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SPAM? Verizon gives you a new tool to avoid those pesky robocalls with new Caller ID feature
NEW YORK - "I love robocalls," said no one ever. In reality, the opposite is true, and it is in that spirit that Verizon is introducing a new Caller ID feature for its landline phone customers to help them protect themselves from potential malicious robocalls. more

Verizon Virtual Network Services Bundles make move to virtualization fast, easy and cost effective
NEW YORK - Enterprises know they need to embrace virtualization, but implementing software-defined networking (SDN) solutions can be complex, time consuming and expensive. Verizon is removing some of those barriers and streamlining the virtualization process with the launch of new Virtual Network Services (VNS) Solution Bundles. Verizon developed pre-packaged service chains working with leading technology providers like Checkpoint Software, Cisco, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. With these bundles all network compatibility testing and licensing have already been completed, providing peace of mind while saving both time and labor. Additionally, Verizon's end-to-end orchestration and closed loop service assurance allows customers to essentially "point and click" to enable SDN solutions. more

Verizon to offer iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition
Verizon announced it will offer iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, the new generation of iPhone in a stunning red finish. Both phones sport a beautiful glass enclosure, now in red, with a matching aluminum band and a sleek black front. Customers will be able to order the special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone starting tomorrow, April 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET and it arrives in Verizon stores on April 13. more

Verizon takes industry lead in working with key partners to drive advancements on CBRS spectrum
IRVING, TX - Leading companies and vendors from across the wireless industry have come together at Verizon's facility in Irving, Texas to accelerate using 4G LTE technology over the CBRS (Citizen Band Radio Spectrum) spectrum. After the successful initial trials last year, Corning, Ericsson, Federated Wireless, Google, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, are all collaborating in end-to-end system testing to further develop the use of this new spectrum. more

MobiCom awarded 'Best Socially Responsible Company'
KDDI CORPORATION subsidiary MobiCom Corporation LLC (Headquarters: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Chairman and CEO: Tatsuya Hamada) has been selected as the "Best Socially Responsible Company" by the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its biennial Silk Road-2018 Awards, honoring corporate public conscientiousness. Presented every other year to honor nine categories of activity and contribution, the Silk Road Awards recognize foreign business entities, international organizations, diplomatic missions and individuals that contribute to Mongolia's economic development and ecological efforts. As Mongolia's largest comprehensive telecommunications service provider, MobiCom places utmost importance on its contributions to Mongolian society. In collaberation with World Vision Mongolia, an NGO that coordinates international cooperation with local governments, MobiCom has helped provide schools with water supply systems and flush toilet facilities through the W.A.S.H. Project. The program has benefitted approximately 45,000 children at 58 schools in 16 provinces with improved public sanitation conditions. MobiCom also participates in the Child Helpline 108 project, which helps address the problem of child abuse. The project provides toll-free assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to children, parents, teachers and social welfare workers, and embodies MobiCom's proactive approach to CSR in Mongolia. more

KDDI enhances connectivity in Asia with Southeast Asia-Japan 2 (SJC2) submarine cable
Tokyo, 15 March, 2018―KDDI and the members of the Southeast Asia-Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) signed an agreement with NEC Corporation to build a high performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan. more

How drones can provide cell phone service following extreme weather and disasters
Woodbine, New Jersey -Hurricanes.  Tornadoes.  Blizzards. Earthquakes.  Mother Nature can strike at any moment, leaving behind a path of destruction. If severe weather strikes, power and communication services can be disrupted for days. In early March, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI), took the next step in advancing cutting-edge wireless communications from a drone for disaster response with their fourth test of capabilities. more

Verizon and Colt demonstrate industry-first, two-way inter carrier SDN network orchestration
London - Colt and Verizon have today successfully showcased two-way inter carrier Software Defined Network (SDN) network orchestration for the first time. At an event in London, both companies were able to make near-real-time bandwidth changes in each other's production networks. This is the first time two-way network orchestration between carrier production networks has been demonstrated anywhere in the world, and marks an important step in enabling real-time cross-carrier automation. more

The versatile Fitbit Versa is arriving for preorder March 14 at Verizon
Picture the most versatile friend you know (and if it's you that's ok too). Ok now put them on your wrist and bring them everywhere you go. Oh and they should track your health and wellbeing stats, carry your music, remind you to move, and look good while doing all that. more

