Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sprint Offers American Sign Language Video Interpreting at Washington D.C. Store - Yahoo Finance

Sprint Offers American Sign Language Video Interpreting at Washington D.C. Store - Yahoo Finance


Sprint Offers American Sign Language Video Interpreting at Washington D.C. Store - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 10 Oct 2019 11:02 AM PDT

New Pilot Program Aims to Expand Efforts for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Customers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced its first store now has the capabilities to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for its customers. The all-new video remote interpreter leverages the Sprint Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) app and is Sprint's next step in ensuring all Deaf and Hard of Hearing customers are provided with top quality service.

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Sprint Offers American Sign Language Video Interpreting at Washington D.C. Store

The ASL video remote interpreter is available in-store to assist customers with service transactions, including new phone activations, service upgrades and other wireless service questions. Customers are able to access the VRI through an app, and within 30 seconds are connected to a live ASL interpreter who will voice the customer's needs to the in-store representative.

"We are proud to offer a solution that is inclusive to our customers who are deaf or hard of hearing," said Mike Ellis, director, Sprint Accessibility. "By eliminating challenging situations that ASL users may experience – like having to pass notes back and forth to communicate – we are able to provide our ASL-using customers with a better overall in-store experience."

The video interpreter is part of a six-month pilot program and is currently only available at Metro Center Store, located at 615 12th St. NW in Washington D.C. This store is located near Gallaudet University – a federally chartered private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing – to accommodate the high population of ASL users in the area.

For more information on the program or to schedule an interview with a Sprint executive, please contact Sprint@GoDRIVEN360.com.

About Sprint Accessibility
For 29 years, Sprint Accessibility has been a leader in the development of advanced Relay services. As the telecommunications industry has evolved from corded, rotary dial phones to cordless home phones to mobile voice and data communicators, Sprint has been an innovator for consumers and businesses. Sprint provides Relay services to 38 state customers (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the U.S. Federal Government, and the Commonwealth of New Zealand. As the largest provider of Relay services, Sprint is proud to serve our customers in the manner they deserve. For more information on Sprint Accessibility's suite of accessibility services, please visit: www.sprint.com/accessibility and www.twitter.com/sprintaccess.

About Sprint
Sprint (NYSE:S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.3 million connections as of June 30, 2019, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands, including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint's legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching a 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Service assurance in a cloud-native world - RCR Wireless News

Posted: 29 Sep 2019 12:00 AM PDT

EXFO, VMware on how service assurance evolves with 5G

The complexity of future 5G networks, simultaneously handling consumer, enterprise and machine-based data transmission, requires investments in network automation. But, as operators take a step-by-step to automating operational processes, the rewards are clear but the risks are myriad and speak to both technology-facing decisions as well as a shift in internal structure and culture.

EXFO VP, SASS Division, Abdelkrim Benamar said, "Automation is extremely powerful if you make the right decisions but if you start to make wrong decisions, automation only increases the damages. This is why I believe there will be a mix of open loop automation for some elements of the network coupled with some closed loop automation."

He continued: "To be able to have real meaningful building blocks for powerful automation, it's not enough to just have the right data from probes…It's also to have a deep knowledge of the underlying topology of the network so not only you can asses issues related to signaling on the control plane or issues related to usage of services on the user plane but be able to correlate those issues."

From the service assurance perspective, operators are currently focused on adding capacity to networks and then thinking about assuring the services that ride on increasing capacity levels. But, as we move to cloud-native 5G networks able to provide network slices likely tied to stringent SLAs, service assurance is imperative to creating new 5G revenue streams.

Benamar gave the example of automated troubleshooting and called it out as an automation use case that's working today but is one step in a multi-step process. "I think the zero-touch thing…that's an end goal. All of this ca start to be automated so we help…engineers flag issues and identify the most impactful  and take action and then implement that next best action as an intermediate step toward fully self-healing networks."

So, given the complexity and opex management improvements network automation enables, at what point do operators become comfortable enough with closed loop systems that they take their hands off the wheel so to speak?

"That's the $1 billion question," Benamar said. "I think it depends on the culture of the service provider. Some are a bit more conservative, they're not early adopters, they go step by step. They will take on non-vital parts of the network and automate things. It really depends on the culture of the service provider."

"For a couple of years we've been discussing how the world of assurance is changing," Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of products and solutions, Telco NFV, said. "With 5G, you're starting to introduce…the concept of slices. You actually start to charge for and create specific services. Now you're moving to a much more dynamic approach to assurance."

He continued: "A slice is something that's created in a specific moment and includes a certain pool of resources then it decommissions. Assurance needs to follow the same pattern. You need to set up something real-time and start predicting something at every moment."

Enter Uhana, a firm that specializes in using artificial intelligence tools deployed in an operator's cloud to provide subscriber-level performance data. VMware announced its intent to acquire the company in July and Di Piazza said everyone has moved onto VMware's campus and product discussions around integration of Uhana's tech into VMware's telco portfolio are progressing in earnest.

Edgewater Wireless to Be Awarded Patent for Method and Apparatus to Track Gain Variation in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) Systems - Business Wire

Posted: 10 Oct 2019 06:51 AM PDT

OTTAWA, Ontario--()--Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc. (YFI; TSX.V) (OTCQB: KPIFF) the industry leader in Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing technology for residential and commercial markets, will be granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its Method And Apparatus To Track Gain Variation In Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) Systems. Advances in Edgewater's techniques enable Wi-Fi Network Slicing and wireless systems to deliver more effective, error-free reception and more efficient, data-rich transmission of signals.

Edgewater Wireless holds the key to the next generation of Wi-Fi – Spectrum Slicing. With Edgewater Wireless' patented radio architecture, Wi-Fi infrastructure becomes ready for the global proliferation of Wi-Fi devices both, modern and legacy. With over 3-billion Wi-Fi enabled devices added over the last 12-months1, and ever more Wi-Fi enabled entertainment and IoT devices emerging, high-density Wi-Fi is everywhere and is slated to dominate the $12.9 billion Consumer (home) market2. IoT devices, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, security cameras and more are now all contending for Wi-Fi airtime. Edgewater's patented approach to Wi-Fi is making airtime more highly available for all of these devices.

Edgewater's patented approach and expertise will enable silicon manufacturers to implement Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing on their platforms, dramatically reducing time to market for the next phase of residential Wi-Fi innovation -- high-density capacity management.

"We're pleased the USPTO continually recognizes innovation and this latest award fortifies our leading position in the next generation of Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing," said Andrew Skafel, President and CEO of Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc. "As we begin to engage licensing opportunities, our expanding portfolio, combined with our team's expertise, is continuing our focus on generating shareholder value."

About Edgewater Wireless

We make Wi-Fi. Better.

Edgewater Wireless (www.edgewaterwireless.com) is the industry leader in innovative Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing technology for residential and commercial markets. We deliver advanced silicon solutions, Access Points, and IP licensing designed to meet the high-density and high quality-of-service needs of service providers and their customers. With 24+ patents, Edgewater's Multi-Channel, Single Radio (MCSR) technology revolutionizes Wi-Fi, delivering next-generation Wi-Fi today.

For more information, visit www.edgewaterwireless.com or www.aera.io.

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1 Wireless Broadband Alliance Infographic (https://www.wballiance.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Infographic-Wide-Version.pdf)

2 Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/home-wi-fi-router-and-extender-market-to-be-worth-us-129569-mn-by-2026-transparency-market-research-681596821.htm

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