OPPO knocks key branding deal with Melbourne Stars out of the park

OPPO has won a key branding contract with the Melbourne Stars Twenty20 cricket team to develop innovative match day experiences to engage, inspire and entertain fans.

Under the deal, OPPO will be a major sponsor for both the men and women’s teams for the Melbourne Stars. “It’s an exciting day for the Melbourne Stars to announce our partnership with OPPO – we’re thrilled to have a global leader in innovation and such a huge supporter of world cricket come on board as a co-major partner for both our men’s and women’s teams,” said Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper.

“There is such a natural alignment between Big Bash and technology – which we’ve seen already through our partnership with Optus. Whether it’s watching the game, looking up the scores and stats, capturing important moments or just sporting your Team Green colours, your smartphone is your sporting companion.”

OPPO, which partnered with the International Cricket Council in 2016, said it planned to  continue to promote and invest in the sport.

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“We know how passionate Aussies are about cricket and we are delighted to bring our love of the sport to Australia,” added Teira Humby, marketing & partnerships co-ordinator at OPPO Australia. “Sport plays a huge part in what being an Australian means and, whether you’re at the stadium or at home, we can’t wait to bring our customers new opportunities, experiences and content in partnership with the Stars.”

The first opportunity to see OPPO in full flight with the Melbourne Stars will be the New Year’s Day Derby at the MCG, where both the WBBL and BBL teams will take on cross-town rivals the Melbourne Renegades.

Kacific accepts 2018 Better Satellite World Award

Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux has accepted the 2018 Better Satellite World Award at a ceremony in London in recognition of the company’s work in bringing affordable connectivity via next-generation satellites to South East Asia and the Pacific.

Issued by the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the award honours companies who use satellite systems to make the world “a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.”

“When I started Kacific, I wasn’t interested in following the status quo. By serving only narrow, lucrative telecoms segments, the status quo was leaving many populations behind and increasing the digital divide,” said Patouraux. “Kacific didn’t reinvent the wheel, but my team and I took advantage of innovative new space technology and operated a lean organisation to match the cost expectations of emerging markets.”

“The flagship project in our proof-of-concept service connects the Vanuatu Interisland Telemedicine and Learning Network. The Network has already saved the lives of a number of people in emergency situations, because of the speed with which outer island health clinics can contact the main hospitals and specialist doctors. So, we know that our satellite, Kacific1, will make a tangible difference to people’s lives. This service is just one of several community-based projects we are currently operating in Asia Pacific. We are honoured to receive this award ahead of 2019, when the services of our next-generation satellite commence,” said Patouraux.

Once launched in 2019, Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific1, will help connect more hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries, post offices, police stations and many other public institutions in rural areas where terrestrial broadband infrastructure is not an option or not economical.

The satellite beams will cover previously isolated or underserved regions of South Asia, South East Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, providing a channel for connectivity.

Nutanix moves IoT intelligence to the edge

New Xi IoT service enables best practice for edge computing

Nutanix has flagged the general availability of Xi IoT, a new edge computing service offered as part of the telco’s Xi Cloud suite.

“Combining core Nutanix services with a streamlined approach, Xi IoT eliminates complexity, accelerates the speed of deployment and elevates developers to focus on the business logic powering IoT applications and services,” Nutanix said.

It added that in 2017, three billion enterprise Internet of Things edge devices generated up to 30 times more data (256 ZB) than the 30+ million nodes across public and private cloud data centres.

“But the current IoT model, in which the massive amounts of data on edge devices is sent back to a centralised cloud for processing, has severely limited the ability of customers to make real-time, actionable decisions from intelligence gained at the edge,” said Nutanix. “For customers, deriving value from this massive amount of data is rife with latency issues, lack of scalability, lack of autonomy, and compliance and privacy issues.”

Xi IoT enables customers to manage their edge locations through a sophisticated infrastructure and application lifecycle management tool, regardless of platform, it added. “Developers can leverage a rich set of popular open APIs to deploy next-generation data science applications as containerised applications or as functions, which are small snippets of code. This can be integrated into existing CI/CD pipelines, allowing them to make changes quickly from a single location. By leveraging this well-known framework, Xi IoT helps IT organisations reduce training, development and testing costs while eliminating the possibility an organisation is locked in to one public cloud provider.”

“And because data is processed in real-time at the edge, companies are no longer inhibited by the transmission of data back to a core data centre for processing, so decisions can be made based on data autonomously and in real-time,” Nutanix said.

