Daily Archives: November 12, 2018

Media Alert: Fifteenth World Robot Olympiad Finals Set in Thailand

Surprise Rules & Automation Will Challenge Young Competitors to Solve Real Problems at Popular Annual Event

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BILLUND, Denmark, Nov. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The World Robot Olympiad™ Association plus joint sponsors LEGO® Education and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced this year’s global finals are due to take place starting this Friday, November 16, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Four-hundred and eighty-four teams, comprising over 1,200 individuals from 63 different countries, are due to participate across eight age- and task-based categories. The teams will demonstrate their ability to problem-solve and innovate using LEGO-based robots they have designed, built and programmed themselves.

This year’s event has a theme of ‘Food Matters’, around which some of the competitive challenges are based. The challenges are known in advance so the teams can prepare their approach, but they must also deal with a ‘surprise rule’ announced at the start of the finals, testing ability to work as a team, think quickly and adapt both hardware and software unaided. They must also begin with their robots disassembled, having limited time and size constraints to deal with to build from scratch and without instructions or adult intervention.

To keep up with this year’s finals, please follow #WRO2018 for daily photo and video updates.

News Highlights:

  • The age of participants ranges from six to 25 years old, spanning starter categories to sophisticated, business case-driven challenges.
  • Robots must be built using only specified elements, including LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0, depending on the category.
  • Based on previous years, the 2018 Final in Thailand is likely to attract approximately a thousand spectators over three days of competition.
  • Since the 2018 season began in mid-January, country heats and finals have taken place around the globe in 70 countries. A total of more than 26,000 teams, have competed in 444 tournaments for coveted places in the WRO International Final.
  • A team consists of one coach and two or three team members.
  • A series of awards, including the inaugural “Juniper Networks’ Engineering Simplicity Honors Award” and the “LEGO Education Creativity Award”, will be made during the event.

Supporting Quotes

“Robotics is a wonderful platform for inspiring students to take an interest in STEM. In today’s fast paced society, we need students to be creative thinkers. WRO challenges students to come up with creative solutions to complex problems. To stand out, they need an original idea that will differentiate them from other competitors. At WRO 2018 we will give the inventors and engineers of tomorrow a memorable experience that will take them to the next level.”
– Claus Ditlev Christensen, Secretary General at World Robot Olympiad Association Ltd.

“LEGO Education proudly supports the World Robot Olympiad because we see that this memorable experience has a lasting impact on the skills and ambitions of young students around the world. The science, technology, engineering and math skills, along with the transferrable skills such as problem solving and collaboration, they develop here equip them to succeed in the rapidly changing workforce.”
– Camilla Bottke, Head of Afterschool and Competitions, LEGO Education

“This is not only fun and games – competitors reach a remarkably high standard of automated engineering to solve real-world problems. Juniper has always been a passionate advocate of STEM education as a creative driver for the next generation’s ability to change things for the better. As the era of digital transformation continues its momentum, these highly-talented young people will be in the automation vanguard as they move throughout their education and into the workplace.”
– Mike Marcellin, Chief Marketing Officer at Juniper Networks

About World Robot Olympiad Association
World Robot Olympiad Association (WRO) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire young people around the world to take an interest in STEM. WRO robotics competitions are popular worldwide and each year the WRO international final brings together young people from around the world to present their solutions to the season’s challenges. Additional information can be found at our website (www.wro-association.org). Follow WRO on Facebook.

About LEGO Education
LEGO® Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school and after school.
From early learning to middle school and beyond, LEGO® Education provides hands-on learning solutions that engage every student’s natural curiosity, and helps them develop the skills and confidence they will need in the future. Follow us on Twitter @LEGO_Education.

