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RFA Names Richard Muckle as Head of Client Development for its EMEA Headquarters

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LONDON, UK, March 15, 2018 – RFA (Richard Fleischman & Associates), a next-gen managed IT services provider for the financial industry, recently named Richard Muckle as RFA’s Head of Client Development for its EMEA Headquarters.

In his role, Richard will manage and guide RFA’s European markets alongside RFA’s growing EMEA team. Richard will advise and provide support for clients to ensure they are able to implement their vision and realize intended outcomes.

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“Richard is an accomplished professional with vast experience in this market – he knows the right touch for our customers and how best to help them secure their organizations and help them scale as they grow,” said RFA EMEA Managing Director, George Ralph.

Richard has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector, covering the UK, Europe, Asia, New York and the Cayman Islands. Prior to this role, Richard was global COO for a family office covering London, Luxembourg and New York with AUM in excess of EUR 1 billion. Richard has also held various C-level positions over the last 17 years, of which the majority were start-up funds as well as working in the fin-tech space as an advisor.

Richard has worked in the investment banking sector at Lehman Brothers as a senior analyst in its Fixed Income/derivatives prime brokerage team as well as running the exotic derivatives middle office at Greenwich NatWest. He also has had experience working in hedge fund administration and business consulting for asset managers.

About RFA (Richard Fleischman & Associates)

RFA is the trusted technology partner to over 600 clients globally for nearly thirty years. Offering a full range of technology solutions with global data center operations, RFA serves the IT and Technology needs across the whole of the financial sector. RFA has the expertise to meet the industry-specific needs of our clients with a proven customer service model, whether it’s on-site or cloud-based solutions, telephony, data systems, fully-managed IT, or project management. RFA is headquartered in New York City with operations in Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, and EMEA HQ in London.


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Equinix Enhances Its Global Platform with New Cloud Security Service to Manage Encryption Keys


Equinix SmartKey Service to Enhance Data Security by Separating Data and Encryption Keys in Hybrid and Multicloud Environments

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – March 13, 2018Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the launch of Equinix SmartKeyTM, a global key management and encryption Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that simplifies data protection across any cloud or destination. The service leverages Equinix’s globally interconnected platform of more than 190 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 48 markets to securely host encryption keys separate from, but in close proximity to, the data located across networks and hybrid multicloud environments.

According to the Global Interconnection Index, the next three years are forecasted to see approximately 50% growth in the traffic capacity needed by enterprises to directly connect with, and exchange data across, multipleclouds, IT providers and third-party network destinations. This move to disperse data across multiple clouds and third-party providers creates an immediate need that SmartKey is uniquely positioned to solve, including:

  • Improving security for multicloud, hybrid-cloud and distributed environments by separating the encryption keys from the data, so that both keys and data are not held by the same entity
  • Eliminating the need to purchase and deploy specialized hardware by replacing this traditional method with a private, secure and distributed SaaS capability
  • Enabling firms to globally manage encryption keys across multiple, disparate regions, countries and partners
  • Providing management controls to maintain data and encryption keys in the same region or country in support of data sovereignty and regulatory requirements

SmartKey is the next step in a series of adjacent coverage, connectivity and service initiatives that Equinix will deliver via the evolution of Platform Equinix® to serve customer needs in a hybrid, multicloud world. When implemented as a part of an Interconnection Oriented Architecture™(IOA™) strategy, SmartKey enables security and data professionals to achieve a globally consistent end-to-end encryption strategy with central control over access, latency, compliance and performance.

As announced last year, Equinix is physically and virtually connecting its global data center footprint, enabling customers to discover and dynamically connect to any other customer or destination across the Equinix platform. This provides an ecosystem platform of more than 9,800 customers and partners at Equinix, including leading cloud service providers (Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud) and SaaS providers (Salesforce, SAP and ServiceNow, among others) that can now be integrated on Equinix Cloud Exchange FabricTM (ECX Fabric) and supported with the adoption of SmartKey key management capabilities.

