Quanta Cloud Technology Partners with Radisys to Deliver Optimized RAN Solutions on Its High-Performance Hardware
Feb 23, 2018

Radisys’ RAN software and integration services, combined with Affirmed Networks’ industry-leading 5G Mobile Core, enhance the solution with TCO advantages for customers globally

February 23, 2018 08:00 AM Hong Kong Time
HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Radisys® Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS), a global leader of open telecom solutions, today announced that Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) has selected Radisys MobilityEngine™ LTE-Advanced and 5G RAN software to run on its open server hardware platforms, delivering optimized high performance and low latency RAN solutions to mobile operators globally. The resulting solution, which also integrates Affirmed Networks’ cloud native 5G Mobile Core and leverages Radisys’ integration services, gives mobile operators a differentiated Mobile Core and RAN solution that is based on open standards, delivering faster time-to-market and better ROI.


  • To meet the capacity and latency demands of 5G applications and services such as IoT, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, autonomous cars and more, mobile operators are transforming their access networks from single-vendor proprietary solutions to multi-vendor solutions built with open software and hardware components.
  • QCT is a leading hardware vendor that has embraced the telecom industry shift to open hardware, taking a leading role in open networking communities and offering its global customer base a variety of form factors that best meet their needs, including OCP-based hardware, rackmount servers, COTS-based x86 platforms and more.
  • Radisys’ MobilityEngine software introduces open and disaggregated mobile access cloud solutions that deliver significant TCO advantage while enabling the evolution to 5G. By pre-integrating and pre-validating MobilityEngine RAN software and Affirmed Networks’ 5G Mobile Core Solution onto QCT’s hardware form factors, Radisys and QCT can offer to their customers differentiated, performance-optimized solutions for LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G RAN with faster time-to-market and reduced risk. Mobile operators will be able to leverage the deployment-ready turnkey solutions for their Multi-Access CORD, Cloud and Virtualized RAN, as well as Mobile Edge deployments.

    ““This integrated solution leverages Radisys’ DNA in software and integration services and Quanta’s full portfolio of industry-leading open server hardware to offer our customers a truly multi-vendor solution that is built for the demands of 5G mobile edge computing,” said Neeraj Patel, Vice President and General Manager, Software & Services Solutions, Radisys. “We are committed to partnering with QCT as a preferred OCP hardware provider and with the industry-leading Virtualized EPC vendor Affirmed Networks, to deliver right-fit technology solutions to our mobile operator customers that don’t compromise on performance while reducing cost and risk.”

    “Our extensive hardware portfolio is designed to meet the needs of mobile operators that are transforming their networks to meet the requirements of 5G and mobile edge computing,” said Mike Yang, President of QCT. “QCT is dedicated to fostering partnerships with technology software leaders such as Radisys in order to deliver pre-integrated and pre-validated solutions to mobile operators that reduce deployment times for next-gen networks. Radisys’ MobilityEngine RAN software and integration expertise allows making commercial deployments of new open architectures a reality.”

    “Virtualized networks deliver a host of advantages to mobile operators, the primary ones being economic scaling and service agility,” said Amit Tiwari, Affirmed Networks’ Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Systems Engineering. “As deployments accelerate in preparation for 5G, delivering integrated solutions with industry leaders such as Radisys will ensure an efficient and successful network transformation.”

    Radisys and QCT at Mobile World Congress 2018

    Radisys will showcase open telecom solutions in the Open Networking Foundation booth in Hall 5, Stand 5I61 at MWC. To see the technology demonstrations, or to meet with Radisys’ open telecom experts, contact open@radisys.com

    QCT will also be unveiling details about its network transformation solutions in Hall 5, Booth 5B11 at MWC.

    About Radisys

    Radisys, a global leader in open telecom solutions, enables service providers to drive disruption with new open architecture business models. Radisys’ innovative disaggregated and virtualized enabling technology solutions leverage open reference architectures and standards, combined with open software and hardware to power business transformation for the telecom industry, while its world-class services organization delivers systems integration expertise necessary to solve communications and content providers’ complex deployment challenges. For more information, visitwww.Radisys.com.

