Article: Learn Magma, A New Open Source Project Bringing High Speed Internet To Remote Areas

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Learn Magma, A New Open Source Project Bringing High Speed Internet To Remote Areas

Linux Foundation Training & Certification and the Magma Core Foundation have partnered to develop a free, ten-week self-paced online training course to help technology strategists and decision makers at telcos; as well as, rural ISP operators and systems integrators learn the fundamentals of Magma.

Magma is an open-source project supporting diverse radio technologies, including LTE, 5G and WiFi, which can help extend network access into remote, sparsely populated areas. Muralnet is using Magma to extend network access to Native American communities, while Brisanet has similarly deployed it into remote areas of Brazil.

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Article: Protection of privacy paramount in open finance

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Protection of privacy paramount in open finance

Open finance is a framework that gives people the right to choose with whom they share their financial data. Done properly, it should enable secure and easy sharing of data, which in turn will allow companies to develop products related to insurance, alternative lending, digital banking, personal financial management, account aggregation and more. Open finance will also promote financial inclusion for all South Africans; it is something that we can all look forward to.

The Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA) is paving the way for the regulation of open finance in SA. In May there was a feedback session on its draft open finance consultation paper. Here is a summary of the main points affecting fintech companies and traditional financial institutions alike.

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Article: Why A.I. needs to be open to all

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Why A.I. needs to be open to all

Businesses of all sizes across different sectors are exploring or deploying Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) today more than ever before. This is game-changing for companies, as they look to leverage automation, natural language processing, data-driven decision-making, and a host of other capabilities. They are using A.I. to drive enhanced customer experience, complement their knowledge workers, boost innovation, and become truly agile. In the Covid-19 era, A.I. has had a crucial role to play in improving business resiliency and continuity besides powering personalized customer service.

However, successful A.I. adoption is dependent on a few factors such as moving A.I. from prototype to scale and the availability of skilled talent. To realize A.I. at scale, it needs to be portable across clouds and not restricted to the tech platforms on which the prototype was built.

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Article: What is Wi-Fi 6E, the 6GHz band that Mexico wants to declare as ‘free spectrum’ to have faster and less saturated internet

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What is Wi-Fi 6E, the 6GHz band that Mexico wants to declare as ‘free spectrum’ to have faster and less saturated internet

We are just assimilating the arrival of 5G internet and now the new WiFi 6E is coming for Mexico. It is a new generation of 6 GHz band , which can be used by any compatible device, since the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) wants to declare it as ‘free spectrum’ . This would help provide a faster and less saturated internet service.

Also known as 6GHz WiFi , it consists of having a gigantic block of frequencies available with a wide variety of channels that will serve in places where there is a high density of signals. Currently, Wi-Fi operates at about 400 MHz, with the release of the 6GHz band, the available spectrum would quadruple .

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Article: Airbyte announces $26M Series A for open source data connector platform

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Airbyte announces $26M Series A for open source data connector platform

One of the major issues facing companies these days isn’t finding relevant data so much as moving it to where it’s needed. Enter Airbyte, an early-stage startup that is building an open-source data integration platform to help solve that problem. Today the company announced a $26 million Series A, just a couple of months after announcing its $5.2 million seed round.

Benchmark led the investment with help from 8VC, Accel, SV Angel, Y Combinator and multiple tech industry luminaries. The company has raised more than $31 million, all of it coming this year.

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Article: Open RAN revenues forecast to nearly double in 2021

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Open RAN revenues forecast to nearly double in 2021

Total Open RAN revenues are expected to nearly double in 2021. The report did not reveal the specific revenue of Open RAN business. Open RAN revenues include O-RAN and OpenRAN compatible macro and small cells radios plus baseband hardware and software.

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is driving the Open RAN market. Macro is dominating but small cell adoption is improving. The Open RAN Massive MIMO landscape is evolving. Mobile operators in the APAC region are largely behind the surge, underpinned by a fairly synchronized migration from proprietary RAN towards Open RAN in Japan. Rakuten now has some 50 K radios up and running in Japan. Other Japanese operators are increasingly optimistic about O-RAN and the role open interfaces will play with more advanced radio deployments.

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Article: Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake

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Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake

The relative merits of “open” have been hotly debated in our industry for years. There is a sense in some quarters that being open is beneficial by default, but this view does not always fully consider the objectives being served. What matters most to the vast majority of organizations are security, performance, costs, simplicity, and innovation. Open should always be employed in service of those goals, not as the goal in itself.

When we develop products at Snowflake, we evaluate where open standards, open formats, and open source can create the best outcome for our customers. We believe strongly in the positive impact of open and we are grateful for the open source community’s efforts, which have propelled the big data revolution and much more

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Article: The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

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The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

India has a vibrant and growing open-source community. In March, Microsoft’s GitHub, which has 5.8 million Indian contributors, announced a grant of Rs.1 crore to support India-based open-source maintainers and contributors who build world-class software using open-source tools. As per GitHub COO Erica Brescia, India is the fastest-growing country in terms of new developers contributing to open-source projects.

Open-source software development has a lot of potential in India and could become the best in the world under the right circumstances. The government of India can play a major role here. Introducing policy-level changes to open-source development could encourage a mutually beneficial relationship for both the government and the developers and give ‘Digital India’ a much needed push.

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Article: Open APIs And What They Mean For Banks & Family Offices

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Open APIs And What They Mean For Banks & Family Offices

The digital age and growing globalization have triggered a rapid evolution in the financial needs of ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices, driving increasing complexity in wealth management.

A mere decade ago, most UHNWIs and family offices conducted all of their financial transactions through a single bank. In recent years, multiple banking relationships have become commonplace, and individual wealth spread across a range of specialized custodians and jurisdictions. This has catapulted banks into a highly competitive environment.

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Article: TIP’s OpenWiFi Targets WiFi Disaggregation

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TIP’s OpenWiFi Targets WiFi Disaggregation

The Facebook-led Telecom Infra Project (TIP) set its sights on WiFi disaggregation this week with the release of OpenWiFi. The initiative expands the purview of TIP beyond mobile and fixed network infrastructure to one of the most broadly adopted and consistently discouraging technologies of all. WiFi is currently used to connect more than 16 billion devices and it carries the majority of wireless internet traffic globally, according to TIP.

OpenWiFi is a fully disaggregated system spanning access point hardware, an open source access point networking operating system, and a software development kit for cloud-native WiFI controller applications that can be used by operators and enterprises.

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