Highlights/Key Facts

  • SmartKey is the industry’s first globally available key management and cryptography SaaS using Intel® SGX technology, which ensures confidentiality of customer information. The service is powered by Fortanix’s next-generation HSM and features Fortanix Runtime Encryption technology to ensure the privacy of keys.
  • Principal SmartKey benefits include:

o   Security policy enforcement at the edge to improve corporate governance and provide optimal performance

o   Simplification of key management in heterogeneous IT environments (provisioning, storage and management of keys in any public, private, hybrid or multicloud environment)

o   HSM-grade security in an easy-to-use cloud service with built-in encryption and tokenization and FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification

  • SmartKey is available globally and will be expanding physical points of presence in multiple regions to support particular data sovereignty requirements. Colocation at an Equinix IBX data center is not required to use the service, and customers can trial the service via a no commitment 30-day trial.
  • Equinix will be demonstrating SmartKey at the RSA 2018 Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (booth 2240) April 16-20, 2018


  • Christina Richmond, Program Vice President, Worldwide Security Services, IDC

“Digital transformation efforts by enterprises and service providers alike are moving more data and systems to the cloud, pushing an ever-increasing amount of sensitive enterprise and customer data to be stored in multi-tenant, shared computing and storage environments. This trend is being driven by data sovereignty requirements like GDPR, creating demand for secure data localization solutions like key management-as-a-service offerings such as Equinix SmartKey.”

  • Brian Lillie, Chief Product Officer, Equinix

“As Equinix continues to evolve our global platform with the addition of new products and services, we are delivering increasing value to companies by easing their shift to digital and the hybrid multicloud. SmartKey is the first of several emerging services we plan to introduce in the coming months. Our commitment is to deliver new and customer-inspired products and services that provide increasing value to customers and enable them to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything through a globally consistent data center and interconnection platform.”

  • Lance Weaver, Vice President, Emerging Services, Equinix

“Given the cybersecurity risks of today’s distributed application, cloud and data environments, customers are turning to encryption as one of the most effective controls to protect their critical information, and as a result the need for private, secure, globally available key management becomes paramount. Equinix SmartKey solves this challenge by seamlessly integrating with public and hybrid clouds globally while providing the privacy that puts control of data back where it belongs–in the hands of the customer.” 

  • Rick Echevarria, Vice President, Software and Services Group and General Manager, Platforms Security Division, Intel

“Intel’s silicon and software technologies can improve data center privacy, security and scalability. Intel’s collaboration with Equinix advances these capabilities and delivers innovation in data encryption and privacy technologies that span multiple industries.”

  • Ambuj Kumar, CEO, Fortanix

“Fortanix is excited to partner with Equinix on the SmartKey service. Fortanix Runtime Encryption combined with Intel® SGX is designed to protect the cryptographic key material from malicious threats, including insiders with root access. Together with Equinix, we can now ensure that this highest level of confidentiality reaches the broadest set of customer environments.”


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About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 48 markets worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

Juniper Networks’ new Metro Fabric modernises metro service delivery


5G-ready architecture simplifies metro service delivery with an adaptive, agile and secure network designed to optimise costs and speed service creation

London, UK – 13th March 2018 – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced its new vision for simplifying service delivery in complex metro networks. Building on the company’s recent Affirmed Networks/Netronome, Juniper® Contrail® Provider Cloud and Juniper Networks® Programmable Photonic Layer announcements that enable service providers to easily build and manage distributed clouds for new 5G and IoT services, Juniper’s new Metro Fabric is designed to provide an adaptive, agile and secure network infrastructure for simplified service creation and delivery in the metro.

The variety of services and the number of connected devices supported across metro networks – the layer of a service provider’s infrastructure most commonly associated with connecting subscribers to the internet – has recently expanded exponentially. Ethernet business services, popular applications like Netflix and Skype, IaaS offerings like Amazon Web Services and a throng of IoT devices have proliferated and this will only continue with emerging 5G rollouts. The result is a complex web of legacy products, manual processes and divergent architectures and protocols that have hindered true innovation and rendered it difficult for service providers to keep up with bandwidth demands and cost constraints.

