FiberLight Empowers Nextlink Internet Tower System Expansion with 100GB Lit Core and High-Capacity Lit Services

Business Wire | March 16, 2020

FiberLight, LLC, a fiber infrastructure provider with more than 20 years of construction experience building mission-critical, high-bandwidth networks, announces that it has been chosen as the lit network service provider of choice by Nextlink Internet across its Texas network. Nextlink is one of the largest wireless internet service providers (WISPs) in the United States. The company delivers high-speed internet and voice services throughout the Southcentral U.S. — including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska with plans for 2020 expansion across Iowa and Illinois — to residential, business, K-12, higher learning and governmental agencies.

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APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Guidehouse Insights Finds 5G Proliferation Offers Cities New Revenue Streams and the Opportunity to Improve Social Equity

Guidehouse Insights | February 11, 2022

A new report from Guidehouse Insights discusses the financial opportunities that 5G proliferation creates for cities, exploring how 5G can improve quality of life, attract industry, and increase digital equality. The report also examines community connectivity challenges and provides actionable recommendations as 5G networks expand. With the advent of 5G wireless networks, cities have an unprecedented opportunity to take control of how ubiquitous connectivity affects not only the financial success but also social and governance aspects of their communities. According to a new report from Guidehouse Insights, 5G proliferation offers cities new revenue streams and the opportunity to improve social equity with emerging partnerships in the new 5G ecosystem. "Cities can generate new revenue streams through the leasing of infrastructure for small cell sites,Perhaps more significantly, they can improve social equity by lessening the digital divide between advantaged and economically challenged neighborhoods." Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Guidehouse Insights According to the report, cities should partner with communications service providers to monetize municipal assets such as streetlights, utility poles, and fiber networks and work with utilities for shared benefits and monetization of utility rights of way and other assets. City managers can also leverage communications infrastructure vendor expertise in planning and deploying networks. The report, 5G Presents Financial – and Social – Opportunities for Cities, provides detailed information about the financial opportunities that 5G proliferation creates for cities. The report also explores how 5G can improve quality of life, attract industry, and lessen the digital divide. It discusses the challenging community connectivity considerations and provides actionable recommendations for city managers eager to benefit as 5G networks proliferate. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Guidehouse Insights website. About Guidehouse Insights Guidehouse Insights, the dedicated market intelligence arm of Guidehouse, provides research, data, and benchmarking services for today's rapidly changing and highly regulated industries. Our insights are built on in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research, and demand assessment, paired with a deep examination of technology trends, to provide a comprehensive view of emerging resilient infrastructure systems. About Guidehouse Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 12,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies.

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Zain Kuwait resolute 5G investment delivers business success

Zain Kuwait | December 24, 2021

Zain Kuwait's 5G traffic currently accounts for more than 40% of its total wireless traffic, ranking the operator as number one in GCC countries in terms of 5G offload ratio. Zain Kuwait is one of the leading telecom operators in MENA and has been at the forefront of innovation for years as the first operator to launch commercial 5G services in the Middle East. From the 5G service development and business achievements of Zain Kuwait, it is clear that the focus on 5G development brings business success to operators. Zain Kuwait started deployment of 5G networks in 2018. After two years of continuous development, 5G services have entered a period of high growth. Users are continuing to develop rapidly, and the proportion of 5G traffic has also been increasing continuously. This has resulted in positive revenue and profit growth for the operator. Zain Kuwait has achieved the 5G subscriber penetration ratio of 23%, and the average DOU of its 5G subscribers is five times higher than that of its 4G subscribers. Zain Kuwait's mobile network also recorded revenue and profit growth of 4% and 13% year-over-year in Q2 2021. This is an outstanding achievement especially when there is no population dividend and the expatriate population in country has been continuously decreasing. Zain's 5G development leads the Kuwait telecom market, and its business success has been a result of its overall strategic objective to provide first-class 5G services for users in Kuwait. Zain Kuwait has firmly invested in 5G for the fastest network construction with the widest coverage, building a foundation for user experience Network coverage is the basis for user experience. Zain started 5G C-band construction in 2018. In Q3 2019, it completed coverage of major urban areas. By early 2020, it achieved 1:1 construction ratio with its LTE network. Focusing on fast and value-based network construction, Zain Kuwait was able to quickly exploit the benefits of enhanced 5G network coverage. Leading the network construction lays the foundation for creating 5G business advantages. For instance, Zain was the first operator to commercialize 5G networks in Kuwait. In the commercial release phase, Zain provided the most extensive 5G coverage and best services owing to its focus on network construction. Within six months of the commercial launch, Zain reached 100% coverage, forming the first-mover advantage of 5G networks for itself. User experience is the key In leading 5G experience targets to drive network experience leadership With the goal of providing a first-class 5G network experience, Zain insists on higher standards of 5G network construction to ensure high-speed and reliable services for all the users. As a result, the investment in network planning and network construction was increased, which enabled Zain Kuwait to win Ookla's Fastest Fixed Wireless Network Provider Award in 2020 and to lead the Open signal Global Experience Test reports as well. A great network experience enhanced Zain's brand and helped it achieve greater commercial competitiveness.

