5G, FutureNet e Tecnologie

 

 

Terabyte Homes - Il 4% degli utenti in USA consume più di 1 TB di dati al mese

E la crescita continua. La media è comunque sopra il 250 GB al mese (in italia 80 GB al mese): c'è ancora molto da fare

 

Photo by Mike Mozart.(CC BY 2.0)

The group of "power users" that consume at least one terabyte of Internet data per month doubled in Q1 2019 to include about 4.2% of all broadband subscribers, according to a new industry report from OpenVault, a company that provides data and analytics to various broadband operators.
Those results follow closely with Cisco's latest VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast, which also found that the number of Internet homes exceeding 1TB in monthly data usage doubled from 2016 to 2017.
While the overall percentage of consumers that gobble up at least 1TB of data is still relatively small, the rate of that growth could force some cable operators and other ISPs to tweak their monthly data usage policies.

 

Verizon tests full virtualization of baseband functions

Verizon  testa VRAN con Nokia

 

In a trial environment conducted with Nokia and Intel in California, Verizon achieved full virtualization of baseband functions – the heaviest portion of computing on the Radio Access Network (RAN).
Intel provided its Xeon Scalable processor-based platforms and FlexRAN reference architecture while Nokia provided its new AirScale All-in-Cloud Base Station architecture.
Verizon said this virtualization will enable the network to be hardware agnostic, using Common Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware, leading to greater flexibility and speed to deployment of products and services.
“Having virtualized the core of the network last year, this significant step forward in virtualizing the RAN edge is a critical piece of providing the next generation of wireless solutions for consumers and enterprises,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Network Planning.  “With a virtualized baseband unit, we will lay the foundation to be able to move computing functionality to the edge of the network and will be able to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs.”
"Nokia is a leader in driving and commercializing Cloud RAN innovations, and we are excited to be a part of this collaborative work that represents a key milestone for Verizon’s cloud migration,” said Michael Clever, Senior Vice President and Head of Cloud RAN, Nokia. “This successful trial is an important step in offering flexible and scalable capacity, plus continuous software delivery.”

 

Edge Computing: TELUS to trial MobiledgeX

Anche Telus si associa alla iniziativa / startup di DT che cerca di combattere Microsoft e Amazon

 

TELUS, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, will conduct a trial of the MobiledgeX edge network in Canada. Third parties, such as mobile application developers, consumer device makers, and IoT hardware manufacturers will be enabled by end-to-end low latency and a global network of participating MobiledgeX operators to innovate with these new edge performance capabilities.
Specifically, TELUS will pilot MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0, which aggregates processors and GPUs in virtualized cloudlets in key locations near the edge of TELUS’ wireless and wired access networks.
“TELUS is excited to pioneer edge computing technology in Canada as the first operator to collaborate with MobiledgeX and empower next-generation technologies and experiences,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS. “TELUS is constantly innovating and trialing technologies that will be vital components in the networks of tomorrow. Partnering with MobiledgeX to pilot its world-class edge computing technology today will ensure that TELUS customers continue to enjoy Canada’s largest and fastest mobile network in the future.”
“The massive edge computing opportunity can only be realized when it can benefit from ubiquity and scale,” said Eric Braun, Chief Commercial Officer at MobiledgeX. “Our work with TELUS delivers exactly that, reflecting an aligned vision for the future of mobile operators as key players in mobile application development, performance, security, and reliability. We are thrilled to be working with TELUS to usher in a new era of mobile services in Canada.”

 

Cloud Native vs Edge Computing vs Microservices

Un confronto di popolarità da Google trends

 

Galaxy S10 5G speed tests on Verizon : 1 Gbps su banda 28 GHz

Prime prove utente ben sopra il 1 Gbps ma su banda 28 Ghz

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G speed tests carried out on Verizon in Chicago have shown that the device and service are capable of delivering blazing speeds – when you can manage to get a 5G signal.
And the limited coverage isn’t the only challenge to getting 5G connections on the device: you also have to be careful how you hold it …
Digital Trends carried out the tests, and the headline numbers were seriously impressive.

When I tested the Moto Z3 with the Moto Mod in April, when Verizon launched its 5G network, my average download speeds were around 450Mbps, according to the Speedtest app by Ookla. The highest download speed I hit was 624Mbps.

The Galaxy S10 5G put those numbers to shame. The network is more developed, so the highest I hit on the S10 5G with the same Speedtest app was 1.35Gbps. That’s right, Gigabit.
And that does translate to real-world benefits.