Availability

Nutanix Xi IoT is available as part of Nutanix Xi Cloud Services and will focus on the manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, healthcare, and smart cities markets at launch. Nutanix Xi Cloud Services are available now. Nutanix Leap is available to customers today in East and West availability zones in the United States. Additional availability zones are expected to be available in the UK in calendar Q1 2019.

OPPO ups R&D spend in major 5G, AI and IoT push

Commits RMB10 billion (A$2 billion) in R&D for 2019

OPPO will be investing RMB 10 billion (about A$1.97 billion) in research and development next year – a 150 per cent increase year-on-year – as it focuses on 5G, AI and IoT.

The Shenzhen-based handset maker also announced it will continue to ramp up investment on a yearly basis. The announcement was made at OPPO’s technology-focused ‘2018 OPPO Technology Exhibition’ in Shenzhen, China.

Embraces 5G technology

Since 2015, OPPO has been investing in R&D into the 5G standard. When 5G standards were frozen in December 2017, OPPO quickly invested in the development of 5G products, taking the lead in enabling the interoperability of 5G signalling and data links in August 2018. By October, OPPO had realised the first 5G smartphone connection.

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OPPO Australia MD Michael Tran

“5G is a significant network upgrade, which will bring unprecedented speeds and applications to our mobile networks here in Australia,” said Michael Tran, managing director at OPPO Australia.

“In addition to striving to become the first manufacturer to launch 5G smartphones, OPPO’s exploration of application opportunities in the 5G+ era will ultimately determine the value of 5G.”

OPPO will fully integrate 5G with applications and user insights, and continuously innovate to provide users with revolutionary, necessary, convenient and seamless mobile experiences,” added Tran.

Benefits of AI realised in the 5G era

To date, OPPO said it had applied AI technologies across a wide range of applications, including photography, facial recognition and fingerprint identification. In addition, AI has enabled OPPO to launch innovate features including an AI-powered beauty camera, 3D portrait lighting and intelligent recognition scenarios.

However, Tran said this only promised to be the start of what AI could make a reality.

“The benefits brought about by AI technologies will truly be realised when 5G launches in Australia. For OPPO, AI is both a capability and a mindset, meaning our development prospects for AI are very broad,” he said. “In the future, smartphones will be our intelligent personal assistants – and this is something OPPO will definitely enable.”

The rise of IoT sees OPPO expand to smart devices and homes

With OPPO’s commitment to becoming a leader in an era where 5G, AI and Internet of Things are broadly applied, the company is set to expand its product range to include smartwatches and smart home technologies, with its smartphones at the centre of a connected ecosystem.

“We must continue to explore and innovate within this new connected era. In the future, OPPO will fully integrate technological innovation to develop smart devices and homes, with the smartphone at their core. Our priority is to develop and provide smart technologies to meet the increasing demands for connected devices in the age of the Internet of Things,” said Tran.

 

Value of exploding data flows lies in distilling relevance of new tech: Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is stepping up its drive to capitalise on the cascading amounts of new information produced by emerging technologies in the public safety industry, saying the key focus should be on transforming this data into a significant asset.

“The overarching goal that we’re looking at, especially in the public safety space is:  How do we take that plethora of data and information and actually turn it into something that’s meaningful and actionable?” Kodiak Networks Engineering CTO and EVP Kris Patel told Telecom Times on the sidelines of the recent Comms Connect event in Melbourne.

Patel said Kodiak Networks –  the Texas mobile enterprise productivity firm purchased by Motorola Solutions in August 2017 –  has been developing a range of broadband push-to-talk services since about 2006.

In terms of the value to Motorola Solutions of technologies such machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Big Data Analytics, Patel said these were already making an impact in-house.

“Where there is some sort of mission-critical use case that needs to be practiced, those are the techniques we will use to do that,” he added, noting that in addition, these new capabilities could provide a kind of different vision for the police or the fire brigade to see multiple potential first response scenarios. 

He also touched on the absorption of Kodiak Networks, which specialises in carrier-integrated broadband push-to-talk offerings and how its assets align with Motorola Solutions’ own proposition.

“We have been working towards kind of merging the products – because Motorola also has initiatives on broadband… the push-to-talk products as well as the land mobile radio. The current thing is we’re focussed on getting to broadband, and kind of interconnecting the broadband technologies with other assets,” Patel explained.