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 (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Juniper Networks, the Juniper Networks logo and Junos are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

LEGO®, the LEGO® logo, and MINDSTORMS® are registered trademarks of The LEGO Group. © 2018 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Media Relations
Penny Still
Juniper Networks
Tel: +44 (0) 1372 385 692
Email: pstill@juniper.net

Kari Sherrodd
LEGO Education
Tel: +1 860 835 6510
Email: kari.sherrodd@LEGO.com

Karen Bebelaar
Email: kb@wro-association.org

OptDyn™ and aSAY Group, an EOH Company, Announce Strategic Partnership to Drive MENA Region Production and Adoption of the Subutai™ Blockchain Router

Subsidiary of Africa’s largest technology service provider to help propel $4B+ market through ethical cryptocurrency mining

Dubai, UAE, Nov. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the 7th Ritossa Global Family Office Investment Summit, OptDyn™ Inc. and aSAY Group, a subsidiary of EOH Holdings Limited (JSE:EOH), announced today their strategic partnership to launch the Subutai™ Blockchain Router in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Subutai Blockchain Router earns end users passive income through multiple income streams. It is a power-efficient, “green” broadband Cloud router and Internet-of-Things (IoT) “Swiss Army Knife” gateway that is available in two versions:

Industrial Edition —used in mission-critical Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, and smart city applications across wide temperature ranges and harsh operating conditions; and

Residential Edition —serves as a secure, plug-and-play IoT connector for home automation, as well as a cryptocurrency wallet, and a cryptocurrency mining device.

“We are very happy to join forces with aSAY and EOH, who are recognized leaders in the MENA market,” said Alex Karasulu, CEO of OptDyn. “Our collaboration will help improve the lives of hundreds of millions of users with the Subutai Blockchain Router, which is poised to decentralize and revolutionize the $4B+ cryptocurrency mining market.”

The partnership will focus initially on production and distribution of the Residential Edition of the Subutai Blockchain Router in the MENA region. The Residential Edition of the Subutai Blockchain Router provides users a passive income of ~US$115/month (at current depressed rates) with no technical skills needed. Users simply need to plug in the Subutai Blockchain Router, attach up to four additional Subutai Mining Drives (optional), choose the preferred cryptocurrency to be mined, and begin generating passive income.

A subsidiary of EOH (Africa’s largest technology service provider that offers consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions in more than 50 countries), aSAY Group provides Industry 4.0 and smart city solutions that include smart energy, water, and IoT programs, as well as traffic management, data communication management, and smart grid technology applications. aSAY’s service groups in Automation Technologies, Energy and Energy Control Systems, Value Added Distribution, and Information Technologies and Electronics augment EOH’s public, private, and hybrid Cloud computing, software, and infrastructure services and e-government and utilities solutions, which are actively deployed in Argentina, Chile, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, among other countries.

“We are pleased to partner with OptDyn to bring innovative technical solutions that are integral to the growth of the markets served across the greater EOH customer base,” said Osman Koç, General Manager at aSAY Communication Services. “We’re excited to realize the impact of the Subutai Blockchain Router, whose ‘ethical cryptocurrency mining’ is in alignment with our collective goals of being an ethical, relevant force for good and to play a positive role in our society, beyond normal business practice.”

MENA-based production of the Residential Edition of the Subutai Blockchain Router will commence in the coming months, with anticipated delivery in Q2 2019. Pre-sales for the Router will initiate before then.

“Together with aSAY and EOH, we’re committed to empowering commercial and individual users from the MENA region the opportunity to unlock the power of Subutai,” added Karasulu. “We look forward to welcoming new customers to the Subutai Community to experience how we’ve redefined Cloud Computing, IoT, and cryptocurrency mining to be dynamic, secure, and financially-rewarding again for the masses.”

Subutai Platform and Availability
Subutai™ originated as a multi-million dollar advanced defense research project to create a new Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Cloud Computing platform that intelligently reconfigures itself dynamically and securely across global resources. Today Subutai disrupts, democratizes, and commoditizes Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) services through the following products:

➔ Subutai™ Blockchain Router v2.0 — power-efficient (18-60w) “green” advanced broadband Cloud router and open hardware IoT “Swiss Army Knife” gateway. Learn more at https://subutai.io/router.html

Residential Edition — serves as a secure IoT connector, as well as a plug-and-play cryptocurrency wallet and mining device at a hashrate of 232 MH/s. Mines multiple cryptocurrencies with no technical skills needed; advanced configuration is expandable to increase mining yields four-fold (providing ~US$115/mo. passive income at current depressed rates) by attaching up to 4 additional Subutai Mining Drives (sold separately). Ethical mining for the masses. Available Q2 2019.

