Verizon, Qualcomm and Novatel Wireless collaborate to expedite trials and commercial deployment of 5G NR mmWave technology

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Verizon, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ QCOM), and Novatel Wireless, an Inseego company, today announced plans to collaborate on 5G New Radio (NR) millimeter wave (mmWave) technology development and over the air field trials based on the 5G NR Release 15 specifications being developed by 3GPP the global 5G standard. The companies plan to work together to help move the mobile ecosystem towards faster validation and commercialization of 5G NR mmWave technologies at scale, supporting a full scale commercial network deployment before the end of the decade.� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �

The companies plan to initially focus on 5G NR operation in 28 GHz and 39 GHz mmWave spectrum bands, showcasing advanced 5G NR technologies to efficiently achieve robust multi-gigabit per second data rates with mobility at significantly lower latencies than today’s networks. These technologies are expected to be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile and fixed wireless broadband experiences such as streaming high-definition video, immersive virtual/augmented reality, and connected cloud computing. The companies plan on delivering a common 5G NR mmWave technology platform for mobile and home broadband wireless access, supporting a 5G NR migration path for Verizon’s early 5G fixed wireless access deployments and trials based on the 5G-Technology Forum specifications.

“Since the inception of the 5G Technology Forum, Verizon has been working closely with Qualcomm Technologies and other technology leaders to accelerate a global 5G specification to help usher in the next generation of wireless innovation for customers,” said Ed Chan, senior vice president, Verizon Technology Strategy & Planning. “Verizon’s investment in mmWave spectrum has given us the flexibility to pursue a first-of its kind fixed wireless broadband customer trial, which has been invaluable in advancing our expertise in the deployment of mmWave technology. With the collaboration we’re announcing today, we are taking the next logical step towards extending our leadership position in the advancement of 5G, part of the Verizon Intelligent Edge Network.”

“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to delivering 5G NR mmWave technologies to meet the ever-increasing connectivity requirements for enhanced mobile broadband experiences,” said Joe Glynn, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to collaborate with Verizon in making 5G NR mmWave a commercial reality for mobile devices, including fixed wireless home routers, mobile hotspots, tablets and smartphones.”

“Novatel Wireless has been delivering innovative products for over 17 years, and has pioneered new categories of mobile devices with every technology generation since the inauguration of mobile data. We are excited to be closely collaborating with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver on the 5G promise.” said Dan Mondor, president and chief executive officer, Inseego. “We believe our unique expertise and capabilities are well aligned in the commercialization of 5G by delivering the next generation of high performance mobile broadband and IoT solutions,” said Stephen Sek, Chief Technology Officer, Novatel Wireless.

The companies expect the collaboration to include over-the-air trials, starting in 2018, that will be compliant with the first 3GPP 5G NR specification that will be part of Release 15. The trials will utilize 5G NR mmWave mobile test platforms from Qualcomm Technologies operating at 28 GHz and 39 GHz to test end-to-end applications in real-world scenarios, across a broad set of 5G NR mmWave use cases and deployment scenarios. In addition, the trials will employ advanced 5G NR Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques to deliver robust broadband communications in real-world mobile or fixed environments, including non-line-of-sight environments and device mobility. Qualcomm Technologies anticipate utilizing learnings from the trials to help drive the ongoing development of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G NR modem family to support anticipated commercial service launches starting the first half of 2019 based on the global 3GPP 5G NR standard. 

ADTRAN, Inc. Reports 28% Increase in Earnings for the Third Quarter 2017 and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

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ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ ADTN) reported results for the third quarter 2017. For the quarter, sales were $185.1 million compared to $168.9 million for the third quarter of 2016. Net income was $15.9 million compared to $12.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, were $0.33 compared to $0.26 for the third quarter of 2016. Non GAAP earnings per share were $0.37 compared to $0.26 for the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 42%. The reconciliation between GAAP earnings per share, diluted, and non GAAP earnings per share, diluted, is in the table provided.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “We are very pleased with the company’s performance in the third quarter as we continued to see strong sales in our domestic ultra-broadband solutions and services, which have more than doubled from the same period last year. Total company revenues grew by 10% compared to the same period last year as a result of strength in both our Network Solutions segment and a record performance in our services revenues, which again grew at a double-digit pace. We were also pleased to see growth in our Customer Devices category in the quarter. Our customers are increasingly relying on ADTRAN to help them plan, provision and deploy network assets to the best effect, ensuring the network is prepared for the emergence of exciting applications and mission critical services.”