It took me just 93 seconds to download the entire season of Sneaky Pete (10 episodes) from Amazon Prime Video. It took 23 seconds to download PUBG: Mobile from the Galaxy Store (around 1.86GB); and it took around 30 seconds to download one episode of The Flash from Netflix […]
Imagine if these 5G nodes were at the airport — you could potentially download several seasons of a show in minutes before boarding the plane. This is the most immediate and most noticeable improvement we’ll see with 5G.

 

L’intelligenza artificiale porta in vita la Gioconda - Digitalic

Molto bella l'animazione della Gioconda grazie a AR e AI

 

Alcuni ricercatori hanno realizzato un sistema in grado di ricreare movimenti realistici a partire da un singolo fotogramma del volto di una persona, aprendo la possibilità di animare non solo le foto ma anche i quadri. Non è perfetto, ma quando funziona, è – come molta intelligenza artificiale di questi tempi – inquietante e allo stesso tempo affascinante.

L’intelligenza artificiale dà vita all’arte e in particolare alla misteriosa Monna Lisa di Leonardo Da Vinci, che diventa viva in un video. Grazie all’intelligenza artificiale, infatti, è possibile vedere dipinti e foto muoversi e, per così dire, prendere vita. Alcuni ricercatori hanno realizzato infatti un sistema in grado di ricreare movimenti realistici da un singolo fotogramma del volto di una persona, aprendo la possibilità di animare non solo le foto ma anche i quadri. Non è perfetto, ma quando funziona, è – come molta intelligenza artificiale di questi tempi – inquietante e allo stesso tempo affascinante.
L’intelligenza artificiale dà vita all’arte: come funziona il modello
Il modello è illustrato in un documento pubblicato dal Samsung AI Center, reperibile su Arxiv. Si tratta di un nuovo metodo di applicazione di punti di riferimento facciali su un viso sorgente ai dati facciali di un viso di destinazione, facendo sì che il volto target faccia quello che fa il volto sorgente.

 

Funding 5G could require changes in the way networks operate

Per sfruttare i vantaggi del 5G, per ogni euro speso in infrastruttura tlc 5G, ci vogliono quasi due euro spesi in altre tecnologie (sw, svilluppo servizi, sviluppo sensori ...)

 

It goes without saying that bringing 5G to the world is a very expensive undertaking, but just how expensive might surprise you.

Globally according to analysis from Greensill (a provider of working capital finance) the cost could exceed $2.7 trillion by the end of 2020. But only around $1 trillion of that is expected to go into direct 5G infrastructure investment, with the bulk being required to realise the potential of the internet of things – which is set to be one of the main features of 5G that makes it differ from 4G.

 

Rakuten launches free live streaming service

Non si fermano alla rete ...

 

Rakuten has launched a live video streaming service, called Rakuten Live, which will allow artists, celebrities and general users to live stream videos and communicate with viewers in real-time.
Viewers can enjoy interactive communication with streamers in real-time by sending comments and ‘gifts’ to show their support.
The service also offers a live commerce function in which viewers can access sites to purchase products featured in streaming videos, allowing shoppers to make purchases while watching. Artists, celebrities and other streamers can effectively promote products through the service by highlighting the appeal of products and engaging in interactive communication with viewers.
The live commerce function of Rakuten Live will also be linked to other services offered by the Rakuten Group. Rakuten Live aims to provide an exciting and diverse live commerce experience through collaborations with various e-commerce services such as the Rakuten Ichiba online shopping mall, Rakuten Books and Rakuten Ticket, with future plans to include videos featuring merchants from Rakuten Ichiba.
With the growing popularity of social media and video-sharing services, it is now possible for anyone to easily share content. Fans are now able to engage in interactive two-way communication with artists and celebrities in a way that had not been possible before. In addition to offering a live entertainment experience that promotes user participation, Rakuten Live leverages the Rakuten group’s e-commerce services to provide a robust live commerce experience, creating a next generation live video streaming service.

