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MEF announced its MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase Q1 2021 award winners, recognizing leadership and innovation in support of the MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework and the broader industry. The MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Program encourages collaborative work within MEF, where members partner to demonstrate use cases based on current and developing standards. The showcase featured 18 companies joining forces in seven demonstrations over seven days.

Read more: MEF Selects Proof of Concept Winners

At 340 square miles, the City of Memphis is among the largest in the United States in terms of land area. Memphis has over 6,800 lane-miles of city streets, enough to drive back and forth to Los Angeles four times. Keeping these streets well maintained and safe for citizens and visitors is a major priority for the city.

Read more: Deploying AI for Community Improvement

Telecom giant AT&T, led by CEO John Stankey, has struck a deal to sell a minority stake in its satellite TV unit DirecTV, AT&T TV and its U-Verse business to private equity firm TPG. The companies will form a new venture, to be called DirecTV, that will own and operate the pay video services.

Read more: AT&T to Sell Stake in DirecTV to TPG

Ericsson launched three new radios in its Massive MIMO portfolio and expanded its RAN Compute portfolio with six RAN Compute products to accelerate 5G mid-band rollouts. The new solutions are powered by Ericsson Silicon – the company’s system on a chip (SoC) range that provides advanced processing capabilities for a rapid evolution of energy-efficient and high-performing networks.

Read more: Ericsson Accelerates 5G Mid-Band Rollouts

Ocean Networks, Inc. (ONI) has revealed plans for the Caribbean Express (CX) Project, which will see construction of an 18-fiber-pair submarine cable system between Florida and Panama. In addition to landings at West Palm Beach, FL, and Balboa, Panama, Caribbean Express also will provide connections to Cancun, Mexico, and Cartagena, Colombia. The submarine network will be designed for future connectivity to other countries as well. Ocean Networks says it plans to spend $300 million on the effort, with funding help from Commenda Inc., an Atlanta-based merchant bank.

Read more: Ocean Networks Building Caribbean Express Submarine Cable

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