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5G networks advance in U.S. with expanded trials

In recent telecom news, the subject is 5G networks almost all the time, whether that means fixed broadband 5G mobile services trials. Telecom operators and equipment vendors have almost daily updates about 5G trials and rollout plans. AT&T and Verizon 5G have recently announced more specifics about their paths to 5G services in the U.S.

Beyond next-generation wireless, public Wi-Fi networks will get shored-up security with the release of the new WPA3 standard later this year. And on the subject of security, Verizon recently acquired a threat detection startup that uses machine learning to detect compromised equipment within an organization.

Here’s a closer look at the details.

Operators move forward on 5G networks

Verizon plans to launch 5G fixed wireless service in three to five cities later this year, but the launch is only “one slice” of its broad 5G and overall network plans, Verizon CTO Hans Vestberg said at a recent investor relations event. 

The 5G networks economics of Verizon’s fixed broadband service are good because the company is planning to move from operating seven vertical networks to one horizontal network that will work with a unified core, transport and fiber transport. Vestberg said Verizon will deploy an intelligent edge network that will be able to serve a particular customer whether the customer is on Verizon’s FiOS fiber service or its wireless LTE network. That will make the economics of Verizon’s 5G fixed broadband services better because most of the 5G network assets will be shared, Vestberg said.

The network evolution at Verizon will take years to complete, but it will be a major part of how Verizon reaches its target of saving $10 billion over the next four years, Vestberg added.

Looking toward 5G mobile services, AT&T plans to launch what it describes as mobile 5G services this year in 12 U.S. cities by using small cells deployed closer to the ground than the radios that support LTE placed at the top of towers. According to RCRWireless, AT&T’s first round of mobile 5G will use millimeter wave spectrum (between 30 GHz and 300 GHz) that offers higher capacity rates than low-band spectrum doesn’t propagate over long distances, so the radios need to be closer together than in LTE deployments. AT&T’s VP of network architecture Hank Kafka said millimeter wave can be placed on telephone poles, building rooftops or on towers but at a lower height than a macrocell because of the propagation characteristics. Out of 23 cities slated to receive AT&T’s 5G Evolution infrastructure — described as a foundation to AT&T’s evolution to full 5G while 5G standards are being finalized — AT&T hasn’t specified which cities will roll out the mobile services this year. Kafka said the rollouts will require significant zoning and permit negotiations.

Wi-Fi security upgrade incoming in 2018

Wi-Fi security is getting a long-awaited upgrade in 2018 later this year. The Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced plans for WPA3, a new security standard that will replace WPA2, a security protocol almost two decades old that is built in to protect almost every wireless device.

According to ZDNet, the move to WPA3 will make open Wi-Fi networks found in places like airports and coffee shops safer by applying individualized data encryption that will scramble the connection between each device and the router. The security will also block an attacker after excessive failed password guesses.

Verizon acquires autonomous threat detection startup

Verizon recently acquired Niddel, an autonomous threat detection service company that uses machine-learning to detect compromised or infected devices inside an organization. The acquisition price of the company was not disclosed. Founded in 2014, the company’s primary product, Niddel Magnet, is a subscription-based automated service that reduces the need for organizations to hire qualified security analysts when dealing with compromised machines.

According to TechCrunch (a publication owned by Verizon), Niddel uses a variety of information from more than 50 internal and external sources to track security threats that could affect machines in customer organizations.

“Using machine learning to improve information accuracy significantly reduces false positives and significantly improves our detection and response capabilities,” Alexander Schlager, Verizon’s executive director of security services, said in a statement. Verizon has said it will look to incorporate this Niddel’s technology into Verizon products and services in the coming months.

Mike McCarter: lean, mean, hacking machine – Microsoft Life

About four years ago, I almost quit.

I was getting restless and decided that I wanted to launch a startup. Soon after that, I told my manager that I planned to leave within the next year.

I told her that I needed autonomy and creativity. I wanted a job with greater purpose and world-changing impact. I wanted rapid growth, not just of my products, but also of myself.

Her response caught me off guard. She said she’d support me either way and offered a few suggestions for ways I could get all those things at Microsoft, should I consider staying. She could give me more room for creativity and risk-taking, more help gaining access to all of Microsoft’s resources, and a lot of other things that I’d not considered doing before.

I stayed, and I never looked back.

I’ve always looked for creative ways to solve problems, ideally without involving a ton of waste. As a rural kid growing up three miles away from a very small town, I didn’t have much to do other than figure out how to entertain myself. I had to be independent and resourceful. So I got into fixing and building and creating things—treehouses, go carts, you name it.

Once I got my uncle’s ancient dune buggy up and running again with very few tools and even less adult supervision; for a brief moment I may have been the only eighth grader with wheels. I was always redesigning things that were broken and giving them a new purpose.

Although I didn’t know what to call it at the time, I now realize that was lean hacking (experimenting with new ideas and testing them—quickly), and it turns out I’d been doing it for a while.

Instead of leaving the company, I decided to bring more of this mindset to my job at Microsoft. I turned an old lab into a collaboration space where my team and I can experiment constantly. I love that space. In it, our vetting and forensic services team (translation: we protect Microsoft and its customers from a variety of risks) have developed products—sometimes with the help of The Garage, and other times as volunteers supported by Microsoft Philanthropies.

