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Ericsson, Cisco Extend Strategic Partnership, Target New Wi-Fi Solutions

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Ericsson and Cisco are extending their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN).

EWN combines Ericsson’s 3GPP access, core networks and applications with Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio, to provide reliable Wi-Fi with the highest performance to Ericsson’s mobile, cable and other industries customers.

The offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits:

Indoor Small Cells: Combining indoor Ericsson access networks with Cisco® WLAN enables deployment in venues of both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.

Operator Wi-Fi: Allowing operators who have outdoor Ericsson access networks to use Cisco WLAN to offer access to their subscribers.

Traffic Steering: Integrating Cisco WLAN with either Ericsson macro or indoor access networks via Ericsson’s unique Real Time Traffic Steering feature enables operators to steer users between mobile and Wi-Fi access networks, ensuring the best end-user experience.

Core Network Integration: Integrating Cisco WLAN into Ericsson packet core using trusted configurations will allow operators to offer all their core network services over Wi-Fi for multimode devices. Ericsson’s highly successful Wi-Fi Calling capabilities already deliver seamless voice mobility over Cisco WLAN.

Rima Qureshi, head of Region North America with responsibility for the strategic partnership with Cisco, Ericsson, said: “Our strategic partnership brings together the capabilities of two leading players in networking, mobility and cloud, creating the best end-to-end solutions and opportunities for our customers. By adding Wi-Fi solutions into the partnership, we will enable our customers to offer best-in-class Wi-Fi in their networks, complemented by our leading 3GPP portfolio and services organization.”

Yvette Kanouff, SVP & GM of the Service Provider Business Unit, Cisco, says: “With Wi-Fi traffic predicted to grow to 50 percent of the total IP traffic by 2020, a top priority for service providers is to deliver the best possible connected experiences to their customers. Through our extended strategic partnership with Ericsson, we are committed to providing Wi-Fi solutions of the highest quality performance and reliability.”

The design and deployment of solutions based on the new offering will be handled by Ericsson’s services organization, with full product support from Cisco.

Ericsson’s capability to offer worldwide services will allow operators to adopt new business models and expand into new markets.

EWN can be offered as a fully managed service with the global reach of more than 180 countries. This enables faster rollout times and ease of adaption of the solution.

Ericsson and Cisco – two industry leaders in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud – formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 to create the networks of the future.

The partnership offers customers the best of both companies: routing, datacenter, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities.

The next-generation strategic partnership will drive growth, accelerate innovation, and speed digital transformation demanded by customers across industries. To date, over 250 active customer engagements have now started to turn into won deals. More than 60 deals, spread around the world, are in IP (routing and transport) and services.

The companies announced deals with 3 taly, Vodafone Portugal, Aster Dominican Republic and Cable & Wireless in Caribbean in 2016.

 

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Yudala Promises Best Prices Nationwide for Black Friday

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Yudala, Nigeria’s pioneer online and offline e-commerce company, has restated its commitment to offer shoppers guaranteed best prices across its wide range of products online and in all Yudala stores nationwide, as Nigerians look forward to the global celebration of this year’s Black Friday on Friday November 24.

 

According to Wole Ogundare, managing director at Yudala, the company’s commitment to best prices and genuine products cannot be matched anywhere else in the market.

 

“At Yudala, our motivation is to help You Live Well. This explains our commitment to offering you guaranteed genuine products at the best prices in the market, whether online, offline in the stores or in the open market. For this year’s Black Friday which is being marked officially on Friday November 24th, we have put together a wide assortment of products across various categories including Home Appliances, Computing, Electronics, Mobile phones, Lifestyle/Consumer Goods, Power Solutions, Food, Wines/Spirits, among others.

 

“We are not only offering you best prices across these product categories but Yudala is a pace-setter, so we are willing to take it even further. For Black Friday, if you find a lower price for a product certified as genuine by the Original Equipment Manufacturer or a lower price than the OEM-approved price for a product we carry, we will refund you the difference. This is proof that you can only get the best prices for all your shopping needs from Yudala,” he declared. “All you need to do is visit www.yudala.com or walk into any Yudala Store closest to you to enjoy our best price offerings.”