“But we have now combined it into one platform,” he said. “Everything is fully standardised [and] we are well integrated, and Motorola, as you know, is a leader in the LMR space. ” 

“They’re also now leading broadband mission-critical push-to-talk solutions around the world.  And we are providing the FirstNet service through AT&T; and with we are contracted to do all the transition off the emergency services network network,” Patel said. “There are [also] customers like Bell Mobility and Telstra customers who will be using it on-prem inside their network solutions.”

Richard vande Draay was in Melbourne as a guest of Motorola Solutions

 

 

 

Key global research cements FTTB business case: NetComm Wireless

New data on the global adoption of Fibre-to-the-Home internet access technologies has showcased a significant and sustainable pipeline of Fibre-to-the-Building market opportunities for Netcomm Wireless.

According to the Sydney-based fixed wireless specialist and NBN Co partner, the Connecting Everyone report – released by French research firm Idate at its Paris DigiWorld Summit – unveiled some real-world challenges in providing universal FTTH
coverage while also flagging major opportunities for ultra-fast Gfast and fixed wireless capabilities to deliver high-speed broadband.

The study – originally commissioned by NBN Co, the company deploying the Australian national broadband network – found that across the total serviceable global FTTB and FTTH market comprising some 670 million premises, 60 per cent of those were being served with FTTB technology.

“This is an extremely important factor to bear in mind when we think about the actual state of play in the broadband market in terms of network deployment and for regulators when they think about how much real FTTH has actually been deployed globally,” said the report authors. “It shows us that the number of premises in which operators have actually run new fibre all the way inside the residence is actually still a small proportion of total broadband homes in the global market.”

“Many operators we spoke to for this report concluded they could not see an investment case for upgrading networks from FTTB to FTTH,” said Jean-Luc Lemmens, Head of Telecom Practice at IDATE. “This means that FTTB services will be part of the mix for a very long-time to come.”

Other key findings included:

  • Significant FTTB (fibre-to-the-building) opportunities exist in several European markets for Australia’s Netcomm to help operators devise a solution that is easier, more cost-effective and faster to deploy.
  • Many European countries are learning the same lessons Australia learnt when it embarked on universal FTTH deployment, and turning to Netcomm due to its expertise in this field with NBN Co.
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Els Baert ,Director of Marketing and Communications at NetComm

Speaking at the summit, Sydney-based Netcomm marketing and communications director Els Baert said that while aiming to deliver universal FTTH was admirable, almost all markets faced specific challenges, which made attaining that goal unrealistic.

Connecting Everyone shows that there is a significant market opportunity for us in the FTTB market to help operators devise a solution that is easier, more cost-effective and faster to deploy,” she said, noting Netcomm’s partnership with NBN Co to roll out its Gfast enabled 8-port and 16-port DPUs onto the network’s Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) network in multi-dwelling units – the first of which are slated to be delivered in the first half of 2019.

“We have concluded seven lab trials and one field trial with major operators in Europe who are actively exploring alternatives to building a full FTTH network,” Baert said. “Due to our expertise in this field with NBN Co many operators are turning to us for our insight and innovation.”

In addition, Netcomm said the data highlighted a lack of progress in connecting rural areas to FTTH networks, with regulators increasingly considering to use a broader array of access technologies.

“Fixed wireless opens up the possibilities for alternative network providers to build high speed broadband networks far quicker and more cost effectively than delivering universal FTTH,” Baert added. “When using 3.5GHz and 4-carrier aggregation, speeds of up to 400 Mbps can be provided in a range of up to 14 km around the base station.'”

Taking into account Europe’s unique challenges, Baert said the region could use its heritage to its advantage by harnessing its natural town planning built around churches to utilise those capabilities.

“By installing a base station in the towers, rural areas could be covered in record time, with minimal investment,” she said.

OPPO, Nokia ink multi-year patent license agreement

OPPO has signed a key patent license agreement with Nokia, under which the Shenzhen-based handset maker will make payments to Nokia for a multi-year license period.

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Maria Varsellona, EVP Chief Legal Officer at Nokia

“OPPO is one of the leaders in the smartphone industry and we are pleased to welcome them as a Nokia licensee,” said Maria Varsellona, Nokia Chief Legal Officer and President of Nokia Technologies.

“This agreement further validates our global licensing program,” she added.

 

 

 

The terms of the agreement remain confidential between the parties.