Juniper’s Metro Fabric, comprising the industry’s only disaggregated programmable photonic layer as well as refreshed Juniper Networks ACX Series Universal Metro Routers and PTX Series Packet Transport Routers, will infuse automation, versatility, security and IP and open packet-optical networking into the metro for new levels of operational simplicity. Service providers building metro services for mobile, business, cable, fibre residential and direct public cloud use cases, can now leverage a modern service creation platform to quickly and efficiently deliver new revenue-generating services. Today, Juniper is introducing the initial building blocks of the refreshed metro: two new ACX Series Routers, as well as a new PTX Series Packet Transport Router.

“In our commitment to engineer simplicity into all layers of the network, we are excited to deliver these new capabilities focused on transforming how service providers modernise service delivery in the metro.” says Sally Bament, vice president, service provider marketing, Juniper Networks.

By combining adaptive and predictive software with new and existing network infrastructure offerings, we are evolving our solutions to enable service providers to deploy a metro network capable of faster service creation and time-to-revenue for a new generation of services and applications, including emerging 5G and IoT services.

The company also intends to continue executing against its plan to deliver a Self-Driving NetworkTM across its networking portfolio, including the new Metro Fabric.

News highlights:

  • Metro Fabric introduces the foundational elements of the refreshed metro, and is designed to give service providers hardware and software platforms to easily create and manage new services, reduce operating costs and optimise capital investment. Today, Juniper is announcing:
    • ACX5448 Universal Metro Router: Built to smooth the transition from 10GbE to 100GbE as providers prepare for the emerging 5G rollout, the ACX5448 features 48 10GbE aggregation ports and four high-capacity 100GbE uplink ports, supporting full Metro Ethernet and IP/MPLS VPN services in a space- and cost-optimised platform. The ACX5448, working in conjunction with the existing ACX500, ACX1000 and ACX2000 Universal Metro Routers, brings operators robust service-level agreement control capabilities combined with automation and zero-touch provisioning to enable a seamless migration and simplified operations
    • ACX6360 Universal Metro Router: Built to bridge between a secure packet-optical transport layer and IP/MPLS networking, the ACX6360 gives service providers the ability to collapse multiple layers into a single platform to simplify their metro networks. The ACX6360’s unique design combines industry compliant 256AES MACSec encryption for 10Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps and 200Gbps CFP2-DCO coherent DWDM interfaces for mobile backhaul, DCI, cable distributed access architectures and various other transport applications. The ACX6360 provides the versatility to eliminate the two-box solution typically found with packet optical and IP deployed next to each other
    • PTX10002 Packet Transport Router: Scale-out is a key design principle for many cloud providers as they distribute service delivery closer to subscribers for a consistent and high-quality user experience. The PTX10002 is purpose-built for scale-out exchange and cloud architectures with high-capacity, cost-optimised 100GbE interfaces to support growing network traffic demands
  • Juniper’s Metro Fabric also incorporates the previously announced programmable photonic layer, including the Juniper Networks TCX1000 Series Programmable ROADM and proNX Optical Director to bring high levels of flexibility, cost control and multi-layer visibility to packet-optical transport.


“It’s not just the sheer amount of traffic going through the metro network that’s become a real challenge – it’s also the type of traffic we’re starting to see in the metro. Creating new services and keeping up with bandwidth needs requires a new approach to metro networks as the status quo is simply unsustainable. Simplicity is the key to our success so we are excited to see Juniper – with whom we’ve partnered for years – proactively reshaping how the metro serves the evolving needs of our customers.”

– Marco Arioli, Manager of Network Engineering, Fastweb

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks simplifies the complexities of networking with products, solutions and services in the cloud era to transform the way we connect, work and live. We remove the traditional constraints of networking to enable our customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks that connect the world. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks ( or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

PlayGiga sees Cloud gaming services as the next big opportunity for Telcos and media companies

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Spanish start-up seeks to do for computer games what Netflix® and Spotify® have done for video and music via its B2B, white labelled service

Spain – 14 March 2018 – After successful launches with TIM in Italy, and in Latin America with Turner’s Digital Ventures & Innovation group, PlayGiga has announced that it is accelerating its roll-out plans for further launches in Europe, the U.S. and Asia by the end of 2018. Unlike existing B2C streaming games platforms, PlayGiga is targeting telcos, Internet Service Providers and media companies which already offer video and music services to their subscribers.