    About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

    Affirmed Networks has achieved significant attention as its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution has become the standard for the world’s top mobile operators. Currently, the company has been deployed commercially, including in Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile networks, and is engaged in many trials worldwide. For more information, please visit:www.affirmednetworks.com.

    About Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT)

    Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) is a global data center solution provider. We combine the efficiency of hyperscale hardware with infrastructure software from a diversity of industry leaders to solve next-generation data center design and operation challenges. QCT serves cloud service providers, telecoms and enterprises running public, hybrid and private clouds.

    Product lines include hyperconverged and software-defined data center solutions as well as servers, storage, switches and integrated racks with a diverse ecosystem of hardware component and software partners. QCT designs, manufactures, integrates and services cutting-edge offerings via its own global network. The parent of QCT is Quanta Computer, Inc., a Fortune Global 500 corporation.www.QCT.io.

    Radisys® is a registered trademark of Radisys. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    Xiaomi partners with Telna to broaden Mi Roaming coverage
    Feb 22, 2018

    BEIJING, Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Telna, a global provider of end-to-end connectivity solutions, and Xiaomi, the global electronics company, today announced their partnership to provide expanded international roaming coverage through the Mi Roaming virtual SIM platform.

    Launching first to over 100 million users from mainland China, the new, broadened coverage will be available on all current Xiaomi smartphone models, enabling access to affordable, seamless, 4G LTE 3G data roaming in more international destinations including in Europe and North America.

    "This partnership is another step in our constant effort to deliver the best possible experience to our Mi fans worldwide," stated the Xiaomi Roaming team.

    From a company with a truly fan-focused mantra, the Mi Roaming app is one of the value-added solutions offered by Xiaomi. It enables users to connect to roaming data on-demand via virtual SIM technology. Users benefit from a seamless, device-integrated experience and truly affordable unlimited data rates.

    "We're thrilled to partner with Xiaomi—an industry leader in consumer technology," said Gregory Gundelfinger, Telna CEO. "Our global decentralized network has local data breakouts wherever the Xiaomi user is traveling, providing a local data experience with lower latency and faster LTE data speeds. It's a superior experience to any other network technology available and a breakthrough in data roaming technology. We are excited to introduce this technology experience to Xiaomi customers."

    Telna is a US-based GSMA member operating its own mobile network infrastructure. With over 18 network partners and 300+ bilateral agreements, Telna has direct access to 2,000+ top tier networks worldwide. Combined with its proprietary software-defined-network technology and Multi-IMSI platform, Telna is uniquely positioned to provide access to multiple top-tier networks per country/region, thereby offering increased redundancy, coverage, and reliability to the end-user.

    About Telna

    Telna is a vertically integrated end-to-end network-as-a-service (NaaS) for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) economy. Telna is a US-based, GSMA member wireless carrier with over 18 network partners and 300+ bilateral agreements and direct access to 2,000+ top tier networks worldwide. In 2014, KnowRoaming, a SIM technology business, invested in and subsequently acquired Telna. Today, the integrated company combines a pervasive network of networks, full back-end network infrastructure, and device hardware/software technology to offer a full suite of global connectivity services. Learn more at www.telna.com

    About Xiaomi

    Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision "innovation for everyone". We believe that high-quality products built with cutting-edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and Internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With presence in over 30 countries and regions, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

    Source: Telna-KnowRoaming

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    Nswitch Selected as the First TUNE Certified Partner in APAC Region
    Feb 21, 2018

    February 21, 2018 10:00 PM Hong Kong Time - SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nasmedia (KOSDAQ:089600) (CEO Kenny Chung), a digital media advertising agency in KT Group of Korea, announced that its proprietary app marketing platform ‘Nswitch’ has been selected as a Certified Partner by TUNE. As a result, Nswitch has been the first TUNE Certified Partner in the APAC region.