Industrial Edition — used in mission-critical Industrial IoT/Industry 4.0 applications, with higher grade temperature-resistant chips, and advanced security via self-adaptive, real-time intrusion detection/prevention systems. Currently in production in South America and being tested at the world’s largest producer of renewable energy, among other IIoT and smart city programs.

➔ Subutai™ PeerOS v8.0 — Open Source, container-based P2P Cloud and IoT software and firmware that allows users to easily create Virtual Private Clouds. Mature v8.0, stable; commercialized for mass consumption over a compute resource and device commodity exchange on the blockchain. Download at https://subutai.io/getting-started.html

➔ Subutai™ Bazaar v7.0 — a global reputation-based marketplace to buy/sell/exchange idle computing resources and cloud applications: “the Airbnb of computing resources”. Contains software products such as the popular Subutai Blockchain-in-a-Box and IoT Sandbox blueprints. Mature v7.0, stable; used daily by 850+ commercial and individual users in 85 countries. Get started today at https://bazaar.subutai.io

➔ Subutai™ Blueprints — reduce system administration overheads and simplify the process of distributed application development. Subutai’s free blueprints provide an all-inclusive developer environment for specifying general instructions to automate P2P distributed application (dApp) management tasks (installing, updating, maintaining, etc.). Popular Subutai blueprints include: Blockchain-in-a-Box (write Smart Contracts in minutes without having to deal with obtaining testnet Ether, the cryptocurrency fueling the Ethereum network); IoT Sandbox (easily store and visualize IoT data on the edge); Nextcloud (access and manage your files with free, flexible, secure cloud storage); GitLab (deploy and manage GitLab repositories on peer-to-peer clouds); and Minecraft (play Minecraft on your own global private network game server). Available from the Subutai Bazaar https://bazaar.subutai.io

➔ KHAN™ — an Ethereum Blockchain-based reserve currency token that is the default and ubiquitous currency and staking token of the Subutai platform (SEC-complaint code built into the KHAN contract). Key part of dual token structure: GoodWill (Subutai Sidechain smart token for low latency transactions, used to buy/sell Subutai Bazaar resources and products); and KHAN (cryptocurrency used on the Subutai Bazaar for provider and consumer reputation “staking” via SLA escrows). Launching early 2019.

About Subutai™
Subutai, the world’s first intelligent Peer-to-Peer Cloud computing platform, opens the $760+B Cloud and Internet-of-Things ecosystem through decentralized, self-adaptive, and cost efficient infrastructure that connects end users and devices more effectively along the continuum. Developed by Open Source trailblazers, Subutai disrupts and democratizes the Cloud, allowing users to easily participate in the crypto economy through energy-efficient, ethical cryptocurrency mining and frictionless commoditization of idle computing resources. Businesses using Subutai can instantly raise and operate a sharing economy for countless applications using KHAN™, its Ethereum blockchain reserve currency token. Subutai is being deployed across the $1.5T global telecommunications and $60B Web Hosting/ISP markets, among many other industries. Visit https://subutai.io/ and https://twitter.com/Subutai_KHAN for more information.

About aSAY Group
aSAY Group is a subsidiary of EOH Holdings Limited (JSE:EOH), the largest technology business in Africa, providing high-value, end-to-end solutions to more than 5,000 large enterprise customers across all major industries. aSAY Group continues the culture of being a niche player with the investments in Automation Technologies, Energy and Energy Control Systems along with Value Added Distribution sectors, after the success achieved in Information Technologies and Electronics since 1998. For more information, visit http://www.asaygroup.com .

