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ETELM named as partner as development of pan-European LTE network for public protection and disaster relief enters second phase

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October 2020: ETELM, the radio communications infrastructure specialist, has entered the second phase of its work with the BroadPort consortium in developing a pan-European interoperable mobile broadband system for Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) users. The BroadPort consortium is among three consortia awarded the prototype project based on the successful technical concept developed in Phase 1 of BroadWay, an innovative European Pre-Commercial Procurement project.

The BroadWay initiative was created by the public safety agencies from 11 European countries and is operating under the framework of Horizon 2020, a flagship EU research and innovation programme. Collectively, these agencies provide mobile communication services to around 1.4 million responders and deal with an array of crimes and disasters that are not limited to fixed geographical borders.

Where currently each country possesses its own separate system to handle mission-critical communications, the objective of BroadWay is to develop a unified solution that will allow European first responders to communicate, share and access information regardless of the country in which they intervene. This will provide operational mobility for public safety responders across Europe by linking national mission-critical mobile broadband networks to act as one.

By developing a pan-European broadband mobile network for PPDR, public emergency and security services across Europe can achieve seamless interoperability and operational mobility. In turn, this will enable agencies to keep populations safe by allowing them to collaboratively respond to cross-border crimes, natural disasters and public safety incidents more efficiently and with the highest possible levels of continuity and security.

Nicolas Hauswald, CEO of ETELM, said: “We are truly inspired by the ambition of this great project to connect public safety organisations across the continent and create one of the world’s most advanced and secure mission-critical communications networks.

“Our experience in delivering professional radio communications infrastructure over the last 40 years has taught us that a reliable communications system is the key to handle complex transmissions and remove any barriers that could delay a response. We’re delighted to be able to contribute this expertise as part of the BroadPort team that are working towards the removal of ‘barriers’ in pan-European mission-critical communications by leading with innovation.”

He continued: “By offering greater bandwidth and flexibility when it comes to data-rich applications and video, LTE networks enable emergency services, first responders and critical national infrastructure operators to integrate data seamlessly with their voice communications.

“Our agility when responding to fast-developing emergency situations in this way can mean the difference between life and death, so this is a project of immeasurable significance. There’s a great challenge ahead, and we are looking forward to getting stuck in.”

The BroadWay solution prototypes will be tested and evaluated in Spring 2021. After which a subsequent competition will be held where two remaining consortia will be tasked with deploying final pilot systems by Spring 2022 for Phase 3 of the BroadWay project (Pilot Phase).

The full BroadPort consortium, led by Frequentis, consists of the following partners: ETELM, Crosscall, Halys, Municipality of Málaga, Nemergent Solutions SL, and Universidad de Málaga. The subcontractors are Arico Technologies, Eutelsat SA, PrioCom B.V., Telefónica I+D, T-Mobile Netherlands B.V., and Virtual Fort Knox AG.

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Take your Enterprise to the next level with CPaaS from DIDWW

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Remote communication has never been more important. For large companies and budding enterprises, the post coronavirus world will see more emphasis on ensuring high-quality, in-depth communications. Telecommunications company, DIDWW, is providing these businesses with innovative solutions specifically designed to optimize their operations. 

Effective communication and customer service have always been the cornerstone of a successful business. As the world begins to adapt to the post-coronavirus world, effective remote communication is going to become even more crucial if businesses intend to grow their operations.

Since 2004, telecommunication provider, DIDWW, has been working with companies worldwide, providing local, national, mobile, and toll-free virtual numbers. Their unique offerings allow customers to create innovative solutions to attract more business and increase overall user satisfaction.

The powerful DIDWW Communication Platform (CPaas) solution has been specifically designed to help  growing businesses. In these challenging times, when many companies are facing financial constraints, DIDWW provides a customized pricing plan based on a pay-as-you-go structure to fit their needs.

Utilizing the highest standards possible, DIDWW guarantees complete reliability, while private interconnection, STRP, and TLS ensures maximum security. Companies can also enjoy direct peering and optimized routing procedures, giving them a premium voice service.

Large companies and enterprises will also be able to enjoy custom onboarding, with DIDWW working with each client to address their specific needs. Each DIDWW customer will also be able to take advantage of a dedicated support engineer and 24/7 customer service, ensuring that they will always be able to get the answers to their questions.

Acting as a one-stop-shop, DIDWW provides businesses with the required and fully compliant VoIP building blocks and tools to take their organization forward. Delivering a range of vanity and golden phone number options, DIDWW also provides a free and efficient porting service of all existing business phone numbers to maintain their brand identity. 

Karolis Jurys, the Commercial Manager at DIDWW added, “In these challenging times, we understand that businesses are looking for cost-effective but powerful solutions to take their operations to the next level. DIDWW is proud to be offering a range of unique solutions that have been specifically designed to help businesses transform their communications through our unique all-in-one solution.

We pride ourselves on our customer service, and we provide a full 24/7 service, 365 days a year. Effective communication with your customers has never been more crucial, and our unique services can help you maximize your offering.”