Javier Polo, the CEO of PlayGiga, believes that games represent a huge opportunity for telcos and media companies which are looking for differentiation and new services to keep their subscribers engaged:

We’ve seen the music, film and TV industries disrupted by on-demand services, and I believe that the same will now happen to the global games industry as streaming becomes more commonplace. However, where on-demand services in video and music mostly compete with traditional distribution channels, with games I see it as far more complementary, as cloud gaming can reach a whole new audience.

With the global games industry worth an estimated $109 Billion annually, games now account for 22 percent of the global entertainment spend encompassing games, music, films, TV and video. Whilst other Cloud gaming services already exist, PlayGiga is the only company taking a B2B approach.

Another key point of differentiation is that PlayGiga is targeting families, not hardcore gamers. Families don’t want to spend money on expensive dedicated gaming hardware and want an easy to use solution that includes effective parental controls and a curated catalogue of appropriate games.

In such a competitive global market operators and ISPs are actively looking for sticky, on-demand services to both differentiate themselves and add value for their users. PlayGiga’s CEO sees gaming as a natural extension to their existing music and video offerings:

There are millions of game-playing consumers that can’t afford the latest console or PC, but who will happily subscribe to a catalogue of high quality games through their TV or laptop. I believe that our approach has the potential to create a new revenue stream for game publishers, telcos and media companies, as well as offering millions of gamers the chance to play AAA games that otherwise are out of reach.

Thanks to patent-pending technology, PlayGiga is able to stream games via the Cloud with extremely low latency (30ms) and high quality graphics providing  a gaming experience similar to a dedicated video console, but at a very low cost. This not only delivers a much better gaming experience, but also means that Telcos and media companies can offer the service at a very attractive price to their subscribers.

In Italy, TIM is using PlayGiga for its TIMGAMES service, whilst in Argentina the service has launched under the brand Gloud Games as part of Turner International. PlayGiga’s white label service works via a set-top box for gaming on the TV, or via a computer running Windows or Mac OS. Support for play via Smart TV is also planned.

Coupled with a low monthly cost and a catalogue of more than 150 high quality games, PlayGiga’s proposition is firmly aimed at consumers that are already familiar with the convenience and simplicity of other on-demand services, freeing them from having to buy expensive consoles or gaming PCs.

About PlayGiga

PlayGiga is a Games-as-a-service (GaaS) company and a pioneer in cloud-based gaming. Unlike other B2C streaming games platforms, PlayGiga’s customers include telcos, ISPs and media companies which already offer video and music services to their subscribers. With PlayGiga, companies can offer users a console-quality experience, a curated catalogue of AAA and AAA+ games and strong parental controls, delivering a family-friendly service.

PlayGiga uses patent-pending technology developed by its own R&D team. PG currently has +40 agreements with top publishers from US, Europe and Asia bringing 140 top games to the streaming platform.It’s senior team has extensive experience in tech and gaming, and is backed by several leading venture capital firms investors. PlayGiga was founded in 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

GetSocial and SEGA® show that viral user acquisition is the key to getting more engaged players

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Insight from more than 40,000 players downloading Sonic Forces: Speed Battle via an invite on social media showed 43% better retention and play 87% more sessions compared to regular players

The Hague, Netherlands – 14 March 2018 – A new study published by GetSocial, the social and viral layer for apps and games, and game developer SEGA® HARDlight has found that using non-paid social channels for user acquisition (a concept that GetSocial calls viral user acquisition) attracted gamers that played more and stayed longer – with a significantly lower acquisition cost. The study looked at player behaviour around Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, and specifically the more than 40,000 players who had been invited to the game by friends using  social channels connected to the GetSocial platform. The study also examined the behaviour of ‘Viral Whales’ – players whose social influence generated five or more installs by friends.