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the third quarter of 2017. The quarterly cash dividend is $0.09 per common share to be paid to holders of record at the close of business on November 1, 2017. The ex-dividend date is October 31, 2017, and the payment date is November 15, 2017.

The Company confirmed that its third quarter conference call will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. Central Time. ADTRAN will webcast this conference. To listen, simply visit the Investor Relations site at approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call and click on the conference call link provided.

An online replay of the conference call, as well as the text of the Company’s earnings release, will be available on the Investor Relations site approximately 24 hours following the call and will remain available for at least 12 months.

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit

For more information, contact the company at 800 9ADTRAN (800 923-8726) or via email at On the Web, visit

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The Body Shop Switzerland Transforms the Shopping Experience with Axway

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The Body Shop, an international beauty business, is leveraging Axway� (Paris AXW) (Euronext AXW.PA), a catalyst for digital transformation, to improve the customer experience at retail stores throughout Switzerland. With Axway Appcelerator, The Body Shop has been able to rethink its customer loyalty program, integrate massive amounts of data, and successfully implement an innovative new mobile application to increase in store purchases. The new Axway powered Love Your Body Club mobile app has enabled The Body Shop to deliver personalized and contextualized experience to more than 90,000 customers in Switzerland.

Formed in 1976, The Body Shop is an international, ethical beauty business that sells more than 900 different beauty products in 2,600 stores worldwide and online. To build on its successful business in Switzerland and enhance the experience it offers to customers in the country, The Body Shop worked with Axway to completely revamp its Love Your Body Club customer loyalty program. Available on iOS and Android, the new Axway-powered Love Your Body Club mobile app uses Dashboard API to let shoppers receive tailored offers, earn vouchers, get invited to special events, shop for products, view their purchase history and locate stores. By tapping into internal and external data using a cohesive customer experience network, the innovative new app can deliver contextualized experiences by notifying loyalty program members of offers as they near a store. If customers are interested, the app presents a QR code that can be redeemed at checkout or a voucher that can be redeemed online.

“We have always been committed to providing our customers with the best possible shopping experience,” said Angelika Lanen, CEO, The Body Shop. “By working with Axway to leverage the latest mobile innovations, we have been able to successfully transform our Love Your Body Club program and give our customers across Switzerland a truly unique shopping experience.”

With Axway Appcelerator, The Body Shop was able to meet unique needs of the Swiss market where multiple languages are spoken. By incorporating a simple in-app language switching that doesn’t require changing mobile device system settings, the app enables The Body Shop to provide shoppers with a seamless and efficient shopping experience. Via the Analytics API, The Body Shop can also track app opens, session lengths, device use, and pinpoint the customer’s region – components useful in improving the individual customized experience.

The Body Shop was also able to streamline the checkout process by temporarily auto-adjusting the user’s screen brightness for easy scanning of QR codes by the point-of-sale system. In addition, in-store staff can view and repurchase recently bought items for customers to accelerate checkout times.

“Many of our customers look at providing immersive customer experiences by building great apps that can run on a range of different devices while connecting to massive amounts of backend data,” said Hendrik Unkenholz, Head of Development at Smilla AG, digital agency responsible for development of The BodyShop app. “Thanks to Axway Appcelerator, we could develop the innovative app for The Body Shop with significantly decreased development time, without compromising the ability to support the app anywhere on any device. In addition, with Appcelerator, we could maintain the app on a single codebase, saving both time and money.”

