Every organization that builds software products and/or services has been striving to develop new offerings for (or move existing ones to) the cloud, lately.

Start-ups and small organizations see it as an obvious choice, or rather the only viable option, since it helps them save the upfront set-up costs of infrastructure and maintenance, and reduce the time-to-market significantly. Larger organizations with well-established products/services see it as an opportunity to offer greater flexibility and cost efficiency to their customers, hence making their products more competitive and future-safe. It is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders – OEMs, vendors, service providers and customers.

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Introduction

The trend towards ever increasing demand of wireless data transmission will compel major changes in software and network infrastructure in the near future. Hence, as suggested by experts from 5G Infrastructure Association, by 2020, it is envisioned that telecommunications and IT industries will be integrated to result in a high capacity universal infrastructure. This would bring the compute and storage resources into one programmable and unified infrastructure.

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Safety of the family has always been paramount and IoT has been a blessing for parents who prefer to be extra cautious about the whereabouts of their children. Wearables for kids is one of the hottest trends in IoT with a surefire market and has been identified as one of the key opportunities in the space of IoT gadgets.

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LTE broadcast or eMBMS (Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services) has been making a buzz in the mobile TV industry (with vendors, technology evangelists, operators etc.) ever since it was first introduced for UMTS in 2006. Strangely this technology did not gain much momentum as per the benefits it can provide. When LTE gained ground in the market then, MBMS reintroduced it as eMBMS. Expectations are high now because a combination of LTE and eMBMS provides more flexibility and uses spectrum efficiently. However, the commercial deployment of eMBMS has not matched up to the expectations.
Technology evangelists were perplexed about why MBMS was not gaining ground in terms of actual commercial deployments, though it is capable of providing huge benefits. This article attempts to analyze this question and provides some very useful and practical use cases where both operators and users stand to benefit.

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There is a general agreement that with demand for data at an all-time high there is a need to find solutions for higher mobile data speeds. One of the means to achieve this is more spectrum, however the licensed spectrum has limited availability and is an expensive proposition for the service providers. That’s why there is so much interest in exploring the use of unlicensed spectrum of 5Ghz for LTE which is currently used majorly by Wi-Fi along with other technologies. The LTE in unlicensed high frequency band of 5Ghz is suitable for short range dense and indoor deployments. With enterprise deployments of LTE small cells picking up, this is all the more reason for so much attention on unlicensed bands for LTE now.

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Aricent held its immensely-successful #Hack100-II coding contest on 11 March 2016. But even after a month, it is far from over at least in the mind of every Aricentian. This was proven on 17 March when the #Hack100-II participants and other Aricent employees came together for the HackFest. This event was a technological expo that served a dual purpose. It allowed #Hack100-II participants to demonstrate their state-of-the-art solutions to a wider audience. More importantly, it was an opportunity for every Aricentian to interact with the participants and learn about emerging technologies and innovative solutions, which they had only heard about so far. Needless to say that the HackFest, which was organized in Chennai and Gurgaon, was a runaway hit.

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