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  1. 1. IT Shades Engage & Enable I-Bytes Telecommunication & Media July Edition 2020 Email us - solutions@itshades.com Website : www.itshades.com
  2. 2. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com About Us Who We are Aim of this I-Byte Reasons to talk to us ITShades.com has been founded with singular aim of engaging and enabling the best and brightest of businesses, professionals and students with opportunities, learnings, best practices, collaboration and innovation from IT industry. This document brings together a set of latest data points and publicly available information relevant for Telecommunication & Media Industry. We are very excited to share this content and believe that readers will benefit from this periodic publication immensely. 1. Publishing of your company’s solutions/ announcements in this document. 2. Subscribe to this and other periodic publications i.e. I-Bytes, Solution Letters from ITShades.com. 3. For placement of your company's click-able logo and advertisements. 4. Feedback for us to improve the content and format of these periodic publications.
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  4. 4. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Table of Contents 1. Financial, M & A Updates...................................................................................................................................1 2. Solution Updates..................................................................................................................................................9 3. Rewards and Recognition Updates..................................................................................................................40 4. Customer Success Updates................................................................................................................................49 5. Partnership Ecosystem Updates.......................................................................................................................52 6. Miscellaneous Updates......................................................................................................................................78
  5. 5. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Financial, M & A Updates Telecommunication & Media Industry
  6. 6. Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Axiata Digital (Malaysia) and Great Eastern announce strategic investment and deepen collaboration in Fintech services Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata Group Berhad announced a strategic investment of US$70 millionby Great Eastern to boost its fast-growing digital financial services business across the region. This deal marks a significant milestone for the Axiata Group. With the investment, Great Eastern takes a 21.875% stake in the holding company for Axiata Digital’s DFS business, with Axiata Digital Services SdnBhd holding the balance. The company, called Boost Holdings SdnBhd, will comprise of: • Boost, the largest homegrown e-wallet and lifestyle app with over 7.5 million users and 170,000 merchant touchpoints • Boost Indonesia, with 544,000 merchant touchpoints • Aspirasi, a micro-financing and micro-insurance digital financing provider with over US$20 million in loans disbursed to-date • Apigate’s payment business arm which is a regional player for Carrier Billing • Trust Axiata Digital Limited, a joint venture with a local bank in Bangladesh • Launchpad for bringing digital financial services to other Axiata markets Executive Commentary Axiata’s President and Group Chief Executive Officer said, “As a Group committed to creating sustainable business value across all our markets, Axiata has been consistent in our pursuit to aggressively grow our digital ventures. I am particularly encouraged that this deal with Great Eastern demonstrates the hard and fast moves we made in the early days to invest in Digital Businesses have put us in a sweet spot today to ride the digital wave sweeping much of the nation and region as economies scale towards recovery.” For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 1 Key Financial Highlights
  7. 7. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Kids Help Phone and Bell Let's (Canada) Talk ramp up support for youth mental health Bell Let's Talk and Kids Help Phone announced a national $1 million investment to enhance ongoing crisis support for young people coping with mental health challenges during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.As the need for support has continued to grow during the crisis, Kids Help Phone has continued to ramp up its crisis responder and professional counselling capacity, enhanced its texting platform and created a range of self-directed online resources. With a 58% overall increase in demand during COVID-19 and text interactions up 62%, Kids Help Phone expects to make 3 million connections with young people this year, compared to 1.9 million in 2019. Bell announced a $5 million increase in Bell Let's Talk funding in response to COVID-19 with support for a range of organizations delivering urgent mental health support on the front lines of Canadian communities, including Kids Help Phone, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Red Cross, Revivre and Strongest Families Institute. Executive Commentary "This Bell Let's Talk funding will support Kids Help Phone in delivering its expanded frontline responses for youth in crisis now and into the future, said Chair of Bell Let's Talk. As a founding partner of Kids Help Phone more than 30 years ago, we're proud to work with this great organization to ensure young people have access to the mental health supports they need, especially in the face of the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 situation." For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 2
  8. 8. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Airtel (India): Carlyle to acquire approximately 25% stake in Airtel's Data Centre business at a valuation of US$1.2 billion The Carlyle Group announced an agreement under which Comfort Investments II will invest US$235 million in Nxtra Data Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airtel engaged in the data centre business. The post-money enterprise valuation of Nxtra is approximately US$1.2 billion and Carlyle will hold a stake of approximately 25% in the business upon completion of the transaction, with Airtel continuing to hold the remaining stake of approximately 75%. The transaction is subject to the necessary regulatory approvals, including approval from the Competition Commission of India. Headquartered in New Delhi, Nxtra from Airtel offers secure data centre services to leading Indian and global enterprises, hyperscalers, start-ups, SMEs and governments. Nxtra’s nation-wide portfolio of 10 large data centres and more than 120 edge data centres provides customers with co-location services, cloud infrastructure, managed hosting, data backup, disaster recovery, and remote infrastructure management. India is witnessing a considerable surge in demand for secure data centres as businesses undertake digital transformation and consumer demand for digital services continues to increase. The expansion of hyperscalers across the region following the government’s directive on data localization is propelling a lot of this demand, with other market drivers including the growth in user data and increase in cloud penetration. Executive Commentary MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel, commented: “At Airtel, we have built a robust data centre portfolio that is future ready and scalable. For us, the security and data privacy requirements of our customers are our top priorities, which we have established as a key differentiator for our data centre offerings. Rapid digitization has opened up a massive growth opportunity for data centres in India and we plan to accelerate our investments to become a major player in this segment. We are delighted to have Carlyle as a strategic partner in this exciting journey, particularly given their experience in this industry, and look forward to working with them.” For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 3
  9. 9. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Airtel (India) adds Edtech to its digital portfolio with stake acquisition in kids learning startup - Lattu Kids Bharti Airtel, India’s largest integrated telco, said that it has acquired a strategic stake in Edtech startup Lattu Media Pvt Ltd as part of the Airtel Startup Accelerator Program. Mumbai based Lattu Kids specializes in digital learning tools for children. Its highly popular Lattu Kids app focuses on improving English vocabulary, English reading and Maths skills for children under the age of 10 years through entertaining, fun learning animated videos and games. At over 500 mn, India has the second largest number of internet users in the world, driven by affordable smartphones and the lowest 4G data tariffs globally. This deep penetration of internet has also led to wide adoption of online learning tools. The COVID-19 pandemic and closure of schools has further accelerated the adoption of virtual classrooms and digitally enabled learning. It is estimated that in India Edtech will become a USD 2 bn plus industry by 2021. The investment will enable Airtel to add Edtech to its premium digital content portfolio and give distribution scale to quality learning material from Lattu Kids. Airtel already has over 160 mn monthly active users across its digital platforms – Airtel Thanks app, Airtel Xstream app and Wynk Music. Executive Commentary Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel said: “At Airtel, we aspire to support the growth of the start-up ecosystem through our digital platforms. And now more than ever, online education is a critical need for millions of young children who do not have access to regular classrooms. We believe that Lattu Kids can make a positive impact in the space of online education and are excited to have them in our accelerator and partner in their growth.” For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 4
  10. 10. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Charter (USA) Invests $10 Million with National Urban League and National Action Network to Assist Black-Owned Small Businesses in Underserved Communities Charter Communications, Inc. announced the company will invest $10 million in partnership with both the National Urban League and National Action Network to support Black and other minority-owned small businesses in underserved communities. This investment will help strengthen small businesses and provide a long-term economic impact vital to the continued development and growth of these communities. Charter’s Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund will invest $3 million in NUL’s community development financial institution, the Urban Empowerment Fund, which will make individual loans to minority-owned small businesses and, under the direction of and on behalf of NAN, the Loan Fund will invest an additional $3 million in low-interest loans directly to CDFIs. In addition, Charter will provide $3.5 million in PSA value to promote its partners’ Loan Fund opportunities, and will contribute a $500,000 capacity grant to the NUL for revitalizing its CDFI platform including funding for staffing, infrastructure, and operations. Executive Commentary “In all communities, small business ownership and growth are fundamental to developing and sustaining economic power, which is critical to their long-term success, said Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications. Building on our valued partnerships with the National Urban League and National Action Network, these investments will support small diverse-owned businesses through access to much-needed low-interest capital and help build thriving communities across the country.” For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 5