    On February 12, TUNE announced its new Certified Partners in 2018 through its official website and their marketing channel. The newly selected advertising platforms include Nswitch, Dynalyst, AdAction Interactive, Global wide media and Affle. Of the approximately 1,500 mobile advertising platforms integrated with TUNE, only a total of 33 platforms are registered as the TUNE Certified Partners.

    TUNE Certified Partner is defined as a global advertising platform certified by TUNE, mobile analytics and performance marketing platforms. It provides best practices to marketers and advertisers who want to promote app marketing so that clients can get better marketing results.

    To become a TUNE Certified Partner, it is necessary to proceed the ‘TUNE Certified Partner Program’. The TUNE Certified Partner Program is divided into three sections in total and 15 details, and can be chosen as a Certified Partner only if all the requirements are met through a rigorous screening process.

    In addition, after being selected as a TUNE Certified Partner, it should go through ongoing examination every year to maintain as a Certified Partner.

    Byungjo Kim, who is in charge of general affairs for Nswitch in Nasmedia, gave his impression and plans regarding this nomination saying "Nswitch has consistently made efforts to provide better marketing effectiveness to advertisers as a front-runner in Korean market," “We will strive to become and settle as a global advertising platform beyond the Asian market."

    Meanwhile, as of February 2018, Nswitch is currently in the second place on TUNE’s global install volume ranking, right behind Google Adwords. Therefore, there is much attention towards the move of Nswitch henceforth as a global advertising platform.

    Nswitch website:http://www.nswitch.co.kr/
    TUNE website (related to CPP):https://www.tune.com/blog/tune-welcomes-five-new-certified-partners/

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    Unity Technologies Invites Thousands of Developers to Unite 2018, Announces Official Global Lineup
    Feb 21, 2018

    Unity invites artists, creators and developers to Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin, and Los Angeles for networking, learning and exclusive access

    February 21, 2018 11:00 PM Hong Kong Time - SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unity Technologies (https://unity3d.com/), creator of the world’s most widely used game engine and real-time development platform, announced today the dates and locations for its upcoming slate of Unite Conferences. Unity will be hosting Unite events in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin and Los Angeles - locations around the world that represent epicenters of creativity and innovation in their region. This year, Unity will demonstrate the power of real-time rendering made possible by Unity 2018, including deep dives into the new technologies unleashing breathtaking graphics and major performance increases.

    “We love game makers and creators. We stand shoulder to shoulder with them in their pursuit of making magical things. It's hard and we try to make it easier. Our Unite events are critical to this goal. In 2018 we once again can't wait to get on the road and meet with developers and creators, learning together and making the world a better place with more creativity,” said Brett Bibby, VP of Engineering, Unity Technologies. “We’ll be out in force around the world offering expert talks, instructional demos and curated panels covering a full range of topics. Whether it be creating content or programming, performance or high-end rendering, or innovating on the next generation VR and AR experiences, we’re excited to share this deep-seeded knowledge with our community.”

    Here are the dates and locations for the 2018 Unite conferences:

  • Unite Seoul, May 2-4, 2018, Coex Convention Grand Ballroom and Auditorium
  • Unite Tokyo, May 7-9, 2018, Tokyo International Forum
  • Unite Beijing, May 11-13, 2018, China National Convention Center
  • Unite Berlin, June 19-21, 2018, STATION Berlin
  • Unite Los Angeles, October 23-25, 2018, JW Marriott and the Orpheum Theater

    Each Unite event is the place to unlock the full creative potential of the Unity platform, brainstorm with Unity experts and industry leaders and get a sneak peek at what Unity will bring creators in the future. Information about each event, as well as tickets are viewable on the Unite website.

    Unity is the world’s most popular real-time development platform. Games and experiences made with Unity have reached more than 3 billion devices worldwide this year and were installed more than 20 billion times in the last 12 months.

