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VIAVI launches smallest handheld network tester

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NEW DELHI: VIAVI Solutions said that it has launched T-BERD/MTS 5882, packing critical features to enable fiber characterization, multi-protocol service activation, troubleshooting and maintenance for next-generation mobile and cable networks into the industry’s smallest form factor for this category of instrument.

Emerging network architectures require precise timing to synchronize distributed equipment, such as with the IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol. This applies to mobile networks with distributed 5G radios interoperating with LTE macro cells, in cable networks where distributed Remote PHY devices (RPD) require synchronization for proper DOCSIS functionality, and in utility networks for the synchronization of distributed power transmission equipment.

In all cases, ensuring that equipment is properly synchronized is critical for high-quality network operation, yet this is becoming more difficult to achieve due to growing complexity and convergence.

In order to help service providers and their contractors simplify testing of these complex technologies, the T-BERD/MTS 5882 portable solution covers a broad range of tests in an automated workflow. This lightweight, versatile tool significantly reduces time in the field for technicians of all skill levels across hybrid workforces.

The move to 5G, Remote PHY and other distributed technologies means even more stringent synchronization targets must be met to prevent service degradation. Based on VIAVI’s leadership in fiber and communications network testing, and the company’s collaboration with Tier-1 service providers, the T-BERD/MTS 5882 solution addresses these critical requirements. This instrument is optimized for fiber characterization, multi-protocol service activation, troubleshooting and maintenance across mobile, cable and power utility networks. Key features include:

Built on the proven platform of the T-BERD/MTS 5800, making it the smallest instrument in its category in the industry
Support for emerging and legacy network protocols such as Ethernet, CPRI, eCPRI, OTN, and PDH
Built-in GNSS receiver
Enhanced diagnostics for microwave backhaul installation and maintenance
Extended battery life and fast battery recharge
Job Manager application that consolidates and automates testing and reporting, resulting in industry-leading job accuracy and timely completion in around 30 minutes.

“With this one solution, VIAVI is delivering on the promise of two major industry trends – the evolution of networks to deliver Gigabit speed to the end user, and greater workforce efficiency through automation,” said Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI Solutions.

“The T-BERD/MTS 5882 supports the more advanced requirements of 5G and Remote PHY, enabling technicians and contractors of all skill levels to complete their work quickly and accurately. It’s an essential tool for mobile, cable, and utility network operators,” Kevin added.

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Elon Musk’s $44 billion Twitter deal gets board endorsement

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NEW DELHI: Twitter’s board has recommended unanimously that shareholders approve the proposed $44 billion sale of the company to billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.

Musk reiterated his desire to move forward with the acquisition last week during a virtual meeting with Twitter employees, though shares of Twitter remain far below his offering price, signalling considerable doubt that it will happen.

Shares rose about 3% to $38.98 before the opening bell Tuesday, far short of the $54.20 per-share that Musk has offered for each share. The company’s stock last reached that level on April 5 when it offered Musk a seat on the board before he had offered to buy all of Twitter.

In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission detailing on Tuesday detailing a litter to investors, Twitter’s board of directors said that it “unanimously recommends that you vote (for) the adoption of the merger agreement.” If the deal were to close now, investors in the company would pocket a profit of $15.22 for each share they own.

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LTI inaugurates Satellite Center in Kolkata

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NEW DELHI: Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI), a global technology consulting and digital solutions company, has expanded its operations in Kolkata by setting up a new facility in the city. The new center marks company’s expansion in the Eastern region of the country and is designed to meet the requirements of a futuristic and modern workplace.

The center was inaugurated today by Nachiket Deshpande, Chief Operating Officer, LTI, Manoj Shikarkhane, Chief Human Resource Officer, LTI, Niruppam Chaudhuri, Regional Head, NASSCOM, and Debasish Sen, Chairman of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA).

Located in the Salt Lake Electronics Complex, the new center is equipped to house more than 300 employees. The center will support LTI’s service delivery capabilities for Cloud, Data, and Digital technologies and create exciting career opportunities for local talent seeking experiences in these futuristic domains. It will also offer LTI’s clients the benefit of increased access to a larger talent pool from the state and the region.

