Nokia invests in its IoT portfolio with SpaceTime Insight acquisition

Networking vendor Nokia has snapped-up machine learning-powered analytics firm SpaceTime Insight, which it says will augment its IoT offering.

SpaceTime Insight specialises in the use of predictive analytics to manage and optimize the use of enterprise assets. It has packaged all this cleverness into an IoT platform and it’s this application that seems to have caught Nokia’s eye. Specifically Nokia is going to integrate SpaceTime into its IoT software portfolio and expects to produce better IoT apps as a consequence.

“Adding SpaceTime to Nokia Software is a strong step forward in our strategy, and will help us deliver a new class of intelligent solutions to meet the demands of an increasingly interconnected world,” said Bhaskar Gorti, president of Nokia Software. “Together, we can empower customers to realize the full value of their people, processes and assets, and enable them to deliver rich, world-class digital experiences.”

“Today marks a transformational moment for SpaceTime, and I’m delighted to join forces with one of the world’s top organizations-a global brand that is reshaping the future of networking and intelligent software,” said Rob Schilling, CEO of SpaceTime Insight, who’s hanging around. “I am excited for this incredible opportunity to help accelerate and scale Nokia’s IoT business and provide a new class of next-generation IoT solutions customers cannot find anywhere else.”

It has been a busy start to the week for Nokia. On the software side its Nuage SDN division announced a deal win with Telefónica Spain to software-define its datacentres. This is an extension of an SD-WAN rollout last year and the usual claims of agility, scalability and efficiency apply.

“To meet the rapidly emerging business requirements for agility and on-demand deployments, we moved aggressively to build our business connectivity services around a new cloud-based architecture,” said Joaquín Mata, director of operations, network and IT at Telefónica Spain. “Nuage Networks provided us with a highly scalable SDN architecture that could support all our services across all our regions without disruption. We are confident our customers will significantly improve their businesses with these new cloud-based services.”

Lastly Nokia has got together with French operator SFR to claim the first French 5G NR call over the 3.5 GHz spectrum. It was a test conducted at Nokia’s Paris campus and seems to be a pretty standard affair, designed as much to give the protagonists some 5G kudos as anything else.

“SFR is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks that takes into account the benefits and complexity of implementing 5G,” said François Vincent, head of Mobile Network at SFR. “The joint projects and trials will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, while exploring new ways to deliver our media content that will increase the subscriber experience.”

Intel continues to insist it’s really good at 5G

Chip giant Intel is hoping the announcement of a new family of 5G modems will convince everyone it’s not rubbish at mobile anymore.

The big reveal is the Intel XMM 8000 series, the company’s first family of 5G NR multi-mode commercial modems. The flagship chip is the XMM 8060, which apparently caters for every variety of 5G NR and legacy air interface you can imagine. It had first been mentioned at MWC earlier this year and won’t appear in devices until 2019, so it’s not immediately obvious why Intel is banging on about it now, but maybe the imminent 3GPP 5G standard freeze (see below) has something to do with it.

“Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, GM of Intel’s Communication and Devices Group. “Our investments in a full portfolio of modem technologies and products are critical to achieving the vision of seamless 5G connectivity.”

“Today’s wireless networks are the equivalent of data driving down a single-lane highway; tomorrow’s will need to serve as a multilane superhighway as data moves at warp speed with 5G networks,” said Sandra Rivera, GM of Intel’s Network Platforms Group. “Our roadmap progress shows how Intel is moving at gigabit speeds to help the industry create this superhighway and benefit from the speed, capacity and low latency that 5G promises.”

You can see Intel’s wireless roadmap for the next couple of years below. The company has been trying to be a significant player in mobile devices for decades. Its attempts to take on the ARM ecosystem and Qualcomm in particular in applications processors over the past decade failed conclusively and it’s determined to do better in the 5G era. On the datacenter side Intel is still very strongly positioned but it will take more than slick presentations to topple Qualcomm’s dominance on the modem side.

Intel 5G roadmap

3GPP 5G timeline

EE and Huawei show off 5G network architecture with all the bells and whistles

A UK lab showcase by EE using Huawei kit is laying claim to a breakthrough in end-to-end 5G network architecture testing.

The demo featured a host of 5G buzzword name-dropping. It’s being positioned as a major step forward for NFV as the core network is fully virtualized on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. EE claims to have managed consistent download speeds of 2.8 Gbps with the help of a 5G NR 64×64 Massive MIMO active antenna using the 3.5 GHz test spectrum band.

“We’re using our experience in cutting edge 4G technologies and our dedicated partnership approach to ensure technology leadership in 5G,” said Tom Bennett, EE Director of Network Services & Devices. “The network architecture we’ve proven today is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be first for 5G.”

That’s it really. EE made a video for any people still in doubt about its general 5G awesomeness. We can probably have a good guess at who paid for it though.