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APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

EdgeQ Showcases and Samples 5G Small Cell and O-RAN PCIe Accelerator Card

EdgeQ | June 16, 2022

EdgeQ Inc, a leader in 5G wireless infrastructure, showcased and sampled a massively integrated, all-in-one, 4G+5G small cell and a highly programmable O-RAN PCIe acceleration card. The announcement comes at a time when EdgeQ is sampling and entering trials with worldwide OEMs and operators on their ground breaking 5G Base Station-on-a-Chip technology. The highly scalable, flexibly adaptive EdgeQ platform targets both gnB small cells and O-RAN applications in a completely softwarized manner. By compacting 4G, 5G, and compute into a single-chip, EdgeQ showcased an all-in-one small cell with fully integrated Radio Unit (RU), Distributed Unit (DU), and Central Unit (CU); L1, L2, L3 stacks; and fully inclusive ORAN splits. The scalable architecture packs unprecedented throughput performance across a large set of concurrent users, but all within a compact power envelop enabling Power-Over-Ethernet. The same EdgeQ platform can also be refactored into a multi-carrier, multi-user, massive MIMO DU base station with L1 inline acceleration. By simply uploading O-RAN Distributed Unit firmware, EdgeQ showcased both 4G and 5G Physical Layer running across an eCPRI interface but now with O-RAN splits in a multi-user environment. “EdgeQ’s platform provides both 4G+5G in a single silicon unit, which is an unsolved pain point in today’s industry,” said Stephen Sek, Chief of Technology, US & EU Technology Centers, Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC). “By coupling low power with massive 5G+4G PHY integration and L2+L3 support, EdgeQ’s value statement is disruptively compelling for private and public 5G networks alike.” “These two landmark demonstrations show how we address the many pluralities of 5G. For small cells, the 5G network can be reconstituted as an all-in-one 5G gNB, complete with our field deployable 4G/5G PHY and integrated L2+L3 in a single silicon. We can leverage that exact silicon to also run a fully compliant O-RAN Distributed Unit PCIe card interoperating with standard O-RAN based splits. Having the gNB and PCIe accelerator card predicated on the same design platform greatly facilitates deployment ease as well as overall integration into our customers’ networks,” said Adil Kidwai, Head of Product Management at EdgeQ, “We have imagined a highly flexible, softwarized 5G platform that is integrative, low power, and remarkably disruptive.” About EdgeQ EdgeQ is a leading innovator in 5G systems-on-a-chip. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices in San Diego, CA and Bangalore, India. Led by executives from Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, EdgeQ is pioneering converged connectivity and AI that is fully software-customizable and programmable.