    About Unity

    Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR games and experiences. Unity's powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences including Unity Ads, Unity Analytics, Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Collaborate, Unity Connect and Unity Certification. Unity Technologies serves large publishers and filmmakers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit:http://unity3d.com to see the latest games and experiences created in Unity, go to:http://madewith.unity.com.

    Unity PR
    Charlie Sinhaseni, 909-657-8394
    Unity PR
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    3 Ways to Improve Your Website in 2018
    Feb 09, 2018

    With the new year comes the opportunity to reflect on the past and identify ways to make improvements so that the following year is enhanced and more productive. Typically, we apply this introspection to our personal lives with changes to diet, exercise regimen and the setting of goals to aspire to, but we should also apply these same principles of innovation to our businesses, and what better place to start than the face of business: the company website. Here are 3 ways to improve your website in 2018.

    1. Website usability

    You want visitors to your website to be able to navigate through the pages of your website with ease and efficiency. Review the user experience that your website provides. It is easy to overcomplicate your website with too much information that drowns the call to action in an excess of text. Less is more: remove distractions. Be selective about the information that you are displaying, and how you display it. The visitors need to have a clear path to take them to the information or product that they are seeking. You want your website’s usability to lead to conversions, so make sure that your call to action is clear and direct.

    A consistent style across the websites pages, not only supports your brand’s credibility through the display of logo and the choice of colors that you use, but it increases the readability and comprehension of the information that you are displaying. It allows the visitor to access the information that they want quickly.

    Improving your website’s usability from the visitor’s perspective will help your search engine rankings. Google likes pages that are relevant and informative to the searchers. If your visitors are quickly clicking through pages trying to find the information that they are seeking, their actions tell Google that your site is not providing them with value.

    2. Website performance

    Performance is an essential aspect to the success of your business’s website. You may be very happy with the design of your website, and the information that it can potentially provide your customers and clients, but if it is slow to upload and has frequent downtime, your efforts will be thwarted. Ensure that the cloud hosting service that you choose for your business can support the demands that are made on it is a crucial area to review. You need to have an agile solution and theaccessgroup.com is one such company that can host your website and protect your company data.

    3. Website ranking

    The aim of the game is to get your business website as highly placed on the search engine ranking pages as possible. If you have addressed your website’s usability and performance, you now need to concentrate on the quality and construction of the content that you are posting. The content needs to be regularly updated and specifically targeted to engage the audience to improve your site’s relevance and authority. Identify keywords that will attract the visitors, but don’t sacrifice good writing for SEO – remember Google wants quality!

    Complete an audit of the metadata and alt tags that are currently in your website; they need to be concise and descriptive. They collectively provide the search engine bots the information that it needs to understand the content that you have displayed to rank your pages.

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    Grab and IFRC call for solidarity with people in need through Southeast Asia's largest loyalty programme
    Feb 07, 2018

    • Partnership with Grab is IFRC’s first fundraising initiative globally using a smart phone app
    • Grab customers can convert GrabRewards points to a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
    • Following earlier 2016 partnership, the organisations continue to find innovative ways to respond to emergencies and disasters

    Singapore, 6 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Grab and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today announced a partnership to raise additional funds for supporting vulnerable communities, including those affected by disasters. The collaboration between the world’s largest humanitarian network and Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform will enable Grab users to convert their points into donations to the IFRC. Allowing donations via smartphone app is a first globally for the IFRC. This is the the next chapter of Grab and the IFRC working together to find innovative ways to support the disaster-prone Southeast Asian region, following an earlier partnership in 2016.