“Axway Appcelerator has enabled The Body Shop to build new digital engagement models in order to meet skyrocketing customer expectations,” said Nick Ferrante, executive vice president global sales, Axway. “With Axway Appcelerator, The Body Shop has been able to unlock the value of data in order to anticipate and adapt to changing customer expectations by quickly designing a differentiated mobile app that improves the shopping experience and ultimately drives brand loyalty and sales.”

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About Axway Axway (Euronext: AXW.PA) is a catalyst for transformation. With Axway AMPLIFY™, our cloud-enabled data integration and engagement platform, digital leaders anticipate, adapt and scale to meet rising customer expectations. Our unified, API-first approach connects data from anywhere, heightens collaboration, fuels millions of apps and delivers real-time analytics to build customer experience networks. From idea to execution, we help make the future possible for more than 11,000 organizations in 100 countries. To learn more, visit

About The Body Shop Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand. The Body Shop seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. The Body Shop pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good and this ethos is still the brand’s driving force.

Accenture Interactive and SAP Hybrisandnbsp;Team to Take the Customer Experience in Commerce Beyond Transactions

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Accenture� (NYSE ACN)� and SAP� SE (NYSE SAP)� are expanding their alliance in� the area of commerce experiences services.� The companies announced plans for Accenture Interactive and� SAP� Hybris� 1� to develop a platform that will help clients build and curate contextual, personalized experiences for customers that span the entire commerce offering from marketing, eCommerce and offline shopping to customer service and loyalty management.

With the new platform, Accenture Interactive and SAP Hybris intend to enable B2C and B2B companies in the retail, telecommunications and resources industries to:

Pilot projects conducted by Accenture Interactive with clients from the retail sector on an early-stage version of the platform have delivered impressive results. Initial results from the pilot projects indicate that clients may experience positive outcomes that include increased sales by up to 30 percent, reduced operational costs by as much as 25 percent, and up to a 700 percent return on investment.

Anatoly Roytman, global digital commerce lead, Accenture Interactive, said: “Commerce is substantially more than the transaction, it’s now the entire customer experience. We’re seeing the clear need for an ‘experience conductor’ to orchestrate the multitude of data sources, applications, and channels that are required to put the customer at the heart of the experience. With this new platform we’re building with SAP Hybris, we want to help clients create the best customer experiences on the planet.”

Don Matejko, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Field Operations for SAP Hybris solutions, said: “SAP Hybris’ mission is to enable our customers to stay connected with the frequently shifting needs of their customers and prospects, and enabling organizations to connect the front office and back office in real time – linking people, inventory, supply chain, pricing and customers together. The new platform Accenture Interactive and SAP are co-developing will break down costly, siloed systems and replace them with innovative, integrated solutions that simplify the front office. This will make them easy to do business with and at the same time give each customer a consistent, personalized experience across all channels.”

Accenture Interactive and SAP Hybris plan to combine a range of their proven, proprietary B2C and B2B commerce applications and services for customer analytics, content management, user experience design, marketing, customer service, omnichannel management, and personalization on the new platform. This will include the full suite of SAP Hybris solutions, solutions built on SAP Leonardo technology, and data-driven personalization solutions from Accenture Interactive. The plan for the platform is to also use and integrate with existing client applications and point solutions as necessary.

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Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

Accenture Interactive helps the world’s leading brands transform their customer experiences across the entire customer journey. Through our connected offerings in design, marketing, content and commerce, we create new ways to win in today’s experience-led economy. Accenture Interactive is ranked the world’s largest digital agency in the latest Ad Age Agency Report. To learn more, follow us @@accentureACTIVE and visit

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GSMA and AIC Encourage Greater Engagement among RCEP Countries to Enable a Truly Pan-Asian Digital Economy

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The GSMA and the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) today urged the participating countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) for greater commitment and engagement. As representatives of leading companies that operate in the region and promote the digital economy, the GSMA and AIC believe that the RCEP can play a critical role in enabling positive policy development in the digital economy and reducing or removing barriers and restrictions that suppress digital trade and investments in the Asia Pacific region.

