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Calix AXOS accelerates past 100 Gfast service provider deployments

By Zenobia Hegde

Calix, Inc. announced it has accelerated past the 100 service provider deployment milestone for its AXOS Gfast solutions faster than any other vendor. Armed with Calix AXOS Gfast solutions, which simplify the delivery of new services, service providers globally are cost-effectively upgrading their offerings to a true symmetrical gigabit experience in challenging multi-dwelling unit (MDU) environments. By leveraging the Calix Gfast portfolio, the copper and coaxial cable infrastructure in many MDUs is no longer an obstacle to deployment, allowing service providers to offer a unified gigabit marketing message across their markets, and reap the benefits of AXOS, the world’s only Software Defined Access (SDA) platform, to deliver Always On services to all subscribers in record time.

One example of a service provider taking advantage of game-changing Calix technology is Skywire Networks, a division of Xchange Telecom. Based in Brooklyn and serving the surrounding areas of New York City and New Jersey, Skywire is often challenged to bring advanced broadband services to residents and businesses in older MDU buildings where the in-building network infrastructure is extremely out of date.

Through an innovative vision of bringing connectivity to these buildings wirelessly via fixed millimeter wave radios, the Company is utilising Calix AXOS Gfast solutions to provide fiber-like speeds to their subscribers within the buildings without the cost of rewiring the building.

“Even though we serve buildings in some of the largest cities in the country, many MDUs in our area are lacking adequate connectivity coming into their locations due to aging infrastructure and high costs to upgrade. It’s an area we like to call the ‘Digital Desert’,” said Alfred West, co-founder and chairman of Skywire Networks, a division of Xchange Telecom.

“However, through the fixed wireless connection to our buildings and the Calix AXOS Gfast solutions inside the MDUs, we can provide the high-speed services our customers are asking for, even business SLAs that rival those of a fiber network. Better yet, we can do it in the fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost through Gfast.“

With the latest additions of the industry’s first 48-port, Amendment 3 Gfast solutions to the Calix AXOS Gfast portfolio, service providers like Xchange can more cost-effectively serve subscribers in higher-density MDUs such as those found in large cities. The E3-48F Gfast Remote Node (sealed DPU) and E5-48F Gfast Nodes leverage the frequency range up to 212 MHz, which doubles broadband speeds over copper and, when deployed with Calix cDTA and bonding technologies, delivers symmetrical speeds of up to 2 Gbps to subscribers.

When combined with the Calix E3-16F and E5-16F Gfast nodes, the Calix AXOS Gfast portfolio comprises the industry’s largest number of Gfast tested configurations in the Broadband Forum Gfast Certification Program, and the broadest and most mature set of Gfast solutions on the market, further accelerating time-to-market for service providers with pre-tested, interoperable solutions.

“The deployment challenges for MDUs have been daunting for the industry as a whole, and Gfast has proven to be an efficient and cost-effective method to bring subscribers an unmatched broadband experience, no matter […]

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Calix AXOS accelerates past 100 Gfast service provider deployments

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By Zenobia Hegde

Calix, Inc. announced it has accelerated past the 100 service provider deployment milestone for its AXOS Gfast solutions faster than any other vendor. Armed with Calix AXOS Gfast solutions, which simplify the delivery of new services, service providers globally are cost-effectively upgrading their offerings to a true symmetrical gigabit experience in challenging multi-dwelling unit (MDU) environments. By leveraging the Calix Gfast portfolio, the copper and coaxial cable infrastructure in many MDUs is no longer an obstacle to deployment, allowing service providers to offer a unified gigabit marketing message across their markets, and reap the benefits of AXOS, the world’s only Software Defined Access (SDA) platform, to deliver Always On services to all subscribers in record time.

One example of a service provider taking advantage of game-changing Calix technology is Skywire Networks, a division of Xchange Telecom. Based in Brooklyn and serving the surrounding areas of New York City and New Jersey, Skywire is often challenged to bring advanced broadband services to residents and businesses in older MDU buildings where the in-building network infrastructure is extremely out of date.

Through an innovative vision of bringing connectivity to these buildings wirelessly via fixed millimeter wave radios, the Company is utilising Calix AXOS Gfast solutions to provide fiber-like speeds to their subscribers within the buildings without the cost of rewiring the building.