Players that installed Sonic Forces: Speed Battle on iOS and Android as a result of receiving a social invite via the GetSocial platform had an average lifetime retention 43% longer than regular players. They also played 87% more game sessions over the lifetime of the install. The study also found that if a player installed the game as a result of viral user acquisition, they were almost three times as likely to invites their friends – creating a powerful network effect.

Key findings include:

  • WhatsApp was the most effective viral acquisition channel, accounting for 47% of players acquired through non-paid channels
  • A significant subgroup of ‘Viral Whales’ generated five or more installs from their own connections, sending an average of 109x more invites than a normal user
  • ‘Viral Whales’ continued to actively play the game four times longer than regular gamers
  • The USA accounted for 31% of ‘Viral Whales’, and 25% of all players acquired through the GetSocial campaign. 11% of players came from Brazil, 8% from France, and 7% from Germany

One of the surprising results of the campaign was discovering a subgroup of players that were both highly engaged with the game, and who had quite extensive social connections. These players played the game 15x more than the majority of players, and for more than 4x longer. They were prolific when it came to sending their friends invites to play the game, sending an average of 109x more invites each – making them ten times more valuable than the normal player base when it comes to viral user acquisition. It’s no wonder that GetSocial has labelled these players ‘Viral Whales’.

“Adding GetSocial’s social layer to Sonic Forces: Speed Battle delivered incredibly encouraging results,” said Chris Southall of SEGA HARDlight. “By relying on the power of peer-to-peer recommendation, and rewarding users who invite their friends with in-game items, we not only saw significantly lower acquisition costs versus traditional channels but also much greater levels of player retention. As an experiment in using non-paid channels, it’s been a definite success.”

“The data collected from our collaboration with SEGA for Sonic Forces: Speed Battle proves the value of adding a social layer to apps and games to increase their virality and retention,” said Jeroen Bouwman, CEO of GetSocial. “ With games and app developers constantly on the lookout  for new ways to drive user acquisition and retention, viral acquisition has the clear potential to be an incredibly cost-effective method within the marketing mix of other traditional paid channels.”

An infographic showing all of the insight collected by GetSocial and SEGA HARDlight is available from the press kit here. It can be freely published and shared.

For more information please contact:
Theo Tsangaris
+44 (0) 203 637 4244

About HARDLight

Based in the UK and founded in 2012, HARDlight is an internal development studio owned by Sega Games Co., Ltd. Composed of a small, dedicated team with drive, passion and creativity, HARDlight focuses on making high-quality games for mobile devices. HARDlight is behind the latest critically acclaimed adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog™ on mobile platforms: Sonic Jump, Sonic Jump Fever™, Sonic Dash and Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom™, as well as Crazy Taxi City Rush. For more information please visit: © SEGA. All rights reserved. SEGA, the SEGA logo, Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Forces: Speed Battle are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sega Holdings Co., Ltd. or its affiliates.

About GetSocial

GetSocial is a leader in viral user acquisition tools for mobile app and game developers. GetSocial’s technology powers social features in games from leading global developers and publishers including SEGA, Super Evil Megacorp, Fluffy Fairy, Ubisoft and many others.

GetSocial’s Smart Invites allow users to share content and apps with their friends natively across many of the leading messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and many others, and GetSocial’s proprietary social graph and activity feeds connect users to their friends to keep them retained for longer.

Amazon Web Services supports AWS Enterprise Community Briefing

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The AWS heavyweight, Thomas Blood, will be headlining the first AWS Enterprise Community Briefing at the prestigious Trinity House in London on 20th March.

Produced by networking and information group, AWS Enterprise Community London, the briefing aims to focus on the strategic issues enterprises face when moving to the cloud. The event follows the highly successful briefings in Dublin, attracting industry goliaths such as Ryan Air, AON, KPMG and Symantec.

Other speakers include Ed Smith from Megaport and Mark Bailey, Partner from Charles Russell Speechlys.

