It may be April Fool's Day, but service providers got down to some serious business this week -- and found a laugh to share.
Internet of Things (IoT) global communications service provider SigFox on Thursday disclosed it will integrate SigFox Cloud with
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Azure IoT Hub, thereby allowing customers to use data for real-time analytics, cross-function business decision-making and intelligent automation of operations. SigFox's cloud-to-cloud integration is based on Azure IoT Hub; the partnership ensures customers can simply and securely connect and control millions of IoT devices, Sigfox says.
SK Telekom this week announced it completed field testing of its 5G system at 28GHz in an outdoor environment. In partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC), SK Telecom used 5G Millimeter Wave technologies in the test, applying them to the transmitter, receiver and antenna devices, along with "3D beamforming," a technology designed to compensate "radio propagation path loss in the higher frequency bands caused by the short wavelengths of millimeter waves and high atmospheric attenuation," according to SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM). The two companies built the millimeter wave 5G system in summer 2015 and began testing that October. Test results will help SK Telecom build an enhanced 5G system, including pilot networks on tap for construction before the end of this year, it said.
PlumGrid expects to play a growing role in this cloud-based world, due in part to its newly released Open Networking Release 5.0. Designed for service providers and enterprises, ONS 5 supports OpenStack's Kilo and Liberty to provide advanced SDN services that meet OpenStack cloud production requirements. PlumGrid Inc. designed ONS 5.0 to allow data centers equipped with VMs, containers and bare metal to use SDN overlays for secure micro-segmentation necessary for multi-tenancy, policy enforcement, and traffic isolation (See: PLUMgrid CEO on M&A Rumors: Nope.)
The telecom and hyperscale e-commerce worlds collided when Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) teamed up to deliver Amazon Prime to new and current Sprint customers as an add-on to their monthly bill. For $10.99 per month, Sprint customers now have access to Amazon Prime benefits, including free two-day shipping and a library of books, video games, movies and music, among other offerings, Sprint said.
Lastly, no April 1 round-up would be complete without mention of some high-tech gags. By now you've probably heard about Google's epic Minion "Gmail Mic Drop" fail. And if not, check out Mitch Wagner's story. (See: Google Practical Joke Goes Horribly Wrong.) T-Mobile, however, sent out an almost straightforward press release lauding Binge On Up, "another disruptive Un-Carrier move to free customers from the old rules of a broken, arrogant wireless industry. For years, the carriers have forced wireless customers to choose between bingeing [on] their favorite shows and going about their everyday lives. With Binge On Up, you don't have to choose and customers can enjoy non-stop streaming every waking second. In true Un-Carrier style, T-Mobile is making Binge On Up available to T-Mobile Simple Choice customers first – and at absolutely no extra charge." Watch the video and you'll see why that price is right.