About OptDyn, Inc.
Founded in 2013, OptDyn is the company behind Subutai™, the intelligent platform that brings Open Source Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and ethical cryptocurrency mining for everyone. Originally developed as a multi-million dollar defense project for a new P2P Cloud computing platform that could reconfigure itself dynamically and securely across the Internet., Subutai is proven, mature (software v8.0; hardware v2.0), solves real-world problems, and is ready to use today. OptDyn is based in the United States with distributed teams in Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information, visit https://optdyn.com/ and https://twitter.com/optdyn .

© OptDyn, 2018. “OptDyn”, “Subutai”, and “KHAN” are trademarks of OptDyn, Inc. “Subutai PeerOS”, “Subutai Bazaar”, “Subutai Blockchain Router”, and “Subutai Blueprints” are branded products of OptDyn, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Sally Khudairi
OptDyn, Inc.
+1 617 921 8656

AGC Networks to Acquire Black Box, Creating a Significant Global Technology Solutions Provider

Expands Offerings, Scale and Geographic Reach to Service Global Enterprise Clients

Offer Price Represents a 24% Premium Over Most Recent Closing Price on Friday, November 9, 2018

DALLAS and MUMBAI, India and SINGAPORE and PITTSBURGH, Nov. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A wholly-owned subsidiary of global solutions integrator AGC Networks Ltd (BSE/NSE: AGCNET), AGC Networks Pte. Ltd. in Singapore and Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX) announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which AGC Singapore would acquire all the outstanding shares of Black Box for $1.08 per share in cash, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The Black Box Board of Directors unanimously approved the merger agreement following a thorough review of the full range of available strategic, financial and capital structure alternatives, which Black Box commenced and announced on February 6, 2018. The transaction is expected to close prior to the end of the calendar year.

The combination with Black Box will provide a substantial increase in AGC’s presence and offerings in North America. In addition, AGC will enhance its footprint in providing technologies and services throughout six continents. The acquisition will be significant for AGC, expected to add over $600 million in annual revenue and approximately 3,000 team members serving clients worldwide.

“We have known Black Box for many years and believe that its skilled teams and strong client relations with world-class enterprises and partners will allow us to better serve our global clients,” said Sanjeev Verma, Executive Director and CEO of AGC Networks. “The merger of our two companies will create a unique organization that has the scale to deliver world-wide technical solutions to the largest organizations.”

“We were looking for a partner that could provide us with the resources to grow our services and products businesses in a way that benefitted clients and employees,” said Joel Trammell, CEO of Black Box. “As we visited in depth with the AGC team, it became obvious that the fit was very strong and that the combination would make our company more exceptional. I look forward to working with Sanjeev and his team to build a world class global technology services company.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, an indirect wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of AGC Singapore will commence a tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Black Box common stock for $1.08 per share in cash. Upon the successful completion of the tender offer, the U.S. subsidiary of AGC Singapore would acquire all remaining shares of common stock not tendered in the offer for $1.08 per share through a second-step merger. The tender offer and the second-step merger are subject to customary conditions, including the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of Black Box common stock. The U.S. subsidiary of AGC Singapore is financing the merger through a combination of equity and debt. Pathlight Capital will serve as administrative agent for the senior credit facilities.

Strategic Rationale

The transaction brings together two global IT solutions providers that share a “client focus” approach and are committed to accelerating their clients’ business. AGC brings its strong presence in India, the Middle East and Pacific Rim to complement Black Box’s services focus in the Americas and Europe, while also enhancing the presence in other global markets. Both companies provide full managed services capabilities in Unified Communications and Collaboration, Cloud, Data Center and Edge Technologies. AGC adds its expertise in digital applications and cybersecurity to Black Box’s strong infrastructure and mobility background. The transaction will enhance their technology vendor partners’ reach in global markets, verticals and clients. The Black Box products business will continue to offer its full portfolio of products directly and through channel partners.


Raymond James & Associates is acting as financial adviser to Black Box and Jones Day is serving as legal counsel with Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP as special Delaware counsel. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey is serving as financial adviser to AGC and Alston & Bird is serving as legal counsel. GLC Advisors and Rubin Capital are serving AGC as financial advisers in arranging capital.