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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Scale Computing Introduces Industry’s First Cloud-Based Fleet Management Solution for Successful Edge Computing

Scale Computing | May 25, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Scale Computing Fleet Manager for edge computing and MSPs, which makes managing and monitoring the health of distributed IT infrastructure easier than ever. Now available as part of the new Scale Computing Platform, SC//Fleet Manager consolidates real-time conditions for a fleet of clusters, including storage and compute resources, allowing IT leaders to quickly identify areas of concern using a single pane of glass, scaling from 1 to over 50,000 clusters. “Delhaize needed to rapidly deploy resilient in-store infrastructure to support existing workloads as well as new data and processing-intensive initiatives such as cashier-less checkout and customer safety and security measures. SC//Platform and SC//Fleet Manager allowed us to efficiently manage the clusters in hundreds of stores to ensure our edge computing applications remain highly available, saving us time and money,” said Rolf Vanden Eynde, Manager, Network, Strategic Infrastructure, Ahold-Delhaize. Instead of managing individual deployments, SC//Fleet Manager gives users the ability to see and manage their entire fleet at once from an intuitive cloud-based console at fleet.scalecomputing.com. Connectivity and cluster health can be checked with a quick glance. Any problems across the fleet are highlighted automatically, and if there is an issue, IT administrators can easily drill down into a specific cluster to further diagnose and fix the problem. For IT Managers with multiple clusters, Scale Computing's already industry-leading low maintenance time will be further reduced by 50% or more. “The emergence of cloud computing significantly accelerated the digitization of business. It gave us better availability and scalability without the burden of managing infrastructure. However, not all applications can or should run from the cloud. Latency and bandwidth limitations force us to run them where they are physically used for better, more reliable performance. These challenges reveal the need for a new class of computing. The promise of edge computing is to bring applications closer to the people and things interacting with them without sacrificing cloud-like ease of use, scalability, and high availability,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and Co-founder of Scale Computing. “We have been delivering on the edge computing promise, allowing customers to successfully deploy applications wherever they are needed. The new fleet management technology we are introducing as part of SC//Platform removes barriers for easy management and application high availability, for over 50,000 clusters,” Ready explained. Also announced today as part of the SC//Platform software update are improvements in SC//HyperCore software, the foundation of SC//Platform. SC//HyperCore bundles a variety of adapted open source and proprietary, intelligent software to create a simplified operating system for Scale Computing clusters. Custom-built utilizing the KVM architecture to integrate with the Scale Computing Reliable Independent Block Engine (SCRIBE) storage layer directly, SC//HyperCore makes virtualization and software automation look easy—and it is. The Scale Computing patented HyperCore™ technology identifies, reduces, and corrects problems in real time. “Our customers tell us they cannot be successful with edge computing without the best fleet management. We are proud to be the first to solve this problem for customers deploying applications at the edge. If you are deploying applications outside of centralized data centers, at the edge of your network closest to where that data is created and utilized, we can help you manage hundreds or thousands of distributed edge infrastructure deployments with few or no on-site IT personnel.” Scott Loughmiller, Chief Product Officer and Co-founder of Scale Computing Now included in SC//HyperCore are REST-APIs that enhance the speed and ease with which users can deploy virtual machines (VMs) and containers at scale using cloud-init. Cloud-init, a powerful open-source technology that allows customers to take common VM templates and provide them with their unique configuration information at first boot via scripting, allows for easy, mass provisioning of customized VMs. IT administrators no longer need to manually create and individually customize VMs, but can programmatically provide hundreds or thousands of machines with their own settings via script. This combined with SC//Fleet Manager provides organizations with the ability to orchestrate and automate the deployment of applications across their distributed edge computing fleet to ensure consistency in change control and across sites. About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing’s products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate and TrustRadius.

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The spreadsheet conundrum... Joe Smith, sales director for Great Start-Up Number 5 Billion and Thirty-One, puts on a blindfold and reaches out blindly for something, ANYTHING, to help him organize his team’s deals and commissions. He’s hopeful. He’s waiting. He knows he’ll come back with something. We’re talking metaphorically, of course. He’s not actually HOLDING a spreadsheet, he’s using Excel—because it’s the lowest hanging fruit. It’s free and easy to learn. And for a while, you know what? It works great. He can use VLOOKUPS and shortcuts to navigate. He can import booking results and activity metrics from Salesforce or his CRM. He can get so good at it that packaging complex algorithms becomes second nature.

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