  11. 11. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Telia Company (Sweden) Agrees to Divest Its Interest in Turkcell Holding Telia Company has agreed to sell its 47.1 percent holding in Turkcell Holding, which owns 51.0 percent in the listed company TurkcellIletisimHizmetleri, to the state-owned Turkey Wealth Fund for USD 530 million. The transaction also includes, subject to closing, a full and global settlement of all shareholder disputes and litigations connected to Turkcell and Turkcell Holding. Since the divestment of its 14 percent direct ownership in 2017, Telia Company has not been a direct owner of TurkcellIletisim. Fintur, which was jointly owned with Turkcell, was dissolved in 2019, further limiting Telia’s direct involvement with Turkcell. Today, Telia Company agreed to divest its 47.1 percent holding in Turkcell Holding to Turkey Wealth Fund, the strategic investment arm of Republic of Turkey, and thereby completes the exit from Turkey. The governance of Turkcell Holding has been challenging. Disagreements between the shareholders have caused difficulties in the corporate governance of Turkcell from time to time. Today’s agreement includes, subject to closing, a full and global settlement of the disputes and litigations in Turkcell and Turkcell Holding, dating back to 2005. Executive Commentary “We announce the final piece of the Turkish exit puzzle – the divestment of Telia Company’s stake in Turkcell Holding. Over the past few years, our focus has been our core Nordic and Baltic markets. Through this divestment, we unwind a long-lasting legal deadlock; we reduce risk, improve leverage and increase liquidity which will generate better shareholder returns in our core markets, saysPresident and CEO of Telia Company. Turkcell has grown into a strong company which has generated substantial returns for its owners”. For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 6
  12. 12. Lore Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Telia Company (Sweden) Invests in New 5g Frequencies in Finland Telia in Finland has invested in 5G frequencies in the 26 GHz band. The Ministry of Traffic and Communications in Finland has announced the results of the frequency auction started on June 8, 2020, and Telia in Finland has secured an 800 MHz frequency block on the 26 GHz band. The new frequencies enable superfast 5G connections with gigabit speeds for both consumer and business customers. Services requiring critical connections with minimal latency in for example smart traffic and industrial areas, like ports, power plants and industrial parks can be offered on the frequencies. They help bring capacity to large events and offer an alternative for superfast broadband connections in urban areas. Telia in Finland launched 5G services on October 9, 2019, on the lower 3.5 GHz frequency band. The company has rolled out 5G services in over ten Finnish cities. Licenses for the 26 GHz band are valid for thirteen years starting from July 1, 2020, and the price for the new frequency blocks is EUR 7 million including the administrative fees for the auction. The payment to Traficom will be made in five installments over a five-year period. For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 7
  13. 13. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec- tetuer Financial, M&A Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon(USA) to expand Iowa wireless coverage by acquiring Iowa partnership interests Verizon has entered into an agreement to acquire the interests in the Iowa RSA 2 Limited Partnership, currently held by Interstate Enterprises, Ltd., Grand River Communications, Inc. and Cellular 35, Inc. When combined with the minority interest that Verizon currently holds, this acquisition will give Verizon 100% ownership of the partnership. The partnership provides wireless services in the Iowa RSA 2 market, consisting of Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold, Union and Wayne counties, covering a population of approximately 51K. The acquisition is subject to FCC approval and other conditions and is expected to close in fall of 2020. The partnership that Verizon will be acquiring is one of two partnerships that do business under the name Chat Mobility. The other partnership operates in the Iowa RSA 1 market, consisting of Adams, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, and Taylor counties. Verizon will be acquiring only the partnership that does business in the Iowa RSA 2 market. Executive Commentary Verizon Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance, said “Verizon is very pleased to announce this transaction. This acquisition aligns with our strategic business objectives and reflects our ongoing commitment to offering rural communities the very best mobile networks.” For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Description 8
  14. 14. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Solutions Updates Telecommunication & Media Industry
  15. 15. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Bell (Canada) launches Canada's largest 5G wireless network For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 9 Solution Description Bell announced the launch of Canada's largest 5G wireless network, offering unprecedented mobile data speeds and Canada's broadest selection of 5G-capable smartphones. Now available in Montréal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, Bell's initial 5G service will expand to more centres across the country as the next-generation wireless technology grows in speed and capacity, enabling unprecedented connectivity and an infinite range of new consumer and business mobile applications in coming years. To accelerate 5G innovation in Canada, Bell has also partnered with Western University to create an advanced 5G research centre, including the deployment of a campus-wide 5G network. Bell 5G customers in Montréal, the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver will have access to enhanced mobile data speeds and faster response times, as well as seamless connections to Bell's national LTE network – which reaches 99% of the Canadian population and already offers data speeds that independent analysts have found rank with the fastest in the world. Bell offers Canada's largest selection of 5G-enabled smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G series, LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen and Motorola Edge+, all for as low as $0 upfront with Bell SmartPay. 5G access is $10 a month on any Bell Mobility postpaid plan and is currently offered as a free bonus until March 31, 2021.
  16. 16. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Airtel (India) steps up the Experience for its Platinum customers Promises Faster 4G speeds to Platinum customers through Network Preference For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 10 Solution Description Bharti Airtel, India’s largest integrated telco, announced the launch of ‘Priority 4G Network’for its Platinum mobile customers. Airtel has deployed advanced technologies that give its Platinum mobile customers preference on the network. As a result, all Platinum customers will experience faster 4G speeds. As part of Airtel Thanks program, all postpaid mobile customers on Rs 499 and above plans are designated as Platinum and enjoy a range of exclusive benefits, including a customized Platinum UI on Airtel Thanks app. Airtel has been consistently rated as offering the "Best Video Experience" by global experts and launch of ‘Priority 4G Network’ will further enhance the digital experience for Platinum customers. In addition, Airtel Platinum customers get red carpet customer care with preferential service at call centers and retail stores. All Airtel call centers and retail stores have dedicated staff to attend to Platinum customers on priority and cut down on waiting time. To enjoy the ‘Priority 4G Network’ experience, existing Airtel and non-Airtel customers can upgrade to Airtel postpaid plans starting at Rs 499. As part of Platinum care, Airtel will home deliver the ‘Priority 4G SIM’ to homes of customers.
  17. 17. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Airtel (India) deploys India's largest open cloud-based VoLTE network with Nokia software products For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 11 Solution Description Nokia announced that its CloudBand-based software products are powering Bharti Airtel’s Voice over LTE network in India. The network supports over 110 million customers, making it the largest cloud-based VoLTE network in India and the largest Nokia-run VoLTE in the world. The cloud-based VoLTE deployment allows Airtel to provide its mobile customers faster and more reliable, cost-efficient call connectivity. The solution, which has been deployed to cover all 22 telecom service areas in India, uses Commercial Off-the-Shelf IT hardware with cloud-based Virtual Network Functions, which consumes much less power and space compared to the traditional 2G/3G Circuit Switched legacy core. Nokia’s VoLTE solution enables Airtel to free up spectrum by ramping down its 3G network, allowing the operator to utilize the freed-up spectrum to deploy 4G/LTE services for better speed and capacity. As part of its cloudification strategy, Airtel will also deploy Nokia’s CloudBand Infrastructure Software with the aim to create new revenue opportunities for 5G and internet-connected devices. As a vendor-agnostic, multi-technology and multi-domain platform, CloudBand will enable Airtel to lay the foundation for 5G networks and deliver new digital services with greater ease, flexibility and agility and ensure a reliable and high-performing network for delivering improved customer experience.
  18. 18. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Sky Germany begins new era of flexibility, choice and value for customers For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 12 Solution Description Sky has begun a new era of flexibility, choice and value for customers in Germany, as it completely refreshes and updates its approach to pricing and packaging. The news follows last week’s launch of Sky’s major new content plan to shake-up TV in Germany. Sky will deliver the content plan through a combination of partnerships and development of its entertainment, movies and sports offering. For the first time, Sky customers will now be able to choose between re-committing for another yearly subscription to lock in the best possible price, or they can enjoy maximum flexibility and move on to a monthly subscription, for a small surcharge. This also applies to existing customers, who can enjoy full flexibility after they have completed their existing contract and a new 12-month contract on the new package. From now on, customers will get Sky Q with Sky Go, brilliant HD and the full entertainment package, with the latest Sky Originals and best international shows from HBO, Showtime, Fox and TNT included from the very beginning at no extra charge - and all in brilliant HD picture quality.
  19. 19. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Sky Mobile (UK) introduces Doro range designed for older users For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 13 Solution Description Sky Mobile, recently voted by uSwitch customers as Network of the Year, announces the Doro 8050 and 7030 models are now available, with prices starting from just £9 per month. Doro phones are specifically designed to be simple and easy to use – with larger keys, louder and clearer sound, and easier to read screens. Doro aims to make it easy for elderly users with reduced hearing, sight, or motor skills to stay in touch with family, friends and loved ones. The Doro 8050 and Doro 7030 both feature an assistance button, so users can easily alert relatives if, for example, they fall at home. Pressing the button will send out an alert to up to five emergency contacts. The Doro 8050 is ideal for anyone new to smartphones and Android. The interface makes finding apps easy, and Google Assistant allows users to activate functions with voice control. The handset has loud and clear sound to improve voice calls for those who are hard of hearing. A simple to use camera is perfect for taking and sharing photos of family and friends, and the durable design protects against accidental drops and knocks. The Doro 7030 has a flip design with physical buttons, ideal for users who want a traditional phone with smart features. Users can stay in touch with friends and family through WhatsApp and Facebook, as well as traditional phone calls. The Doro 7030’s camera and large flip screen make it easy to take, view, and receive photos too.