“Even though we serve buildings in some of the largest cities in the country, many MDUs in our area are lacking adequate connectivity coming into their locations due to aging infrastructure and high costs to upgrade. It’s an area we like to call the ‘Digital Desert’,” said Alfred West, co-founder and chairman of Skywire Networks, a division of Xchange Telecom.

“However, through the fixed wireless connection to our buildings and the Calix AXOS Gfast solutions inside the MDUs, we can provide the high-speed services our customers are asking for, even business SLAs that rival those of a fiber network. Better yet, we can do it in the fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost through Gfast.“

With the latest additions of the industry’s first 48-port, Amendment 3 Gfast solutions to the Calix AXOS Gfast portfolio, service providers like Xchange can more cost-effectively serve subscribers in higher-density MDUs such as those found in large cities. The E3-48F Gfast Remote Node (sealed DPU) and E5-48F Gfast Nodes leverage the frequency range up to 212 MHz, which doubles broadband speeds over copper and, when deployed with Calix cDTA and bonding technologies, delivers symmetrical speeds of up to 2 Gbps to subscribers.

When combined with the Calix E3-16F and E5-16F Gfast nodes, the Calix AXOS Gfast portfolio comprises the industry’s largest number of Gfast tested configurations in the Broadband Forum Gfast Certification Program, and the broadest and most mature set of Gfast solutions on the market, further accelerating time-to-market for service providers with pre-tested, interoperable solutions.

“The deployment challenges for MDUs have been daunting for the industry as a whole, and Gfast has proven to be an efficient and cost-effective method to bring subscribers an unmatched broadband experience, no matter […]

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Huawei appeals for global harmonisation as it releases position paper on 5G spectrum

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By Zenobia Hegde

At the 8th Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum held on November 15th in London, Huawei releases a Position Paper on 5G Spectrum, which presents Huawei’s insights and recommendations on 5G spectrum policy. This paper aims to call upon the industry’s organisations and regulators to facilitate spectrum harmonisation and ensure timely availability for early deployment and large-scale commercial use of 5G.

5G is the next generation of MBB technology, capable of ultra-fast speeds, low latency and excellent reliability. The 5G New Radio (5G-NR) interface can provide superior MBB services for end users anytime and anywhere, while releasing the Internet of Things (IoT). This will enable a diverse range of innovative use cases, such as smart manufacturing, connected cars, smart logistics and wireless home broadband. 5G is poised to create a super connected world.

5G assumes the responsibility of promoting digital transformation throughout society and requires a wide range of spectrum resources. Huawei proposed a multi-layer spectrum approach in consideration of divergent requirements of 5G services and different characteristics of related frequency bands. The “Coverage and Capacity Layer” relies on the 2 to 6 GHz range (e.g. the C-band, 3.3-4.2 and 4.4-5.0 GHz) to deliver the best compromise between capacity and coverage.

This layer will emerge as the world’s first band for the much anticipated commercial deployment of 5G. The “Coverage Layer” exploits the spectrum below 2 GHz (e.g. 700 MHz) providing wide-area and deep indoor coverage. The “Super Data Layer” relies on the spectrum above 6 GHz (e.g. 24.25-29.5 and 37-43.5 GHz) to address specific use cases requiring extremely large capacity and high data rates.

The availability of spectrum resources in the 5G era needs administrations’ planning and allocation of contiguous spectrum. The C-band is the key primary frequency band for the introduction of 5G by 2020. Each operator will need at least 100 MHz contiguous channel bandwidth to support Massive MIMO to boost peak, average, and cell-edge throughput with affordable complexity. The 5G-NR system on the 3.3-3.8 GHz band is expected to be commercially ready by 2018. As the first step of 5G deployment, it is highly recommended that 3.3-3.8 GHz or a portion of it be allocated as soon as practicable.

High frequencies (above 6 GHz) will also play an important role for 5G. Huawei suggests that at least 800 MHz of contiguous spectrum can be allocated to each operator at the initial stages to meet 5G requirements for ultra-high capacity of wireless home broadband (WTTx) and for high mobility especially in hotspot areas.

5G-NR will embrace many new features and technical innovations including LTE/NR uplink spectrum sharing, Massive MIMO, network synchronisation (inter-operator), duplex flexibility, and others. These innovative features and technologies provide an opportunity for regulators to adjust regulations for more efficient and flexible spectrum utilisation.