Together, we built a state-of-the-art identity-vetting platform. We found that our skills translated well to areas with great societal value too; our lean hacking tactics have helped us address major global challenges through solutions like PhotoDNA, a product used to fight child exploitation on the internet; Child Finder Service, which helps find missing children; and Content Moderator, which helps organizations identify high-risk text, images, or video on their platforms.

Mike McCarter

Instead of leaving the company four years ago, Mike McCarter decided to bring more of lean hacking mindset to his job at Microsoft. “So far, there’s nowhere else I’ve found where I can have a greater, global impact than at Microsoft,” said McCarter.

Other hacks are fun, and our team engages in small experiments constantly; we’ve created a four-in-one programmable-height ping-pong scrum table, a custom-designed lab layout with a bell for big wins, and a community snack cart for sharing healthy treats. In a team survey, 100 percent of our people said that their jobs are more than just jobs—they have real meaning. I think this is due to our hacking culture.

Since that conversation with my manager four years ago, I’ve gone through a transformation—I used to think that I needed to start my own company, make a fortune, and then have a positive impact on the world afterward. But I’ve realized that life is too short to defer one’s calling.

I still often wonder about other opportunities. But the question I ask myself is how much impact can I make somewhere else versus where I am at. So far, there’s nowhere else I’ve found where I can have a greater, global impact than at Microsoft.

Are you a Microsoft employee with a journey to share? Drop us a line from your work email at MicrosoftLife (at) microsoft.com.

Wanted – Macbook Air 13″

Hi there,

I have one that I’m almost certainly going to sell, as long as my new tablet shows up tomorrow, and it works as expected, I’ll be wanting to offload.

It’s an A1466, i7, 8Gb RAM, 250Gb SSD, High Sierra. Battery lasts about 7 hours in my use. Just need to see what it’s worth first before I decide on a price.

Let me know if this might be any good.

Paul

Wanted – Macbook Air 13″

Hi there,

I have one that I’m almost certainly going to sell, as long as my new tablet shows up tomorrow, and it works as expected, I’ll be wanting to offload.

It’s an A1466, i7, 8Gb RAM, 250Gb SSD, High Sierra. Battery lasts about 7 hours in my use. Just need to see what it’s worth first before I decide on a price.

Let me know if this might be any good.

Paul

Wanted – Macbook Air 13″

Hi there,

I have one that I’m almost certainly going to sell, as long as my new tablet shows up tomorrow, and it works as expected, I’ll be wanting to offload.

It’s an A1466, i7, 8Gb RAM, 250Gb SSD, High Sierra. Battery lasts about 7 hours in my use. Just need to see what it’s worth first before I decide on a price.

Let me know if this might be any good.

Paul

Wanted – Macbook Air 13″

Hi there,

I have one that I’m almost certainly going to sell, as long as my new tablet shows up tomorrow, and it works as expected, I’ll be wanting to offload.

It’s an A1466, i7, 8Gb RAM, 250Gb SSD, High Sierra. Battery lasts about 7 hours in my use. Just need to see what it’s worth first before I decide on a price.

Let me know if this might be any good.

Paul

Wanted – Macbook Air 13″

Hi there,

I have one that I’m almost certainly going to sell, as long as my new tablet shows up tomorrow, and it works as expected, I’ll be wanting to offload.

It’s an A1466, i7, 8Gb RAM, 250Gb SSD, High Sierra. Battery lasts about 7 hours in my use. Just need to see what it’s worth first before I decide on a price.

Let me know if this might be any good.

Paul

For Sale – Gigabyte AORUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11G

Bought this less than a month ago from Amazon.

Have had almost no time to game so looking to sell if I can get most of my money back.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-N…=1509102941&sr=1-1&keywords=GV-N108TAORUS-11G

Comes boxed with all accessories.
Boosts to 1845MHz out of the box. Will check overclocking potential and pictures upon request.
I can show you it working if you collect from Exeter city area.

Price and currency: £660
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Exeter
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Gigabyte AORUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11G

Bought this less than a month ago from Amazon.

Have had almost no time to game so looking to sell if I can get most of my money back.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-N…=1509102941&sr=1-1&keywords=GV-N108TAORUS-11G

Comes boxed with all accessories.
Boosts to 1845MHz out of the box. Will check overclocking potential and pictures upon request.
I can show you it working if you collect from Exeter city area.

Price and currency: £660
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Exeter
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Wanted – Basic Gaming Laptop

Hi Guys N’ Girls. I have a Chromebook which does almost everything that I need outside of my tablet, the one thing I’m missing is some of my older Steam games, so I’m finding myself looking round for a cheap CHEAP laptop that will play some older games. I’m talking Civilisation type games and Bioshock rather than anything cutting edge, so I do NOT need a super computer, just something basic. My only other real hopes are that it has a reasonable, or one that can be replaced battery and also 5.8g wifi.

So, budget wise, I’d like to stick to approx £250, though I’ll put my Chromebook up for sale, so if anyone fancies a swap, let me know (with obvious money your way)……

Anyone help a Guy out??

Cheers,

Rich

Location: Stockton-on-Tees

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