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NTT Communications is claiming a first with its launch of 100 percent software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services covering more than 190 countries.

The company said it’s leveraging a software-defined technology and platform acquired via the Virtela acquisition in 2014. The new portfolio includes a real-time analytics feature that President of NTT Com’s Enterprise Global Business Unit Ron Haigh described as a “movie customers can watch that shows what happened” in the network over a given period of time. When something interesting happens on the network, that feed can be paused and amplified to dig into the details of what exactly was running on the network at that time, he said.

Haigh indicated the development process for the SD-WAN and analytics technology was very customer-focused, and noted some of NTT’s customers are already using the platform.

The offering is available to new customers immediately, and more information can be found here.

Sprint continued with its retail expansion on Tuesday with plans to add more than 78 new stores and more than 550 jobs in Southern California by the end of this year. The new jobs will reportedly include a combination of retail, operations, and technical experts. Currently, Sprint counts more than 1,400 employees and operates more than 300 branded retail locations throughout the Southern California region.

The carrier on Monday announced it will be opening 38 new stores in Milwaukee, and has previously announced new locations are coming to New England, Texas, and South Florida.

AT&T has unveiled a new Cybersecurity Solutions Bundle for Cloud customers. The offering includes encryption services, a Cloud Access Security Broker solution for visibility and threat protection across services, and AT&T’s Virtual Private Network combined with NetBond for Cloud. These capabilities will extend to Amazon Web Services, the carrier said.

“Last year, we announced a strategic relationship with AWS to help users of cloud services hosted on AWS take advantage of AT&T’s cybersecurity expertise and capabilities. With this new Cybersecurity Solutions Bundle, we’re deepening this relationship, enabling users to experience the benefits that AWS has to offer while enhancing security protections against growing cyberthreats,” Mo Katibeh, SVP of Advanced Solutions at AT&T Business Solutions, wrote in a blog post.

Separately, AT&T announced AT&T NetBond for Cloud users have gained enhanced connectivity to more than 100 additional cloud software and service providers hosted on the AWS platform as part of the new AWS Direct Connect (DX) Bundle.

Internet of Things-enabler Telit announced that its LE910-NA1, a LTE Category 1 IoT module, is certified for use on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network. The module has been added as an option for T-Mobile’s IoT Access packs, which combine IoT pricing with Cat 1 chips.

The company last week received certification for its LE910C1-NS LTE Cat-1 module on Sprint’s network.

 

Cobham Wireless has launched its TeraVM LaaS (Lab-as-a-Service) solution for core network testing. The solution is designed to support mobile operator networks as they shift towards virtualized, network function virtualization (NFV) infrastructures.

The Lab-as-a-Service model for validating network performance reportedly enables the automation of network deployment and validation in a scalable, cost-effective manner. TeraVM LaaS is said to offer a complete end-to-end testing solution from RAN to core when used with Cobham Wireless’ TM500, which stress tests the impact of RAN traffic on the core network. Combined with ng4T, TeraVM LaaS can also emulate thousands of base stations and millions of mobile subscribers in a single virtual machine.

“Combining TeraVM’s high performance application traffic generator with the NG40 multi vRAN control plane load generator enables service providers to scale within a data center, emulating hundreds of gigabits per second of real world data traffic, and millions of connections, at the same time,” ng4T COO Carsten Fuchs commented. “This offers a game-changing solution for virtual core network validation.”

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