  20. 20. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Charter (USA) to Expand Latino Programming with the Addition of Networks Kids Central, ¡Hola! TV, Inglés Para Todos, Tarima TV and Hogar De HGTV to Spectrum TV Lineups For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 14 Solution Description Charter Communications, Inc. announced the planned addition of five Latino targeted TV networks – Kids Central, ¡HOLA! TV, Inglés Para Todos, Tarima TV and Hogar de HGTV – to its Spectrum TV lineup. The networks, which offer a range of family-friendly, lifestyle, home and garden and educational programming in Spanish and English, will be available at no additional cost to subscribers of Spectrum’s Mi Plan Latino and Latino View TV packages. Kids Central, targeted at children aged 3-7, features parent-approved entertainment for a diverse audience, and every program is available in both English and Spanish, in high definition. The network includes programs such as “Bob the Builder,” “Strawberry Shortcake,” “Earth to Luna” and “Darwin and Newts.” During prime time, it offers shows, series and documentaries filmed in HD. The channel launches on Spectrum TV. Inglés Para Todos is dedicated to teaching English as a second language and features 24-hours of educational content for all learning levels. The channel also includes a mixture of situational and entertainment programming in HD to help Spanish speakers learn English, improve their pronunciation and practice grammar in a variety of ways. It launches July 1 for Spectrum TV subscribers.
  21. 21. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Peacock (USA) to Launch Nationally on Google Platforms and Devices For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 15 Solution Description Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service announced it will be available on Google platforms and devices including Android™, Android TV™ devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. At that time, Peacock will offer a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and timely live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. Peacock Premium offers 15,000 hours of content, and Android and Android TV users will receive complimentary access to Peacock Premium until Oct. 15, 2020. Once a user’s promotion concludes, Peacock Premium will be available for $4.99 per month on Android and Android TV via Google Play in-app purchase. Viewers may also upgrade to an ad-free tier for an additional $5.00 per month. Peacock customers will also enjoy daily programming highlights from TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood, and 75 streaming channels including clip-based channels like the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from the SNL Vault, plus news channels from NBC News Now and Sky News, and genre channels like True Crime, Reality Check-In and 80s Mix Tape.
  22. 22. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Spotify (USA) Launches on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 16 Solution Description Comcast announced that Spotify is now available to stream on Xfinity, giving millions of customers the ability to listen to the audio streaming service’s 50 million music tracks and a wide range of podcasts directly on the TV, from the comfort of their home. Starting today, Xfinity Flex customers can say “Spotify” into their Xfinity Voice Remote to access Spotify Free or Spotify Premium. Spotify will also begin rolling out to X1 customers today and be available to all in the coming days as an Internet app alongside all of the live, on demand, and streaming content already enjoyed on the platform. Comcast has seen double digit growth in streaming music consumption this year versus the same time last year. Spotify is seeing the same trends from their end— the increase in working from home is showing that more users are now streaming on their TVs. Customers with Xfinity Flex and, in the coming days, X1, can say “Spotify” into their Xfinity Voice Remote and login with existing credentials to start streaming. New customers will be able to create a Spotify account directly on the device and immediately have access to the free, ad-supported version of the service. Spotify joins other music and listening streaming services already available on X1 and Flex including Pandora, Amazon Music, Radio.com, iHeartRadio, XITE, NPR One, Music Choice, Stingray Music and Baeble.
  23. 23. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Deutsche Telekom (Germany) launches the world's first open platform for the Internet of Things For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 17 Solution Description Deutsche Telekom unveils plans to radically simplify the complex Internet of Things. With a unique platform, it brings all players together, including developers, operators, partners and suppliers. This "hub" will be the new industry meeting place for the Internet of Things. The most important goal is to make access and operation of an increasingly heterogeneous IoT ecosystem as simple and manageable as possible. Transparency instead of complexity, with standards and open interfaces: This is Deutsche Telekom response to the most urgent demand in the world of IoT. The new industry environment brings together the complete range of the most important elements that are essential for IoT solutions: connectivity, devices, cloud services and solutions for data analysis. Deutsche Telekom is not only relying on its own IoT offerings. The marketplace with its diverse partner portfolio offers customers the greatest possible flexibility. This considerably simplifies the setup and operation of individual IoT solutions. It also drastically reduces the development time from individual customer solutions to market readiness. The launch is planned for the second half of 2020. The IoT hub will be continuously expanded. Deutsche Telekom invites partners and customers to test the new IoT environment.
  24. 24. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable KT SAT’s (South Korea) Next Satellite to Usher in 5G Space Age For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 18 Solution Description KT Corp., South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, announced its satellite-operating subsidiary, KT SAT, will launch its next satellite as soon as 2024 to transition the company into the leader of 5G platform-__base__d service in the next space communications era. In a “vision declaration ceremony” commemorating its 50th anniversary, held at the Kumsan Satellite Service Center, KT SAT, South Korea’s sole satellite communication operator, unveiled its plan to launch KOREASAT 6A in 2024 at the earliest. It will succeed KOREASAT 6, which will be decommissioned in 2025 after 15 years of service. HTS provides high-speed data transmission over 10 times faster than that of the classic fixed-satellite service and the KOREASAT 6A will be capable of reconfiguring its beam coverage. Both technologies are aimed at optimized service to satisfy changing customer demands in the 5G era. The new satellite may also be loaded with the Korea Augmentation Satellite System, a Korean regional version of the Satellite-based Augmentation System. SBAS improves the accuracy and reliability of Global Navigation Satellite System information by correcting signal measurement errors and providing information about the accuracy, continuity and availability of its signals.
  25. 25. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Proximus (Belgium)launches "Flex", a unique new range of packs that can be customized to the needs of each member of the family For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 19 Solution Description Proximus will offer each household the opportunity to create a pack tailored to its needs through its new "Flex" offering. In addition to even greater personalization, other revolutions are also making their debut: free mobile data outside the bundle, unlimited calls for everyone, and a new app to make daily life easier for the family. Advantageous plans with several mobile subscriptions will also be offered. The first pack in the Flex range will be available from €59.99. Proximus has developed this new offer in collaboration with its customers. Millennials have grown up and become parents in their turn, bringing with them new consumption habits and very specific expectations of new technologies: these new connected families expect more and more flexibility and freedom in their choices and consumption, but also help from technology to make their daily lives easier and to pursue their passions even more intensely. The constantly changing societal context in which these families live no longer allows to consider the family as a homogeneous whole, but rather as a group of individuals with different personalities, desires and aspirations.
  26. 26. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Proximus(Belgium) to offer Apple TV 4K to new and existing customers For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 20 Solution Description Proximus to offer Apple TV 4K to new and existing customers. New and existing Proximus customers can benefit from a seamless zero sign-on experience with Apple TV 4K, the powerful entertainment device for enjoying TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps on the biggest screen in the home. The Apple TV 4K is available for € 69 in combination with an ‘Epic combo full’ pack, or as a standalone device for € 199.99. With Apple TV 4K, Proximus customers can use the Apple TV app to buy or rent movies, subscribe to Apple TV+ and Apple TV channels, as well as enjoy Apple Music, Apple Arcade and thousands of other apps, including games, fitness and education, all through one device built for the biggest screen in the home. Thanks to the integration of the Proximus Pickx app, customers get access to the Pickx TV platform, offering a personalized content experience available on every screen, with more than 80 channels and a variety of on demand content options to meet the needs of specific audiences. Existing Proximus customers with a MyProximus account will be able to enjoy the powerful zero sign-on experience from Apple, which further simplifies signing in and getting customers to the content they love with ease. With zero sign-on, Apple TV 4K automatically installs the Proximus Pickx app and signs them in — no need to enter a username and password.