Co-founder Jason O’Conaill explains, “AWS has a strong technical user community; the base for AWS in Dublin, Belfast and Cork has reached 3,000 members in the last 12 months alone. We’ve now recognised the need for a business-focused event that provides useful insight to those responsible for strategic direction when moving to the cloud. With support from Amazon, we are looking forward to building another community of execs embarking on the journey.”

The event is free to attend. To register visit:

About AWS Enterprise Community London

AWS Enterprise Community London is an independent networking & information group based in Dublin and London. Founded by Jason O’Conaill and Ronan O’Caollai, the community has a base of 3,000 members with regular meetings in Dublin, Belfast and Cork.

Digital Construction Week 2018 Call-for-Papers Now Open

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Join this Year’s Roster of Industry Experts & Thought Leaders

Are you pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology in the built environment, and have insights and expert knowledge to share with peers across the industry? Then Digital Construction Week want to hear from you!

The show, now in its fourth year, opened its call-for-papers last week offering AECO professionals the chance to share their knowledge and experience with thousands of visitors at London’s ExCel in October.

On their newly launched website, the organisers call out for submissions that share something new, insightful, engaging and something different that will help educate, inform and inspire their audience. This includes case studies, research projects, debate topics, workshops, live demos, how-to guides and best practice examples.

DCW Director and curator of the show content programme Ollie Hughes stressed the importance of crowdsourcing content directly from those in the industry. He said: ‘Our show is only successful if we manage to attract the best and brightest from far and wide across AECO to share their insights and ideas. Only then can we create the type of content programme that stimulates lively debate and discussion and, ultimately, results in everyone leaving the show feeling like they’ve had a valuable couple of days.

The feedback we received from visitors and speakers last year tells me that our ability to create that kind of environment is one of our key strengths as a show, and we hope to build on that again this year. I’d therefore like to urge anyone out there with an idea to submit a paper and help us make this our most diverse, inspiring and innovative show to date.

The show will host a thought leadership conference and five seminar theatres this year focused on some of the key digital construction trends, including: BIM, Geospatial, Visualisation, Business Transformation, and Industry 4.0. Sessions on each stage will fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Innovation: exploring ideas for the future;
  • Digital in Action: focus on practical learning, current projects, and case studies; and
  • Technology: focused on the tools and tech.


If you’d like to submit a paper, visit and enter your session title, overview, bio and key learning points before the 12th April deadline.

Reykjavik data center construction announced by Opin Kerfi, Fjarskipti hf (Vodafone Iceland), Korputorg & RB: first stage to be complete in 2019


Reykjavik, ICELAND -February 2018 – Reykjavik’s first large scale data center will be built this year at Korputorg Agreements were signed on Sunday the 26th of February 2018. The sustainable, free-cooling, Tier III state-of-the-art datacenter will be owned by Opin Kerfi, Fjarskipti hf. (Vodafone Iceland), the IT Service Center for the Icelandic Financial Market (RB) and Korputorg Real Estate ltd. The data center will become one of the most technologically advanced data centers in Iceland covering up to 5.000 square meters when fully developed. The construction is planned to be conducted in stages of which the first is scheduled to be complete in early 2019.

The first major customer will be RB, which will make the new facility its primary data center. RB is owned by Icelandic financial institutions and operates all the key core banking systems and clearing and payments systems in Iceland. After evaluating numerous sites, RB decided to select the Korputorg site in Reykjavik and join the consortium. The data center will be designed to fulfill the stringent security and redundancy requirements that come with hosting core banking and clearing systems.

The construction of the data center furthermore strengthens Iceland as a location for international data center operations. International data centers have been in operation in Iceland for close to 10 years and Iceland’s reputation as a data center location is strengthening. A recent analysis by Cushman & Wakefield ranked Iceland at the top of international low-risk index. Furthermore, Iceland’s data centers are among the most environmentally friendly data centers in the world, with free cooling and 100% renewable electric power sources. These advantages are already recognized by international data centers customers in Iceland, especially those with High Performance Computing (HPC) needs.