    “Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions for disasters while a wide number of people are still struggling to access food, safe water, health services or basic livelihoods. Working together with the Red Cross and Red Crescent to fund their programmes and help people in crisis or despair echoes our mission to drive Southeast Asia forward. Grab wants to stand together with IFRC in responding to disasters and making vulnerable people more resilient. Using GrabRewards as a platform makes donating as easy as a tap on your phone. The points our passengers earn from their rides will now give them not just access to a wide range of retail and lifestyle products, but also create a deeper sense of purpose with every ride that they take with Grab,” said Jason Thompson, Managing Director, GrabPay Southeast Asia.

    From 31 January onwards, Grab users in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam can visit their GrabRewards catalogue and convert their points into donations, with just a tap on their everyday app. Grab customers in Singapore can do a donation starting at 5 SGD in exchange for 2,200 GrabRewards points.

    Pierre Kremer, IFRC Head of Partnerships for Asia Pacific said, “Grab’s history as a homegrown tech company and its extensive reach across Southeast Asia make it a natural partner for the IFRC. This is the first time we’ve partnered with a smartphone app to raise funds. We have in common a commitment to expand people-to-people connections and solidarity and contribute to build resilient communities, cities and countries. This is the commitment of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and hundreds of thousands of volunteers working within communities in need. We are excited to work with Grab to explore new ways to tackle suffering and demonstrate the power of humanity in Southeast Asia.”

    The IFRC will redistribute each country’s donation to the local Red Cross or Red Crescent Society, for use on that country’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Programmes include disaster risk reduction, improving safe water supplies, responding to volcanic eruptions, floods, cyclones or typhoons or epidemics, encouraging voluntary blood donations, and enhancing the protection of marginalised or vulnerable groups such as children or migrants.

    The organisations have previously explored innovative ways of working together. In 2016, Grab and the IFRC engaged in a one-year partnership to promote road safety, provide emergency assistance and equip Grab’s fleet of drivers with life-saving skills and road safety knowledge across the region. The partnership upskilled Grab drivers with first aid and road safety techniques and drew on Grab’s driver fleets and call centres as a first-responder network during disaster and emergency situations.


    About Grab
    Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab’s core product platform includes transport solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay, which is increasing access to mobile payment solutions for millions of Grab riders and drivers across Southeast Asia and deepening financial inclusion in the region. Grab currently offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. For more information, please visit:http://www.grab.com

    About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network working with 190 National Societies and guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity. The IFRC’s areas of focus are disaster risk reduction; shelter; livelihoods; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; protection, gender and inclusion; and migration. For more information, please visit:http://www.ifrc.org

    For media enquiries, please contact:

    Yvette Lim
    Vice President
    Teneo Strategy for Grab
    +65 9451 8478

    Rosemarie North
    Asia Pacific Communications Manager
    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    +60 12 230 8451

    Alina Tee
    Singapore Red Cross Corporate Communications
    +65 6664 0578

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    SKY Cable, The Philippines’ Largest Cable Operator, Selects Calix AXOS Platform to Bring an Unmatched Subscriber Experience to Manila and Beyond
    Feb 07, 2018

    SKY Cable will leverage the seamless integration of AXOS with DOCSIS back office systems to ensure a simplified and accelerated transition to a Software Defined Network

    PETALUMA, CA – February 7, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), today announced SKY Cable Corporation (SKY Cable), the largest cable operator in the Philippines, will leverage end-to-end solutions from Calix to drive an expansive network transformation to fiber. With plans to serve the greater metropolitan areas of Manila and Rizal, as well as the regions of Cavite and Laguna, SKY Cable has selected the award-winning AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node to seamlessly transition from their traditional cable plant to an agile, always on, software defined network. Through the assistance of Calix Channel Partner Twoway Communications (ACI Communications), SKY Cable will also deploy AXOS DPx, the industry’s first virtualized DOCSIS connector, and Calix Wi-Fi enabled GigaHubs at subscribers’ homes and businesses.

