Five things to watch October 26

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The first multi-network 5G vehicle router; Corero and Juniper Networks win security contract in Italy; SMishing solution unveiled for IOS and Android; Verizon, Microsoft roll out private 5G MEC; amd Ooredoo Algeria activates first 10Gbps link

First multi-network 5G vehicle router launched

The industry’s first multi-network 5G vehicle networking solution has been unveiled by Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR).

The IoT solutions provider developed the AirLink MG90 5G platform to provide secure, always-on mobile connectivity for mission-critical first responder, field service and transit applications.

The MG90 5G allows users to leverage existing 4G infrastructure within range and automatically connect to 5G networks as they become available regionally. Developed in collaboration with carriers, Sierra said the solution is purpose-built for demanding high-speed multi-network vehicle needs and that it has. The company continues to work with carriers on certifications as they roll out 5G networks. 

Tom Mueller, VP of product, enterprise networking at Sierra Wireless, said: “Sierra Wireless has delivered the first 5G router solution that’s purpose-built to meet the challenges of moving vehicles, with patented technology to deliver the maximum performance and coverage anytime, anywhere.

“The MG90 5G tackles the toughest challenges where 5G matters most, enabling high-definition applications like remote triage for paramedics, live video streaming for law enforcement and improved Wi-Fi services for transit riders—all while switching seamlessly from network to network as the vehicles moves,” Mueller added.


On-device AI mobile phishing defence introduced for IOS and Android

As the number of mobile-based SMS phishing attacks, continues to rise SlashNext has announced what it describes as the world’s first on-device AI mobile phishing defence for IOS and Android

Designed to protect consumers from ‘SMishing’ attacks, SlashNext has utilised natural language and link-based detection functions for its new solution, allowing customers and partners to benefit from “the industry’s fastest and most accurate, 2.0 mobile AI phishing defence”. The solution works across SMS, email, social networking, gaming, collaboration and search.

“Bad actors know that SMS is one of the most popular ways to communicate in the new remote working and learning world,” said Patrick Harr, CEO of SlashNext. “Our mobile app now brings the power of on device AI and natural language processing to protect against text-based SMishing attacks in addition to link-based and the significant damage that can arise. This is a perfect service for consumers, carriers and businesses alike.”


GARR deploys SmartWall Threat Defense Director in Italy

GARR, the ultra-broadband network dedicated to the Italian research and education community, has deployed the Juniper Networks’ and Corero joint DDoS protection solution, the SmartWall® Threat Defense Director (TDD).

GARR implemented SmartWall TDD software developed by Corero to meet the demand for terabit-scale DDoS mitigation by intelligently leveraging the silicon filtering power of Juniper Networks MX Series routers. The Juniper-Corero network-based DDoS defence solution is particularly well-suited for mitigating attacks in large-scale networks supporting a large number of high-speed links and routers at the internet edge.

“Thanks to the Juniper-Corero joint solution, we operate our network more efficiently. We estimate that we’re saving about 20% in terms of staff time dedicated to network security. It’s clear that no human, or even a team of 10 security analysts, could react quickly enough to manage these sophisticated DDoS attacks. In contrast, for some types of attacks, this solution is so fast that we have to review our security incident workflow to see what happened because, in most attacks, no human intervention is needed to overcome the problem,” Massimo Carboni, CTO and head of infrastructure department at GARR.

The GARR network is an extensive digital infrastructure with approximately 15,000 km of optical fibre covering Italy. It reaches approximately four million users in almost 500 organisations and connects more than 1,000 sites, most of which are public institutions including research institutes, universities, research hospitals, cultural institutes, libraries, museums and schools.

However, it has been targeted by a series of sophisticated DDoS attacks, which have become shorter in duration and more widely distributed on the network. GARR often received several DDoS attacks in one day. Most of these were large enough to impact the user experience on the network and a few were severe in terms of network congestion and failure. GARR decided to look for a more effective detection and mitigation mechanism in order to react quickly against future attacks.



Verizon, Microsoft roll out private 5G MEC for private sector clients

Verizon has outlined details of a new partnership with Microsoft that is said will enable the development of next generation technologies for use by multiple industries.

The collaboration has brought Microsoft’s Azure cloud and edge capabilities together with Verizon’s on-site 5G Edge, a mobile edge computing platform designed to enable developers to build applications for mobile end-users and wireless edge devices with ultra-low latency. By providing on-site private 5G, businesses users will be able to increase power efficiencies and reduce the costs of end user devices, while helping to address privacy and security needs.

Logistics and supply chain solutions company Ice Mobility is already testing the solution and, moving forward, Verizon said it will explore opportunities to “co-innovate” with Microsoft to deliver “new value to industries ranging from manufacturing to healthcare”.

“We have built a network that provides real-world, 5G-enabled solutions today,” said Rima Qureshi, EVP and chief strategy officer at Verizon. “By bringing together Verizon’s 5G network and on-site 5G Edge platform with Microsoft’s expertise in cloud services, we will enable the development of the next generation technologies everyone has been envisioning.”


Ooredoo Algeria activates country’s first 10Gbps link

A partnership between Ooredoo and SIAE MICROELETTRONICA has boosted mobile backhaul capacity in Algeria to 10Gbps.

The 10Gbps link has been achieved by upgrading an existing link operating at the maximum channel bandwidth allowed in the country of 1GHz, to a 2+0 configuration over a single antenna, effectively doubling the link capacity.

Ooredoo Algeria said the development is part of the ongoing e-band and multiband backhaul upgrade program to a multi-gigabit infrastructure.

“Investing in new technologies is fundamental in building resilient networks capable of withstanding unexpected situation” said Abdelkrim Melab, head of transmission engineering at Ooredoo Algeria, adding “this has been possible thanks to SIAE MICROELETTRONICA’s technology and to the professional services they put in place for us”.

Nicola Bonzanino, head of sales Africa for SIAE MICROELETTRONICA, added: “We are pleased in helping Ooredoo achieving theirs connectivity vision through our experience.”