NetEvents names Innovation Awards finalists for cloud /datacenter, IoT and cybersecurity

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San Jose, CA, USA. 24 September 2019:  Finalists have been announced for the prestigious NetEvents Innovation Awards 2019 – Cloud/Datacenter, IoT & CyberSecurity.

There are six categories: covering both start-up and established companies in three fields: Cloud/Datacenter, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity. The awards will be presented at a prestigious gala dinner on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at the NetEvents Global IT Summit in California, USA. All award entry fees are being donated to three charities: Prostate Cancer Research, STEM and UNICEF. To date these awards have generated over $110,000 for charity.

For each of the Hot Start Up award categories, two finalists have been announced to go “head to head” as follows:

·       CyberSecurity: Avanan and Odo Security

·       Cloud/Datacentre: NetFoundry and Hammerspace

·       IoT: Everactive and SWIM.AI

These Hot Start-up finalists will give a short elevator-pitch presentation in true ‘Shark Tank’ style to a judging panel of tech industry Venture Capitalists, and in front of the Summit’s entire audience of international press and analysts, representing 35+ countries, plus tech and business industry leaders.

For each of the Innovation Leader award categories, three finalists have been announced as follows:

·       CyberSecurity: Cylus, Darktrace and Guardicore

·       Cloud/Datacentre: Apstra, Luminance Technologies and Mellanox

·       IoT: Darktrace, Marlabs Inc and SmartSens Technology

The three Innovation Leader categories will be judged by a panel of leading technology press and industry analysts from around the globe.

These awards spotlight outstanding innovation among today’s most critical technology challenges. The awards will be presented at a prestigious gala dinner on Thursday 3rd October 2019 during the NetEvents Global IT Summit which includes key Technology Press & Analysts representing more than 100 publications across 35+ countries worldwide – as well as tech industry leaders, VCs and technologists. This annual event provides an exceptionally effective opportunity for tech industry leaders and innovators to meet so many of the world’s key technology business press and analysts in a series of scheduled face-to-face sessions over two days – as well as a great way to be informed, to debate and discuss the latest hot topics and breaking tech news.


“Each year we provide this very special opportunity” says Mark Fox, NetEvents CEO. (Pictured above)  “Both for the top players in the industry as well as for ambitious, dynamic innovative start-ups – where else can one be seen and heard by so many key industry figures plus the world’s top IT press and analysts?

Add to that NetEvents’ worldwide media partners, and you end up with industry-wide recognition from a massive global audience of C-Level and senior executives, VCs and media gatekeepers”.

For details of the full NetEvents program of events visit:

DOCOMO joins 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation

TOKYO, Sept 2, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has joined the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) with the aim of further advancing the use of 5G technology in the manufacturing sector.

5G-ACIA is a major global initiative encompassing some fifty companies from diverse industries around the world, including the telecommunication and manufacturing sectors. Participants plan to collaborate in the creation of industrial 5G networks and achieve the reliability and low latency required in factory automation and for manufacturing processes. They are additionally conducting research into the more effective use of public networks and publishing white papers on various aspects of the technology.

DOCOMO has partnered with a variety of enterprises around the world and is conducting various trials of 5G-related technologies. The company is proposing to these partners a new approach to the building of 5G networks, customized to specific use-cases and requirements and addressing the partners’ need for stable, low-latency, instant communication.

“We are delighted to welcome NTT DOCOMO as our 55th member,” said 5G-ACIA Chairman Dr. Andreas Müller of Robert Bosch GmbH. “5G for Industrial IoT has gained huge momentum since the establishment of 5G-ACIA in April 2018, and it has the potential to unlock huge economic opportunities in industrial production by enabling unprecedented degrees of flexibility, productivity and usability. By the same token, manufacturing is clearly one of the most attractive new fields of application for 5G.” He added, “Thanks to its deep technical expertise, its strong involvement in standardization and innovation activities plus its large customer base, NTT DOCOMO’s participation in 5G-ACIA is certain to help to ensure that industrial 5G is a major success and to increase 5G-ACIA’s footprint in the Japanese market.”

Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO commented, “We are very pleased to have become a member of 5G-ACIA. NTT DOCOMO has been collaborating with many partners in the manufacturing sector to co-create 5G services through activities such as the ‘DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program’ and ‘DOCOMO 5G Open LabTM’. We are looking forward to collaborating with 5G-ACIA to accelerate the expansion of the 5G global ecosystem in this industry sector.”