  27. 27. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Proximus (Belgium) launches ‘Bizz Online Webshop’ for small enterprises For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 21 Solution Description Proximus launches ‘Bizz Online Webshop’ for small enterprises. In the context of the current COVID-19 crisis, entrepreneurs are even more aware that digital is key to continue their business. According to a recent survey done by Kynetec, 26% of SE enterprises think that digitalization will change the way of doing business. This includes having a website & e-commerce or use social media.As a reliable digital provider, Proximus’objective is to offer small enterprises help and support in the digital world.With Bizz Online, Proximus already proposes to assist small enterprises with different solutions and a personalized assistance of an expert to create their own professional website. A first step on the web is available from 15€/month with Bizz Online S. Today, Proximus enriches its offer with the launch of new products and solutions which will support small enterprises in their further digitalization. The first new product is an e-commerce option on the already existing Bizz Online offer and strengthens Proximus’ position as a partner for self-employed and small businesses. With Bizz Online Webshop, our customers will have an intuitive online shop, directly ready to "sell" and very easy to use and update
  28. 28. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable SK Telecom (South Korea): Digital Driver’s License Service Now Available in Korea through Identity Authentication App PASS For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 22 Solution Description SK Telecom, together with KT and LG Uplus, launched a digital driver’s license service on PASS, an identity authentication app provided by the three mobile carriers. Developed jointly by the three mobile carriers, the Korean National Police Agency and the Road Traffic Authority, the digital driver’s license marks the first case where a digital version of an official identification is used as a legally acceptable form of identity verification. Subscribers of PASS can register their driver’s license on the app through a verification and encryption process. Users can only use one smartphone registered under their own names. To confirm the authenticity of the information on the driver’s license and block attempts to register counterfeit driver’s license, the three mobile carriers connected their identity authentication servers to the Korean National Police Agency’s driver’s license system and applied blockchain technology. For identity verification, the app will show the user’s photo on his/her driver’s license along with a QR code and barcode. To prevent theft or illegal use of identity information, the codes are automatically refreshed and come with a floating animation layer. The new digital driver’s license service is applied to all stores of convenient store chains CU and GS25. For instance, the digital driver’s license can be used to verify age at convenient stores for the purchase of age-limited goods such as alcohol and cigarettes. In addition, from July 2020, the digital driver’s license will be used for reissuance and renewal of a driver’s license, as well as issuance of a driver’s license in English at 27 Driver’s License Examination Offices located throughout Korea.
  29. 29. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Swisscom (Switzerland): Second-hand smartphones now available from the Swisscom Online Shop For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 23 Solution Description Swisscom will be offering ‘refreshed smartphones’ - i.e. refurbished smartphones - for sale in its Online Shop. Swisscom purchases the second-hand devices from customers through its Buyback programme. They are then refurbished by Swisscom’s partner RecommerceSwissand sold in the Swisscom Online Shop as ‘refreshed smartphones. Surveys have shown that customer demand for this is high as it allows devices to be used for longer, and price-sensitive customers can save money by buying a preloved yet well-functioning device at a more affordable price. Customers receive a 12-month warranty on refurbished mobiles. The device packaging is labelled ‘refreshed’. Swisscom is partnering with Recommerce Swiss on the ‘refreshed smartphones’initiative. Recommerce Swiss refurbishes the returned smartphones and ensures that the previous user’s data is fully deleted. Before going on sale, the smartphones undergo 35 different quality controls, are unlocked and are in full working condition. The longer a mobile is used for, the better that is for the environment. Swisscom is helping its customers do just that with two different schemes. Through the popular Swisscom Buyback scheme, customers are already able to sell their old smartphone or have its value credited towards a new device. Alternatively, they can donate their old mobile to a good cause through ‘Mobile Aid’. Swisscom is now taking a further step forward with the ‘refreshed smartphones’ scheme, by selling refurbished smartphones in its Online Shop.
  30. 30. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Telstra (Australia) announces 5G coverage expands into more of Greater Brisbane For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 24 Solution Description Telstra’s 5G rollout has picked up pace with over 600 suburbs across the country that now have more than 50 per cent 5G coverage. In Greater Brisbane, there are 33 suburbs that are now more than half covered by the new technology – some even have full coverage. Regional General Manager May Boisen said it was another big step in Telstra’s continued roll out and investment in 5G technology, as they worked to make it available to more Queenslanders. The suburbs included below are those that have at least 50 per cent of their geographic area covered by Telstra 5G – and in some areas the network may cover the entirety of the suburb. Many other suburbs across Brisbane and Logan already have some 5G coverage but aren’t listed here unless more than half covered. Telstra has now rolled out coverage to selected areas in 32 major and regional cities and remains on track to deliver 5G into selected areas of 35 cities by mid-year. Across Queensland, Telstra has also begun the roll out of 5G in Bundaberg, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville and Warwick. Telstra’s 5G coverage maps are available at www.telstra.com.au/coverage-networks/our-coverage. In non-5G areas, customers will switch to the available 3G/4G/X network.
  31. 31. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Telstra (Australia) boosts mobile coverage at Cheshunt in Upper King Valley For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 25 Solution Description Telstra has announced a new mobile site has been switched on as part of the Victorian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Project, improving coverage to Cheshunt. Telstra Regional General Managersaid the new site would improve upon Telstra’s existing coverage across Victoria’s Upper King Valley. Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green MP said local communities have been vital in helping provide feedback on the locations and sites as part of the Victorian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Project. The new site will provide another way for residents and visitors to stay up to date with important alerts and in the event of an emergency. Telstra is delivering 17 mobile sites as part of the $11 million third round of the Victorian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Project including Cheshunt, Strath Creek South, Buckland Valley, Woolshed Valley and Carboor.
  32. 32. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Reuters (Canada) launches a dedicated audio and voice service enabling customers to expand and engage their audiences For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 26 Solution Description Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, launched a market-leading service designed specifically for the audio and voice sector. Two new products – Reuters Audio and Reuters Ready Audio – give customers access to a global collection of rights-cleared real-time and archive audio clips, as well as ready-to-publish audio stories: • With nearly half a million archive clips dating back to the early 1900s available, Reuters Audio customers have access to more than a century’s worth of news coverage at their fingertips, to add depth and dimension to their audio production. • Reuters Ready Audio provides a curated daily package of global news stories, voiced by Reuters journalists around the world in a ready-to-publish offering. Both are available from today via a new user experience on Reuters Connect, the most comprehensive digital platform powering the news ecosystem.The development comes as the audio market continues to grow, with consumers listening more than ever, driving up demand for high-quality audio content. Recent research from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University* found: • Nearly 20% of the most popular podcasts were categorised as news • There has been a 32% rise in the number of news podcasts in 2019 • 54% of US and 41% UK adults 18-25 listened to a podcast monthly and 62% use their smart speakers for news.
  33. 33. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Thomson Reuters (Canada) Integrates Legal Tracker with HighQ For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 27 Solution Description Thomson Reuters announced the integration of Legal Tracker, the most widely used software system for managing e-billing and matter management for corporate legal departments, with HighQ, a sophisticated collaboration and workflow tool designed to streamline legal operations. The integration of Legal Tracker with the document management capabilities in HighQ helps in-house teams increase productivity with enhanced tools for work product collaboration. With HighQ document management, legal departments can securely store and search documents and emails, control and compare versions, view audit history, and access documents offline without having to leave standard productivity tools. Key benefits of the integration of Legal Tracker with HighQ document management include: • Legal Tracker matter connection – simply navigate between Tracker matters and HighQ document folders • Document mark-up and version comparison – compare new versions and identify changes faster than track changes • Document collaboration and productivity – work more efficiently on documents and related tasks that surround drafting, approval and execution workflows • Secure file and document sharing – securely access and work on documents at any time, from any place and across any device with any outside party • Productivity application integrations – create and edit files in G SuiteTM productivity and collaboration tools and Office 365TM, manage emails and attachments, and simply synchronize documents.
  34. 34. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Toppan (Japan) Launches ZETA Starter Pack in Japan For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 28 Solution Description Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, haslaunched sales of a subscription-based ZETA Starter Pack to coincide with the provision of ZETADRIVE™, a platform service that offers both the servers needed for communication using the low power wide access ZETA protocol and the applications required to make data visible.ZETA is an LPWA network protocol developed by ZiFiSense that enables networks to be created at low cost. It is garnering attention as a means for collecting data from multiple sensors and facilitating the widespread expansion of the IoT, which will be essential for smart cities. In light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, increased demand is also anticipated for remote sensing via LPWA protocols due to the need for remote operation and monitoring as more people work from home. ZETADRIVE™ is a cloud-based IoT server platform enabling collection and visualization of data as well as operation of devices. It is comprised of ZETA servers for device management and a sensor data browsing system. APIs for such functions as data acquisition and device control provide scalability and meet the diverse system and application needs of customers, while custom application development is also available to cater to specific requirements. Toppan has leveraged high-level security expertise to create ZETADRIVE™ and plans to enable coordination with its Secure Activation Service for network transmission and management of encryption keys and certificates.