    “Starting as the first operator to bring cable television to the Philippines in 1990 and with many additional service introductions since then, our mission at SKY Cable has always centered on utilizing cutting-edge technology to deliver the best services to our subscribers,” said Solito G. Mapolon, vice president of network engineering for SKY Cable. “As we partner with Calix to move to an FTTH infrastructure and lay the foundation for the virtualized networks of the future, that tradition continues. With Calix AXOS solutions at the heart of our network, we will be able to roll out new services faster than ever before and deliver our subscribers a quality of experience like no other.”

    Purpose built for the unique needs of cable operators, Calix AXOS software defined PON leaps beyond a simple fiber deep architecture to a full, agile FTTH solution. AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Nodes provide SKY Cable with extraordinary deployment flexibility, including the ability to be mounted virtually anywhere to deliver services to subscribers in accelerated timeframes. Additionally, SKY Cable’s fiber network will be built end-to-end on Calix AXOS, the world’s only SDA, to deliver always-on capabilities, eliminate the need for maintenance windows and provide a simple, fast, and cost-effective way to pivot to a software defined network tomorrow with no impact to workflows and operations.

    “With a rich history as one of the Philippines most innovative service providers and rapidly growing market share throughout the country, SKY Cable understands the importance of staying a step ahead of the competition in both subscriber experience and the underlying network that enables that experience,” said Michael Weening, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Calix. “Cable operators globally are increasingly seeing the benefits of fiber but are struggling with how to make the transition from traditional hybrid-fiber coax (HFC) networks to FTTH networks. PON solutions must do so much more than simple back office integration. With Calix AXOS solutions now in place, SKY Cable can accelerate the quantity and quality of new services and applications delivered to their subscribers. Through fast and simple software integration and systems installation as well as a clear path to emerging SDN architectures, AXOS provides the advantage SKY Cable needs to lead in their market – and be ready to rapidly embrace new technologies and services in the future regardless of the PHY.”

    About Calix
    Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) pioneered Software Defined Access and cloud products focused on access networks and the subscriber. Its portfolio of Intelligent Access systems and software combines AXOS, the revolutionary platform for access, and EXOS, the experience OS, with Calix Cloud, innovative cloud products for network data analytics and subscriber experience assurance. Together, they enable communications service providers to transform their businesses and be the winning service providers of tomorrow. For more information, visit the Calix website atwww.calix.com.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix's results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available atwww.sec.gov.

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    Thais Spend A Record Of 9.38 Hours On The Internet Daily
    Investvine, A Company of Inside Investor, Ltd.
    Feb 05, 2018

    Thai people are spending an average of nine hours and 38 minutes daily on the Internet, with around one third of this time used for consuming social media. This makes the country ranking first in Internet time spent in the world, followed by the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa.

    These are the results for the newly released 2018 Global Digital Report by UK-based creative agency We Are Social and Canadian social media marketing firm Hootsuite.

    The Philippines took first place for the greatest amount of time spent on social media daily (three hours and 57 minutes). Brazil is just behind them (three hours and 39 minutes) while Indonesia (three hours 23 minutes) and Thailand (three hours ten minutes) come in third and fourth place, respectively.

    Interestingly, even though the top five spots are dominated by Southeast Asian countries, only 58 per cent of people in the region have access to the Internet, which highlights a significant digital gap in the region.

    Northern Europe and Western Europe have the highest Internet connectivity rate of over 90 per cent, while Central Africa has the lowest rate of only twelve per cent.

    Overall, more than four million, well over half of the world’s population, is now online, with the latest data showing that nearly a quarter of a billion new users came online for the first time in 2017. Africa has seen the fastest growth rates, with the number of Internet users across the continent increasing by more than 20 per cent year-on-year.

    Likewise, More than three billion people around the world now use social media each month, with nine in ten of those users accessing their chosen platforms via mobile devices.

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    Rezatec expands into South East Asia by delivering innovative water sector projects with Metro Pacific Water
    Jan 30, 2018

    Harwell, Oxfordshire, 30th January 2018. Rezatec – the leader in satellite big data analytics – is working with Metro Pacific Water to improve the availability of drinking water and sanitation in the metropolitan cities of Manila and Iloilo in the Philippines.

