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Ontix & GlobalReach Technology Deliver Seamless Central London Wi-Fi Roaming for AT&T’s International Customers

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Mobile customers of US-based operator AT&T (NYSE:T) are now able to seamlessly connect in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square, with the launch of a new ultra-fast Passpoint Wi-Fi network from next-generation wireless infrastructure-as-a-service provider Ontix.

Launched in early 2020, the Ontix Wi-Fi service is the first in Central London to offer Passpoint™ connectivity, which is provided by GlobalReach Technology. A solution to mobile connectivity and capacity challenges in dense, inner-city areas, AT&T is pioneering the use of the service to provide automatic roaming through SIM authentication for its mobile customers.

Using this innovative networking standard, overseas AT&T subscribers auto-attach to the Wi-Fi network using the operator’s Passpoint profile which has been installed onto their devices. The profile takes care of seamless user onboarding both onto the Wi-Fi roaming service and the Wi-Fi network and provides the benefit of free VoIP calls.

Installed on lampposts and street furniture assets with high-speed wireless backhaul, the outdoor Ontix Wi-Fi service has been successfully running alongside Ontix’s existing small cell wireless network since January, and is a key validation of Ontix’s hybrid Metrohaul architecture for both Wi-Fi and small cell backhaul in dense urban areas. The high-performance Wi-Fi service is fully available to the public and is set to be extended across Westminster during Q1 2021 under Ontix’s exclusive 10-year concession agreement with Westminster City Council, boosting connectivity in high-footfall retail areas.

Jeff Feldstein, director of Global Connection Management at AT&T: “AT&T’s key focus is on ensuring optimal connectivity for our mobile subscribers, wherever they are in the world. Through Ontix’s incorporation of Passpoint connectivity from GlobalReach Technology, we can automatically download a profile onto customers’ devices and deliver seamless user onboarding – both for Wi-Fi hotspot roaming and for connecting to Ontix’s ultra-fast Wi-Fi network. AT&T subscribers in Central London can now automatically move from the cellular service to Wi-Fi, and back again, experiencing high-quality, high-speed wireless service that can meet even the most demanding voice and data needs of our customers.”

Ontix CEO Thor Johnsen added: “The enthusiastic uptake of this service by AT&T’s U.S. international roaming customers demonstrates the value of Ontix’s approach in innovating this first for Central London, and the clear demand for ultra-high performance connectivity delivering through seamless roaming. Our Wi-Fi service is available to all UK and global cellular operators looking to maximise their coverage footprint in Central London, and seeking to boost capacity by offloading traffic from the macro network. Through our innovative approach, AT&T is able to provide its mobile users with exceptional connectivity and lower-cost roaming, free VoIP calls, plus seamless Wi-Fi roaming right across this popular tourist area.”

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Telia Carrier Embraces Coherent Pluggables using Acacia’s OpenZR+ Modules and Cisco Routers

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Telia Carrier announced today that it is preparing to converge their IP and optical networking layers to simplify their networks. Using Acacia’s 400G coherent modules that are plugged directly into Cisco routers, this architecture will enable Telia Carrier to address increasing bandwidth demand while significantly reducing both capital and operational expenditures.

Historically, scaling and operating a multi-layer architecture has always been a challenge. Thanks to game-changing innovations that span across silicon, optics, and routing systems, complex layers can finally converge into a simpler and more scalable architecture – Routed Optical Networking.

In preparation for this new solution, Telia Carrier has already deployed open line systems and terminal equipment that can support new 400G pluggable technology. As an early adopter of this architecture, Telia Carrier is one of the first network operators to perform full end-to-end validation of the solution. Leveraging Acacia’s 400G QSFP-DD coherent modules with OIF 400ZR and OpenZR+ operating modes, the solution can support data rates from 100G to 400G depending on the desired reach. The modules also support client n x 100GbE multiplexing functionality as well as 400GE transport.

“Conventional architectures and technologies built on decades of accumulated complexity and yesterday’s truths fall short in helping us keep up with customer demands for more, consistent bandwidth and a high-quality experience. Starting in the metro, standardized coherent pluggable modules are the next natural step in evolving cost structures, efficiency and scaling capabilities. This follows our global deployments of open optical line-systems and bandwidth-optimized switch-router silicon already powering thousands of 400GE capable ports in the network,” said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO at Telia Carrier

“Pluggable 400G coherent optical transceiver modules are important to enable service providers such as Telia Carrier to migrate to a more converged network architecture capable of enabling OpEx and CapEx savings, as well as a pay as you grow business model,” said Fenghai Liu, Vice President of Product Line Management at Acacia Communications. “Coherent pluggables, like Acacia’s 400G coherent module, have been designed to provide a scalable and cost-effective way to meet increasing bandwidth demands.”