  35. 35. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Toppan (Japan) Solutions for Next-Generation Cities to be Showcased Online for Super City/Smart City Osaka 2020 For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 29 Solution Description Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, will be presenting its smart city-related technologies and services as part of Super City/Smart City Osaka 2020, an exhibition and conference showcasing smart city concepts for the future of Japan. In light of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the event will be held in an online format on July 2 and 3 and will also explore super city concepts for the coronavirus era. Toppan will be presenting its solutions and approach via an online seminar and the launch of special website to coincide with the exhibition. Toppan’s smart city business is focused on the areas of digital government, environment/energy, industry, social infrastructure, mobility, information services, disaster prevention, tourism, education, and healthcare/sport. One of the main solutions on show will be IoT décor materials that make it possible for messages from family members or general information to be displayed on walls in a seamless and organic way while maintaining harmony with a space’s interior design. Information can be transmitted over a network from the cloud, and when nothing is displayed, the wall looks like any other. Other Toppan solutions include a service that enables patients to get prescription medicines delivered to their home after consultation with a pharmacist online or via telephone and robots equipped with cutting-edge functions to recognize expressions, translate speech, and engage in natural conversation with a wide range of customers.
  36. 36. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Toppan(Japan) Launches Solution for Online Facility Tours For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 30 Solution Description Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has launched a new solution for the Japanese market to enable online tours of such facilities as factories, showrooms, museums, and art galleries. In order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection, many facilities have been temporarily closed or are having to devise ways in which they can provide tours while maintaining social distancing. Toppan’s solution combines existing video and photographs with newly produced content and online conferencing systems to enable users to see the facilities and communicate with the people that run them in real time. An advantage of an online tour is the ability to present areas of facilities that are not usually open to visitors. Tours can fuse existing or new video footage with live feeds to provide users with an enhanced sense of immersion. Toppan has also used its expertise to devise ways to communicate what visitors might hear or smell at actual locations. Webinar functions of online conferencing systems can be used to stream video content, and users can engage with the people operating facilities by using chat tools. Toppan has been using a similar system to provide online tours of its tourism business-related NIPPON GALLERY TABIDO MARUNOUCHI showroom and to present company facilities to employees who have joined the company in the last few months.
  37. 37. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) Media expands DOOH footprint with Shark Experience presented by Verizon For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 31 Solution Description Verizon Media has partnered with Shark Experience presented by Verizon and Edison Interactive to expand its digital out-of-home footprint and enable advertisers to reach engaged golfers across the country. Shark Experience presented by Verizon is a premium media platform delivering connectivity and customizable content to a golfer through a DOOH screen in a golf cart. The experience was developed in partnership with Verizon Media’s parent company, Verizon, Greg Norman Company and Club Car. Powered by Verizon’s LTE network, the connected golf cars include HD touchscreen displays and built-in speakers with Bluetooth connectivity. Golfers enjoy curated content from Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance. They also have access to GPS yardages, hole flyovers, music via streaming radio or Bluetooth, real-time sports ticker, live and on-demand sports including the PGA TOUR, news and Greg Norman golf tips.
  38. 38. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) Media launches TV tune-in attribution to connect digital ads & TV viewing For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 32 Solution Description Verizon Media introduced its new TV tune-in attribution product that allows broadcasters, networks and media companies to quantify the impact of digital ad campaigns on consumers tuning into TV shows. This is the first time Verizon Media DSP users can attribute TV show tune-ins to ads served on any channel, including mobile, CTV, video, desktop, native, and beyond. Verizon Media is launching the offering with Inscape, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VIZIO1, for automatic content recognition TV viewing data, with additional partnerships forthcoming. Verizon Media’s TV tune-in attribution correlates ad exposure and engagement across devices and screens to a user tuning into a program on their TV. The product works by matching ad behavior with near-real time ACR data from more than 15 million smart TVs. ACR data is opted-in by the consumer, capturing viewing preferences in an anonymized way, while allowing TV and entertainment advertisers to perform closed-loop attribution of users that saw an ad then tuned in to the show. Discovery is one of the first brands to use Verizon Media’s TV tune-in attribution product at launch, helping them identify the effects of non-TV inventory on TV-viewing and ensuring greater harmony across campaigns.
  39. 39. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) Media Immersive to power the future of 5G advertising and XR content For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 33 Solution Description Verizon Media, a leader in innovation, content and commerce, announced the launch of Verizon Media Immersive, the largest online XR platform for advertising and content powered by 5G. From augmented reality to virtual reality to mixed reality, Verizon Media Immersive allows partners, advertisers and Verizon Media’s portfolio of brands to create one-of-a-kind experiences by seamlessly connecting the physical and digital world. For consumers, Verizon Media Immersive transforms how content, commerce and advertising is consumed, allowing for 3D visualization of products and interaction with the ads. The Verizon Media Immersive suite will accelerate the next generation of media and content experiences with the most scaled capabilities of any digital portfolio. Verizon Media’s suite of brands, including Yahoo, HuffPost and TechCrunch, reaches nearly 900 million global unique visitors monthly.1 Verizon Media Immersive will amplify the creation, distribution and monetization of emerging XR formats. The suite will provide partners with authoring tools, a content library and search and e-commerce delivered through a personalized, interactive experience.
  40. 40. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) accelerates 5G network deployment For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 34 Solution Description Verizon continues to expand 5G Home Internet service across the country. Beginning, customers in parts of Houston will have access to enhanced 5G Home service. The super-fast Internet is perfect for those who are working from home, homeschooling kids, binging content or powering a smart home. Recently Verizon expanded 5G Home service to Detroit and enhanced service in Indianapolis and Los Angeles. A network repeater takes signals from nearby cell sites, amplifies the signals from those sites and retransmits them to previously underserved areas. Pivotal’s solution is an innovative way to efficiently enhance the design of the network and improve service in hard to reach areas. The trials in Dearborn focus on providing coverage to larger, multi-unit dwellings such as apartments or dormitories with multiple buildings and floors where repeaters are particularly helpful. By installing repeaters between the cell site and the location, the 5G signal can be cost-effectively retransmitted to cover additional areas. Repeaters are small, consume less power than a small cell or macro site and do not require a fiber connection. This makes them a lower cost, quicker path to supplementing traditional cell sites.
  41. 41. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) Business expands Virtual Network Services portfolio with Cisco’s ENCS For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 35 Solution Description Verizon Business is expanding its Virtual Network Services portfolio for enterprise customers with the introduction of Cisco’s 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System. The Cisco ENCS purpose-built platform will now be included within Verizon’s catalog of virtual network functions and service chains that are offered to customers. Verizon’s VNS portfolio allows customers to replace traditional network devices, such as routers, firewalls and switches, with virtual network functions, which can be managed and orchestrated from a central location. VNFs help expedite customers’ digital network transformation by reducing or removing the need for manual intervention, building flexibility and agility into an organization's ability to scale capacity, prioritize application availability quickly, and respond to changing business needs. The Cisco ENCS is a purpose-built compute platform optimized for Network Function Virtualization.
  42. 42. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) brings “Food for Frontline Workers” to El Paso and Chula Vista For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 36 Solution Description Verizon is expanding its “Food for Frontline Workers” initiative to doctors, nurses and medical staff working in El Paso, TX and Chula Vista, CA. Local restaurants will each provide 100 meals per day for one week to medical staff working at The Hospitals of Providence, and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista. Verizon is supporting the efforts of Crave Kitchen & Bar and Tomatito Mexican Food which will each deliver 100 meals daily to feed doctors, nurses and staff at The Hospitals of Providence, and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, from June 15 through 20. Each restaurant will follow strict food preparation and safety guidelines, while providing quick and delicious meals to these frontline healthcare workers. Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista has treated a large number of COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. In addition to caring for patients in its intensive care unit, the hospital also has dedicated treatment spaces in its emergency department and medical-surgical unit to care for COVID-19 patients.
  43. 43. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable BlueJeans(USA) maximizes the WFH experience with secure video collaboration at scale For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 37 Solution Description BlueJeans by Verizon, a trusted enterprise-grade video conferencing and events platform, today announced a core set of new features for meeting security, engagement, and time management to augment the work from home experience. Driven by rising customer demand for more natural collaboration and secure engagements as the world settles into today’s remote work reality, the latest enhancements to BlueJeans Meetings help remote workers stay safe, stay connected, and stay productive. As organizations quickly looked for ways over the past few months to bolster employee productivity and improve business outcomes, BlueJeans saw a 300% increase in utilization over the pre-COVID-19 average—which required rapid scale out. BlueJeans was able to stay ahead of traffic increases smoothly and seamlessly and remain focused on accelerating product innovation around emergent customer needs that support the way people work.