LTE/NR uplink spectrum sharing lifts the restriction on a single band for both uplink and downlink. For example, the 5G-NR uplink at 3.5 GHz can exploit spectrum resources at 1.8 GHz that have been used for LTE. This scheme allows improved network coverage and spectral efficiency. Regulatory frameworks need to embrace the principle of technology and service […]

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The Internet of lightbulbs: Lunera turns lighting into “ambient cloud” for IoT

By Sean Gallagher

Enlarge / We’ll keep the cloud on for you. (credit: Lunera)

The Internet of Things is a powerful concept, especially in the industrial world—but it’s also full of potential security disasters and hidden computing and networking costs. But what if all you had to do to create a secure network of distributed Linux systems—complete with location awareness and custom application support capable of supporting location-based applications like asset tracking, robotic delivery, and “smart rooms”—was to change the lightbulbs?

That’s the concept behind Lunera’s Smart Lamps. These LED-based replacements for fluorescent and other commercial lighting systems also have a full Linux server with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and 2 gigabytes of Flash storage embedded in their end-caps. The Bluetooth capability includes iBeacon micro-location services—enabling retail, medical, and industrial location services. And the Wi-Fi “enables Wi-Fi network monitoring and also extending the Wi-Fi mesh,” CEO John Bruggeman explained in an interview with Ars. “Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are like electricity and water for the digital experience.”

Lunera had previously shipped LED replacements for commercial lighting system tubes and lamps, including fluorescent and high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs. But the new Smart Lamps carry quad-core, 700 MhZ ARM-based processors with memory and storage on the same die. Configurable with a mobile application and controlled through a cloud portal via a dedicated virtual private network, Lunera’s smart lamps can sense each other and create a location-sensitive wireless network mesh using Bluetooth iBeacons—a mesh that can be mapped to CAD drawings of commercial facilities’ lighting systems. And these lamps can run Docker containers, allowing anyone to develop applications that leverage location and Wi-Fi services and what Bruggeman describes as “ambient compute services.”

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The Internet of lightbulbs: Lunera turns lighting into “ambient cloud” for IoT

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By Sean Gallagher

Enlarge / We’ll keep the cloud on for you. (credit: Lunera)

The Internet of Things is a powerful concept, especially in the industrial world—but it’s also full of potential security disasters and hidden computing and networking costs. But what if all you had to do to create a secure network of distributed Linux systems—complete with location awareness and custom application support capable of supporting location-based applications like asset tracking, robotic delivery, and “smart rooms”—was to change the lightbulbs?

That’s the concept behind Lunera’s Smart Lamps. These LED-based replacements for fluorescent and other commercial lighting systems also have a full Linux server with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and 2 gigabytes of Flash storage embedded in their end-caps. The Bluetooth capability includes iBeacon micro-location services—enabling retail, medical, and industrial location services. And the Wi-Fi “enables Wi-Fi network monitoring and also extending the Wi-Fi mesh,” CEO John Bruggeman explained in an interview with Ars. “Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are like electricity and water for the digital experience.”

Lunera had previously shipped LED replacements for commercial lighting system tubes and lamps, including fluorescent and high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs. But the new Smart Lamps carry quad-core, 700 MhZ ARM-based processors with memory and storage on the same die. Configurable with a mobile application and controlled through a cloud portal via a dedicated virtual private network, Lunera’s smart lamps can sense each other and create a location-sensitive wireless network mesh using Bluetooth iBeacons—a mesh that can be mapped to CAD drawings of commercial facilities’ lighting systems. And these lamps can run Docker containers, allowing anyone to develop applications that leverage location and Wi-Fi services and what Bruggeman describes as “ambient compute services.”

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UK government finds Artificial Intelligence is nothing to do with Boris and invests in tech sector

By Jeremy Cowan

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May announced today a new £20 million (€22.3 million) fund to help public services use UK expertise in innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence. Who knows, says Jeremy Cowan, it may even take Mrs May’s mind off her Brexit woes, her vulnerable minority government, or whatever her Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson is mis-speaking now.

Earlier, the Prime Minister met leading digital entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK, as she announced a series of measures to support the “continued growth and success” of the country’s tech sector. There was plenty of talk of being world class and of the Government’s “enduring commitment” to this vital industry.

