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Banca Popolare di Sondrio drives digital innovations in banking with Infovista’s Ipanema SD-WAN

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Sondrio, Italy, and Paris, France – 10 September, 2020 – Infovista, the leader in modern network and application performance, is helping one of Italy’s long established major banks, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, to deliver ground breaking digital innovations by leveraging Infovista’s Ipanema SD-WAN technology. The solution enables Banca Popolare to provide their clients and employees with digital experiences that simplify and streamline operations, improve convenience, increase response time and more by guaranteeing application performance and flawless user quality of experience (QoE). The solution combines advanced application visibility and control capabilities with machine learning and intelligent automation to provide dramatic improvements in application performance and reliability.

Founded in 1871, Banca Popolare di Sondrio employs approximately 2,700 people with around 500 branches across Italy. Although one of the oldest financial institutions in the country, the bank has embraced and pioneered new technologies to provide innovative online services for key public and private institutions including GesTes (Computer management of Treasury services) and digital signature for authorisation during sensitive information exchange.

However, as the bank has continued to enhance its digital capabilities, managing WAN-dependent application and service performance had become a challenge. The network operations team struggled with multiple network flow, diagnostic and troubleshooting tools – alongside special tools used by development and help desk teams to remediate network-related performance issues.

“The performance of the WAN – and of the user quality of experience for our applications – is critical to our business activities. Our goal was to address three key areas of concern around visibility, control and application performance,” says Claudio Libera, Network Engineer for Banca Popolare di Sondrio.

Following a detailed evaluation of multiple vendors and several Proof-of-Concept demonstrations, the bank selected Infovista’s Ipanema SD-WAN solution.  “After our evaluation process, it was clear that only Infovista allowed us to meet all of our requirements while offering the simplest implementation process,” says Mr. Libera.

This simplicity was delivered through Infovista’s unique Transparent Hybrid SD-WAN architecture that allowed the bank to gain end-to-end application visibility and control without having to re-engineer their network at each branch or office site.

Infovista uses software agents located at each of the 6 data centres maintained by the bank to turn branch locations and remote offices into “software defined sites.” The agents dynamically manage the complex application traffic flows across the MPLS network and other connectivity sources such as leased lines and ADSL, based on the bank’s defined routing policies. This includes some-to-any situations when flows from and to a branch terminate and originate in multiple data centres, including the Internet.  The built-in WAN Optimisation accelerates application response time by optimising protocols and increasing available bandwidth by substantially reducing the volume of unnecessary data transmitted across the network.

The Infovista solution is deployed across the majority of the bank’s sites and has been running without interruption for 24+ months, which has allowed Mr. Libera to evaluate the extensive benefits. “The improvements to our network visibility and control have been significant” he says, “We have implemented management policies that allow us to see instantly how applications and services are performing at every site connected to our WAN. If we see any issues developing, we are able to take proactive steps to dynamically manage our quality of service controls and improve application performance before it impacts our services, or negatively affects client relationships.”

Another major benefit is the flexibility of the solution that allows the Bank to configure network and application performance alarms in a granular and highly targeted way. “We are now alerted at any point in the day if there is a significant application or network event,” he adds.

“Infovista’s Ipanema SD-WAN has given us confidence that we are in control of our network performance,” says Mr. Libera,  “As we evolve our digital services, it offers us a solid foundation to better plan our future network requirements and the flexibly to add capacity in a seamless way to meet our business goals.” 

About Infovista

Infovista, the leader in modern network performance, provides complete visibility and unprecedented control over modern networks and their applications. Infovista delivers brilliant user experiences and maximum value for networks and applications. At the core of its approach are data and analytics, to give service providers and enterprises real-time insights to make critical business decisions. Infovista offers a comprehensive line of solutions from the radio network to enterprise to device throughout the lifecycle of a network. No other solutions provider has this totality of vision. More than 1,500 enterprises and service providers around the world—including 250 of the world’s top mobile network operators—rely on Infovista. Know Your Network with Infovista.