    Metro Pacific Water is the water and wastewater investments arm of the Philippines’ leading infrastructure conglomerate, Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

    For several years, Rezatec has been deploying its services to water utilities around the world, and now, as part of a continued global expansion into new markets, it is collaborating with Metro Pacific Water to reduce degradation of the Maasin watershed area and Laguna Lake – two core sources of water.

    In the first of two separate projects, Metro Pacific Water commissioned Rezatec to analyse the status of the Maasin watershed in Iloilo on Panay Island, an area that over the years has increasingly suffered high degradation due to slash and burn farming practices and firewood harvesting. Earth observation data is being used to map the entire area – equivalent to 7,000 hectares of land – and conduct a stream inventory of the Tigum river tributaries. Using historic data mapped against new geographical baseline data Rezatec can monitor land use change such as deforestation for agriculture and illegal burning, and identify damage caused by regional typhoons and seasonal weather patterns, all of which have an impact on water quality.

    The second project involves geospatial analytics to determine those areas of Laguna Lake – the largest lake in the Philippines with a surface area of 922 km, located East of Manila - which are susceptible to water pollution from urban, industrial waste and agriculture. This includes the mapping of land use around the lake – which has seen water quality deteriorate to Class C - that contribute to the localised water pollution. Furthermore, using Rezatec’s unique data modelling techniques, accurate estimates of pollution source location and dispersion patterns of specific pollutants that might be discharged into the lake are being provided.

    “We are very excited to collaborate with such a pioneering business. Their powerful satellite analytics coupled with their experience in working with water utilities all over the world to identify the sources of water degradation and pollution are an absolute asset for us. Rezatec are allowing us to understand - with a high level of precision - the origin of the biggest water quality offenders and prepare for remedial action. This has been possible to achieve within weeks with satellite analytics, saving months of ground observation and data collection in areas that are in real need of attention,” explained Yang Villa, Senior Manager for Public-Private Partnerships & Lead for Industry Innovation - Metro Pacific Water, Philippines.

    “Rezatec is really excited to be working with such an innovative company as Metro Pacific Water. It is clear that the use of satellite-derived data analytics is highly relevant and powerful for them to support their watershed management challenges. By helping them truly understanding their areas of interest regarding land use and water pollution, we are providing tools that can help improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and preserve their precious water resources,” commented Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer – Rezatec.


    For editorial enquiries contact:
    Patrizia Casoni, Marketing Manager, Rezatec Limited
    Tel: 01865 817564, Email: patrizia.casoni@rezatec.com

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    GSMA Launches Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018
    Jan 29, 2018

    2018 Edition Expected to Attract More Than 60,000 Attendees, 600 Participating Companies

    Hong Kong --( ASIA TODAY )-- The GSMA announced the first details of the 2018 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including confirmed exhibitors and sponsors, as well as a range of programmes and activities taking place at the annual mobile industry event. Under the theme “Discover a Better Future”, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held 27 – 29 June 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The GSMA expects that more than 60,000 professionals from across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries will gather for the 2018 event.

    “Today, mobile connects more than two-thirds of the world’s population. It revolutionises industries and improves our lives, creating exciting new opportunities in our global communities, while providing lifelines of hope and reducing inequality,” said Michael O’Hara Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Innovation is at the very heart of a better future for all and Mobile World Congress Shanghai will showcase the technologies, products and services that are fuelling this innovation.”

    Mobile World Congress Shanghai to Showcase More Than 600 Companies
    Covering seven halls at the SNIEC, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition will showcase the leading products, services and technologies that are shaping the future of mobile, from handsets and devices to network infrastructure, software and services and much more. Major event partners include China Mobile and Huawei; the two companies will also have a presence in the exhibition alongside more than 600 participating companies overall, including AAC Acoustic, AsiaInfo, BICS, China Transport Telecommunication and Information, Continental, Datang, Ericsson, Gemalto, Gionee, H3C Technologies, Hengtong Optic-Electric, HTC, Nokia, Qualcomm, RFS, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung LSI, STMicroelectronics, Volkswagen and ZTE, among others.

