance and localised solutions. Formed through a joint investment by Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies and DigitalBridge, a leading global investment firm dedicated to digital infrastructure, AtlasEdge’s portfolio includes data centres in key markets across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich. ABOUT Datacenter One (“DC1”) Datacenter One operates several data centers at various locations in Germany. In addition, the company plans and builds turn-key datacenters very fast within six to nine months – starting from 500 sqm rental space at the requested customer location. The Colocation and Colo Connect rental offers ensure that every customer has the perfect capacity available for their needs - individual, flexible and scalable during operations. Datacenter One's facilities are operated with a very high energy efficiency (PUE values < 1.3) and meet high security requirements with ISO 27001 and EN 50600 certifications. Since 2021, the company has been part of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact to drive sustainable datacenter operations. Datacenter One is a German company headquartered in Stuttgart.

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