 

Plans are also in place to storm two locations in Ajah and Ikotun: Ajah Market beside Alesh Hotel, Ajah Bus Stop and the Roundabout by Conoil at Ikotun on Saturday November 25th for the next leg of the Yudala 11/11-12/12 Mega Black Friday offline neighborhood sales. Through this initiative, the company has given thousands of unreached and under-served Nigerians in various locations a chance to shop genuine products at special prices unmatched in the marketplace.

 

The excitement expressed by shoppers at previous locations including Festac, Trade Fair at Amuwo-Odofin, Ikorodu and Agege has been massive, with Yudala bringing smiles to the faces of thousands at each venue with special price slashes on a wide range of products.

 

Last Saturday November 18th, the Yudala 11/11-12/12 neighborhood train stopped at Ita Ilewa, Ikorodu and the Mosalashi Alhaja Market in Agege with two truckloads of products for many eagerly-awaiting shoppers in both locations who wasted no time in taking advantage of the amazing deals in its Mega Black Friday promotion.

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Technology Firm Launches Software to aid Learning

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Soft Content Limited, an educational technology-focused organisation, yesterday launched Exammate 360, Exammate 5 and Exammate 3 software to aid learning among secondary school students.

Mr. Thomas Uketjor, Managing Partner of the company, said at the launch in Abuja that the software would provide superior interactive content with innovation and enhanced quality of life for users.

He explained that “Exammate 360 is for every level of study for secondary school examination and it is a combination of Exammate 5 and 3.

“Students can have all they need to study for senior secondary examinations both in school and other external examinations.

“The package offers one-year subscription with an adequate premium support service and interactive way to learn and study with well mapped current syllabus.”

Uketjor said 90 per cent of students who used the software in the past recorded great success in examinations.

Mr Anthony Oniwon, an official of the company, demonstrated how the software was used and said the application could be downloaded on mobile phones. He said “Exammate can be downloaded free on any android phone but needs activation.”

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Cybersecurity Firm unveils Certification for Cloud Environment

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Petrovice Nigeria has introduced Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor (CPCI CSA) a certification programme for cybersecurity in the cloud.

This is based on meeting PCI DSS when using a cloud service provider recommendation by Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC ).

As a follow up to the recommendation, petrovice has signed a MoU with Digital Bridge Institute for training to achieve the certification for corporates and individuals.

Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor is for a vendor, cloud customer and cloud auditor to assess the over- all level of security offered by cloud provider and build the necessary assessment processes for engaging with cloud provider in other to comply with PCI security standards and legislation.

Adesanya Ahmed, chief executive officer, Petrovice resources, said that the product serves as a Cyber security framework for cloud, as well as a standard to secure financial transaction in the cloud.

“Awareness has been made through a data classification workshop organize by Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT in collaboration with Microsoft on September, 2016. Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor, is the only qualify certification you can use to assess PCI DSS when using a cloud service provider,” he said.

It would be recalled that Petrovice resources solution for last mile connectivity and cybersecurity recently secured patent license from the Federal ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment through the Registrar Trademarks, Patents and Designs.

The Patent involves the processes of using TV white space (available frequency within UHF and VHF) for last mile connectivity with the use of 802.11af WI-FI ( establishing connectivity through machine to machine integrated 802.11af in auto mobile, POS machine, medical equipment, and surveillance camera regardless of their location), inclusive with the processes of implementing a mobile device management (MDM) solution to address variety of security threat by mobile devices, apps, and Oss that make up today’s increase diverse corporate computing environment to protect organization from today’s and future cyber security and threat. Please check the below architectural design.

The solution will enable a very high bandwidth for triple-play video streaming without buffering, allow for a longer-distance Internet connection with no line-of-sight challenges and enhance mobile hospitals regardless of the patients’ locations. Further, this invention will also enhance automobile advancement for mobile Wi-Fi and maintenance.

“It will also improve the scope of surveillance by security personnel regardless of the distance, and it will resolve intermittent Internet service, which has been the major obstacle to mobile-computing penetration and cloud computing for rural areas and developing countries with last-mile challenges.” he said.

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