About AGC Networks

AGC Networks is the client’s trusted global technology integrator to architect, deploy, manage and secure their IT environment through customized solutions and services that accelerate their business. AGC partners with the world’s best brands in Unified Communications, Data Center & Edge IT, Cyber Security (CYBER-i) and Digital Transformation & Applications. For more information log on to www.agcnetworks.com.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading digital solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence and approximately 3,000 team members. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

Notice to Investors and Security Holders

The tender offer described herein has not yet commenced. This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any common stock of Black Box or any other securities. On the commencement date of the tender offer, a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, including an offer to purchase, a letter of transmittal and related documents, will be filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) by AGC and/or its affiliates, and a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 will be filed with the SEC by Black Box. The offer to purchase Black Box common stock will only be made pursuant to the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and related documents filed as a part of the Schedule TO. THE TENDER OFFER MATERIALS (INCLUDING AN OFFER TO PURCHASE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CERTAIN OTHER TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE 14D-9 WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. STOCKHOLDERS OF BLACK BOX ARE URGED TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT SUCH STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING TENDERING THEIR SHARES. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of these statements (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or by directing such requests to the information agent for the tender offer that will be named in the tender offer statement on Schedule TO.

Forward-Looking Statements

All of the statements in this document, other than historical facts, are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the statements made concerning the pending acquisition of Black Box by AGC, and are based on a number of assumptions that could ultimately prove inaccurate. Forward-looking statements made herein with respect to the tender offer, the merger and related transactions, including, for example, the timing of the completion of the merger and the potential benefits of the merger, reflect the current analysis of existing information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. As a result, caution must be exercised in relying on forward-looking statements. Due to known and unknown risks, Black Box’s actual results may differ materially from its expectations or projections. The following factors, among others, could cause actual plans and results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements: (i) uncertainties as to the timing of the tender offer and the merger; (ii) uncertainties as to how many Black Box stockholders will tender their shares of Black Box common stock in the tender offer; (iii) the possibility that competing acquisition proposals will be made; (iv) the possibility that Black Box will terminate the merger agreement to enter into an alternative business combination, refinancing, or other recapitalization transaction; (v) the possibility that various closing conditions for the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement may not be satisfied or waived; (vi) the risk that the merger agreement may be terminated in circumstances requiring Black Box to pay a termination fee; (vii) risks related to the filing or filings to be made with CFIUS, and unanticipated developments in related law; (viii) the possibility that the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement may not be timely completed, if at all; (ix) the risk that, prior to the completion of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, if at all, Black Box’s business and its relationships with employees, collaborators, vendors and other business partners could experience significant disruption, whether due to uncertainty related to the tender offer, the merger and related transactions, degradation in Black Box’s financial performance, or other factors; (x) the risk that the equity financing, debt financing or both to be obtained by AGC and/or its affiliates are unavailable to complete the Offer or the Merger; (xi) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the tender offer or the merger may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; (xii) the risk that Black Box does not generate sufficient cash flow from operations to meet its obligations during the period prior to the completion of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement; (xiii) the risks and uncertainties pertaining to Black Box’s business; and (xiv) other factors included elsewhere in Black Box’s public periodic filings with the SEC, as well as the tender offer materials filed and to be filed by AGC and/or its affiliates in connection with the tender offer. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include those set forth in Black Box’s SEC reports, including, without limitation, the risks described in Black Box’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, and Black Box’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, each of which are on file with the SEC. Black Box’s SEC filings are available publicly on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, on Black Box’s website at https://www.blackbox.com/ under the Investor Relations section or upon request via phone at 724-873-6788. Black Box disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

AGC Networks
Mike Carney
Senior Vice President
Phone: +1 214 258 1612
Email: legal.us@agcnetworks.com
Black Box Corporation
David J. Russo
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Phone: (724) 873-6788
Email: investors@blackbox.com

SK Broadband Breaks 1Gbps Gfast Barrier with Sckipio-enabled Solution

SK Broadband rolls out first true gigabit Gfast 212MHz service in Seoul and Seongnam, South Korea

RAMAT GAN, Israel, Nov. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sckipio Technologies and internet service provider SK Broadband announced the first commercial deployment of Gfast 212MHz gigabit internet in Asia. SK Broadband deployed the new Gfast gigabit service in Seoul and Seongnam, South Korea.