  44. 44. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) introduces the Lenovo Flex 5G — the world’s first PC built for 5G Ultra-Wideband For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 38 Solution Description Verizon hits another 5G milestone with the launch of the world’s first 5G Ultra-Wideband laptop1 — the new Lenovo Flex 5G — available at verizonwireless.com on June 18. To complement the Lenovo Flex 5G, Verizon is also offering its first 5G Ultra-Wideband Connected Device Plan, starting at $30 a month. Lenovo Flex 5G takes advantage of Verizon’s unprecedented 5G Ultra-Wideband speeds to connect, collaborate and download files at up to 2 gigabits per second. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8cx 5G compute platform brings astonishing performance and efficiency to this slim, sleek, fanless device. Crafted from premium aluminum and soft-touch magnesium, this ultra-portable 2-in-1 offers a full high-definition experience on a wide-angle 14” touchscreen, complemented by Dolby Atmos®-optimized audio. And with a battery that lasts up to 24 hours, you won’t miss a beat. Here are the coolest features of the Lenovo Flex 5G: Revolutionary 5G connectivity: The Lenovo Flex 5G works great on Verizon’s blazing-fast 5G Ultra-Wideband network, and will connect to Verizon’s low-band 5G network, going live later this year. It also switches between 5G Ultra-Wideband, 4G LTE and WiFi, ensuring you have access to the data you need.
  45. 45. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nib Solution Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon(USA): 5G Home Internet races into the Motor City For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 39 Solution Description Verizon 5G Home is now available in the Motor City. Residents in parts of Metro Detroit can now sign up for Verizon’s blazing fast 5G Home Internet - the perfect option for those of us that are working from home, homeschooling kids, or just enjoy binging content or powering a smart home. 5G Home is the backbone for your digital home. The new service comes with the latest Wi-Fi 6 Router, so you can enjoy peak speeds of up to 1 Gbps3; that means multiple devices running at the same time for all your connectivity needs. The Router also features Amazon Alexa Built-in, allowing customers to control smart home devices, hear the news, ask questions and access more than 100,000 skills – hands-free. Tired of waiting on the cable installer? Even the set-up process is fast; you can do Self Setup with 5G Home Internet on your own time with minimal effort. Verizon is teaming up with the best content providers in the industry to give you access and exclusive offers for the content and entertainment you want most. Customers will enjoy YouTube TV for one month, Disney+ for one year and gaming on Google Stadia for three months, all at no additional cost.4 Stadia is the perfect way to game without relying on costly hardware, and it plays smoothly with a 5G Home Internet connection.
  46. 46. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Rewards & Recognition Updates Telecommunication & Media Industry
  47. 47. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Deutsche Telekom (Germany) receives Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 40 The Solar Impulse Foundation has awarded the Efficient Solutions Label to Deutsche Telekom’s innovative direct water-cooling system developed by Cloud&Heat. This recognition is part of SIF’s 1000+ solutions alliance for building a portfolio of cleantech innovations for profitable environmental solutions. Leading in technology is one of the main pillars of Deutsche Telekom’s corporate strategy. Being committed to reducing the climate impact on the environment this leadership does not only apply to high-performance broadband coverage, but also to responsible network production. This is an economic and ecological necessity, especially due to increasing cloudification and increasing data traffic with a growing number and density of active components in the network. The best network will certainly also be a sustainable network in the future. Therefore, Deutsche Telekom is constantly working on solutions and use cases that support its climate targets and proof to be cost efficient. One example is a new type of cooling system. Cooling infrastructure in a data center is one of the largest sources of electricity consumption which also drives up costs. To solve this problem and set an example, Deutsche Telekom is running a proof of concept (POC) based on water cooling to build a clean and sustainable digital infrastructure. This is in cooperation with Cloud&Heat, a start-up that provides energy-efficient, scalable and secure tailored infrastructure solutions. They have developed a cooling system with direct hot water cooling and waste heat recovery. It works as follows: The servers are equipped with a set of water-filled heat sinks, which are located directly at the heat hotspots. R&R Description
  48. 48. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable NTT Ltd. (Japan) becomes first in APAC to obtain three Cisco Master Specializations For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 41 NTT Ltd., a world-leading global technology services provider, has been confirmed as the first company in APAC to obtain three Cisco Master Specializations. Obtaining the specializations means NTT Ltd. Australia has fulfilled all the requirements for delivering exceptional client benefits in Networking, Collaboration and Security. Master Specializations are Cisco’s highest and most exclusive level of partner certification, attesting that NTT Ltd. in Australia has made significant investments of time and resources to obtain expertise in the subject technologies and solutions. To receive the Cisco Master Specializations, NTT Ltd. Australia passed a rigorous review of its capabilities in the design, deployment, support and management of Cisco’s architectures. An independent third party evaluated the technical and commercial skills useful for offering solutions such as SD-WAN, Cisco Meraki, Cisco WebEx and Cisco Umbrella. NTT Ltd. Australia was the first company in the region to tackle all three specializations at once and received confirmation that they had been successful within a week. R&R Description
  49. 49. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable SK Telecom (South Korea) Wins at SCF Small Cell Awards 2020 For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 42 SK Telecom announced that it has received an SCF Small Cell Award in the category of ‘Commercial Small Cell Design and Technology’ for its cutting-edge 5G-4G Dual-Mode RF Repeater. Now in its 12th year, the SCF Small Cell Awards recognize innovations in small cell technology and best practices in deployments around the world. The SCF Small Cell Awards are judged independently by a panel of leading analysts, journalists and industry experts. Commercialized for the first time in the world in December 2019, SK Telecom’s 5G-4G Dual-Mode RF Repeater receives both 5G and 4G radio frequency signals from outdoor base stations and boosts these signals to amplify coverage in indoor areas including buildings and underground spaces. In particular, in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom, the company has upgraded its 5G-4G Dual-Mode RF Repeater to provide optimal performance in Europe’s network environment and plans to provide the repeaters to support Deutsche Telekom’s customer trial for 5G indoor coverage in Germany in the third quarter of this year. R&R Description
  50. 50. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Toppan (Japan) Included in Sompo Sustainability Index for Ninth Consecutive Year For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 43 Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has been included in the 2020 Sompo Sustainability Index, marking consecutive selection for nine years since the index was launched by Sompo Asset Management in 2012. The Sompo Sustainability Index is composed of around 300 companies demonstrating outstanding performance in environmental, social, and governance dimensions. The index informs Sompo Asset Management’s long-term, buy and hold investment-focused products, which are used by a large number of pension funds and institutional investors. The products aim to help investors build their asset portfolios through assessment of enterprise value from a long-term perspective that goes beyond financial indicators to identify and take into account such factors as management quality and latent risks. Toppan’s repeated selection to the index is based on recognition of its overall ESG performance, leading to long-term enterprise value. It adds to inclusion in a number of the world’s leading socially responsible investing indexes, including the DJSI World Index and Asia Pacific Index, the MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes, and the FTSE4Good Index. R&R Description
  51. 51. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) receives two top awards in first 5G User Experience Report from Opensignal For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 44 Verizon 5G ranks among the best for nationwide speed experience. Verizon's 5G customers have the fastest 5G download speeds and among the best download speed experience nationwide, according to the Open signal US 5G User Experience Report1 released.The report focused on three key categories: 5G Download Speed, User Download Speed Experience -5G Users, and 5G Availability. In addition to providing the fastest average 5G download speeds -- 494.7 Mbps -- the Verizon 5G network also earned joint best Download Speed Experience.The Download Speed Experience award takes into account the average 3G, 4G and 5G download speed that 5G users see, along with the time connected to each type of network. In just the past few weeks, Verizon’s most recent 5G milestones include: • successful Dynamic Spectrum Sharing trials in preparation for our launch of 5G Nationwide service later this year • the launch of 5G Home broadband service in Detroit and 5G mobility services in San Diego • the expansion of enhanced 5G Home service in parts of Houston, Los Angeles and Indianapolis. • and successful trials with Pivotal Commware Inc. using 5G repeaters to improve our coverage and performance. R&R Description
  52. 52. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable WPP (UK) named most creative communications company of the decade by Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 45 The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has named WPP as holding company of the decade. Cannes Lions is the world’s leading event and awards programme for the creative marketing community. This year’s special global rankings recognize those companies which have demonstrated the greatest sustained creative excellence, based on winning and shortlisted work over the last 10 years. Among the Lions awarded between 2010 and 2019, WPP agencies won a total of 51 Grand Prix and Titanium Lions for a huge variety of work including: 2011’s Dove Real Beauty Sketches by Ogilvy – one of the most-viewed advertisements of all time; 2016’s double Grand Prix-winning, data-driven The Next Rembrandt for ING by Wunderman Thompson; and last year’s Glass Lion for Change and Titanium winner The Last Ever Issue for Mastercard and BNP Paribas by VMLY&R and Wavemaker, which sought to transform the narrative for women. R&R Description
