Tuesday Bytes: CenturyLink, Ericsson, Bandwidth, RingCentral

March 31st, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

It’s more than a little chaotic out there, here’s a few infrastructure items sifted out of the chaos to make note of:

CenturyLink has moved quickly to help hook up some medical infrastructure this week. They quickly installed and donated high speed connectivity to the US Naval Ship Mercy when it arrived in LA on Friday. DISA needed a 1Gbps Ethernet circuit for the ship between the Naval Air Station North Island to the ship, which will serve as a backup hospital for non-pandemic illnesses while the local infrastructure focuses on COVID-19.  CenturyLink is not the only provider moving swiftly on such projects right now, either.

Ericsson is expanding its relationship with MTS. The Russian mobile operator is modernizing its network in preparation for 5G, and will be deploying Ericsson’s radio hardware across 16 districts of central Russia, as well as the AI and analytics software to get the most out of that hardware. Ericsson’s technology will allow MTS to switch on some 5G capabilities via remote software installation later, when the time is ripe. The deal makes Ericsson the largest mobile gear supplier to MTS.

Bandwidth and T-Mobile have successfully built in STIR/SHAKEN number authentication technology between their networks. The new interoperability enables authentication and verification of the traffic they exchange, thus helping fight those robocalls that unsurprisingly haven’t been affected by the pandemic. No, STIR/SHAKEN doesn’t actually block such things, but it does provide more tools to detect them.

And RingCentral has a new friend in the cloud. SKC Communications has joined the company’s partner program, and will be incorporating RingCentral’s UCaaS and contact center offerings into their portfolio. SKC got its start back in the 80s distributing headsets, and in today’s markets they design and implement voice and video solutions for enterprises looking to modernize their infrastructure.


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