“The RCEP will play an increasingly important role in the region’s digital future, as it involves all of the largest Asian economies, including both ASEAN and non-ASEAN nations,” said Alasdair Grant, head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA. “This is even more critical in light of the stalled talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as the growing need for innovation, productivity, economic growth and job creation in today’s digital economies. Services and trade in services are growing rapidly in Asia Pacific. This is a vital source of growth for countries in a changing economic environment.”

“RCEP has the opportunity to set the trade rules that are necessary to ensure a growing digital economy across Asia – the protection of cross-border data flows is a critical part of this,” said Jeff Paine, Managing Director of AIC.

In particular, the GSMA and AIC strongly support an RCEP outcome that drives progress toward the following objectives:

The GSMA and AIC encourage participating countries to ensure an outcome that contains explicit provisions to secure the above, which will enable the RCEP to create a trade environment fit for the digital age as well as develop future economic competitiveness of its member countries.

About the GSMA The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

About the AIC The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) is an industry association made up of leading internet and technology companies. The AIC seeks to promote the understanding and resolution of Internet policy issues in the Asia Pacific region. For information, please visit

Boost the Connectivity and Memory on Your Phone with FuZion

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IDEMIA (formerly known as OT Morpho), the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, today announces the solution for a problem everyone encounters the choice between connectivity and memory for one’s smartphone. With FuZion, a fantastic device combining the technologies of a SIM card with a microSD card, users will never have to make this choice again.

Nowadays, most people need to have two SIM cards, one for personal use and the other for a professional one. At the same time, people require their smartphone to have a lot of memory. That is why today, more and more smartphones have a dual SIM tray, with a hybrid slot for two SIM cards or for one SIM card and a microSD card. With FuZion, no compromises: users can simultaneously have two SIM cards and a microSD card in their phone.

FuZion is available for more than 50 smartphone models from seven major manufacturers. This new technology will soon be up and running on other connected objects, such as cameras, wearables, etc. Thanks to this new device, connected objects will be more efficient and benefit from larger memory to store pictures, videos and other data.

“This breakthrough in the industry demonstrates IDEMIA’s ability to lead the market and open the way to new businesses, while securing and facilitating the life of millions of people and billions of connected objects. FuZion is a revolution and IDEMIA is pioneering its use”, said Pierre Barrial, IDEMIA’s Executive Vice-President of the Mobile Network Operators activity.


OT-Morpho is now IDEMIA, the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, travel and vote in ways that are now possible in a connected environment.

Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect this asset, whether for individuals or for objects. We ensure privacy and trust as well as guarantee secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Security and IoT sectors.

With close to €3bn in revenues, IDEMIA is the result of the coming together of OT (Oberthur Technologies) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho). This new company counts 14,000 employees of more than 80 nationalities and serves clients in 180 countries.

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Smith Micro Schedules Teleconference to Discuss Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ SMSI) today announced that it will report its third quarter 2017 financial results following the close of regular trading on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The news release will be followed by a teleconference available to all interested parties at 1 30 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Smith Micro third quarter 2017 results may be accessed as follows:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET.

Available at Smith Micro’s News Room.

Dial 1-877-270-2148 ten minutes prior to the start of the call. International participants can call +1 412-902-6510. A passcode is not required to join the call; ask operator to be placed into the Smith Micro conference.

The conference call webcast will be available for replay in the Smith Micro Investor Relations section.

About Smith Micro Software, Inc.

Smith Micro develops software to simplify and enhance the mobile experience, providing solutions to some of the leading wireless service providers, device manufacturers, and enterprise businesses around the world. From optimizing wireless networks to uncovering customer experience insights, and from streamlining Wi-Fi access to ensuring family safety, our solutions enrich today’s connected lifestyles while creating new opportunities to engage consumers via smartphones. Our portfolio also includes a wide range of products for creating, sharing, and monetizing rich content, such as visual messaging, video streaming, and 2D/3D graphics applications. For more information, visit

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Veeam Appoints Shaun McLagan as Senior Vice President, APJ

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Veeam� Software, the Availability for the Always On Enterprise innovator, today announced the appointment of Shaun McLagan to lead the combined Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region as the Senior Vice President, APJ. Veeam has created this new role after several years of strong growth to bring the APJ region together under one leader. McLagan will report directly to Peter McKay, Co CEO and President for Veeam.