The PM and Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a new package of support which includes:

Doubling to 2,000 the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including in digital technology.
An investment of £21 million (€23.4 million) to expand Tech City UK into a nationwide network called Tech Nation, designed to accelerate the growth of the digital tech sector across the country.
A new £20 million fund to help public services take advantage of UK expertise in technologies like Artificial Intelligence.
The launch of a £20 million training programme which will challenge thousands of young people aged 14 to 18 to test their skills against simulated online cyber threats.

Mrs May said: “It is absolutely right that this dynamic sector, which makes such an immense contribution to our economic life and to our society, has the full backing of Government. Technology is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and we will continue to invest in the best new innovations and ideas, in the brightest and best talent, and in revolutionary digital infrastructure.

“And as we prepare to leave the European Union, I am clear that Britain will remain open for business,” she added.

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The new funding for Tech Nation will see the organisation expand its hub model to more cities around the country, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Building on the work of existing regional clusters, Tech Nation will support 40,000 entrepreneurs and up to 4,000 start-up companies.

The new ‘GovTech’ challenge fund will encourage UK firms to use technology to solve challenges facing the public sector, while a dedicated new team will act as a front door into Whitehall to connect tech companies to the right parts of Government.

Following months of lobbying by industry bodies and alternative broadband providers frustrated at Openreach‘s slow and patchy broadband roll-out, the government reports that “a new £2 million (€2.23 million) pilot voucher scheme” is also being launched in six areas. This is part of the administration’s pledge to bring “the UK’s fastest and most reliable broadband to homes and businesses across the country”. Local companies will be among those offered vouchers by broadband suppliers to pay for what are described as “gold-standard full-fibre gigabit connections”.

And there are just days left for students to apply for a new apprenticeship and university bursary worth £4,000 (€4,460) a year, being offered by the National Cyber […]

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UK government finds Artificial Intelligence is nothing to do with Boris and invests in tech sector

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By Jeremy Cowan

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May announced today a new £20 million (€22.3 million) fund to help public services use UK expertise in innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence. Who knows, says Jeremy Cowan, it may even take Mrs May’s mind off her Brexit woes, her vulnerable minority government, or whatever her Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson is mis-speaking now.

Earlier, the Prime Minister met leading digital entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK, as she announced a series of measures to support the “continued growth and success” of the country’s tech sector. There was plenty of talk of being world class and of the Government’s “enduring commitment” to this vital industry.

The PM and Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a new package of support which includes:

Doubling to 2,000 the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including in digital technology.
An investment of £21 million (€23.4 million) to expand Tech City UK into a nationwide network called Tech Nation, designed to accelerate the growth of the digital tech sector across the country.
A new £20 million fund to help public services take advantage of UK expertise in technologies like Artificial Intelligence.
The launch of a £20 million training programme which will challenge thousands of young people aged 14 to 18 to test their skills against simulated online cyber threats.

Mrs May said: “It is absolutely right that this dynamic sector, which makes such an immense contribution to our economic life and to our society, has the full backing of Government. Technology is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and we will continue to invest in the best new innovations and ideas, in the brightest and best talent, and in revolutionary digital infrastructure.

“And as we prepare to leave the European Union, I am clear that Britain will remain open for business,” she added.

Open all hours

The new funding for Tech Nation will see the organisation expand its hub model to more cities around the country, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Building on the work of existing regional clusters, Tech Nation will support 40,000 entrepreneurs and up to 4,000 start-up companies.

The new ‘GovTech’ challenge fund will encourage UK firms to use technology to solve challenges facing the public sector, while a dedicated new team will act as a front door into Whitehall to connect tech companies to the right parts of Government.

Following months of lobbying by industry bodies and alternative broadband providers frustrated at Openreach‘s slow and patchy broadband roll-out, the government reports that “a new £2 million (€2.23 million) pilot voucher scheme” is also being launched in six areas. This is part of the administration’s pledge to bring “the UK’s fastest and most reliable broadband to homes and businesses across the country”. Local companies will be among those offered vouchers by broadband suppliers to pay for what are described as “gold-standard full-fibre gigabit connections”.

And there are just days left for students to apply for a new apprenticeship and university bursary worth £4,000 (€4,460) a year, being offered by the National Cyber […]

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20 Tales, 20 Years

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By Jennifer Bly

We are turning twenty this December, and to celebrate, we wanted to feature some of the wonderful memories we’ve made together as a community over these past two decades. At our most recent meeting, we asked you to share a fond memory or experience you’ve had with ARIN. Here they are. Twenty tales from the last twenty years.