Nachiket Deshpande, Chief Operating Officer, LTI, said: “Kolkata boasts of a rich industry-academia ecosystem, and we are excited about our foray into the City of Joy. This center is launched in response to requests from our current and potential employees in the region. We are thrilled to mark our presence in the city and are committed to a long-term association with the region.”

Manoj Shikarkhane, Chief Human Resources Officer, LTI, commented: “We are witnessing monumental changes in the work, workplace, and workforce of the future, and are establishing more talent hubs across the country. Our expansion in Kolkata aims to benefit the overall technology landscape in the region. We are excited about our new start in this city and look forward to accelerated growth in times to come.”

LTI leveraged the opportunity to set base in the eastern region of the country to address the increasing demand for satellite workplaces. As one of the top technology companies in the nation, LTI encourages new ways of working and believes in taking work to people instead of bringing people to work. LTI is upbeat about the potential of the new Kolkata center and intends to offer enriching technology careers to local talent as well as solve better and solve faster for customers.

Niruppam Chaudhuri, Regional Head, NASSCOM, said: “The surge in demand for digital technologies from enterprises across the globe has opened plethora of new-age career opportunities for country’s aspiring talent. Kolkata bears a rich heritage and serves as best-fit destination to groom talent of the future. We extend a warm welcome to LTI as it expands its presence in the region.”

Debasish Sen, Chairman of NDITA, commented: “Salt Lake is emerging as a preferred destination for IT service providers interested in setting their base in the city. As one of the fastest-growing technology players, LTI’s expansion in Kolkata certainly adds to the appeal of this region and will benefit the local talent immensely.”

LTI plans to gradually scale up the operations at the new center and make it a core delivery unit in the region.

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Nokia, Taiwan Mobile strengthen partnership with energy-efficient 5G coverage expansion deal

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NEW DELHI: Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Taiwan Mobile (TWM) in an expansion deal to enhance the operator’s 5G coverage across the country. Under the deal, Nokia will provide its latest energy-efficient AirScale portfolio supporting TWM’s commitments to RE100 and reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.

It will also provide a smooth network evolution path following the completion of the proposed merger with Taiwan Star.

Nokia will provide equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations and massive MIMO antennas to boost network performance and capacity. The deal also covers the introduction of 4G/5G dynamic spectrum sharing to maximize the advantages of TWM’s spectrum assets, which include 700MHz and 2100MHz bands. Nokia will help the operator modernize its LTE infrastructure, as well as consolidate the network management and optimization under a centralized tool for a superior 4G/5G RAN network performance.

Nokia has partnered with TWM for more than 20 years and has previously provided 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks covering RAN, packet core, and voice core. In particular, Nokia has made several key contributions to TWM’s 5G development including projects on smart stadiums, smart transportation, and smart logistics. Today, TWM has over one million 5G subscribers.

Nokia will also expand its existing 5G Standalone Core at Taiwan Mobile to enable the operator to provide advanced 5G applications, such as network slicing for enterprises and businesses and Edge Cloud deployments for low-latency services. The deployment will include Nokia AirFrame server hardware with Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) capabilities, IMS Voice Core capacity expansion, and Voice over New Radio (VoNR).

Jamie Lin, President at Taiwan Mobile, said: “Nokia has been our go-to partner for more than two decades and their performance during the 5G era so far has been nothing but brilliant. By doubling down on their cutting-edge technologies with this newly awarded order, we aim to upgrade and expand our 5G network to deliver resilient connectivity and expanded coverage to our subscribers and enterprises alike while at the same time accelerate our sustainability agenda and contribute to a greener earth. By working hand in hand with Nokia, I have full confidence we can get the best of both worlds.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “This new extended coverage deal is a testament to the great progress we’ve made in the deployment of 5G services in Taiwan with our long-term partner, Taiwan Mobile as its sole supplier. I am also encouraged to see how our AirScale portfolio is helping to reduce energy consumption and pave the way for a sustainable future.”

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