Q2 results saw total revenue bookings grow by 18 percent year-over-year in the APJ region and the cloud business reported an increase of 17 percent in Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSP) transactions over the last financial year via more than 1,600 VCSPs. Within the region, Veeam customers grew to 15,300 and partners increased to 5,300, further demonstrating the importance of this region and its contribution to Veeam’s overall growth.

McLagan is an industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience across sales, pre-sales and consulting roles; a global leader who has held positions with leading IT companies including EMC, Oracle and HP in Singapore, Australia and Canada. Most recently, McLagan served as Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan for Data Protection Solutions at Dell EMC. Prior to that, he led RSA in Australia and New Zealand as General Manager.

“This is a pivotal time for Veeam, especially in the APJ region, as advances in virtualization and cloud computing are allowing organizations to accelerate digital transformation. Veeam Availability solutions for virtual, physical and cloud environments keep digital businesses “Always-On” and ensure data is always available, protected and managed,” said McLagan. “The APJ region has very different dynamics as to where its growth is coming from and it’s a great opportunity for me to join a company that’s going through change in a tremendous market and to take the business to the next level. I will be looking to ensure that all the teams across APJ from our ProPartners to our alliance partners understand the vision of what we’re going to become and for us all to get there.”

McLagan will leverage his experience building relationships with business decision makers, augmenting the company’s foothold in the enterprise as it continues to post double-digit revenue growth.

“Asia Pacific and Japan forms a critical region for Veeam as we are on track to be a $1.5 billion company by 2020,” said Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President at Veeam. “Veeam enjoys rich relationships and synergies with partners, alliances, and customers across the region as they travel down the path toward digital transformation. Shaun brings extensive industry experience and expertise to the Veeam team and will be a strong leader to drive continued growth across APJ.”

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“Cisco is thrilled to be collaborating with Veeam as part of our Solutions Plus Program. Together, our partners will be able to deliver pre-validated designs to address multi-cloud data driven environments simply. Shaun’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Cisco as we intend to foster greater collaboration between our teams. This will deliver seamless availability around HyperFlex and UCS solutions to drive our customers’ digital transformation efforts.” – Vicki Batka, Vice President, Partner Organization, Asia Pacific and Japan, Cisco.

“Congratulations to Veeam for appointing a strong leader in APJ. Shaun is a consummate professional with the right expertise to lead the company’s continued growth in the region. Pure has a great partnership with Veeam with our joint data protection solutions, and I look forward to taking it to the next level with Shaun and his team.” – Michael Alp, Regional Vice President, Pure Storage Asia Pacific and Japan.

“I’ve known Shaun for several years and I see this as a strategic appointment decision by Veeam. He brings with him a rich heritage of experience from EMC and RSA; where he took the company through a four-year winning streak during his time in the ANZ region. Westcon has enjoyed a solid relationship with Veeam across all teams and we have built strong joint go-to-market offerings. We currently hold the lion’s share of the market in New Zealand and look forward to growing it further with Shaun and his ANZ team.” – Dave Rosenberg, Managing Director, NZ, Westcon Group

“As companies continue with digital transformation programs keeping systems online and protecting data is a growing business differentiator. With more services moving to the cloud, IT and business leaders are pressed to backup data and ensure it is secure. Telsyte’s research indicates storage and data protection is a top five consideration for developing a hybrid capability among CIOs.” – Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director, Telsyte.

About Veeam Software

Veeam® recognizes the new challenges companies across the globe face in enabling the Always-On Enterprise™, a business that must operate 24.7.365. To address this, Veeam has pioneered a new market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by helping organizations meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data, through a fundamentally new kind of solution that delivers high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data and complete visibility. Veeam Availability Suite™, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication™, leverages virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies that enable the modern data center to help organizations save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs, while always supporting the current and future business goals of Veeam customers.