    A top destination at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NEXTech is making its way to Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Located in Hall W5 of the SNIEC, NEXTech puts the spotlight on next-generation technology, with focused exhibition areas showcasing companies and innovative technologies that are driving disruption across the entire mobile ecosystem. NEXTech will highlight cutting-edge technologies including VR and AR, robotics, connected and autonomous cars, and artificial intelligence. NEXTech will also feature 4 Years From Now (4YFN), with an exhibition showcasing over 100 local and international startups. The 4YFN programme will also encompass a series of startup collaboration and investor networking activities.

    The GSMA Innovation City will again be a major highlight at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, enabling attendees to experience technology in context, illustrating how mobile-connected products and services can improve daily lives and transform industries in areas such as automotive, healthcare, smart homes, transport logistics and more.

    The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) will return to Mobile World Congress Shanghai and once again provide an engaging, fun and hands-on educational experience for young people and families to experience the power of science, technology, engineering, arts/design and maths (STEAM) disciplines. For more information on the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition, visitwww.mwcshanghai.com/#exhibit.

    Conference to Explore Latest Trends and Topics in Mobile
    The 2018 Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme will be held 27 – 29 June in the SNIEC. In addition to four keynote sessions, the conference incorporates seven focused summits including the 5G Summit, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit, the Future Vehicles Summit, the Marketing Excellence Summit, the Future Operator Summit, the Global Device Summit and the Internet of Things (IoT) Summit. New for 2018, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will feature the Leaders Stage, where industry leaders, heads of government and other thought leaders will offer their perspectives and insights on a wide range of topics including societal issues, economy and commerce, the world of work, and much more.

    The Call for Papers for Mobile World Congress Shanghai is now open and prospective speakers can submit proposals through 23:59 Hong Kong time on Friday, 19 January 2018. To submit Call for Papers, visitwww.mwcshanghai.com/become-a-speaker/.

    Women4Tech Makes its Shanghai Debut
    Following its highly successful launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, the Women4Tech programme is coming to Shanghai. Women4Tech is designed to address and reduce the gender gap in the mobile industry. A central element of the programme is the Women4Tech Summit, which will bring together senior-level speakers and panellists to discuss how to ensure gender equality in mainstream work environments, and share strategic advice on broadening gender diversity in mobile and related industries. The Summit will highlight topics around women’s role in empowering, encouraging, transforming and innovating in technology. Additional Women4Tech activities include a speed coaching and networking session, specialised tours, activities at 4YFN and Women4Tech Asia Mobile (AMO) Awards for Outstanding Achievement Asia Industry Leadership, among others.

    Largest Carbon Neutral Exhibition and Conference in Asia
    Mobile World Congress Shanghai has again been officially certified by the British Standards Institution as carbon neutral under the international PAS 2060 standard, reinforcing its position as the largest carbon neutral exhibition and conference in Asia. The GSMA implemented a range of measures to reduce emissions for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, resulting in a greenhouse gas reduction of more than 104 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. To compensate for the remaining carbon footprint, the GSMA is supporting United Nations-certified projects in China, including a waste gas for power generation project in Shaanxi, as well as a hydropower station project in Gansu. For more information, visitwww.mwcshanghai.com/about-the-gsma/environmental-programme/.

    Follow Developments at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018
    For more information on the 2018 Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including how to attend, exhibit, partner or sponsor, visit www.mwcshanghai.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWCS18, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page atwww.linkedin.com/company/mobile-world-congress-shanghai, and follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/mwcshanghai. In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibohttp://weibo.com/mwcshanghai or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat.


    About the GSMA
    The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

    For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website atwww.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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