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Cornerstone Solutions Offers Virtual Server Management Solution to Integrate with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate version 17.1

CHICAGO , Aug.andnbsp;Cornerstone Solutions (Cornerstone), an Authorized Sage Partner regarded among the Midwest’s top-tier, premier solutions providers to construction and real estate firms for over 30 years, announces the official launch of its Sapphire Prime Cloud Services, offering a powerful virtual server and cloud management solution specifically customized to support the advanced system requirements and features of Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate version 17.1, including the newly released Sage Mobile Projects management solution. Click here for more.

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Custom Business Solutions Launches Reseller Network for NorthStar Order Entry Point of Sale System

RetailNOW Booth #738 – Custom Business Solutions (CBS), a leading hospitality technology service provider, today announces plans to develop a nationwide reseller network for NorthStar Order Entry, the company’s signature cloud-based software point of sale (POS) solution. Click here for more.

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cnPilot Wi-Fi Solutions From Cambium Networks Win SMB Techfest Best Product Award

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.andnbsp;Cambium Networks, a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions, today announced that its cnPilot™ Wi-Fi products have been awarded “best product” at the SMB Techfest event in Anaheim, California . Click here for more.

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Grandstream IP Voice Solutions Certified with GENBAND Real Time Communications Portfolio

BOSTON andGrandstream, connecting the world since 2002 with award-winning SIP unified communication solutions, and GENBAND, a leading provider of real time communications software solutions, today jointly announced the certification of Grandstream’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions with GENBAND’s Application Server. This successful certification allows any service provider or enterprise using GENBAND’s Application Server (standalone or in combination with the C20 Session Controller) to deploy Grandstream’s award-winning VoIP telephony solutions. By combining Grandstream solutions with GENBAND’s state-of-the-art platform, service providers and enterprises are afforded a cost-effective VoIP solution that seamlessly integrates video, data and mobility capabilities. Click here for more.

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ALU and Huawei flag NFV solutions

NFV and SDN will be hot topics at MWC this year.

NFV and SDN will be hot topics at MWC this year.

Network vendors Alcatel Lucent and Huawei have both made announcements around Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress, where new network architectures like NFV and SDN (software defined networking) will be the subject of much discussion and, understands, some big news from the operator community.

Huawei has pulled back the curtain on Cloud Edge, an umbrella brand for its NFV suite, which includes virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtualized Multi-Service Engine (vMSE) and Cloud Management and Orchestration (MANO).

Cloud Edge forms part of Huawei’s previously announced, ten-year network evolution roadmap, dubbed SoftCOM.

Meanwhile Alcatel-Lucent announced its own suite of NFV solutions, including EPC, IMS and a virtualized RAN.

The last of these will be displayed at MWC in partnership with the world’s largest operator, China Mobile, the firm said today.

China Mobile’s stand will feature a VoLTE and video demo running over Alcatel Lucent’s proof of concept virtualized RAN as well as its vEPC, as part of a multi-vendor, cloud-based network, the firms said.

“China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent have a long history of working together to deliver innovative solutions that push the boundaries of telecoms and our work on NFV is no exception,” said Dr Chihlin I, chief scientist at China Mobile’s Research Institute.  “Here we are demonstrating how a cloud network environment can help us deliver services faster and better to even greater numbers of people. This will help us meet the explosion in demand for mobile data and allow us to innovate even further with new service offerings.”

Kyushu Universityandrsquo;s New Supercomputer Accelerated by Mellanox EDR InfiniBand Solutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif. andMellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that RIIT (Research Institute for Information Technology) at the Kyushu University, Japan, will introduce Mellanox EDR InfiniBand smart interconnect solutions for their new supercomputer, a Fujitsu-built system comprised of a PRIMERGY server solution. The InfiniBand technology provides the university with smart accelerations, enabling in-network-computing. This ensures faster data processing, higher performance, and efficiency for the various applications workloads. The system is planned to be fully operational by January 2018, and to deliver over 10 Petaflop of peak computing power. Click here for more.

