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Five things to watch December 15: ICASA issues radio frequency invitation, Fibocom 5G module now certified, MTS to acquire VisionLabs

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Capacity shares five things key stories from around the world making headlines today.

ICASA issues radio frequency spectrum invitation

South African telco regulator ICASA has issued the final invitation to apply (ITA) for the high-demand spectrum.

The ITA follows a period of over three months of consultation following a consent order granted by the Pretoria High Court.

The authority will make available the status of the coverage maps on the IMT700 and IMT800 spectrum bands in collaboration with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies before the beginning of the auction.

Applications are due no later than January 31, 2022, with the auction slated to begin on February 21, 2022, and March 8, 2022.

Fibocom 5G module certified by T-Mobile

Fibocom has announced that its 5G module FG360-NA has been successfully certified by T-Mobile. 

The module is now qualified to provide wireless connection under T-Mobile’s 5G network, helping to enable 5G application lime FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) in its domestic market. 

“We are proud to see our 5G module FG360-NA being certified by T-Mobile. The module is now fully capable to be deployed in the US IoT market,” said Gene Santana VP of overseas carriers at Fibocom. 

“Fibocom will continue to enable industry digital transformation with our advanced 5G technology,” said Gene Santana.” 

The FG360-NA supports 5G standalone network (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures, the module is also backward compatible with LTE/WCDMA network standards, which helps to “reduce investment complexity” in the initial stage of 5G construction.

Aryaka announces “all-in-one” SD-WAN and SASE offerings

Aryaka has revealed its new “all-in-one” SD-WAN secure access service edge (SASE) offerings for multiple enterprise segments to accelerate cloud adoption.

Aryaka says that hybrid workplace environments demand the right kind of connectivity and security technology to keep employees productive.

Matt Carter, CEO of Aryaka said: "CEOs and business leaders rate growth as their highest priority but have to contend with unpredictability and change particularly in today's environment.”

“They are increasingly leaning on 'cloud-first' technology to help navigate change and fuel their transformation initiatives. In this scenario, old school telco managed solutions and legacy stacks like MPLS don't cut it. 

“They are not nimble enough for the new world, and the quality of experience they deliver is poor. This is where Aryaka steps in to deliver something refreshingly different."

MTS to acquire VisionLabs

Russia’s largest telco MTS has announced it will acquire a 100% stake in VisionLabs for RUB 7bn ($94 million).

VisionLabs will become the largest asset in MTS’ portfolio and will become a new brand aimed at developing, launching, and marketing AI-based products to the global market.

The deal has been approved by the MTS board of directors and is subject to regulatory approval.

Viacheslav Nikolaev, MTS President & CEO, commented: “With MTS AI, we are creating a powerful centre of excellence in artificial intelligence, which will bring together strengths across people, expertise, and product development.

“The acquisition of VisionLabs will reinforce our AI product portfolio in the promising computer vision space, which will enable us to further enhance the potential of the MTS digital ecosystem, as well as deliver world class solutions for corporate clients in both Russia and abroad.”

Security transport provider eighty8networks unveiled

eighty8networks, a new security transport provider that delivers access to an ecosystem of advanced tech services has been unveiled by co-founder and CEO Keith Muller. 

Muller along with president and CIO John ‘JP’ Panzica has acquired several notable executives who have proven track records in implementing digital infrastructure solutions across enterprise and carrier clients. 

Muller said: “We are excited to unveil our pioneering managed security transport platform, eighty8networks, a culmination of our experience, passion, and interests that address key gaps in the market that the Managed Service Provider sector has yet to fill.

“We can customise and engineer network solutions that will keep businesses and employees one step ahead. We bring our extended network of capabilities to the forefront of enterprise digital enablement.”