“I’ve been to 15ish meetings. ARIN X was the first one. It was Halloween. Everyone was dressed up. It was not what I expected of Internet governance. I was young and naïve, but it opened my eyes that this isn’t as bad as I thought. This is actually really fun. I think I want to do more of this. So I kept coming back for more and more.”
– Matthew Petach, Aabaco Small Business

“My first ARIN meeting was Albuquerque in 2007. I believe this was our first time entering into that whole environment, and so my totally confused brain didn’t understand much that was going on. What I remember is the ARIN team and staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. They helped us through the whole process and stayed with us and went to a couple of socials. I felt a very welcoming environment, and, to me, that has been a hallmark of ARIN throughout the years. People of very high integrity and very welcoming of everybody.” – Stephen Lee, ArkiTechs Inc.

“We used to have this gong that they would use to tell us it was time to come back into the meeting. And John used to have this habit of putting the gong in front of a microphone. And ofcourse, bad things happened. At one point, someone who shall remain nameless, submitted a policy proposal to ban amplification of gongs at ARIN meetings. And then at a subsequent meeting Marla Azinger and a couple other people absconded with the gong and then at the end of the meeting there was this really cool presentation of all the things the gong had gone on and done. It had quite the adventure around the meeting location.” – Owen DeLong, Akamai

“The first meeting I attended was ARIN XXVI in Atlanta. I was asked to come to a meeting on behalf of a client to promote the need for a numbering policy that would meet the unique needs of Canadian ISPs who could compete over cable platforms. In order to do my work, I had many discussions with community participants, as well as Advisory Council and Board members and ARIN staff. Besides feeling like they genuinely cared about the issue I was bringing to them, they made me feel extremely welcome as a human being. The community embraced me with open arms. I was also extremely impressed by how the Policy Development Process was designed and implemented. By the end of that meeting I was hooked! I started coming to ARIN meetings regularly (only missing a couple of meetings since then), and with one or two exceptions, I attended the meetings completely at my own expense until I was elected to the AC. I am extremely happy to be part of the ARIN Community!”
– Christian Tacit, Tacit Law

“This is my 35th consecutive ARIN meeting. Every April and October since 2000, I’ve been going to ARIN meetings. I keep coming because it’s been great for my career. I get to meet many people in the industry. It makes me happy to come here. My favorite ARIN meeting amongst so many is hard to pick. I will admit they all kind of blend together, although I do remember the social at my very first meeting where we had a murder mystery with various ARIN staff being tagged as the potential murderer which was kind of fun.” – Andrew Dul, CrowdStrike

“My most favorite thing is the sense of welcome and inclusion I got when I went to my first ARIN meeting. When I went to New Orleans, I was blown away by how friendly everybody was, the staff, the community. I was so impressed by how ARIN is so service-oriented. And that’s a value we have at Canarie, but you guys demonstrate it in spades. I think it’s amazing.” – Nancy Carter CFO, Canarie

“I attended one ARIN on the Road in Calgary two years ago, and I became really interested in what ARIN was. Before, even though I worked with universities and was involved, it was kind of nebulous, kind of vague to understand what ARIN was doing. I got the opportunity to apply for a fellowship, and I am really happy to be here. It was really enlightening to see other fellows and to make contact. I’m glad to be here.” – Adrian Schmidt, Burman University

“I first decided to run for an AC seat at the Jamaica ARIN meeting. Someone said that I should start kissing babies now. Someone else said, “Oh look there’s Jason and his baby”. Within seconds the baby was brought over for me to kiss. I look more uncomfortable than the baby does in the photo. It went to Facebook and was widely mocked, appropriately though.” – Chris Woodfield, Salesforce

“I’ve been to 14 ARIN meetings. One of the things I like about going to ARIN conferences, other than seeing the people who are here, is that it’s always somewhere different. A lot of places it’s somewhere you don’t think you’re going to end up, so Iowa could end up being something super cool. But then you go to places like Jamaica where there are different activities. There was the one time where we went and swam with the dolphins. It almost gives you a mini adventure, because you are always going somewhere different and you don’t know what you’re going to run into when you get there.” – Kathleen Hunter, Comcast