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8×8 Partners with Jenne to Distribute Communications Cloud Solutions in the U.S.

8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), the world’s first Communications Cloud provider, and Jenne, Inc., a leading value-added distributor of technology products and solutions focusing on voice, video, data networking, premise security and the cloud, announced today a partnership to bring 8×8′s integrated, enterprise-grade cloud communications, contact center and team collaboration solutions to mid-market and enterprise companies in the U.S. through a value-added distribution model. Click here for more.

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Motorola Solutions Reports First-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the first quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables. Click here for more.

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Everything Everywhere signs with MasterCard on payment solutions

Everything Everywhere will work with MasterCard to develop mobile payment solutions in the UK

In a move to ignite mobile payments in the UK, operator group Everything Everywhere, formed by the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the country, has signed an exclusive, five-year partnership with payment processor MasterCard. The two firms said that they plan to develop mobile and digital payment products and services for the operator’s 27 million-strong subscriber base, by combining their financial and technological assets.

The two firms have a history of working together. Last year, they launched Orange’s NFC service QuickTap, and the Orange Cash pre-paid card.

Now though, they have announced one of the first products created as a result of their new partnership; a co-branded pre-paid solution for mobile devices that allows customers to make payments using Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. The solution will enable EE’s customers to make contactless payments at more than 100,000 retailers in the UK.

The two firms said that they will expand the scope of their products over the course of the partnership into other areas, including person-to-person money transfers, loyalty rewards and digital payment services. In addition, the two companies will develop services that allow small business customers to accept payments using mobile devices. Further services are expected to be announced later this year.

“By moving our existing co-branded card offers onto mobile devices, we are closer to a world where our customers will be able to use their phone to pay for travel to work, pay for small purchases and take advantage of loyalty rewards from their favourite retail outlets,” commented Gerry McQuade, CMO at Everything Everywhere. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

UK spectrum crunch likely to lead to “contentious” solutions

LondonEveningThe UK is heading will face a serious spectrum shortage by the end of the decade if 300MHz of cellular spectrum and 350MHz of wifi spectrum are not made available. The warning came this week from Real Wireless, a consultancy that worked with UK regulator Ofcom on this year’s LTE spectrum auctions. It prompted Ofcom’s former director of R&D to suggest that traditional spectrum allocation models will not meet the identified demand.

“Although new spectrum provided in the 4G auction has given some breathing space in meeting new demand growth, we will face a renewed spectrum crunch in around 2020 without further action,” said Professor Simon Saunders, Technology Director and co-founder of Real Wireless. “The challenge faced by governments and regulators is how best to manage this demand and ensure that consumers and other wireless users continue to see an improvement in their service, while ensuring other critical services still have access to the spectrum they need.

But historical approaches to the provision of cellular industry spectrum; fresh allocation or the refarming of cleared spectrum have no future, according to William Webb, former head of R&D at Ofcom and president-elect at the IET.

“Finding all this extra spectrum by the previous approach of clearing bands and then auctioning them is looking increasingly hard. Instead, regulators are looking to using sharing approaches, for example to allow access to military spectrum or to enable multiple users to share small cell spectrum,” Webb told

Saunders concurred, adding that “This will obviously be highly contentious and likely create an interesting tension between the different public and industry uses of the spectrum.”

While predicting Ofcom’s decision making is difficult, said Webb, the regulator’s recent consultations suggest that it is looking at spectrum sharing. But the opinions of the UK operators will weigh heavily on its decision, he added. “If they tell Ofcom that this approach would work for them then that will materially change the timescales and resource Ofcom put to this,” he said.

Telefónica’s UK operation O2 told that it supports Ofcom’s “intention to address the strategic challenge facing the UK regarding the growing demand for spectrum,” while its competitors, Vodafone, EE and 3UK, did not offer comment.