Sunday, June 27, 2021

Boingo launches Private Networks Service

Boingo Wireless has launched an enterprise private networks offering that provides dedicated, secure wireless connectivity with enhanced capacity, control and coverage. It is currently being trialed at leading airports, sports and entertainment venues nationwide.

Boingo is offering a network as a service (NaaS) model. It can be implemented with 5G, LTE, CBRS, Wi-Fi 6, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and work seamlessly alongside neutral host DAS and Wi-Fi. 

“Businesses are accelerating their digital transformation to streamline operations, reduce overhead and provide a secure experience—and private networks from Boingo are an important piece of that transformation,” said Michael J. Zeto III, senior vice president of global strategy and emerging businesses at Boingo. “Whether it’s creating a touchless customer journey, deploying robotics on the manufacturing floor, implementing advanced asset tracking, or introducing IoT for industrial safety, a Boingo NaaS Private Network provides a secure connectivity backbone that enables an enterprise to execute its vision, realize outcomes and own their own data.”

“Boingo is the only provider of a true converged, neutral host wireless private network,” said Zeto. “That means we put the enterprise needs first and bring multiple technologies and spectrum together to efficiently provide the right solution for the right use case.”

Boingo: Wi-Fi 6 vs. CBRS? Competing or Complementary?

Digital Transformation is driving the deployment of a new class of Private Mobile Networks. But which technology should enterprises choose? Wi-Fi 6 or private 5G based on CBRS? In this video, Derek Peterson, CTO of Boingo, offers his perspective.

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Celona adds eSIM provisioning for private mobile networks

Celona is supporting enterprise embedded subscriber identity modules (eSIMs) to simplify the provisioning and streamline the management of client devices accessing private mobile networks. 

By using software-based eSIMs, device provisioning for private mobile networks can be effectively centralized and automated. Enterprise IT staff can now provide users with QR activation codes that once scanned will trigger the secure download and installation of the requisite SIM profile for a given client device. In live field-testing Celona has demonstrated successful interoperability between its private mobile network platform and leading CBRS-capable devices, such as the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and the new Zebra T26 touch computer.

“The use of eSIMs represents a significant market shift in advancing how devices are bootstrapped and managed on private cellular networks,” said Mehmet Yavuz, Co-Founder and CTO of Celona. “At Celona we are uniquely focused on simplifying the deployment and streamlining the end-to-end operation of private mobile networks by eliminating many of the friction points that have historically inhibited widespread adoption.”

Celona: Private Cellular in the Enterprise

IT professionals, operational technology leader and enterprise innovation teams each have different requirements that can benefit from Private Mobile Networks. In this video, Özer Dondurmacıoğlu, VP of Marketing at Celona, shares practical lessons learned from his enterprise customers and key business drivers.

Solution Demo: Celona Platform and MicroSlicing -

Case Study Video: Real world Performance of CBRS based Private LTE with University of California, Santa Barbara -

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ADVA intros Ensemble SmartWAN with 6WIND

ADVA launched its fully-featured Ensemble SmartWAN secure networking solution -- a turnkey solution that delivers dynamic virtual routing, centralized management, and full visibility of network topology.  

The new Ensemble SmartWAN, which is integrated into ADVA’s Ensemble network functions virtualization (NFV) suite, features zero-touch provisioning for easy deployment and temperature-hardened servers.

The Ensemble SmartWAN vRouter application is a separately licensable option on the Ensemble Connector platform. SmartWAN vRouter utilizes 6WIND’s Turbo Router software-based network appliance to provide a compact, high-performance embedded routing engine. 

“Enterprises are operating in a dynamic networking environment with ever-changing access networking capabilities and security requirements. To achieve rapid time to market and take advantage of new applications, more small and medium-sized enterprises are digitizing their operations and harnessing the agility and cost benefits of NFV. ADVA’s Ensemble SmartWAN extends our industry-leading NFV platform with a low-cost, fully featured, secure networking solution. As an integrated part of our Ensemble NFV solution, SmartWAN supports dynamic, high-performance routing and VPN services. It also eliminates the need for additional networking VNFs, which helps to radically reduce opex and complexity,” said James Buchanan, GM, Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Our Ensemble SmartWAN ensures the highest quality and availability. And, with automated deployment and provisioning, it makes it cheaper and faster to roll out new services.”

The Ensemble zero-touch provisioning process automatically enables, provisions and licenses the routing engine out-of-the-box. Enterprise network operators will also be able to deploy more advanced hybrid WAN and dynamic networking capabilities via the SmartWAN Secure Networking application. SmartWAN Secure Networking leverages Ensemble Connector and Virtualization Director to build and manage overlay networks via secure static and dynamic VPNs. Ensemble SmartWAN delivers key benefits for service providers, who will be able to unlock more value in their infrastructure platform. It empowers them to support new use cases and offer critical SD-WAN services at a much lower entry cost compared to standalone SD-WAN applications.

Iron Mountain to sell and lease back its UK storage centers

Iron Mountain has sold a portfolio of five storage centers in the UK to Intermediate Capital Group (ICG), generating gross proceeds of approximately $178 million, based on current exchange rates. The transaction, totaling 550,000 square feet, is a sale-leaseback transaction with the properties located in the greater London area. Iron Mountain will remain in these facilities under an initial twelve-year lease term, with options to renew up to an additional 20 years.

“With our strong development pipeline together with highly attractive market valuations for industrial assets, we are pleased to continue our capital recycling program,” said Barry Hytinen, executive vice president and CFO at Iron Mountain. “The sale-leaseback of these assets allows us to generate significant investable proceeds while essentially maintaining long-term control of the facilities. On a leverage neutral basis, we estimate this transaction will generate nearly $140 million of capital, which we intend to invest in higher growth areas, including our data center business.”

Huawei deploys massive MIMO in Chengdu airport

China Mobile has deployed Huawei's 5G distributed Massive MIMO solution inside Chengdu Tianfu International Airport to build the first Gigabit 5G airport in China. 

Huawei says the user-perceived rate across the check-in areas exceeds 1 Gbps, with the single-user rate increasing by 26% on average over common 5G networks up to a peak of 1.25 Gbps. Significant improvement was also displayed in both the perceived rate and overall network capacity in multi-user scenarios. 

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is the second international air hub in Southwest China's Sichuan Province and has the capacity to support 40 million passenger trips, 700,000 tons of cargo and mail, and 320,000 aircraft movements annually. 

Luis Ubiñas elected to AT&T Board of Directors

Luis Ubiñas has been elected to AT&T's board of directors, effective immediately. This brings the number of directors on AT&T’s board to 13. He will serve on the board’s Public Policy and Corporate Reputation committee.

Ubiñas, 58, has had a career spanning business, government and the nonprofit sector. He served as a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, as President of the Ford Foundation, and as an appointee to both the U.S. Competitiveness Committee of the Export-Import Bank and the International Trade Commission. Over the last several years, he has been an investor, advisor and board member. He is currently the lead director of Electronic Arts; serves on the board of Tanger, the publicly traded REIT; and advises several private and pre-IPO companies.

“Luis is an accomplished executive and a terrific addition to our board,” said Bill Kennard, chairman of AT&T’s board of directors. “His leadership experience and expertise across broadband and wireless, government and the nonprofit sector align with our priorities to serve customers, investors and our communities.”