Calls for global 3rd party assurance to cyber security in keynote address at MWC 201

Guo Ping, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, calls for international collaboration on industry standards and appeals to governments across the world to listen to cyber security experts. His requests come during a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress 2019.

Huawei is the first company to deploy 5G networks at scale, Guo said. His MWC 2019 keynote address – “Bringing you 5G safer, faster, smarter” – outlined how Huawei has developed the most powerful, simple, and intelligent 5G networks in the world, and argued that such innovation is nothing without security. He urges the industry and governments and intelligent 5G networks in the world, and argued that such innovation is nothing without security. He urges the industry and governments to work together and adopt unified cyber security standards.

Guo responded to recent allegations directed at Huawei by the U.S. government and called for fact-based regulation, referring to the recommendations made by GSMA, the industry organization for mobile network operators worldwide, for governments and mobile operators to work together.
“To build a secure cyber environment for everyone, we need standards, we need fact-based regulation, and we need to work together.”
“To build a system that we all can trust, we need aligned responsibilities, unified standards, and clear regulation.”
“I fully agree with recent recommendations: Governments and mobile operators should work together to agree upon Europe’s assurance testing and certification regime. NESAS is a very good idea and I would recommend extending it to the world.”

“Huawei has not and will never plant backdoors. And we will never allow anyone else to do so in our equipment.”

The irony is that the US CLOUD Act allows their governmental entities to access data across borders.


Possible delays

FYI my movements such as they are, will be slightly delayed as my laptop has gone missing/was stolen/is AWOL. The invariably charming staff can’t conceive of a scenario whereby a member of the press (after a fashion) is enabled to use a computer belonging to the organisation. Not so long ago lived in a world where such a solution would have been easy to ‘leverage’. Am off to purchase a new mobile office. Also some mayor TT news to follow later today. Finally, if you ever find yourself in a telco related bind don’t make the mistake of thinking a single one of your thousands of telco contacts will provide an easy telco helping hand..


Totonto-based mission-critical, cloud-native monetization specialist Optiva will use MWC19 to unveil its new Revenue Management Suite, billed as an an end-to-end BSS offfering which is now available on Google Cloud.

According to Optiva, the service offers CSPs tools to retain and increase their customer base. It provides features for charging, billing, product catalog and order management and is available for deployment in both private and public cloud environments. “When deployed on the public cloud via GCP, Optiva Revenue Management Suite provides up to 80 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by leveraging the auto-scaling capabilities of the public cloud,” said the firm.

0 (2)“Cloud is coming to telco — not in 2029 — but today, in 2019. Soon CSPs of all sizes will be embracing the benefits of the public cloud,” said Optiva CEO Danielle Royston.

The suite also includes the ability to deploy across multiple regions with minimum latency, centralized container setup for simplified opertion and support and centralized logging and monitoring for better service management. .

“This is another significant step forward in Optiva’s $100 million cloud transformation plan, bringing innovation and big savings to telcos,” said Royston.

“Optiva now has two cloud offerings for CSPs: the best-in-breed Optiva Charging Engine for CSPs who need 10x faster transaction processing speed and, now, the best-in-suite Optiva Revenue Management Suite geared for CSPs looking for the lowest cost, end-to-end turnkey solution.”


NEC has flagged the global provision of its 5G Vertical Business Platform enabling CSPs to provide networks, clouds and applications for the arrival of the 5G era.

NEC said the 5G platform had been designed to provide full stack capabilities and deliver innovative vertical business services. “While 5G is becoming a communication infrastructure supporting various industries and the public, CSPs face very difficult challenges as to how to cope with various needs, complicated traffic, massive amounts of traffic, security threats, and others,” the firm said, adding that its capability minimizes integration efforts – cutting time-to-market by underpinning a broad swathe of vertical business operations on a single platform.

NEC said the hardware and software, based on a key partner ecosystem, enabled continuous, secure and fast 5G service innovation.

“5G is expected to be more than just a high-speed, large-capacity mobile network. It should play the role of a platform that brings significant innovation to society as a whole and various industries and creates new services and value,” said Kazuhiko Harasaki, deputy general manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.

“However, for service providers in the position of providing and operating the platform, there are many challenges to be solved when entering the 5G era,” he added. “NEC can provide the network, Cloud / NFVI, virtual application, automation and orchestration of all layers with the optimum security solution. This is in addition to the company’s rich experience of service integration with ecosystem partners.”

“The… capability will enable CSPs to continuously add new applications and services for industry verticals to create new business and monetization opportunities for network operators and enterprises,” said Harasaki.

The NEC 5G Vertical Business Platform will be presented at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, February 25-28 at the NEC stand, Hall 3, 3M30


BlackBerrry has completed its previously announced acquisition of Cylance, a privately-held artificial intelligence and cybersecurity company based in Irvine, California.

“Today BlackBerry took a giant step forward toward our goal of being the world’s largest and most trusted AI-cybersecurity company,” said BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen. “Securing endpoints and the data that flows between them is absolutely critical in today’s hyperconnected world. By adding Cylance’s technology to our arsenal of cybersecurity solutions we will help enterprises intelligently connect, protect and build secure endpoints that users can trust.”

BlackBerry tipped Cylance’s machine learning and artificial intelligence technology as a strategic addition to its own end-to-end secure communications suite. More specifially, it said the acquisition’s “embeddable AI technology will accelerate the development of BlackBerry Spark, the secure communications platform for the Internet of Things.”

“As the President of BlackBerry Cylance, Stuart McClure will continue to apply his visionary math-based approach to threat detection, prevention, and response, as well as lead the business’ large team of highly-skilled engineers and data scientists that deliver trusted products and services for more than 4,000 companies around the world,” said BlackBerry. 


Casa Systems, ultrabroadband firm and NetComm Wireless have entered into a definitive agreement under which the US firm will acquire 100% of the equity interests in NetComm through a scheme of arranprovedesgement which valued NetComm’s issued equity at approximately $161 million.

NetComm shareholders will receive cash consideration of A$1.10 per NetComm
ordinary share (Scheme Consideration) and NetComm will become a wholly-owned . The transaction – subject to NetComm shareholder approval and court approval – will be funded from Casa Systems’ existing cash on balance sheet.

NetComm said each of its directors consider the Scheme to be in the best interests of NetComm’s shareholders and unanimously recommend that shareholders vote in favour of the Scheme, subject to no interests of NetComm’s shareholders.

The Lane Cove company also announced that due to family health issues Ken Sheridan has stepped aside from the role of Managing Director and CEO, effective immediately. Sheridan will continue as an Executive Director on the Company’s Board.

NetComm Chairman Justin Milne said Sheridan had been a vital contributor to the growth of the company during his eight year stretch as CFO and later CEO. “He has been a key member of the executive team that transformed the company, delivered record results in FY2018 and put in place a strong team to execute our growth strategy. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Ken for his leadership and commitment, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in his new role.”