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NEXERA Launches Network API to Automate and Accelerate How Service Providers Connect Across Poland

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NEXERA’s platform was developed in collaboration with Enxoo and delivers an API-centric operator model that increases the agility and speed that local players can interconnect.

Warszawa, 16 October 2020 – NEXERA, Poland’s first exclusively large-scale wholesale telecommunications operator, has launched a Network API that enables service providers to rapidly connect and deploy services across its infrastructure in Poland. Local service providers can use the API to extend their reach with visibility into inventory, automated processes and direct connectivity to one of Poland’s fastest growing high-capacity fibre-optic access networks.

NEXERA’s platform was developed in collaboration with Enxoo, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for the telecoms industry. The platform enables NEXERA to present its services via API while expanding its capabilities through consuming third-party APIs in the future. Enxoo helped it to deploy a multi-cloud solution that includes the integration of OSS and BSS systems with its network infrastructure. The platform was developed to comply with both the TM Forum and the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) standards and recommendations.

“We are providing our partners with rapid access to network infrastructure across Poland. We’re removing the barriers to rolling out new services and automating processes to simplify and accelerate how they operate. Interoperability is crucial for the delivery of cohesive and consistent services across Poland and we’re proud to be enabling more partners to benefit from our services,” said Jacek Wiśniewski, CEO at NEXERA. “Automation, APIs and seamless experiences are the foundation for the future of our industry, and we’re excited to be leading this initiative in Poland. We look forward to collaborating with new partners and supporting the delivery of innovative applications and services in the local market.”

NEXERA is the first and largest wholesale-only Fibre to the Home (FTTH) operator in Poland with a Next Generation Access network of the 1,000,000 HPs target coverage. Network development is partially financed with European Funds under the Digital Poland Operation Program (POPC) while the majority of the investment is covered by NEXERA shareholders: Infracapital and Nokia.

“NEXERA is a visionary in the Polish market and together we have rolled out automation, analytics and an API-first strategy across its operations. The launch of its Network API means it can rapidly serve new demand from its partners and enable them to connect and deliver applications and services seamlessly,” said Artur Ostrowski, Chief Commercial Officer at Enxoo. “As a member of the TM Forum as well as the MEF, we recommend and implement solutions based on their guidelines. This implementation for NEXERA is a milestone in the development of standards in Poland and accelerates how the market works together.”

The Network API has been submitted as a Proof of Concept to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). It has been launched and is operational with one of one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the Polish market.

“We are the first purely wholesale operator of this scale in Poland based solely on a fibre-optic network, cooperating with many retail operators. We give end customers the opportunity to use the offers of up to seven retail operators, which is unique in the international scale. Therefore, our ambition was to create a single, universal system, setting the standards of operation of entities on the telecommunications market. We are proud that we managed to successfully implement this innovative system,” said Tomasz Wójcik, Business Operations & IT Manage, NEXERA.

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CCS Becomes Approved Member of
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Cambridge, UK, October, 2020 – Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited is pleased to announce that it has become an approved member of the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA) – the recognised trade body for the fixed wireless access industry in the UK.

CCS joins UKWISPA at a pivotal time for the fixed wireless access (FWA) industry, as changing work patterns, a surge in remote education, and increasing moves to home-working due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to drive demand for faster broadband across residential and business communities. Ofcom, the regulating body of UK communications services, has also recently joined UKWISPA, whose aim is to help government bodies and the regulator understand the needs of – and the opportunities offered by – the UK fixed wireless access community to improve the UK broadband landscape.

CCS Executive Chairman Martin Harriman comments: “With Fixed Wireless Access now coming into its own as a way to meet the urgent demand for high-quality broadband, this is absolutely the right time for CCS to join the important UKWISPA community, and for us to contribute to the organisation’s mission of ensuring better quality internet access for everyone. Our Metnet 60G mmWave FWA solution provides an exceptional platform for Gigabit connectivity and virtual fibre services, and we are looking forward to bringing our experience to bear and working closely with UKWISPA and its members, and helping to serve the country’s connectivity needs throughout and beyond the current challenges.”

Working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) and its broadband delivery team, Building Digital UK, UKWISPA is helping to shape several voucher schemes, which use public funds to support the installation of ultra-high-speed internet access to properties that need it, through both fibre and wireless connectivity.

CCS Metnet 60G mmWave Fixed Wireless Access technology enables operators and service providers to rapidly deliver Gigabit services to residential and enterprise customers – from bustling urban centres to remote rural villages. CCS’s Metnet ultra-high capacity unlicensed 60G mmWave mesh system offers 12Gbps nodes with an all-round multi-radio view plus 1Gbps Metnet CPEs to deliver an unrivalled hybrid backhaul and Gigabit fixed wireless access (FWA) solution. Metnet’s 60G nodes and 60G CPEs connect autonomously and intelligently, forming a flexible mesh network powered by CCS’s advanced self-organising and self-healing SDN software.

Metnet offers an optimal Gigabit FWA solution for deployment spanning dense urban, suburban and rural areas, delivering high capacity and supporting low-cost FWA subscribers.

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