The press conference took place at the scene of the site at Korputorg with the Minister of Industry and Innovation Mrs Thordis Kolbrun R Gylfadottir and the Mayor of Reykjavik, Dagur B. Eggertsson in attendance. The stakeholders spoke enthusiastically about the data center and what it brings to the country and community as a whole:

“It is fantastic to launch a datacenter in Reykjavík where key conditions are in place for the development of high-tech environments that require extraordinary capacity. Excellent access to services, infrastructure and safe delivery of green energy is effortless with direct connection to one of the city’s main power stations. We at Opin Kerfi are delighted with this cooperation and how this enables us to serve our customers’ needs even better – especially accommodating the growing demand from international prospects” said Thorsteinn G. Gunnarsson, CEO of Opin Kerfi.

“We are happy that RB’s participation ensures that this secure high-end data centers will be built Reykjavik. The facility is tailored to RB’s demanding requirements but the Icelandic financial sector has over the last two and a half decades been built around real-time payments, where there is no tolerance for down time. The project advances the competition both locally and internationally by ensuring that leading-edge data centers will be built here in Iceland. This is a secure and cost-effective solution that will be highly attractive to both domestic and overseas customers” said Fridrik Thor Snorrason, CEO of RB.

“Vodafone Iceland is proud to participate in the development of sustainable data centers that utilize renewable energy in rapidly expanding sectors. We see a growing need for top-security and high-tech data centers in the Reykjavik capital area. Vodafone Iceland has confidence in Iceland as an important future location for Data Centers as it is very competitive location with regard to quality, cost and environmental factors,” said Stefan Sigurdsson, CEO of Fjarskipti hf. (Vodafone Iceland)

“Korputorg Real Estate are pleased to rent out the facilities and participate in the operations of this project. This step complies with our mission and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the physical location and conveniences. It is also exciting to directly have a stake in this pursuit in which we are highly confident” said Saevar Thor Olafsson, CEO of Korputorg.

For further information, please contact:

Thorsteinn Gudlaugur
CEO Opin Kerfi CEO Vodafone Iceland
Mobile: (+354) 897 4600

Gunnarsson Stefán Sigurðsson
Mobile: (+354) 6699001   

ENENSYS Technologies & b<>com announce their 5G network deployment partnership


SME ENENSYS Technologies, which specializes in transmitting video feeds, has joined the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology to work on adapting its solutions to 5G and accelerate its development. The two of them are combining their knowledge of 5G network development.

With b<>com’s teams, ENENSYS Technologies will work on the cloudification, slicing, and orchestration concepts of their eMBMS (multimedia broadcast on cell networks) solution for the purposes of future 5G network deployments.

“ENENSYS’s strategy has always been to anticipate our customers’ needs, as is the case here with 5G core network issues for mobile telecom operators. With a big lead in concepts like CUPS (separating the control and data planes) already in effect in our 4G LTE Advanced Pro (Rel 14) solution, we plan to benefit from the experience and experiment infrastructure of b<>com in 5G issues to further improve our innovative solutions,” explained Régis Le Roux, CEO of ENENSYS Technologies

“One of our current projects is totally in sync with ENENSYS Technologies’ strategy. Getting our teams to work together will help pool our expertise and put technological solutions on the market faster,” added Bertrand Guilbaud, CEO of b<>com

The promise of the next generation of mobile networks (5G) is clear: Faster, more efficient, more reliable. These networks are also expected to reduce device power consumption and serve as a better framework for the emergence of IoT.

All players in the sector are experimenting, with a goal of finalizing the standards that will define this core network. Test phases are becoming common. Concepts need to deliver on their promise, both in terms of infrastructure reliability and of the schedule: The deployment of these new mobile networks is planned for 2020.

b<>com has been a 5G test operator since May 2016 as part of phase 1 of Horizon H2020 – the European research and innovation program. New European programs are being launched with the kick-off of phase 2 of H2020 (5G Transformer, WORTECS, NGPaaS, One5G). Against this backdrop, b<>com’s research teams are developing solutions that deal with radio access network aspects, security components, and the 5G core network.