Toyota, JapanTaxi, KDDI and Accenture to Start Piloting Artificial Intelligence-based Taxi Dispatch Support System
Toyota City, Japan, March 9, 2018―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and JapanTaxi Co., Ltd. (JapanTaxi), jointly with KDDI Corporation (KDDI) and Accenture, have developed a taxi dispatch support system that predicts demand for taxi services, combining data from taxi service logs with predictions of demographics made by location-based big data [1] from smartphones as well as event information. The companies have started to deploy the system in Metropolitan Tokyo on a trial basis. more

KDDI supports Sierra Wireless AirPrime (R) HL78 Low-Power Wide-Area module for LTE-M IoT applications in Japan
Next-generation LP gas smart meters will be the first products deployed in Japan on KDDI's LTE-M (Cat-M1/eMTC) network using Sierra Wireless Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) modules more

Improving Wi-Fi User Experience: KDDI conducts World's First Successful Enhanced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage Trials
KDDI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Chiyoda, Tokyo, President: Takashi Tanaka) and collaborating partners have performed the world's first successful field trials to improve the performance and user experience of public Wi-Fi network, based on the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage (TM), [1] certification program of the Wi-Fi Alliance. more

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S9 on Verizon - the best streaming network meets a revolutionary Infinity Display
Preorder your Samsung Galaxy S9 on Verizon starting March 2 and experience mobile entertainment like never before on the best streaming network. What's more? You can save up to $500 when you switch to Verizon and trade in your old phone for a new Galaxy S9*. Available in two sizes to fit your lifestyle, the 5.8" Galaxy S9 and 6.2" Galaxy S9+ feature Samsung's stunning edge-to-edge Infinity Display**, powerful stereo speakers, a new dual-aperture lens that powers an innovative low-light camera***, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalized AR Emoji. more

KDDI named one of "World's Most Admired Companies"
KDDI has been named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," placing fifth in its industry category "Telecommunications" - an improvement of two positions from the previous year. more

5G takes center court
Last month, Verizon demonstrated how 5G technology - connecting a pair of first person goggles and helmet-mounted cameras - could give two NFL players the ability to run plays and catch footballs in a virtual reality environment. This month, we took the technology from the football field to the basketball court and put it in the hands of two of the NBA's best players. more

Verizon introduces new plan options and adds more value to prepaid offerings
NEW YORK- Verizon customers choose Prepaid to enjoy hassle-free streaming on the best network without an annual contract or credit check. We've made it even better by making it easier to manage your account right from your phone and implementing new family pricing with great discounts on multiple lines. more

2018's best resolution: Netflix on 100% Fiber-optic Verizon Fios
BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Fios Internet/TV customers with Multi-Room DVR Enhanced or Premium service can now stream Netflix originals like Stranger Things 2 along with hundreds of popular movies and acclaimed TV shows directly from their Fios Interactive Media Guide as subscription access to Netflix is now available on Fios TV channel 838*. more

Another step toward mobile 5G service: Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm complete first call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio technology
NEW YORK - Verizon is the first network provider to conduct an over-the-air call on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system using licensed spectrum. This successful test on Verizon's millimeter wave spectrum - using Nokia 5G network technology on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated - was an important milestone on the road to preparing Verizon's network for widespread implementation of commercial 5G mobile services for consumers and enterprises. The test was conducted this month at Nokia's facility in Murray Hill, NJ and follows prior interoperability testing between Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies. The 5G NR standard was approved by the 3GPP in December 2017. more

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will create global blockchain platform services
NEW YORK - In the ever-evolving security landscape, large enterprises and government agencies are constantly seeking new ways to maintain the integrity of critical infrastructure, protect physical and digital supply chains, and safeguard customers' essential information systems. Understanding this, Verizon Enterprise Solutions later this year will launch a portfolio of blockchain platform services based on Guardtime's KSI Blockchain® capabilities. Consumed as a service, Verizon's enterprise and government customers will be able to integrate proven blockchain solutions into their existing business processes. more

MobiCom received the Grand Prix at the "Entrepreneur Awards" in 2017
MobiCom Corporation LLC, a consolidated subsidiary of KDDI (Headquarters: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Chairman and CEO: Tatsuya Hamada; hereafter "MobiCom") received the Grand Prix at annual "Entrepreneur Awards" in 2017 which is hosted by Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in recognition of MobiCom's greatest contribution to the economic development of the country throughout the year. Also, MobiCom took first place in the "Top 10 Entrepreneurs Awards" in 2016, which is second highest award after the Grand Prix. more

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