Going forward, DOCOMO aims to further develop its 5G technology in conjunction with the 5G-ACIA Alliance, and help its partners build networks optimized for use in factory automation.

NEC to use new ‘Smart Connectivity’ brand to speed up services business

TOKYO, Apr 24, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Under the new brand “NEC Smart Connectivity,” NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) will accelerate its services business throughout a wide range of new fields by leveraging its strengths in networking technologies and solutions.

As the global population increases and digitalization advances, the number of IoT devices worldwide is expected to exceed 40 billion in 2020(1), creating extensive connections between people and things. With digitalization, services utilizing AI, IoT and other technologies are providing new value and rapidly expanding into areas that include local government, transportation and daily life.

NEC enables customers to visualize data obtained in the real world, to analyze it using AI and then provides valuable feedback in response to it. In the future, networks that connect enormous amounts of data are expected to play a large role in society. By providing the following services and implementing the measures outlined below, NEC aims to achieve net sales of 100 billion yen in the NEC Smart Connectivity business in fiscal 2021.

1. Providing services that leverage network strengths

a) Combining expertise in building large-scale, mission-critical network infrastructure internationally with experience in system integration and service provision for various industries, NEC provides flexible, reliable, custom-made connectivity services that aim to drive the evolution of conventional networks, connect people and things, and serve as a basis for data utilization. Specifically, NEC can build dedicated, large-scale, secure wireless networks for transportation operators and municipalities.

b) In line with customer needs, NEC offers a comprehensive range of services, from consulting to installation and operation, by selecting the most appropriate services from wired, LPWA, LTE, 5G and others. Specifically, NEC can build the IoT networks connecting temporary networks at construction sites, while quickly and easily providing sensors in factories.

c) NEC can provide a service infrastructure that combines various technologies, such as biometric identification, identity collaboration, data collaboration, and blockchain to distributors and financial businesses, and promote data distribution that delivers the right information to the right people and things.

2. Business promotion system reinforcement

NEC has consolidated network personnel for enterprises and government with network personnel for service providers, then created a 500 personnel team for the NEC Smart Connectivity business. In addition, the NEC Group has strengthened group synergies and established a unified service provision system.

3. Initiatives for business creation

In the summer of 2019, NEC will establish the “NEC Smart Connectivity Lab” at its Tamagawa offices as a space for customers to experience services and co-create ideas to produce solutions.

In 2018, NEC began creating community connections with companies in various industries in order to accelerate business through open innovation under “5G Co-Creation Working,” a forum for co-creation of services.

The NEC Group is promoting its “Social Solutions Business” on a global scale, which creates social value in terms of safety, security, efficiency and equality. Going forward, NEC will combine advanced ICT and expertise to create an efficient and sophisticated society in which people can live brighter and more affluent lives.

(1) Source: 2018 White Paper on Information and Communications


Service providers and technology vendors to present groundbreaking demonstrations of dynamic and assured services across automated, virtualized, interconnected networks

Los Angeles, February 12, 2019 – MEF is pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals for the sixth annual MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase is now open. The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase is the core of the MEF19 global networking event, held November 18-22, 2019 at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California. This year’s MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase will feature up to 20 live demonstrations by many of the world’s most renowned communications service providers and technology vendors.

“The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase is the industry’s opportunity to display leadership in current and future network services, value-added service features, and advanced networking technologies,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “Each year we witness progressive innovations in this showcase, and we are eager to see what will be presented at MEF19 by the service providers, technology vendors, system integrators, and enterprises that are implementing MEF 3.0 concepts.”

The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase is one of the most anticipated elements of MEF19 – the premier networking event of the year for high-ranking professionals who are pushing industry innovation for the digital service provider market. MEF19 is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from 270+ companies and 35+ countries.

Participants in the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase will be eligible for the MEF 3.0 PoC Awards, which recognize PoC teams that excel in illustrating dynamic and assured services orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks. A panel of leading industry analysts will review MEF 3.0 PoC demonstrations and score them on innovation, quality, and alignment with MEF’s work and MEF 3.0 vision.