Spotlight on the solutions presented by ENENSYS and b<>com at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) being held right now in Barcelona

ENENSYS Technologies is exhibiting for the fifth year in a row at the Mobile World Congress (Hall 5 – Booth 5C20). The demonstration of a complete transmission sequence will be presented:

From a live video (shot in real time by a camera) to LTE Broadcast distribution on 4G LTE terminals, using our MobiBMSC, a virtualized, distributed, and scalable solution incorporating BM-SC, eMBMS Gateway, MCEs and MME B, which enables LTE Broadcast technology on a unicast 4G core network.

Usages for LTE Broadcast

b<>com is exhibiting two exclusive solutions for IoT this year (Hall 7 – Stand H12):

b<>com *Wireless Library*, [LPWA SDR Platform]: A multi-standard (LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, etc.) SDR modem for LPWA networks that can communicate with connected objects.

And b<>com *Wireless Edge Factory*, a multi-standard (LTE, Wi-Fi, LPWA, etc.) wireless network that enables an interruption-free connection, while mobile, for critical communications.

About b<>com

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Nokia & T-Mobile leading the way with nationwide 5G multi-band network rollout across the United States


Enables T-Mobile to meet consumer demand for massive broadband and address new opportunities for the industry

Espoo, Finland – Nokia and T-Mobile are to roll out a nationwide 5G multi-band network in the United States using the commercial Nokia 5G solution. Nokia will also further advance T-Mobile’s existing 4G LTE network, providing advanced radio access network (RAN) support for 4G and 5G subscribers.

Nokia will begin building the network during the second quarter of 2018, completing the deployment during 2020. By the end of this year, the 5G RAN will be deployed using both 600MHz and 28GHz mmWave AirScale solutions for the delivery of multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency in some of the most heavily populated areas of the country, including Dallas. This will enable T-Mobile to introduce innovative services for its customers at home, work and on the move.

Neville Ray, chief technology officer of T-Mobile, said: “T-Mobile customers will get 5G in more places than anyone else. Working together with Nokia, the Un-carrier will be the first to roll out a nationwide 5G network. Our customers already have the fastest LTE network, and it will work simultaneously with 5G to bring even faster speeds.”

Deployment of the 5G network in the 600MHz and 28GHz mmWave spectrum will be compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards supported by the Nokia AirScale radio platform, powered by the new ReefShark chipset family and Nokia’s cloud-native core portfolio. Nokia’s 5G Acceleration Services will assist T-Mobile in launching 5G services in early 2019 in select key cities.

Nokia’s President and Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri said: “We are excited to work with T-Mobile for their groundbreaking nationwide 5G rollout. Nokia’s 5G solution combines our high-capacity New Radio, Core and SDN controlled ‘anyhaul’ transport and software, and incorporates innovations such as the new in-house silicon ReefShark chipset to deliver a new level of network performance. 5G is happening now, and no company is better placed to deliver than Nokia.”

About the network

  • Nokia 5G NR incorporating Nokia AirScale baseband and remote radio heads, and ReefShark-enabled portfolio in the 600MHz and 28GHz mmWave spectrums. The Nokia 5G-ready AirScale radio access portfolio, which is software upgradable to full 5G services will provide enhanced RAN support for 4G and 5G T-Mobile subscribers
  • Nokia installed Core technologies will be enhanced to support 5G, implementing a cloud-native architecture, powered by the Nokia AirFrame data center solution Subscriber Data Management, CloudBand and Cloud Packet Core
  • Nokia Mobile Anyhaul framework to enable ultra-broadband connectivity
  • Nokia Digital Experience and Monetization solutions will support 5G device management and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) solutions
  • Nokia CloudBand Management and Orchestration (MANO) software suite will automate cloud application deployment and lifecycle management
  • Nokia NetAct virtualized network management software provides capabilities for troubleshooting, assurance, administration, software management and configuration, and managing the smooth evolution to 5G
  • Nokia Global Services expertise, including automation to speed the rollout and analytics to help optimize network performance


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