“SK Broadband is determined to provide gigabit internet to all, but not all South Korean apartments can be easily wired with fiber all the way to the apartment,” said Choong-Bok Lee, the manager in charge of access networks at SK Broadband. “That’s why we chose Sckipio’s Gfast. It’s the best way to extend gigabit fiber performance to these apartments over existing twisted pair telephone wires.”

SK Broadband has a long history of being first to market with the most advanced access technologies at that time, such as VDSL, G-PON, NG-PON2, XGS-PON and now Gfast. SK Broadband began commercial service to residential customers with the world’s first NG-PON2 supporting up to 52.25Gbps, as well as XGS-PON. SK Broadband achieved remarkable, world-leading broadband speeds by using a practical approach of combining fiber and copper. Most South Korean apartment buildings already have fiber to the basement. Yet, often these are older buildings, making it impractical to bring fiber all the way to the apartment. That is the reason why only 34 percent of South Korean apartments have fiber all the way to the apartment while the remaining 66 percent are needing another approach.

That is where Gfast comes in. Gfast is a standards-based access network technology that adds true gigabit connections to each unit in the building by using the existing twisted pair telephone wiring. By applying vectoring technology for crosstalk cancellation between lines, Gfast ensures fiber-like performance, but at a fraction of the time, hassle and cost. This true vectoring technology provides concurrent gigabit service to all subscribers connected within the same wire binder at the same time, which vectorless technology cannot achieve. Gfast can also be extended to up to 96 gigabit ports by stacking distribution point units (DPUs) together and vectoring across the DPUs. This provides carriers, such as SK Broadband, with significant CAPEX savings.

According to the Korean Statistical Information Service, over half of the residents of Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province live in high-rise buildings with a high density of apartments. To reach all these residents with gigabit speeds required new Gfast solutions that can support both the latest 212MHz technology and that can implement vectoring (crosstalk cancellation technique) over a large count of lines simultaneously. South Korean network infrastructure equipment maker HFR worked with Sckipio to provide SK Broadband solutions that support up to 96 subscribers. HFR’s DPU serves 24 subscribers in a single DPU and can be connected to an additional three DPUs, forming a larger vectoring group of 96 ports to serve 96 subscribers sharing the same copper binder. Only Sckipio’s Gfast supports 96 concurrent gigabit subscribers.

“By partnering with SK Broadband and HFR, we are accelerating South Korea’s lead in broadband speeds,” said David Baum, Sckipio CEO. This deployment demonstrates the clear use case for Gfast technology to deliver gigabit service to large apartment environments without needing to install fiber connections to each apartment.”

“Gigabit speeds have become the new marketing standard for operators around the world,” said Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst at Ovum. “Given South Korea’s advanced access infrastructure and competition for broadband subscribers, it follows that SK Broadband is embracing Gfast.”

About Sckipio
Sckipio, the leader in Gfast, develops award-winning, standards-compliant Gfast modems used to enable ultra-broadband access and mobile backhaul. Sckipio partners with more than 30 companies globally on Gfast and is one of the leading contributors to the ITU-T standard. For more information about Sckipio, visit our website at www.sckipio.com. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn, SlideShare and Twitter @SckipioTech.

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SK Broadband ทำลายสถิติเขตสัญญาณที่มีขนาด 1Gbps ของ Gfast ด้วยการเปิดใช้งานโซลูชั่น Sckipio

SK Broadband เปิดบริการ Gfast ด้วย 212MHz กิกะบิตอย่างแท้จริงเป็นครั้งแรกในโซลและซองนัม ประเทศเกาหลีใต้

RAMAT GAN, Israel, Nov. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sckipio Technologies และผู้ให้บริการอินเทอร์เน็ตของ SK Broadband ได้ประกาศการปรับด้านการพาณิชย์อินเทอร์เน็ตของ Gfast ด้วย 212MHz กิกะบิตในเอเชียเป็นครั้งแรก SK Broadband ปรับบริการ Gfast ที่เป็นกิกะบิตแบบใหม่ในโซลและซองนัม ประเทศเกาหลีใต้