Founded in 2006, Veeam has 49,000+ ProPartners and 255,000+ customers with the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit or follow Veeam on Twitter @veeam. $page_length=’long’; ?>

Global Experts Take the Stage at RSAandreg; Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi Seizing the Power of Opportunity

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RSA� Conference, the world’s leading information security conference and exposition, has announced its program of speakers for the third RSA Conference Abu Dhabi, set to take place from November 7 8 at the Emirates Palace. Regional and global experts will take the stage to discuss a range of topics including Cybercrime, Security Strategy, Infrastructure and Operations, Blockchain, AI, Cloud, IoT & Ransomware.

Keeping in line with the tradition of concluding on a high note, this year the Conference will close with the former Director General of the United Kingdom’s MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, who is well renowned for her successful career, which spans across countersubversion, counterespionage and counterterrorism. Dame Stella will cover topics of leadership and teamwork, in addition to anecdotes about her life and career.

Other keynote presentations from industry leaders include:

“The battle between security professionals and criminals is commonly referred to as a cat and mouse game. Enterprises need to leverage every tool at their disposal to gain an advantage against criminals, who continue to perpetrate threats at a high rate. By bringing together the industries creme de la crème at RSA Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi, we create the ideal platform for the power of opportunity to be realized, therefore equipping individuals with the right knowledge, to better defend their business assets,” said Linda Gray Martin, General Manager RSA Conferences.

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RSA® Conference is the premier series of global events where the world talks security and leadership gathers, advances and emerges. Whether attending in the U.S., the EMEA region, or the Asia-Pacific region, RSA Conference events are where the security industry converges to discuss current and future concerns and get access to the people, content and ideas that help enable individuals and companies to win, grow and do their best. It is the ultimate marketplace for the latest technologies and hands-on educational opportunities that help industry professionals discover how to make their companies more secure while showcasing the most enterprising, influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in security today. For information on events, online programming and the most up-to-date news pertaining to the information security industry visit

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David Pearson Joins Korn Ferry as Senior Client Partner

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Published on: 18th Oct 2017

Korn Ferry (NYSE KFY) today announced that David Pearson has joined the firm as Senior Client Partner, Global Account Leader, Technology. He will be based in the firm’s Stamford office.

Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Pearson was with Aquatiq Global where he served as CEO and CFO. Previously, he spent more than twenty years at Deloitte in a number of senior leadership roles including: Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Information Security Officer, Global Sustainability Leader, CEO of Deloitte CIS and Audit & Enterprise Services Leader.

Mr. Pearson has more than twenty-five years of progressive leadership experience directing substantial growth teams and organizations within professional services, and leading and building key client accounts. He has deep technology, telecommunications, and media sector expertise and has worked with private and public companies in the U.S. and internationally.

“David brings to the firm exceptional knowledge of the technology sector. He’s a seasoned leader and has a strong record of client service and business development,” said Werner Penk, President, Korn Ferry Global Technology Sector.

Mr. Pearson has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Simon Fraser University.

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GTT Announces New Ultra-Low Latency Routes for Financial Markets

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GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today the addition of ultra low latency transport services to key financial centers in Latin America, Asia and Africa, as well as the global launch of its Time Synchronization service.

The new ultra-low latency routes include New York to Mexico City, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Hong Kong to Singapore, Mumbai to Singapore, and Johannesburg to London. Financial trading firms can leverage these routes to expand into growing markets for electronic trading activity, including foreign exchange, equities and futures. The ultra-low latency service expansion complements GTT’s recent entry into Brazil and augments its latency footprint, including GTT Express, the fastest transatlantic fiber optic cable connecting major financial centers in North America and Europe.

The new routes run on GTT’s recently launched Ethernet Direct service platform, which is highly scalable and customizable to meet unique capacity, diversity and latency performance requirements. GTT backs each service with a latency service level agreement, ensuring that trading platforms operate with near real-time access to vital market information. GTT’s low latency footprint includes more than 60 unique low latency routes, connecting over 130 financial exchanges around the world.