“I’ve been to 39 ARIN meetings. My favorite ARIN meeting was over Halloween. Two things happened: 1. Stacy Hughes was Mae West which is a really funny networking joke because we had MAE-West and she was Mae West. 2. Lyric Apted was the elf. It was right after September 11th and we were flying home, and she came out of security screening holding her whole costume like it was not a good day for elves. It was really funny. So we all had costumes. It was super fun.”
– Cathy Aronson, Daydream Imagery LLC

“This is my second ARIN meeting, both with the fellowship group. I just think it’s fantastic that there’s an organization like ARIN that’s willing to make it possible for people who would really have a hard time justifying coming to an event like this and participating in the policy process. Participating remotely is fine, but in person is better. I’m a person who really enjoys policy and those kinds of discussions and nuances. I need to see the process in person. So thanks ARIN for making that happen.” – Frank Bulk, Premier Communications Inc.

“I’ve been to six ARIN conferences, the first one was Toronto. I’d say the best one was in Puerto Rico where they had the casino night. It was an awesome time. It was a lot of fun.” – Marc Lindsey, Avenue4 LLC

“This is my third ARIN meeting. I typically do not have strong opinion on most of the discussion either way, but I find it very amusing and interesting to listen to other people argue with each other while they seem to mostly agree with each other. It’s always interesting to hear. It feels good to understand what all is going on as far as policy at ARIN. So I’m always glad to be here.” – Colin Baker, SupraNet Communications, Inc

“I have always been fascinated how they do the policy discussions in these meetings, I’ve never experienced that before, and it really was a way for me to see the involvement of the community and bottom-up input for policy discussion, so for me that always stands out in my mind and always will. Also attending the Women’s Networking lunch – that to me is just amazing. The last three ARIN meetings, I have been to each one of them. And the other thing is the mentors, my mentor was Cathy Aronson when I came as a fellow the first time, and she is just amazing. The whole mentorship program is just very, very helpful.” – Leah Symekher, Board Advisor & Consultant/NARALO Representative SFBay Area ISOC Chapter

“I happen to work with Phil Benchoff who happened to create the legacy IP only stickers with the Amish buggy and horse on it. I was at an ARIN meeting and had one of these stickers given
to me with a business card. It’s kind of interesting that these have come full circle. We’re IPv6. Go IPv6!” – Brian Jones, Virginia Tech

“I’ve been to a lot of ARIN meetings, because I think I got a reputation for not saying stupid things. I was on the Board for a while, and we did a series of long late-night meetings because there was nobody saying that we should stop. We should just keep working until our work is done. So we had a series of meetings where we were overhauling the bylaws and at about 3 or 4 in the morning we were just sort of saying maybe it’s time to call it a night, so we were ready for the Members Meeting in the morning. Members are who we need to serve, and maybe we should be awake for that.” – Lee Howard, Retevia

“This is my first ARIN meeting and my first RIR meeting actually. I think it’s great. I was at the newcomer’s session. It was a very solid introduction of ARIN and basically the procedures, the policy making, everything. Then I was at today’s meeting the whole day. I saw people debate over policy and argue with each other. It was fun. I met a lot of people at the social events and the food was really good.”
– Paula Wang, ICANN

“I always remember my first memories at ARIN. The ARIN offices were trying to get AFRINIC off the ground. It was a very special experience seeing everybody putting in their time and energy and thoughts to make sure that AFRNIC could get started. So, coming to ARIN meetings always reminds me of that. It’s very special.”
– Ernest Byaruhanga, AFRINIC

“This is my second ARIN meeting. I find the format of the meeting held by ARIN a little different than how we do it at APNIC. There are always new things to learn when you go to the other RIR meetings. From the experience of our colleagues, being sure there is a synergy between RIRs. I like ARIN meetings for that purpose.”
– Roopinder Singh Perhar, APNIC

“I’ve been to eight meetings and my favorite ARIN meeting was my first meeting as a fellow and I had the trifecta of Leslie Nobile, Cathy Aronson, and Leif Sawyer all sitting around me and encouraging me to go to the microphone to ask a question. I did it. And that started it all.” – Alison Wood, State of Oregon

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First Global Review of smart cities published

By Zenobia Hegde

Future Cities Catapult have released its first global review of smart city strategies at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The report looks at 21 smart city strategies from around the world including New York, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Manchester.

The global market for smart cities is shifting, with Asia’s smart city market expected to grow from $50 billion (€42.64 billion) to $220 billion (€187.63 billion) by 2020. By 2050, the UN projects an extra 2.5 billion people will live in cities, with 90% of this growth coming from Asia and Africa. The report argues that understanding how smart cities are being developed from a global perspective is crucial to empowering both cities and industry to deliver the smarter cities that prosperity and sustainability require.