“SK Broadband ถูกระบุให้บริการอินเทอร์เน็ตที่เป็นกิกะบิตให้กับทุกคน แต่ไม่ใช่สำหรับอพาร์ตเมนท์ในเกาหลีใต้ทุกแห่งที่สามารถต่อสายกับสายใยแก้วทั้งอาคารได้ง่ายๆ” Choong-Bok Lee ผู้ทำหน้าที่ผู้จัดการการเข้าถึงเครือข่ายที่ SK Broadband กล่าว “นี่คือสาเหตุที่เราเลือก Gfast ของ Sckipio เป็นวิธีที่ดีที่สุดในการขยายประสิทธิภาพการทำงานเป็นกิกะบิตแบบสายใยแก้วไปยังอพาร์ตเมนท์เหล่านี้มากกว่าสายโทรศัพท์แบบบิดเกลียวที่มีอยู่”

SK Broadband มีประวัติความเป็นมาที่ยาวนานในการเป็นตลาดแห่งแรกในด้านการเข้าถึงเทคโนโลยีที่ก้าวหน้าที่สุดในเวลานั้น เช่น VDSL, G-PON, NG-PON2, XGS-PON และตอนนี้คือ Gfast SK Broadband เริ่มการบริการด้านพาณิชย์ไปยังลูกค้าที่พักอาศัยด้วย NG-PON2 ที่รองรับได้สูงสุด 52.25Gbps เป็นแห่งแรกของโลก เช่นเดียวกับ XGS-PON SK Broadband ได้รับความเร็วของบอร์ดแบรนด์ที่นำในระดับโลกที่น่าทึ่ง โดยการใช้วิธีการการปฏิบัติของการรวมสายใยแก้วและทองแดงเข้าด้วยกัน อาคารอพาร์ตเมนท์ส่วนใหญ่ของประเทศเกาหลีใต้ มีชนิดสายใยแก้วอยู่ที่ชั้นใต้ดิน ทั้งนี้ ก็ยังมีอาคารเก่าๆ ทำให้ใช้งานไม่ได้ ในการนำสายใยแก้วมาใช้กับอพาร์ตเมนท์ทั้งอาคาร นี่คือสาเหตุว่าทำไมมีเพียง 34 เปอร์เซ็นต์ของอพาร์ตเมนท์ในประเทศเกาหลีใต้มีสายสายใยแก้วทั้งอาคาร ในขณะที่ 66 เปอร์เซ็นต์ที่เหลือต้องใช้วิธีอื่น

สิ่งนี้ทำให้ Gfast เข้ามา Gfast เป็นเทคโนโลยีการเข้าถึงเครือข่ายที่เป็นมาตรฐานที่เพิ่มการเชื่อมต่อของกิกะบิตที่แท้จริงไปยังหน่วยของอาคาร โดยการใช้สายโทรศัพท์แบบบิดเกลียวที่มีอยู่ โดยการใช้เทคโนโลยีแบบเวกเตอร์สำหรับการยกเลิกการแทรกสัญญาณระหว่างสาย Gfast ทำให้มั่นใจว่าประสิทธิภาพเหมือนกับสายใยแก้ว แต่ในจำนวนเล็กน้อยในเวลานั้น ความยุ่งยากและค่าใช้จ่าย เทคโนโลยีแบบเวกเตอร์ที่มีบริการการทำงานของกิกะบิตกับผู้สมัครใช้ทั้งหมดที่เชื่อมต่อภายในสิ่งที่ยึดสายในเวลาเดียวกัน ซึ่งเทคโนโลยีแบบไม่มีเวกเตอร์ไม่สามารถรับได้ Gfast ยังสามารถขยายพอร์ตได้ถึง 96 กิกะบิตโดยการเรียงหน่วยกระจายจุด (DPU) เข้าด้วยกัน แล้วทำการเวกเตอร์ผ่าน DPU สิ่งนี้จะให้ตัวส่ง เช่น SK Broadband ด้วยการบันทึก CAPEX ที่สำคัญ