“Many of the MEF 3.0 PoC demonstrations will highlight how service providers can implement different aspects of MEF 3.0 services, including concepts involving blockchain technology, analytics, and intent-based networking,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We expect to see demonstrations of MEF 3.0 services that are based on MEF’s work in SD-WAN, inter-carrier automation, LSO interoperability with SDN and NFV, Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet, and IP.”

The Call for Proposals is now open. Companies interested in participating in the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase can submit their demonstration proposal via the submission portal here: Detailed submissions should be received by May 10, 2019, and the submission process will be completely closed on July 12, 2019. Selected participants will be announced on July 29, 2019. Participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 demonstration teams, with each team having a minimum of three participating companies – service providers, technology vendors, and/or service orchestration solutions providers.

For more information on the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase, contact Tom Dickson at

Click here to see seventeen PoC videos from MEF18 that illustrate the tremendous progress that industry players are making on the journey to dynamic MEF 3.0 services.


MEF19 is the global event showcasing network services for the digital economy, where transformation leaders converge and innovate. MEF19 focuses on accelerating the industry transition to dynamic, assured, and certified services across a global federation of automated networks. Emerging cloud-centric “MEF 3.0” services provide an on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. These services are orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

MEF19 has a target audience exceeding 1,000 professionals from 270+ organizations and 35+ countries. MEF19’s content, networking, and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; systems integrators, open source projects, standards organizations; industry and financial analysts; investors; the press; and others.

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About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF has introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information:

Huawei unveils ‘industry’s highest-performance ARM-based CPU’

Huawei has announced the industry’s highest-performance Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based CPU. Called Kunpeng 920, the new CPU is designed to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM native application scenarios. Huawei will join with industry players to advance the ARM industry and foster an open, collaborative, and win-win ecosystem, taking computing performance to new heights.

“Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value. We believe that, with the advent of the intelligent society, the computing market will see continuous growth in the future. Currently, the diversity of applications and data is driving heterogeneous computing requirements. Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements. Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together,” said William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei.

“At the same time, the ARM industry is seeing a new development opportunity. The Kunpeng 920 CPU and TaiShan servers newly released by Huawei are primarily used in big data, distributed storage, and ARM native applications. We will work with global partners in the spirit of openness, collaboration, and shared success to drive the development of the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space, and embrace a diversified computing era.”

The industry’s highest-performance ARM-based CPU

Kunpeng 920 is the industry’s highest-performance ARM-based server CPU. Using the cutting-edge 7nm process, the CPU was independently designed by Huawei based on ARMv8 architecture license. It significantly improves processor performance by optimizing branch prediction algorithms, increasing the number of OP units, and improving the memory subsystem architecture. At typical frequency, the SPECint Benchmark of the Kunpeng 920 CPU scores over 930, which is 25% higher than the industry benchmark. At the same time, power efficiency is 30% better than that offered by industry counterparts. Kunpeng 920 provides much higher computing performance for data centers while slashing power consumption.

Kunpeng 920 integrates 64 cores at a frequency of 2.6 GHz. This chipset integrates 8-channel DDR4, and memory bandwidth exceeds incumbent offerings by 46%. System integration is also increased significantly through the two 100G RoCE ports. Kunpeng 920 supports PCIe Gen4 and CCIX interfaces, and provides 640 Gbps total bandwidth. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.

Huawei TaiShan, ARM-based server with the industry’s best performance

Huawei today also released its TaiShan series servers powered by Kunpeng 920, including three models: one with a focus on storage, another on high-density, and a third focused on balancing both requirements. The TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM native application scenarios. The ARM architecture is best suited for these scenarios with advantages in many-core and performance per watt. 

TaiShan will enable computing platforms with high performance and low power consumption for enterprises. For example, in big data scenarios, the TaiShan servers are tuned for optimal many-core high concurrency and resource scheduling to deliver a 20% computing performance boost. Based on the TaiShan servers, Huawei Cloud also provides elastic cloud services, bare metal services, and cloud phone services. 

Building an open and collaborative ARM ecosystem founded on shared success

Huawei continuously promotes industry cooperation in terms of hardware, basic software, and applications. Huawei has been working with industry organizations such as Green Computing Consortium (GCC), Linaro, and Open Edge and HPC Initiative (OEHI) to build an open, collaborative industry ecosystem, alongside partners such as Hortonworks, Microsoft, Red Hat, SAP, SUSE, Ubuntu, and China Standard Software. 