This Global Review charts the evolution in smart city strategies from technology-driven towards citizen-centred. It highlights the challenges in creating collaborative citizen-led strategies that can cope with a new wave of digital disruption as evidenced by apps such as Uber and Airbnb.

Produced with the support of Arup, the review provides city leaders with an analysis of what leading cities are doing to create smart city strategies that are suited to their needs, and how they are structuring themselves to deliver these strategies within difficult, complex environments.

Based on the research, the review makes the following five recommendations for city governments:

Establish strong leadership to develop skills and capacity within local government to initiate and deliver at-scale smart city projects
Embed your smart city strategy within existing statutory frameworks in order to ensure the strategy’s implementation and funding
When creating your smart city strategy, consider a collaborative approach, coupled with strong political support, to ensure that you harness your citizens’ and businesses’ capabilities and respond to their needs
Tap into core city funding by regularly scanning your existing city assets and budgets in order to leverage these for smart city projects
Create a plan for private sector engagement and long-term collaboration, as well as a designated person or team for communicating with businesses and investors.

Steve Turner

Jarmo Eskelinen, chief technology and innovation officer at Future Cities Catapult, reinforced the need for city leaders to learn from each other. He says: “At Future Cities Catapult we believe that creating positive transformation on the ground requires strategies for dealing with the reality of cities. We created this report to give city leaders a head start on how they can learn from the experience of those cities that have been developing smart city strategies for years, and those that have only just started.”

Steve Turner, Smart Cities lead at Arup, emphasises the role that this learning will have in creating better performing, more competitive cities: “City authorities are at the core of digital transformation. Their ability to be the fulcrum between articulating citizen need and engaging technology providers, will be key in determining overall city competitiveness. This research will help authorities around the world to create strategies that enable them to fulfil this critical role.”

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First Global Review of smart cities published

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By Zenobia Hegde

Future Cities Catapult have released its first global review of smart city strategies at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The report looks at 21 smart city strategies from around the world including New York, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Manchester.

The global market for smart cities is shifting, with Asia’s smart city market expected to grow from $50 billion (€42.64 billion) to $220 billion (€187.63 billion) by 2020. By 2050, the UN projects an extra 2.5 billion people will live in cities, with 90% of this growth coming from Asia and Africa. The report argues that understanding how smart cities are being developed from a global perspective is crucial to empowering both cities and industry to deliver the smarter cities that prosperity and sustainability require.

This Global Review charts the evolution in smart city strategies from technology-driven towards citizen-centred. It highlights the challenges in creating collaborative citizen-led strategies that can cope with a new wave of digital disruption as evidenced by apps such as Uber and Airbnb.

Produced with the support of Arup, the review provides city leaders with an analysis of what leading cities are doing to create smart city strategies that are suited to their needs, and how they are structuring themselves to deliver these strategies within difficult, complex environments.

Based on the research, the review makes the following five recommendations for city governments:

Establish strong leadership to develop skills and capacity within local government to initiate and deliver at-scale smart city projects
Embed your smart city strategy within existing statutory frameworks in order to ensure the strategy’s implementation and funding
When creating your smart city strategy, consider a collaborative approach, coupled with strong political support, to ensure that you harness your citizens’ and businesses’ capabilities and respond to their needs
Tap into core city funding by regularly scanning your existing city assets and budgets in order to leverage these for smart city projects
Create a plan for private sector engagement and long-term collaboration, as well as a designated person or team for communicating with businesses and investors.

Steve Turner

Jarmo Eskelinen, chief technology and innovation officer at Future Cities Catapult, reinforced the need for city leaders to learn from each other. He says: “At Future Cities Catapult we believe that creating positive transformation on the ground requires strategies for dealing with the reality of cities. We created this report to give city leaders a head start on how they can learn from the experience of those cities that have been developing smart city strategies for years, and those that have only just started.”

Steve Turner, Smart Cities lead at Arup, emphasises the role that this learning will have in creating better performing, more competitive cities: “City authorities are at the core of digital transformation. Their ability to be the fulcrum between articulating citizen need and engaging technology providers, will be key in determining overall city competitiveness. This research will help authorities around the world to create strategies that enable them to fulfil this critical role.”

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