  53. 53. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable WPP (UK) named a leader among Adobe Implementation Service Providers For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 46 WPP has been named a Leader among Adobe Implementation Service Providers by Forrester Research, Inc., out of a field of the 12 most significant service providers invited to participate in the study. The report identifies that “Design and consulting capabilities, combined with expertise on Adobe’s growing product suite, differentiate the Leaders from the pack.”The report, The Forrester Wave™: Adobe Implementation Services, Q2 2020, assessed providers against 24 criteria spanning three categories: Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence. Among these categories, WPP received the highest scores possible in 12 criteria, including the strong partner ecosystem, Americas presence, EMEA presence, and Asia Pacific presence, as well as in the “number of Adobe clients” criterion and in the Marketo Engage Capabilities, Adobe Commerce Cloud/Magento Capabilities, Adobe Advertising Cloud Capabilities, and Operations Capabilities criteria. R&R Description
  54. 54. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable WPP (UK) named key strategic partner by WW International as part of the wellness company’s new unified agency model For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 47 WPP has been named key strategic and business partner for WW International, a global wellness company powered by the world’s leading commercial weight management program. After an extensive review led by Medialink, WPP’s integrated team, led by Mindshare and drawing on a comprehensive range of capabilities from across the company, was awarded key pieces of the North America business and media planning responsibilities. For WPP, this win comes on the heels of topping the COMvergence Global New Business Barometer and being named as the world’s most effective communications company by The Effies. Integrated team draws on the best of WPP, leveraging Mindshare, Neo and Wunderman Thompson to amplify WW’s holistic approach to wellness – spanning nutrition, activity, mindset, hydration and sleep. WPP is a creative transformation company. They use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, clients and communities. R&R Description
  55. 55. R & R Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable WPP (UK) named world’s most effective communications company for the ninth year in a row For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 48 WPP has been ranked the most effective marketing communications company in the world in the 2020 Effie Index. It is the ninth successive year that WPP has received this award. The Index, the world’s most comprehensive global ranking of marketing effectiveness, lists companies that create the most effective marketing and communications ideas in terms of measurable business results for clients. The 2020 Effie Index analysed finalist and winner data from more than 45 worldwide Effie Award competitions held in 2019. Submitted case studies were subject to intensive evaluation by an expert panel of judges, which debated each case’s effectiveness based on the results it delivered. WPP and its agencies have demonstrated their commitment to producing ideas that work and cultivating cultures of marketing effectiveness that drive results for their clients. On behalf of the global Effie organization, I would like to congratulate WPP and all of its agencies. R&R Description
  56. 56. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Customer Success Updates Telecommunication & Media Industry
  57. 57. Customer Success Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable SoftBank Corp. (Japan) Selected as Member of SOMPO Sustainability Index For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 49 SoftBank Corp. announced it was selected as a member of the SOMPO Sustainability Index, an index managed by SOMPO Asset Management Co., Ltd. and used for the company's “SOMPO Sustainable Management” investment product. Based on its corporate philosophy “Information Revolution Happiness for everyone”, SoftBank is taking initiatives to realize a sustainable society envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals by leveraging technologies such as 5G, IoT, and AI to provide solutions for digital transformations in a variety of industries. In addition, SoftBank has identified the following 6 priority issues and aims to grow its business group-wide by resolving these issues. Description
  58. 58. Customer Success Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Paper (Japan) Selected for Presentation at International Conference Eurographics&Eurovis 2020 For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 50 SoftBank Corp. has announced that a paper written by SoftBank's Advanced Technology Promotion Office in the IT Division, in cooperation with Swedish company Deform Dynamics, was selected for presentation at one of the most prestigious international conferences in the field of computer graphics, Eurographics and Eurovis 2020, held online from May 25-29, 2020. The paper was presented during the EGEV2020 Modelling Simulation Visualization session. In the paper, in addition to an algorithm for creating clothing from clothing patterns, a method for fast collision detection between the clothing mesh* and the mesh of a virtual character, preventing clothing from passing through the surface of the character and allowing for real-time simulation of the motion of clothes-wearing characters, was described. These features typically involve tremendous computational complexity, but the paper describes algorithms that can dramatically reduce this complexity. Until now, real-time clothing simulations have used simplified body shapes, leading to visibly unnatural contact between clothes and the body, making those simulations unusable in the fashion industry. In its current research, SoftBank and Deform Dynamics succeeded in creating a real-time clothing simulation naturally fitted to bodies using an original collision detection algorithm. With this algorithm, previously difficult simulations, such as those with layered clothing and clothes made from multiple fabrics, are now possible. Description
  59. 59. Customer Success Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Verizon (USA) and Cooler Screens power next generation digital in-store media platform For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 51 Verizon and Cooler Screens, the company behind the digital in-store experience that replaces traditional cooler doors, announced a long-term, strategic agreement to create and deploy next generation digital services for retailers. Verizon Business is powering Cooler Screens digital media and merchandising platform through LTE connectivity and a fully managed solution including Internet of Things condition-based monitoring, integrated service desk, and field services support. Verizon Media is extending its digital out of home advertising footprint to enhance in-store shopping experiences and omni-channel advertising opportunities. Additionally, Cooler Screens smart cooler doors have wireless capability which in turn allows Cooler Screens to explore ways to leverage Verizon 5G for faster and enhanced digital experiences in the future. Verizon Media and Cooler Screens are bringing the power of digital advertising to brick-and-mortar retail, offering marketers an innovative way to reach consumers while they shop in essential businesses across the country. Verizon Media has extended its digital leadership position to modernize the in-store shopping experience on retail cooler doors to become the exclusive ad platform offering inventory access to this unique, digital in-store retail experience. In partnership with Cooler Screens, Verizon Media will be the primary supplier of DOOH ads in top Walgreen store locations in the U.S., including Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, reaching over 75 million shoppers monthly within a year. Description
  60. 60. IT Shades Engage & Enable For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com Partner Ecosystem Updates Telecommunication & Media Industry
  61. 61. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable BlackBerry and Bell (Canada) to Deliver Enhanced Mobile Threat Defense to Enterprise Customers For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 52 BlackBerry Limited and Bell announced a new partnership to provide enhanced secure communications to business and government customers, strengthening their longstanding relationship to deliver leading-edge mobile security solutions to Canadian consumers and business customers. BlackBerry becomes Bell’s preferred Mobile Threat Defense partner, enabling Canada’s largest communications company to offer its enterprise customers access to BlackBerry Protect, the MTD solution that uses the power of artificial intelligence to block malware infections, prevent URL phishing attacks and provide application integrity checking. Canada's largest communications company with more than 22 million consumer and business connections, Bell provides advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. Description
  62. 62. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Western partners with Bell (Canada) on 5G research initiative For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 53 Western has partnered with Bell Canada to create an advanced 5G research centre – turning the campus into a 'living lab' that will help shape smarter cities and communications systems, boost drone security, better manage business continuity, and more. Bell will invest $2.7 million and deploy 5G network equipment and infrastructure throughout the Western campus. The partnership will also fund research and development initiatives, training opportunities, and technological innovations. The partnership will study 5G applications, including virtual and augmented reality use; smart vehicle and smart city applications; autonomous vehicles; industrial Internet of Things applications; multi-access edge computing; battery and small cell research; machine learning; artificial intelligence; and other technology for use in fields such as medicine, agriculture, transportation, and communications. At Western, the partnership opens the doors to a range of research possibilities touching all corners of campus, including studies by: • Engineering professor Xianbin Wang, whose work improves security, efficiency and reliability of wireless communications; • Science professor Anwar Haque, whose research maximizes the efficiency and security of autonomous drones, connected vehicles and smart cities and homes; • Ivey Business School professor BissanGhaddar, whose work explores the intersection of smart cities, the Internet of Things, and optimization models applied to personal mobility; and • Ivey Business School professor Joe Naoum-Sawaya, whose research advances energy, water, mobility and telecommunications within smart cities. Description