อ้างอิงจากการบริการข้อมูลทางสถิติของเกาหลีใต้ มากกว่าครึ่งหนึ่งของผู้ที่พักอาศัยของกรุงโซลและโดยรอบของจังหวัดคย็องกีอาศัยอยู่ในอาคารสูงด้วยอพาร์ตเมนท์ที่มีความหนาแน่นสูง เพื่อให้เข้าถึงผู้อยู่อาศัยเหล่านี้ด้วยความเร็วของกิกะบิตที่โซลูชั่นของ Gfast ตัวใหม่ต้องการที่สามารถรองรับได้ทั้งเทคโนโลยี 212MHz รุ่นล่าสุดและที่สามาปรับปรุงการทำเวกเตอร์ (เทคนิคการยกเลิกการแทรกสัญญาณ) กับสายจำนวนมากพร้อมกัน ผู้ทำอุปกรณ์ HFR ด้านการผลิตของเครือข่ายของประเทศเกาหลีใต้ทำงานร่วมกับ Sckipio เพื่อให้โซลูชั่น SK Broadband ที่รองรับผู้สมัครใช้ได้มากถึง 96 ราย DPU ของ HFR ให้ผู้สมัครใช้ 24 รายใน DPU เดียว และสามารถเชื่อมต่อกับ DPU เพิ่มเติมอีกสามตัว ทำรูปแบบกลุ่มการทำวิกเตอร์ที่ใหญ่กว่าถึง 96 พอร์ต เพื่อให้บริการผู้สมัครใช้ 96 รายในการแบ่งปันตัวยึดสายทองแดงตัวเดียวกัน Gfast ของ Sckipio เท่านั้นที่รองรับผู้สมัครใช้กิกะบิตที่ใช้งารร่วมกัน 96 ราย

“โดยการร่วมมือกับ SK Broadband และ HFR เรากำลังเร่งความเร็วของบอร์ดแบรนด์ที่เป็นผู้นำของประเทศเกาหลีใต้” David Baum CEO ของ Sckipio กล่าว การปรับนี้สาธิตกรณีการใช้เทคโนโลยีของ Gfast ได้อย่างชัดเจนเพื่อมอบบริการกิกะบิตไปยังสภาพแวดล้อมของอพาร์ตเมนท์โดยไม่มีความต้องการติดตั้งการเชื่อมต่อแบบสายใยแก้วกับอพาร์ตเมนท์แต่ละแห่ง”

“ความเร็วของกิกะบิตนั้นกลายเป็นมาตรฐานทางการตลาดแบบใหม่สำหรับผู้ปฏิบัติการทั่วโลก” said Julie Kunstler นักวิเคราะห์ที่สำคัญของ Ovum กล่าว “ให้การเข้าถึงโครงสร้างพื้นฐานที่ก้าวหน้าของประเทศเกาหลีใต้และการแข่งขันสำหรับผู้สมัครใช้บอร์ดแบรนด์ สิ่งนี้แสดงให้เห็นว่า SK Broadband กำลังนำ Gfast มาใช้”

เกี่ยวกับ Sckipio
Sckipio ผู้นำใน Gfast ได้พัฒนาเป็นผู้ชนะรางวัล โมเด็มที่ทำตามมาตรฐานของ Gfast ที่ใช้การใช้งานการเข้าถึงของ Ultra-Broadband และช่องสื่อสารภาคพื้นดินของโทรศัพท์มือถือ คู่ค้าของ Sckipio ที่มีบริษัทมากกว่า 30 แห่งทั่วโลกของ Gfast และเป็นหนึ่งในผู้ที่มีส่วนร่วมในมาตรฐาน ITU-T สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับ Sckipio โปรดไปที่เว็บไซต์ของเราที่ http://www.sckipio.com สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม โปรดติดตามเราที่ LinkedIn, SlideShare และ Twitter @SckipioTech

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