 

China Mobile installerà 10,000 5G Base Stations nel 2019 in Guandong and Shenzhen

Una misura della dimensione della provincia e dell'universo cinese

 

GMCC to Open 10,000 5G Base Stations in 2019: Guangzhou and Shenzhen as Focus

Updated:2019/5/14 13:31

GMCC (Guangdong Mobile Communication Co.) said that it would continue investing more in 5G in the future. About 10,000 base stations are to be opened this year mainly in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
As a strategically important area of China Mobile, Guangdong Mobile has been actively practicing the 5G+ plan. Last year, it already had more than 200,000 4G and 26,000 IOT base stations across the province by increasing investment in 4G. The coverage of more than 35 million broadband ports has basically included most urban areas and administrative villages. In the construction of smart cities in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guangdong Mobile is making positive efforts to promote the informatization and integration of this area with its powerful network infrastructure as the basis.

 

Estonia sostituità con sistema Artificial Intelligence il giudice nei processi più semplici

Ricordiamo che l'estonia è il paese più digitalizzato al mondo, un benchmark da molti anni

 

Government usually isn't the place to look for innovation in IT or new technologies like artificial intelligence. But Ott Velsberg might change your mind. As Estonia's chief data officer, the 28-year-old graduate student is overseeing the tiny Baltic nation's push to insert artificial intelligence and machine learning into services provided to its 1.3 million citizens.
"We want the government to be as lean as possible," says the wiry, bespectacled Velsberg, an Estonian who is writing his PhD thesis at Sweden’s Umeå University on using the Internet of Things and sensor data in government services. Estonia's government hired Velsberg last August to run a new project to introduce AI into various ministries to streamline services offered to residents.
Deploying AI is crucial, he says. “Some people worry that if we lower the number of civil employees, the quality of service will suffer. But the AI agent will help us." About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.
Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year. Velsberg says Estonia has deployed AI or machine learning in 13 places where an algorithm has replaced government workers.
For example, inspectors no longer check on farmers who receive government subsidies to cut their hay fields each summer. Satellite images taken by the European Space Agency each week from May to October are fed into a deep-learning algorithm originally developed by the Tartu Observatory. The images are overlaid onto a map of fields where farmers receive the hay-cutting subsidies to prevent them from turning forests over time.

 



Servizi e Terminali

 

 

Macchine distributrici con riconoscimento facciale per pagare senza carte, soldi o smartphone

Riconoscimento facciale via 5G nelle macchinette distributrici

 

Fast connectivity and low latency enable the goBox smart vending machine to use facial recognition to confirm the identity of customers and autorize each transaction without carrying a mobile phone. Customers can then open the door to pick their favorite products and close the door to complete payment.
China Mobile Group Zhejiang and UTStarcom are creating goBox applications for high-speed rail stations, hospitals, shopping malls, hotels and other fields, so that more people can enjoy the convenience of life in the 5G era. 

 


Orange signs pact to acquire SecureLink (Security Specialist)

Un altro caso

 

Orange signs pact to acquire SecureLink

Orange announced the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of 100% of SecureLink on a EUR 515 million Enterprise Value basis. With EUR 248 millionn revenues in 2018, SecureLink is one of the largest independent cybersecurity services providers in Europe, with a strong presence in the key Nordics, Belgian, Dutch, German and UK markets. Acquisition establishes Orange as a leader in the European cybersecurity industry, with more than EUR 600 million PF revenues in 2018 and on-the-ground presences in 8 European countries representing 75% of the market.
SecureLink, based in the Netherlands, is one of the largest independent cybersecurity services providers in Europe, with on-the-ground presences in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Denmark and Norway. Founded in 2003, SecureLink provides a full range of cybersecurity services to support its clients. Its offering includes specialised security consulting, security maintenance and support with 24/7 service desks (SOCs) as well as advanced managed detection and response capabilities (MDR). The group is also a leading value-added reseller of security software and hardware solutions, holding more than 1,000 technical or sales accreditations with blue chip security vendors.

 

Swisscom acquires swiss security specialist

Un altro caso di acquisizione di specialisti di cybersec da parte di un operatore

 