On the hardware side, Huawei is a core member of Linaro. On the basic software side, Huawei is a Platinum member of OpenStack and a Founder member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). With regard to applications, Huawei has joined the GCC. GCC has released the Green Computing Consortium Server Technical Standards Report, along with other efforts to build a green open source computing community. Huawei is also a member of the OEHI. 

Huawei believes that an intelligent society with all things connected, sensing, and intelligent is underway, and this trend is picking up speeds. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration. In addition, new applications in cloud computing are driving data diversity. For example, big data applications, distributed storage, and some edge computing scenarios have specific energy efficiency requirements for many-core high-performance computing. In such a context, ARM systems stand out with unique advantages in performance and power consumption.

Therefore, in view of the industry trends and application requirements, a new era of diversified computing is unfolding. Multiple data types and scenarios are driving computing architecture optimization. Combining multiple computing architectures for optimal performance becomes a must. 

“With Kirin 980, Huawei has taken smartphones to a new level of intelligence. With products and services (e.g., Huawei Cloud) designed based on Ascend 310, Huawei enables inclusive AI for industries,” William Xu noted. “Today, with Kunpeng 920, we are entering an era of diversified computing embodied by multiple cores and heterogeneity. Huawei has invested patiently and intensively in computing innovation to continuously make breakthroughs. We will work with our customers and partners to build a fully connected, intelligent world.”


OPPO unveils supercharged R17, R17 Pro handsets

OPPO has launched the newest additions to its R-series, the R17 & R17 Pro. Packed full of features to capture the night, the R series continues to push the boundaries of smartphone photography, design and innovation.

OPPO’s R series is known for testing the limit with smartphone camera technology and cutting-edge features, all at an affordable price. The new devices in the R-Series have taken the features that Aussies have come to love and improved them to meet their evolving lifestyle needs:

  • Improved camera technology, enhanced with AI and a new Sony sensor allows for new flagship features like Ultra Night Mode and TOF 3D Photography in the R17 Pro

  • World’s fastest charging technology – SuperVOOC Flash Charge – will charge the R17 Pro to 40% in just 10 minutes.

  • A 6.4-inch FHD+ Waterdrop inspired Screen and the first to come with Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Both the R17 & R17 Pro come with an improved 25MP front-facing camera, with enhanced AI selfie beautification technology. On the back, the R17 has a 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera combination. While the R17 Pro has been designed to be the ultimate night shooter, adopting a 12MP+20MP+TOF (Time of Flight) three lens combination camera equipped with F2.4/F1.5 smart aperture, optical image stabilisation and a new AI Ultra-Clear Engine.

These features all combine to create a new ultra-clear night mode, helping customers capture clear, high-quality images in low light settings. When users turn on the camera, the AI engine will determine the current scene and intelligently match the best shooting solution. The ultra-clear engine will then intelligently obtain a clearer picture through algorithms, such as long exposure anti-shake, highlight suppression, dark part details increase, area adjustment and noise removal. Finally, pixel colour reconstruction technology will optimise the colour performance, giving a greater sense of transparency and depth.

OPPO is also the first smartphone brand to use both structured light and TOF technologies in their cameras, making the R17 Pro ready to take advantage of the new AR and VR applications that will come to market thanks to the new technology. The new TOF-Ready 3D camera processes nanosecond bursts of infrared light to better interpret depth for use across a range of applications.

“OPPO is known for delivering camera technology that continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in a smartphone. The R17 & R17 Pro are full of cutting-edge features that showcase what OPPO is capable of, said Michael Tran, managing director at OPPO Australia.

“In particular, we are excited to bring the R17 Pro’s Ultra Night Mode and TOF 3D camera capabilities to Australia. Utilising the latest in smartphone camera technology, OPPO will help its customers seize the night and take advantage of new and exciting camera applications as they come to market. OPPO is excited to be at the forefront of this technology in Australia,”, said Michael Tran, Managing Director at OPPO Australia.