GTT’s Time Synchronization service complements its ultra-low latency transport services, offering clients a single source of time across their entire trading infrastructure, to correlate data sets and time-stamp trade executions within sub-microsecond Coordinated Universal Time accuracy.

“Our new ultra-low latency routes and Time Synchronization service build upon GTT’s leadership and commitment to the financial services sector,” stated Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “Clients can benefit from enhanced reach throughout the global financial trading ecosystem, as well as unparalleled latency, security and accuracy, providing them with immediate access to financial trading information and a competitive advantage.”

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GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including optical transport, wide area networking, internet, managed services, voice and video services. The company’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, connects clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. GTT delivers an outstanding client experience by living its core values of simplicity, speed and agility. For more information on how GTT is redefining global communications, please visit

10.17.17 Northern California wildfires: Update from Pacific Market President Jonathan LeCompte

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Published on: 18th Oct 2017

The wildfires burning in Northern California’s wine country for more than a week are reported to be the most severe in California history, with 6,000 homes destroyed and 41 confirmed deaths. On a positive note, weather conditions are improving and, most importantly, firefighting crews have made great progress on containment.

I’m proud to report that our network team has been working around the clock and our network is now running at 100% of normal performance. Through a combination of permanent repairs and temporary solutions, such as COWs, COLTs, RATs, we’ve fully restored service to the areas hardest hit by this disaster.

As the situation improves, tens of thousands of people are beginning to return to their neighborhoods, as temporary shelters consolidate and continue to serve those in need. The Verizon Response Team (VRT) will remain in the field, partnering with relief organizations at evacuation shelters and assistance centers. Our VRT is there to support the community with cell phone charging stations and internet-connected laptops to help residents stay connected during this difficult time.   

With so many residents impacted by the fires, we hope that our data relief offer will provide a little peace of mind.

Running to a crisis is in the Verizon DNA and we are committed to keeping our communities connected when it matters most – before, during and after disaster strikes. We’ve got your back.

You can support the community by using your mobile phone to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross. Simply text CAWILDFIRES to 90999. You can donate up to ten times per month, so you can make that $10 donation ten times, for a total of $100. Click here for more information.

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New Technologies Will Drive ICT Spending Back to Double the Rate of GDP Growth, According to IDC

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Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending is set to accelerate over the next five years, thanks to the growth of new technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, augmented and virtual reality (AR VR), and cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI). While the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book forecasts traditional ICT spending to lag GDP growth by 2020, total ICT spending including these new categories will return to growth rates double that of the global economy.

Total ICT spending on traditional IT, telecom services, and new technologies will grow from $4.3 trillion in 2016 to $5.6 trillion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% in constant currency terms. Annual growth will accelerate through the forecast period, from 5.5% in 2017 to 6.5% in 2021, as new technologies account for a growing proportion of the overall market.

Traditional ICT spending (IT and telecom) is now a mature sector of the economy, as many technology markets continue to saturate and commoditize. The growth of cloud will also cannibalize from traditional ICT revenues, concentrating more IT capital spending into the hands of large cloud service providers. Traditional IT spending will grow at an annual rate of 3-4% through the next five years, while telecom spending increases by approximately 1% per year.

New growth opportunities have meanwhile emerged in the new technologies which IDC calls “Innovation Accelerators” (IoT, cognitive AI, robotics, AR/VR, 3D printing, and next-gen security). New ICT spending from these categories will grow by 17% in 2017, and will continue to accelerate over the next five years as adoption levels surge around the world, including in emerging markets. IoT, robotics, and AR/VR in particular will come to represent a significant proportion of the overall ICT market by 2021.

“The Innovation Accelerators are an important driver for the 3rd Platform, which is rapidly replacing the 2nd Platform of on-premise datacenters, devices, and software,” said Stephen Minton, vice president in IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis group. “Not only does this introduce new high-growth categories like VR viewers, drones, 3D printers, and IoT solutions, but it also represents a growing shift in traditional categories like the growth of IoT servers or cognitive AI software.”

