HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) introduced the “HGC Smart Digital Ecosystem” to local and overseas markets following the completion of the major stage of integration with the newly-acquired Macroview Telecom Limited. The ecosystem enables customers to enjoy 360-degree ICT solutions and facilitates their business global expansion enabled by HGC’s on-going integration of Macroview. It is an important milestone for HGC to lead and assist corporate customers on their journey of digital transformation.

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Nokia announced that it has extended its agreement with AT&T to support global enterprise customers with IoT connectivity using its WING solution and IoT ecosystem. AT&T’s enterprise customers will be able to connect and manage a multitude of IoT devices on their networks, leveraging Nokia WING’s capabilities, including increased performance and flexibility, and lower latency.  

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Edge Cable, a fully-owned subsidiary of Facebook, quietly purchased a vacant lot in the unincorporated community of Tierra del Mar (TDM) Oregon in October 2018. About a month later the residents suddenly learned about its proposal to install a high-speed fiber-optic cable system (the Jupiter cable project) capable of providing a large capacity direct link between the U.S. and Japan and the Philippines. The cable would “land” at the vacant lot in TDM. But the submarine cable would require a half mile of hydraulic drilling, five miles of seafloor trenching and laying cable across the Pacific Ocean, which requires the stationing of massive equipment at the landing site. This includes machinery (such as a huge mud-recycling unit) on the tiny residential lot, necessary to complete the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for the cable, better known as fracking. This means, in practice, up to six months of continuous, very loud, drilling, with industrial machinery less than fifty feet from existing homes, and more “if contingency measures are required” – in other words, if there is a frac-out.

Read more: Facebook upsets US town with plan for high-speed undersea cable

Aware of the increasing need for a more efficient and low latency route, Angola Cables has been exploring a new express route connecting the southern hemisphere subsea cables from Asia directly to South America via Africa. Proof of Concept (PoC) testing is currently being conducted leveraging two cable systems; the South Africa Far East cable system (SAFE), connecting Malaysia to Angola, and South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) connecting Angola to Brazil.

Read more: Angola Cables connects “world’s most significant telecom markets”

Nuage Networks from Nokia, Versa Networks, and Infovista are the first technology vendors certified to support MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services. This certification enables service and technology providers to validate the conformance of their services and products to the industry-leading SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) global standard.

Read more: MEF Announces First Certified MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology Vendors

In the Submarine Cable Outage Reporting Order (Order), the Commission mandated reporting obligations for certain disruptions of submarine cable communications. The Commission uses outage reporting primarily to aid government-wide incident response, public safety and national security efforts, and the analysis of network reliability trends.  Two associations representing submarine cable providers, the North American Submarine Cable Association (NASCA) and the Submarine Cable Coalition (SCC), separately petitioned the Commission to reconsider certain aspects of the Order.

Read more: FCC issues order to improve outage reporting

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