OPPO is also bringing SuperVOOC Flash Charging, the world’s fastest charging technology to the R17 Pro. First introduced to OPPO’s Find X Device, the R17 Pro comes packed with a 2*1850mAh bi-cell design for up to 50-watt charging power that improves battery performance. Users will be ready to go in a flash with the R17 Pro capable of reaching 40% charge in just 10 minutes.

To keep things moving fast the R17 & R17 Pro comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The R17 Pro unleashes full-speed computing performance and lightening-fast app launch times with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, while the R17 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset.

To support its supercharged hardware, the R17 & R17 Pro come with OPPO’s latest operating system – ColorOS 5.2, based on Android 8.1.

The R17 Series is the first mobile phone to use Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6, one of the world’s toughest smartphone screen technologies. The R17 & R17 Pro will be able to tolerate one-meter drops onto rough surfaces up to 15 times, which is double the strength of Gorilla Glass 5 found on other devices.

Additionally, both the R17 & R17 Pro can be unlocked instantly just by touching the screen. There is a hidden, ultra-photosensitive sensor built into the Gorilla display to ensure the clearest fingerprint images possible.

All of these features are packed into a 6.4 inch water drop screen, with an aspect ratio of 91.5%, and are encased in a beautifully designed tri-colour gradient design, giving the R17 Pro & R17 a premium look and feel of the phone.

“We can’t wait to bring the R17 & R17 Pro to Australia. We believe with these new smartphones we will open up a whole new premium mid-range segment, offering high-quality cameras and supercharged performance. It’s important that we keep offering customers flagship features at affordable prices which meet the lifestyle needs of our customers,” said Tran.

The OPPO R17 devices are available to purchase from November 12th from selected retailers and carriers. For more information, visit

Foxtel picks ARRIS for Australian 4K TV launch

ARRIS-made Foxtel iQ4 set-top box and Professional Services help bring 4K and faster, smoother video experience to Foxtel subscribers

Today, we announced that Foxtel’s highly anticipated iQ4 set-top box, made by ARRIS, is powering 4K TV for Foxtel subscribers across Australia.

Foxtel’s iQ4 ushers in a new era of 4K TV for Australia, as the go-to set-top for Australia’s first, dedicated, 4K broadcast channel. The design introduces key advancements in set top box technology. Foxtel subscribers will appreciate the immersive new 4K video experience, snappier, more responsive navigation, more flexible wireless connectivity, and greater access to new features and applications as they become available.

The iQ4 represents a new standard in set-top technology. It combines broadcast satellite, terrestrial and IP capabilities into a single device, featuring a powerful new processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 1000GB hard-drive, Bluetooth remote control, and support for 4K and HDR video. By using the iQ4 to deliver new 4K services over satellite, Foxtel improves the video experience for their subscribers.

Millions of Foxtel subscribers across Australia can now upgrade to the iQ4 and tap into Foxtel’s 4K channel, along with a massive library of on-demand TV series and movies to stream On Demand. For more information on Foxtel’s iQ4, please visit:

Foxtel partnered with ARRIS and our Professional Services team to design and engineer the iQ4 for optimal performance in the Foxtel network. We developed the software platform to deliver a 4K viewing experience and increase viewer engagement with features like automatic next-episode play and sports fan targeting with the Team-Link feature that provides automatic links to sports and team content. We collaborated closely with Foxtel using incremental software delivery techniques to provide early visibility into the intended viewer experience. Ultimately, we delivered an on-time launch of an exceptional experience that’s delighting Australian viewers.

“Foxtel is ushering in a new era of entertainment with the support of key suppliers like ARRIS. Our customers’ reaction to our new iQ4 set-top has been overwhelming—they love the new experience and features,” said Mike Ivanchenko, Group Director, Product Design & Development, Foxtel. “ARRIS’s technology and services have helped ensure that Foxtel continues to deliver the most advanced video services in Australia. With the iQ4, we’re proud to offer Australia’s first ever, dedicated, 4K satellite channel, giving our subscribers unprecedented access to the best entertainment programming available.”

Foxtel’s iQ4 launch is the culmination of a long-standing partnership between ARRIS and Foxtel to redefine television in Australia. This project highlights our continued residential leadership and our combined expertise in software integration and professional services. By bringing together broadcast satellite, terrestrial, and IP video delivery in one powerful device, ARRIS and Foxtel are setting a new standard for set-top technology and making the next generation of 4K video available to millions of subscribers across Australia.