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Keysight presents new high performance 5G base station test solution

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Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced a new high-performance 5G base station test solution, based on Keysight’s S9130A 5G Performance Multi-Band Vector Transceiver (VXT), that enables network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and small cell vendors to accelerate validation of mmWave products according to the latest 3GPP specifications.

Mobile operators are deploying 5G new radio (NR) in frequency range 2 (FR2) to deliver enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) connectivity in metropolitan areas and indoor environments such as stadiums and airports.

Rapid deployment of a heterogenous network, consisting of macro base stations, small cell infrastructure, radio units (RUs) and distributed antenna systems (DAS), depends on streamlined testing across the workflow. Keysight has extended the company’s suite of 5G base station test solutions, initially launched in 2018, to meet a growing need for cost-effective 5G mmWave test and validation.

“Keysight’s new 5G base station test solution allows NEMs to validate 5G high performance macro base stations in manufacturing, and vendors of 5G small cells to validate mmWave products in R&D and design validation,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general Manager for Keysight’s network access group. “The solution combines the new 5G performance multi-band VXT with Keysight’s internal common interface unit (CIU) and mmWave remote radio head (RRH) to deliver high performance over-the-air (OTA) testing in a compact form factor.”

Keysight’s high performance 5G base station test solution leverages the company’s new PXIe based vector transceiver (VXT) to deliver market-leading adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) and error vector magnitude (EVM) measurements. The superior performance of the next generation VXT and RRH brings the measurement plane closer to the device under test (DUT). This means that the DUT can receive high power levels across a wide dynamic power range, resulting in exceedingly accurate and reliable measurement results.

Keysight’s S9100 suite of solutions supports multiple channels for testing several base stations in parallel and leverage the company’s cloud-ready suite of PathWave software solutions to simplify and speed testing as vendors scale from design validation to volume test. Supported PathWave solutions include:

  • X-Series Measurement Applications for basic measurements such as EVM and ACLR.
  • 5G NR Signal Creation and Playback for characterizing power and modulation performance of components and transmitters.
  • 89600 Vector Signal Analysis for advanced demodulation and vector signal analysis.

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Streamr signs pilot agreement with GSMA

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Deal allow telcos to monetize user data, ethically.

Swiss real-time data experts, Streamr, today partnered with GSMA, the industry body for mobile telecom communications, to allow three mobile network operators (MNOs) to monetize their user data ethically. 

GSMA and Streamr will work together to deliver a technological accelerator programme to selected MNOs. The initiative aims to fast-track potential adoption of new technologies that permit users to share and monetize data from their mobile devices in partnership with operators.  

MNOs have tried for over a decade to find a way to monetize the data their network users generate. This has proven to be difficult, particularly in light of the widespread reforms and improvements to international data protection, and information security legislation, in the 2010s.

The pilot is designed to allow telcos to realize this long-held ambition in a fully compliant manner. End-users will be asked outright if they want to join the Data Union to ‘sell’ their data on Streamr’s marketplace, or opt out, using a smartphone app. Also, no data will actually be traded as part of the study.

“Given regulatory changes, and rapidly changing consumer attitudes to both privacy and the value of their data, the only sustainable way for MNOs to monetize mobile data, is by gaining overt consent from their users. 

“We also know that the consumer insights industry is desperately underserved when it comes to data from mobiles. We are confident that Streamr’s revolutionary Data Union framework allows them to capture and record this consent dynamically and securely,” said Shiv Malik, Head of Growth at Streamr.  

Streamr co-founder Henri Pihkala added, “It’s very exciting to consider the potential for this pilot. MNOs are ideally positioned to unlock the rich customer insights that their subscribers create on their devices each day. Privacy focused data monetization that works with those users, presents a significant new income stream, as the industry faces multiple pressures on existing revenues”.

The pilot will also include a significant research element, gathering user experiences around having the ability to control how, and with whom, their data is shared – as well as how they feel about receiving a share of its value in the future. Learnings will also inform network user retention strategies.