Swisscom acquires Swiss security specialist United Security Providers

Swisscom and United Security Providers (USP) are two of the leading Swiss providers of cyber security solutions for Swiss companies – and will now be forging ahead together. Swisscom is taking over the pioneering Swiss company, bringing the independent company with its own cyber security business under the aegis of Enterprise Customers and creating a cluster of security expertise comprising some 200 security specialists going forward.
Cyber security is rapidly gaining importance for Swiss companies. This is because, alongside the many opportunities digital transformation affords companies, it also brings substantial challenges in the shape of hacker attacks or cybercrime for instance. At present, Swisscom and United Security Providers (USP) are two of Switzerland's leading providers of cyber security solutions and Managed Security Services, and they are now pooling their considerable experience and expertise to provide customers with more extensive professional support and enhanced protection from cyber-attacks. The USP employees joining the Swisscom team will create a security competence centre boasting some 200 experts who will take round-the-clock care of business customers’ application, data and network security.
The acquisition will further strengthen Swisscom’s Managed Security Services (MSS). The new security software product business (web access management and network access control), expands Swisscom’s security solutions. “We see huge potential for making these products a more integral part of Swisscom’s portfolio, thereby providing our customers with an even more comprehensive service,” says Urs Lehner.
Founded in 1995, USP will continue to exist as a separate entity and brand within the Swisscom family. The existing management team under founder and CEO Michael Liebi will continue to develop USP services, thereby ensuring continuity. Swisscom intends to further develop and strengthen its cyber security division for the long term.

 

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Why Netflix will never have as big a hit as 'Game of Thrones'

Bel pezzo di semiotica televisiva

 

Let the water cooler talk begin. The most iconic show of the past decade has finally come to an end, and while some fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the ending, one thing is for certain. All of your family, friends, and colleagues will be debating the final episode this week, and sharing their take on what should, or should not have happened.
Over the course of the past six weeks, I can’t remember a time when pop culture has been so wrapped up in a series like HBO's "Game of Thrones." From strangers dressing up like their favorite characters in the streets, to office polls, to the millions of posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that are almost impossible to escape, everybody has been talking about it. My neighbor even has a flag of a dire wolf hanging from his front porch.
Amidst all of this, as a huge fan of the show, I couldn’t stop thinking about one thing this last month. Specifically, how much I enjoyed the anticipation between episodes and debate among friends that resulted from the episodes being released weekly. In the industry, this is called “Windowing,” and it’s entirely counterintuitive with the success of Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and all of our new favorite streaming platforms, which have been dumping their entire new seasons out on the release date.

Appointment TV

This type of viewing behavior is great for old reruns of "The Office" and "Friends," which make up the lion’s share of the viewing minutes on services like these. But for new releases, it takes away half of the enjoyment for us to regularly share our minds and process the material with others. Indeed, all of us are constantly at different stages in our binging of shows that are released in this manner, so there’s never even a reliable chance to discuss.
For this reason, successful shows on Netflix will always fail to stack up against hit shows on other networks that are “windowed” because they’ll never have the same opportunity to capture the conversation away from the TV set the way that appointment-based television can.
I was going to go deeper into this, as we had a great discussion on this at our Pay TV Show event in Denver last week, but this CNBC article beat me to it. However, what we didn’t have time to discuss, and what this article fails to address, is that this isn’t really a problem for Netflix at all. In fact, Netflix could probably care less.
As Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, once said, “To make all of America do the same thing at the same time is enormously inefficient, ridiculously expensive, and most of the time, not a very satisfying experience.”
Netflix is not as interested in capturing conversation while you’re away from the TV as much as it is in giving you the best possible experience when you’re actually watching. It does this not only through its industry-leading user UX with best-in-class recommendation capabilities, but also the industry’s biggest budget for original content across basic, non sports entertainment.
To that extent, from premium content, to kids programming, family, documentary, lifestyle, you name it, Netflix’s goal is to replace the entire basic entertainment bundle.
Event-based TV — whether sports, news or shows like "Game of Thrones" — may actually be the only type of programming that Netflix is not trying to replace. By staying away from appointment-based viewing, it's able to do two things:

  1. Keep its brand promise and superior UX, where you can watch all of your favorite content as soon as you’d like, and
  2. Fulfill its role as the de facto service for the majority of your TV needs, while consumers churn on/off for other services that rotate through the occasional mega hit show.

So in short, if Netflix can own the majority of your time in front of the TV and relegate the HBO’s and Showtime’s of the world to “event-based television,” then I suspect it will be quite fine with that, even if it will never be able to produce a show that captures the public eye the same way that "Game of Thrones" has done for us this past decade.
Kevin Gray is the publisher of FierceMarkets’ Telecom group publications, and in this role oversees the editorial, operations, and sales functions of the group. He has been with the organization since 2010, previously serving as an associate publisher, managing the sales team for FierceTelecom, FierceCable, and FierceOnlineVideo. Kevin has a B.A. in Business Administration from Methodist University, and lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife and son.
Industry Voices are opinion columns written by outside contributors—often industry experts or analysts—who are invited to the conversation by FierceVideo staff. They do not represent the opinions of FierceVideo.