  63. 63. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Canadian Mental Health Association and Bell (Canada) Let's Talk expand BounceBack® nationwide For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 54 Bell Let's Talk and the Canadian Mental Health Association announced a $1 million expansion of the mental health supports available remotely for Canadians with the introduction of the CMHA's BounceBack® program to the Atlantic provinces, Québec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Yukon, and further expansion of the program in Manitoba. BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program effective in helping adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos, participants learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being now and in future. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy, BounceBack was designed and launched by CMHA BC Division in 2008 and is currently funded by governments and donors in British Columbia, Ontario and parts of Manitoba, where it has been shown to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms by 50% at program completion. The donation from Bell Let's Talk will allow CMHA to leverage existing expertise to expand the impact of this evidence-based program. Available in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Spanish, Arabic and Farsi, the program is free to all participants and delivered by coaches who are extensively trained and overseen by clinical psychologists. Participants can be referred by a primary care provider, such as a family doctor, nurse practitioner or psychiatrist, or choose to self-refer as long as they're connected with a primary care provider, giving Canadians more choice in accessing support from home. Description
  64. 64. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Sky Media (UK) to sell BT Sport advertising inventory For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 55 BT and Sky have agreed a new multi-year partnership that broadens and deepens their strong commercial relationship. Sky Media, the advertising sales arm of Sky, will now sell advertisements and sponsorship across all BT Sport channels in the UK. Following a competitive tender process, BT Sport have awarded their advertising sales contract to Sky Media, who will replace Channel 4. The agreement means that Sky Media will exclusively sell advertisements and sponsorship across both residential and commercial feeds of all BT Sport channels in the UK as well as the BT Sport app and website. Sky Media currently represents all of Sky’s channels and also sells on behalf of a range of major broadcasters and channels including Channel 5, Viacom and Discovery. Launched in 2013, BT Sport broadcasts in the UK and Republic of Ireland with around five million subscribers. BT Sport offers five linear TV channels BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport. Virgin and Talk Talk. BT Sport is also available online and via the App on mobile and large screen devices and operates pay per view channel, BT Sport Box Office. BT Sport has a track record of innovation, operating from one of industry’s most sophisticated sports TV studios, and delivering world-firsts around Virtual Reality, Dolby Atmos, 4K UHD and remote production. Its achievements have been recognized with awards from IBC, Promax, Music Week and more. Description
  65. 65. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Sky (UK) and Discovery agree new, expanded long-term partnership For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 56 Sky and Discovery have agreed a new long-term, multi-faceted partnership across the UK and Ireland, Germany and Austria. Discovery’s portfolio of real-life entertainment channels, including Discovery Channel, will continue to be showcased across the Sky platforms in the UK, and on the Sky Deutschland platforms in Germany and Austria. The Discovery Channel will continue to be available on the NOW TV platform in the UK and Sky Ticket in Germany. The deal includes linear channel distribution, video on demand, direct to consumer products, and extension of the advertising relationship. For the first time, the multi-year deal also covers Discovery’s non-linear brands in the UK and Ireland. Sky will be a distribution partner for Discovery’s existing direct-to-consumer streaming services such as MotorTrend, and new products from the future pipeline of Discovery's direct-to-consumer offerings. Sky Q and Eurosport will also be working together to bring the best possible experience to customers across the UK and Ireland for the 2021 Olympics with UHD and HD pop up feeds dedicated to specific sports and events. As part of the expanded deal, Sky Media and Discovery renewed their advertising sales partnership in the UK and Ireland, whilst creating new opportunities for advertisers in VOD and via AdSmart. Reaching over 95% of the UK population, Sky Media represents all of Sky’s channels and also sells on behalf of a range of renowned broadcasters and channels including Channel 5, Viacom and Discovery. Description
  66. 66. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Entertainment Studios Networks and Comcast (USA) Announce Content Carriage Arrangement For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 57 Entertainment Studios Networks and Comcast announced they have entered into a content carriage arrangement that extends and amends terms for The Weather Channel and 14 broadcast television stations. Entertainment Studios Networks and Comcast today announced they have entered into a content carriage arrangement that extends and amends terms for The Weather Channel and 14 broadcast television stations. The deal also includes distribution of Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV on X1 and video on demand and TV everywhere rights for those networks. Comcast will also launch the free ad-supported digital app, Local NOW, on the Xfinity X1 and Flex platforms, and Xfinity customers who receive The Weather Channel will have access in the coming months to its weloveweather.tv website and app on an authenticated basis. Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company specializing in wide release commercial content. ESMP released 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which grossed over $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Western HOSTILES, the historic mystery-thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the sequel to 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED. Description
  67. 67. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Dentsu(Japan) and the Global Esports Federation Establish Strategic Partnership For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 58 Dentsu Inc. announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with the Global Esports Federation to promote the global development of the growing esports business. The GEF was launched in December 2019, in Singapore, to establish the voice and authority for the worldwide esports movement. The federation brings together diverse leaders from esports, as well as more traditional sporting organizations and athletes, with the vision to create a sustainable ecosystem for esports. Tencent is the Founding Global Partner of the GEF, and from Japan, the Japan esports Union is a member of the federation. The strategic partnership will focus on joint efforts to develop new marketing programs and esports events. In collaboration with JeSU, Dentsu will lend its expertise and experience to collaborate with various game publishers*, commercial partners and various International Organizations to further elevate the credibility, legitimacy and prestige for esports. Description
  68. 68. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Skyand Discovery (USA) agree new, expanded long-term partnership For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 59 Sky and Discovery have agreed a new long-term, multi-faceted partnership across the UK and Ireland, Germany and Austria. Discovery’s portfolio of real-life entertainment channels, including Discovery Channel, will continue to be showcased across the Sky platforms in the UK, and on the Sky Deutschland platforms in Germany and Austria. The Discovery Channel will continue to be available on the NOW TV platform in the UK and Sky Ticket in Germany. The deal includes linear channel distribution, video on demand, direct to consumer products, and extension of the advertising relationship. For the first time, the multi-year deal also covers Discovery’s non-linear brands in the UK and Ireland. Sky will be a distribution partner for Discovery’s existing direct-to-consumer streaming services such as MotorTrend, and new products from the future pipeline of Discovery’s direct-to-consumer offerings. Sky Q and Eurosport will also be working together to bring the best possible experience to customers across the UK and Ireland for the 2021 Olympics with UHD and HD pop up feeds dedicated to specific sports and events. As part of the expanded deal, Sky Media and Discovery renewed their advertising sales partnership in the UK and Ireland, whilst creating new opportunities for advertisers in VOD and via AdSmart. Reaching over 95% of the UK population, Sky Media represents all of Sky’s channels and also sells on behalf of a range of renowned broadcasters and channels including Channel 5, Viacom and Discovery. Description
  69. 69. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable Discovery, Inc. (USA) and Walmart Announce Integration Partnership in New HGTV Home Makeover Series Design at Your Door For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 60 Discovery Inc., the global leader in real-life entertainment, announced a new partnership with international retailer Walmart for product integration into the new self-shot HGTV series Design at Your Door. The series will premiere on Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV and HGTV GO with content shot entirely by homeowners as they virtually connect with top HGTV designers to make over a room in their homes. Designers featured in the series include David Bromstad, Tiffany Brooks, Tamara Day, Dave and Jenny Marrs, Maureen McCormick, Grace Mitchell, Eve Plumb, Orlando Soria and Alison Victoria. Walmart’s product integration into the series reflects Discovery’s creative way of innovating ad sales partnerships. The partnership will include long-form integration into each episode of the series, featuring products from Walmart’s home line. Companion social videos will feature before-and-after makeovers and product highlights. Additionally, shoppable articles will be created for HGTV.com, and a shoppable hub on Walmart.com will highlight products featured in the show. A 30-second vignette sponsored by Walmart, titled “5 Reasons Why: You Can Do It, Too,” will empower viewers to create memorable experiences with their families around home improvement projects. Description
  70. 70. Partner Ecosystem Updates IT Shades Engage & Enable DISH (USA) advances O-RAN network, Selects Fujitsu for 5G radio units and Altiostar for virtualized RAN software solution For any queries, Please write to marketing@itshades.com 61 DISH continues to lead the U.S. in deployment of the nation's first O-RAN compliant 5G wireless network, the company announced two major vendor agreements: a large purchase of radio units from Fujitsu and a multi-year agreement with Altiostar to deliver a cloud-native Open vRAN software solution. DISH will be utilizing Fujitsu's Low Band Tri-Band RU and Mid Band Dual-Band RU, both industry firsts for O-RAN radios, across the company's spectrum portfolio. In addition to radio units, Fujitsu will provide support through its integrated supply chain to deliver best-in-class radio and antenna integration. Additionally, Fujitsu will manage DU/RU hardware validation between vendors, including Altiostar and Mavenir, which are delivering cloud-native 5G radio software to DISH. Leveraging Altiostar's software solution, DISH will be able to dynamically scale its network depending on the type of applications and services being deployed. The openness, modularity, agility and scalability provided by Altiostar will enable DISH to quickly deploy new 5G services for consumers and businesses. DISH Network Corporation is a connectivity company. Since 1980, it has served as a disruptive force, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and award-winning technology to millions of customers with its satellite DISH TV and streaming Sling TV services. Description

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