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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Form Joint Venture to Transform Messaging Experience - KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Form Joint Venture to Transform Messaging Experience - KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News


AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Form Joint Venture to Transform Messaging Experience - KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

Posted: 24 Oct 2019 12:00 AM PDT

DALLAS and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and BELLEVUE, Wash. and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have created a joint venture - the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) - to deliver the next generation of messaging to consumers and businesses. The service, based on GSMA's Rich Communications Service (RCS) industry standard, will enable an engaging way for consumers to interact and transact with each other and with businesses.

To enable the service, the CCMI joint venture is working to develop and deploy the standards-based, interoperable messaging service starting with Android and expected in 2020. Working with its carrier ownership group and other companies in the RCS ecosystem, the CCMI service will:

  • Drive a robust business-to-consumer messaging ecosystem and accelerate the adoption of Rich Communications Services (RCS)
  • Enable an enhanced experience to privately send individual or group chats across carriers with high quality pictures and videos
  • Provide consumers with the ability to chat with their favorite brands, order a rideshare, pay bills or schedule appointments, and more
  • Create a single seamless, interoperable RCS experience across carriers, both in the U.S. and globally

"People love text messaging for a reason. Texting is trusted, reliable and readily available—which is why we're using it to build the foundation of a simple, immersive messaging experience," said David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility. "This service will power new and innovative ways for customers to engage with each other and their favorite brands."

"The CCMI will bring a consistent, engaging experience that makes it easy for consumers and businesses to interact in an environment they can trust," said Michel Combes, President & CEO of Sprint. "As we have seen in Asia, messaging is poised to become the next significant digital platform. CCMI will make it easy for consumers to navigate their lives from a smartphone."

"At the Un-carrier, customers drive everything we do, and that's no different here," said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. "Efforts like CCMI help move the entire industry forward so we can give customers more of what they want and roll out new messaging capabilities that work the same across providers and even across countries."

"At Verizon, our customers depend on reliable text messaging to easily connect them to the people they care about most. Yet, we can deliver even more working together as an industry," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. "CCMI will create the foundation for an innovative digital platform that not only connects consumers with friends and family, but also offers a seamless experience for consumers to connect with businesses in a compelling and trusted environment."

More details will be announced at a later date.

About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation's fastest wireless network.* And according to America's biggest test, we have the nation's best wireless network.** We're building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV , DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV , we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews .

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com . Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att .

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*Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q3 2019.
**According to America's biggest test as announced by Global Wireless Solutions.

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 .

About T-Mobile US, Inc.

As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 83.1 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com .

About Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018. The company operates America's most reliable wireless network and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. With brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost, the company's media group helps consumers stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. Verizon's corporate responsibility prioritizes the environmental, social and governance issues most relevant to its business and impact to society.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in each of AT&T's, Sprint's, T-Mobile's and Verizon's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each company disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

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VMware expands Smart Assurance to provide 'holistic' network view - ZDNet

Posted: 23 Oct 2019 12:00 AM PDT

VMware has used Mobile World Congress (MWC) Los Angeles to announce expanded capabilities for VMware Smart Assurance, which it said would allow communication service providers (CSPs) to have a holistic view of the network from core to the edge, to the radio access network (RAN).

"As CSPs prepare for the rollout of modern networks, the ability to have complete visibility across the network -- from RAN to the core and edge networks -- as well as provide continuous monitoring and automated management is increasingly imperative," VMware executive vice president and general manager of telco and edge cloud Shekar Ayyar said.

VMware Smart Assurance has been touted by the company as providing CSPs with the operational intelligence required to manage their physical and virtual networks as one.

The solution enables automated root cause analysis, impact correlation, analytics, and closed-loop actions, which VMware claims will help CSPs maximise quality of service and uptime across their multi-vendor environment.

According to Ayyar, network intelligence and management have been areas of focus for VMware, noting the company has "doubled down" on that commitment with the recent acquisition of Uhana.

In announcing the acquisition in July, VMware said the answer to increasing workloads caused by next-generation wireless technologies, low-latency applications, virtual reality, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT) would be the automation of CSP networks.

Autonomous networks, which result in the reductions of human labour and both the time and staff needed to oversee and manage resources, are made possible through "AI-driven, scalable network and application experience management system[s]," VMware said at the time of the Uhana acquisition. As a result, Uhana was labelled as being a great fit for the firm's future aspirations in this area.

"Our discussions around incorporating Cellwize's technology into VMware Smart Assurance have the potential to further extend these capabilities for our customers," Ayyar continued.

At MWC in Los Angeles, VMware displayed a solution preview, which highlighted Cellwize RAN automation and orchestration technology with VMware Smart Assurance.

The announcement follows VMware in August making its presence known in the telecommunications world, unveiling an expanded Telco and Edge Cloud portfolio that it said will drive real-time intelligence for telco networks, as well as improve automation and security for telco, edge, and IoT applications.

VMware is already serving as an infrastructure provider for most communications service providers, and according to Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware COO of Products and Cloud Services, the telco space is a huge opportunity for the company.

"There's a big trigger happening in telcos which is they're at the early stages of deploying 5G, which is a massive capex investment that comes about every generation, every seven-eight years ... like the previous generation of 4G with LTE," Ramaswami told media during VMworld in San Francisco at the time.

"Now, as they do this, they're also looking to modernise their infrastructure, and go with a much more virtualised platform that they can run their virtual network functions on, as opposed to going and building dedicated boxes, like they have done in the past, for every application that they need to run.

"So this is obviously a huge opportunity."

VMware also used MWC to touch on its partnership with Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson that was announced in February at MWC in Barcelona.

The companies had the goal of enabling CSPs to deploy and operate virtualised networks, with VMware at the time investing in a certification lab where Ericsson's VNFs running on VMware vCloud NFV were put through testing.

VMware said over 50 CSPs worldwide are running 567 VNF deployments on its platform, and over 70 CSPs using Ericsson's Business Support Systems (BSS) are also running on VMware.

Also at MWC LA, Nvidia unveiled its Nvidia EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform, which the company touted would act as a high-performance, cloud-native platform to make use of the increasing amount of data that is being gathered by organisations.

It also made a handful of announcements centred on its move into 5G, partnering with Ericsson, Red Hat, and Microsoft, with a spotlight on the telecommunications industry.

Similarly to VMware, Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced during his keynote that Nvidia and Ericsson had been "secretly" working together on technologies to allow telco operators to build high-performing, efficient, and completely virtualised 5G RAN.

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