Several years ago, IDC identified a dramatic shift to the 3rd Platform of cloud, mobile, big data and analytics and social, which quickly came to dominate industry revenues. The Innovation Accelerators will drive the next wave of 3rd Platform growth, resulting in the 3rd Platform accounting for 75% of ICT spending by 2021.

“The 2nd Platform is shrinking, but mature economies still have a large base of legacy infrastructure to maintain and migrate from,” said Minton. “Emerging markets, on the other hand, are sometimes able to leapfrog 2nd Platform technologies and move straight to rapid adoption of new platforms. Asia/Pacific, for example, has emerged as a leading innovator in the growth of IoT and robotics, having already seen explosive growth in mobile over the past few years.”

While emerging markets like Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) are driving the growth of some new categories, enterprises in the United States continue to be early adopters of software-based innovation, including cloud, big data and analytics, and cognitive AI. It will take longer for some emerging economies to reach the same level of software development and infrastructure that has enabled the rapid growth of cloud-based computing in the U.S. Nevertheless, the direction of ICT spending is the same in every region.

“In the Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) region, most 2nd Platform technology categories are in decline,” said Thomas Vavra, vice president of Software research in the CEMA region. “Conversely, and with the exception of a couple of mobile device categories, every technology on the 3rd Platform is growing strongly. In short, 3rd Platform investments are the growth engine of the IT market in the region.”

Like many emerging markets, CEE has lagged behind some mature economies when it comes to the adoption of technologies such as cloud, which are more dependent on fixed-line infrastructure, or in the development of cutting-edge software solutions for the local market. Asia/Pacific, for example, accounted for more than 50% of global IoT spending in 2016 but only 6% of investment in cognitive AI. In the longer term, however, the continued growth of investment in mobile infrastructure and software solutions will come to drive these regions to the next level of 3rd Platform innovation.

“Mobility and IoT have already made a big impact on IT spending in the CEE region and will continue to grow strongly,” said Vavra. “Although relatively small at present, AR/VR and cognitive AI are meanwhile expected to outgrow all other technology categories over the next few years.”

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Facebook and Google reportedly helped set up anti-Muslim election ads

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It looks like Russia wasn’t the only one buying ads online to help sway the election last year. Facebook and Google worked closely with conservative non-profit Secure America Now and advertising firm Harris Media on ad campaigns targeting swing state voters with anti-Muslim and anti-refugee messages, and linking Democratic candidates to terrorists, according to a report from Bloomberg. “Unlike Russian efforts to secretly influence the 2016 election via social media, this American-led campaign was aided by direct collaboration with employees of Facebook and Google,” the publication says.

One ad is a mock tourism video titled “Book Your Trip to the Islamic State of France.” It features an Eiffel Tower with a crescent moon and star atop it, terrorist training camp footage and Muslims praying while a narrator describes a burka-clad Mona Lisa as finally looking “how a woman should.”

“Under Sharia Law, you can enjoy everything the Islamic State of France has to offer, as long as you follow the rules,” the narrator says.

The ads apparently ran in Nevada and North Carolina during the final weeks of the election, and caused at least one Harris Media employee to feel uncomfortable about their content.

Bloomberg‘s sources say that Facebook’s and Google’s sales team worked closely with Secure America Now to improve their multimillion dollar ad campaigns. Google eventually pulled a number of the ads because they violated the company’s policies.

Facebook’s “eager” sales team supposedly went as far as using Secure America Now’s ads for A/B testing a new vertical video format at scale:

“The video they used was ‘Are We Safe?’, which contrasts colorful scenes of Main Street America with black-and-white pictures of Muslims who have carried out attacks in the US. Facebook tested 12 different versions of the video.”

Facebook also worked with a Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany party, also a Harris Media client, to target voters with anti-immigration ads in the country this year.

This report comes after it was discovered that Russia bought some 3,000 ads and cut Facebook a check for over $100,000 during the 2016 election. It was found that Russian agents also purchased ads with Google leading up to last November.

We’ve reached out to Facebook and Google for more information and will update this post should it arrive.