Streamr’s Data Union approach gives people the ability to crowdsell their data, and actively choose who can buy it. It also breaks down long-term data silos to help entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and SMEs by accessing data sets previously off-limits. Data Unions decentralize control over individuals’ data away from a handful of major corporations, serving as a means to crowdsource and share information.

Immediate use cases for the pilot’s data include consumer footfall and mobility intelligence for brands, retail operators and commercial landlords, as well as in events management and city planning applications.

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Equinox Partners with XConnect to Enhance Its Fraud Identification and Prevention Capabilities

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Tim Ward – SVP, Numbering Information Services at XConnect.

London, UK, 20 October 2020 – XConnect, a provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions, and Equinox Information Systems, a global provider of software solutions for the telecommunications industry, are working in partnership to reduce the impact of telecom fraud by blocking International Revenue Share Fraud (IRSF) attacks before they even start. The collaboration bolsters Equinox’s fraud management solution, Protector, with XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence, to provide carriers with the ability to monitor and filter fraudulent traffic in real-time. 

Equinox’s Protector, the most installed fraud management system in the U.S, is able to stop IRSF through identifying suspicious network activity. IRSF occurs when originating calls are directed to an ‘unallocated’ number and rely on an inside job where traffic is redirected to high-cost destinations. Adding XConnect to its portfolio will strengthen Equinox’s offering that helps customers distinguish communications fraud from legitimate customer usage, helping combat even the newest schemes.

“There are 250 country codes with millions of ranges that are inactive per country. Fraudsters have a lot of inventory for their man-in-the-middle attacks that cost carriers billions of dollars per year. We provide critical intelligence that enhances Equinox’s fraud management capabilities and helps its customers to stop IRSF losses,” said Tim Ward – SVP, Numbering Information Services at XConnect. “Together with Equinox, we are helping to fight telecom fraud in its various forms and enabling customers to react in real-time.”  

The Protector solution enables real-time data integration and analytics to proactively prevent fraud losses. It resolves cases intelligently with options ranging from automated disabling of the number to configuration changes.

“XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence adds unique data sets to our platform and expands our ability to identify and prevent IRSF. Globally, telecom fraud costs companies nearly $30 billion every year and highly curated number intelligence is a key weapon in the fight against it. Our customers benefit from real-time fraud prevention that stops fraud losses and increases profitability,” said David West – EVP at Equinox. “Working with XConnect enables us to differentiate our offering and deliver a data-rich solution for our carrier customers. As methods of telecoms fraud change and evolve, we’re advancing our platform through collaboration to deliver new ways to protect our customers’ revenue.”

XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence supports a simple and data-driven approach to mitigating the risk of fraud through prevention and detection. Equinox customers will gain access to XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence which provides up-to-date number information that is used to recognise fraudulent number ranges. XConnect continually updates, refines and optimises its telecoms data to maximise effectiveness for customers.   

About XConnect

XConnect consolidates, maintains and delivers trusted telephone number intelligence to world leading telecommunication service providers.  XConnect processes information from hundreds of different global datasets and ensures that customers solve routing, validation and fraud challenges in real time.

XConnect’s Information Services are used for voice and messaging routing, fraud protection and to identify and validate insights. They also support the deployment and evolution of next-generation communications, such as VoLTE and RCS. 

XConnect’s Number Information Services are accessed through its global distributed hybrid cloud platform using simple, secure, scalable real-time protocols and APIs. 

About Equinox

Since 1986, Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems has helped telecom customers around the world address profitability and network efficiency issues. Currently processing 2 billion customer records a day, Equinox has helped companies in all telecom sectors protect and optimize their revenue. 

Besides fraud management, Equinox also offers data mediation, usage analytics, revenue/ expense management, routing assurance, network analysis, and custom application development solutions. The company currently serves every sector of the telecom industry, including cable/MSOs, wireless, wireline, rural independent, CLEC, UCaaS/hosted VoIP, wholesale, and conference calling providers.

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