“Adding support for pluggable 400G optics directly into mass-scale routing platforms allows operators to converge historically complex infrastructure into a simple, single layered architecture. The benefits – easier to maintain, faster to adapt, and cheaper to operate – are so compelling that we expect communication service providers to aggressively transition existing metro and long-haul networks to a Routed Optical Networking solution. This architecture can cost-effectively handle the projected traffic growth for the coming years while preparing to support the next transition to 800G or beyond,“ said Kevin Wollenweber, VP/GM Mass-scale Infrastructure Routing and Automation at Cisco.

About Telia Carrier

Telia Carrier solves global connectivity challenges for multinational enterprises whose businesses rely on digital infrastructure. On top of the world’s #1 ranked IP backbone and a unique ecosystem of cloud and network service providers, we provide an award-winning customer experience to customers in 120 countries worldwide. Our global Internet services connect more than 700 cloud, security and content providers with low latency. For further resilience, our private Cloud Connect service connects directly to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Oracle cloud across North America, Europe, and Asia. Discover more at teliacarrier.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Acacia Communications

Acacia Communications develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. By implementing optical interconnect technology in a silicon-based platform, a process Acacia Communications refers to as the “siliconization of optical interconnect,” Acacia Communications is able to offer products at higher speeds and density with lower power consumption, that meet the needs of cloud and service providers and can be easily integrated in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment. For more information about Acacia, visit www.acacia-inc.com or follow on Twitter at @AcaciaComms.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. Discover more on The Network and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

The Telia Carrier name and logo are registered trademarks of Telia Carrier in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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Farouk Tabbal, eSIM Product Manager at Monty Mobile

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Tell us more about Monty Mobile’s GSMA-accredited consumer eSIM RSP platform?

Monty Mobile instant connectivity platform provides over-the-air capabilities to manage subscriptions on consumer devices that are eSIM supported. It is an essential platform to digitalize the end-user journey.

There are a growing number of providers; 200 MNOs have already adopted the eSIM technology while almost all new devices have eSIM support. It has been predicted that by 2025, one-third of smartphone connections will use eSIM globally. Now is the time for all MNOs to support the technology as it comes with a wealth of benefits for end users and for mobile operators.

What are the benefits for end users and MNOs?

The major feature of this technology is that it allows the end user to have several profiles on the same device. The owner of the device essentially manages all subscriptions and is at the center of the experience.

I believe this is a big opportunity for MNOs to connect many more devices (wearables, laptops, tablets and smartphones) and to develop and diversify new service offerings.

Tell us more about the latest commercial plan at Monty Mobile?

Monty Mobile is offering a one-year free trial period for all mobile operators. The reason for this approach is to encourage the MNOs to adopt the eSIM technology by providing them the flexibility to test the product for a whole year with no contractual obligations and zero investment cost.

What will happen to the eSIM of end users if the MNO decides to terminate the contract after a year?

Actually, nothing will be affected, the downloaded profiles will still be active and manageable by the device LPA. Once the profile resides in the eUICC, it will become functional by the device’s LPA unless the user decides to delete the profile.

For more information, please contact:
Farouk Tabbal
Product Manager
farouk.tabbal@montymobile.com

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Antstream Arcade partners with Play Communications to offer video game streaming to 15 million customers

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Leading global retro game streaming service Antstream Arcade today announced an exclusive partnership with Poland’s leading mobile operator Play. Enabling Play customers to stream Antstream’s thousands of iconic games, this tie-up is the first time a telco provider in Central Eastern Europe has bundled video game streaming into its content offering. 

As part of this exclusive collaboration, Play subscribers will be able to stream the world’s largest library of retro video games on almost any device of their choosing – from TVs to laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile phones. From December 4th, using global direct carrier billing platform Fortumo, Play’s customers can experience a 14-day trial of Antstream free of charge, plus discounts for weekly or monthly subscriptions. 

By streaming games, customers can play any title they want instantly, with no downloads and emulators required. They can also switch between popular classics, such as Mortal Kombat (launching soon), Space Invaders and Asteroids, whenever they want wherever there is a WiFi, 4G or 5G connection. Furthermore, Antstream Arcade provides players with access to exciting gaming tournaments and challenges, in addition to its global leaderboards and other social features.

Steve Cottam, CEO of Antstream, said: “We’re very excited to announce our partnership with Play in Poland as part of our global drive to make classic games available to gamers everywhere. Poland has long been one of Europe’s most exciting spaces in the games industry, and being able to reach Play’s 15 million customers and provide something uniquely valuable to them presents the perfect opportunity to expand the adoption of cloud streaming video games. With thousands of games to choose from, spanning 40 years of gaming history, we’re confident that everyone can find something they will enjoy.”

Lukasz Tomaszek, DCB Product Manager, Play said: “Play is delighted to be launching Antstream Arcade with its thousands of games and unique challenges to Play customers. Play is the biggest mobile carrier in Poland with over 15 million active customers and a leading DCB operator in the CEE region. Play is the first choice for gamers and young people who appreciate our innovative approach. During the last Global Carrier Billing Summit, Play won the award for the best operator. Play was appreciated for innovative implementations and very active promotion.”

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